Upcoming Flix Spotlight: Clash of the Titans Featurette & The Bounty Hunter Set Photos

A couple of updates on two upcoming movies I’ll be seeing this Spring.

First, we’ve got the Clash of the Titans‘ new behind-the-scene featurette. I saw the TV spot during Chuck last night and boy, I’m really psyched to see this! Don’t know about you, but every time I see Perseus riding his horse into the sunset with the camp 80s rock music blazing just gets me going! 🙂 It’s the kind of movie I just want to enjoy for the special effects and the story/acting is icing on the cake, you know, it’s not a ‘historical project’ by any means as Sam Worthington points out, and that’s totally fine by me. Like Zeus… er, Liam Neeson says, “it’s going to be incredible entertainment!”

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Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), the Greek mythology tale centers on Perseus, a man born of a god and raised as a man who is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.

You can see the first featurette I posted a while back and the full trailer on my top ten list. The lineup in this flix is impressive as well. Worthington, Neeson and Fiennes are joined by the largely European cast of  Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Hoult, and Pete Postlethwaite. It’s set to arrive on April 2nd, a week later than its original release date as it’ll be distributed in 3D. Not sure that one week is enough time to do the digital conversion, but perhaps it just doesn’t want to compete with Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon animated feature (also in 3D) out on March 26. In any case, release the Kraken already, I’m ready for some rollicking good time with this fun action adventure flick!

Courtesy of Chris Gampat

And thanks to GBGals via Twitter, I found this photographer’s blog who shared his photos of Gerard Butler on the set of The Bounty Hunter. Here’s what he has to say about the actor:

I admire Gerard though. Not only because he’s a confident, talented and respectable young man in the industry. But Gerard gave me perhaps my first pleasant experience shooting a celebrity. He didn’t have loads of guards blocking him and he acted, well, like a normal human being. He was very down to earth and even talked to some of the on-lookers. It seemed that he even tried to pose for the camera at times. You can see those in the compilation shots of him in the opening photo.

He didn’t seem like the diva-types that require you to not even walk on the same side of the curb as them. That was nice to know.

You can read more about his experience as a celebrity photographer on Chris Gampat’s blogThanks for letting me post it here, Chris!

As for the movie itself, I’ll probably still see it because of Butler. It looks like fun at least, it’ll get me my Butler ‘fix’ until Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus comes out hopefully later this year. Besides, surely this can’t be much worse than The Ugly Truth, that one’s barely worth a rental! Check out the trailer here, the movie’s set for wide release on March 19.

This Just In: Clash of the Titans Teaser Trailer

I must’ve been asleep all day yesterday that I completely missed this. The YouTube clip has been yanked off but luckily AOL still got it. Check it out below:

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Well, well, well, that was one heck of an action-pack teaser. I’ve been waiting for this one ever since I saw the whimsical on-set featurette a couple of months ago. Initially, the teaser makes my head spin with all the mishmash of scenes jumping at me at unrelenting pace. But on second and third viewing, I actually quite like it. It’s as kick-ass as one would expect from a flix like this. Definitely enough to wet my appetite for the movie — which is what a teaser is supposed to do — before they come up with an in-depth version that reveal the story more and introduce the characters (for those unfamiliar with the story, check out my previous post on this topic). Sam Worthington as Perseus clearly looks believable as an action hero, unlike say Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia.

The comparison to previous swords & sandals flicks are to be expected given the subject matter, but I don’t think the similarities extend beyond the visual style and color tones. Here’s what Worthington said in the Empire’s cover feature article: “This is not what people originally thought, another 300. This is a romp. We’ve been trying to make it funnier. Originally they were saying, it’s gonna be gritty like Gladiator; dirty and brutal. It is dirty, but only because we’re in a mud mine! It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be buoyant.” Director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) addedIt’s a family movie.” So based on that, we can safely guess the rating is going to be PG-13, and more in the vein of Iron Man than Gladiator. In that same article, Worthington also assured us that “we’re not in f-in’ Harryhausen mode anymore.” Now I haven’t seen that one other than the various clips here and there, so I can’t compare it other than to say I’m glad the stop-motion stuff is gone, as well as the cheesy lock of Harry Hamlin.

If I could pick on something, it’s the hard rock/heavy metal music playing in the background. They obviously went with the Nine Inch Nails type music in 300 (which worked really well), than the ethereal-sounding one in Gladiator. Who knows, maybe it’s intentional that the modern rock music ‘clashes’ with the ancient greek visuals? Beats me, but I’m not digging it. And another thing, what is up with the lame tagline?! TITANS … WILL… CLASH? Forget corny, it’s just downright retarded. Oh well, let’s hope they get it right in the actual trailer.

Final thoughts: The geek in me is still pumped to see this one come next March, but then again I’m a sucker for Greek mythology stuff. The flix also boast a great cast: Liam Neeson is Zeus, Ralph Fiennes is Hades; as well as Vincent Regan, Mads Mikkelsen and Gemma Arterton. Let the battle begin!