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Wow. This is crazy. There's a video going around online from the special features of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that is one of the most honest looks at filmmaking I've ever seen. It features extensive footage and interviews of the entire crew of The Hobbit trilogy, from director Peter Jackson to all of his various staff including script supervisor, production designer and set decorator talking about how they all had no idea what they were doing with these movies. It's a very sad, remarkably rare look at how hard it is to make a massive movie on this scale, and how much stress there is on a director. Having finally watched this video, I just keep wondering: how the heck did this get made and actually released to the public? Amazing.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Three wise men. One wild Christmas. Now playing in theaters is the new Christmas comedy The Night Before, formerly known as X-Mas. Three friends get together on Christmas eve in New York to have one last party together before they each go their own ways. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie are the guys. The cast also features Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan and Ilana Glazer. So is it any good? One of the best Christmas movies, or not? How much did you laugh? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on The Night Before.
"No one comes up here without a damn good reason." It's time to count down the days until Tarantino's latest! There's only one month left until The Hateful Eight hits theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th, next month. The Weinstein Company has released a new poster for Quentin Tarantino's new snowy 70mm western, and it only shows the backs of all the characters. Their faces are lined up in boxes at the bottom and thank goodness the names above actually line up with the images below. I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to see this, and I hope it lives up to the hype. All of the footage we've seen in trailers and the buzz going around so far seems promising. See the latest trailer here and check out the new poster in full below.
A little Hart and a big Johnson. What a tagline that is! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer and poster for next summer's comedy Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. The story is about a CIA agent who brings in his old high school friend to help on a mission, but obviously he doesn't fit in. Central Intelligence also stars Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, plus Aaron Paul, Brett Azar, Megan Park and Danielle Nicolet. There's nothing much to say before other than maybe a few people will laugh, maybe they won't. Though I think we can all agree that shot at the end pretty much ruins everything, no?
"We can not have a party…" Where will you be at the weekend of December 18th? Hopefully in theaters celebrating the return of Han and Chewie and Leia. But if every show is sold out and you still have to see something, this is one of the alternatives - Sisters. It's a comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sisters who return to their home town and decided to throw one last raging party. It opens the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which means it's fairly smart counter-programming to offer up to everyone not interested in space operas. I definitely won't be seeing this, but some of you may have no choice. Enjoy!
Protect your assets. Universal has unveiled a trailer for next year's comedy The Boss from director Ben Falcone and writer/star Melissa McCarthy, the team behind 2014's Tammy. The Boss stars McCarthy as Michelle Darnell, the "wealthiest woman in America" who loses everything when she gets caught for insider trading. She gets a chance to start anew thanks to the kindness of her former assistant, played by Kristen Bell. The cast includes Kristen Schaal, Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage and a few others. This definitely won't connect with everyone. Some of this looks pretty bad, but some of it doesn't look so bad. Take a look.
"Where are the missile codes?" Lionsgate has debuted a trailer for the action thriller Extraction from director Steven C. