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      What a lovely day: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga trailer is so shiny and chrome

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 1 December - 17:05 · 1 minute

    Anya Taylor-Joy plays a younger version of Fury Road 's fierce Imperator in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga .

    Among the undisputed highlights of 2015's post-apocalyptic masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road was Charlize Theron's steely, vengeful Imperator Furiosa , a war captain who turned against the brutal ruler of the Wasteland to free his enslaved "wives." We now have our first look at the younger version of our beloved Imperator with the official trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga —a spinoff prequel film starring Anya Taylor-Joy that traces the origin of this iconic character. It's everything we could want in a Mad Max trailer, and we are so very ready to witness this movie when it hits theaters next spring.

    (Spoilers for Mad Max: Fury Road below.)

    We met Furiosa early on in Fury Road , working logistics for Immortan Joe (the late Hugh Keays-Byrne), who charged her with ferrying oil from Gas Town to his Citadel with the help of a small crew of War Boys and one of the war rigs—basically tractor trailer trucks souped up with armor and novel weaponry. Furiosa stole the war rig instead, taking Joe's five wives with her. She teamed up with Max to fight off Joe's army as they made their way to the Green Place, where Furiosa grew up. When they finally encountered the Vuvalini of Many Mothers, Furiosa learned that the Green Place was now an uninhabitable swamp. They ultimately returned to the Citadel and overthrew Immortan Joe, and our last image of her was a triumphant Furiosa on a lift rising into the citadel.

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      Godzilla roars his way onto Apple TV+ in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters teaser

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 8 September - 21:53 · 1 minute

    Apple TV+'s new original series, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters , picks up where 2014's Godzilla left off.

    Major film franchises expanding into streaming television is officially a trend: Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Universe, and now Legendary Entertainment's MonsterVerse , which brought together Godzilla, King Kong, and various other monsters ( kaiju ) created by Toho Co., Ltd into the same fold. There have been four feature films thus far, with a fifth slated for a 2024 release, plus the animated series Skull Island , which debuted on Netflix earlier this year.  And now we've got the first teaser for Apple TV+'s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters , which picks up where the 2014 film Godzilla left off.

    Set 15 years after a nuclear disaster in Japan, the 2014 Godzilla reimagined the classic monster's origins and featured the titular beast battling giant winged parasitic creatures called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) that feed off nuclear energy and waste (and also warheads). San Francisco suffered quite a bit of major property damage as a result. That film also introduced us to Project Monarch, a secret organization established in the 1950s to study Godzilla and other kaiju —after attempts to kill Godzilla with nuclear weapons failed.

    Monarch: Legacy of Monsters will further explore the history and aftermath of those events. Per the official premise:

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      A time-slipping Loki struggles to fix the timeline(s) in new Loki S2 teaser

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 5 September - 17:38

    New teaser for Loki S2 provides new footage ahead of the season's October premiere.

    Anticipation is mounting among Marvel fans for the October debut of the second season of Loki , starring Tom Hiddleston as everyone's favorite Norse god of mischief. We now have a new teaser showcasing a time-slipping Loki seemingly caught in an endless cycle of shuttling between the past, present, and future as he tries to restore order to the multiverse.

    (Spoilers for S1 below.)

    As I wrote in my review , the first season of Loki was "an excellent mix of action, surprising twists, canny exposition, and intimate character moments, all leading up to the final reveal: what is the TVA's true nature and purpose, and is there someone (or something) else behind the scenes pulling the strings of the sacred trio of Time Keepers?" The puppet master turned out to be none other than Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors, who reprised the role for this year's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ) —or rather, a Kang Variant known as He Who Remains.

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      We get our first good look at Grand Admiral Thrawn in Ahsoka trailer

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 11 July, 2023 - 22:14 · 1 minute

    Star Wars: Ahsoka follows the former Padawan Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.

    In Apri l, we got our first look at the new Disney+ series Star Wars: Ahsoka with the release of a teaser during Star Wars Celebration Day in London. It was tantalizing but a bit light on details. Now we've got a full-length trailer that reunites several fan favorites and also gives us our first peek at the live-action version of Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose rumored return will fuel much of the plot for Ahsoka .

    (Some spoilers for Star Wars: Rebels below.)

    As previously reported , the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka, was introduced as a supporting character in 2008's animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the subsequent animated series (voiced by Ashley Eckstein). The character returned in the sequel series Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018) as a member of the Rebel Alliance, operating under the codename Fulcrum, and made numerous other cameo appearances in the extended Star Wars universe. Rosario Dawson's live-action version made her debut in The Mandalorian 's second season. We last saw Ahsoka briefly in The Book of Boba Fett when she passed on a gift of chain mail to Grogu after warning Mando/Din Djarin that his presence would distract from Grogu's Jedi training. We all know how that turned out: Din and Grogu reunited and went on to share even more adventures in The Mandalorian S3.

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      Check out live-action Boimler and Mariner in Strange New Worlds S2 trailer

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 24 May, 2023 - 17:55

    The second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will feature a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks .

    We already knew that the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds would feature a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks . Paramount just dropped the full trailer for S2, giving us our first glimpse of Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid playing the live-action counterparts to their animated Lower Decks characters Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler. They definitely nailed their respective looks. And yes, part of the crossover episode will be animated in a similar style just to keep things fun.

