‘The Zombienator?’ Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the trailer for zombie drama Maggie.

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Arnie has had to deal with pretty much every kind of bad guy imaginable on screen. Aliens, robots, sea serpents, heck – he’s even going to be fighting a younger version of himself in the new Terminator movie.

But there’s one type of bad guy he hasn’t faced – Zombies, or more specifically, a zombie that’s his own bloody daughter!

Arnold Schwarzengger and Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) star in Maggie, a post-apocalyptic drama/horror about the relationship between a Midwest farmer (Arnie) and his zombie infected daughter (Breslin).

From the trailer and the fact that this indie film was supposed to debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year (Lionsgate bought the rights and pulled it from the roster), Maggie isn’t the type of film you’d normally associate with action geared Arnold.

But at the ripe old age of 67, perhaps we’ll see him in these more serious roles more often – “He’s remaking Conan you know!?” – Oh, well perhaps not.

Maggie is out later this year.

The first Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailer flies in.

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Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in the first full trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.

And after scaling the world’s tallest building last time out in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the IMF super agent looks to go one better this time – by hanging off the side of a friggin’ plane!

The fifth and potentially last film in the Mission: Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and his IMF team are after the mysterious, and rather dangerous, organisation known as The Syndicate.

But with the IMF now disbanded, Hunt must use any means necessary to uncover the truth about this shady outfit which of course involves gadgets, car chases, explosions and, wait is that a flute-gun?! Impossible!

Directed by Jack Reacher‘s Christopher McQuarrie, the film also stars the returning Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, as well as Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

This message will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3… ah you know the drill.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is out July 31 (UK).

Star Wars announce first stand alone film ‘Rogue One’ and details on Episode VIII.

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Are you prepared for ultra massive Death Star sized Star Wars news?

Good, because yesterday, via its official website, Star Wars announced the title for its first stand alone spin off film – Rogue One.

Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards is set to direct, whilst Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz) will pen the script.

We also know our first cast member – Oscar nominee and The Theory of Everything starlet Felicity Jones, as well as the film’s release date; December 16, 2016.

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But wait, what’s that, more news you say!?

With little over nine months until Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Disney bosses also announced yesterday that Star Wars Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson.

Known for sci-fi action Looper, and behind the camera for three episodes of Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan hails as being the best installment of the entire show, the talented Johnson will take the baton (although, probably a lightsaber) from Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, who’ll move up to executive producer.

Episode VIII also has a release date; May 26, 2017 – forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977.

The first of three planned stand alone Star Wars films, plot details and character roles for Rogue One are of course strictly rumour based at this point (a Jar Jar Binks cameo is all but dead in the water), yet its widely considered that it will centre on the Death Star destroying, orange jumpsuit wearing, X-Wing flying Rogue Squadron.

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Early rumblings also suggest that Felicity Jones could in fact be playing Princess Leia, and that the film will be set after the events of Return of the Jedi, and way before The Force Awakens. Pure speculation this is.

If you’ve done the math and worked out the odds (never tell Han Solo though), it means in the next three years we’ll have three brand new Star Wars films to celebrate.

May the force be with them, and us.

Its The Rock vs. tectonic plates in the trailer for San Andreas

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I wish somebody would mash together every disaster movie ever made but with The Rock in it,” then look no further.

Dwayne Johnson is LA’s Superman in the full-length trailer for this year’s big disaster movie, San Andreas.

Not the San Andreas from Grand Theft Auto, oh no. San Andreas as in the San Andreas fault – the notorious earthquake stretch in California.

But who better to have around when the biggest earthquake ever recorded rips up roads and topples skyscrapers?

The Rock, obviously.

IMG_0576.JPG Paul Giamatti’s rather damming outlook is stirring, similar to Bryan Cranston’s voiceover in last year’s trailer for Godzilla.

But as you’d expect, it’s mostly all falling debris, screaming people and Dwayne’s massive guns.

Finally, the trailer asks “when everything falls apart where will you be?” In all honesty, probably not in the cinema.

