Free State of Jones Trailer

It’s funny to think about just how far Matthew McConaughey has come in the past few years. As recently as 2010, he was better known for his tabloid coverage than or his acting career, which had largely devolved into dumb romcoms and dumber action flicks. But things started to turn around in 2011, with the triple-punch of The Lincoln LawyerBernie, and Killer Joe. These days, he’s got an Oscar on his mantel and has become a staple of serious prestige dramas.

His latest in that genre is Free State of Jones, director Gary Ross‘ follow-up to The Hunger Games. McConaughey plays real-life figure Newton Knight, a Southern farmer who rebelled against the Confederacy and tried to establish a mixed-race community in Mississippi. But before he gets there, he’s a reluctant participant in the Civil War, tasked with repairing men broken by battle. STX Entertainment has just released a five-minute Free State of Jones preview which reveals a major turning point in Knight’s life, and you can watch it after the jump.  Read More »

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Independence Day Resurgence Las Vegas Tourism

This coming week, Independence Day: Resurgence brings back the alien threat, looking to finish the job they started 20 years ago in Roland Emmerich‘s original blockbuster. So far the trailers have promised some big alien invasion action, while viral videos have really played up the universe in which the world finds itself advanced by alien technology thanks to the Earth Space Defense program. Now we get a taste of the more depressing side of the world of Independence Day after 20 years.

In our interview with Roland Emmerich from the set if Independence Day: Resurgence, the director revealed that 2 or 3 billion people had died in the attacks from the first movie. That’s a huge chunk of the world population. And it appears we still have some reminders of the destruction from 20 years ago in the form of the ruins of Las Vegas. However, it’s less of a memorial and more of a tourist gimmick now.

Watch the Independence Day Resurgence Las Vegas tourism video after the jump. Read More »

Christopher Walken pic

Barry Sonnenfeld has made some fine entertainment over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Sonnenfeld had a terrific run, directing Get ShortyMen in Black, and The Addams Family movies. Before turning towards directing, as a cinematographer, he shot Raising ArizonaMiller’s CrossingBigMisery, and Throw Momma from the Train. Since working on all of those memorable films, he’s directed some pictures–Wild Wild WestMen in Black II, and Big Trouble–that sorely missed the mark. Sonnenfeld’s next film, Nine Lives, about a man (Kevin Spacey) that gets turned into a cat, doesn’t look as appealing as his earlier efforts, but at the very least, it has Christopher Walken playing a cat whisper.

Below, watch a Nine Lives clip.

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Ghostbusters TV Spots

With exactly one month until the new Ghostbusters hits the big screen, it’s time for the film’s marketing to start hitting the small screen. A batch of Ghostbusters TV spots have arrived with some new footage from the movie, including a couple very cool action shots, and one sequence involving the return of the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the original film. However, it’s not in the form you’d expect. See what we’re talking about in the Ghostbusters TV spots after the jump. Read More »

pixar short film Piper

If you’re like me, you enjoy Pixar’s animated short films almost as much as you do their features. The latest short from the Emeryville-based animation studio is Alan Barillaro‘s directing debut Piper, which in my opinion might be the best theatrical short film from Pixar in a decade.

I first saw this short film at a Finding Dory early press day a few months back, where minutes before the screening not one person outside of Pixar even knew of this short film’s existence. I was gobsmacked by this adorable yet beautiful piece of cinema. I have since seen it two more times and it doesn’t get old. You’ll see the whole short film playing in front of Finding Dory, in theaters later this week. But for now take in this short 24-second preview to get you excited.
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Finding Dory Clips

This week brings Pixar Animation’s anticipated sequel Finding Dory, the follow-up to the animation studio’s 2003 hit undersea adventure Finding Nemo. The early buzz on the film is that while it treads the same water that the first film covered, it’s still an outstanding sequel and will get the water works flowing from your eyes.

If you still need some more convincing to catch Finding Dory with your family this weekend, some new clips have just emerged online, featuring a bunch of the new aquatic characters, including Kaitlin Olsen and Ty Burrell as a couple of whales, Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus. Read More »

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Suicide Squad TV Spots

The release of Suicide Squad is still a couple months away, but Warner Bros. Pictures has already begun the onslaught of marketing on television with a batch of TV spots that debuted earlier this week during the NBA Finals. There’s a lot riding on the next film from the DC Comics cinematic universe after the studio was not happy with the box office performance and reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. Thankfully, everything we’ve seen so far paints this as the DC Comics movie that will make fans and general audiences alike very happy.

Watch the new Suicide Squad TV spots after the jump. Read More »

The Conjuring 2 Prank

This weekend brings The Conjuring 2, the latest horror flick from director James Wan, to theaters everywhere. It’s got some good scares and it just might be even more suspenseful and terrifying than the first film, which is saying something. In addition to the spooks provided by his horror sequel, James Wan teamed up with the Brazilian hidden camera prank show Câmera Escondida to pull of a stunt inspired by several scenes The Conjuring 2. Plus, there’s a cameo by a familiar, creepy doll.

Watch The Conjuring 2 prank after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Jimmy Kimmel

Yesterday was Ghostbusters Day, and to celebrate the casts of both the 1984 classic and this year’s reboot came together on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

For some reason, the posting of the videos on YouTube pretend the arrival of the original Ghostbusters cast during an interview with the new Ghostbusters cast was some kind of surprise, even though we found out about it in advance. Anyway, the two casts get together to talk about the reboot and the legacy of the original Ghostbusters.

Plus, Bill Murray throws his full support behind the reboot and explains why he finally chose this project to come back to the Ghostbusters franchise. If you think that’s just because he’s shilling for the studio, he actually gives some very honest thoughts about the film that might quell some of the fears of naysayers out there.

Watch the highlights from the Ghostbusters Jimmy Kimmel Live episode below. Read More »