It what shall be mankind's greatest monument to Polish virginity, Matrix directors the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski are teaming up to make a sci-fi series for Netflix. As part of the streaming service's continued push into original programming and desperately seeking the internet's constant approval, they've made a ten-episode order for the nerd-adored creative trio's Sense8, vaguely described as "a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted." It's scheduled to debut late next year and immediately become a higher priority than finally getting around to Cloud Atlas.
There's already a near-six-minute trailer for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, but that obviously won't do for theaters, where such a length would cut into time reserved for Sprint ads and shoddy CGI roller coaster adventures. So now there's this standard, two-and-a-half-minute theatrical trailer to be shown in cinemas. More than just the first trailer edited down, this preview has new footage, new emphasis on the film's interconnecting threads, and new dimwitted looks from variously-wigged Tom Hankses. They know what we want.
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If Ben Affleck won't do it--and he won't--then maybe the Wachowskis will make that Justice League movie.
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Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski's Cloud Atlas adaptation is a vast, time-spanning epic with a huge cast of characters, so only appropriate that this first, international trailer for the film runs a suitably epic 5:45 and reveals several of the eye-coverings Tom Hanks has been given to convey he's playing different Tom Hanks characters. With such a running length, you might expect the preview would give away too much of the plot--and yeah, it does appear to give away the fate of one of several Halle Berries--but more so, it delves into theme, making clear the film's definite perspective on topics like time, destiny, reincarnation, interconnectedness, and whether or not Hugh Grant should be playing a heavily-tattooed tribal warrior. Yes, apparently he should:
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Outside of news that it would pair Channing Tatum with Mila Kunis not much has slipped out about the Wachowskis' upcoming Jupiter Ascending, thus keeping us from speculating on exactly how much we'll hate Jupiter Reloaded. But today, Vulture's sources have come forward with some plot details of the sci-fi film. Apparently it involves The Queen of the Universe, a genetically-ideal toilet cleaner, and Channing Tatum possibly being bred with an animal.
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Sparing us a bleak future in which Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis would inevitably star together in a terminal illness-based romantic drama, the Wachowskis have chosen the two actors to instead star together in a top-secret science fiction film.
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The kind of photo I can only assume you get if you choose the non-erotic "spot the difference!" game at the bar, the above image is an official behind-the-scenes look at Tom Tykwer's Wachowski-produced adaptation of Cloud Atlas. The film reportedly just wrapped, and as a very special, "Hey, guys, we're done," the production released the above shot of several producers, novelist David Mitchell, Tykwer, the Wachowski, and absolutely none of the stars. (Not even Tom Hanks, who you love.) But there are some props from the epic's six interconnected stories, so if you're familiar with the novel, you can probably figure out why there are some totems, a piano, and a Volkswagon, scattered around a dirt-floored room. For once, it isn't hoarders. Not enough cat skeletons.
With the Wachowskis' hard-R, gay Iraq romance film set in the future having an unexplainably hard time finding funding, and their Will Smith-starring "modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth" still stuck in the mire of sounding like Hollywood satire, the siblings that first awakened us to the fact that we're all living in a computer program wherein any kung fu move is possible are now planning a return to the action sci-fi genre. Though the next directors are shooting segments of the upcoming Cloud Atlas adaptation, their next complete effort will be something Deadline reports will be called Jupiter Ascending, so strike that as your prog rock band name. The plot details are being held close to the vest, but Warner Bros. seems to think no one remember Speed Racer, as they're already "discussing which A-list star to lead the cast"--so, hey, apparently the cast will be led by an A-list star! That's the best kind!
With Ridley Scott's version of Robin Hood still as much in our minds as it ever managed to get, Warner Bros. is already set to give the premise another shot with "a modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth" to be written and directed by the Wachowskis, and which sounds awful. Will Smith has reportedly already been contacted about playing this heroic robber of the gentrifiers, which I'll take to mean he's already negotiating to get his son in this as Will Scarlet. Make it a real Pursuit of Wealthyness.
