Penguins of Madagascar

It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.

The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).

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If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »

Mall trailer

This weekend’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first entry in the franchise not to use a Linkin Park tune as its main theme. But that’s okay, because Linkin Park has found another way to contribute to the American cinema landscape.

Today we have the first trailer for Mall, directed by Linkin Park member Joseph Hahn and featuring music by Linkin Park. The indie drama follows five people who come together after a shooting at a shopping mall. Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), Gina Gershon, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Peter Stormare star. Watch the Mall trailer after the jump.

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Bad Milo

Last week saw Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s Hell Baby hitting VOD. Next month, Ken Marino will be unleashing a demonic spawn of his own in Bad Milo. And yes, I do mean Ken Marino, not Gillian Jacobs, who plays his wife.

Directed by Jacob Vaughan, the horror comedy takes the phrase “a pain in the ass” and makes it literal — and deadly. Marino plays Duncan, whose stress triggers severe gastrointestinal distress. But this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill ulcer or IBS. Instead, he discovers that he has a tiny demon living in his butt, who pops out to attack people who’ve pissed off Duncan. Watch the red-band (NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Last year’s martial arts/steampunk action/comedy film Tai Chi Zero was explicitly designed to be followed by a sequel — the two films shot back to back — and now that second film, Tai Chi Hero, is almost upon us. (It was released in Hong Kong last fall.) A variety of posters are being revealed today highlighting characters from the film, and we’ve got the villain.

More than anything else this line in the synopsis for the second film makes me very curious: “that suits Lu Chan just fine, as the mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power, but leaves him dumber each time, and closer to death.” Lu Chan is the hero of the title, and I love the idea of a trade-off in power represented there. It’s a video game concept, and these films embrace such things whole-heartedly. But it’s also a classic idea inspired by tales that are centuries old, where the thing that gives a character power also destroys them.

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If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.

This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.

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Matt Damon did a movie with Terry Gilliam once, and sadly, it… was not very good. At all. But despite all the evident problems with The Brothers Grimm, there is no bad blood between actor and director. In fact, Damon is now set to go back to work with Gilliam. And even if it’s just for a couple days, for a small role in Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem, it’s a pretty great thing.

The film stars Christoph Waltz as a computer scientist waiting for a phone call as he is preoccupied with puzzling out a theorem to determine the reason for human existence. It also features Tilda Swinton and Melanie Thierry, and today Gilliam announced via Facebook that Peter Stormare and Sanjeev Bhaskar also have roles. But until we have more idea of what they’ll be doing, let’s get to the comments from Damon about his gig.

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To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.

Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »

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