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Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Buys NBC In Super Bowl Spot For 'The Dictator'; 'John Carter' & 'The Avengers' Tease

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 1:15 PM
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We're just a few days away from kickoff from when [insert Google search] the New York Giants and New England Patriots rumble at the Super Bowl. We're not football fans around here so all we know about this Sunday is that there's going to be a ton of ads everyone will be talking about on Monday, the game seems like it's nine hours long due to the never-ending pregame programming, and the half-time show is always a hopeless disaster. So the only thing that will keep us mildly curious (and give us an excuse to eat an ungodly amount of hot wings) are the movie ads that will be unspooling.

Listen: 3 Pieces From Michael Giacchino's Score For 'John Carter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2012 4:23 PM
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With Disney's years-in-the-making, reportedly $300 million, sci-fi specatacle "John Carter" hitting theaters in just over a month, it's likely we're going to be hearing and seeing lots more from the film soon. And while the jury is still out on whether the film will live up to the cult status of the Edgar Rice Burroughs source material or the money that has been spent on the project, at the very least, the reliable and always solid Oscar winner Michael Giacchino is scoring the film, so if that even if our eyes aren't pleased, our ears will be.

Interview: Director Brad Bird On His $200 Million Live Action Debut 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2011 5:00 PM
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Judging by the box office numbers, chances are if you lived somewhere with an IMAX theater, you saw "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the fourth and arguably the best (at least since Brian De Palma's) film in the long-running, Tom Cruise-led franchise. And the biggest reason why this movie feels so fresh and new and fizzy is that it's the live action debut of director Brad Bird, who had previously given us genuine animated masterpieces in "The Iron Giant" and (for Pixar) "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."

Andrew Stanton Explains 'John Carter' Name Change, Says Girls Won't See A Movie With 'Mars' In The Title

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2011 7:01 PM
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Many fanboys and literary fanatics became ruffled when Disney (and director Andrew Stanton) changed the name of this spring's Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation "John Carter of Mars" to simply, "John Carter." Apparently Stanton was in London to screen 20 minutes of footage from the hotly anticipated film and during the presentation he explained to assorted journalists (including someone from Bleeding Cool) why it had undergone a surgical title snip. And, well, it's not exactly going to silence those that feel Pixar (which was unofficially involved in "John Carter") is a boys club.

Watch: Full New Trailer For 'John Carter' Brings A Bigger Bang To The Red Planet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 12:16 AM
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While the first teaser trailer for Disney's very, very expensive "John Carter" was all atmosphere and mystery, with a release date fast approaching a $300 million price tag to justify, a brand new trailer has landed today at IGN and it's certainly ditching any pretense of being thoughtful. Though the use of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" (or a resonable facsimilie anyway) does its job of shorthanding the gravitas.

More Creatures & Vehicles Revealed In New Pics From 'John Carter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 9:23 AM
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In development for years, Disney has finally managed to visit Mars with "John Carter" but with a rumored price tag of $300 million this thing is going to have been a massive blockbuster hit if it wants to make any money. And so far, the studio is probably wishing for better buzz. The first trailer was a dazzling looking puzzle while the recent official still didn't do much to make the movie stand out as anything more than your average space epic. Now a handful of new pics have popped up over at SFX and it seems Mars looks like a lot of other places in the galaxy.

First Look At The White Apes In 'John Carter' Is Kind Of A Spoiler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2011 12:39 PM
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When the first tailer for "John Carter" dropped earlier this year, it was undoubtedly wonderful to look at but also kind of enigmatic. For those not familiar with the books, it was hard to glean exactly what was happening or even what the film was about, and anecdotally speaking, when we've seen the trailer in theaters, audiences have seemed a bit puzzled as well. With the release date on the very expensive movie (rumored to be as costly as $300 million) now just a few short months away, the campaign is going to gear up considerably. And this holiday weekend brings us a new look at the movie from EW and it's a bit of spoiler. Sort of.

'John Carter' Had A Lengthy 18 Day Reshoot To Improve & Correct Story Issues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 2:19 AM
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Movie Will Need To Make At Least $700 Million To Green Light A Sequel"Reshoots should be mandatory," director Andrew Stanton recently told the New Yorker in an extensive profile. He said this while on the set of his first live action movie "John Carter" during an extensive 18 day reshoot this past April. While the term "reshoot" is generally shorthand used to denote a troubled production, for Stanton, who comes from the world of Pixar where films are storyboarded in full, critiqued, broken down and retooled numerous times before animation even begins, it's a luxury that he feels every production should take advantage of. In the case of Pixar, it may mean a movie takes three or four years to develop, but it also ensures the high quality standard of the studio is maintained. As the profile's writer Tad Friend notes, it's a bit like the old Hollywood studio system where many hands were involved in putting a movie together, and Stanton agrees.

D23: ‘John Carter,’ ‘Timothy Green’ Receive Lukewarm Responses

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 21, 2011 6:51 AM
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'Oz' & 'Frankenweenie' Presentations Are BriefAt this weekend’s D23 convention, Disney hopes to capitalize on the excitement around must-see projects like “The Avengers,” Pixar’s “Brave” and “The Muppets” by presenting a look at their entire slate of releases across all divisions. They opened with a lengthy animation presentation from John Lasseter that was heavy on Pixar (“Planes,” “Brave,” “Monsters University” and two new project announcements) and concluded with a Marvel presentation that, while brief, still managed to set fanboys hearts aflutter with a first extended look at “The Avengers.” In-between Disney faced their greatest challenge in holding audience attention for looks at some lesser known projects.

Watch: Completely Beautiful But Enigmatic Teaser Trailer For 'John Carter' Hits

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 3:09 AM
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Man, what the hell did we just watch? The first teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton's "John Carter" has arrived and it's immaculately put together, features grand sweeping vistas and impressive special effects, is scored by Peter Gabriel's cover of Arcade Fire's "My Body Is A Cage" and we have no fucking clue what it's about.

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