Fifty Shades Darker trailer

Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) reconsidering the terms of her complicated relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but to the surprise of absolutely no one, Fifty Shades Darker finds the couple slipping right back into their old kinky habits. After all, there’s no sequel if they break up for good. And if there’s no sequel, there’s no opportunity for Universal to make another gazillion dollars off this hot property.

However, there are a few key changes this time around. For starters, the new installment sees James Foley replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson as the director behind the camera. And then there’s the fact that this one looks less like a romantic drama than a thriller, what with all the creepy stalkers appearing in bedrooms and all the helicopters crashing in forests. Watch the Fifty Shades Darker trailer below.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, that story is streaming elsewhere.” So begins Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) in the latest trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lest you failed to heed his advice the first time, he adds, “I would advise all our viewers to watch something more pleasant instead.”

But if you’ve got a taste for the dark and dreadful, then, well, you might be in the right place. Neil Patrick Harris leads the show as the devious Count Olaf, who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the fortunes left to the recently orphaned Baudelaire children (played by Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes). Click through to watch the new A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer.
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Fist Fight trailer: Ice Cube and Charlie Day

Why should teenagers get to be the only ones embroiled in high school drama? In Fist Fight, the battle is between two teachers. Mr. Campbell is your typical Charlie Day character, which is to say (as Kumail Nanjiani puts it in the trailer) he is “probably a nice guy, but a bit of a worm and a sneak.” And Mr. Strickland is your typical Ice Cube character, which is to say he’s got a “scary but effective” reputation as a hothead. When a conflict between them escalates to the point of physical violence, everyone in school — from the teachers to the students — gets invested.

Fist Fight is the feature directing debut of Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and features a top-notch comedic cast including Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan. And unlike a lot of comedy trailers we’ve seen lately, this one looks like it might actually live up to the potential of the talent involved. Watch the Fist Fight trailer below. Read More »

The Circle trailer starring Emma Watson

After Emma Watson meets up with her beastly prince and before John Boyega jets off to galaxy far, far away, the pair will be meeting up in The Circle. Directed by James Ponsoldt and based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the techno-thriller stars Watson and Boyega as employees of a wildly successful tech company run by a charismatic founder (played by Tom Hanks). The Circle promises a seamless existence guided by transparency and civility — all you have to do is give over all your personal information, and maybe start using one of the company’s ubiquitous SeeChange cameras. What could possibly go wrong, right?

Watch The Circle trailer below.

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Transformers: The Last Knight trailer

As if the very concept of alien robot cars at war weren’t crazy enough, Transformers: The Last Knight is throwing still more nuttiness into the mix. Like baby dinobots, who need Grimlock to teach them to spit fire. And Squeeks, a cute little Vespa Transformer reminiscent of BB-8. The return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, genius inventor. The addition of Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. And, for some reason, King Arthur and his knights. Because, hey, “less is more” has never been the Michael Bay way. Yep, he’s back too, despite swearing up and down after Age of Extinction that he would not return to direct another.

So does all of this “more is more” insanity add up to something spectacular? Well, see for yourself. The first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer is here, and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »

Dan Stevens in Legion trailer

Stories about folks with superpowers have become so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget how bonkers the entire concept is. If you pause to think about it, it’d be completely bizarre for a boy in Queens to gain spider senses. It’d be insane for an actual, living alien baby to crash down in Kansas. And so on, and so forth. So it’s nice to see Legion is injecting some much-needed weirdness back into the genre.

A spinoff of Fox’s X-Men franchise, the FX drama centers on a young man named David Haller (Dan Stevens), who’s spent much of his life going in and out of psychiatric hospitals to treat what he believes is schizophrenia. But something happens, and he starts to wonder if the voices he’s been hearing in his head might be real after all. Comics fans will know that in the books, David is the son of Professor X and that David is himself a mutant with very interesting powers. But we’ll all have to wait and see how things pan out for the small-screen version of the character. Watch the Legion trailer below.
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Jude Law in The Young Pope trailer

Fear not, HBO subscribers. Just because Westworld is over for now and Game of Thrones isn’t returning til summer, doesn’t mean your expensive cable package has to go to waste in the meantime. Next month brings the debut of The Young PopePaolo Sorrentino‘s lavish miniseries starring Jude Law as the fictional Pius XIII, the first American pope. Diane Keaton also stars, as a nun who seems rather skeptical of his fitness for the position.

While the title and basic premise might suggest a prim historical drama, the new The Young Pope looks like anything but. There’s scandal and intrigue and loads of gossip. There’s enough power-hungry scheming to put Cersei Lannister to shame. Plus, since the young pope in question is being played by Jude Law, there’s a fair amount of sex appeal as well. Watch The Young Pope trailer below.  Read More »

The Mummy teaser trailer

Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan is rebooting their Universal movie monsters into a connected Universal Monsters cinematic universe that begins with Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy. I know it’s easy to write off another reboot, and another studio trying to copy the success of Marvel’s connected universe, but this looks really promising. The first teaser trailer was unleashed during tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead. Watch The Mummy Teaser trailer now after the jump.

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guardians of the galaxy 2 trailer

A few years ago, Guardians of the Galaxy felt like a big left turn and a risk for Marvel Studios. In retrospect, its critical accolades and massive box office felt predestined – this is what happens when a filmmaker as offbeat and clever as director James Gunn is allowed to play in the superhero movie sandbox.

The first full trailer for the sequel, the appropriately titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has arrived and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t overjoyed to see this motley crew of universe-saving a-holes again.

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