Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Like most characters who endure for decades, Batman has a way of shifting with the times. Sometimes he’s campy, sometimes he’s super-gritty, sometimes he’s got nipples on his Bat-breastplate, and sometimes he’s a super preppy kid who’s BFFs with the guy from The O.C. One thing that never changes, however, is his trauma over the death of his parents. Even this month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features a scene of the Waynes dying, as if audiences might have somehow forgotten that fundamental detail about Batman’s origins.
And even the tiny, plastic version of the Dark Knight can’t escape that angst. In the new teaser trailer for The Lego Batman Movie — yes, it’s the second Lego Batman Movie teaser trailer in one week, because sometimes the gods are good — Lego Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) stares mournfully at a portrait of his late parents, before Alfred (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) points out that we’ve been down this path many, many times before. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Don’t tell anyone, but my most highly anticipated Batman movie isn’t Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or even Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. It’s The Lego Batman Movie, featuring Will Arnett as the grizzled and raspy voice of the Caped Crusader. I mean, who can who can resist a description like “About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann,” as director Chris McKay recently put it?
We first met the Arnett’s version of the character in 2014’s The Lego Movie, but the spinoff promises an even more up-close-and-personal look at the solitary vigilante. Following a first look at some Lego Batman Movie photos this week, Warner Bros. has dropped the very first The Lego Batman Movie trailer, and you can watch it after the jump.
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“We’re making About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann.” If that quote doesn’t raise your hopes and dreams for The Lego Batman Movie, then what will? Funnily enough, both Christopher Nolan and The Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay, were inspired by Mann’s filmography for their Batman films — but obviously we should expect a slightly more comedic spin on the director’s crime movies in this instance.
The above quote comes from McKay, who describes this Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) as “an island onto himself.” Read what else McKay and Arnett had to say about the film, and check out the first The Lego Batman Movie images, below.
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The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
How did it take this long for Tilda Swinton to play a rock star? The seemingly ageless Academy Award winner has tackled many roles throughout her fascinating career, but A Bigger Splash seems to be the first film to recognize how great she can look in shiny face paint and glittery costumes. You look at Swinton and immediately believe that yes, she is a legendary singer because Swinton is everything.
The newest trailer for A Bigger Splash is enigmatic, seemingly skirting around what’s really going on in this movie’s core, but it’s easy to buy what it’s selling. How could you say no to a movie starring Swinton and Ralph Fiennes and the stars of Bullhead and Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s too strange of a line-up to ignore.
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After Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.
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If you’re a Coen Brothers fan, then you’re probably already excited about the directing and writing duo’s new film coming next month, the comedy Hail, Caesar! starring a cavalcade of great talent. We’ve already seen one trailer showing off the quirky story that takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and now a new trailer shows us even more. But rather than taking the traditional trailer route, they basically use an entire, hilarious scene to sell the movie with a brief montage at the end. And it’s just as fantastic as you’d hope. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Laika, the animation studio known for quirky and visually stunning stop-motion animated movies like Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, are back with their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings. And like their previous work, which floated between genres and refused to pin the company down as the maker of a certain kind of movie, this one looks visually stunning and unlike anything else being sold to family audiences these days.
Watch the Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Hot off his turn as 007’s boss in Spectre, Ralph Fiennes is getting ready to team up with another iconic badass. Or the tiny, plastic version of him, anyway. Fiennes has signed on to voice Alfred Pennyworth in the Lego Batman movie, joining Will Arnett as the Lego Caped Crusader. More on the Lego Batman Ralph Fiennes casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be at the top of everyone’s mind today, but Sony would really appreciate it if you tried to remember it’s not the only new installment of a long-running action franchise coming this fall. There’s also Spectre — the 24th Bond film, the fourth one starring Daniel Craig, and the second one directed by Sam Mendes.
To help remind you of that fact, the studio has just released a whole bunch of new odds and ends from the film. Maybe the most intriguing piece is an in-depth featurette on the music of Spectre, with theme song singer Sam Smith, but there’s also a new TV spot and a new clip for your enjoyment. See it all after the jump. Read More »