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"Those of you who continue to meet targets will be safe." After all the new trailers this week, why not take a look at a dystopian sci-fi short from an up-and-coming filmmaker named Michael Gilhooly. The short is titled The Listener and stars actor Amit Shah as a "Listener" named Jeremy in a dystopian future where everyone is constantly under surveillance (not so far off from modern reality as is anyway). His loyalty to the Directorate is challenged when a charming new coworker arrives. This is a longer short than usual, running at about 22 minutes, but it's worth it to get fully invested in this story. And for those complaining about the short films we post not having much of a story, this one should be more than satisfactory. Take a look below.
"We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt…" Warner Bros has unleashed one more trailer from Comic-Con, this one for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We've already seen two trailers for this and a couple of featurettes, but this new trailer finally shows off some of the creatures (big and small) that Newt is trying to collect around New York. Eddie Redmayne stars as Mr. Scamander, a magizoologist. The full cast includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Samantha Morton and many others. They could almost starting selling this in a way similar to Pokemon Go, as Newt has to go all over New York and collect magical creatures. But seriously, this looks quite good, I'm pretty much ready to return to this world.
"There's an army of you, there's only one of me." Warner Bros has also debuted the trailer for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at Comic-Con and online, for those waiting to get a glimpse at the latest version of this story. In this upcoming action movie, Charlie Hunnam stars as King Arthur with a cast including Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Tom Wu, and Aidan Gillen. This looks unlike any other big screen version of the King Arthur story we've seen before, with Guy Ritchie's signature style and intimate cinematography. There's also some very odd fantastical elements in the final half, let's just hope this actually turns out okay. Take a look.
"I can't wait to show you my toys!" The first official trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie about DC's villains debuted at Comic-Con last year (rewatch it here). Now at this year's Comic-Con they've revealed the final trailer, a soundtrack "remix" featuring some kick ass footage and title cards that say "the wait is almost over!" Indeed, as the movie lands in theaters in just a few more weeks. Ayer's Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukuhara plus many others. At this point I'm seriously ready to just see the movie, they've convinced me enough, the footage looks pretty damn good, I just hope the movie delivers. This is a fun trailer with the music. Fire it up for one last look.
"Monsters exist." It's time! Warner Bros has unleashed the first Comic-Con trailer for the new King Kong movie, Kong: Skull Island, and it's looks totally awesome. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs this adventure to Kong Island, telling the origin story of King Kong, where they encounter the giant ape and try to take him out with machine guns. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson star along with a huge cast including Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Wigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. This trailer doesn't fully reveal King Kong yet, but there are some stunning shots. And it kind of feels like Vogt-Roberts made the Apocalypse Now of Kong movies. Which is a good thing as far as I can tell. I really can't wait to see it! Enjoy.
"I'm looking for warriors…" This is a nice surprise! Warner Bros has debuted the official Comic-Con trailer for Justice League online for all to see. This continuation of the Man of Steel and Batman v Superman movies in the DC universe brings together six main superheroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. There may be a few others, and the extensive cast includes Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Hopefully this trailer is an improvement over Batman v Superman, as many moviegoers were disappointed, but it looks like Snyder is mixing things up and taking a slightly different approach for this one. Have at it.
"Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder." After first debuting this trailer at Comic-Con, Warner Bros has released an extended three-minute "Comic-Con trailer" for DC's Wonder Woman movie online for everyone to see. This solo spin-off movie stars Gal Gadot (from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as the Amazonian princess-warrior Diana who becomes Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins directs, with a cast including Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Samantha Jo and Saïd Taghmaoui. This looks like an exciting new comic book movie about a kick ass female superhero. There's some incredible action shots in this, and I love the World War I setting, everything about it looks impressive and sleek and I'm looking forward to seeing this next summer.
"Do you believe in the stories…?" Surprise! Lionsgate hosted a screening of a horror film called The Woods at Comic-Con this week, and just as the lights were going down, lucky attendees realized - this was actually going to be a screening of a secret sequel/reboot of The Blair Witch Project (which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and became a huge hit). Titled simply Blair Witch, Lionsgate hired horror masterminds Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You're Next) to reboot the original found footage horror, and keep it a secret until now. The working title was The Woods, and we even posted a trailer for this film a few months ago, but it wasn't until this week that all was revealed. You can read more about how they pulled off this big secret on EW.com. And to keep the buzz going, they've released a new trailer for the horror sequel.
Good news, Godzilla fans! The new Godzilla movie from Toho Company in Japan will actually be hitting US theaters this year as well. Godzilla Resurgence, or Shin Gojira as its known in Japan, opens in theaters over there starting July 29th - this month. Announced during Comic-Con, anime distributor Funimation has revealed that they will be releasing Shin Gojira in US theaters sometime in "late 2016". The announcement was made on Funimation's Twitter, but no exact date has been set yet, though we expect to see it sometime late in the fall around November or December. We just posted the latest full trailer for Godzilla Resurgence this week and I think it looks badass, hearkening back to the original man-in-suit films from the 1950s-60s.
"Your innocence will never abandon you…" Focus World has debuted a brand new official US trailer for Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a drama called A Tale of Love and Darkness, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Natalie Portman plays Fania Oz, the mother of Amos Oz, a person from real life who eventually becomes a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses mostly on his youth and his relationship with his mother. The cast includes Amir Tessler as the young Amos Oz, as well as Gilad Kahana, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury and Rotem Keinan. This looks powerful with some stunning cinematography by Slawomir Idziak (of Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look below.
"I am Douglas MacArthur – I win wars." CJ Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for the epic Korean war film Operation Chromite, telling the story of the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War in the 1950s. Liam Neeson stars as Douglas MacArthur, the US military General who lead the campaign to land in the city of Inchon and drive the invading North Korean forces out of South Korea. The full cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Jin Se-yun and Lee Beom-su. We featured a trailer for this earlier in the month, but it was a Korean trailer and showed a bit too much of the big battle scenes. This trailer is edited together much better and actually makes me want to see this film, even if there is only a tiny amount of Neeson in it.
After six complete series on television and twelve (!) feature films so far, it seems a rather difficult task for the Star Trek franchise to go where no one has gone before, boldly or not. There are only so many worlds in which the crew of the USS Enterprise can venture and only so many adventures they can undertake before it all starts to bleed together into a big, sci-fi mess. That's not entirely the case with their latest excursion, though you certainly wouldn't notice on paper. It plays like a one-off, run-of-the-mill story centering on Captain James T. Kirk and his crew, but Star Trek Beyond has something of an ace up its sleeve in the form of director Justin Lin (of Fast 5 and Furious 6 most recently). He keeps the mood light and the action consistent, and, though it's nothing new, the film finds its way to boldly go towards goodhearted adventure.