Transformers 4: Previous Plot Details Deemed Inaccurate

Remember those plot details that popped up about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie? Well, it turns out that Paramount went into damage control mode quickly afterwards, essentially shooting down the whole thing by labeling it "inaccurate."

The vague plot synopsis in question reported by The Michigan Film Office depicted a story in which mankind's tinkering with remnants of Transformer technology unleashes a new uncontrollable power:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

While not carrying any official seals, the story certainly seemed plausible, given the fact that the source would seemingly have contact with the producers. Also, it has been known for some time that director, Michael Bay has been looking for a game-changing reinvention of the franchise. That plot would have provided one; especially since it falls in line with known Transformers storylines such as the existence of Primus and Unicron, robot deities who exist as the living centers of planets, in this case, Primus within Transformers home planet, Cybertron and Unicron within our own Earth.

Nevertheless, Paramount sent out its army of lawyers (giant robot lawyers who transform into briefcases) to the far reaches of the blogosphere to make sure this story effectively went away. In fact, even the original article itself is now conspicuously missing the paragraph containing the apparently-ersatz explication.

So, what could this mean? Well, it could be the case that this was such an egregious breach of top secret material that "The Big P" has resorted to posturing. Or...well, that it's just not true. And that's fine, I suppose. Hey, some may argue that when it comes to Transformers movies, plots are like green garnishes laying on the side of the plate next to the main course of a marbled, tender, juicy piece of "giant robots blowing s**t up."

We'll still get that main course when Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) hits theaters on June 27, 2014.


Star Trek Into Darkness: New International Trailers Hit

Star Trek Into Darkness has released its latest trailer in the form of multiple international versions that give us a much closer look at the film...and, as a gift to pic hoarders across the Internet, Alice Eve's Carol Marcus modeling her space lingerie.

The differences between the six trailer variants are subtle, at best, with only milliseconds of scenes distinguishing each one. With that said, this new spot manages to give us a more solid contextual grasp of the film's events, all while still practicing the signature sleight-of-hand approach of navigating around the essential questions that fans still carry; a practice that the hype machine for this film has been doing to the point of an art form.

First and foremost, we get a look at Peter Weller (known as RoboCop to most and also as Buckaroo Banzai to film geeks) in his role as Admiral Marcus, the father of Carol, our space lingerie-sporting doctor-type lady who, if destiny holds, will be the baby mama to Chris Pine's James Kirk and develop Project Genesis. (Not to be confused with the one that launched with Altered Beast.) Unfortunately, this awkward moment between a father and his daughter's would-be suitor gets interrupted by Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison, a terrorist with a mysterious cause who the elder Marcus describes as formerly being one of Starfleet's "top agents." Yet, as the trailer's dialogue with Harrison indicates, the belligerent bomber's reasons might be rooted in a righteous cause (at least to him) when he says that "your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive." (Hey, man, Firefly was cancelled 10 years ago. Get over it, already.)

Enough talk. The action is awesome, the visuals are...visual, and speaking of shows cancelled by the Fox network, director, J.J. Abrams gets to finally close the book on his project in the ill-fated Alcatraz...by having a San Francisco-bound crashing Starfleet ship wreck The Rock! Check out the trailer, as well as a new Easter Egg-accessible poster below. -- NOW!

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Transformers 4: Plot Details Revealed

Some light has been shed on the plot of the mysterious fourth entry in the Transformers film franchise. A press release from The Michigan Film Office lauds the economic benefits of the production's impending arrival in metro Detroit to shoot backdrop scenes. (Enticed by juicy tax incentives.) However, it also manages to include some details on the movie's plot. It's quite a coup, considering that up to this point, virtually nothing was known.

While director and auteur of explosions, Michael Bay will again settle into the ass-groove indentation of his director's chair, the franchise's previous star, Shia LaBeouf will be stepping away, making room for perennial leading man, Mark Wahlberg, who just recently stepped in front of the camera for the director in the upcoming film, Pain & Gain. Now, it seems that Wahlberg's protagonist character may be dealing with a new breed of malevolent metamorphic mechs in this franchise refresh. According the description:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

Interestingly enough, as the Jurassic Park franchise readies its own long-awaited return and reinvention, it seems that this series will get a similar injection of man-made folly. It could possibly see the debut of new human-hatched hybrid Transformers that would represent a real game-changer. At this point, the details are anyone's guess, but personally, I see this movie delving deeper into the 80's toy series mythos with things like Dinobots and Insecticons.