San Andreas is out May 29 (UK)

Disney’s Tomorrowland trailer looks to the future to save the world.

When they’re not busy being in charge of the Marvel cinematic universe as well as building a whole new new Star Wars saga, Disney have found time for sci-fi adventure, Tomorrowland.

Starring George Clooney as a former boy genius, he and gifted-teen Britt Robertson team up to unearth the secrets of a faraway location called – you guessed it, Tomorrowland – a futuristic city that’s apparently “caught between time and space.”

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From the looks of things not all of Disney’s yearly budget was spent on a new starter motor for the Millennium Falcon, as Tomorrowland’s trailer boasts some pretty slick visual effects.

From Incredibles director Brad Bird, it certainly looks to be one for all the family to enjoy.

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is out May 22 (UK)

Ripley is back in Neill Blomkamp’s now confirmed Alien movie.

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So Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie is a go.

The District 9 and Elysium director is set to helm the fifth film in the Alien saga, after he confirmed on Twitter late last month that his next film would indeed be an Alien follow up.

Impregnating the internet like a horny facehugger by teasing several pieces of concept art earlier this year, (pictured above and below), the South African filmmaker has been given the green light by 20th Century Fox and producer Ridley Scott to carry on with the franchise Scott began in 1979.

Speaking on the Empire magazine podcast, Blomkamp reveals that the idea of making an Alien movie was one he’d been thinking about for a while.

“I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I had a bunch of different ideas for different films. My favourite, on a gut instinct, artistic level, was Alien, by a long way.

“If you go back even three or four years, I’ve wanted to make a film in that genre, in that franchise. I’d come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney (Weaver) on the set of Chappie, I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again.”

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Well Mr Blomkamp you presumed wrong, as the baddest bitch in sci-fi, Lt. Ripley, is back, and will of course be played by none other than Sigourney Weaver.

In an interview with Variety whilst on the red carpet for Blomkamp’s latest film, Chappie, Weaver confirmed that she will be reprising the iconic role, whilst stating that Blomkamp’s approach to the Alien universe will certainly be interesting.

“I can’t think of a better director. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”

Blomkamp’s as yet untitled Alien movie (we’ll call it Alien V) is still very much in its early stages, but will probably be set for release some time in 2017.

Until then, all we have are questions.

Questions such as will Michael Biehn’s Cpl. Hicks be back in action? And will the movie be a direct follow on from Alien: Resurrection? And what does this mean for Ridley Scott’s proposed Prometheus follow up?

Actually, scrap that last one. Nobody cares about you Prometheus.

Chappie is out now in cinemas. (UK).

Avengers: Age of Ultron final trailer crashes in.

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And just when you thought Ultron couldn’t get any more terrifying…

The latest and final trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron offers yet more evidence as to why we – and our Tesseract taming, Loki loathing, shawarma eating friends – The Avengers, should be very afraid come May.

After the first two trailers it’s safe to say that the James Spader voiced Ultron isn’t one to be trifled with, and there’s nothing in this latest snippet to suggest otherwise.

Certainly the most action heavy of the three trailers, it features even more handbags between Hulk and Iron Man, Ultron’s army of metal motherfuckers and what seems to be a huge showdown involving everyone.

It also has yet another eerie voiceover from Ultron himself, claiming that he was “designed to save the world” and that “there’s only one path to peace -their extinction.” *Trembles*

And with supposed baddies/potential goodies Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) to deal with as well, earth’s mightiest heroes will have more than just shawarma on their plate come the end of this one.

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Plus whatever happens, the repercussions arising from Age of Ultron will undoubtedly traverse into Marvel’s phase three of films, especially now that Sony’s Spider-Man has officially joined the Marvel cinematic universe.

He (and whoever will be playing him) will all but definitely appear alongside Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which will pit the star-spangled soldier against the billionaire tin man. I for one, can’t freakin’ wait.

For now though, it’s all about the Avengers and Ultron. Roll on April!

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out April 23 (UK)