As trailer teases go, this first brief bit of footage from Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game is pretty good. It shows the major cast members: Asa Butterfield as young military student Ender; Harrison Ford as his teacher Colonel Graff, and Ben Kingsley as war hero Mazer Rackham. It also gives you a look at the battle room, where Ender is trained to be a warrior in the fight against aliens who have battled Earth in the past and who represent a threat to humanity’s future.
There’s also a slightly awkward intro from Butterfield and Ford, but the footage is probably going to be the highlight for fans of the novel. Watch for the trailer on Tuesday May 7. Read More »
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It would’ve been easy for Kristen Wiig to keep riding the Bridesmaids train with a sequel. Lord knows Universal would’ve been happy if she did. But instead, the Saturday Night Live alum took the road less traveled with a string of indies, including her passion project Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene).
Directed by American Splendor‘s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pucini, the comedy follows a New York playwright (Wiig) who’s released into the care of her Jersey-trash mother (Annette Bening) following a suicide attempt. Mom and daughter don’t exactly get along, and tensions are high at first, but… well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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The first trailer for White House Down was exactly that: down. It had a very somber feel, almost like the movie was a drama with action elements. Now a second trailer for this summer’s Roland Emmerich blockbuster has been released and it goes for the opposite feel. There’s huge action, great character interaction, and, of course, the destruction of several Washington DC landmarks. This is the White House Down we all want.
In the film, Channing Tatum stars as John Cale, a would-be Secret Service agent who loses his daughter (Joey King) and must protect the President (Jamie Foxx) when terrorists take over the White House. You can read all about the epic production in my set visit here, or just click below and see the kick-ass new trailer. Read More »
The “Are You the 1701?” promo campaign that kicked off a while ago to drum up a bit more interest in and interaction with Star Trek Into Darkness has paid off today with the launch of a new trailer for the film.
Well, it’s mostly an old trailer for the film, but in 3D. In a change of pace from the usual approach to putting 3D trailers online, however, this one is presented in 3D, period. Which means that you’ll have to use a pair of old-fashioned blue and red glasses to get the most out of it. Some who participated in the Are You the 1701? campaign had glasses mailed to them, but hopefully everyone else has a pair laying around. The color cast of the glasses isn’t great as far as making the trailer look fantastic, but if you haven’t seen any Trek footage in 3D on the big screen, this will give you an idea of what it’ll look like when the film opens in a couple weeks. Read More »
The recent Japanese trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s monster-smashing summer movie Pacific Rim doesn’t have much in the way of new footage. In fact, it’s basically an edit of a trailer released to the US a while ago, with a few differences. If you want pure giant robot spectacle in trailer form, check out the recently released WonderCon footage. Or have a close look at the new banner above, which depicts a showdown in the water near Sydney, Australia.
But this edit is worth a look for the introduction from the director, who explains that he was hoping to honor a number of Japanese storytelling forms and media as he made the movie. Read More »
One of my regrets from last year’s Fantastic Fest was that I never reviewed The History of Future Folk, a comedy/musical about a couple of aliens doing time as an NYC folk music duo as they try to make their way back home. As a long-time fan of the band Man… Or Astro-Man?, which plays surf-punk in the guise of a group of aliens that crash-landed on Earth, I figured that The History of Future Folk would be able to push my buttons pretty easily.
What I found was something better: a gentle and smart film that mines great jokes from the alienation of being a genuine alien, and which tackles relationships and family issues just as easily as it crafts catchy songs.
Not to give too much away, there’s Bill (Nils d’Aulaire), an alien from the planet Hondo, who went native after landing on Earth, taking a wife and fathering a daughter. An ambitious assassin, Kevin (Jay Klaitz), arrives from Hondo to coerce Bill into fulfilling his original mission, and Bill does his best to show Kevin what Earth is all about. The first trailer has been released, and you should check it out below. Read More »
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James Mangold‘s take on Marvel’s popular character hits later this summer, in July, and we’ll probably see at least one more meaty trailer before the opening date. But for now, the one-minute trailer for The Wolverine that premiered at CinemaCon is now online, and you can watch it below. (This is most of the CinemaCon reel, at least — attendees also saw a bit of the train fight sequence, which isn’t here, and I believe a couple other minor bits, too.)
There’s a lot of footage here we’ve seen already, but there’s also enough new stuff to merit a look. The new footage doesn’t contribute much to our understanding of what the film’s full story arc covers, but it does give you a better look at the Silver Samurai and also offers a neat shot of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) seemingly overwhelmed by ninja.
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