While Bay's Transformers franchise may have its share of "haters," the undeniable fact is that the first three films were an amazing cash-cow for Paramount, giving them a whopping $2.67 billion dollar worldwide take. They certainly seem to bring something to the table that has moviegoers of all the right demographics flocking to theaters to see them.

Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) helps the Autobots fight a new evil with a Boston accent and "good vibrations" at theaters on June 27, 2014.

UPDATE: Paramount quickly deemed the report "inaccurate."

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James Bond: Next Movie Expected Within 3 Years

If, for some reason, you actually needed reassurance that the James Bond franchise would still be shaking, not stirring more movies, then it seems that good news has arrived. In a recent conference with investors, MGM Studio has revealed that yes, indeed, the next Bond film with a returning Daniel Craig is in the works, targeted within the next three years.

Certainly, those who thought that the venerable spy franchise, which just passed its 50th anniversary, had become tedious to the public were forced to eat major crow when last year's Skyfall raked-in an astronomical $1.1 billion worldwide. Thus, it's safe to say that James Bond still has plenty of baddies to shoot and alluring, exotic-accented "assets" to "debrief" on the big screen for quite a while.

According to MGM Chairman and CEO, Gary Barber:

"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon. We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released."

It was also revealed that the combined $1+ billion dollar takes of both Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey helped triple the 2012 net income of the studio which just a few years back had declared bankruptcy.

At the moment, this next film, the 24th in the series (not counting the non-canon Never Say Never Again,) is still very much in its planning stages. While Skyfall co-writer, John Logan has been tapped once again for the script, director, Sam Mendes will not be returning, having expressed his desire to focus on his theater projects. However, besides the return as Daniel Craig as the darker, badass Bond, expect Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes to return as the iconic roles that they were revealed to have been playing. (I'm guessing that's still kind of spoiler-ish.)

"Bond 24" combats terrorists and STD's at theaters sometime before the end of 2016.


Iron Man 3: New IMAX Poster Gets Crowded

Iron Man 3 has been churning out posters quite heavily and the trend does not appear to be stopping anytime soon with the release of this new character-packed poster promoting the film's IMAX release.

Does it preview any new characters? Nope. Does it give us a glimpse of any new scenes? Nope. Does it provide any new insight into the film itself? Nope. So, what does it do? Well, it essentially strings together the last Tony/Pepper poster with some of the character posters that were released throughout the month of February into a crowded, eye-popping hybrid that may very well be the movie poster equivalent of those "Harlem Shake" videos.

Indeed, all the side players (that we know of, thus far) are present in the background: Don Cheadle in his Iron Patriot armor, Guy Pearce as sinister spray-tanned scientist, Aldrich Killian, Sir Ben Kingsley decked-out for his auspiciously antagonistic turn as signature baddie, The Mandarin, a few strays from Tony's voluminous Iron Army, and someone who I'm guessing is the one and only Helicopter Man! -- Uh, no, that's just a helicopter. Nevermind.

Iron Man 3 brings this kickin' shindig to theaters on May 3. Check out the full poster below and pay homage to the Photoshop Gods.

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The Wolverine: New Stills Officially Released

The Wolverine has officially released a set of new photos showing Hugh Jackman's Wolverine looking moody and alone, which for him, is simply looking normal.

With director, James Mangold having just dropped the news that the long-awaited TRAILER for the X-Man's summer solo sequel will debut on March 27 online and at theaters in 3D and 2D with G.I. Joe: Retaliation the following weekend, it seems that the film's hype machine is about to be activated. In the meantime, we have these new photos at which to gawk.

The most intriguing of the bunch (seen above) gives us a nice glimpse of Logan in Japan with unsheathed adamantium, having already shish-kabobed some poor bastard. Our unknown victim either represented some bad business with ninja organization, The Hand, or was simply trying to sell Logan a timeshare near Mount Fuji and got a bit too pushy in his pitch. Either way, it seems that this formal affair, possibly a funeral, which had Logan and some background people dressed in black got interrupted with this sudden shanking. -- I guess it's all in a day's work when you're Wolverine.

The other two photos seem to have Logan looking glum amidst the elements of rain and snow. Although, the shot of our melancholy mutant getting drenched in the rain seems to prominently feature a plastic-covered camera on a crane, indicating that either it's behind-the-scenes, or that The Wolverine will take an experimental approach which breaks the fourth wall. (Although, how funny would that be? Logan talking to the camera like he's Ferris Beuller after eviscerating gangs of ninjas.)

