New Minions Trailer

Pretty much everyone knows Minions is going to be a big hit. The wild, yellow characters are incredibly popular with kids and adults alike, so the fact they’ve got their own movie hitting theaters this summer is a slam dunk. At this point, it comes down to one thing: is the movie good? If it isn’t, the film will still be a success. But if it is good, it could be one of the biggest animated films of all time. The Minions are that well-liked.

A new 3-plus-minute trailer obviously can’t speak to the film’s quality, but it can speak to its scope (very big), its humor (silly, with an adult edge) and its voice cast (incredibly impressive).  The film is set 42 years before the events of the first Despicable Me, which pretty much makes it a period piece, too. Minions opens July 10, watch the latest trailer below. Read More »

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Jurassic World Barbasol 3

“What no menthol?” Dennis Nedry’s interaction with the mysterious Dodgson in Jurassic Park is one of the film’s funniest and most memorable scenes. Dodgson is paying Nedry to steal dinosaur embryos from the park and gives him a special Barbasol shaving cream can that doubles as a cooling container.

You’ve seen it. You know the scene. It’s hilarious and in a brilliant marketing twist, Universal has teamed with Barbasol again, this time to release limited edition Jurassic World Barbasol shaving cream cans with art by Mark Englert. Find out more below. Read More »

Simpsons Springfield Grand Opening Photos

Last night we were invited to “A Taste of Springfield” neighborhood block party celebrating the grand opening of the iconic world of Springfield, the hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The all-new themed environment surrounds The Simpsons Ride, placing park guests inside of the fictional town/city from the long-running animated series. And with 26 seasons of content to build out this world, Universal designers had a lot to pick and choose from.

After the jump you can see some photos from the grand opening event, as well as a look at the food from all the new resturants, including Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad Donuts, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlour.

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Crimson Peak Empire spread - Hiddleston closeup

Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to create a haunted house so gorgeous, we’d gladly put up with any number of ghosts to visit it. No wonder Tom HiddlestonJessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska are willing to stick around what is clearly a pretty terrible place. The new Crimson Peak trailer has just dropped, and you can check it out after the jump.

Update: An international trailer has also hit the web. Click through to watch. Read More »

Jem the movie trailer

A few months ago, the notion of a live action Jem movie seemed like a joke. But now here we are, in possession of actual moving proof that it is happening. The first Jem and the Holograms trailer is now online, along with the first poster.

Jon Chu directed the adaptation of the rock and roll cartoon, starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman and Molly Ringwald. It opens October 23. Check out the Jem the Movie trailer below. Read More »

Jem and the Holograms (5)

That icon of flashy ’80s fashion, Jerrica Benton a.k.a. Jem, is back in 2015 with a truly outrageous new look. As revealed in the latest Jem and the Holograms images, that involves studded leather, white fringe, lots of glitter, and… okay, on second thought, maybe Jem hasn’t really changed that much.

Aubrey Peeples plays the titular pop star, who struggles to stay true to herself as her music career blows up. Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, and Aurora Perrineau play her bandmates and BFFs. Jon M. Chu directed and Jason Blum executive produced. See the new Jem and the Holograms pics after the jump.  Read More »

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One of the films that never was had Legendary Entertainment as its prime motivator, with Paul Greengrass set to direct. But Legendary couldn’t get the rights to Hendrix’s music, and without the participation of the estate Legendary decided not to make the film. Now, years later, a rights package is in place that gives Legendary use of all of Hendrix’s best-known songs, and so the film is back on, with Greengrass once again looking like the director. Read More »

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Jurassic World featurette

Let’s face it, the dinosaurs may not be the biggest factor in convincing people to head to the theater for Jurassic World. The biggest factor in selling the June 12 sequel is our memories of the first time. That is, the first time we sat down, whether it be at home or in a theater, to watch Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park.

That nostalgic memory is the focus of a new Jurassic World featurette. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins talk about their first experiences with the film, as does director Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg himself even pops in to chat about it. There’s some new footage too, but it’s mostly stuff from the latest trailer.

Below, see the new Jurassic World featurette and read my memories of seeing Jurassic Park. Read More »