Fences Trailer

We’re almost in the thick of awards season now that it’s officially fall, and that means we’ll start seeing more trailers for the films hoping for Oscar glory early next year. Paramount Pictures has just thrown one of their entries into the ring with the first trailer for Fences, an adaptation of August Wilson‘s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name.

Denzel Washington directs and stars in the film adaptation of the play, and he’s also brought his fellow stage star Viola Davis to reprise her role in the film. It’s an intense, powerful teaser trailer that already proves Washington and Davis turn in performances that will likely earn them acting nominations on the awards circuit.

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Breaking Bad Ozymandias video essay

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the end of Breaking Bad — which seems crazy because it feels like in that time, we’ve never stopped talking about it. While lots of great shows have run out of steam or even faded into obscurity by the end, Breaking Bad stayed strong through the finish, delivering one of the most satisfying endgames in recent memory.

For my money, though, that final season peaked not with the actual finale, “Felina,” but the third-to-last episode, “Ozymandias.” That’s the one where all the chickens come home to roost, where Walt finds that even his brilliance can’t keep his many misdeeds from rippling outward to everyone he cares about. And it’s the subject of a new video essay that delves into why, exactly, “Ozymandias” was so effective. Watch it below.  Read More »

Rocky IV Set Photos

You may not have realized it yet, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky. The film release in November of 1976 went on to win Best Picture, and it’s easily Sylvester Stallone‘s greatest contribution to cinema. Recently the franchise has taken a new form with the successful spin-off Creed, and we’re still hoping for a sequel to come together sooner than later. In the meantime, we have a cool little stroll down memory lane from one of the older installments of the Rocky franchise.

It appears Sylvester Stallone has been taking a stroll down memory lane recently, and he decided to share some photos from behind the scenes of Rocky IV that even he hadn’t previously seen. Check out the rarely seen Rocky IV set photos after the jump. Read More »

the-autopsy-of-jane-done teaser trailer

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is the newest film from director André Øvredal, the man behind the very fun found footage movie Trollhunter. Øvredal returns to us with a new horror picture starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, playing father and son in this story. The Autopsy of Jane Doe recently played at Fantastic Fest, where our own Jacob Hall called the film “scary as hell.”

Below, watch The Autopsy of Jane Doe teaser trailer.

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Sadako vs Kayako review

“Who would win in a fight?” is the great conversation starter. You yell about it on the playground. You debate the finer points in the bar. Who you back in a match-up between two fictional characters can sometimes say a lot about you and your tastes. Batman or Superman? Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees? Alien or predator?

And now we’ve reached peak versus with the arrival of Sadako vs Kayako, which pits the evil spirits from The Ring and The Grudge against each other in an absurd supernatural throwdown. In one corner, you have a longhaired young woman with a penchant for possessing outdated physical media. In the other, you have a broken-bodied, frog-throated demoness who really doesn’t like visitors. And when they do fight, will anyone care?

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Stranger Things season two

Stranger Things season two begins shooting next month. Since cameras haven’t started rolling yet, we don’t know much about what The Duffer Brothers have planned for their follow-up to the wildly popular first season, but they’ve been sharing bread crumbs of information now and then. Producer and director Shawn Levy hasn’t released any new revelatory information about season two, either, but he does say the next season will feature some “next-level” stuff and that the show will age along with its young characters.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses Stranger Things season two.

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Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be a real all-hands-on-deck situation. Not only will the current Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be reporting for duty, but characters we haven’t even met yet like Captain Marvel are expected to join the fray. And you can add Doctor Strange to that growing list of superheroes. Benedict Cumberbatch let slip that the Sorcerer Supreme will be appearing in the 2018 team-up, following his own big-screen debut this fall.  Read More »

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A Batman solo movie was never formally announced. We first heard rumblings that Ben Affleck was co-writing and might direct a solo adventure featuring his Justice League character. Then Warner Bros executives casually mentioned the project was happening at CinemaCon. But even when I was on the set of Justice League this past June, Affleck was non-committal about the project, telling us that he isn’t ready to make a movie “until there’s a script that I think is good.”

But earlier this month the actor/director felt confident enough to tweet out a screen test with Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, so it sounds like the script has hit the “good enough” tier. And while Affleck mentioned that Warner Bros has a tentative date for the movie, we have never heard when we might expect to see Batman’s solo detective story hit the big screen. Now Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes gives us some idea of when we can expect to see Ben Affleck’s Batman movie.

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Almost every Kim Jee-woon film is a blasted battlefield where style and substance have declared war on one another. Most of the time, the two reach a stalemate – films like The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw the Devil are energetic masterpieces that often feel as if they’re teetering on the edge of collapse, films whose expansive running times are justified by the sheer amount of things happening on the screen. It may take awhile, but even The Last Stand (Kim’s first and, so far, last foray into Hollywood) taps into his innate desire to tear up everything on the screen with gleeful, gory debauchery. It’s his default mode and it has served him well.

The Age of Shadows is a quite the departure for the director, who has returned to South Korea and has returned with a slick historical spy epic that finds his most identifiable traits being moved to the back burner, for better and worse.

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