Japanese ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Boasts New Footage


The just-released international trailer for Black Panther contains a significant amount of new footage and dialogue not seen in either version of the first domestic trailer, shedding more light on the characters and hinting at the film’s storyline.

We also get a slightly clearer look at Andy Serkis‘ villain — Ulysses Klaue a.k.a. the supervillain Klaw — using the sonic device on his left arm. (We saw his arm get chopped off in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.) There are also some nice shots of Michael B. Jordan as the film’s Big Bad, Erik Killmonger.

Does this new international trailer make you more excited to see Black Panther when it opens Feb. 16, 2018, in the USA and on March 1 in Japan?

‘Black Panther’ Trailer Showcases Futuristic Wakanda

A double-dose of fantastic trailers for the forthcoming Black Panther movie was released today, setting the scene — quite literally, in Wakanda — for the latest solo movie starring one of the Avengers.

Both trailers highlight what an amazingly advanced society the hidden African nation Wakanda is — light-years ahead of Western society. Yet Wakanda is shrouded in mystery and mostly the stuff of rumors, which is exactly how the Wakandan people and their king. T’Challa, like it.

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Doug Jones Reveals Secret of Guillermo del Toro’s Next Movie

doug-jonesDoug Jones is one of those actors everyone have seen in big-budget hit movies, but no one has any idea what he looks like. That’s because Jones specializes in full-body creature costumes and motion-capture work. If anyone can be said to rival the great Andy Serkis at portraying animated characters, it’s Jones.

Jones has played everything from the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies to the horned faun in Pan’s Labyrinth. He often features in movies for director Guillermo del Toro, and that is once again the case with The Shape of Water.

Since it’s a del Toro-Jones collaboration, you don’t even need to be told the flick will be weird; but Jones told Collider what it’s about:

It’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel, or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians.
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CGI of the Planet of the Apes

When the primates of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit the big screen on July 11, a lot computer wizardry will have gone into making Caesar and friends look like real apes.

Take a look at this clip showing side-by-side examples of live-action filming of the actors and the finished product:

Let’s not forget that the realistic apes owe a lot to the talents of Andy Serkis and his fellow motion-capture artists! One of these years, Serkis will win the Oscar he deserves!

War in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

There’s a lot going on in this new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I’m disappointed that Gary Oldman‘s character seems to be driving the plot with his belief the apes are just animals and he’s the savior of humanity.

What I found most shocking about this clip (in a good way) was the battleship — implying that there is still a sophisticated human civilization somewhere. I had assumed that the plague talked about in the previous movie and  trailers for this one had wiped out most of the human race around the globe, but unless ship is from a flashback or dream sequence, that is clearly not the case.

Perhaps the battle for the planet of the apes will be tougher than the simians are expecting?

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Finally Makes Lupita Nyong’o Official

The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.

Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.

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Great Ape Photos From ‘Planet of the Apes’ Sequel

If you don’t read USA Today (translation: You didn’t stay in a motel last night), you probably have not seen the clutch of excellent photographs 20th Century Fox released to the newspaper for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These images make me want to see the movie.

Director Matt Reeves is excited about the sequel to his 2011 hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

“We’ve got apes on horses. There is a sense in the beginning of the movie that apes have inherited the Earth. You see the species as it takes dominion over the planet. It’s an ape-world. That’s the fun of it.”

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Poster Disappoints

apeposterWell, it was bound to happen. The makes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have finally hit a sour note.

This poster is their first misstep, as far as I’m concerned. This is meant to be Caesar and one of his offspring, and his glower is supposed to tell us that he would do anything to protect his child. Oh, really? Is that something we have to be told?

I find the little baby ape clinging to its daddy to be nauseatingly cute — not the message I think the filmmakers want to send about their epic action-adventure movie about the end of human civilization. Are we supposed to think that this image means apes will create a utopia of peace of love and unlimited rice pudding?

Oh, hell, I’ll come right out and say it: This looks like a transparent attempt to woo female viewers by presenting a loving family scene; preying cheap emotion and the “cute animal antics” that the interwebs are famous for promoting. I think the movie should be able to stand on its own, without tawdry sentimentality.

Watch the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ TV Spot

There’s a new TV spot running for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and while it’s way short, it looks just as foreboding as the first trailer.

In case you cannot tell from the spot, here is the storyline, according to the official synopsis:

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.

The Planet of the Apes Dawns on May 23.

A Few More Movie Teaser Images

Here are some images from a couple of anticipated blockbusters — and something a little different for action/adventure/Sci-fi director Ridley Scott.

I’m pretty sure we’ve seen enough of Electro from summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so now I want to know more about the Rhino. Please, please, please, don’t let him actually turn out to be a Zord straight out of MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS!

Seeing Andy Serkis in a motion-capture suit is pretty much a guarantee that something special is going to be happening on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. You can see the fruits of some his work in the DotPotA teaser trailer.

Finally, I hope Christian Bale doesn’t use his hoarse Dark Knight whisper in the biblical epic Exodus. It already will quite a shock when a chestburster pops out of Pharaoh — not to mention how out-of-place batarangs are going to look during the climactic battle sequence!