Hollywood is banking on the future this summer - and not just a future where Capt. Kirk orders warp speed or Tony Stark builds a better Iron Man outfit.
Though some film franchises seem to live on forever, most come with a shelf life, leaving studios always hunting for new ones.
The new stuff this summer could be a sign of what you'll be seeing for years to come if movies such as Brad Pitt's zombie fest World War Z, Guillermo del Toro's robots-vs.-sea-monsters tale Pacific Rim and Johnny Depp's buddy Western The Lone Ranger connect with audiences. There's also that orphan from Krypton in the latest Superman revival, Man of Steel, who seems ripe for a new franchise in this age of superhero blockbusters.
Danny Boyle knows how to do twisty narratives with trippy visuals but his recent, mainstream successes (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) haven't required much of the weirdness that put the Scottish director on the map. Luckily, Trance, his latest movie opening April 12, plays with notions of memory, hypnosis, dreams and the unconscious and gives Boyle the opportunity to mash up a number of genres as he delivers something original.
Trance follows James McAvoy's art auctioneer Simon who gets mixed up with some nasty men after a heist goes bad and a head injury prevents him from remembering where he stored the stolen goods. Enter Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotist hired to help unlock the location of the missing item but, in Boyle's world, not everyone is honest about their motives and when dreams blend into waking life, no one can be trusted.
Watch the cast, including the dependably intimidating Vincent Cassel, and director talk about making the movie and what Trance is all about.
Blond or not, Bond looks good for 50. Ian Fleming's secret agent man celebrates half a century on the big screen and that includes countless gadgets, hundreds of villains, multiple Bond Girls, many martinis and tons of well-fitted suits.
A franchise this successful has naturally spawned imitators, homages and parodies but there's only one James Bond, with ruggedly handsome Daniel Craig as the latest, and some would say best, actor to step into the covetable wardrobe previously worn by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
On the cusp of the theatrical release of Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the Bond universe, we're taking a look back at the first 50 years of Bond, from soundtracks to sirens, Connery to Craig, Live and Let Die to Die Another Day.
Dive into the fast and fashionable world of 007 with our stylish infographic, after the jump.
We've all heard the one about the man who dashes in to save the helpless damsel in distress but these silver screen sirens can thwart baddies all by themselves and inflict serious damage without breaking a nail.
Meet our list of kick-ass movie heroines, lead by heavy-hitters like Ripley and Beatrix Kiddo and nobly continued by waif punk hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Petite, pierced and pissed off, Salander (played by a transformed Rooney Mara) is enlisted by journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) as he tries to solve a 40-year-old missing person's case and finds herself in the middle of an intricate net of deceit, corruption, murder and violence where she holds her own against seriously intimidating foes.
Learn more about these fierce movie females with our infographic now!
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