I remember reading a harrowing story of the ancient city of Pompeii for an English Literature class way back in middle school. The city is now going to be immortalized (and then destroyed with lava) on the silver screen with eye-candy Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) playing the lead. The synopsis of the film reads as follows:
Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
A few months ago, we were teased with a footage of Kit Harrington walking amidst smoke and ashes and today, the full theatrical trailer is available for our viewing pleasure, below:
And as always, our reactions follow:
Our first glimpse of the ominous Mt. Vesuvius, waiting, silently, patiently, in the background, like a predator.
The prey in this scenario – the prosperous city of Pompeii.
Shots of Pompeii to establish how it was the jewel of the empire.
The gladiators are IN DA HOUSE!
Uhm … okay, can Jon Snow please come down to Southern Westeros next season. Just saying, because he’s always so bundled up in the North!
Let the games begin … in the rain, for dramatic effect!
But not all is well in Pompeii, not when those pesky Roman senators come marching in!
AND HOLY COW IT’S CAPTAIN RENARD FROM GRIMM!!
I have just exploded from feels, you guys!
So yeah, corruption and injustice are just in the air in Pompeii!
But so is love …
as well as friendship (s/n – Kit should stay semi-nude throughout the film)
But alas my friend, love and friendship aren’t enough to appease the gods, Vesuvius is getting angry!
And the skies get dark as though it was night!
Some cool pyrotechnics, you guys, Vesuvius is trying to compete with New Year’s Eve fireworks!
Smoke and ash fill the sky …
Cities fall …
and the oceans (technically, the sea) rise …
It’s all going down in 3D you guys … an epic, period, disaster film, coming in February!
The film also stars Jared Harris as Lucretius, Jessica Lucas as Ariadne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Bridgageous, Carrie-Anne Moss as Cassia’s mother, Paz Vega as Flavia, Joe Pingue as Graecus and Sasha Roiz as Proculus. The film has been directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, known for the Resident Evil series.
The story looks epic, the action looks good and the special effects look spine-chilling! Plus, the chance to see Kit Harington’s lovely abs *sigh* … I know I will definitely be lining up for this film!
Are you excited for Pompeii?
So, we’re into Fall now, but there’s still plenty of incredible films that will be hitting our cinema screens before the year ends! And here are the ones we’re especially excited for.
Divergent and TFiOS’s Ansel Elgort, and Kick Ass’ Chloe Grace Moretz star in this remake of the 1976 horror of the same name. Based on the novel, expect lots of gore and well, psychological powers.
Release dates for your country: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/releaseinfo
4. Ender’s Game
Stellar cast and aliens, what more could you want? Could this be the return of science-fiction?
Release dates for your country: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Of course, the much-anticipated Hobbit sequel makes our list. And with Orlando Bloom returning? I’m there.
Release dates for your country: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf
2. Thor: The Dark World
If the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D hasn’t gotten you all riled up for this action, then Chris Hemsworth will. (Can we just fangirl over his arms for a second?) Thor, and of course, the lovable Loki return to save Earth from its latest alien threat in this Marvel sequel.
Release dates for your country: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
And to top our list, the sequel to 2012’s The Hunger Games finally comes. And with filming for Mockingjay: Part 1 already underway, this is sure to be a massive success among audiences.
Release dates for your country: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf
Which ones will you be seeing?
“I feel the need … the need for speed!”
Granted that the above line was spoken by Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick, in the 1986 classic Top Gun, it still feels appropriate to use it to describe the EPIC new trailer for 2014’s Need for Speed, which has just arrived!
Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) along with Michael Keaton (1989 Batman) among others (50 Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson is also credited) and is based on the popular “Need for Speed” racing video game franchise published by Electronic Arts.
The film’s synopsis on IMDB reads as follows,
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
The film is directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and is due for release on March 14, 2014. Check out some stills from the trailer below.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the film?
Christoper Pike‘s 1994 Young Adult series titled “The Last Vampire” has been snagged up by Preger Entertainment for a forthcoming film! Preger Entertainment are also producing the forthcoming YA book to film adaptation, Vampire Academy, scheduled for release on February 14, 2014.
“The Last Vampire” series has six books originally published between 1994 and 1996. The series was republished in 2009 under the title “Thirst” with three additional titles being released between 2010 and 2013. The book series had originally been optioned for film by Aaron Ryder of FilmNation Entertainment in 2010, who had said,
“We could not pass up the opportunity to bring to life one of the best characters of young adult fiction. We see this as the original teen vampire series that started the craze today.”
However the film did not materialise and in early 2013, it was reported on the author’s official Facebook page that the rights had been retrieved from FilmNation.
But, good things happen to those who wait, and earlier today, it was announced by Variety that the film rights had been scooped up by Preger Entertainment. Producer Michael Preger commented on the main character, stating,
“She is at once captivating and beguiling, due in part to her personification as a beautiful, intelligent, innocent appearing, contemporary girl — who is in reality a 5000-year-old predator.”
“The Last Vampire” chronicles the life of Sita as a character prone not only to great spiritual beliefs and human-like compassion, but also brutal acts of retribution.
Author Christopher Pike also broke the news on his Facebook page and sounded confident in the deal, stating,
“PIKE here: The below announcement is the one I’ve been waiting to share with you for the last few weeks. It just appeared in Variety a few minutes ago. As the article mentions, Michael Preger just completed shooting Vampire Academy in London. While that shoot was going on, he called me and we spoke for six hours. He’d read several of the Thirst books — he prefers, as I do, to call them “The Last Vampire” books, and “The Last Vampire” is the title we plan to use for the movie — and seemed to “Get It.” The main thing for me is that he wants to keep the story and the character of Sita intact, and he believes he can make the movie quickly. To that end we’ll be setting up a special website that will focus on the movie and it’s development. Since completing the deal with Michael, we’ve talked at length about the film and I’m even more confident than ever that he’ll do the books justice. Naturally, we’ll be starting with the first book but hopefully it will do well enough that we can tell Sita’s entire story. Jillian Preger DeFrehn will be in charge of the movie website and she’ll be keeping all of us constantly updated on the progress of the film. Once the site is in place, we’ll open a dialogue where you can offer suggestions on who you feel should be in the film, the type of music we should have, and so on. I’m very excited about all this and I know many of you will be happy to finally see Sita on the big screen. Best, PIKE/KEVIN”
More BADASS Vampire stories … we say HELL YES!
The first look for “The Anomaly” movie was released today in a world exclusive from the movie’s twitter account, featuring the gorgeous Ian Somerhalder!
The imdb page for The Anomaly gives the following description for the movie:
A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there.
Ian Somerhalder plays Harkin Langham and we give you the poster in HQ below, because we all need a moment to fangirl over this!
Are you drooling yet?
The Anomaly comes to theatres in 2014 and is being directed by Noel Clarke!