age of ultron trailer

There’s Marvel with the best official response I can remember for a big leak. This afternoon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked, only hours after being announced for an official debut next week.

So Marvel did the only thing it could do, and dropped the official release. Below, you can see the Age of Ultron trailer in official quality, which is much better than that (admittedly good) bootleg.

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Orson Welles Documentary Magician

Maybe I’m guessing wrong, but it feels like Orson Welles has fallen away from his perch at the top of the list of the most fascinating American filmmakers. We’re a couple decades removed from the prominence of the people who kept him in the conversation; other filmmakers have dominated the conversation as dialogue about film has changed. We’ve seen Citizen Kane fall from first to second on Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. (Kane held the #1 spot for fifty years.)

No matter how many other filmmakers do things that Welles did, however, none will ever do everything Welles did, and very few will do it in the way he managed. He wasn’t just there for many of Hollywood’s formative moments, he provided several of them. If you don’t know the history and films of Welles, there’s never a bad time to dive in.

Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles documentary Magician, which recounts Welles’ life and achievements, featuring interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Read More »

Hobbit in-flight video

We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »

Halo: Nightfall trailer

The second Halo: Nightfall trailer — that being the Ridley Scott-produced digital series directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan – shows a bit more scope than what we saw in the first trailer. There’s a ship or two, a hint of the Covenant, and at least the backdrop of the vista of a Halo ring. Mike Colter (The Good Wife) stars as Jameson Locke, who is caught in a plot that is potentially both a political conspiracy and something like a bug hunt. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Gambler red-band trailer

This is a great first trailer for The Gambler. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a man with a big problem, and features John Goodman as a guy who might be able to help — if he doesn’t make things a whole lot worse.

Rupert Wyatt is known by most audiences for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but he really made his name with the UK prison break film The Escapist. Now he has directed a remake of The Gambler, about a college professor whose gambling problem gets him in debt, leading to some pretty desperate choices. Going off The Gambler red-band trailer, which is rhythmic and profane and compulsively watchable, he may have done something pretty good with this remake.   Read More »

Johnny Depp wolf

We’ve seen some of the actors and their costumes in Rob Marshall‘s movie adaptation of Into the Woods, but until now we haven’t seen the Johnny Depp wolf outfit. And if that still from Tex Avery’s cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood (above) didn’t clue you in, the costume they’ve come up with for Depp is a little, uh, well just check it out below. Read More »

Smaug mo-cap

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling on his belly and fire-breathing dialogue for the worm Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few short featurettes about the creation of the dragon, and the Smaug mo-cap work, have gone online. They’re probably more fun than at least half the other stuff you could be watching. Check out a few below. Read More »

Patrick Stewart Green Room

Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »

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