Here’s what you need to know about the new red-band trailer for Conan the Barbarian: there is a shot in which Conan (Jason Momoa) knocks out a horse with a giant chain. There is also a lot of blood, a total absence of plot, a little bit of almost safe for work sex, and the worst piece of electro-tinged cock rock to hit a trailer in months.

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‘Terra Nova’ Full-Length Trailer

Fox has released a full length trailer for the Steven Spielberg-produced science fiction series Terra Nova, which is set to premiere on Mondays this Fall. The new television show “follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race.” This new two and a half minute trailer shows us a lot of new footage, giving us a much better idea of what the series is really about.

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‘Conan the Barbarian’ Trailer

The first teaser trailer for the new Conan the Barbarian was dreadfully uninspiring. Made up of smoke and spare glimpses of footage, it played like Lionsgate and Millennium were trying to hide something. Now the full trailer is out, and there’s definitely no hiding anything here. The movie looks more or less as you’d expect it to look, but there might be some fun adventure within. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

William Petersen has always been a bit careful about choosing work, and now that he’s gone from CSI, he’s looking at features once more. He’s in Tony Kaye’s Detachment now, but that’s his first feature since 2000. Now he is negotiating to join Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, which already had the odd pairing of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Along with him come Adam Brody and Rob Corddry.

Lorene Scafaria (writer, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) wrote and will direct; the story picks up when an asteroid threatens to end life on Earth. The main character is “a man whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart, who yearns to be with him when doomsday arrives. Knightley plays the female lead, a neighbor of Carell’s character who accompanies him on a romantic road trip to find her.” We don’t know the roles that Adam Brody and Rob Corddry will play. [Variety]

After the break, Total Recall gets a new player, and David Boreanaz takes another role. Read More »

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So…there are proto-Klingons in Conan the Barbarian?

We’ve seen some on-set shots of the new Conan as it was shooting under the direction of Marcus Nispel, and there have been some promo shots featuring Jason Momoa as Conan, and that teaser trailer that refused to show very much at all. Now here’s your first look at Avatar‘s Stephen Lang in full costume and makeup as Conan villain Khalar Zym. Read More »

There may be some unreasonable expectations placed on the shoulders of Terra Nova, the new Fox show about a family that travels back in time to a prehistoric colony. Steven Spielberg‘s name is in the credits and the show features time travel and dinosaurs, so there is a natural tendency to expect it to somehow stack up against his theatrical efforts.

So check out this new teaser for the show, which shows Stephen Lang in full-on bearded leader mode, but more importantly gives a very toothy peek into the maw of one of the show’s dinosaurs. Read More »

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Fox has finally announced a premiere date for the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi television series Terra Nova. The new series will have a special two-night preview event on Monday, May 23rd 2011 and Tuesday, May 24th at 9:00pm on FOX. The show will then premiere in the fall. Fox has also released a ton of new photos, all of which can be seen after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Looks like Universal got the jump on everyone at the end of this past week by announcing a boatload of release dates. Others are falling in line to grab their own weekends, and so we’ve got new dates for Lionsgate’s 3D version of Conan, which now seems to be officially called Conan 3D, and Sony’s 21 Jump Street, the latter of which is being pushed back from a 2011 date and had previously been dated as a ‘Winter 2012’ film. Read More »