This looks like it's going to be incredible. The first teaser trailer for one of the big hits of this year's Cannes Film Festival has arrived online. It's a short teaser for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, starring Shu Qi, showing a few of scenes without any subtitles or voiceover, but it still looks stunning. The film received rave reviews during the festival and was considered a top contender for the Palme d'Or, but ended up with Best Director. Shu Qi plays "the assassin", with a cast featuring Chang Chen and Satoshi Tsumabuki. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. I seriously can't wait to see this, hopefully on a very big screen. ›››
The other day I went to see Pixar's Inside Out in theaters. I live in New York City and went to the big 42nd Street AMC Theatres, where I could catch a 2D showing at the right time. Before the movie began, after all of the previews but just before the short film, they included a message from the film's director, Pete Docter (seen above). I'm not sure if this message is included on all copies/prints of Inside Out, or just certain ones, or in certain places, but I assume it's probably playing everywhere. It's just a short "Thank you" message, pointing out that tons of people put a lot of work into making this movie, so thank you for coming out to theaters to see it. It was a very nice, genuine, humble message that took me by surprise and made me smile. ›››
Continue reading An Appreciation for Pete Docter's 'Thank You' Before 'Inside Out'
"I think our first move should be calling The Avengers." With only a few weeks left until the official release of the movie, Marvel has debuted on more trailer via Marvel UK for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. This is a much more energetic, action-packed trailer than usual, cutting between action scenes and some of the fun dialogue. They even toss in that Avengers reference I included at the beginning, and I like the music. Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, and Judy Greer also co-star. This looks like tons of fun, I'm ready to see it now. Arriving in theaters in a few weeks. ›››
Continue reading One More Trailer for Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Before He Invades Theaters
"She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." Can't wait to see her kick ass. Even more previews of movies that will be hitting Comic-Con next week. Entertainment Weekly, once again, has debuted new photos, this time they're for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's book that revises Jane Austen's classic to be a zombie tale. Now it's a zombie movie, starring a lovely cast. "Lizzy" leads the way, played by Lily James. Plus: Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady & Suki Waterhouse. The cast features Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, plus Lena Headey, but these photos are mostly the main girls. We hope to see a trailer soon. Until then… ›››
Continue reading Getting Bloody in New Photos from 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'
Deadpool is coming to Comic-Con 2015. As part of their Comic-Con preview, Entertainment Weekly has featured a first look at Tim Miller's Deadpool movie. The film has been shooting up in Vancouver and is being readied for release in early 2016, and it's likely they'll make a big show of things at Comic-Con next week (during the 20th Century Fox panel on Saturday). Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as the infamous "merc with a mouth", and it sounds like they're not holding back with his mouth in this movie. It will be hard R - producer Simon Kinberg: "It's graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don't." Take a look at a few new photos below prior to Comic-Con. ›››
Continue reading New Photos from Tim Miller's 'Deadpool' Starring Ryan Reynolds
"We'll revisit a story from a few years ago in the case of former Vistacorp employee and cyber-criminal Scott Lang." The countdown is on to the release of Marvel's Ant-Man, just a few weeks away. Right away the corner, however, is Comic-Con 2015 and while Marvel isn't hosting a Hall H panel, they may still make a mark. A new viral video has debuted teasing a news program, featuring Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart from Iron Man, talking about Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd. It's a nice MCU mash-up that also connects the most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron events with the bigger universe. The tweet that linked to the video says there's more coming next Tuesday, July 7th, just before Comic-Con. So stay tuned. ›››
