TRANSCENDENCE Giveaway

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Wally Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer on films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but he’s making the move to the director’s chair with the ambitious sci-fi thriller Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  In anticipation of the pic’s release, we’re happy to give away a few Transcendence-related items to some lucky readers, including a solar charger, T-shirts, passes to see the film, and more.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the materials.  Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th, following special 8pm screenings on April 17th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See TRANSCENDENCE

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Watch out, people.  We’re getting a blockbuster movie that isn’t a remake/reboot/sequel/prequel or adaptation.  Transcendence is an original screenplay, it’s the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception), and it has a cool concept.  For those that don’t know, Johnny Depp plays a scientist who uploads his mind into a computer.  And in another surprising twist, Depp’s character isn’t covered in makeup and wearing a wacky costume.  This should be interesting.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 25 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Transcendence.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th.

Watch 7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from TRANSCENDENCE

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With Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence opening April 18th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips and thirteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but the big question is can he make the leap to the director’s chair.  So far the marketing materials have promised Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and I’m very curious what audiences are going to think.

Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Johnny Depp Explores the World of Artificial Intelligence in New Featurette for TRANSCENDENCE

by     Posted 21 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for director Wally Pfister’s sci-fi film Transcendence.  The pic deals with the issues surrounding the reality of artificial intelligence, as Johnny Depp plays a scientist who becomes the subject of his work when his consciousness is uploaded into a supercomputer.  Instead of offering a look behind the scenes, this featurette mainly focuses on clearly explaining the plot to those that might still be confused regarding the nature of Transcendence.  The film continues to look interesting, but I’m starting to worry that the amount of footage that’s been released has given away the entire main arc of the story.  Regardless, it’s nice to see Depp in a role that doesn’t hide him behind elaborate makeup effects, and there are certainly some big ideas to be explored with the central premise.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here for 35 high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th.

35 New Images from TRANSCENDENCE Featuring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara

by     Posted 22 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of high-resolution images from Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair.  The marketing materials have promised that Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and so far this looks to be a strong debut feature from Pfister.

Hit the jump to check out the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th.

6 New Images from Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany [UPDATED]

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Warner Bros. has released six new images from Wally Pfister’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  These images focus primarily on Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, who play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Cillian MurphyClifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 18th. [Update: We've added a new featurette after the jump.]

New Posters for BAD WORDS, DIVERGENT, TRANSCENDENCE, and THE DOUBLE

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We’ve got some new posters to share with you from the following films:

  • Bad WordsJason Bateman’s feature directorial debut, starring Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand. Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th.  Be sure to check out Steve’s recent interview with Bateman here.
  • Divergent – The IMAX poster for Neil Burger’s adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi PhiferDivergent opens March 21st.
  • TranscendenceWally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman.  Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.
  • The Double - Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Robertsand Paddy Considine opens May 9th in limited release in the U.S.

Hit the jump to check them out.

New Release Dates for WALK OF SHAME, TRANSCENDENCE, ONE CHANCE, MEAN MOMS, THE CONJURING 2, and HOW TO BE SINGLE

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Here’s a look at the latest release date shuffle:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

New Trailer for TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence.  The sci-fi film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence science who becomes intimately entwined with his research after an attack by the anti-technology terrorist group, R.I.F.T.  Whereas the first trailer was a quick rundown of the film’s premise, this second trailer shows things down a bit to give us a good look at what Pfister has put together.  The pic looks like a tense and trippy science-fiction thriller almost in the vein of Videodrome, and I’m very curious to see to what extent Pfister explores the larger implications of tech-growth in our digital age.  My only qualm with this trailer is that it looks like it might be giving away too much of the story, but hopefully Pfister is keeping further surprises under wraps.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman.  Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.

First Posters for TRANSCENDENCE and UNDER THE SKIN, Plus New Poster for THE RAILWAY MAN

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A few new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Transcendence – The first poster for director Wally Pfister’s ambitious sci-fi pic visualizes how Johnny Depp’s lead character uploads his consciousness into a dangerous computer.  If you missed it, click here to watch the debut trailer and look for a new trailer tomorrow evening.  The film opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 17th.
  • Under the Skin – A wonderfully stylish domestic poster for director Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi pic, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial on Earth disguised as a gorgeous woman who uses her “voracious sexuality” to entrap human prey.  Click here to read Matt’s review and check back tomorrow to watch the theatrical trailer.  The film opens in L.A. and New York on April 4th, followed by a limited release on April 11th.
  • The Railway Man – A new poster for director Jonathan Teplitzsky’s drama starring Colin Firth as a former POW who sets out to confront his tormentor.  Click here to read my review.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.

New Images from Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE, Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE, and TAMMY Starring Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy

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We’ve got some new images from the following films:

  • TranscendenceWally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.
  • Winter’s TaleAkiva Goldsman’s adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe, opening February 14th.
  • TammyBen Falcone’s road trip comedy starring Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy, due out July 2nd.

Hit the jump to check them out.

2014 Blockbuster Preview: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, INTERSTELLAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to.  There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties.  Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months.  Read on after the jump.

Full Trailer for Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman

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We recently saw three teaser videos for Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, but the first full trailer is now available, and it looks very promising.  Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence science, who becomes intimately entwined with his research after an attack by the anti-technology terrorist group, R.I.F.T.  Pfister’s dramatic cinematography is in full display, but the themes he’s decided to tackle make his directorial debut all the more interesting for me.  Except for one head-scratcher of a plot point in this first trailer (you’ll know it when you hear it), I’m already putting Transcendence high on my “Most Anticipated” list of 2014 films.

Also starring Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

New Viral Video for TRANSCENDENCE Advocates Independence from Technology

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Yesterday Warner Bros. released the first two teaser trailers for Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  A new viral video released today introduces us to said anti-technology extremists, who go by the name RIFT—Revolutionary Independence from Technology.  It’s clear that Pfister isn’t just trying to make a fun sci-fi film with Transcendence, but he’s also exploring some big ideas about how technology wholly encompasses our daily lives.

Hit the jump to watch the viral video.  The film also stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17, 2014.

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