If you’ve been paying attention to the news and trailers for Jurassic World, you know that the big bad antagonist is a genetically enhanced dinosaur cooked up in a lab. That tidbit leaked out and was later confirmed by director Colin Trevorrow, as well as the numerous looks we’ve had at this point. But if some new toys are to be believed, the Indominus rex as it is called, may not be the only new guy floating around.
The Wachowskis’ latest, Jupiter Ascending opened this past weekend, and the results were not good. Coming in third in the weekly box office race, it only earned $19 million (with a cost of $175 million plus), and a critical lashing following a premiere at Sundance didn’t help matters. While this doesn’t seem to be dampening their enthusiasm one bit, the filmmaking siblings think their days of $100 million plus budgets are over. But that doesn’t mean they’re imagination is getting any smaller.
Talking to the Wall Street Journal, Lana Wachowski addressed their ambition, saying, “Everyone says, ‘Why can’t you be simpler?’ We’re drawn toward difficult subjects, like the disparity of rich and poor,” “We’ve been lucky. People at studios have been interested in our crazy, strange brand of complexity. And we’ve been allowed to keep making them. Will that continue? Probably not.”
Well this is big news, especially comic book fans, and more specifically than that, Marvel fans and those out there who have been underwhelmed by the last two Amazing Spider-Man movies. Marvel and Sony, who owns the rights to the fan-favorite web-slinger, have reached a deal that will allow Spidey to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And there are even reports about where he’ll take his first bow.
Word of negotiations between the to studios leaked out late last year, giving fans hope, but last night Marvel officially announced that they’ve reached an agreement that will see maybe their most popular comic book character finally appear on screen opposite the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and others.
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was a rough one for fans, and the events are going to leave some lasting, long-term wounds that will be slow to heal. We’ll get into it later, so if you’re not caught up, if you didn’t watch “What Happened and What’s Going On,” you might want to sit this one out, because we’ve got a sneak peek at next week’s episode, “Them,” as well as a behind-the-scenes looks at the traumatic action from last night.
There are big ass spoilers beyond this point. Just a heads up.
South African director Neill Blomkamp is back with his follow up to 2013’s Elysium, which left many audiences flat, with the robot-centric actioner Chappie. The studio dropped a slick new poster over the weekend, and now, with less than a month to go until the March 6 release date, Sony Pictures Entertainment is back with two brand new TV spots.
This first video emphasizes the true gentle nature of the title character. You see the tender side of Chappie, he’s scared, nervous, kind, open, and all together childlike. That’s the approach they’re taking towards artificial intelligence, portraying him as what is essentially a wide-eyed child seeing the world for the first time. This provides the opportunity to show the sense of wonder as he experiences life.
On the other hand, you also see the less than enthusiast reaction some have to his presence and the intolerance he meets. New things are terrifying to most people, and when they see something different, something they don’t yet comprehend, their initial reaction is all too often to lash out violently, like tossing a Molotov cocktail at a robot that just wants to hang out and be awesome.
Jurassic World is one of the movies we’re super pumped to see in 2015, and one of the most eye catching moments we’ve seen so far involves Chris Pratt’s character Owen working very closely, in a very vulnerable position, with a bunch of Velociraptors. We’re so used to seeing the vicious predators hunting down wayward children that watching them being trained like pets is definitely not what you expected to see. It seems like it could go so horribly wrong in so many ways, and this new video from the “How It Should Have Ended” folks imagines exactly how that might go down. As the note with the video says, “After Jurassic World’s Super Bowl Trailer we got to talking about raptors and motorcycles, and then this video happened.”
You know how there are some animals that can be trained and domesticated to a degree, but will always retain a sense of wildness and unpredictability? Like why you’re never supposed to keep a raccoon as a pet, because you can only civilize them to a point. That’s the feeling you get with the Velociraptors. Sure, we know that they’re smart enough to learn to do just about anything (except recognize their own reflection), but you get the feeling that no matter what bond you form with them, they’re always right on the verge of ripping you to shreds.