Columbia Pictures releases this apocalyptic comedy from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The second trailer tones down the R-rated frat-boy antics of the Red Band trailer, suggesting that THIS IS THE END might appeal to a wider audience.
Written and directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen.
Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Paul Rudd.
Rated R. 107 minutes.
Theatrical Release: June 14, 2013.
Columbia Pictures releases this 3-D effort from Sony Pictures Animation. Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Director: Genndy Tartokovsky. Written by Robert Smigel, David I. Stern; story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman. Voices: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz, Molly Shannon.
Release Date: September 28, 2012
“For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.”
Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy.
Directed by Len Wiseman, from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback. Based on Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.”
Due in theaters August 3rd from Columbia Pictures.
“Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the Bond series on screen. Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.”
Also starring Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes. Hellen McCrory, Naomie Harris, and Albert Finney.
Directed by Sam Mendes, from a screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade.
Produced by Eon Productions for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, due in U.S. theaters and IMAX November 9th, 2012.
This new trailer gives us more insight into Andrew Garfield’s disctinctly edgier Peter Parker and Spider-Man, plus a better look at the Lizard.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Due out July 3rd from Sony/Columbia Pictures.
“THE AMAZING SPISER MAN is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.”
Whatever the merits of the film might eventually turn out to be, I think this new GHOSTRIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE trailer is worth a look.
Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido, Christopher Lambert, and Johnny Whitworth.
Due out Feb. 17th from Marvel Knights, Hyde Park Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.
This week’s special edition of the Cinefantastique Laserblast podcast forgoes the usual rundown of recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction releases on home video, instead offering a 50th anniversary tribute to a beloved genre classic. Back in 1961, producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects supervisor Ray Harryhausen brought Jules Verne’s novel MYSTERIOUS ISLAND to the big screen, with Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo presiding over a strange land overrun by giant crabs, enlarged insects, and one or two other monstrous menaces.
Listen in as CFQ podcast regulars Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French are joined by Ted Newsom, who wrote the extensive and excellent multi-part coverage of Ray Harryhausen’s career, which graced the cover of three issues of Cinefantastique magazine. Together, they offer fond reminiscences of the film, an assessment of how well it stands the test of time, and a look at the limited edition Blu-ray disc released last month by Last month, Twilight Time released, featuring a high-def transfer that makes MYSTERIOUS ISLAND look better than it has in decades.
Sony/Columbia’s Official Trailer for Marvel Knights’ GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE seems to offer a wilder ride than his first cinematic outing.
Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, and Christopher Lambert.
Due in theaters Feb. 17th, 2012.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) is in serious talks to play the villain in Columbia’s remake of TOTAL RECALL.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1966, the story was the inspiration for 1990’s TOTAL RECALL, directed byPaul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Colin Farrell is set to play the lead, Douglas Quaid (Quail in the original story) in the remake to be directed by Len Wiseman for Columbia Pictures.
In the 1990 film the storyline used the story’s tale of a man who has memories of being a secret agent on Mars, amping it up to an actual or imagined adventure on Mars.
The remake will forgo any trips to the red planet in favor of a futuristic spy thriller that sets Farrell real or imagined secret agent in New Shanghai against Cranston’s possible role, Vilos Cohaagen, head of the combined nations of Euromerica, intent on an invasion of the smaller country.
Byran Cranston will still get a trip to Mars in Walt Disney Pictures’ Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired JOHN CARTER OF MARS.