In John Singleton‘s Abduction, Taylor Lautner gets to play out a great teen fantasy: rather than being just another good-looking high-school kid with a caring family, he’s a good-looking kid who is secretly a total badass. He’s so secretly a badass that he doesn’t even know it. That is, not until his adoptive spy parents are taken out, after which he has to go on the run to find out the truth of his own secretly amazing existence.
The first trailer was all about setting up the story and positioning Taylor Lautner as a guy who can act with his shirt on. This new follow-up trailer is much more interested in proving that there is so much action in the movie that it won’t really matter if Lautner can act or not. Check it out below. Read More »
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Twenty-five years ago, it was time for war. On July 18, 1986 James Cameron‘s film Aliens exploded into theaters and immediately became one of the few examples of a standout sequel in movie history. Picking up where Ridley Scott‘s Alien left off — with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley drifting asleep in the sci-fi version of a lifeboat — Aliens emulated its predecessor with character-centric thrills and expanded upon it by visualizing the killer aliens as a bee-like hive society.
The movie celebrates industrial and military design, as in the marine ship Sulacco, which lances through space like an ingenious fusion of rifle and projectile, or the smart guns which transform cinematic equipment (the Steadicam) into weapons. At the same time, it mocks big business (see Paul Reiser‘s sleazy company man Carter Burke) and presumptuous military might.
In a popular film culture dominated by buffed-up male action heroes (Schwarzenegger, Stallone, et al) Aliens dared not only to scorn false machismo, but to weave a gory, violently thrilling story about motherhood. Critics and audiences responded with rapture. Sigourney Weaver earned one of the film’s seven Oscar nominations (it won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects) and the film owned the box office for four weeks. Aliens is one of the most-emulated films in action and/or science fiction, and arguably James Cameron’s best work. We’ll revisit some key memories of the film after the break.
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Multiple choice question: is this photo of Robert De Niro as he does black and white Twin Peaks cosplay, or a still from his new film Red Lights? Sadly (for those who want to see him dress up as the Little Man From Another Place) it is the latter. The film is from Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) and also stars Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen, who made huge waves in Sundance for her roles in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
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Universal Pictures has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). Watch the trailer for yourself to see a little alien creature swear his ass off, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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One of the films getting the best notes so far at Sundance 2011 is the drama/thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. It’s the breakout feature for actress Elizabeth Olsen (yes, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) who has now been cast in her next picture. She’ll appear opposite Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released the an extended movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). The teaser trailer, released on October (watch it here), was met with mixed response. That said, I’m a huge fan of Mottola’s previous films, the cast is pretty stacked, and the geek-focused plot seems up my alley. I’ve heard nothing but good buzz coming out of test screenings of the film.
Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The first big film Ed Helms booked after the success of The Hangover was Cedar Rapids, in which he plays a naive smalltown insurance guy who is sent to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids to represent his company at a convention. Probability of wacky hijinks: very high. Now there’s a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »
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We’ve seen a teaser trailer and a couple photos from Paul, directed by Greg Mottola from a script by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Turns out there’s been a poster floating around as well. A shot of the one-sheet (in banner form) was taken at an expo in London, and you can see the full image below. Read More »