"There are parts of the house that are unsafe." We've been waiting patiently, and director Guillermo del Toro has finally delivered the teaser trailer for his latest horror project, Crimson Peak. In true teaser fashion, it doesn't show much, but it makes a bold claim that this is del Toro's ultimate masterpiece. It looks gorgeous and haunting, but there's clearly some visual effects that still need to be finished. It's hard to convey too much of the spookiness of a film like this without using cheap scares, and thankfully, del Toro doesn't go for that, and let's Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain shine. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Horror 'Crimson Peak'
My second year attending the Berlin Film Festival has come to an end. I caught another 14 films, which combined with the 32 I saw at Sundance, puts my tally at 46 brand new 2015 films screened in three weeks (yea I'm a bit exhausted, suffice it to say). But I saw some great films in the last week, including Terrence Malick's latest and Pablo Larraín's latest. Berlinale has been stepping up their game these last two years, bringing in a robust selection of top notch features to see and hosting an exciting festival for movie fans of all ages. I'm glad I could make it back, and I hope to keep returning (even with Sundance in January). So which films did I see and which were the best? Here's my final breakdown of all 14 films I saw at Berlinale. ›››
Continue reading Berlinale 2015: Recap of 14 Films + Another Fun Festival Experience
"I once convinced a man that an empty warehouse was the Federal Reserve, so I'm good." We've already seen a decent amount from the con-artist romance Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, but we figured one more trailer couldn't hurt leading up to the release of the film in two weeks. This one comes from Australia, and the first half actually shows us plenty we haven't seen yet, including Smith teaching Robbie how to pick pockets and whatnot. There's a lot less focus on the romance, and more focus on the art of conning itself. And also they say "focus" in the trailer, which is the title of the movie, in case you forgot. ›››
Continue reading Will Smith Shows Margot Robbie How to Con in Aussie 'Focus' Trailer
Time for another interestingly unique short, this one a student film made as part of a 48 hour competition. Cinematographer Ryan Croft, studying at DePaul University, sent in this short titled Pomade. Yes, it's referring to the hair product, but the short is quite unique and only 3 minutes long. I expect some will say "there's not much going on in this!" And that's kinda true, but I like the style, and I like the feel of it. Croft explains in email: "It was part of a 48 hour film competition, and it’s heavily influenced by Strange Color of Your Bodies Tears and Upstream Color", the most recent Shane Carruth film. Give it a watch below. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Colorful Shane Carruth-Inspired Student Short Film 'Pomade'
Stephen Colbert has always had an inherent fear of bears (at least until he made peace with them before the end of his show), so the latest man vs. nature thriller Backcountry would probably be the most terrifying thing next to encountering a real bear. The film played at TIFF to some pretty solid reviews, and now it's poised to hit limited theaters this spring. The thriller follows Missy Peregrym and Jeff Roop as a couple who end up being terrorized by a man-eating bear while on a romantic camping trip. It's clearly a monster tale on the scale of Jaws or Jurassic Park, and if you're timid about camping this won't help. Watch below! ›››
The next couple years are going to be very busy for Matt Damon. In addition to the return of Jason Bourne in a new film directed by Paul Greengrass, he's working on The Martian for release this year, and is set to star in Downsizing with director Alexander Payne. In addition, he's also got The Great Wall at Legendary Pictures from director Zhang Yimou, and the action adventure has just gained a new cast member. THR reports Willem Dafoe has joined the film which features a fantastical retelling of the origin of The Great Wall of China. However, details on Dafoe's character are being kept under wraps for the now. More below! ›››
Continue reading Willem Dafoe Joins Matt Damon for Legendary's 'The Great Wall'
Briefly: Last month brought surprising news that Paramount Pictures bumped up the release of Mission: Impossible 5 by five months. The film was originally supposed to arrive on Christmas Day, but has now been set for release on July 31st. And now the studio has just announced the film will unsurprisingly get an IMAX release on the same day it hits traditional theaters. Still no plot details, but Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is directing the film which brings back Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and also Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames as well as new cast members Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. We're hoping for some official first look photos or a teaser trailer soon. ›››
