Howard the Duck concept art

The most unexpected Marvel character to hit cinema screens this summer has been Howard the Duck, who originally starred in his own George Lucas-produced film in 1986. Now there’s some concept art that shows one of the early visions for the new cinematic incarnation of the cigar-chewing duck — see the Howard the Duck concept art below. Read More »

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Interstellar

Great directors can get their actors to go to the ends of the Earth for them. In Interstellar, Christopher Nolan inspires his to go beyond.

Well — not literally, since we assume the film was still shot on Earth. But the film definitely sends them off-planet. And so does the new Interstellar ad, which shows star Matthew McConaughey in a strange alien landscape. Hit the jump to see the new Interstellar poster.

Update: We’ve now got two new Interstellar posters. One shows a vision dramatically different from the ice planet image. We’ll assume it isn’t a spoiler, given the fact that the shot is front and center on a new poster.

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Force Majeure trailer

I literally just walked out of a screening of Force Majeure at Fantastic Fest 2014 and had to let you know about it. Thankfully for me, a new poster and trailer came out earlier this week.

Directed by Ruben Östlund, the film follows a family who are on a ski vacation. When an avalanche unexpectedly hits, everyone is forced into a life or death situation where they’ll reveal their true colors. In one case, they aren’t what they expect. That might sounds like the set up to some kind of horror movie, but Force Majeure walks an absolute stellar tightrope of tone, seamlessly going from uncomfortable to funny, then tense and human. It’s poignant, it’s hilarious, it’s beautifully shot and it’s totally unexpected. The film won a special award at Cannes earlier this year and has been slaying the festival crowd, myself included. Below what the latest Force Majeure trailer and see the new poster. Read More »

Low Down

It’s been a bad year for Elle Fanning and cinematic father figures. Her Maleficent dad sent her away as a baby, and her Boxtrolls dad mostly just neglects her. Her streak will continue with Low Down, in which John Hawkes finds himself torn between his love for her, his passion for music, and his addiction to heroin.

Directed by Jeff Preiss, the indie drama debuted at Sundance this year and is now headed for a theatrical release thanks to Oscilloscope. Also starring are Glenn CloseTaryn Manning, Flea, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage – which means we might actually get to see the two Lannister sibs share a scene without trying to kill each other. Watch the first Low Down trailer after the jump.

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Amy Adams in Big Eyes

There are certain things we’ve come to expect from a Tim Burton movie. Fantastical settings with whimsical rules. Dead people and undead creatures. Johnny Depp in heavy white makeup. But his latest movie Big Eyes has none of that, and looks all the more intriguing for it.

The historical drama stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as real-life artist Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of doe-eyed children became a phenomenon in the ’50s and ’60s. Publicly, he took all the credit, but privately, she made all the art. The first Big Eyes trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Popeye test footage

Genndy Tartakovsky has been working on bringing the world’s most famous spinach enthusiast to the big screen for a few years now, and today he finally revealed a little peek in the form of some Popeye animation test footage.

As he stresses, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.” But he describes it as “just something that kind of represents what we want to do,” so it still offers a pretty great idea of what he has in store for us. Watch the Popeye test footage after the jump.

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A Most Violent Year trailer

Just as summer always brings a rash of big-budget blockbuster sequels, fall and early winter reliably provide a crop of prestige dramas laden with Academy Award-nominated names. Among the many this year is A Most Violent Year, from Oscar nominee J.C. Chandor, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, and actual Oscar / future Oscar nominee Oscar Isaac.

Isaac plays idealistic immigrant businessman Abel and Chastain his connected wife Anna. Together, they head a growing gas business in New York. But they runs into trouble when their company clashes with certain elements of the city’s criminal underworld. Watch the A Most Violent Year trailer after the jump.

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Red Army

With the official start of the 2014-2015 NHL season just around the corner, there’s no better time to revisit a powerhouse force from the sport’s past. Red Army chronicles the tale of the former Soviet Union’s national hockey team through the tumultuous ’70s and ’80s, honing in on moments both tragic and hilarious.

The documentary was one of the most talked-about to come out of this year’s festivals, and the first Red Army trailer has now hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

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