March 28, 2014

Depp eerie as mad machine in 'Transcendence'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Footage of the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas shows an eerily convincing Johnny Depp as a terminally ill scientist turned unruly machine in the Wally Pfister film that asks: What if we could upload a human mind into a computer?

Warner Bros. was the final studio to preview its upcoming titles at the theater exhibitor's convention Thursday, and it ended with an impressive crew of A-listers led by Depp.

The "Transcendence" clips were packed with explosions, sentimental moments between Depp (as Will) and leading lady Rebecca Hall (as Evelyn), and striking supporting performances by Kate Mara and Paul Bettany.

Morgan Freeman, Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Clint Eastwood, Melissa McCarthy, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis were among the other stars touting their upcoming projects.

Here, a peak at the plug-fest:

— "Jupiter Ascending," directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (creators of "The Matrix" trilogy) and starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Set in the future, the sci-fi fantasy resembles "The Fifth Element" (Sans the delicious, campy wit, at least in the trailer). Tatum, sporting guy-liner and a set of super pointy ears, is still a believable hero and love interest for Kunis, who plays the unsuspecting queen of the universe. "This is completely out of the Wachowskis' brain type of a crazy film," Tatum told The Associated Press before he and Kunis introduced the clip on stage. It's set for release in July.

— "Edge of Tomorrow," directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel "All You Need is Kill," the sci-fi action epic sees Cruise and Blunt as soldiers dying repeatedly due to a time loop. Big-budget action films are customary for Cruise, but this is new highly physical territory for Blunt, whose character Rita Vrataski helps Cruise's Lt. Col. Bill Cage change his fate. (Note: Blunt is beyond fit in this one. The definition in her arms is ridiculously impressive.) It will hit theaters in June.

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