Batman v Superman trailer

Here’s the first full-length trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it sees the world of DC’s comic book heroes reeling from the aftereffects of Man of Steel.

As humanity struggles to come to terms with the presence of the godlike Superman (Henry Cavill) we hear a clamor of voices discussing the post-Superman world. Some sound like real-world quotes — are Charlie Rose and Neil deGrasse Tyson heard early on?  — while others, such as Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor, are definitely unique residents of the DC Movie Universe.

And then there’s Jeremy Irons as Alfred, who is heard in voiceover after the rumbling dies down, and Ben Affleck, whose Batman looks incredibly huge even without armor. The confrontation promised by the movie’s title is teased with a question phrased as both a command, and a threat: “Tell me… do you bleed?”

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Peter Sciretta Star Wars

Yesterday, just after the premiere of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, our own Peter Sciretta was invited by StarWars.com to join a few other folks in a breakdown of the new teaser on the Star Wars Celebration livestream. Along with Peter were Eric Vespe of Ain’t It Cool News, Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot, and Devin Faraci of Badass Digest. We ran a photo breakdown of the trailer, but to complement that, you can check out Peter’s video conversation below. Read More »

bb-8-tech

Everyone fell in love with the droid BB-8 at the Force Awakens panel that opened Star Wars Celebration yesterday. Seeing the droid live on stage was a huge treat, especially as many people had never considered the idea that it might be a practical effect.

We know that part of the work for BB-8 was done by Neal Scanlan, but Kathleen Kennedy also mentioned that Bob Iger of Disney had found the company whose tech made the character possible. Turns out, that company is appropriately called Sphero, based in Colorado. That company’s primary product is a big part of what makes the little guy go. Read More »

Preacher Star

Update: Seth Rogen has officially confirmed Dominic Cooper will play Jesse Custer in Preacher.

Original story follows.

An English actor will play a Texas preacher who gains incredible power in AMC’s series Preacher. After being floated as a likely lead for the series some weeks ago, Dominic Cooper is finally in the process of making a deal to play Jesse Custer, “a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is able to influence people after after he merges with a heavenly creature.”

That’s a nice way of saying that Custer sort of merges with Genesis, the offspring of an angel and a demon, which gives him power that may rival that of God. Or that’s how it is in the comics, anyway; sounds like there will be a few changes made here and there as Preacher becomes a TV show.

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Dope trailer

The first teaser trailer for Dope was a blast of images and internet-ready gags, but it didn’t do much to tell anyone about the film itself. This full Dope trailer is much more oriented towards showing off just how jam-packed this movie is — it’s the story of three high-school friends trying to survive their Inglewood neighborhood and get into college. But things get complicated for main guy Malcom (played wonderfully by Shameik Moore) thanks to a girl (Zoe Kravitz), a dealer (A$AP Rocky), some drugs, and a whole bunch of other potential issues. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Force Awakens facts

The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only part of the treasure trove of new information we have on the film. The Star Wars Celebration event has a big Force Awakens costume and concept art gallery, with some really tasty details. Among them are vague teasers about the new factions in the film. The six existing Star Wars movies (and many related stories) have charted the fall of the Galactic Republic, the rise of the Empire that followed, and the Rebellion that fought the Empire to a standstill in Return of the Jedi.

But those two factions have evolved into The First Order and The Resistance. In addition to that info, we have some other character details thanks to official art and costumes, and a few other tidbits that dropped during Celebration panels. We’ll hand over all these Force Awakens facts below.

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BB-8 effects

The most impressive thing at The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration today was clearly the film’s new teaser trailer. (Watch it here; see a photo breakdown here.) But the next best thing was a demo I don’t think anyone saw coming. The first Force Awakens teaser featured a shot of the rolling droid BB-8, which most everyone assumed to be a CG creation. Surprise! The BB-8 effects are actually practical, as we learned today when the droid rolled onto the Celebration stage. (Mark Hamill had said as much in December, but even then there was the assumption that some of the droid was CG.)

Making things better, that appearance on stage gave us a chance hear a lot more from the droid, and get a sense of the character’s personality. That’s something that both teasers have only hinted at. Check out the BB-8 effects below. Read More »

sw-tfa-teaser-2-03

The second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens blew us away with a collection of new images and shots that seem very specifically designed to conjure up memories of the original trilogy. (Note to Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams: It worked!) There’s a lot to talk about in this new teaser — even though it is short, it is still packed with stuff to example. So let’s get to it; after the break you’ll find fifty The Force Awakens teaser 2 images, and we’ll break down what it all means as we over-analyze the trailer.  Read More »

Force Awakens video reaction

Our own Peter Sciretta and Germain Lussier were in the hall this morning at Star Wars Celebration for the hour-long The Force Awakens panel and subsequent reveal of the film’s second teaser trailer. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, first, why not? It’s tremendously good. And second, watch it here, then hit the jump for a video reaction from consummate Star Wars nerds Peter and Germain, with a special appearance from Eric Vespe, perhaps better known as an occasional hobbit and Quint from Ain’t It Cool News.  Read More »