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Is it time to finally say "hasta la vista" to the Terminator? With the release of Terminator: Genisys, it might very well be. This summer, like most moviegoing summers, is the summer of sequels. Earlier this year we got Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the long-running Jurassic Park series. Sure, it is stomping through box office records right now, but did that series really necessitate three sequels? The quick answer is no. Similarly, the new installment in the Terminator series, dubbed Terminator: Genisys, opens this week (and already opened in select special screenings Tuesday night). It is the fifth installment in the series – a series where each film gets progressively more terrible than the last. With Genisys opening this week, let's look at why studios – and to a lesser extent audiences – still crave more Terminator movies, even while the science fiction franchise has devolved into a disappointing series of diminishing returns. ›››
"It is something that you in your world would never understand…" Atlas Distribution has debuted a new US trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the legendary Gertrude Bell, who was an important figure in Middle East relations in the early 1900s. This isn't the first trailer we've featured, however the other trailer was an international version, this new one has a much more epic, Lawrence of Arabia-esque feel. Which is what they're really selling it like, with Robert Pattinson playing T.E. Lawrence and everything, but it's really a story about Bell's life. The cast includes James Franco, Damian Lewis and Jenny Agutter. This trailer does really give everything its got to try and sell tickets. ›››
You don't even want to know what Amy Schumer will do to you if you talk or text during a movie. Alamo Drafthouse has unveiled their latest pre-show PSA, played at Alamo Drafthouse theaters before the movie begins. Amy Schumer stars in this brand new PSA, providing some valuable wisdom in the form of some "pro tips" on how to be a good moviegoing audience. This applies to every movie theater all over the world. Basically - don't talk, don't text, put your phone away, order food/drinks/cocktails if you want, enjoy the movie, and say nice things to any ladies sitting next to you. Oh, and go see Trainwreck in theaters this July. ›››
Continue reading Amy Schumer's Pro Tips on How to Be a Good Moviegoing Audience
La Muerte! I'm really loving the marketing for this movie. The latest artwork to debut for the upcoming thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, was designed in the style of loteria cards from Mexico (a game like bingo but with symbols on cards). The film takes place mostly around Mexico, examining the relationship between US government agents and drug cartels in Mexico. There are two excellent themed posters, then three more for some of the main cast: Emily Blunt es La Soldado ("the Soldier"), Benicio Del Toro es La Muerte ("Death") and Josh Brolin es El Araña ("the Spider"). I really like how striking and unique the marketing is, and the film looks great (trailer). Can't wait to see it myself. ›››
Continue reading Loteria Card Posters Made to Promote Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario'
Meet the new DC superheroes (and villains). Next week it's Comic-Con 2015, the annual convention in San Diego where thousands of comic book/pop culture geeks of all kind converge. Entertainment Weekly has published their annual preview piece, and that means revealing some new photos from movies we expect to show up at Comic-Con in Hall H. Warner Bros has a big panel on Saturday morning, and we expect Zack Snyder to bring lots of never-before-seen footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's DC's chance to pull the spotlight away from Marvel for a bit. The photos show Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. See them below. ›››
Continue reading New EW Cover + Photos for 'Batman v Superman' Before Comic-Con
"No one is getting out of the car, now drive!" "Seatbelts – now!" EuropaCorp has debuted the new trailer for The Transporter Refueled, the return of the Transporter franchise. Technically this is the 4th film in the series, following Jason Statham's trilogy. "Game of Thrones" actor Ed Skrein takes over and becomes the "Transporter" this time, driving a few special packages in slick cars all across Europe. This very much feels like just another retread of the same material, throwing lots of stunts and action into a weird storyline about a driver. It actually doesn't look so bad, but I think I prefer Hitman: Agent 47 a bit more. Take a look! ›››
Continue reading Watch: New Trailer for 'The Transporter Refueled' Starring Ed Skrein
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The rules have been reset. It's time to start anew. Now playing in theaters is Terminator Genisys, the return of the Terminator series, this time directed by Alan Taylor (of Thor: The Dark World). Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but the rest of the cast is new: Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons and Byung-hun Lee as the T-1000. In Genisys, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984 nothing is as he expected. So how is it? Better than expected, or not? Is it worth it for Arnold again, or not even that? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Terminator Genisys. ›››
Continue reading Sound Off: Alan Taylor's 'Terminator Genisys' - What Did You Think?
