by Brendan Bettinger Posted: November 11th, 2010
Columbia Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman’s alien invasion film Battle: Los Angeles and it’s fraking awesome. I absolutely love the way this teaser has been cut, and wait till you hear the song it’s cut to. Note to other studios, this is how you sell a movie in a teaser trailer.
If you’re not familiar with Battle: L.A., it stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Michelle Rodriguez (Machete), Michael Peña (Eastbound & Down) , Joey King (Ramona and Beezus), and Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods) star.
Check out the teaser trailer after the jump and tell me you’re not excited.
Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters March 11, 2011. Thanks to Max for the heads up on the trailer. Hit the X on the upper right and you don’t have to watch the pre-roll. Will embed off YouTube when it’s available. You can watch it HD on Apple here.
Here’s the synopsis:
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.
RUMOR: Is Christopher Nolan Shooting THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Entirely in IMAX?
by Matt Goldberg Posted:November 11th, 2010
When Christopher Nolan made the surprising (and welcome) revelation that The Dark Knight Rises would not be in 3D, he also made the interesting comment:
“We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before.”After speaking to a trusted source, we believe that “something” is to shoot the entire movie in IMAX.
As you may or may not know, Nolan shot portions of The Dark Knight in IMAX like the opening heist and the Batmobile/Bat-pod chase. I didn’t get a chance to see the film in IMAX, but I was told it looked incredible. However, IMAX cameras have particular drawbacks. They’re loud so it’s difficult to do dialogue scenes and they’re heavy so you don’t have much in the way of maneuverability. We believe that IMAX has devised a new camera that is quiet and portable and that Christopher Nolan will use it for The Dark Knight Rises. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s what our source tells us:
I’m hearing that Nolan will try and shoot The Dark Knight Rises totally in IMAX. I’ve heard that IMAX has been quietly developing a smaller, less intrusive camera that will be able to handle dialogue scenes. If the camera is finished in time, expect Nolan to use it.In the following video, cinematographer Wally Pfister talks about how, working with the old IMAX camera on The Dark Knight, you can’t carry it and that “every rig had to be reinvented or beefed-up a bit”. Having a new, quiet (or at least quieter) and portable IMAX camera would be a game-changer. It’s also possible that one of the reasons Nolan isn’t shooting The Dark Knight Rises in 3D is because the new camera isn’t 3D capable. While IMAX has developed 3D cameras, getting a smaller, quieter, more portable, and 3D camera may be too tall of an order.
We would like to stress that this is a rumor. You won’t get anyone talking on the record about a Christopher Nolan movie because they fear/respect the guy and they know how much he values secrecy. It’s possible he may only shoot some of the movie in IMAX. He may shoot none of it IMAX (although that would be surprising). But what we’re hearing from someone we trust and has a proven track record is that when The Dark Knight rises, he’ll be doing it in IMAX. What are your thoughts?
UPDATE: Steve here. Since Matt posted this story, I’ve gotten a few emails telling me this is true. We’ll all know soon if it is.
Full Trailer for BARNEY’S VERSION Featuring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman
by Bill Graham Posted:November 11th, 2010
The last time we reported on Barney’s Version, they released a teaser trailer in August that showed the subtle humor that Paul Giamatti is best at. The film is directed by Richard J. Lewis and is headlined by Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, Rosamund Pike, Rachelle Lefevre, and Bruce Greenwood. While Lewis has done a majority of his work on the small screen, he seems to have a nice start here with plenty of humor to go around. For further proof, a brand new trailer for the film was released today. Hit the jump for the full trailer, synopsis, and more.
The odd thing about the two trailers is that I find the teaser to sell the film better. That doesn’t often happen with comedies, but they really cut the teaser well. However, the full trailer has plenty of moments worthy of your time. I look forward to seeing if the film can keep this kind of quirky humor going when it hits theaters January 14, 2011. As promised, the synopsis is below.
“From producer Robert Lantos, Barney’s Version is a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel. Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives (Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, and Rachelle Lefevre), one outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman) and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman).”
Christopher Nolan Considering Weisz, Watts, Lively, Portman, Hathaway, and Knightley for Love Interest OR Villain in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
by Matt Goldberg Posted:November 11th, 2010
As we previously reported, Christopher Nolan was looking for a new love interest for The Dark Knight Rises, which wasn’t a huge shock. Now, Deadline has some impressive possible candidates to for not only the love interest but also a separate female villain. Nolan is reportedly considering Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightley for the roles. It’s worth noting that Deadline makes it clear these are two different roles so don’t go shouting “Catwoman!” just yet. Deadline also says it’s likely that Tom Hardy, who was previously cast in an unspecified role, is playing a villain.
Hit the jump for my wild speculation on who Batman’s female nemesis may be. The Dark Knight Rises is set to open on July 20, 2012.
Assuming that Nolan hasn’t written a new character who isn’t in the comics, my guess to the female villain would be Catwoman. She fits best within Nolan’s “real” Gotham City. The other major female rogues in Batman’s gallery are Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Talia Al Ghul. However, Poison Ivy’s powers are supernatural, Harley Quinn doesn’t really work without The Joker (who Nolan has made clear he won’t bring back), and it would be weird to bring in Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter after Ra’s death back in the first movie.
As for the love interest, they could easily be a new character as was done previously with Rachel Dawes or Dr. Chase Meridian. People don’t seem to care if the love interest is from the comics or not. I would be curious to see how folks would react to a villain created from scratch.
As for Hardy, if he’s playing a villain, we only know that it won’t be The Riddler or Mr. Freeze. Of course, all these assumptions are based off Nolan not re-inventing characters like Poison Ivy and keeping them close to their comic origins.