The Wolverine does more to raise insurance premiums on Japanese properties than any natural disaster could when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the rest of the pics below!

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Gears of War Judgment

Gears of War: Judgment, the 4th game in Epic’s Gears of War franchise, is out this week (Tuesday 3/19) and so far the reviews are mostly positive! Personally I was beginning to tire of the Gears series so it’s great to hear the positive feedback on the new game; most of which complements the tweaks Epic, and co-developer People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), made to the campaign’s structure. Of course, multiplayer is a big part of Gears of War and Judgment’s new mode OverRun is also getting high praise.

Let’s get to the reviews:

Polygon: Gears of War: Judgment provides multiple main player characters for the first time in the series, and each character's point of view and sometimes conflicting motivations for going off-mission are explored enough to flesh them out. People Can Fly do a workmanlike job in building a story that keeps the game moving, doesn't get in the way, and provides for great set pieces that belong, rather than plopping down random bits of bombast.

Those set pieces are oriented around the great, cover-based shooting that's driven all of the Gears of War games so far. You take cover against various surfaces, moving from one position to another with the A button, and aim around corners and the like with the left trigger. In this respect, Gears of War: Judgment is immediately familiar. But it's the additional wings built on top of Gears' now well-established foundation that make things interesting — like the dynamic spawning system. Rather than the static, scripted enemy spawning and positioning of previous Gears games, Gears of War: Judgment adapts to player strategy and play style by mixing up enemy types and tactics based on how you're playing the game.

IGN: Both story and gameplay really come together in the brilliant Declassify system. These optional objectives, which you can activate before most enemy encounters, trigger a challenging variable that handicaps (your) Kilo Squad. If a Declassify variable impairs your vision, adds stronger or more enemies, cuts your ammunition in half, or forces you to use specific weaponry, the way you play the encounter changes dramatically. Each of these awesome combat mods comes with a reasonable narrative conceit, too. An explosion, for instance, may cause a cloudy layer of dust to sweep through the battlefield and reduce your visibility.

Declassified sections also modify another of Judgment’s new wrinkles: the scoring system. Melee executions, explosions, and turning Locust into gibs increases your star rating during each encounter, and activating a Declassify option multiplies the rate at which you earn stars. Leaderboards and arcade scoring are one thing, but this is another of Judgment’s clever ploys to tinker with the way we play Gears. Knowing what scores big points can drive you in a specific direction – if you want to score big, maybe risking an explosive Torque Bow’s limited ammo instead of the Markza sniper rifle’s full clip is worth your while. Judgment’s evaluation of skill is rewarding in its own right, especially when you know you’ve conquered a tough Declassify mission.

Destructoid: This focus on leveling and winning things leads to Judgment's campaign having a lot more of an "arcade" feel than prior installments. Missions are very short, lasting a few minutes at most, which leads to the already basic story feeling segmented. However, the trade-off is a faster, more chaotic, more varied solo and cooperative experience which, coupled with the declassified extras, leads to an altogether different type of Gears that players are used to. Whether fighting in a room covered in thick dust and full of sword-wielding Therons, or defending a position with sentry bots and turrets, Judgment constantly switches things up on the player, and the bite-sized nature of individual missions leads to a feeling of greater replayability.

Eurogamer: What pushes Judgment over the line from "pretty good" to "pretty great" is multiplayer. Not the same old versus matches that have been a staple of the series since 2006, nor the wave-based Survival mode, nor the late addition of a basic free-for-all deathmatch, nor or the King of the Hill variant, Domination. Those are all fine, but standard fare. No, the secret weapon in Judgment's arsenal is OverRun, a hybrid game mode that pulls together the best elements of the series' online play into something epic and satisfying.

At heart, OverRun is a close relation to Battlefield's Rush mode. The COG team is on the defensive, holding back a player-controlled team of Locusts and (hopefully) preventing them from opening sealed Emergence Holes. Fail twice and the humans have to fall back to protect a generator. If the Locusts destroy that, it's all over. Similarly, if the COG can hold the line until the round timer runs out, the Hammer of Dawn fires up and obliterates the monsters.

With a fuss-free class system and tight, well-planned maps, OverRun is Gears multiplayer at its best, combining the strongest elements of deathmatch and survival game types into one nail-biting experience. There's a great balance between frantic action and tactical collaboration, while the addition of some verticality - reachable by the Scout class for sniping duty - subtly changes the ebb and flow. It's a mode where players of any skill level can find room to shine, but only the best will emerge with the medals and ribbons.

