“Don’t know how many times I’ve been crossed off the list and left for dead. So this…this ain’t nothin’ new.”
The first full trailer for Riddick has hit, and this is more like it. If you’re like me, and you loved Pitch Black but were left indifferent to The Chronicles of Riddick, then buckle your seatbelts, because this looks much more like the sequel we should have gotten to writer/director David Twohy‘s fantastically fun sci-fi horror film. (If only it had a more inspired title…)
Chronicles gets points for ambition, but it felt way too bloated for its own good as a sequel to a claustrophobic, Alien-like creature feature. In the end, Vin Diesel‘s title character finds himself the new leader of an empire.
In this new film, Riddick is betrayed and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet teeming with alien predators. When he activates a distress call, he is descended upon by a pack of bounty hunters…and a figure from his past.
Check out the trailer below.
Riddick marks the third big-screen outing for Vin Diesel in the role. Diesel will be on the big screen next in Fast & Furious 6 on May 24.
Riddick opens September 6.
Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City, Missouri is coming under fire this week for a publicity stunt it pulled for the premiere of Iron Man 3. To promote the film, several people were hired to dress in full tactical gear with fake weapons and storm the screening.
Several 911 calls were fielded by the local police office from theatergoers who panicked at the stunt. “We’re just getting into the car when I spotted a man in full assault gear, carrying what appeared to be a modified M-4 and 9 mm on his side,” one patron, an Army veteran, said.
“We received a series of 911 calls stating that a man dressed in all black and body armor and a rifle was walking into Capital 8 Theaters,” Capt. Doug Shoemaker of the Jefferson City police told the local news. “Everything was in place, it’s the opening night of a superhero movie, it’s somebody walking in all-dark clothes, everything pointed to bad things about to happen. There’s really no good that can come of this.”
Given the shootings that occurred at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, California last year, one has to wonder how anybody could possibly have thought this stunt would be a good idea. But the manager of Capital 8 Theaters, Bob Wilkins, defends the stunt, and claims it was planned months in advance.
“My job is to entertain people,” Wilkins told the press.
This stunt, of course, goes above and beyond projecting a movie and selling popcorn. Wilkins and his staff did have somebody in an Iron Man costume, but it would be far too easy to mistake supposed “S.H.I.E.L.D. agents” as something more sinister. Somebody’s taking his job too seriously… or not seriously enough.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Cuarón is responsible for the utterly beautiful Children of Men (which ranks an impressive #290 on the global Flickchart), so I, for one, can’t wait for his next foray into science fiction.
Gravity is due for release on October 4.
Thursday is the new Friday, apparently.
A new trend is emerging where big movies are opening a day or two early to pad opening weekend grosses. Star Trek Into Darkness (opening today in the UK, Australia and some other countries), which has already had IMAX preview screenings in place for Wednesday, May 15, will now officially open domestically on Thursday, May 16, a day earlier than originally intended.
And now, Warner Bros. has announced that The Hangover Part III will open a day earlier as well, on Thursday, May 23, with “traditional late-night screenings” on Wednesday.
It’s a cash grab, just as the release date-change is with Star Trek, but the bump for The Hangover has an additional purpose: Memorial Day weekend is crowded. Bumping the release date will give The Hangover a head start on Universal’s action sequel, Fast & Furious 6, and Fox/Blue Sky’s animated flick, Epic.
No matter what happens, Memorial Day weekend should be a pretty big one at the box office. The Hangover Part III is just determined to be the first one out of the gate. Apparently, Part III is doing well in preview screenings – after Part II was given a more lukewarm reception – so we’ll see if the studio’s tactic works.