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This week in Trailers & Pictures: Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, Calvary, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Amazing Spider-man 2, Transcendence, Godzilla, Jupiter Ascending, The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears, Interstellar, Child 44

Thursday, December 12, 2013 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The Establishing Shot Film News A quick roundup of trailers, posters and film news released this week for films I am really looking forward to in 2014 and on our radar. Hopefully I'll keep updates fresh moving forward until release.

I have been waiting for Calvary - the re teaming of John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson in their follow up to the darkly sublime The Guard for ages. In vain hope of an early release it was one of my most anticipated films of 2013 but finally has an official release date of 11 April 2014 and I cannot wait, the trailer hints at more darkly comedic greatness and perfect delivery from Brendan Gleeson.

Entertainment One UK Ltd. is pleased to bring you the trailer for John Michael McDonagh’s new darkly comic thriller -  CALVARY. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran and Aidan Gillen, CALVARY hits UK and Irish cinemas on 11th April 2014.
The Establishing Shot: CALVARY TRAILER - 11 APRIL 2014

After being told he will be murdered in one week’s time Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) finds himself with seven days to determine his would be killer and put his affairs in order.  Prevented by the “seal of confessional” from going to the police, Father Lavelle opts to engage with and tries to understand his small minded and morally scurrilous parishioners  with the hope of dissuading the one amongst them intent on his death.

Set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast comes a darkly comic thriller from writer director John Michael McDonagh (THE GUARD) starring Brendan Gleeson (THE GUARD), Kelly Reilly (SHERLOCK HOLMES), Domhnall Gleeson (ABOUT TIME), Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS) Dylan Moran (BLACK BOOKS) and Aidan Gillen (GAME OF THRONES).


Calvary is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 11th April 2014

I'm sure Edge of Tomorrow needs no introduction an intriguing sci-fi tale tapping into game play aspects directed by Doug Liman, who still holds all the promise of a great genre director despite the atrocious Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Teaming up with the definitive action man Tom Cruise and the wonderful Emily Blunt whose appearance in any film immediately makes it 25% better. The inclusion of real life ex-criminal and eminently watchable Dragomir Mrsic on the great cast list is making Edge of Tomorrow another very anticipated film of 2014 especially as an IMAX release.

Edge of Tomorrow TEASER TRAILER & Synopsis 
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are pleased to make available the first trailer for epic action adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW, in cinemas and IMAX on June 6 2014.


Oscar nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller EDGE OF TOMORROW, under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

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The epic action of 'Edge of Tomorrow' unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission.  Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt).  And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” HBO’s “Big Love”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), and Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”).

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.  Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jason Hoffs, Gregory Jacobs and Jeffrey Silver.  The executive producers are Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara, and Bruce Berman, with Kim Winther and Tim Lewis serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (upcoming “Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). “Edge of Tomorrow” is the first motion picture to be shot at the recently christened Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

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Edge of Tomorrow is in cinemas and IMAX on June 6 2014.

I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it brought something to one of my favourite films of all time - Planet of The Apes. I was disappointed when Director Rupert Wyatts exited from the sequel but I'm hopefully that Matt Reeves surprises and bring depth & compelling storytelling to the sequel  - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in its prequel run up to the Planet of The Apes.

Ahead of the teaser trailer debut next Wednesday, Twentieth Century Fox is pleased to release the first poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is released in UK cinemas July 2014.

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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Director: Matt Reeves
Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ApesMoviesUK

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be in UK cinemas July 2014.

Noam Murro seemed to be a surprising choice to direct 300: Rise of an Empire as his experience leans towards smaller relationship based dramas - hopefully this will be his strength when it comes to the pathos of the epic tale of  300: Rise of an Empire. If the trailer is anything to go by he already has the visual side of things covered. Besides the engaging performances from talent like Eva Green and Lena Headey point to 300: Rise of an Empire being an epic production. You can track the progress of 300: Rise of an Empire over here: 300: Rise Of An Empire - All the 300: Rise Of An Empire Updates you need - Images, Posters, Trailers and News

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are pleased to make available the new blood-thirsty trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, in cinemas and IMAX on March 7th 2014

Video: 300: Rise of an Empire - Trailer 2 - Official Warner Bros. UK

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”), Eva Green ("Casino Royale"), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Callan Mulvey (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jack O'Connell (“Skins”), Rodrigo Santoro ("Love Actually") and is directed by Noam Murro.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.”  The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia.  Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.  It is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann.  Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serve as executive producers.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editors Wyatt Smith and David Brenner, and costume designer Alexandra Byrne.  The music is composed by Junkie XL.

Opening in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX beginning March 7, 2014, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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300: Rise Of An Empire is released in cinemas & IMAX on March 7th 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man seemed to come out a little too soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy and it didn't exactly set my world alight but I'm hoping that Director Marc Webb learnt something away from the first film and puts it into The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the engaging first trailer seems to lean towards this as it is pretty awesome.

Besides Spider-Man taking on some of the The Sinister Six can only be a good thing. Also Paul Giamatti is guaranteed to bring quality to what seems to be the most throwaway of the superhero franchises.

The The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer launched worldwide on Thursday, December 5, 2013 and is available in multiple languages including English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese Simplified (China), Chinese Traditional (Taiwan), Chinese Traditional (Hong Kong), Korean, and Russian.