Sounds good, right? Is Gears of War: Judgment a day 1 purchase for you? Let me know!

Escape From New York Remake In The Works

To either the delight or pure horror of fans, it seems that Escape from New York, the 1981 John Carpenter-directed dystopian crowd-pleaser will be the next classic franchise to get the remake treatment.

According to Deadline, legendary producer, Joel Silver, who's had a hand in some of the most iconic action films of the last 30 years, has hopped on board the long-planned project with Studio Canal for a reinvention of the film in which Kurt Russell played Snake Plissken, the eye-patch-sporting skull-cracking soldier of fortune. Snake is tasked with rescuing the U.S. President after his plane crashes into the boundaries of a future version of New York City that has been converted into a giant prison and ruled by a sinister Duke who's "a-number one." The incarcerated Snake is subsequently offered a full pardon if he can successfully infiltrate the locked-down metropolis and utilize his skills to get the job done. The film would be followed 15 years later in 1996 with the less-lauded Escape from L.A.

Things seemed to be moving for this remake project a few years back over at New Line with a script lined up and a vision for a more budget-friendly post-apocalyptic New York. That deal would expire and now that the rights to the project are in the hands of Studio Canal, Joel Silver has been given free reign to shape it to his will.

According to the report, Silver plans to provide an entirely new take on the story and even has ambitions of turning it into a proper trilogy. The formula of recent reboot success story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes seems to be the inspiration for this revival as it currently searches out a new screenwriter.

Obviously, a great deal about what was predicted in the 1981 film about "the future" of 1997, like a Third World War, the continued use of "secret cassette tapes," and prison cities never quite took place. Yet, all of those easily-fixable things are trivial compared to the most important task the creative minds of this film will undertake: Finding someone badass enough to fill Kurt Russell's shoes as Snake Plissken. That will be a task that's far easier said than done.


Doctor Who: Action Packed New Season 7 Trailer

A new trailer has hit for the upcoming seventh season/series of the BBC's Doctor Who.

When we last left the good Doctor in the Christmas special, "The Snowmen," he learned that his previous chance encounter with a helpful, sexy-voiced Dalek in denial, would only be the first time his path would cross with the person he now refers to as "The Impossible Girl." Indeed, it seems that throughout time and space, this bold beauty manages to show up in some form or another in The Doctor's destinations and it's absolutely vexing him as to how or why?

The preview shows some of the adventures in store for Matt Smith's return as Gallifrey's galactic-globetrotter and Clara Oswin (Jenna-Louise Coleman), his new comely companion with a propensity for dying and mysteriously resurfacing. The action, as expected, appears intense and chock full of goodies like mace-wielding Cybermen, demonic top-hatted hellions, fiery explosions, and a creepy forest that even has The Doctor himself spooked like Shaggy. (Has this new adventure exposed an innate fear of trees?)

The moment is close at hand, Whovians! It's finally time to change your Amy Pond desktop wallpaper and pour a cold one on the ground for Rory Williams. Their fates have been sealed and we're moving on to a new set of adventures with another fate-driven companion with a ton of bizarre baggage that could carry universe-imploding implications. -- Although, she is kind of hot so...whatever.

Doctor Who re-materializes his TARDIS on BBC and BBC America on March 30. Check out the trailer below!

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The Wolverine Reveals Another Fatal Femme, Plus Trailer Release Date

The Wolverine has revealed yet another one of the baneful beauties that will grace the summer solo return of Hugh Jackman's titular mutant mauler. This time, the sneak peak is of ravishing Russian actress, Svetlana Khodchenkova, who will play the character of Viper. -- Additionally, it appears that fans anxiously awaiting the film's long-delayed trailer may have a date to mark.

Over the weekend, director, James Mangold tweeted this sneak peak black and white portrait, just as he did for the two female leads of the film. However, unlike the roles of those two, the context of Viper's inclusion in the film is actually still somewhat cloudy. While The Wolverine is based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Frank Miller, the inclusion of Viper and Will Yun Lee's The Silver Samurai (who in the comics is known to be her bodyguard and presumed lover,) seems to indicate that the film may also touch on events that took place in the miniseries' aftermath in subsequent issues of The Uncanny X-Men in 1983.