It's unclear how this project will affect the Matrix directors' CN-9--their gay love story/George W. Bush assassination tale told from the perspective of a future archaeologist investigating the modern day war in Iraq--but it's a pretty safe bet this street-style Robin Hood will come out first, as no one's been too keen to finance the other thing for some reason. The two were also rumored to be shooting an adaptation of Cloud Atlas, and it really isn't certain what's happening with that now, either. And are they ever going to make another film that will so readily lend itself to getting a screen saver adaptation as The Matrix? We'll just have to wait and see.
Not another hard-R homosexual relationship between a U.S. solider and and an Iraqi that takes place partially in the future. Afraid so, says Deadline, and it's from the Wachowskis:
[The Wachowskis' new film is] a drama that focuses on a "hard R" homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi. It's a cinema verite-style treatment that begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq.
What is this, The Matrix 4?
Hmm. It's a pretty slow news day, and I have to leave shortly to catch a screening of the movie where animated flies save the first moon mission (I'm more excited than you'd think). I need a good crazy rumor to go out on. Maybe some kind of casting for a superhero film that hasn't even been talked about--people love debating the quality of superhero casting. But what? Luke and Owen Wilson cast in a Blue Beetle/Booster Gold movie? Eddie Murphy and smaller Eddie Murphy from Meet Dave cast as Hawkman and the Atom? This guy cast in a Juggernaut film?
Wait, there's an actual rumor that Keanu Reeves will play Plastic Man in an adaptation by the Wachowskis? Let's go with that then. From CHUD:
A reader by the name of Ballack writes in from Berlin (one of my favorite cities in the world!) saying that Joel Silver was on German radio recently talking about Ninja Assassin, the James McTeigue-directed, Wachowski-produced martial arts movie. Ballack claims that Silver also spilled the beans on what the Wachowskis would be directing to follow-up Speed Racer* - Plastic Man.
You'll remember that a pre-Matrix Bros W wrote a Plastic Man script, which Ballack claims Silver said would be the basis for this new film. Our scooper also reports that Silver said they want the movie to have a global release at the end of 2009.
And if that's not a big enough story, Ballack further claims that Silver says that Keanu Reeves will be playing Eels O'Brien (the real name of Plastic Man).
Foreign, completely unverifiable source; based around facts that give it some slight connection to reality; will severely piss off fans of Plastic Man---this rumor is so much better than any of mine. And, obviously, completely true.
/Film has acquired five photos from the Wachowski-produced, James McTeigue-directed, Ninja Assassin, starring Korean pop star Rain as a man who endures the taxing duality of being both ninja and assassin. Three appear to show Korean pop star Rain expressing dissatisfaction at the quality of his back tattoo; the other two are of people in suits drinking Pepsi. Needless to say, the lack of anyone in a ninja outfit stabbing sais directly into a pair of terrified eyes is already turning me off to this.
0-:30 - Help! I'm trapped in a sponsored kaleidoscope! Phew, I'm out. Apparently that was just the portal to a Nickelodeon locker room.
:30-4:00 - The constant rhythmic movements, the paralyzing hallucinations, the guttural outbursts, the insane scribblings, the Asperger-level singular obsession mixed with complete social disregard: it's abundantly clear that childhood Speed has some serious mental issues to overcome. I can't wait to see how they address such crippling psychoses in a family movie.
4:00-end - Never mind. I guess we're going to ignore all that in favor of a sneak peek of Nintendo's upcoming F-Zero Played on the Wario's Coliseum Mario Kart Course.
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From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes another unbelievable world full of guys plastered in leather and latex, but this time it's also sort of like a bleary-eyed look at a Christmas Tree.
Speed Racer Poster! [JoBlo]
A Hungarian movie site has managed to get the first look at John Goodman as Pop in the Wachowskis' Speed Racer adaptation, seen here posing with his stunt double. But... what else could this shot be???
- Newspaper advertisement for Popov Bros. Body Shop.
- Third annual "I'm the Pringles Guy!" golf tournament, sponsored by Pringles.
- Catalog page from J. Crew's new Husky Crew collection. (page 4, The Chubby Polo, electric blue pictured.)
- Adorably matching older gay couple, Tim and Tim.
- John Goodman finally settling a bet that he's bustier than this other guy.
Műhassal és John Goodmannel [Cinematrix]
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