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Two Hot New Trailers: Mirror, Mirror and Brave

Two great movie trailers were released in the past day or so, and we’ve got them here for your viewing enjoyment!

First up is Mirror, Mirror, the Snow White-inspired film starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen, Sean Bean as the King, and Nathan Lane as the queen’s servant. With a similarly themed movie in the works, Snow White and the Huntsman, and shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time, it seems like fairy tales are taking over as the next big thing.

Here’s the trailer:

It looks like it is going to be a really fun movie, very different from the other Snow White movie, which looks really dark (though also great, I’d say!). It will be interesting to see the evil queen with such humor, that’s for sure! What do you think? Which one seems to take the fairy tale cake, based on the the previews? (to see the other trailer, click here).

Mirror, Mirror releases on March 16th, 2012.

In a similar vein, Pixar’s next movie, Brave, is a dark fairy tale about a Scottish lass named Princess Merida who is fighting against tradition and making her own rules. Some of the vocal talent is provided by the likes of Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, and Craig Ferguson.

Here’s IMDb’s description of the movie (which I think says something different than the impression the trailer gives): Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Seems like a great movie, as Pixar films usually are. The trailer doesn’t really show any of the fantasy elements, other than the glowing blue fairy things, but I’ll be interested to see how the fantasy and the action/adventure tie together!

Brave hits theaters on June 22nd, 2012.

 

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Spider-Man Movie Title Announced & New Still

It’s official: the title of the upcoming spider-man movie will be called The Amazing Spider-Man. This movie is set to release July of 2012. Here’s the full press release:

“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN(tm)” TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012

“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™”

TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 14, 2011 – Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man.

The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit.

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo. The film’s official website is http://www.TheAmazingSpiderMan-movie.com.

With this info came the newest official image, which I must say is pretty awesome:

We’ll be sure to keep bringing you the newest Spider-Man info as it comes out.

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New Captain America Poster

Here’s a quick update for those who want more Captain America. Just released today was the newest movie poster (and first hi-res image) of Captain America’s full outfit. It is a stark and powerful image, and bodes well for the movie. I09.com also has some additional images from the movie, which you can check out here.

Also, it was revealed that the first full-length preview will premiere during the superbowl, so be sure to stay tuned!

[via I09.com]

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“Ender’s Game” Movie Finally Being Shopped Around

Since it is one of science fiction’s most beloved books, there is a lot of pressure to make sure an Ender’s Game movie would be done correctly. Recent news offers some hope on that front. The writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (known for Transformers, Fringe, and the new Star Trek adaptation) have joined up with director Gavin Hood (of Wolverine: Origins fame) and the script is finally being shopped around Hollywood.

This film has been in the works for a while now, but the interest has grown and it seems like the foundations of a dynamite team are being laid. A few days ago Orson Scott Card chatted on i09.com’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, and he mentions Gavin Hood being a good fit as director of the film, due to his background. Here’s what else he had to say about the movie:

I’m very optimistic that when it is made, it will be made really well to be a good movie. That’s sort of my bottom line, you know? That I want it not to suck. I’m only going to get one shot at this. I don’t get a lot of chances to have Ender’s Game made as a movie. So, the only power I have is to try to keep it from getting made until we’re ready to do it right. And I’ve done that, and I think we’re now ready to do it right.

Lytherus will be following the progress of the movie, and we will bring you major updates as they occur. To hear more about the movie, and other things Card has to say, including writing child characters, his opinions on comics, and him talking about his newest book, The Lost Gate, check out the entire podcast on i09.com. It has a lot of great info for the Card fan.

[via i09.com]

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“Season of the Witch” Trailer

I just saw the trailer for this movie and thought it looked awesome, so I wanted to share with those here at Lytherus who might not have had the pleasure to view it yet. You can watch it here, at the website for the movie. The cast includes Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman. The movie will hit theaters on January 7th, 2011.

Enjoy!

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New Trailer for “Beastly” Movie

The newest trailer for Beastly, based on the book by Alex Flinn, was recently released. The movie features a stellar cast, including Alex Pettyfer (starring in the upcoming movie I am Number Four, and who also had the title role in the Alex Rider movie), Vanessa Hudgens (of High School Musical fame), Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The movie is set to release on March 18th, 2011. It was initially slotted to be out this past summer, but it was to be released  the same weekend as Charlie St. Cloud, another movie based on a teen book, so Sony, the producers of Beastly, decided to postpone it for when there was less competition.

There are also two cool movie tie-in covers for the book, which are available now.

You can watch the trailer here, at the official movie site.

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Steampunk 101

When I first encountered this word, I thought my friend was making it up. He approached me at a bookstore and asked me if I’d heard of Steampunk. I stared at him blankly for a bit, and then had to go look it up on the internet. I was convinced he was pulling my leg, making the gullible writer fall for some fabricated term. But what I discovered was more than just a definition—it was a whole culture.

Steampunk, at its simplest, is taking the themes of the steam era—most-often Victorian Britain, but not always–and adding a contemporary fantasy or sci-fi twist. Most commonly it seems to involve technology in some fashion, but what makes it cool is that these modern alterations are kept within the cultural confines of the times. Usually there is little to no electricity, so steam or springs must power these items. For example, you could have a bionic arm or leg, but it is made out of gears and brass. And though that might in some ways seem limiting, within those fundamental boundaries there are infinite, awesome combinations that can be done.

