Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have released an announcement video or teaser trailer for JJ AbramsStar Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. The one-minute video is a preview for a longer 2-minute trailer, coming next week. Check out the trailer embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

I think this announcement video presents a look at a very much more dark and intense Trek film. Looks like Abrams has gone full-on Empire with the sequel… I’m just hoping JJ remembered the fun of the first film (giant hands…etc). That said, setting excitement meter on high.

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Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.

The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

From Up On Poppy Hill, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Gor? Miyazaki, was Studio Ghibli’s big 2011 release. It tells the story of two high school students hoping to clean up their hometown who run up against the corporate mindset of a local businessman. When the film came out in Japan last summer, it was a success for the legendary company and soon after, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to bring it to North America via GKids. The film will be released in November for an Oscar qualifying run followed by a wider release in March 2013. Its impressive English language voice cast has now been revealed. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

I suppose it’s not really correct to call Anton Yelchin and Dakota Fanning up-and-comers, seeing as each of them has been in the industry for over a decade. But as they transition into increasingly grown-up roles, it still feels like we’re seeing the emergence of pair of promising young actors. Elizabeth Olsen, on the other hand, is about as fresh-faced as they come. Last year’s Sundance hits Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene were her first real roles, aside from a tiny part in her sisters’ How the West Was Fun way back in 1994.

The three are now in final talks to star in Very Good Girls, from another not-quite newcomer, Naomi Foner. Though Foner’s been working as a writer and producer since the ’70s, the upcoming project will mark her directorial debut. More details after the jump.

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After months of speculation and delays, things are finally moving ahead in regards to the sequel to 2009′s Star Trek. Mostly. First of all, J.J. Abrams finally signed on to direct. A May 17, 2013 release date was set, the film will be shot in 3D and new actors such as Benicio Del Toro (or not), Alice Eve and Peter Weller are all joining the cast. Filming is scheduled to start in early 2012 but, according to some recent interviews by E Online, many of the primary returning cast members have yet to see the script. Read their quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

The new Fright Night, which remakes and updates Tom Holland’s enduring and entertaining 1985 film about a high school kid who finds that a vampire has moved into the house next door, is about vampires and feelings, but not vampires with feelings. That’s something that’s clear right off in conversations with the cast and crew of the film on location in New Mexico. Or, in other words, this isn’t Twilight.

We’re in the local Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which doubles for the chain’s larger Vegas location. In the film, that’s the domain of stage magician and presumed vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Tennant isn’t in the house, but most of the film’s major players are: Anton Yelchin, playing the hero Charley Brewster; Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge, the vampire next door; Imogen Poots as Charley’s new girlfriend Amy; and director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Marti Noxon and effects guru Howard Berger. We only got to see a small bit of the film being shot, so after the break I’ll let the cast and crew give you the lowdown on this new version of Fright Night, in their own words. Read More »

Writer/director Drake Doremus knows that the sound on Monday’s trailer premiere of his award-winning Sundance romance Like Crazy was bad and he takes full responsibility. You see, he was in New York working on his next movie starring Guy Pierce, Amy Ryan and Like Crazy co-star Felicity Jones and was forced to mix the sound over the phone and e-mail. But that’s been fixed now. So take another look at Like Crazy, a realistic, heartbreaking romance about long distance love between college students played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction). The film premiered at Sundance, won multiple awards including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize, was immediately purchased and is finally scheduled for release on October 28.

Doremus, who previously directed Spooner and Douchebag, spoke to /Film on the phone from New York to talk about the trailer premiere, what it’s like having a hit film at Sundance then having that film disappear for almost a year. He discussed cuts he made in the meantime and his next movie, which he describes as the “darker cousin” of Like Crazy. Plus, he explains what you should get out of the trailer and talks about balloons and Sliver. Yeah, you’ll want to be reading this interview. Read More »

Like Crazy, a beautiful, heartbreaking story of long distance love came out of Sundance like a bullet, with incredible buzz, a Grand Jury Prize, a distributor and more. But as is the case with an obvious awards contender like this, it laid dormant for a few months, waiting for the right time to reemerge and take Hollywood to task for so many soulless, summer blockbusters.

Paramount Vantage has now released the first trailer for Drake Doremus‘ film which stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones (who herself won a Best Acting award at Sundance) as college lovers who face the inevitably of graduation and a literal ocean apart. It’s scheduled for release on October 28 but check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Read More »

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