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New 'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer Features Warrior Elf Channing Tatum and Power-Crazed Eddie Redmayne: VIDEO

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Check out the latest trailer for Jupiter Ascending, the upcoming sci-fi extravaganza featuring Channing Tatum as a muscled, elfin, genetically engineered ex-military hunter and Mila Kunis as the newly reincarnated Queen of the Universe. The film also stars Eddie Redmayne as a royal megalomaniac (and a delightfully attractive one at that) and Sean Bean as the "Han Solo-type" character. 

Written, produced, and directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas), the film will be released next February.

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New 'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer Features Bees, Toilet-Cleaning, and Channing Tatum: VIDEO

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The Wachowski siblings just released an updated trailer for their upcoming intergalactic epic Jupiter Ascending. They released their first trailer for the film in December, but this one has lots more special effects including a flying space dragon whipping Channing Tatum around like a rag doll, Mila Kunis enchanting bees, and fiery spaceship battles.

Co-director Lana Wachowski (Matrix, V for Vendetta) underwent her gender transition in 2007.

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Lana Wachowski Says a Desire for Anonymity Kept Her from Speaking Out About Transition: VIDEO

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At a Toronto International Film Festival press interview for Cloud Atlas, Lana Wachowski is asked by Canada's LGBT news outlet Xtra why she felt it was time to address her transition.

Said Wachowski:

"I did feel some responsibility to GLBT people and a lot of people have been asking me to be more public. but we love anonymity. We love our privacy. We don't really think celebrity does much to improve your life. We actually think it worsens your life. So it was a big decision. So it took a long time. .."

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'The New Yorker' Profiles The Wachowskis

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The New Yorker this week offers a lengthy, detailed profile of Lana and Andy Wachowski, the filmmaker siblings behind The Matrix franchise, the forthcoming Cloud Atlas and the 1996 lesbian crime caper Bound.

In addition to looking at their cinematic oeuvre, reporter Aleksandar Hemon gives readers a look into the elder Wachowski's transition from Larry to Lana.

As is the case with their movie career, 2001: A Space Odyssey played an instrumental role:

Lana initially hated “2001,” and was perplexed by the mysterious presence of the black monolith. “That’s a symbol,” Ron explained. Lana told me, “That simple sentence went into my brain and rearranged things in such an unbelievable way that I don’t think I’ve been the same since. Something clicked inside. ‘2001’ is one of the reasons I’m a filmmaker.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, Lana’s gender consciousness started to emerge at around the same time. In third grade, Larry transferred to a Catholic school, where boys and girls wore different uniforms and stood in separate lines before class. “I have a formative memory of walking through the girls’ line and hesitating, knowing that my clothes didn’t match,” Lana told me. “But as I continued on I felt I did not belong in the other line, so I just stopped in between them. I stood for a long moment with everyone staring at me, including the nun. She told me to get in line. I was stuck—I couldn’t move. I think some unconscious part of me figured I was exactly where I belonged: betwixt.” Larry was often bullied for his betwixtness. “As a result, I hid and found tremendous solace in books, vastly preferring imagined worlds to this world,” Lana said.

Lana also discusses coming to terms with her identity, a realization that brought on suicidal thoughts but, eventually, familial and self-acceptance: "My biggest fears were all about losing my family. Once they accepted me, everything else has been a piece of cake."


Trans 'Cloud Atlas' Filmmaker Lana Wachowski Makes Headlines with Rare YouTube Appearance: VIDEO

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Back in September 2007 I wrote about news of the transition of director Lana Wachowski (formerly known as Larry), who, with her brother, form a filmmaking duo which has been at the helm of movies like V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Speed Racer, and now the forthcoming Cloud Atlas. There were rumored concerns at the time that publicity about Lana's transition would hurt the "family-friendly" film Speed Racer.

The film world is buzzing today about a new clip in which Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer appears with both Wachowskis, because the duo's appearance on camera has been extremely rare.

The L.A. Times says of the clip: "Lana [is] also introducing herself — as a woman." Extra is calling the brief chat her "debut as a transsexual." The Huffington Post writes that in the clip Wachowski "has become the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender."

Watch the filmmakers discuss Cloud Atlas, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed the epic trailer I posted last week, catch it HERE.

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Cloud Atlas: VIDEO

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The Wachowskis have finally taken the lid off their forthcoming film Cloud Atlas.

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

With Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon Ben Whishaw, and Jim Broadbent.

The 5-minute trailer is appropriately epic. Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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