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Trailered – “Men in Black 3”

Huzzah! Corporate logo abuse!

After dropping a teaser poster last week which most notably managed to melt your eyes as you viewed it,  Sony Pictures stepped up the hype today and released the first trailer for “Men in Black 3”.

And what do you know? It looks like a “Men in Black 3” trailer.

Yep, that looks like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones alright...

We’ve got the retro-futuristic gadgets present and correct, the black suits running things and reliably unreliable CG effects interspersed with the Danny Elfman score.

Looks friendly.

We’ve got a smattering of aliens who’ve integrated themselves into the otherwise oblivious New York City, some business with time having been re-written, a new MiB high-up played by the peerless Emma Thompson and surprisingly few big action set-pieces popping-up (which I find quite a nice change, to be honest with you).

Emma Thompson classing up the joint...

One thing strikes me about this trailer – how

Picture. In. The. Attic.

Questionable moustache aside – I’m going to guess that Agent J was participating in “Movember” and never got around to taking his ‘tache off – he looks almost as young as he did in the first movie, which came out all the way back in 1997, when Chloe “Hit Girl” Moretz was born.

Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel old.

The plot – what I can out of it, at least – appears to revolve around Tommy Lee Jones’ character blinking out of existence and Will Smith’s sarcastic whipper-snapper having to find some way to head into the past to set things right.

But would it win a Gadget Show test?

I’m going to hope that the lack of laughs in this trailer speaks more to the series’ deadpan comic style rather than a wholesale lack of wit and I guess we’ll be able to find out how this threequel pans out in May 2012.

No, Will - don't jump off that big Eagle thing - I quite liked your trailer!

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“Lock Out” trailer – new Sci-Fi action from Luc Besson’s genre factory

Guy Pearce, doing sardonic in 2012 sci-fi action pic, "Lock Out.

Thanks to those quick-on-the-draw types at NeoGaf’s Off-Topic forum I was able to find the first trailer for the latest sci-fi actioner from producer Luc Besson’s gallic B-movie assembly line Europa Corp, “Lock Out” .

And it’s looking okay.  The tone of the trailer’s opening first half, with Guy Pearce taking a beating whilst snarking at his captors reminded in no small way of Bruce Willis’ performance in Tony Scott and Shane Black’s neo-noir nineties classic, “The Last Boy Scout”.  For those in any doubt, that is A Very Good Thing, Indeed.

"Touch me again and I'll kill ya'..."

This film, meanwhile, sounds for all the world like a big old riff on the glorious John Carpenter/Kurt Russell eighties sci-fi “Escape From New York”, taking the premise of a down-at-heel loser getting a chance at redemption by rescuing the president’s daughter and setting it in space, with the rescue mission set on an orbital prison overrun by its inmates.

Set in the space year 1997, fact fans...

It’s due out in the spring of 2012 and seems to have just the right measure of self-aware humour to mentalist sci-fi action – this is one genre pic that I’ll be keeping an eye on.

 

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“John Carter” trailer 2 now live, “ER” fans resolutely bemused…

Taylor Kitsch is the eponymous "John Carter"...

Perspective is a funny thing.

When you’ve been around for a while, you start to see the difference between being an influencer and just being influenced.

Take this second trailer for Andrew Stanton and Disney’s “John Carter”, for example.  Many online reactions to the footage have centred around perceived echoes to scenes from “Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones” (the arena battles and the alien creatures) and “Avatar” (erm…John Carter is covered in blue monster gunk at one point?).

So, it couldn’t be the case that James Cameron and George Lucas were influenced by pulp sci-fi classics and managed to get their visions to the screen first, then?

Not skimping on the CG creatures...

I will concur that this trailer feels a little more generic and slightly ‘Bro’ audience-friendly than the first teaser – when the Led Zep tune kicked in, my eyebrow raised in sympathy.  It’s a weird choice, no doubt – better to use some sympathetic cues from Howard Shore or James Horner than to have a rather out-of-place classic rock jam being rather out-of-place in a trailer which is going to get in front of a lot of eyes in the next month or so, surely?

...Blue Man Group live at Red Rocks? No? I'll get my coat...

Films (and film-makers) are the product of their influences, just as games and developers soak up influence and project it into their craft – witness the number of fans who look at “Halo” and the lore that Bungie created and then see “Aliens” for the first time and somehow convince themselves that James Cameron is guilty of ripping off a game which came out perhaps twenty years after he began work on his film.  It’s asinine and absurd, but less well-informed fans will insist on believing it.

Does he look like an Ewok? Does he?

Influence and those who are influenced – look into it.