Continue reading Of Course 'Mission: Impossible 5' is Getting an IMAX Release in July
If only he had 13 more minutes, the world would be an entirely different place. The new film from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion), titled 13 Minutes, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week. It's a solid thriller that tells the true story of carpenter Georg Elser, a resistance fighter who designed a bomb and attempted to kill Hitler in 1939, but was unsuccessful by only 13 minutes. It feels very much like Germany's response to The Imitation Game, highlighting an individual who tried to impact WWII for the better and wasn't recognized by his country for many years. It's also everything that Valkyrie should've been, but wasn't, and explores Georg's life leading up to and after the bombing. ›››
Continue reading Berlinale 2015: Oliver Hirschbiegel's New WWII Thriller '13 Minutes'
"We have been set up, shot at and hunted down." If you watched The Heat and thought to yourself, "Hey, I wish this was more like Midnight Run," then we have some good news for you. Hot Pursuit stars Reese Witherspoon as a feisty, uptight police officer tasked with escorting the widow/potential witness (Sofia Vergara) in an important investigation of a drug lord. But of course, shit goes down, and the two are forced to go on the run. Witherspoon and Vergara seem like a fun enough mismatched pair, but the comedy is a little broad, though I do like the bit about the news messing up their height and age respectively. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Reese Witherspoon & Sofia Vergara in First Trailer for 'Hot Pursuit'
After pulling double duty in 2010 with TRON: Legacy and True Grit, it's been a rough few years for Jeff Bridges with duds like R.I.P.D., The Giver and The Seventh Son. But maybe he can turn it around with his new project, an adaptation of Claire Messud's novel The Emperor's Children that will be directed by actress Lake Bell for her sophomore directing effort following In a World a few years ago. The film hails from Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing from a script by Noah Baumbach. THR reports Bridges will play legendary journalist and liberal opinion-maker Murray Thwaite. ›››
Continue reading Jeff Bridges to Lead Lake Bell's 'The Emperor's Children' Adaptation
As upset as many are that The LEGO Movie didn't get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film, and it also lost the Golden Globe, fans of animation should still be happy that a film like DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is still getting plenty of love during awards season. It's a rare worthy sequel that is just as good, if not maybe a little better, than its predecessor with a story that still has a lot of heart, beautiful visuals and a fantastic adventure. And if you're interested in really diving in to how the film was made, a stellar, well-crafted one-hour documentary on the film's production is online. Watch! ›››
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Back in the fall of 2013, we learned that "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage was going to star in an R-rated comedy where he played a man who tells people that he's a leprechaun. Now Deadline has word that the film is called O'Lucky Day, and Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to get behind the camera. Some more details on the story have also surfaced as it's described as following a con man who may or may not be a real leprechaun, but at the very least, convinces people that he is one. However, with Shankman on board as director, I'm not entirely sure this will be R-rated comedy anymore. ›››
Continue reading Adam Shankman Set to Direct Peter Dinklage's Leprechaun Comedy
This is a huge year for "Saturday Night Live." Coming up this weekend we have the live 40th anniversary special airing the evening of Sunday, February 15th, and it will be chock full of cast members, all-star hosts and of course clips from the late night sketch series' long run on the air. And now we'll get an in-depth look at the history of "SNL" in the form of a new documentary called Live from New York!, and it's just been announced as the opening night film of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Wednesday, April 15th. This comes after James Franco's behind the scenes look at "SNL" debuted on Hulu last year. ›››
Continue reading New 'Saturday Night Live' Documentary to Open Tribeca Film Festival
