New Photos From Jack the Giant Killer, Magic Mike, Argo, Underworld: Awakening and Bullet to the Head
12.28.11 by Ryan
With the end of 2011 coming in just a few days, studios are unloading new photos for their upcoming 2012 slate in an attempt to entice viewers who aren't yet winded by the holiday movie onslaught.
Not opening until June is Warner Brothers' Jack the Giant Killer, which is a riff on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale and follows a young farmhand named Jack (X-Men:First Class' Nicholas Hoult) who opens up a door to another world and must save a princess (Alice in Wonderland's Eleanor Tomlinson) and destroy the giants he has unwittingly unleashed. The new photo, which shows Jack climbing the bean stalk into the other world, is only a screenshot from the recently-released first trailer, but the synopsis below is new.
Jack the Giant Killer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Directed by Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects), Jack the Giant Killer opens on June 15, 2012.
No doubt, many are looking forward to the man-flesh on display in the male stripper comedy Magic Mike, which follows Channing Tatum (the movie was also loosely based on his life) as a male dancer who takes a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing while they work at a strip club owned by Matthew McConaughey. All three stars are on display in the first-look photo of the movie, along with co-star Joe Manganiello, who revealed a few months ago that Magic Mike is "so funny."
"It's hysterical, it’s like a great guy, buddy movie but it’s also got a lot of stuff for the ladies," said Manganiello in October. "It’s got a little bit for everybody." The photo below could be proof that the True Blood actor was at least halfway right.
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh(Erin Brockovich, Traffic), Magic Mike opens on June 29th.
More flesh is on display in the second photo for the action flick Bullet to the Head. The first photo showed 65-year-old Sylvester Stallone getting into an axe fight with 32-year-old Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian), while the latest photo shows Stallone, who plays a a New Orleans hitman who teams with a New York cop (Fast Five's Sung Kang) to get revenge on the men who killed their respective partners, by himself and aiming a gun with no shirt on. While Stallone wasn't in consideration for Magic Mike, it's clear Stallone is in the gym more than most with an AARP card.
Directed by Walter Hill (48 Hours, Warriors), Bullet to the Head opens on April 13, 2012.
If aiming a gun appeals, then why not aim two? That's the focus on Sony Screen Gems' latest photo for the sequel, Underworld: Awakening, which, like most of the movie's promotional campaign, seems focused on letting audiences know that Kate Beckinsale will be back after skipping out on the 2009 prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
In the fourth installment, Selene (Beckinsale) wakes from a 12-year coma to discover that she has a Vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter (India Eisley) who is being used as a pawn in the war between vampires and werewolves, which now includes humans as well. For those worried that Selene had changed since 2006's Underworld: Evolution, the latest photo should assure fans that the black leather, dual pistols and blue-ish hue of the franchise is all in tow in Awakening.
Directed by Swedish directing team Björn Stein and Mans Marlind (Shelter), Underworld: Awakening opens on January 20th.
If action flicks aren't for you, the sedentary, first-look photo from the upcoming thriller Argo may be what you're looking for.
Directed by Ben Affleck, Argo stars Affleck as CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez, who creates a fake Hollywood production in order to rescue six Americans from the Tehran hostage crisis with the help of a Hollywood producer named Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and Academy Award–winning makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman). The first photo shows Affleck hard at work at his desk,
contemplating shaving looking through files.
Based on a 2007 Wired article titled "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran", Argo opens on September 14th.