The new poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has turned up online on the official Facebook page - and you can tell Warner Bros mean business.
Building up for the final showdown between The Boy Who Lived and He Who Shall Not Be Named, it's The Fight What People Have Waited For. Which explains why the Potter studio have tried to echo the poster for the greatest battle in cinema's history.
In a bold move, there's not even a title on the blood-splattered poster, so it could well be the start of a campaign for Bride Wars 2: Electric Boogaloo. Oh yes, I'm excited.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will bring about total world destruction on Friday 15th July - not at 7:15pm, as previously advertised.
Director: Joe Kosinski
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen
Ground-breaking is a word that gets thrown around like a frisbee these days. This sequel to Disney's 1982 effects-smashing Tron looks impressive enough to claim such a grand moniker, but it's duller than dunking a Digestive in a cup of lukewarm tea. Yes, it's shiny and yes, it's blue but the most accurate adjective here is soggy. If we're keeping with the biscuit analogies, that is.
It may not be surprising, but video rental chain Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy yesterday. According to The LA Times, the move erases $1 billion in company debt, allowing stores to stay open as the whole business gets restructured. And by restructured, I mean closed - think 500 to 800 of its 3,000 odd stores.
With the rise of Netflix alongside other online rental options, it was inevitable that high street rental stores would start feeling the pinch. But studios are supportive of the chain as an alternative to Netflix, so don't expect Blockbuster to bow out any time soon. At present, Lionsgate shareholder Carl Ihan is said to be buying up Blockbuster stock, putting him as the likely new majority owner, with CEO Jim Keyes expected to stay in place.
How this will affect business over here in the UK is unclear; it must have a knock-on affect, but that all depends on the extent of the financial damage and how Blockbuster goes about reorganising its assets. Until then, expect them to be placing a lot more emphasis on online video and small kiosks. Maybe they can start selling MGM DVDs out of car boots or something.
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger
How bad can so-bad get before it stops being good? If Sylvester Stallone doesn't know the answer, no-one does. But he has a damn good shot at it with The Expendables, an action movie with a cast of manly men that most men dream of in their manly man-dreams. The Expendables are mercenaries - guns for hire with an emphasis on the guns. They have names, but they don't matter. What matters is that they have guns. Lots of guns. Dolph Lundgren's gun can literally blow a man into two halves.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Teresa Palmer
Nicolas Cage in a big wig and pointy black shoes, what could go wrong? Quite a lot, actually. The opening montage sets us up to follow Balthazar Blake (Cage), whose quest, bestowed upon him by his master Merlin, is to find the Prime Merlinian - the only person who can defeat Morgana (evil woman) permanently, i.e. not just trap her in a Matryoshka doll, which is what Blake has done. But Horvath (Molina), a fellow apprentice of Merlin, is out to stop Balthazar and aims to unleash Morgana on the world. Naughty.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine
So it's a masterpiece. Right? Right. Ok, that's the hype dealt with - the director easily meets it. It's hard to think of many film-makers who could pull off a twisting tale of dreams-within-dreams. It's even harder to name people who would think to do it in the first place. Inception is a bold concept, deftly woven into a thrilling tale, and cleverly wrapped up as a summer blockbuster. It succeeds on every one of those levels.
"What am I wearing?" "A bikini." "And how did I get in the bikini?"
It's a conversation most people may well dream of having with Cameron Diaz. But, of course, it's Tom Cruise doing the explaining in this brand spanking new clip from Knight Day - yes, the words Tom Cruise, bikini, Cameron Diaz and spanking, were all just used in close proximity together. But it's the kind of thing we're coming to expect from James Mangold's summer blockbuster, which has chemistry, star presence, and silly videos coming out of its earholes.
Yes, Tom and Cameron seem to be having a whale of a time shooting this spy thriller (did you see that awfully likeable football video?), which sees the unsuspecting June caught up in crazy secret agent Roy Miller's escapades. Most of which involve things blowing up. Loudly. Its old-fashioned banter may be an acquired taste for some, but the tone seems to be as high as its pace - there's no shortage of action in the trailers so far. It's almost as prolific as the Photoshopping going on for the new round of posters. But hey, at least their super-imposed heads are enjoying themselves.
Check out all of those over here, or read on for the entire bikini-based scandal (along with the suggestive poster). Knight and Day is released on Friday 6th August.
"Mr Cobb has a job offer he would like to discuss with you..."
It sounds innocent enough, especially when Michael Caine says it in the third (and presumably final) Inception trailer. But this is no ordinary occupation - Mr Cobb is a guy who steals secrets. From other people's minds. Using his magic dream machine briefcase, he gets inside your dreams and nicks information from your brain.
It's a pretty damn nifty concept for a post-Matrix world, where buildings can collapse in on themselves, people can hover all over the place, and corridors twist and turn at a brain-melting speed. Cobb (Di Caprio) may have a tragic wife-related past to deal with, but Christopher Nolan's latest is not short of spectacle.
And the latest trailer is clear proof of that. Dazzling visuals and an impressive-looking cast are all on display here, with the first real public plot outline from Nolan's team - if you think I just spoiled the plot, go watch the video. If you already read our previous Inception updates, go watch the video. And if you've never heard of The Dark Knight's director, go watch the flipping video.
It was online over at the Inception viral site, Mind Crime, hidden inside the stage 2 game (walk around, find a movie theatre, walk in and hit space bar). But now, for the lazy fans, you can read on for the full high quality video.
Hold onto your briefcases, people. This is most likely the movie of the summer. If not the whole year.
If you didn't want to see Inception at an IMAX cinema, you do now.
Yes, this is the latest IMAX-ified poster for Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller thing, which appeared over at Yahoo! Movies. You can tell how crazy it's going to be by the number of people standing on the ceiling - that is, all of them. They're also all carrying briefcases or guns. Or briefcases with guns. Or briefcases with guns in them. Or -- you get the idea.
More interestingly, we also get what might be our first glimpse of Marion Cotillard in full-on Inception mode, showcasing balance skillz that rival those of Leo, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page (she's running upside down!).
Inception will twist your brain into tiny pieces in July. Excited? I couldn't possible comment. Mainly because I'm too busy sticking this poster to the outside of my house.
Well, we all saw this coming. Avatar's phenomenal (and frankly quite terrifying) box office takings have got other studios interested in the money you can make from 3-D prices. It's costly to make a new 3-D film from scratch, but feeding a 2-D movie through a computer and out into the third dimension? That's pretty simple. It only takes 16 weeks - according to one company The Times spoke to.
So a spate of re-releases looks likely now, with action blockbusters at the front of the list. And who's heading up that list? Why, George Lucas of course. He's all set to throw more money at Star Wars and poke our eyes out with bits of Death Star and Ewok appendages. Then we'll get Lord of the Rings around 2012 (post-Hobbit), with films like The Matrix sure to follow.
There's already an old Disney film getting the dimensional treatment (Beauty and the Beast) and we're all looking forward to Saw VII in 3-D. But the ripples spread wider than that. Ridley Scott's even in on the game now, having asked Universal for an extra $8million to get Robin Hood to wow our retinas. If he touches Blade Runner I'll be forced to recycle my 3-D glasses up his arse.
So, after 3 weeks and $1.14 billion offered up by the blued up public, Avatar has already begun to revolutionise the industry. Thank you James Cameron. Thank you for showing us the future: a Hollywood of rehashes and expensive tickets. No wonder people are so keen to escape to Pandora. I bet the Magic Tree of Life would shit itself if the Na'vi started wearing those glasses.