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Is it just me or has there been a sudden surplus of promising new sci-fi trailers? The latest to make the rounds is Europa Report, an indie flick about a present-day space voyage to one of Jupiter's moons. The trailer is a gritty found-footage treat — a presumably "hard science fiction" take on space travel. In other words, this ain't Star Trek Into Darkness, boys and girls. This is real (sort of).
Daisuki.net, a free anime streaming service, is launching a giveaway campaign where over a thousand winners will receive awesome prizes. A few of these prizes include Xbox 360 and PS3 games, costume DLCs, trading cards, anime posters and collector figurines, with more prizes to be added daily.
First we had Pitch Black (2000), then Chronicles of Riddick (2004), and Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (a 2004 animated movie I never intend to watch). Now Universal is giving us a new addition to the series. Yes, Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) is back as the anti-hero in a film simply titled Riddick. It’s been 13 years since the first film, 9 since the last, and doing the math, that makes me feel a lot older than I actually am.
Daniel Radcliffe will star as the young Jake Adelstein in the upcoming film adaptation of his 2009 best-selling book, Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.
Guillermo del Toro premiered a trailer for Pacific Rim at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival, and the fantastic new preview has finally made its way online. For most films, I'd be pretty sick of seeing new trailers by now (what is this, the fourth one?). But for a film like Pacific Rim, it's going to be an uphill battle convincing audiences to go out and see it, so I really don't mind at all. It helps that all of the trailers so far have been pretty spectacular, and this one in particular has so much backstory and action, you're going to want to watch it twice.
Oh man, this is irresistible. The marketing minds behind the upcoming sci-fi flick Elysium invite all of us — the poor souls stuck on Earth — to take their "Citizenship Initiative" test. If you're clever, shallow, and okay with connecting everything you do to Facebook, you just might get a shiny (fake) ticket to the heavenly space station of Elysium.
I'll admit it, I'm a Star Wars Fan. The more new Star Wars games, shows and movies that come out, the better, as far as I'm concerned. LEGO Star Wars, although it does seem silly, is a damn good idea. It also pokes fun at the series by taking on a more lighter tone. I'm guessing it does this to be more family friendly.
Disney expanded its power base by purchasing the vast comic book kindgom known as Marvel. They are now making the first of what will surely be many movies based on Marvel comic books. Surprisingly, it's not a well-known comic book.