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Images From Ridley Scott’s New Biblical Epic, Exodus, With Christian Bale And Sigourney Weaver

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly will pack in a piece on Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, the film formerly known as Exodus until market research happened.

The film stars Christian Bale as a rather aggressive looking Moses, at least compared to Charlton Heston. Joel Edgerton is the Pharaoh, Sigourney Weaver is the Pharaoh’s mom.

Scott shot the film in 3D and packed in a lot more action than Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cecil B. DeMille, if not necessarily King James.

Exodus is set for release on December 12th in the US.

Images From Ridley Scott’s New Biblical Epic, Exodus, With Christian Bale And Sigourney Weaver

James Cameron Goes To The Bottom Of The Ocean In Trailer For Deepsea Challenge 3D

James Cameron loves a bit of high-tech adventure, both in work and play. His expedition to the lowest point beneath the ocean was filmed, and the resulting document Deepsea Challenge, is set for release later this year. Here’s the trailer.

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can see that in HD at Apple.

James Cameron Goes To The Bottom Of The Ocean In Trailer For Deepsea Challenge 3D

London Getting The Guardians Of The Galaxy IMAX Preview Next Tuesday

If you’d like to spend some of next Tuesday night watching 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D, Disney are running a ballot for tickets right now. To accommodate demand it’s not first-come, first-served.

As with the US sessions, there’s a giveaway poster too. It’s happening at the IMAX Empire Leicester Square at 7pm on Tuesday 8th (not 7th, like in that US poster above). You have until 12pm on Friday to apply.

Plug-in your details at Show Film First and you’ll be in with a shout. And I hope to see you there, in your hundreds.

London Getting The Guardians Of The Galaxy IMAX Preview Next Tuesday

Footage From Studio Ghibli’s New Feature, When Marnie Was There

From the various plot synopses I’ve dug up on the internet, the next Studio Ghibli movie When Marnie Was There seems to be a rather melancholy affair. It’s the story of two girls becoming friends, one of them… being a girl who lived in another time, I think it’s fair to say.

The first footage from the film is as beautiful as you’d expect. Haunting song too, no pun intended.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Thanks to Film Divider for somehow digging that clip out of the aether. The Japanese release, I understand, is set for July 19th. I bet we can expect to see it at festivals in the fall and then on general release in the US an UK at some time next spring or summer.

Footage From Studio Ghibli’s New Feature, When Marnie Was There

Where The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Leaves The Hulk For Future Movies

Spoilers. There, I said it. Spoilers. Now you can’t complain

Recently, Mark Ruffalo has been dodging questions about a Planet Hulk movie left, right and centre. Most recently of all, he’s been feeling empowered to say it won’t happen. Why? Because he’s found out what Marvel’s actual plans are for the character, and they seem Planet Hulk-ish but not right on the nose.

According to Drew at HitFix, Avengers: Age of Ultron ends with The Hulk being packed off for space.

Banner continues to play a key role in things in this movie, and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quin jet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He’s going to have to ride out the trip. It’s pre-programmed and he can’t stop it.

Is he headed for Planet Hulk? No, not necessarily at all. Something Planet Hulk-ish? Of course. It’s already Planet Hulk-ish.

The obvious guess is that this is how the Guardians are pulled into an Avengers mash-up. That seems all but certain to happen before the end of Phase 3 and the pay-off of all of the Infinity Gauntlet business.

Plans may change if Guardians of the Galaxy is a horrendous money loser. Which it won’t be. But if it is. Though that’s not going to happen. At all. Except maybe it will.

Oh, it won’t. And word of mouth is going to be very strong. Promise.

Where The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Leaves The Hulk For Future Movies

Laura Palmer’s House Is For Sale. I Wouldn’t Live There In A Million Yours, Your Mileage Might Vary

Not much has shaken me up like the Cousin Maddie’s last episode of Twin Peaks. I could certainly never live in the Palmer house.

