Whiplash short film

In a surprise run that doesn’t normally happen, Damien Chazelle‘s stupendous film Whiplash went all the way from a premiere at Sundance to a Best Picture nomination the following year. It didn’t take home the big prize, but J.K. Simmons ended up pulling off a deserved win for Best Supporting Actor, and the film also got the Film Editing and Sound Mixing awards.

In case you didn’t know, Whiplash was based on a short film of the same name that Chazelle directed in 2013. The film featured Simmons as the jazz band conductor still, but it had Johnny Simmons (co-star of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, no relation to J.K. Simmons) in the lead role instead.

And if you’ve ever wondered how the two compare, a YouTube video has a fantastic side-by-side comparison showing how the short and the feature length film are very similar, and nearly identical, in many key sequences. Watch the Whiplash short film comparison after the jump! Read More »

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Fantastic Four tv spot

It seems like just yesterday the narrative around Fantastic Four was how bad the marketing was. Mainly, that’s because it was non-existent for so long. Since the release of the first trailer though, that’s been rapidly and happily changing. As effects shots get completed and more and more is revealed, you can feel everyone getting cautiously optimistic about what Josh Trank has done here. It’s going to take some people actually seeing the movie to finally make everyone super excited but, until then, the tables are turning.

Case in point, a brand new TV spot that debuted during the NBA Finals. It’s a lot of the same footage we’ve already seen, but there’s new stuff and – most importantly – there’s humor in here. Below, check out the new Fantastic Four TV spot. Read More »

International Fantastic Four Trailer

Even though director Josh Trank is no longer on board the second Star Wars Anthology film, which is reportedly about Boba Fett, we’re still hoping for the best when it comes to his reboot of Fantastic Four at 20th Century Fox. So far the trailers have painted a pretty serious picture for the comic book property that isn’t exactly known for being dark and gritty, so this will likely be very different from the previous big screen iteration of the super powered quartet.

Now a new international trailer has surfaced that’s almost identical to the previous domestic trailer we saw, but there are some bits of new footage of our heroes showing off their powers (which we also saw shown off in a new commercial). Watch the international Fantastic Four trailer after the jump! Read More »

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So far, the trailers for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four have shown us brief glimpses of the characters’  powers. We haven’t really gotten a chance, however, to visually study each ability. We now have a pretty decent chance to do that in a very odd place. Movietickets.com has released a commercial featuring the Fantastic Four and, for twenty seconds, it’s probably the best look yet we’ve seen from the movie…until it becomes an app commercial. But for 20 seconds, you get a really great look at what Josh Trank has in store for us on August 7. Check it out below. Read More »

Arms and the Dudes images

Todd Phillips is working on his first film since The Hangover III, and it stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as a pair of American guys who exploit a legal loophole to get rich via military contracts. Things naturally get out of hand, and Arms and the Dudes follows the two as they land a deal to provide arms to the Afghan military — something they’re woefully unprepared to handle. Now Phillips has shared a few Arms and the Dudes images. That’s Hill, above, and you can see a few others below. Read More »

Fantastic Four posters

Want your best look yet at all the costumes from Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four? Of course you do. They’re here courtesy of four character posters as well as a cumulative banner, featuring stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan. The film opens August 7, check out the new Fantastic Four posters below. Read More »

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‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer #2: Meet Doctor Doom

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This summer’s other big superhero team takes the spotlight in a new Fantastic Four trailer. Miles TellerMichael B. JordanKate Mara, and Jamie Bell star as Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm, and Ben Grimm respectively, who become Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing after a disastrous trip to another dimension.

But the biggest reveal in the new Fantastic Four trailer isn’t a superhero but a supervillain. This serves up our first look at Toby Kebbell‘s Victor Domashev a.k.a. Doctor Doom — both in and out of the mask. And there’s much more of the team in action, including new shots of the Thing. Check out the new Fantastic Four trailer after the jump.

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50/50 director Jonathan Levine is going back to the cancer well, this time with Miles Teller. Levine is attached to direct Teller in Home Is Burning, based on Dan Marshall‘s upcoming memoir about returning home to care for his ailing parents. Get all the details on the Miles Teller Home Is Burning project after the jump.  Read More »

Fantastic Four featurettes

Josh Trank‘s new Fantastic Four film opens in August, but even though it is an “end of summer” movie from Fox, the studio is slowly pushing new promos out now as the season begins. A set of Fantastic Four featureless offers brief interviews with Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg, and they talk about each of the cast members hired to play the four major roles. “Because we wanted to be grounded and dramatic,” says Kinberg,” we went for the best dramatic actors.” Check out all four short videos below. Read More »