Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D Preview

Although I’m not actually that excited about Resident Evil: Afterlife, I love me a sneak preview screening, so I got myself all revved up to see a featurette and a 3D scene for the latest instalment of the zombie series.

Director Paul. W. S. Anderson appears in the short video with stars Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter, all of whom couldn’t possibly give the movie higher praise if they tried. Paul explains that he shot the film with the same 3D technology that James Cameron designed for Avatar and that he’s trying to use the negative space between the screen and the audience.

He’s genuinely enthusiastic about 3D but just like a kid in a candy store, he’s eaten too many sweets and the outcome isn’t pretty. But shortly after donning the chunkiest pair of 3D glasses I’ve ever seen to watch the preview footage, I quickly realised that Cameron should have kept his technology a secret because it’s clearly not safe in anyone else’s hands.

The sequence that was shown is one you can see in the trailer – a huge guy with nails in his head, swinging an axe around a shower room. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen more wildly unnecessary slow-motion in my life. Due to the creature’s strength, size and the weight of its axe/hammer, it’s not exactly fast-moving to begin with and putting it slow-motion utterly erases any real tension within the scene.

What Paul fails to realise is that while ‘immersive’ is a popular buzz word these days, utilising the negative space doesn’t have to be such a harsh experience. It’s almost like the 3D effects were constantly trying to reach out and physically touch my eyeballs. This unpleasant sensation gives the viewer no sense of real depth – something Cameron had no problem with because he actually knew what he was doing with his own cameras. Don’t play with the big boy’s toys until you’ve read the instructions, Paul.

The movie also had a shiny, almost polarized look to it that actually made the film difficult to watch because it’s so busy trying to get your brain’s attention that it’s actually distracting. Overall, it looks like it’s an axe-swing and a miss for Resident Evil: Afterlife.

The video below wasn’t the featurette shown at the screening, but it’s pretty similar and if you still can’t wait to see the movie then, well…there’s nothing more I can do for you.

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San Diego Comic Con 2010 Round-up

Well, I may not have been there but that’s not going to stop me from bringing you as many juicy titbits of information from the 2010 San Diego Comic Con as I can! Fans who attended the convention were treated to all kinds of goodies: exclusive footage from upcoming films and TV shows, meet and greets with the stars, panel talks and getting to see all the props and merch that the studios were pimping out.

The exclusive videos – also known as a sizzle reels – were just for the convention goers but now some of them are available online so I waited until I had something good to show you. Not every video is currently available but as soon as I get it, you’ll get it. There are a tonne of panels at the SDCC so I’ve cherrypicked the best to bring you our SDCC 2010 roundup, who knows, maybe next year I’ll actually be there..

MEGAMIND

DreamWorks Animation’s next big thing is Megamind which follows a supervillain who accidentally kills off his nemesis, the heroic Metro Man. Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are providing the vocal talent and it looks like Will got a little too excited to be at Comic Con and donned a very spiffy Megamind costume.

Tina and Jonah joined him on stage and ribbed him for dressing up as he lamented his decision, ‘”I feel a little bit like a turd up here.”’

Aside from the cast’s comedy stylings, the audience were treated to some tasty 3D footage that you can check out right now, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

Clickity click: http://d.yimg.com/m/up/ypp/movies/player.swf

THOR

Marvel heroes were out in force this year and one of the biggest came in the shape of Thor. With the exception of Anthony Hopkins, the whole cast turned out for the panel including Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and director Kenneth Brannagh.

Audience members were treated to the following clip in 3D where they could fully appreciate the bulging biceps Chris Hemsworth was rocking. There’s been some copyright issues surrounding the video and so its been fecking difficult to find the comicon footage. So difficult in fact that I couldn’t actually do it. Sorry. Do It!

Video: First Look At David Fincher’s The Goon

Fans of Eric Powell’s comic book series will already be on The Goon bandwagon but for those not in the know, it’s got zombies, robots, ghosts, vampires and skunk-apes. Of course, all this won’t be in the movie. OK, I don’t actually know what will be in the movie because the plot is being kept tightly under wraps.

All I can say is that the story follows Goon, a hulk of a thing whose shady dealings have gotten him a lot of enemies but he’s still got one friend, Franky, at his side.

Thankfully, at this years San Diego Comic Con, some footage was released from the film adaptation by David Fincher that will see a release later this year. Take a look.

Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer

After being annoyingly successful in 2009, the makers of Paranormal Activity are back with the sequel to spooky low-budget horror.

If you enjoyed getting all shook up at the supernatural experiences in the first movie then, judging by the trailer, you’ll be in for a good time with Paranormal Activity 2. Take a look at the first teaser trailer and let me know what you think, drop a comment down below.

http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf

Judd Apatow Working On Pee-wee Herman Project

It’s been a while since we were last mentally disturbed by Pee-wee Herman AKA Paul Reubens but according to Variety, the wacky character will soon be back on the big screen.

Audiences first experienced Reubens’ brand of mad-cap hilarity on the Pee-wee Herman Show back in 1981 and after a successful run he then starred in the movies Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee.

The character was famous for his unusual laugh, his bizarre choice of decor and the special relationship he had with his bike

Now Judd Apatow is looking to bring Pee-wee to modern audiences but will the childish antics of a now 57-year-old man just be way too creepy? There’s no director yet but we know that Reubens is penning the script along with Inglourious Basterds scribe Paul Rust.

The whole thing came about after recent revival performances in the US where Reubens played Pee-wee Herman on stage to packed out theatres and got Apatow’s attention.

Variety also report that Reuben’s is thrilled that the project is in development,

“There is no one like Judd in our business — he loves comedy with emotion and heart, and he sees what we do as art. I can’t believe I’m getting this opportunity to be working with him.”

Here’s a little something to remind you of the genius that is Pee-wee Herman.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Trailer

The latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was unleashed on the world at midnight last night sending everyone into a Potter frenzy the likes of which we’ve never seen. As we all know by now, the finale will be split into two films and the trailer contains footage from both parts rather than just the first.

We’ll all have to wait until November to really see how the finale is shaping up but in the meantime the trailer gives us Voldemort, blind dragons, goblins, explosions, Bellatrix Lestrange (our favourite) and the heroic trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione roaming around searching for the elusive horcruxes.

There is one curious thing we’d like to point out though. In the previous teaser trailer that we saw, there’s a shot in which Hermione appears to have blood on her hands but in this trailer the blood has vanished. Magic or CGI trickery? You decide.

You can catch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in November in glorious 3D but for now we bring you the trailer. You’re welcome.

Red Trailer

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Helen Mirren any more, she goes and does this. Red will see Mirren play an ex-CIA operative who is marked for death along with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich.

They must all reunite in order to stop the hit and find out who is out to get them. It’s really Bruce’s story but if youn give Helen Mirren a gun and make her a badass, don’t be surprised when our attention is diverted.

You can catch Red later this year, most likely October, but for now check out the trailer.

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