12 MONKEYS Series Gets First Trailer

At first glance, turning Terry Gilliam‘s brilliant time-travel brain-twister 12 Monkeys into a weekly TV series seems… well, crazy. But after watching the first trailer for the forthcoming SyFy show, I think it’s… well, not as crazy as I used to.

Clearly they had to make changes to the storyline, and I’m not sure I agree with them — like having Dr. Railly give Cole the mission to travel into the past, and introducing a new potential Big Bad in Zeljko Ivanek‘s Leland. It’s not clear if this James Cole will meet a wacky Jeffrey Goines.

The movie starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt — who earned an Oscar nomination as Goines. The series will star X2: X-Men United’s Aaron Stanford in the Willis role and SuitsAmanda Schull taking over for Stowe’s psychiatrist.

At least the 13-episode 12 MONKEYS gives us something to look forward to this January.

Is This Animated ‘Looper’ Trailer Truly Loopy?

The wait is almost over for Rian Johnson’s time-traveling mind-bender Looper (It opens Friday), but the producers are determined to make that wait seem as long as possible by introducing a unique animated trailer for the flick.

I know that anyone without prior knowledge of the film will not be able to make heads or tails of this trailer, but by incorporating a lot of different animation styles and constant motion and conflict, the wordless trailer gives the impression of a wild action movie with stunning visuals. I hope the real thing turns out to be just as good as this makes it look. I can hardly wait for the weekend!

Check Out Looper’s International Trailer

What’s better than a cool new Looper trailer? How about a cool new Looper trailer in French?

Nah, just kidding. The French subtitles on this international trailer actually get in the way of this action-packed clip, which features more and much better glimpses of the future world, and adds a bit of context to scenes we’ve already seen. As you may recall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman named Joe who is tasked with executing his future self, played by Bruce Willis.

This great trailer makes me more eager than ever to see this time-traveling gangster flick when it opens Sept. 28.

Will Looper Tie Us Up in Knots?

The international trailer for this fall’s time-travel thriller Looper makes the movie look a little more complicated than it seemed before by adding a trite element seen in most “assassin” movies: Old Joe is supposed to kill his boss, the capo di tutti capi. Sigh.

I expected a little more from director Rian Johnson and collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But then again, perhaps they will come up with a unique twist on the clichéd plotline and it was used specifically for that goal. “A double-cross like you’ve never seen before!”

I still like the premise of trying to kill your future self — especially as the younger Joe specifies that what happens/happened to the older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis) doesn’t necessarily have to happen to him. Meaning that his own future isn’t set, and Old Joe’s past can be altered. That’s a very fluid situation!

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One thing we cannot change: Looper will not be released until Sept. 28.

New G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trailer

The first movie in the live-action G.I. Joe series, 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, was a piece of shite that made little to no sense; even the explosions were silly, and the visual effects, weak. It was easily one of the worst films of the year. However, as this trailer suggests, the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, looks much improved. Only Channing Tatum returns from the cast of the first movie, and all the other characters are killed offscreen in the opening sequence that sets up the premise of this movie: The Joes want revenge. This movie wasn’t even on my radar until I saw a couple of short clips of Bruce Willis… being Bruce Willis, and then I was intrigued. Now, after seeing this trailer, the movie has creeped onto my “will see” list. This clip sets it up pretty well. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes over as the lead hero, and Willis plays… well, a guy named Joe. His laugh line in this clip seems to be worth the price of admission itself. http://youtu.be/kNUBV9trDoA Continue reading

Looper Trailer Will Hook You In

After a week of teasing from star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Rian Johnson, the first full trailer for the time-twisting gangster movie Looper has been released, and I think it does a remarkable job of making the complicated premise easy to understand. Also, the action scenes look exciting, so this clip is really effective.

And it accomplishes all this without including even a single Bruce Willis wisecrack!

The only downside to all this is that we have to wait until Sept. 28 for the movie to open. Because time travel hasn’t been invented yet.

Looper Poster

Have you heard about the forthcoming time-travel crime movie Looper? I know that’s an uninspiring name, but the movie itself is very high concept. It promises to be a noirish hit-man movie that uses time travel as its main trope.

The movie stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as older and younger versions of the same character, respectively. To help convince audiences, Gordon-Levitt has been fitted with some subtle prosthetics to make his face resemble Willis’. (Not all movies go to that sort of trouble.)

I really like this poster a lot, because it conveys that the actors are two sides of the same guy, and you can see how the prosthetics just hint at making Gordon-Levitt resemble Willis without looking cartoonish. The playing-card motif makes me want to watch this movie.

I’ll let director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom) explain the plot:

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from [The Brothers] Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.

The movie opens Sept. 28, so it gives us something to look forward to this fall. The plan is for some more teaser material to be released this coming week, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the new material will bolster my good feelings.

Soap Opera Weekly: 10/13/09

I was all set to drop HEROES when, just in the nick of time, this week’s episode turned out to be pretty good.

If HEROES was in the public consciousness at all, it was because this episode featured Hayden Panettiere‘s Claire getting kissed by her roommate Gretchen (played by CALIFORNICATION’s Madeline Zima). So that happened — but in the context of the story, it was actually rather creepy, because Gretchen had been exhibiting stalkerish behavior, and her explanation was that she’s “crushing” on Claire. I’m going to keep an eye on this plotline and see where they take it.

The story that made this week’s episode memorable concerned Peter and Emma bonding when he absorbs her synesthesia power, enabling him to see sound as light. Ironically, this low-key plot contrivance actually made the show look more like a comic book than all the previous super-powered battles combined. The ability to see sounds aped the visual language of a comic book, where sound is represented by wavy vibration lines or onomatopoeia. HEROES showed Emma and Peter perceiving sound as a cloud of multicolored lights, and the two characters were able to connect on a deep (and quiet!) level. (Emma’s power reminds me of X-Men’s Dazzler, but she converts sound into light.) I definitely want to see where this relationship goes.

Meanwhile, Sylar was in Baltimore, getting the third degree from Ghostbusters’ Winston Zeddemore — I mean, Ernie Hudson. Hudson played Warden Glynn on OZ, which was also set in Baltimore. Sylar decided to kidnap his pretty therapist with the odd accent, just like Bruce Willis did in 12 Monkeys (which was also set in Baltimore). That led to the reveal that the Sullivan Brothers carnival can literally travel from place to place. Talk about a roadshow!

Finally, I leave you with the line of the week: “Great, I missed all the commercials.” — Harry, MAD MEN

Originally published on SoapOperaWeekly.com