During the early onslaught of the epidemic we are told by Dr. Erin Mears that the average human touches their face three-to-five times per minute. The exact amount is futile. What’s important is that it only takes one to pass on a virus. What’s also important is that I was touching my face when I was notified.
Dr. Mears is fictional (played by Kate Winslet), but the threat is real. Over the centuries, we weak humans have been decimated by unseen beings; microscopic terrors that eat us from the inside. The Black Death wiped out half of Europe in the 14th century; the Spanish Flu thirty million at the turn of the 20th. Smallpox is the real winner here though. Reports indicate it’s responsible for the deaths of 500 million people. Contagion’s nemesis is MEV-1: a proposed bat/pig viral super-villain.
With a promising cast of Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane (Jonathan and Martha Kent); news from within has Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) fleeing Zack Snyder’s newest flick, with Ayelet Zurer (Angels and Demons) taking over as Lara Lor-Van. No word yet on why Ormond would leave, but perhaps she grew tired of shiny, slo-mo action shots.
Regardless, the show must go on, with a release date of June 13, 2013 in the distant horizon.
See Supes’ hot mom after the break.
A few days ago, an eight-minute extended trailer was released, shedding some serious light on David Fincher’s American remake of the popular Swedish series. Now, we have a trimmed down version circulating the web, allowing the general public their first real moving peek of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and her surprising Scandinavian accent.
(Other than the awful looking Dream House) Daniel Craig can always be counted on, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the chemistry between the two leads. Craig has stated that Fincher’s vision is as dark as one can imagine; a reassuring thought for those of us familiar with the source material. For the other nineteen people, this extended look will give you a pretty good idea of what the story entails. Screen time is also shared by Christopher Plummer, Goran Visnijc, Robin Wright among others.
The entire film (and the later two installments) is riding on the performance of Mara–a relative unknown not too long ago–who fair or not, must carry the weight on her diminutive shoulders. All early signs point to her being effective, but we’ll have to wait and see what the finished product puts on display.
The nearly four-minute trailer and new one-sheet are after the break.
Sam Worthington’s in a new film about an ex-cop turned con who ends up on the ledge of a Manhattan hotel pleading his innocence after being charged for the theft of an Ed Harris owned diamond. His performance attracts the attention of Elizabeth Banks, an NYPD psychologist who begins to suspect that Worthington and his greasy hair are telling the truth.
Unbeknownst to everyone watching, Worthington and his team (Jamie Bell, and Genesis Rodriguez, who thankfully believes that wearing lingerie betters your chances of yanking precious stones) are in the middle of the biggest heist ever pulled.
Worthington’s still trying to find his footing in any film that doesn’t involve fantasy, and massive special effects, and after the first taste of Ledge, not so sure he’s done it yet. Still, Ed Harris can usually be counted on for chewing on some scenes, and once more, you have this walking around.
First trailer and one-sheet after the break.
I suppose it was after Taken that it became popular to only cast Liam Neeson in action-y, one-man-versus-the-world flicks, but here comes the popular Irishman once more; this time as a guy that’s stranded in the Alaskan (filmed in Canada!) wilderness after his plane crashes, forcing him to deal with the elements, along with man-eating wolves.
See the first teaser after the break.
Cancer. Just saying it out loud freaks you out right? Undoubtedly the scariest one letter word (other than marriage) in the English dictionary. There’s a good chance that this disease has ravaged someone you know and care for. When it happens, a feeling of helplessness emanates. There’s nothing personally you can do; instead relying on doctors and just-as-unnerving words like chemotherapy.
Based upon the real life happenings of Will Reiser (who also penned the script) 50/50′s premise is nothing new, but the execution is marvelous. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has showcased no shortage of talent; back when he was a dork in television’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, or an even bigger dork in 1999′s 10 Things I Hate About You. Later, thanks to Rian Johnson (Brick) and more recently Christopher Nolan (Inception, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises), Gordon-Levitt has proven to possess the maturity to delve into more leading and layered roles.
I’m sure having a kid is scary enough. But when he grows up to be a sociopath, well, I guess thank Jebus for prescription drugs. The always incredible Tilda Swinton is involved which makes Kevin a must-see. She plays the mother, with John C. Reilly as the father of a demented and creepy son. Perhaps you’ve read the novel, the film is based on, or seen the synopsis, but hopefully you’ll get to the theatre without knowing the pretty horrific final act.
It’s already been released in May at Cannes, and has an October date in the UK; a North American one has yet to be determined. Check out a poster below.
The painfully underrated Matthew Goode (Match Point) stars in a drama about a man whose life seems to (rightfully) unravel after the supposed death of his wife. Tough to truly pick out what’s going on here. Goode seems to let loose and go all daredevil-y, all the while either doing a bunch of women, or doing Rachel Griffiths a bunch of times. A perfect way to deal with grief if you ask me.
A trailer for the new Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle about a bike courier who gets into the shit when he picks up a envelope from Jamie Chung, then gets chased by a crooked cop, before getting slammed by a taxi cab. Michael Shannon co-stars, playing the aforementioned 5-0. One would think that watching JGL and Shannon go at it would equal a tantalizing affair, but the questions remains: what the hell are JGL and Michael Shannon doing in this film? I’m all for putting a fresh spin on a chase film, but I don’t know if a ten-speed is the answer.
Premium Rush pedals into theatres January 13, 2012.
All the misguided nerds will experience a collective wet dream tonight as the first full trailer for the latest Twilight film was released. It appears the entire movie’s climax (ahem) is the long-awaited sex scene between the vampire and his ridiculously absurd girlfriend.