Here is the second full-length trailer for Die Hard 5 aka A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) that at least manages to get the basic plot across albeit with still a ton of explosions and wisecracks. There’s still no word what the MPAA rating will be although I have a feeling most fans of the original are praying that it is a hard “R.” The film opens Feb 14, 2013 in Canada, the USA and a ton of other territories.
Sometimes I am reminded how Hollywood works in odd ways. X-Men: First Class was a decent reboot of the X-Men franchise of which the first two instalments were helmed by Bryan Singer before he left to do Superman Returns leaving 20th Century Fox with no choice but to quickly parachute Brett Ratner into the director’s chair. I am no big fan of Ratner nor do I hate him like some fans irrationally seem to do but there is no doubt that he was not given enough time to make X-Men 3: The Last Stand his own and it shows with a movie that was rarely engaging and filled with totally incongruous moments that took the narrative too far from the source material. Nevertheless, it made a ton of money yet making an X-Men 4 would have cost too much at that point so Fox decided to reboot with First Class.
It has been ages since we last got a good update as to what was happening to the live action Mass Effect movie. Last we heard was that Thor/I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich had finished his draft of the Mass Effect movie screenplay but then things went silent. Today, through Variety, it was announced that Mark Protosevich had left the project presumably because his Mass Effect draft was rejected and replaced by Morgan Davis Foehl to attempt another take on the franchise.
Here is the first TV spot for Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) opening December 14 in Canada and the USA. Of note, it was just announced that the total runtime of the film is the shortest of all the Lord of the Rings films coming in at approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. For any other film that runtime might be considered “bloated” but here’s hoping Peter Jackson pulls a rabbit out of his hat again.
The summer movie 2013 season might still be over six months away but Hollywood studios have already begun their marketing campaigns for many tent pole releases. A few weeks ago we got the teaser trailer for Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger and today we get Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 which once again is batting in leadoff position with a launch on May 3, 2013.
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom belongs to a game genre that I haven’t played in ages since way back on the Sega Saturn. To say that I am shocked that Aksys Games would port it to the now dead Sony PSP would be an understatement yet I am thankful that corporate bigwigs took a chance as it is one of the better genre titles I have played. Simply put, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is an “otome” style Japanese visual novel game that is basically akin to a choose your own adventure book that was popular a few decades ago. The big difference here is that in “otome” games that the player takes on the role of a female protagonist as she navigates through the plot while attempting to hook up with any, or none, of the male supporting cast.
Microsoft continues its trend of laying down big bucks towards marketing their crown jewel video game franchise with this new live action trailer for the upcoming Halo 4. Produced by David Fincher (yes, THAT David Fincher director of Fight Club, The Social Network, Se7en and The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo) and directed by Tim Miller who spearheaded the FX work on Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World this roughly two minute trailer provides a very quick overview through flashbacks of a few events which shaped the Master Chief’s life.
Although this summer’s Rock of Ages tanked at the box office its failure really should not been attributed to Tom Cruise who was only one part of an ensemble cast. Still, last year’s Mission Impossible 4:Ghost Protocol proved that after a series of flops that Cruise was still a marketable actor as that installment pulled in a huge $694 million USD globally. This December 21 will be a much better barometer of Cruise’s box office pull as his newest movie Jack Reacher opens. Here is the newest trailer.