In the comic canon, Viper is the sinister, subversive seductress who rose through the ranks of criminal empire, HYDRA to become its leader, Madame Hydra. Of course, HYDRA only exists in Marvel Studios' movieverse and not this one by Fox, so that aspect will likely be left out. However, what's usable here is her connection to Wolverine, which stretches far into the past, back in the 1920's. They both studied under the shared mentor, Seraph, who just before her death, made Wolverine swear an oath of loyalty to Viper. Of course, Viper was no angel and even managed to slow her aging in a sinister deal with a mystical demon. (An aspect that probably won't be used in the film.) She eventually turns her various schemes towards Wolverine, including using his code of honor to blackmail him into a bizarre marriage. (As if this movie didn't already have romantic chaos for Logan.)

This all sounds juicy and awesome, but what about that TRAILER which should have come down the pike months ago? Well, according to Mangold, he will tweet a teaser for the trailer (or "tweazer" as he's calling it) on the 26th of this month. However, on the following day, Wednesday, March 27...yes, in the year, 2013, THE FULL TEASER TRAILER WILL BE RELEASED ONLINE!!! Plus, the spot will also hit the big screen in 3D and 2D on March 29 with the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

The Wolverine makes you believe that Japan is full of deadly, gorgeous women who want to marry you at theaters on July 26.

Defiance, SyFy’s upcoming science fiction TV series that’s intertwined with an MMO video game of the same name, premieres Monday April 15th at 9/8c. We’ve talked almost exclusively about the game but today we snuck a look at the making of the TV show.

In the clip below, series leads Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas discuss the relationship between their characters, Nolan and Irisa, which is central to the show. On a war ravaged future Earth, rough around the edges human outsider Nolan takes knife wielding alien Irisa under his wing. Nolan serves as a de facto father for Irisa and the unlikely pair tries to survive in the town of Defiance.

Check out Making of Defiance Chapter 6: Nolan and Irisa:

What’d you think? I’m definitely ready to check out this show (and the game). Are you?

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Adds Colossus

It appears that the ever-growing army of alumni for next year's follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to expand. This time, it will benefit from the presence of Daniel Cudmore, who will provide some steely reinforcement when he reprises his role as signature X-Man, Colossus.

Director, Bryan Singer, in keeping with his tradition of making Twitter his PR machine, confirmed the return of Cudmore to the X-Men fold by way of a photo showing his wall collage of cast head shots. While every cast member we know to be confirmed is there, the final three photos in the bottom-right row implies the addition of Cudmore, as well as the presence of a duo of X-franchise newbies in actress, Fan Bingbing and actor, BooBoo Stewart. (Both of which Singer may have cast simply for the pure amusement of whoever handles the credits.)

After playing the role of the reinforced Russian rager in 2003's X2 and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, Cudmore has stuck closely to genre films, playing vampire enforcer, Felix in the Twilight movies (which also features new co-star BooBoo Stewart as werewolf, Seth), and will portray the mythical Manticore in this summer's sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Now, after an 8 year hiatus, he will once again play Peter Rasputin (as it is spelled in the film canon), the brawling, buff, and brave young mutant whose powers grant him superhuman strength and endurance, as his body transforms into an articulated anthropomorphic statue made of organic steel.

We certainly have to chalk another one up for B-Money (as I'm sure someone has called him at some point,) and his ability to corral his merry band of X-folk with extreme efficiency. Because of that, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will now be able to participate in a few rounds of Fastball Special, the move where Colossus famously lobs the crazed claw-wielder at enemies such as the giant robot Sentinels for unmitigated adamantium-impacted extermination.

X-Men: Days of Future Past crashes through random walls like a chrome-covered Kool-Aid Man at theaters on July 18, 2014.


Guardians Of The Galaxy: Dave Bautista Confirmed As Drax

Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's upcoming epic featuring the space-based super-team may not "have a Hulk," but it now has its own emerald enforcer in Dave Bautista, who The Hollywood Reporter confirms has landed the role of Drax the Destroyer.

The process of casting this role came with several months of rumors which had candidates like Jason Mamoa, Isaiah Mustafa, and Brian Patrick Wade, among others in the mix. However, the name of Bautista, the former WWE superstar, turned actor and part-time MMA fighter, always seemed to find its way on to lists of the most likely to nab the role. That narrative is now a reality, as he joins Chris Pratt's team leader, Peter Quill/Star-Lord as the second confirmed casting for this experimental superhero saga in Marvel's "Phase Two" series of canon-connected films.

