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First Official THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer!

Marvel Studios just debuted its first teaser trailer for the God of Thunder, Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to the 2011 Thor blockbuster and latest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Iron Man 3 this year. We can get our first glimpse of Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder & Tom Hiddleston’s Loki since Marvel’s The Avengers, the trailer teases the return of Thor’s many allies on Asgard and Earth. Also a look into other realms of The Nine Worlds and new villains, mainly the Dark Elves led by Malekith the Accursed, played by Christopher Eccleston, watch the teaser below!

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Turtles Movie Reboot Officially Renamed “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

So this past year, there’s been some crazy turn of events revolving around Paramount’s upcoming TMNT movie reboot. Started off with rumors that the turtles would be aliens, and then later confirmed in a leaked script, then Michael Bay officially announces the movie title as “Ninja Turtles” dropping the rest of the flagship words “Teenage Mutant”. Things couldn’t have gotten even worse until Paramount announced a delay in production signing the movie being in trouble.

But all seems to be going well now, as the script has been rewritten by Evan Daugherty, filming has just started, and to everyone’s surprise, Paramount showed the first logo teaser for the film during their CinemaCon presentation, and the logo clearly reads “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

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Does this mean our four favorite heroes are once again mutated turtles instead of aliens from another planet ?

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Oblivion: A Plot In Decay

Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski directed Oblivion into one of those eye-catching post-apocalyptic sci-fi films that can go either a promising or stale route. Unfortunately, what we have here is a stale one. I can probably say this film to be a complete mash-up of The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Planet of the Apes, but what that only does is make it sound better than it is.

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The setting starts off in the year 2077 and Tom Cruise— who surprisingly was able to prove he can still do all the action like a man in his twenties—plays Jack Harper, an engineer stationed on Earth 60 years after the planet was demolished by an alien race that destroyed the moon, which led to a series of tsunamis, earthquakes, and nuclear annihilation. What was left of the human race shipped off to Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, leaving behind just our defeated and decaying civilization (football stadiums in ashes, a leaning Washington Monument for starters).

Jack heads down to Earth’s surface every day to repair cue ball-like patrol drones that scan the landscape for rebel alien “Scavengers” or “Scabs” for short, while Victoria checks in with Mission Control (Melissa Leo sporting a syrupy Foghorn Leghorn drawl—plays Sally). Even though his memory has been wiped clean, Jack still has flickers of the past like a rolling film—mostly of a beautiful mysterious woman (Quantum of Solace’s Olga Kurylenko) on the Empire State Building’s observation deck. During one of his patrols, Jack investigates a spacecraft that crash lands in the desert and finds the jettisoned crew of the ship asleep in cryo-pods. The only one to survive is… well.. guess!

Jack’s spacecraft discovery makes him question his mission and his identity further. Sounds familiar? All that’s missing is Harrison Ford in a trench coat and an origami unicorn. Even Morgan Freeman’s small role (although it looks a lot meatier in the trailer) feels like he’s doing a karaoke version of Lawrence Fishburne’s Morpheus or “god in darkness” as a friend of mine would call it.

Kosinski, who made the Tron reboot look pretty cool, manages to cough up some memorable action sequences. Cruise has one aerial dogfight sequence in a spaceship through some giddy canyons that’s so thrilling it will make you feel like you’re watching Top Gun’s Maverick back in action with a few gadget exceptions. The actor gets to model in hi-tech jumpsuits (paired with a vintage New York Yankees cap…heck yes!) and indulge his need for speed, zipping around in some unbelievably futuristic hardware. He proves why he’s been a perfect candidate of gung-ho Hollywood professionalism for the past three decades. The man’s incapable of half-assing it or phoning it in, but unlike his characters back in Minority Report and War of the Worlds, he’s a bit of a cypher here.

Thanks to Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), Oblivion has enough special-effects artistry to keep you distracted for a while throughout the film. It’s not that Oblivion has nothing on its mind; the narrative is fairly complex, although full of recycled themes, and potentially affecting. All the eye candy can’t mask the sensation that you’ve seen this all before…and done better. But feelings are discussed instead of dramatized in a film that doesn’t know what to make of them, while coherence suffers the moon’s fate.

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A Brand New 3-Minute Theatrical Trailer For MAN OF STEEL Debuts

Warner Bros. Pictures have finally released their third theatrical trailer for the Zack Snyder film, Man of Steel. The trailer is actually 3 minutes long, and it features some great new footage that kinda gives you the goosebumps. It’s nostalgic because it reminds you a VERY slight bit of The Dark Knight Rises third theatrical trailer style to it. Check it out below!

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Robert Downey Jr. Leaves AVENGERS 2 & Marvel Names Replacement?

It’s during these times, where we raise our fists above our heads, channel our inner Darth Vader, and scream a very disturbing “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” into the air…

Robert Downey Jr., that glorious and classy thespian who’s synonymous with drunken, armored romps on the big screen, has abandoned The Avengers 2 and the role of Tony Stark. Although we still haven’t heard the official word on the matter, I have no doubt this was initiated by money talk. We’ve known for some time that Marvel is tight with their purse, axing Terrence Howard after the actor refused to accept a decrease in salary. Since Downey Jr. already commands such a high paycheck ($50 million for The Avengers to be exact), and he had just reached the end of his initial contract following the completion of Iron Man 3, he may have wanted too much money.

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If that wasn’t difficult enough to sink in, it looks like the name of their replacement was leaked. But again, nothing’s been 100% confirmed yet (even though I think this Tweet counts as 100% confirmed), as I’m sure exec. Kevin Feige and crew are hammering out an extensive contract to ensure another Downey Jr. style fiasco doesn’t happen again, but it looks like Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm will be the new billionaire/playboy/philanthropist.

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Pardon me diehard fanboys… but this choice isn’t actually THAT bad, but Hamm doesn’t possess the necessary mixture of playful sass and silver fox charm that made Downey such a catch.

Here’s the official tweet from Marvel, which only delivers a minimum amount of information, but you may want to see it.

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What do you guys think?

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