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‘Terminator: Genisys’ Looks Worse Than The Title Reads

Man, oh man. The reboot of the Terminator franchise is NOT getting off on the right foot.

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly unveiled their two special edition covers featuring the cast from the beginning of the new Terminator franchise – the unfortunately titled Terminator: Genisys.

Let’s have that title sync in for a minute, yeah?

Ok. Bad. Now, get ready for it to be even worse.

The franchise looks to be serving many masters with the cast of this reboot, which aims to be everything Terminator Salvation wasn’t.

We’ve got big time geek leads, such as Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith as a mystery character. To please the studio, we’ve got Jai Courtney (who you may recall the awful A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke as a future John Connor.

And then, we got to see the images.

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Hoo boy. That’s what the studio and magazine agreed were the best images? Clarke looks bored. The costumes look like bad cosplay. And if Matt Smith is supposed to – at all – look like a bad ass, well, someone failed miserably here.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh. Sometimes, great movies have awful publicity photos.

Surely, the plot can’t be awful, right? Let’s see what the accompanying article has to say…

Twist No. 1? Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T–800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

Yep, that’s right. The T–800 is now Sarah Connor’s daddy. Guess they’re going with the old adage of “If you CAN do anything with time travel, you SHOULD!”

You can read more of this awful sounding write up on EW.com.

Terminator: Genisys ruins your childhood on July 1, 2015.

EDIT – 8:07am, October 30, 2014

Four more awful promotional photos have surfaced online. Oh man.

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Emilia Clarke, I had such high hopes for your career…

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Have You Seen The ‘American Sniper’ Trailer? Because, DAMN.

I have to admit – real life (and Super Art Fight gigs) have had me more behind the ball than usual when it comes to seeing the latest and greatest movie trailers.

This weekend, though, I got back out to the movie theater – seeing Gone Girl, which was great – and alongside the movie, I saw a trailer that knocked me on my ass…the first trailer for Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper.

American Sniper has been a passion project for Cooper for a few years. I recall him talking about it on the press run for Silver Linings Playbook, and I think Steven Spielberg was attached to direct at a point, too.

Clint Eastwood eventually settled into the director’s chair, and as this first trailer (or more accurately, extended clip) shows, the final film is going to be intense.

Bradley Cooper has become an actor that, to my surprise, always delivers. Between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, he’s an actor I now give extra attention to, and American Sniper definitely jumped up on my “must see” list.

This makes three movies I now want to see on Christmas Day – between the absurd humor of The Interview, Disney’s attempt at bringing Into the Woods to the big screen, and now American Sniper, there’s going to be something for everyone.

American Sniper hits theaters on December 25, 2014.

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Hammer Time: New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Clip

Now, that is more like it.

Aired during last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC here in the states, fans were treated to a new extended clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Shown originally to fans at San Diego Comic Con back in July – and shown again at a Marvel Unlimited event at New York Comic Con earlier this month – the clip shows Steve, Tony, Bruce and the gang enjoying themselves at Avengers Tower, as everyone tries to pick up Mjolnir – Thor’s hammer.

It’s a fun, light scene that provides the witty banter and enjoyable back-and-forth that Joss Whedon is known for, and made The Avengers such a joy back in 2012. Of course, the party is quickly ruined, but it’s good to know that the final film will match its epic tone with Whedon’s trademark wit. I mean, why else have him write and direct it then?

Nice to see Rhodey’s going to be in the movie too. You get that Avengers money, Don Cheadle!

Thanks to Marvel’s official YouTube channel for the link.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Marvel Drops The Mic: PHASE THREE Announced

In a move akin to how Apple handles a new iPhone announcement, Disney and Marvel Studios took to the stage of the El Capitan Theatre today before an audience made up of the enthusiast press, filmmakers, comic book writers, and some very lucky fans for a “very special announcement.” And it’s safe to say – they delivered.

Coming less than a week after the surprise leak of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer – ruining ABC’s plans of airing it during this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took the stage and announced, in its presumed entirety, the plans for Marvel’s Phase Three.

It was a move similar to Warner Bros’ shocking announcement of a full slate of DC Comics based films earlier this month, but handled very differently. More on that later.

But first…

Where did we begin?

Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe put Marvel on the map, taking Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, and culminating them into the gigantic superhero smashup The Avengers. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the movie made literal billions, while doing the impossible.

Phase Two expanded the universe, providing greater character integration and giving Disney multiple mega hits in Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier – and shockingly, Guardians of the Galaxy.

May 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron brings Phase Two to an end (leaving the Paul Rudd starring Ant-Man in some sort of Phase limbo), but it looks like Marvel’s most exciting days are ahead of them.

So, what’s next?

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaks, Gets Released, Astonishes

Ever since fans received their first taste of Avengers: Age of Ultron back at San Diego Comic Con 2014 in July, fans have wondered when any footage would leak.

Would we see a surprise trailer attached to Guardians of the Galaxy, a’la the teaser on Captain America: The First Avenger? Nope.

Would a fan sneak a camera into the New York Comic Con screening of that same San Diego Comic Con footage? Apparently not.

In something amazing in this day and age of constant leaks, whether from films or from the world of technology – Disney/Marvel Studios seemed to keep the footage under their control, with a planned official trailer premiere for Tuesday, October 28th, on ABC, during an airing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The world had other plans, however…

At about 7pm Eastern last night, a decent – but not high quality – version of the International trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron hit the web. Quickly, Disney dispatched cease and desist notices to any and all websites hosting the pirated trailer.

But then…they did something incredibly forward for a major movie studio. They gave in and released the trailer (along with the above teaser poster, reminiscent of the original Avengers teaser poster) just under a week early.

Well folks, the Age of Ultron is here, and it looks fantastic.

Ultron, voiced wonderfully by James Spader, looks like a remarkable threat. The direction and composition looks worlds better than the first film (tip of the hat to the new DP, Ben Davis). The stakes look global – as opposed to the first, which focused on New York. The use of “I’ve Got No Strings” is remarkably effective and creepy. And…was that Andy Serkis? Who the hell is he playing?

Oh, and of course – OH MY GOD THE HULKBUSTER ARMOR IS FINALLY REAL.

It’s going to be a long six months until Age of Ultron hits.

You can speak to the burnout of all of the comic book movies that are come and gone, but this trailer speaks to an incredibly important key – good movies are good movies, regardless of the genre.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters April 24, 2015 internationally, and May 1, 2015 here in the USA.