As far as the character of Drax goes, he was once a normal human being named Arthur Douglas...that was until a commute across the Mojave Desert would introduce him to the powerful Mad Titan, Thanos, whose ship crash-landed in his vicinity. Not wanting witnesses, Thanos cruelly dispatched Arthur and his wife, with the fate of his daughter being unknown. (She would re-emerge as the character, Moondragon.) However, Thanos was unable to kill Arthur's thirst for revenge; a power that would be harnessed by Thanos' father, Mentor (with whom there is no love lost), placing Arthur's essence into a powerful new green-skinned body designed for pure cosmic violence. His path would eventually lead to joining the Guardians of the Galaxy team.

For Bautista, the role will be a significant bump in prestige. The tough guy journeyman actor has been quietly, but steadily building up quite a resume of action films like this fall's Vin Diesel sequel vehicle, Riddick, The Man with the Iron Fists, and House of the Rising Sun. With the scene-stealing potential of the Drax character, Guardians could serve as his coming out party as an actor.

Guardians of the Galaxy flashes a double thumbs-down gesture before delivering a powerbomb to evil at theaters on August 1, 2014.


Jurassic Park IV Nabs Its Director

Jurassic Park IV, next year's long-in-the-making sequel to the Mesozoic mega-movie now has a director in Colin Trevorrow.

Almost apropos to the way that the long-extinct gigantic creatures were culled from the smallest, most unlikeliest of places in the films, so too has the helmer for this gigantic sequel. Trevorrow, whose short directorial resume notably includes last year's Internet meme-inspired comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed and a 2005 TV movie called Gary: Under Crisis, takes a step almost as shockingly-large as the franchise's featured creatures themselves when he settles into the director's chair for this follow-up film to the popular series; the first since 2001's Jurassic Park III.

This certainly begs a rather obvious question: Colin Trevorrow?! It's especially surprising considering that the legendary Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films, was speculated to be circling the job. (He remains on board as executive producer.) Well, according to Deadline, the writer/director, Trevorrow met with some bigwigs at Universal along with a handful of filmmakers and made a pitch that (we would assume) was impactful, passionate, and demonstrated his own love for the series. With Trevorrow, the studio gets a vision for the film that apparently stays true to the heart of the series. At the same time, they get to invest in someone from a new crop of young filmmakers to see what he does with the proverbial "ball" when it's handed to him. At the moment, that "ball" comes with a screenplay by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

With the 1993 original film set for a 3D re-release on April 5 and this sequel looming, you can bet that we're in for a mass-marketing blitz of epic proportions for all things Jurassic. (There's got to be a Betty White roast joke in there somewhere.) For Trevorrow, it's going to be quite the dramatic transition from independent filmmaker to captain for one of Hollywood's majorly lucrative franchises.

Jurassic Park IV tests the electric fences to break out and arrive at theaters on June 13, 2014.


The Wolverine Unveils Its Lead Females

The Wolverine, this summer's big screen return of Marvel's adamantium-aligned ass-beater, has finally given us a look (of sorts) at some other people in the film besides star, Hugh Jackman in the form of his gorgeous female co-stars.

Director, James Mangold has tweeted black and white portraits of the film's starring trio taken on the last day of production. While we've known for some time what the extra-jacked Jackman will look like as Logan this time around, the photos of Tao Okamoto as Wolverine's embattled ex-love, Mariko and Rila Fukushima as the furtive femme fatale, Yukio serve as the first real publicity of any kind for the characters.

A desperate plea for help on the part of Okamoto's Mariko will be the inciting incident of the film which sends Logan on his fateful journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. When Mariko is forced into an involuntary marriage arranged by her crime boss father, it makes Logan rush to her rescue as a white knight (or in this case, samurai), getting him mixed up in all sorts of bad business on her behalf, including a tangle with the powerful mutant, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). However, a mysterious ally emerges in Fukushima's Yukio. While her ultimate motivations are not yet clear, it does seem that the sultry slayer has every intention of making moves on our hair-spiked hero that will have more than his claws raised.

Do the portraits give fans an incredibly insightful look at the film itself as something like, say...A TRAILER might provide? Nope. However, for fans who have read the original 1982 Frank Miller Wolverine miniseries on which it's based, the glimpse at least puts a set of new faces to the story they've known.

The Wolverine gives you "two chicks at the same time" without the aid of a million dollars at theaters on July 26. Check out the portraits in full below!

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