Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we find out if anyone reading this has a heart condition, stand in wonderment at Tyler Oakley, see a young Han Solo team up with Finn, stand at the perimeter for the debate surrounding marijuana, and bask in the glow of a new Frederick Wiseman documentary.
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While most of the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been solid so far, the one area that could use some improvement is the poster campaign. While the final one sheet and the recent character posters haven’t been terrible, they simply leave something to be desired, mainly the touch of artist Drew Struzan (who only crafted a D23 exclusive poster).
But perhaps we can improve things in the poster department with three new, retro The Force Awakens teaser posters. They’re plain and simple, but that’s the idea, because any real Star Wars fan will know exactly where the inspiration for these three posters comes from. Read More »
With Trumbo, Spotlight and Brooklyn expanding to more theaters this past weekend, it’s safe to say that awards season is in full swing, and there will only be more potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters in December. One of those movies is David O. Russell‘s drama Joy, inspired in part by the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. The trailers have kept that detail mostly to the side in favor of dysfunctional family drama, but a couple new Joy TV spots put it front and center. Read More »
In just under a couple weeks, we’ll see what director Ron Howard can do when he puts Chris Hemsworth out to sea to wage war with Moby Dick in the period drama In the Heart of the Sea. The film was pushed back from an initial March release, so the movie has been done for awhile. Now Howard is ready to get back to work at Universal with a new thriller called The Girl Before, which stirred up a bit of an auction among the studios before Thanksgiving.
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Networks are all about turning iconic musicals into live broadcast events. NBC already delivered Peter Pan with Alison Williams as the title Neverland defender and Christopher Walken as the weirdest Captain Hook, and this coming week they’ve got a live version of The Wiz with Queen Latifah, Common, Uzo Aduba and more. But early next year, Fox is getting in the live musical game too.
Grease: Live will bring what Fox is calling “America’s favorite musical” to air, and they’ve got a young cast geared towards the tween audience to introduce the classic to a new generation. Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables, Gossip Girl) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) take the roles of Danny and Sandy (played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the original version), and the first promo for the live musical shows them off with some other odd casting choices for the supporting characters. Read More »
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Back during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors swirled that J.J. Abrams had brought his Star Trek franchise star (and now sequel co-writer) Simon Pegg into the galaxy far, far away for some kind of cameo in the movie. That rumor was confirmed when Pegg popped up in the Comic-Con sizzle reel from this past summer, wearing a big fat suit, apparently playing some kind of alien.
Now you can finally see what he looks like thanks to a new The Force Awakens featurette from the Disney Channel that focuses on Rey (Daisy Ridley). However, if you’re one of those fans who doesn’t want to see anymore footage, you may want to steer clear, because there are some new snippets of footage, both from the movie and behind the scenes. You’ve been warned! Read More »
There wasn’t a new episode of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but Ryan Gosling is the first host of three new shows for three weeks in a row starting December 5th, with Chris Hemsworth hosting the following week and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teaming up to host the last episode of the year on December 19th. However, we’ve got a fun treat to pass the time on the last day of this weekend from an SNL veteran who doesn’t usually give us anything to be excited about anymore.
Adam Sandler did a show recently in San Diego along with his friends David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider, and there he debuted a new version of his famous Chanukah Song, just before the Festival of Lights begins on December 7th. New additions include Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more. Read More »
The Top 20 Stories of the Week are the stories we think you should check out on /Film from the previous week.
This week we’ve got an update on another Riddick sequel and a spin-off TV series, Kevin Bacon returning to the world of Tremors, bad news for anyone anticipating Fantastic Four 2 and a major Game of Thrones teaser for the sixth season. Plus, we’ve got a bunch of new Star Wars and Marvel Studios updates, along with new The Force Awakens TV spots and the Captain America: Civil War trailer.
Hit the jump for all of the Top 20 Stories of the Week. Read More »
This past week was made even sweeter by the Captain America: Civil War trailer. Marvel debuted our first-look at the film on Thanksgiving eve, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo‘s sequel promised a fun blend of action and emotion.
After the jump, the Russo brothers give their Captain America: Civil War trailer breakdown.
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