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New Superman Logo from “Man of Steel”

 

The official Facebook page for Man of Steel has gone live, providing a first look at the redesigned logo for director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise. It’s dark, textured and a little gritty, and likely to displease fans already grumbling about the updated costume.

Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.


Clash of the Titans Review

It’s doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that “Clash of the Titans” is the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D.

Not that this remake of the creaky 1981 original, best remembered for a slumming Laurence Olivier and Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation monsters, was ever going to be something to write home about. At least not for anyone older than 10.

For one thing, as directed by action junkie Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2,” “Unleashed”) and written by Travis Beacham and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, this “Clash” has dialogue so plodding that a halfway decent line like “you have insulted powers beyond your comprehension” sounds like something out of Noel Coward.

Obviously, no one comes to a movie like this for repartee, but even the action scenes, with ancient Greek hero Perseus (“Avatar’s Sam Worthington) facing off against an entire menagerie of mythical monsters, come off as lethargic and clunky.

Possibly because this film was converted to 3-D late in the game, the third dimension, especially in those action scenes, is more of a distraction than an enhancement. While some creatures, especially Pegasus the flying horse, flourish, 3-D clutters the film’s innumerable battles, making them harder to follow rather than exciting.

“Clash of the Titans” is also burdened by a numskull plot notion. The idea is that though those ancient Greeks lived in a world where the gods were quite real and unimaginably powerful, these idiots decide to declare war on them, which is the short-sighted equivalent of teasing your younger brother even though he has the power to snap his fingers and turn you to stone.

Though it’s not clear why they agreed to participate, having top actors play the gods — Liam Neeson is Zeus! Ralph Fiennes is Hades! — doesn’t help things. Neeson looks lost in the godly costumes, and Fiennes, perhaps hoping no one will notice it’s him, speaks largely in sinister whispers.

While the gods are going through their paces and bemoaning the absence of human worship, Perseus, a demigod like his namesake Percy Jackson in the equally pedestrian “The Lightning Thief,” is making his way in the world and discovering that he is the son of Zeus.

Perseus spends years with the adoptive fisherfolk parents Spyros and Marmara (the odd couple pairing of Pete Postlethwaite and Elizabeth McGovern) who found him floating in the sea. Spyros is one of those fed-up-with-the-gods folks who is fond of ominously saying, “One day, someone is going to have to take a stand.” Guess who.

Back in the Greek city of Athos, the anti-gods movement is moving full steam ahead. Then Hades comes to town and puts a good scare into the populace, telling them that unless they sacrifice their beloved princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), he will unleash the dread Kraken — not the most fearsome name for a monster but there you have it — and Athos will be destroyed.

Because he is the only demigod in town and because he is irked beyond measure at the Olympians for their part in his parents’ death, Perseus agrees to look for a way to kill the Kraken. He takes a crack team of warriors and adventurers with him, including the canny veteran soldier Draco, nicely played by Mads Mikkelsen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs7fzOrUopc here is a trailer to the sequel of Clash of the Titans. Aptly named Wrath of the Titans.


The Dark Knight Rises new movie trailer

After a weekend featuring numerous leaked copies of the “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer, Warner Bros. has officially released the long-anticipated first extended look at director Christopher Nolan’s final installment in his three-part Batman epic. The full-length trailer is the latest and most fan-satisfying “Dark Knight Rises” news this month after a new poster debutedChristopher Nolan’s IMAX opening prologue was first previewed in Los Angeles before being shown once more during another Q&A session for journalists in New York.

The trailer opens with a boy singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a crowded football stadium as Alfred (Michael Caine) relates how he has failed to protect Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). The line sets the tone for the rest of the trailer, which teases Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) standing before images of Harvey Dent, Bane (Tom Hardy) coordinating some kind of plot at the stadium and the introduction of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), who dances with Bruce Wayne at a party, masked as a cat. “There’s a storm coming, Mister Wayne,” she says. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

The trailer also spells doom for organized sports in Gotham, courtesy of Bane, showing the football field from the beginning of the trailer as it sinks into the ground from a controlled explosion while a Gotham player runs the ball in for a touchdown. The player, portrayed by a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers who “Dark Knight” executive producer Thomas Tull has part-ownership of, looks back after crossing into the end zone, only to see a massive cavern of nothingness. “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die,” says Bane to Batman, as many quick cuts showcase weapons, explosions, a flying Batmobile and the much discussed cast members Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The trailer, of course, creates more questions than it answers, and fans can only guess at what Nolan’s final Batman film will bring next summer.

“The Dark Knight Rises” can be seen in theaters and IMAX July 20, 2012

Below is the link to the new trailer:

http://blip.tv/cbr/the-dark-knight-rises-trailer-5834151


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” blazes forth with an all-new one-sheet poster and an in-theater standee featuring the flame-headed hero!  Starring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” brings Blaze back to the big screen in style on February 17, 2012.  Also featuring Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds and Johnny Whitworth, you can get a taste of Flamehead’s 3D adventure with the new poster and in-theater standee for the film, right here on Marvel.com!  Look for the one-sheet and standee at your local theater, and remember to check back with Marvel.com in the coming months as we get ready for “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” on February 17!

New Ghost Rider Theater Standee