Say what? Yep, it's actually true! THR is reporting that critically acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is the latest to get involved in the developing the live-action Pinocchio project at Warner Bros. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to star (as Geppetto) and produce for a few years, but now it seems Warner Bros and Downey are looking at PTA to write the script - and potentially direct as well. I don't know if I can really imagine it - Paul Thomas Anderson's Pinocchio. Wow? I guess it will certainly be one-of-a-kind. Thanks to the success of films like Disney's recent live-action Cinderella, they're pushing forward on this with more momentum. And this is one of the next steps after Downey has been working on it quietly. ›››
Continue reading Paul Thomas Anderson is Writing Robert Downey Jr's 'Pinocchio' Film
Channing Tatum is America's sweetheart. All he does is win, win, win. Even when you think he has taken on a dud or a sequel that couldn't possibly live up to the original, he and the films in which he performs have a way of shocking you with excitement. This is true, as well, of Magic Mike XXL, a sequel to Tatum's coming out party to Hollywood stardom and a film that, biggest shock of them all, surpasses its predecessor. Smarter, sexier, and cooler, Magic Mike XXL is an invigorating piece of entertainment, a solid dramedy about friends and coworkers – even if those coworkers are fellow, male strippers – and a relevant and honest look at the current state of the sexes. Most important of all, it's a better film than the first one. ›››
Continue reading Review: 'Magic Mike XXL' Surpasses the Original on Every Last Stage
Will they finally pass Go and collect $200? It sounds like it will happen this time! Lionsgate has announced officially that they're moving forward on development with a Monopoly movie, the next big franchise being readied based on a Hasbro brand. For years and years we covered development on Ridley Scott's version of a Monopoly movie at Universal, and it seemed like it was getting close to happening at one point. However, this new version doesn't have a director involved just yet. Instead, they say that writer/director Andrew Niccol (of Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time, The Host and Good Kill most recently) will be writing the screenplay. Not directing, just writing. That's the only bit of news other than that this is coming soon. ›››
Continue reading Andrew Niccol to Write Lionsgate's 'Monopoly' Movie in the Works
"Is that all you've got?" Amplify Releasing has debuted the official US trailer for Xavier Dolan's other film Tom at the Farm, which he wrote and directed (and starred in) back in 2013. The film first premiered at festivals two years ago and has been waiting for a US release ever since, despite hitting theaters in Canada and Europe in spring of 2014 (and in the meantime releasing his other film Mommy). Dolan stars as Tom, a grieving man who heads to a rural farm to meet his lover's family. It's a very mysterious, quirky, odd, but beautiful thriller of sorts. We featured another trailer for this two years ago, but this new one is also worth watching. Co-starring Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy & Evelyne Brochu. This one is recommended. ›››
Heavy on hardware and low on CPU, Terminator Genisys blasts onto the screen marking the return of one of the action genre's kings, both in terms of star power and franchise. The fifth film in the series, there doesn't seem like much room to continue expanding on the inevitable war between man & machine. If that's your thinking, you've forgotten about the wonders a little time travel can do for a blockbuster franchise. You're also forgetting this is 2015, and the mantra of "bigger is always better" is in full swing. It's a shame that bigger usually means dumber, too. Terminator Genisys is both, briskly limping along the rails its idiotic script has laid down for it. Not even Arnold, welcome return as he is, can justify this film's presence. ›››
"We're not a pit crew at Daytona, this can't be fixed in seconds!" Universal has debuted a full-length trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie, starring Michael Fassbender as the innovator Steve Jobs. This doesn't exactly make him look like the nicest guy in the world, as the trailer seems to show quite a few extra moments through his long career, including very early on at Apple and an amusing tech failure with the original OS just before a conference. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Sarah Snook, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vanessa Ross, John Ortiz and Adam Shapiro. I think this looks fantastic, really really excited to see it. Looks even better than I could have hoped. Enjoy! ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Full-Length Trailer for Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' Movie
They blew it all up!! The first teaser trailer has debuted for London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler as Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhardt as the President. Both of them are back again, along with Morgan Freeman, in London Has Fallen which does indeed bring the action to London. Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster also star, but not everyone is in this footage yet. This teaser sets up the "London Has Fallen" showdown, putting Butler & Eckhardt at the center of "a plot to assassinate all the world leaders" in London. I'm sure it's going to be full of ridiculous action and crazy twists, so if you're excited for this you know what to expect. ›››