There are some evening screenings of Kingsman: The Secret Service hitting theaters tonight, and we'll finally get to see the wild spy action adventure director Matthew Vaughn has cooked up, based on Mark Millar's comic of the same name. And it sounds like Vaughn already has some big ideas for the sequel. The director recently chatted with Moviefone and while there's no deal in place for a sequel, if the film does well at the box office this weekend, you can bet 20th Century Fox will want to see more of the secret agent organization on the big screen, and Vaughn is game for coming back, "I’d love to do another one." Read on! ›››
Continue reading 'Kingsman: Secret Service' Sequel Could Introduce American Branch
Last fall, Dwayne Johnson officially made his choice to play Black Adam in the DC Comics adaptation of Shazam. We've got plenty of time before that film gets off the ground since it doesn't arrive until April 5th, 2019, but that doesn't mean Johnson isn't getting questions about the project at every turn. Well, Johnson spoke to Games Radar (via SlashFilm) about his forthcoming role in the the DC Comics universe, and despite earlier indications that Shazam might not tie into the world of Justice League, Johnson says their film will indeed be part of that universe. But he also teases something else pretty big. ›››
Continue reading Dwayne Johnson Teases Black Adam Fight with Superman & Batman
"It's eight seconds. That girl could be the rest of your life." Just in time for Valentine's Day, the latest Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride has gotten a new trailer. However, this isn't full of the whimsy and cheesy romance that we're used to seeing in trailers for these kind of films. Instead, this one seems geared towards the Fifty Shades of Grey audiences (it's probably playing before the film this weekend) with pretty steamy moments between Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. And because of that, the past romance Alan Alda recounts takes a backseat for sexiness. It just feels like too much. Watch? ›››
Continue reading 'The Longest Ride' Gets a Steamy & Timely Valentine's Day Trailer
Technically, we've already gotten a first look at the anticipated adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Deadpool that 20t Century Fox finally decided to bring to theaters next year. What really pushed production of the film forward was the excitement that resulted from the leaked test reel that featured Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Now the film is exactly one year away today, and Reynolds has teased the arrival of the Merc with a Mouth by posting a behind the scenes photo from the set of the film. It's not much, but we do see a prototype of the mask Reynolds will be wearing for part of the film. Or maybe that's just a mold of what it will look like, because there will probably be some visual effects used for his face too. Look now! ›››
Continue reading Ryan Reynolds Teases 'Deadpool' Prototype Mask Behind the Scenes
"I'm a hunter. This is my home." Following our first glimpse at the Finnish action adventure Big Game last year, the first trailer from the United Kingdom has surfaced as the the film is poised to debut across the pond in May. Samuel L. Jackson stars in the film as the President of the United States, stuck in the wilderness after a terrorist attack brings down Air Force One. The only person in the vicinity to help keep him safe is a young 13-year old hunter named Oskari. Together, they have to survive and fight back against the terrorists. This looks outrageous and fun, almost like Die Hard with a kid as John McClane. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson Gets Saved by a Kid in New UK 'Big Game' Trailer
Last summer we got an early first look at the thriller Regression from director Alejandro Amenábar while the film was still in production. Now we have the first trailer from Spain, and it's certainly a tease of the thrills to come. It's very ominous, only introducing Ethan Hawke as a detective questioning a visibly shaken Emma Watson who has experience something terrible. And what starts as an isolated case suddenly turns into something horrifying with ties around the entire country. It should be interesting seeing a thriller like this again in the hands of Amenábar, and I'm very anxious to see more from the film. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Emma Watson & Ethan Hawke in International Trailer for 'Regression'
As we eagerly await our first glimpse of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this winter, fans will have to settle for seeing Harrison Ford in the literally timeless romance The Age of Adaline. The fantastical story follows a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who stops aging after a near-fatal accident decades ago. She attempts to lead an isolated life, refusing to fall in love for fear of losing her lover to time, until she meets one (Michiel Huisman) that might change her life. But he's also the son of someone (Ford) who has crossed paths with Adaline long ago. Frankly, I think this looks like a nice romance. Watch! ›››