After the dual disappointments of Killing Me Softly and Gangster Squad, I’m feeling a little burned out on mob movies at the moment. So maybe it’s just my mood that has me unimpressed with the new trailer for The Iceman. On the one hand, director Ariel Vromen seems to have a flair for visuals, the cast looks strong, and the fact-based premise is intriguing. On the other, it all looks so tiresomely familiar.

Michael Shannon stars as real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who allegedly racked up over 100 kills over a four-decade career. He makes good money whacking people for gangster Roy Demeo (genre staple Ray Liotta), until an incident involving Demeo’s underling (David Schwimmer) forces Kuklinski out of their operation. He then teams up with freelance killer Robert Pronge (Chris Evans), which comes with its own complications. Winona Ryder also stars, as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Yes, that’s right, you now have an additional reason to see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14. The film itself, Jackson’s first in a trilogy, was likely enough. But that release is also the first film ever in HFR 3D, and it will have the trailer (or prologue) to Star Trek Into Darkness attached. And now Zack Snyder has confirmed what we all expected: the second trailer for his Superman reboot, Man of Steel will be attached too. Here’s Snyder:

I can’t wait for ‘The Hobbit,’ so it will be fun to see our crazy ‘Man of Steel’ trailer and then enjoy ‘The Hobbit’ because that’s going to be great. It just feels like a fun Christmas thing to do, drag the whole family out for that action.

Read some more of Snyder’s thoughts on the status of the June 14 film after the jump. Read More »

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Michael Shannon is second to none when it comes to channeling intensity, but as the lead of Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman he could be more frightening than ever. Shannon stars as real-life mob hitman Richard Kuklinski, whose touching devotion to his family masks a knack for cold-blooded killing. (Though he maintains a soft spot for women and children in both lives.) The brutally effective Kuklinski is believed to have murdered over a hundred people before his four-decade career ended in 1986.

There was a little back-and-forth on the film last year, when it looked for a while like it might fall apart altogether after James Franco dropped out of a major role. But they’ve managed to make it work, with Chris Evans taking over for Franco and Franco returning a smaller part. Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff are also among the supporting cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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It’s well known that Warner Bros. is planning to group together several of its heroes for Justice League, but to see DC baddies Bane and General Zod join forces you’ll have to look outside the comic book realm.

Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are attached to star in The Long Red Road, based on the play by Brett C. Leonard. The role will be a familiar one for Hardy, who previously starred in the original Goodman Theater stage production in Chicago. More details after the jump.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a plucky, intense bike messenger in David Koepp‘s Premium Rush, and Columbia has released a new trailer for the film in advance of its August opening. The studio dropped a fairly middling trailer last year that opened with a dodgy voice-over, and this version thankfully eliminates most of that. This is also a more fast-paced look at the movie, with an emphasis on action. Check it out below. Read More »

When will you see a new trailer for The Avengers? Is there a way to hear some dialogue from the movie now? Want to hear Michael Shannon talk as General Zod from Man of Steel? What did Black Widow do between Iron Man 2 and The Avengers? Does Peter Berg think Hancock 2 will happen? Will Arrow and Smallville take place in the same world? And where can you get the latest look at the villains in The Avengers? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to see the best look yet at Hulk from The Avengers? How about some fan made concept art from The Incredibles 2? Did Gary Oldman actually lose his script to The Dark Knight Rises? To which director did Michael Shannon compare his Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder? Which actor might already be cast in a new Mark Millar movie? Would you like to read the first few pages of Avengers vs. X-Men or the entire Avengers prequel comic? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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