Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Teaser Trailer 3

I’ve included the teaser trailer for the upcoming third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens partally because I still think it’s particularly douchy to make the trailer the event, as opposed to the movie.

After all, we’re talking about Star Wars here.  The hype for this movie is unbelievable and J.J. Abrams is a solid-enough director that I expect that he’ll live up to the hype.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

And speaking of the trailer, it’s gorgeous.  That being said, what’s more interesting is that it gives the impression that all the mythology around the Jedi have been lost to time and become just that, mythology.

Which implies that a significant amount of time has passed, but seeing that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are in the movie, it couldn’t’ be that much.

‘Expendables 3’ Trailer

The ‘Expendables’ films are somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me in the sense that they remind me of an American muscle car, like the Corvette Stingray.  It might not be state of the art in certain ways, such as engine technology, but it’s surprising the problems that copious amounts of horsepower can solve.

This film is chock full of actors that some might consider relics, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford, yet if the earlier films in the series are any indicator, it will probably manage to hum along pretty well too.

Mel Gibson is in this as well, playing a villain.  Which makes me wonder:  Is there some sort of typecasting going on here?  Every since his very public meltdown, it seems that he more often than not plays a villain.  2012’s “Get The Gringo?”  Criminal.  2013’s “Machete Kills?”  Megalomanicial villain.  2014’s “Expendables 3?”  Seemingly a mega-megalomanical villain.

I don’t know who Gibson’s agent is, but if I were he, I would really begin to start to question their judgement.

Then again, he seemed to be playing a decent sort in Jodie Foster’s 2011 film, “The Beaver,” and we saw how well that worked.

Wesley Snipes is thrown into the mix too, which makes me think he’s perhaps one of the luckiest men on Earth, because most people don’t tend to bounce back so quickly from prison sentences.

‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Trailer

The character of Jack Ryan, created by Tom Clancy (who passed recently) has appeared prior to “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and been played by two different actors in three instances, kind of like a domestic James Bond.

The first time the character appeared in movies was 1990, in “The Hunt For Red October” and was played Alec Baldwin.  Two years later Ryan returned in “Patriot Games,” though instead of Baldwin, he was played by Harrison Ford.

The next film in the series also came two years later, still starred Ford, and was called “Clear And Present Danger.”

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” continues the adventures of the character, and comes 19 years after the last film in the series.  Chris Pine plays Ryan this time around, and while he’s accompanied by actors like Kenneth Branagh (who also directed) and Kevin Costner, they can probably do little to change the awful title the movie is straddled with.

Besides, what the heck is a ‘shadow recruit’ anyway?

Title aside, the Jack Ryan series, like James Bond, provides a template for Marvel Studios to follow when they decide to find a replacement for Robert Downey, Jr. (hopefully they choose Dominic Cooper, who also played Howard Stark in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”  That would be very, very meta)

Harrison Ford Returns to ‘Blade Runner’

Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” based upon the Phillip K. Dick short, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” appears to be spawning a sequel that may have Harrison Ford in a starring role.

According to Vulture, the film is estimated to be coming our way sometime in 2014 .  That Scott was revisiting the world of the replicants has been reported in various venues for quite awhile, though Harrison Ford perhaps returning is news.

(Refusing) The Role of a Lifetime

Marvel Studios upcoming “Thor” and “Captain America” look to be huge hits, but there’s no way of knowing before the films are released into theaters.  No one wants to be known for an unsuccessful film, which can potentially follow them their entire careers (John Travolta, no matter what he does, cannot shake the sheer, unrelenting badness that is “Battlefield Earth“).  So, while there’s no such thing as a sure thing, many actors won’t venture outside their comfort zone for projects.  For example, Clint Eastwood was originally considered to play Superman in Richard Donner’s 1978 film, but didn’t accept the role.

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