Some Velvet Morning

There are some movie romances which are so swooningly sweet, they can make even the most jaded pragmatist believe in true love. And then there are movie romances so acrid, they can inspire even a happily coupled-up moviegoer to swear off love forever.

Some Velvet Morning seems to fall into the latter category, which shouldn’t come as a huge shock seeing as it was written and directed by In the Company of Men helmer Neil LaBute. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve play two former lovers who come back into contact when he shows up on her doorstep years after their affair ended, declaring that he’s finally left his wife for her. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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In the event that Bryan Cranston‘s character in Breaking Bad has too much of a chance to earn your sympathy and you’d rather see him play pure evil, check out this trailer for Cold Comes the Night. Cranston plays a Russian gangster looking for some money that fell into the hands of Alice Eve, and he promises (in a very entertaining Russian accent) to put a bullet in her daughter’s ear if she doesn’t comply.

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It’s more or less impossible to reboot a massively popular franchise for the big screen without drawing the ire of a few fans, but one major criticsm plaguing Star Trek Into Darkness in recent days has nothing to do with J.J. Abrams‘ Klingon redesign or use of parallel timelines. Midway through the film, there’s a brief scene in which the character Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) strips down to her underwear for no apparent reason. Some fans called filmmakers out for being sexist, and so far writer Damon Lindelof has stepped up to offer his apologies.

The minor controversy was fresh in my mind when I went to go see Fast & Furious 6, which, as you’d expect, outdoes Star Trek Into Darkness‘ tiny sliver of cheesecake on every level. All of the female stars of Fast & Furious 6 are conventionally attractive to begin with, and none shy away from wearing form-fitting outfits or showing off a bit of cleavage. Additionally, scantily clad female extras are used in several sequences as little more than set decoration. And yet I walked away from Fast & Furious 6 thinking that director Justin Lin and his crew could teach the Star Trek team a thing or two about portraying female characters on screen.

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With the opening of J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness just around the corner, we can hardly turn around these days without stumbling across a new trailer or clip or TV spot. Today we have two new videos. The first is the Japanese trailer, which contains a bit of new footage, and the second is a promo centered on Spock (Zachary Quinto) and voiced by John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

In inanimate marketing, meanwhile, we have a new still of the other, non-Enterprise ship that’s been spotted in promos, plus character posters for Spock, John Harrison, Kirk (Chris Pine), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Carol Marcus (Alice Eve), Sulu (John Cho), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). See it all after the jump.

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In just over a month, J.J. Abrams‘ second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, opens its regular run. (The film will actually premiere in April, with galas set for different countries beginning with an Australian event on April 23.)

As we hit the last stretch until the film opens up to a general audience, we’ve got a new international poster promising the end of the Earth, along with high-res versions of photos that have appeared in magazines and online over the past week. The pics show much of the cast — which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller — while the poster continues the image of Cumberbatch’s villain as a dominating force. Read More »

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We’re less than two months away from finally seeing Star Trek Into Darkness. That’s a nice feeling, isn’t it? J.J. Abrams and his crew have been hard at work finishing the IMAX 3D film that will tell the continuing stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise and a brand new international trailer has just come online to pump you up a bit. And pump you up it will.

It features tons of new footage and major stories points from the still somewhat mysterious film starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch (above, featured very prominently in this trailer), Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve and many more. Read More »

Don’t believe everything you hear on the Internet — that Toy Story 4 rumor, for one, is simply not true. Also after the jump:

  • Will Monsters University feature a cameo from Boo?
  • Universal wants to turn Mama into a franchise
  • Kick-Ass 2 seems to be doing reshoots in Toronto
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new poster
  • Paul Walker gets his own Fast & Furious 6 poster
  • J.J. Abrams discusses Klingons and Carol Marcus
  • Watch a new Star Trek Into Darkness featurette

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The promotion for J.J. Abrams‘ new film Star Trek Into Darkness is really starting to ramp up, but there are still a few big questions that remain unanswered about the film. One is the precise nature of John Harrison, the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is Harrison really Khan, or is he some new character? (Or a revised version of an old character?) The interior of the magazine called the Khan reports only a rumor, and captions within also used the Harrison name.

The other question — one that even in a normal film cycle wouldn’t be answered until after Trek 2 opens — is whether Abrams will return to make a third new Trek film. Given his new duties with Star Wars, how can he possibly have time to close out a Trek trilogy?

On the red carpet at this weekend’s BAFTA ceremony, Trek actors Alice Eve and Simon Pegg were asked about their upcoming film, and each offered an answer, of sorts, to these two questions. Whether either one can be taken as definitive, or even relatively accurate, is open to question, however. Read More »

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