UPDATED - X-Men (Trailer)
I hate winter time, and I don't like the short days. Other then those two main complaints. I can't wait for the sweaty heat, long days, and summer at the movies. It's been a while since we had a action punch summer with high profile films back to back for just about almost every weekend. I can't even think of the last good summer at the movies when I actually went to the movies every single weekend doing the summer.
Summer 2011 is shaping up to be a crowded summer of tent pole films, and not so boring like 2010 summer. A few titles we have heard, some have come out of no where, and few we have been anticipating for a while now. Summer at the cinemas always seems to kick off in May, sometimes April but any time around Memorial weekend is always a sure thing. For 2011, summer season kicks off early, and here's why.
It's going to be a packed slate of anticipated sequels this summer. Warner Bros. surprise hit The Hangover will be back, but far away from the Vegas strip this time. People will all scream again for Scream 4. Then we have the giant robots like Transformers which out grossed the original in world-wide gross but failed to win over critics in 2009. Potter will show off his magic big wonder stick for the last time. Disney has the one-two punch of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Pixar's Cars 2.
It ain't no summer lately without superheroes, which will have a strong presence on the big screen this summer. The X-Men franchise will return to the beginning of Professor X's career with X-Men: First Class with a new batch mutants but who cares? Marvel Studios’ Thor, which is helmed by British actor/director Kenneth Branagh, and Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans in the title role, will be released in May and July, respectively.
Scream 4 (Directed by Wes Craven. Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox.)
Fast Five Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker.
Thor (Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Kat Dennings.)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Penélope Cruz.)
The Hangover 2 (Directed by Todd Phillips. With Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Liam Neeson.)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Directed by Jennifer Yuh. Starring Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu.)
X-Men: First Class (Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Starring Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne.)
Super 8 (Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Elle Fanning, Noah Emmerich, Amanda Michalka.)
Green Lantern (Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard.)
Cars 2 (Directed by John Lasseter, Brad Lewis. Starring Jason Isaacs, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine.)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (Directed by David Yates. Starring Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright.)
Winnie the Pooh (Directed by Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall. With Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Tom Kenny.)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Directed by Joe Johnston. Starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugo Weaving.)
Cowboys and Aliens (Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig.)
The Smurfs 3D (Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sofía Vergara, Jayma Mays.)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring the entire Cortez family (except the wife) Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Jeremy Piven, & Danny Trejo. With new comer Jessica Alba)
Jessica Alba with Daryl Sabara walking behind her. A trailer won't be seen till Spring.
Fright Night (remake - Directed by Craig Gillespie. Starring Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.)
Conan 3D (aka Conan the Barbarian - Directed by Marcus Nispel. Starring Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols.)
Final Destination 5 (Directed by Steven Quale. Starring Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, David Koechner.)
A lot of choices, huh? My top picks are Scream 4, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Hangover 2, Super 8 (a must), of course Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cowboys and Aliens, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (I enjoyed the trilogy), and Fright Night (just to see Colin Farrell get naked =)
Think it's no brainier, Hollywood is going to keep an eye on the box office track of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides VS. Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grossed a whopping billion dollars world-wide but Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End saw a decline not just world-wide but domestically but all together still made a hefty $960+ world-wide gross.
The Transformers seems to be in the same boat (sorta), after the huge success of the original, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did out perform the original by grossing over $836 million compared to little over $707 million (Transformers) despite exit reviews. With Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while many disapproved of the sequel, many are still going see the 3quel no doubt . These two franchises are defiantly going to be neck to neck. Its does have the 4th July weekend going for it. Team Transformers here!
Oh, forgot about the other huge franchise, the boy & his magic stick, Potter. Who will have the Gold, the Silver, and the Bronze?