Spielberg Back In Blockbuster Sci-Fi Mode With New READY PLAYER ONE Trailer (VIDEO/POSTER)

Whoa, this is heavy, Doc.

After a ten year break from big budget blockbusting, Steven Spielberg returns with Ready Player One, the adaptation of the popular YA novel phenomenon. Set in 2045, it’s a young man’s journey through OASIS, the future version of the internet that has gone full-blown VR.

In it, there’s an Easter Egg hunt that promises to be a golden ticket of sorts, but instead of a chocolate factory think of this as a dark dystopian Charlie and the Virtual Reality.

The book has been both beloved and derided as a 1980s nostalgia trip, yet true to late-Spielberg form (particularly post-Kubrick collaboration A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), the onetime wunderkind can’t help but infuse some heady contemplation into his tentpole spectacle, about where technology is taking us and what it’s doing to us.

Starring Tye Sheridan (whose elastic-length legs in the poster below have been the joke of new internet memes), Ready Player One – which co-stars recent Spielberg favorite Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) as the Wonka-esque OASIS creator – hits theaters this spring on March 30, 2018.

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Title, Synopsis, And First Cast Photo Revealed For FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 (IMAGE)

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Hocus Pocus! No, that’s not the subtitle to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel. (How awful would that be?) J.K. Rowling‘s better than that.

Revealed below in its full title font, the next chapter in the Potterverse prequel franchise is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s the follow-up to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which followed the early 20th Century adventures of wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York City, and the emerging evil of the legendary Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

The new film will pick up where the last one left off (see full synopsis below) and will add new players to the full slate of returning characters, seen for the first time in this cast photo. A “motion photo” can also be played, below the synopsis.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open next year on November 16, 2018.

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From left to right:

  • Jude Law, Albus Dumbledore
  • Ezra Miller, Credence
  • Claudia Kim, Maledictus
  • Zoe Kravitz, Leta Lestrange
  • Callum Turner, Theseus Scamander
  • Katherine Waterston, Tina Goldstein
  • Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander
  • Dan Fogler, Jacob Kowalski
  • Alison Sudol, Queenie Goldstein
  • Johnny Depp, Gellert Grindelwald

SYNOPSIS:

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

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Trailer For PHANTOM THREAD Previews Final Screen Role By Daniel Day-Lewis (VIDEO/POSTER)

I’ll drink this milkshake.

Daniel Day-Lewis collaborates one more time with his There Will Be Blood auteur Paul Thomas Anderson in Phantom Thread, a film set in the London fashion world of the 1950s.

This will also be, according to Day-Lewis, the final screen performance for the 3-time Academy Award winning actor. He’s previously announced that he is now retired from film acting. Whether that ends up being true over the long run is a moot point in regards to why this movie is a must-see event; the DDL/PTA team-up is reason enough.

The subject and setting is a particularly interesting choice for the writer/director. Known primarily for a style influenced by American cinema of the 1970s, this looks to be an intriguing clash of austere period and PTA’s visceral intensity. Suffice it to say, the filmmaker’s obsession with obsession seems to be firmly intact.

And if all of that wasn’t intriguing enough, this film marks the debut of Paul Thomas Anderson as cinematographer.

Phantom Thread opens just in time for awards season, on December 25, 2017.

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New BLACK PANTHER Trailer Gives MCU The Shaft (VIDEO/POSTER)

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? It used to be Shaft, but now it’s Black Panther. Right on. Cuz in this latest trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie, he’s a bad mutha–SHUT YO MOUTH!

From director Ryan Coogler (Creed), the MCU gets its “daaaamn right!” swagger in Black Panther, so much so that it’s begging for a Nick Fury cameo with full doses of Samuel L. Jackson attitude.

Starring Chadwick BosemanMichael B. JordanLupita Nyong’oMartin FreemanAngela BassettForest Whitaker, and Andy SerkisBlack Panther opens on February 16, 2018.

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Last Trailer, And Poster, For THE LAST JEDI (VIDEO/IMAGE)

If director Rian Johnson had his druthers, we wouldn’t be seeing this.

But Lucasfilm marketing knows better. Fans hungered for one more bite of a marketing morsel from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and we have it: the second and last trailer for the latest Star Wars episode.

It premiered on Monday Night Football, in October, just like the final one for The Force Awakens did. And it’s clearly the dark Empire Strikes Back of this trilogy.

I think we can now consider ourselves fully primed for Episode 8, if we weren’t already.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

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A Superman Tease In Lastest, Last JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer (VIDEO/IMAGES)

A little over a month out and we’re getting a our last rock-and-roll look at the new Justice League movie. This official “Heroes” trailer is driven by a cover of that David Bowie classic as the gang unites together in explosions of CGI excess, with glimpses of the big bad villain Steppenwolf to go along with it. Justice League opens on November 17, 2017.

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Colorful Sci-Fi Rock-‘Em Sock-‘Em In PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Trailer (VIDEO/IMAGES)

Robots! Monsters! Sequels! Oh my!

Defying a lackluster stateside run with a global haul led by China, Pacific Rim has spawned a sequel, and here’s its first trailer. Gone are creator / director Guillermo del Toro and actor Charlie Hunnam. In their places are Stephen S. DeKnight (TV’s Daredevil) and Star Wars star John Boyega who plays the son of son of Idris Elba‘s hero from the original film.

In short, what we’re given here is an even more colorful spin on the Transformers franchise, and if you’d told me Michael Bay was the director I’d have believed you. For a spring release, that might not be the worst thing for multiplexes.

Co-starring Scott EastwoodTian JingCharlie DayAdria ArjonaBurn Gorman, and Rinko Kikuchi, Pacific Rim: Uprising opens on March 23, 2018.

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