Knight of Cups trailer

If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.

Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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The Loft

What could possibly go wrong when you combine five cheating husbands, one secret play pad, and a whole bunch of clandestine affairs? Well, quite a lot, according to the new The Loft trailer starring James Marsden and Karl Urban.

For example, one of those husbands might show up one day to find a dead woman in the bed. Or the guys might start getting mysterious phone calls and blackmail threats. They might start turning on each other, and rousing the suspicions of their wives. Watch The Loft trailer after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get on the boat with some zombies, get weird with the Chinese, find a bisexual life partner, go on walkabout with a lonely man, and get some culture by visiting a museum in Vienna.

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First Look: Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau The Jungle Book logo

Disney has released the first look at concept art for Jon Favreau‘s new “live-action” version of The Jungle Book. I use quotation marks around live action because the film will seamlessly blend live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, “using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.” So basically imagine how James Cameron shot Avatar with some live-action elements but mostly a computer created world populated with photo realistic animals of Life of Pi or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. See the full piece of Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art after the jump

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The Gambler Mark Wahlberg

There’s no denying the impressive talent behind the new movie The Gambler. It is directed by Rupert Wyatt, the man behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directing his first film since that hit. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, scripted The Gambler based on a 1974 starring James Caan, originally written by James Toback. This time, Mark Wahlberg is the lead character, acting opposite Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams and Jessica Lange.

So yeah, that’s an impressive line up, would you agree? The Gambler is about a college professor (Wahlberg) with a deep-seated gambling problem who, instead of fighting his debt, seemingly has a death wish to go deeper and deeper. It opens December 25. Below, we’ll tell you more about it and premiere some brand new stills from the movie. Read More »

WILD CARD - First Look Image

Whatever you think of Jason Statham‘s movies, you can’t deny that Jason Statham works hard. He typically has at least a couple movies per year, and next year he has three. The first is Wild Card, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-starrer Heat. (Not to be confused with the 1995 Michael Mann movie Heat or 2013′s The Heat.)

Statham stars as a Las Vegas bodyguard who gets in hot water with a powerful mob boss. Michael Angarano, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci also star. Watch the Wild Card trailer after the jump. Read More »

Top Gun 550

The highway to the danger zone is now paved with shiny foil posters. Odd City Entertainment announced that they’ve teamed with Paramount Pictures to make an officially licensed poster for Tony Scott‘s iconic action film, Top Gun. Popular artist Gabz did the work, which visualizes some of the film’s awesome F-14 dogfights on holographic foil paper.

Top Gun by Gabz will be on sale Monday December 15. For more info on the Top Gun poster, on-sale details and more, click below. Read More »

VOTD: Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug

Colbert interviews Smaug

Stephen Colbert is finishing up his long run on The Colbert Report, and the guy is going out with a bang. Colbert is a tolkien super-fan — his enthusiasm for Tolkien got him a role in The Hobbit, and has seen him grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly in costume as several Hobbit characters. One of his last interviews is among his biggest, as he got the dragon Smaug to show up for a chat. To the credit of everyone involved, from the WETA animation team to Smaug mo-cap and voice actor Benedict Cumberbatch, this goes all the way. A couple jokes edge toward serious territory, but they play right into Colbert’s long-standing conservative character. And Cumberbatch, er, Smaug, gets in a few choice lines at the expense of his Hobbit co-stars. Below, check out the video in which Colbert interviews Smaug.

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