    (Some spoilers below, notably for S1.)

    As reported previously , the series features classic The Original Series characters Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and Spock (Ethan Peck). Babs Olusanmokun plays Dr. M'Benga; Celia Rose Gooding plays Cadet Nyota Uhura; Jess Bush plays Nurse Christine Chapel; Melissa Navia plays Lt. Erica Ortegas; and Christina Chong plays La'An Noonien-Singh (a relation of the classic revenge-obsessed Star Trek villain Khan).

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      Trinity Test is front and center in trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 May, 2023 - 16:02 · 1 minute

    Cillian Murphy plays the "father of the atomic bomb" in Christopher Nolan's new film Oppenheimer .

    Universal Studios has released another trailer for Christopher Nolan 's forthcoming film Oppenheimer , which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Cillian Murphy stars as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, marking the sixth time Murphy has worked with Nolan. Universal Pictures describes the film as "an epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it."

    Industry watchers will note that this is the first film Nolan has made without partnering with Warner Bros. since 2002's Insomnia . Chalk the falling out to the impact of the COViD-19 pandemic on Hollywood, notably Warner Bros.'s controversial decision to release all its 2021 films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. The studio followed this strategy for Nolan's 2020 sci-fi thriller Tenet , which grossed just $365 million worldwide against its $200 million budget. While this technically made Tenet the fifth biggest film of 2020, by industry standards, it was a box office failure.

    Nolan was deeply unhappy with this arrangement, particularly since the studio hadn't conferred with him prior to making the decision about Tenet . So when he decided to write and direct Oppenheimer , the director approached several other studios about partnering with him on the project, eventually signing on with Universal.

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      Star Wars fans, rejoice! Here’s the first teaser for the Ahsoka series

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 7 April, 2023 - 15:07 · 1 minute

    Disney+ has released the first teaser trailer for its forthcoming Star Wars series, Ahsoka , starring Rosario Dawson.

    Star Wars Celebration Day kicked off with the release of an extended teaser for Ahsoka , the latest interconnected series in the Star Wars franchise set to debut this summer on Disney+. Written by Dave Filoni, the series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role.

    The Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka was first introduced as a supporting character in 2008's animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the subsequent animated series. The character returned in the sequel series Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018) as a member of the Rebel Alliance, operating under the codename Fulcrum, and made numerous other cameo appearances in the extended Star Wars universe. Dawson's live-action version made her debut in The Mandalorian 's second season. We last saw Ahsoka briefly in The Book of Boba Fett , when she passed on a gift of chain mail to Grogu after warning Mando/Din Djarin that his presence would be a distraction from Grogu's Jedi training. We all know how that turned out: Din and Grogu reunited and went on to share even more adventures in The Mandalorian S3, which will wrap later this month.

    The official premise for Ahsoka is short and sweet: "Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy." In addition to Dawson, the cast includes Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, a young Mandalorian warrior, graffiti artist, and former bounty hunter; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, a former pilot for the Rebellion; Eman Esfandi as Ezra Bridger, a former con artist and thief who trained as a Jedi; and Ray Stevenson as Baylan.

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      It’s the battle of the alien symbiotes in Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer

      Jennifer Ouellette · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 10 May, 2021 - 18:48 · 1 minute

    Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, taking on Woody Harrelson's villainous Cletus Kasady/Carnage, in Sony's forthcoming film Venom: Let There Be Carnage .

    Tom Hardy ( Mad Max: Fury Road ) returns as intrepid reporter Eddie Brock, infected with a parasitic alien symbiote that gives him super powers, in Venom: There Will be Carnage. Directed by motion-capture icon Andy Serkis, it's the sequel to 2018's box-office smash, Venom . After being delayed for nearly a year due to the ongoing pandemic, Sony just dropped the official trailer, in which Brock/Venom must battle serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson, Zombieland ), infected with another alien symbiote dubbed Carnage.

    ( Some spoilers for first film below.)

    A Venom film was in development at New Line Cinema back in 1997, although the project didn't really get off the ground until Sony acquired the rights to the character, as well as Spider-Man. Sony initially planned for Venom and Spider-Man to inhabit a shared universe, given their history in the comics. (Spider-Man was Venom's first host, before moving on to Brock, and the character gradually evolved from villain to more of an antihero.) The disappointing box office performance of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 changed those plans, and Venom was re-conceived as a standalone film, with Tom Hardy signing on as the star and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer agreeing to direct.

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      Warrior princess fights to save humanity in Raya and the Last Dragon trailer

      Jennifer Ouellette · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 23:36

    Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina star in Disney's new animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon .

    Disney has released the official full trailer for its upcoming animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon , with Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina voicing the titular characters. It has the distinction of being the first Disney animated feature to be remotely developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with home equipment and mostly communicating via Zoom. The pandemic also caused the film's release date to be shifted multiple times. It's now slated for a March 5 release, both in theaters and on Disney+ with premier access.

    Disney first announced the film during its 2019 D23 Expo and presented co-directors Don Hall ( Big Hero 6 , Moana ) and Carlos Lopez Estrada ( Frozen II , Blindspotting ) at D23 the following year. The fictional fantasy land of Kumandra was inspired by several different Southeast Asian cultures—Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, and the Philippines—and the production team traveled extensively to most of those countries to research the film. A Lao visual anthropologist also reviewed the final designs.

    Per the official synopsis:

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