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Ang Lee’s first ‘Gemini Man’ trailer finds Will Smith facing off against a clone of his younger self

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Gemini Man, the latest big-budget project from Oscar-winning Life of Pi director Ang Lee, which finds Will Smith setting out on a mission to take down his younger self.

Smith stars here as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that can seemingly predict his every move. At first, Henry is unsure of who this young operative is or why he’s being tracked down by him.

But it isn’t long before Henry learns that the operative is actually a clone of himself, just 25 years younger. They share the same body, the same mind, and the same particular set of skills, but the younger version Henry has one advantage: he doesn’t suffer from his older’s self pain. (Whether that pain is physical or emotional is unclear, however.)

“The emotional and physical challenges of making this film have been the most demanding of my career. Ang is pushing the limits to give people an experience in the movie theater that you can’t get anywhere else. This is not only an action film, but an exploration of what one’s younger self can ultimately teach one’s older self,” Smith said. “Our hope is that this story provides something for everyone: never before seen cinematic wizardry, nuanced, relatable characters, and next-level action.”

Peter Jackson’s VFX house Weta Digital, utilizing a combination of performance capture and state-of-the-art de-aging technology, created the younger version of Smith for Gemini Man, which was shot on a specially developed camera from ARRI at a whopping 120 frames per second.

“This story is not one that could have been told with cinema as we know it. However, thanks to incredible new digital technology, not only can we finally see both younger and older Will Smith embodied together on screen, but we can also experience the story in a deeply immersive way. It is my great fortune to be able to experiment and test the limits of what new digital cinema has to offer us,” Lee said.

He added that the “immense effort and technical skill of the crew in creating a new aesthetic, between the cinematography, art department, visual effects, and technical team, was both inspiring and heartwarming” and he hopes “that this movie delivers a completely new theatrical cinematic experience to audiences across the world.”

Gemini Man also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong, and will hit theaters on October 11.

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Frame this terrible new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ poster and hang it up on my wall immediately

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I don’t know what the hell is going on over at the Sony Pictures marketing department, but some graphic designer who is probably severely underpaid keeps making these god-awful movie posters and for whatever reason the studio is always just like, “Yeah, that looks good enough. Send it out.”

I mean, just take a gander at this new one-sheet they put out for Spider-Man: Far From Home earlier today:

Now, I love the Spider-Man franchise as much as the next guy and I love Tom Holland as Spider-Man and I hate to clown on things I love, but holy shit that poster is hilariously bad and I want it framed and put on the wall in front of my desk immediately so I can look up and laugh at it whenever I want.

All jokes aside, though, a poster is not indicative of a movie’s quality and I’m sure Far From Home is going to be just fine. Remember that very unfortunate international poster Sony released for Spider-Man: Homecoming back in 2017? Yeah, sorry I had to bring that up.

But, the point is, that poster looked like complete and utter shit and yet the movie turned out to be great and was critically acclaimed and went on to make a ton of money at the box office, and I’m sure that will also be the case for Far From Home when it hit theaters on July 2.

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A bunch of new details about Christopher Nolan’s new movie ‘Tenet’ have just emerged

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All aboard the hype train: Warner Bros. announced today that production is officially underway on Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet, which really isn’t a particularly exciting title, but, hey, we’ll take it. I’m just looking forward to seeing what Nolan has in store for us following the masterpiece that was Dunkirk in 2017.

According to a press release, Tenet is “an action epic evolving around the world of international espionage” that is being shot on location across seven different countries. A Christopher Nolan spy movie? That’s all I needed to know. I’m in, baby.

In addition to John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki, the cast also now includes the likes of Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Kenneth Branagh, and, of course, with this being a Nolan movie and all, Michael Caine.

Behind the scenes, Nolan is reteaming with DP Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson, while working with editor Jennifer Lame and Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson for the first time.

Nolan has obviously assembled some of Hollywood’s best both in front of and behind the camera for his latest project and, as you could probably imagine, I’m hype as fuck and can’t wait to see how this thing turns out when it hits theaters next year on July 17.

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Phoenix: Here’s your chance to see ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ early and for free

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Dying to see some monster on monster action? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that Warner Bros. is giving several of our very lucky Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend a free advance screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters next week.

All you have to do is click on this link to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters at Harkins Arizona Mills in big, beautiful IMAX on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The sweepstakes are currently underway and winners will be selected and notified via email by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Mike Dougherty

Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe

Opens: Friday, May 31

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language

Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

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