Pigs must be flying today as Skydance Productions announced that Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to write and direct the live-action adaptation of Star Blazers aka Space Battleship Yamato. To say that this news came out of left field would be an understatement. Actually, Skydance pegged McQuarrie to write the script a few years ago in 2011 but no solid news since then had been released until today. Anime fans should be rejoicing right about now considering Star Blazers is one of the first Japanese series to make a huge mark on American television.
Considering that I have my reviews for Game of Thrones Season One and Season Two right now batting in lead-off positions for my site I figured I might as well draw your attention to this rather funny post over on Giantbomb.com where they decide to compare various characters from George R.R. Martin’s series to, of all things, individual video game consoles.
Game of Thrones thankfully avoids a sophomore slump managing to successful build upon the foundation so lovingly crafted in the first season. Nevertheless, Season 2 feels very much like the middle chapters of a very long book, intent on focusing even more on character interaction while slowly building tension till the final few episodes and, as a result, the pace feels decidedly more sedate even though there are literally a ton of twists and turns hurled at viewers in every single episode.
When it was announced that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was unceremoniously rescheduled from its Christmas Day 2013 release date to January 2014 just about every movie watcher must have realized that Paramount Pictures had a grand reason to do so. I guessed right and so did many others as Paramount has indeed announced that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street has now been scheduled to take Jack Ryan’s recently vacated date.
It was actually very easy to predict how this past summer would pan out, especially which movie was the undeniable favourite to win the crown of biggest box office hit. Nearly every prognosticator placed their bets on Iron Man 3 to wallop the competition and in the end it did amassing about $400 million domestic and another $800 million International for a grand total in excess of $1.2 billion making it the 5th biggest grossing film of all time not taking into account inflation.
Universal Pictures has just released the second trailer for its sci-fi/fantasy film 47 Ronin. There is a lot of repeat footage from the first trailer but this full-length two minute trailer does a much better job at setting up the overall plot by once again casting Keanu Reeves as a kind of outsider who joins 46 masterless samurai on a quest for revenge against supernatural forces.
As usual, once one company decides to start shuffling release dates it sets off a massive chain reaction as rival studios attempt to re-jig their own schedules in order to best counter the new moves. As a result the last few days have seen a plethora of release date changes that really plays havoc with a few upcoming movies.
With less than a month till the launch of Microsoft’s next-gen console many have been asking why marketing has not ramped up for the product considering rival Sony has already begun its teaser ad campaign for its Playstation 4. Well, wait no more as Microsoft has finally begun its massive marketing blitz for the Xbox One by recruiting some celebrities to bolster its multi-million dollar campaign.