If you’re not so delicate (ie. you’re made of iron) then perhaps you want to consider a move. Welcome to Twin Peaks have discovered that the house of Leland and Sarah Palmer is for sale.

Here’s just a sampling of the brilliant comparison images they put together.

Yep, there’s still a rocking chair there that featured in the show.

The asking price is $549,950, which seems like nothing to an Oxfordian like myself. You’ll want to budget for some kind of Lynch-compatible exorcist and ceiling fan engineer too.

Laura Palmer’s House Is For Sale. I Wouldn’t Live There In A Million Yours, Your Mileage Might Vary

Bryan Singer Reveals How X-Men: Apocalypse Begins

It looks like X-Men: Apocalypse will pick up where Days of Future Past left off, and that’s in ancient Egypt. Bryan Singer shared a photo of the treatment for the new movie, highlighting the start of “sequence 1-15.”

When it comes to changing a known mutant into a horseman, they could go with Angel, they could go with Wolverine, they could go with both or they could surprise us.

Two original glazed says they go with Wolverine. About time they flip the switch and give Hugh Jackman some villainous snarling to do, isn’t it? Commercially speaking, Fox’s bean counters would surely like that idea.

Apocalypse is set for May 27th 2016.

Bryan Singer Reveals How X-Men: Apocalypse Begins

Community Renewed For A Sixth Season To Air On Yahoo’s Web Video Service

Negotiations went down to the wire but Sony have now made a deal for a thirteen episode, sixth season of Community with Yahoo Screen, the web video streaming service. As of tomorrow the cast would have been free of their contracts and it might have been impossible, or at least expensive, to get them back.

I don’t know how Yahoo expect to make enough revenue here to pay for such an ambitious production.  Sony will draw some of the budget from oversea sales, but all the same, this is bound to be a loss leader for Yahoo. For the first time ever, though, I’m talking about Yahoo Screen and so is everybody else. Maybe they’re very smart.

Anyway, there you go. Six seasons it is. A movie too? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Community Renewed For A Sixth Season To Air On Yahoo’s Web Video Service

Trailer For George Takei Documentary Movie, To Be Takei

George Takei is a textbook example of a celebrity who can leverage his fame to create a trade with his fans: I’ll amuse you if you hear me out when I have something to say.

I hope that this documentary, To Be Takei, gives weight to both personality and passion, “mirth and mission.”

Click here to view the embedded video.

To Be Takei will hit VOD and select cinemas across the US from August 22nd. UK fans will likely be left waiting for a DVD or Blu-ray to import.

Trailer For George Takei Documentary Movie, To Be Takei

Jennifer Lawrence Is Apparently The “Most Powerful Actress,” Says Big-Name Business Magazine

As well as their straight Rich List, Forbes now create several other variants. One is their new roster of The Most Powerful Actresses. These are five actresses filtered from the master list, and topped off by Jennifer Lawrence.

Why her? Well, it’s a measure of “earnings and fame.”

But what unit is fame measured in? How is it weighted in comparison to fame? What do you even scrape off of a famous person to put on your scale here? Fame is such a nebulous concept.

Here’s the whole top five, with little snippets of “justification” from Forbes.

Jennifer Lawrence - ”combination of action hero and award-winning actress”

Sandra BullockGravity was “one of the biggest hits of 2013, earning $716 million at the worldwide and seven Oscars.”

Angelina Jolie – “We estimate that Jolie earned $18 million over the past 12 months.”

Scarlett Johansson – “Like Lawrence, Johansson has profited by kicking butt. As Black Widow, she’s the only woman superhero currently getting screen time in Disney’s Marvel films.”

Jennifer Aniston – “Lately she’s been starring in smaller films that give her a chance to stretch her comedy muscles.”

No Melissa McCarthy? She’s getting star vehicles lined up in a row. Maybe body mass counts against fame points, or something…?

I guess actors will come along later, if Forbes can see a reason to do it.

Jennifer Lawrence Is Apparently The “Most Powerful Actress,” Says Big-Name Business Magazine