A Martian spaceship, yesterday..

“John Carter” is out in March 2012.

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Disney cranking up the “John Carter” hype train…

A new franchise for a classic literary character...

Disney have strongly hinted that we can expect to see a full trailer on Thursday – there’s a teaser here at Apple’s trailer site – so it appears that the hype train for their sci-fi blockbuster-in-waiting, “John Carter” is beginning to build a head of steam.

Various journos were invited to see 20 minutes of footage at Disney’s London office recently – SFX’s Dave Golder’s piece is here whilst Den of Geek’s Ryan Lambie’s story is here.

Nascent sci-fi franchises are ten-a-penny, but there are reasons to be excited by this latest would-be contender – the presence of Pixar director Andrew Stanton behind the camera is but one.  He directed “A Bug’s Life”, “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E” for the digital animation wizards and that’s reason enough for me to be at the cinema on opening weekend.  “Wall-E” is probably in my top ten films of all time – “Finding Nemo” certainly is.

If he can translate his obvious storytelling gifts from one medium to another, we’re in for a treat – initial word says that he may have done just that.

My hope for this film is that it manages to make a more than decent fist of translating Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp sci-fi hero the screen and prompts studios to realise that there’s more to summer blockbusters than just superhero adaptations – there’s a wealth of classic sci-fi fiction which can be realised now in the digital era.

Of course, this could be a recipe for disaster if Hollywood lets the likes of McG and Michael Bay loose on the Golden Age of sci-fi novels.

Involuntary shudder in 5, 4, 3…

 

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More “Skyfall” casting…

Well, the rumour about Naomie Harris playing Moneypenny seems to have been disproven, so it’s time for the makers of the next Bond film, “Skyfall”, to give another nod to the past.

Pic via Yet Another Ben Whishaw Tumblr

Yep, that’s disgracefully young and lanky Brit actor Ben Whishaw,  who’ll be playing Q in the film.

Talk about your huge shoes to fill.  If you’ve seen him in “Perfume – The Story of A Murderer”, you’ll know that he can do off-kilter and dangerous in his sleep, so it will be interesting to see the direction that Sam Mendes’ Bond is going to take. He’s obviously young, but it might be a bit twee to play up the nerdy whiz-kid angle too much – young fogey, a-la Matt Smith’s take on the Doctor?

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“Snow White & The Huntsman” trailer – up!

Given that Universal Pictures’ corporate policy is apparently to make tent-pole summer movies out of board games you used to play as a kid, or hope that the young people still like them some Dominic Torretto every couple of years, you could be forgiven for thinking that all is lost for the studio who once brought you the likes of “Jurassic Park” and “Back To The Future”.

I’m not sure that things will be any better in 2012, but I’m following their iteration of the ‘Snow White’ tale with a little more enthusiasm than I expected to, now that Hollywood has decided that we should have a whole bunch of Snow White flicks next summer.

Bella, Aeon Flux and Thor made a film? What larks!

Genuine enthusiasm for putting a spin on a beloved classic or all concerned just wanting to get product out of the door before the imminent End of All Things?  Who can say.

To get on with it, Uni have released a trailer for their take on the Fairest of Them All – and it stars noted awkwardist and sometime vampire spouse Kristen Stewart alongside affable God of Thunder Chris Hemsworth, Oscar (C) winning Charlize Theron and a chap called Sam Clafin, whose presence in the most recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” flick escaped me (not in a rush to see it, if I’m honest).

Why am I interested in this? Well, it certainly looks different from the usual takes on fairy tales.  Snow White’s in armour, the magic mirror’s had quite the upgrade, the Evil Queen’s clearly into milk in a major way and Chris Hemsworth is built like a fricking fridge, so whatever he wants to do is perfectly fine by me.

It’s a fine trailer – whether the collision of images, battle scenes, Evil Queen’s sexy bath time antics, swooning romance and abruptly exploding wildfowl add up to anything more than stirringly-scored eye candy is your guess but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more on this as it develops.

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More “Riddick” concept art, direct from the man himself

Full-on epic, makes me want to watch "Riddick" again...

Via the lovely folks at Empire, and Vin Diesel himself via his Facebook page, comes this latest slice of concept art for the third movie in the “Riddick” series.

Titled “The Last Stand of Riddick”, this gives you more of a glimpse at the tone that all concerned are aiming for. With Ridley Scott directing a new, sort-of “Alien” movie and the forthcoming Neill Blomkamp epic “Elysium”, it appears that we may get some proper science fiction movies in the multiplex in the next 18 months, for which I am grateful.

 

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