A word I see that keeps popping up on various sites in their definitions of Steampunk is anachronistic, which I think pretty much sums it up. Here’s Wiki’s definition of the term:

An anachronism is an accidental or deliberate inconsistency in some chronological arrangement, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other. The item is often an object, but may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, a custom, or anything else so closely associated with a particular period in time that it would be incorrect to place it outside its proper domain.

The most natural place to start is with books, since they are the oldest form of entertainment we cover on this site. Even though the term Steampunk was coined in 1987 (as a sort of offshoot of Cyberpunk), there have been samples of this genre for years prior to this date. A lot of modern examples have been influenced by some of the themes in much older work, especially by authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, though written over a hundred and thirty years ago when Victorian times were modern day, definitely fits within the boundaries of what defines Steampunk.

Using these older works as a backdrop, I want to examine some recent modern examples. In Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld uses both machinery and genetics as strong themes in his story set at the beginning of World War One. And in Gail Carriger’s series The Parasol Protectorate, there are fantasy elements like werewolves and vampires, but within the structure of proper Victorian England. But there are also great technology advancements—like the protagonist’s kick-ass parasol! Surprising to me, the series that seems to be popping up the most is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, a sensational series of books that deal with myth and science, set in both an old-fashioned alternate London and a modern one. But the scientific advancements and machines in the story definitely have that Steampunk feel.

Movies also have some great examples. Obviously there is the Golden Compass movie that ties in with Pullman’s books, and still carries that Steampunk vibe, especially in the imagery. But the first example of Steampunk I can ever remember experiencing was in the Will Smith movie, Wild Wild West. The crazy spider machines the villain created, both his personal one and his enormous monstrosities, fit wonderfully within the genre. The story takes place in America, not England, but the time period is comparable, and overall it has a really fun Steampunk feel.  And then there are movies like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This movie defines Steampunk, and includes characters of a lot of the influential writers that inspired the genre. There are loads more, like Van Helsing and The Time Machine, all which are unique in their own way, and all of which have some essence of Steampunk.

Since  I am by no means the go-to, end-all Steampunk expert, I am going to stick with the areas I am most familiar with (books and movies). We here at Lytherus are enjoying the diversity of subject matter our site offers, and Steampunk fits snugly within those boundaries. However, there is so much more cool stuff out there, and so I included a few examples below for all the areas Lytherus covers, which I have compiled from research and chatting with experts. I’m sure the level of Steampunk could be debated in some of these, but the point is that there is something there that is reminiscent of the genre, giving those interested a good place to start!

Anime:

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Laputa: Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki

Metropolis (based on the manga series by Osamu Tezuka)

Turn a Gundam by Yoshiyuki Tomino

Steamboy

Fullmetal Alchemist (from the manga series by Hiromu Arakawa)

(see our review here)

Manga:

D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino

Monkey Typhoon written by Jōji Arimori and illustrated by Romu Aoi

Steam Detectives by Kia Asamiya

Comics & Graphic Novels:

Lady Mechanika written and illustrated by Joe Benitez

(see our review here)

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Raulo Caceres

Heart of Empire: Legacy of Luther Arkbright Written and Illustrated by Brian Talbot

Scarlett Traces Written by Ian Eddington and Illustrated by D’Israeli

TV:

Secret Adventures of Jules Verne

Wild Wild West

The more recent Dr. Who

Firefly


Video Games:

Final Fantasy VI and VII

Myst

Thief (the entire series)

Check out this Wiki list for additional games with some Steampunk feel.

Books:

The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

Steampunk and Steampunk II, anthologies of short stories with this theme. Edited by Anne VanderMeer

I found a website that lists the best Steampunk books, as voted by readers. It features the books in the above article and many other great examples, if you want to dive in to the genre, or just get your feet wet.

Movies:

For additional Steampunk movie titles to the ones listed above, check out this list.

Additional Cool Links:

Tor.com Steampunk: this link has a ton of awesome sites that will saturate your brain with Steampunk.

Photos from Steam Con II

Steampunk Trading Cards

Steampunk Jewelry

This is by no means a complete list. If you are familiar with any of these areas and have any additional suggestions, I’d love to hear what your favorite Steampunk example is.

Written by Lauren Z.

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“Thor” Teaser Trailer Released

The first preview for the Thor movie was released yesterday, right on the tail of the release of the official movie poster. You can view the video here.

The movie will be released in both 2 and 3-D on May 6th, 2011. The cast has such names as Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Chris Hemsworth in the title role, and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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“I am Number Four” Movie Trailer

I am Number Four is a YA Science fiction novel that was published in August of 2010. It tells the tale of John Smith, Number Four, who is always on the run to protect his life. there are nine of them (who, you ask? I don’t want to say, it will spoil part of the story!), and they must be killed in order. The first three are dead, and he’s next.

Those of us here at Lytherus who have read this sensational, high-tension book think it is one of the best of the year. Wonderfully written, we couldn’t put it down. So imagine our surprise and delight when we saw that a movie version was in the works, set to be out on February 18th, 2011.

I thought that seemed a bit soon after the release of the book, and in fact, the manuscript was taken to DreamWorks in June 2009 to see about buying it for production, over a year before it was even on the shelves.

The movie stars such actors as Alex Pettyfer (Alex Rider in Stormbreaker), Timothy Olyphant (Sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood), and Dianna agron (best known for her role as Quinn on Glee).  Even Steven Spielberg had a hand in developing the characters.

Any book-turned-movie runs the risk of destroying the original story that is well-loved, and so we are tentatively excited about what the movie will be like. Hopefully it lives up to the awesomeness of the book, making it a must-see film!

You can view the trailer here.