Video: The Establishing Shot: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 TRAILER 18 APRIL 2014

The trailer will appear on numerous Sony networks, internet sites, and other Sony properties, including the movie’s official site (TheAmazingSpiderMan.com) and social pages (at Facebook.com/theamazingspiderman, on Twitter @SpiderManMovie, theamazingspidermanblog.com, and thedailybugle.tumblr.com); Sony.com; Sony Pictures’ official site and social pages; the Sony Pictures YouTube channel; Sony Pictures Imageworks’ official site and social page; Sony Pictures Television Networks’ worldwide footprint of TV channels, digital networks, websites, social apps and platforms, including AXN, Animax, Sony Entertainment Television, Spin, Crackle, Kalixta, Sony Movie Channel, CineSony, FEARnet and the Game Show Network; PlayStation (official site, blog, and social pages); PlayStation Storefront; Sony Entertainment Network (official sites and social pages); Sony Electronics social pages; Sony Mobile social pages; Sony Select service on Sony Mobile smartphones; and Sony’s Times Square billboard.

Commenting on the announcement, Caines said, “We are always looking to reach moviegoers wherever they are, and when we have the opportunity to leverage Sony’s worldwide reach in this way, it’s an opportunity that we just have to grab. The filmmakers are delivering the epic Spider-Man movie that audiences truly want to experience, and we are thrilled to give the world its first real taste of the movie they’ll be seeing next summer.”

Clark added, “Spider-Man is beloved by audiences all over the world, so we wanted to launch the trailer in a truly global way.  We have had great success launching trailers across Sony’s diverse entertainment platform – and when you have a character like Spider-Man, it demands a broad, fun way to reach moviegoers internationally as well as domestically. Everyone at Sony is just as excited as we are to see the next chapter in the story of Peter Parker begin to unfold in this way.”

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield).  For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone).  But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.  With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.  Directed by Marc Webb.  Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner.  Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in  UK cinemas April 18

Master Cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence is gathering a lot of momentum. Seemingly tapping into elements that Christopher Nolan favours, expectations of Transcendence are heightening and I'm hoping that Pfister brings the same level of quality and detail to the broader aspects of  Transcendence as he does to his cinematography.

Sci-Fi Thriller. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him. [source Collider]

Director: Wally Pfister

Stars: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman

Transcendence is in cinemas In theaters and IMAX on 25 April, 2014 

Break out visual effects wizard and Director Gareth Edwards blew me away with Monsters and we have been waiting for Godzilla for what seems like forever. And the the first look trailer does not disappoint as it  is epic bringing gravitas to the fantastic and treats the material respectfully.

GODZILLA Copyright: © 2013 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Caption: A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' sci-fi action adventure "GODZILLA," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. ZOOM

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Director Gareth Edwards has a special message for Legendary fans to introduce the first official Godzilla trailer.

Video: Gareth Edwards - Trailer Launch Message to Fans

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

The Establishing Shot: GODZILLA TRAILER - 16 MAY 2014

Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, story by David Callaham, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD.  Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers.  Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

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The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement”); production designer Owen Paterson (“The Matrix” trilogy); editor Bob Ducsay (“Looper”); Oscar®-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray,” “Django Unchained”); and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the “Lord of the Rings” films).  The score is being created by Oscar®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (“Argo,” “The King’s Speech”).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures production, a Gareth Edwards film, “Godzilla.”  Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.


Godzilla storms cinemas  May 16, 2014.

Jupiter Ascending seems to tap into the usual Wachowski tropes and hopefully it won't become mired in cliche as their story of rebellion and the one (again) rolls out. It looks epic so far.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

The Establishing Shot: JUPITER ASCENDING TRAILER - 25 JULY 2014

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, "Jupiter Ascending" is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since "The Matrix" Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.


Jupiter Ascending in theaters July 25, 2014.

I loved Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's 2009 psycho sexual Giallo thriller Amer and recently watched Dario Argento's Tenebrae which reminded me of the sad lack of great artistic Giallo (and films with great titles). So when the trailer and poster for The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears popped up my excitement levels shot up as it already wowed festival audiences and I have been waiting for it's general release..


A woman vanishes.
Her husband inquires into the strange circumstances of her disappearance.
Did she leave him? Is she dead?
As he goes along searching, he plunges into a world of nightmare and violence...


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Director-Screenwriters Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
With Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Sylvia Camarda, Sam Louwyck


The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears is expected to have a Spring 2014 release

My love of Christopher Nolan's seems to dynamically alter depending on his latest film, after the great Inception my enthusiasm sunk with The Dark Knight Rises but I'm hoping that Interstellar is a return to non studio involvement and Inception like greatness. Hopefully my expectations won't be too unrealistic by the time Interstellar hits screens.

Interstellar is a movie by Director, Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dark Night Trilogy). Mainly based on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne. Interstellar is set to be released in November 7, 2014.

The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan, based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne.

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A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Paramount will release Interstellar in theaters everywhere November  2014.


Earlier this year I spoke to Director Daniel Espinosa about the home release of the Nordic Noir thriller Easy Money and we briefly touched on his latest film - Child 44, a cold war thriller involving child murders based on the first of a successful trilogy of books by Tom Rob Smith.

Produced by Sir Ridley Scott and starring the likes of; Tom HardyJoel KinnamanGary OldmanNoomi RapaceJason ClarkeVincent Cassel and Paddy Considine. I have been hoping for a tense drama full of intrigue and it looks to be shaping up that way and one to look out for.

Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

Child 44 NOOMI RAPACE and TOM HARDY star in CHILD 44
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Child 44 GARY OLDMAN and TOM HARDY star in CHILD 44
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