The first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, answered one of everyone’s biggest questions about the sequel. Would Jackson’s second film get us all the way into the Lonely Mountain and reveal Smaug, the malicious and greedy dragon at the end of the Dwarves quest? The title suggested it but the trailer confirmed it. Bilbo’s interactions with the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) responsible for forcing the dwarves out of their home are some of the most memorable and tense ones in the book. However, the first film didn’t give us much idea of what Smaug looked like and the trailer only showed us his head. Would audiences see Smaug for themselves before the film opened on December 13?
That answer has been revealed in the most unexpected of places. Smaug has been revealed on the side of some Air New Zealand planes, a company with a long history of collaboration with Jackson and the franchise. Check it out below. Read More »
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Martin Scorsese rarely holds back when making his films. Some of his work, from Taxi Driver to The Last Temptation of Christ, stands as among the most provocative in mainstream cinema thanks to violence and (to a lesser degree) sex, and the director’s willingness to engage those elements directly.
Jordan Belfort’s biography The Wolf of Wall Street is a story that is rife with hedonism, as Belfort rode out of the ’80s and into the ’90s making insane amounts of money. Unsurprisingly, some of it was spent on women and sex. Given Scorsese’s tendencies, there’s every reason to expect those elements would be in his film The Wolf of Wall Street as well. The trailers certainly suggest there will be a lot of flesh on display.
Too much, in fact, as Scorsese had to trim sex and nudity to prevent the film being slapped with an NC-17. Even with those cuts, Wolf clocks in at two hours, fifty-nine minutes, the longest film of Scorsese’s career. Read More »
Briefly: The new feature film adaptation of Stephen King novel The Stand has been a difficult thing for Warner Bros. to get off the ground. Filmmakers such as Harry Potter duo David Yates and Steve Kloves; Ben Affleck; and Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper have all been attached to versions of the adaptation in the past couple years.
Now Badass Digest reports that the top choice at WB to take over the project is Paul Greengrass, who hit big this year with Captain Phillips. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Laika’s The Boxtrolls may celebrate a pretty unconventional family, but it’s brought to life using some classic, time-tested methods. Focus Features has just unveiled a behind-the-scenes video from the stop-motion feature, which shows off the painstaking work that went into creating this intricate universe. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Most of us lead fantasy lives more “noteworthy and mentionable,” as one might put it, than our real lives, but the protagonist (Ben Stiller) of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty faces a bigger divide than most. In his daydreams, he’s a handsome hero who sweeps his crush (Kristen Wiig) off her feet, whereas in reality he can barely look her in the eye.
But that all starts to change for him when real-life circumstances threaten to put him out of a job. In order to save himself and the woman he loves, he must embark on the kind of wild, colorful adventure he’d previously only imagined. Hit the jump to watch the newest trailer.
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That headstone is a lie, as we all know, but the opening episode of Sherlock, which kicks off the show’s third season, is all about catching the rest of the world up to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) did not die at the end of the second season. A new teaser for the season opener kicks off with a shot of that headstone, then gives us a bit of mopey Watson (Martin Freeman) before starting to get the word out that this new season won’t be centered around a ghost. Read More »
The second film in the Hunger Games series is out this week, and with it comes a new director, and a layer of extra complexity that fans of the novel series have been eager to see on screen. Now that we know the general outline of life in Panem, and how the Hunger Games are used as a tool for population control, it’s time to get into what really happens when the “winners” of the games learn how the Capitol really works.
With those elements, the addition of new characters, and a great load of footage shot in IMAX, there’s a lot to talk about with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We’ve had Germain’s review and interview with Jennifer Lawrence, but now it’s your turn. What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t your typical blockbuster sequel. Yes it’s bigger and better than the original movie. The stakes have been raised and new characters are added. But what makes Catching Fire unique is how it’s infused with a gravitas most major Hollywood entertainment lacks. At every single turn, the plight of the citizens of Panem is felt as they face the cruel tyranny of the Capitol, adding layers of pathos and tension to everything we see. Couple that with the impressive IMAX visuals and a more surprising story, and Catching Fire joins that rare breed of sequels that improve on the original. Read More »