The Comeback

HBO’s The Comeback is preparing to come back. The brilliant-but-cancelled TV series returns for its second season in just a few weeks, nine years after it was originally cancelled.

Lisa Kudrow returns as Valerie Cherish, the former star of a ’90s sitcom. In Season 1, she staged a comeback with a supoprting role in a network sitcom called Room and Bored, where she was routinely tormented by a writer named Paulie G. (Lance Barber). In Season 2, she comes to HBO to star in Paulie G.’s new show Seeing Red, about his time on Room and Bored.

Essentially, this means Valerie Cherish is starring as herself — which means Kudrow is now a sitcom actress playing a sitcom actress playing a sitcom actress. The layers of meta, they are thick. Watch The Comeback Season 2 trailer after the jump.

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Queens of the Ring CM Punk

When you hear WWE Studios, you probably automatically think of No Holds Barred. It’s fine. The WWE is the premiere pro wrestling company in the world and probably the biggest pro wrestling movie of all time is that Hulk Hogan catastrophe. Funny thing is, the WWE had very little to do with it. (They did help release a Blu-ray recently.)

No, WWE Studios is in the business of making non-wrestling movies. Movies starring, or related to, their talent. Films like The Marine with John Cena, See No Evil with Kane or, once upon a time, The Scorpion King with The Rock. Their latest film was Leprechaun: Origins starring Hornswoggle. In fact, according to Wikipedia, since 2002 WWE Studios (in one form or another) has helped produce almost 30 movies and the only one with a wrestling connotation is Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. The wrestling movie studio had never made a live-action movie about wrestling.

That changed in 2012 when they helped produce a French film called Queens of the Ring. It features cameos by The Miz, CM Punk and others. Now, it’s finally getting released, and you can check out the trailer for WWE Studios Queens of the Ring below. Read More »

feast short

Baymax may have some competition for the title of “Most Adorable Animated Disney Character Coming to Theaters on November 7.” You see, accompanying Big Hero 6 in theaters is the Disney Animation short Feast, starring a little Boston terrier with a big appetite. As you can see in the header image, he is really freaking cute.

We got a fun little peek at Winston in the first Feast images revealed weeks ago, but now the first Feast preview has arrived to show this hungry dog in action. Hit the jump to see the Feast trailer.

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new Unbroken trailer

Angelina Jolie takes her second turn as director with Unbroken, which adapts the book by Laura Hillenbrand to tell the story of Olympic competitor and WWII hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). The film’s first trailer focused quite a bit on Zamperini’s upbringing, but this new Unbroken trailer focuses primarily on the war and its aftermath, during which Zamperini and two other Air Force crewmen survived the crash of their plane, only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy.

Transferred through a set of Japanese POW camps, Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips were held captive from 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, during which time they experienced horrific treatment, some of which is seen briefly in this trailer. Read More »

The Man vs The Machine

Frank Marshall is known mostly for producing some of the most beloved films of all time, including Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and The Bourne Identity. But from time to time he tries his hand at directing as well. Among other things, he’s helmed Arachnophobia, Congo, Eight Below, and the ESPN 30 for 30 installment Right to Play.

His latest directorial effort is a documentary short titled The Man vs. The Machine, chronicling the epic mid-’90s showdown between chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM computer Deep Blue. Watch The Man vs The Machine trailer after the jump.

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In the Heart of the Sea

Everyone knows the story of Moby-Dick, but fewer may be aware it was inspired by real events. Ron Howard‘s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, tells that true tale.

Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy star as crew members aboard the Essex, a 19th century whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1820, the ship was struck by a 80-foot sperm whale. The vessel sank, leaving the crew struggling to survive in the Pacific Ocean. Hit the jump to see the first In the Heart of the Sea trailer.

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Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 things are looking like they’re going from bad to worse for Katniss. The character played by Jennifer Lawrence endured a second round of Games in the last film, but now she has to face the wrath of rulers in The Capitol who won’t stand for even a spark of rebellion to float through the grey haze they call society. And so preventative action has been taken, and in this new Mockingjay Part 1 teaser Katniss is forced to confront it.

Compared to the first trailer this is far more somber, and uses almost entirely new footage. Watch after the jump. Read More »

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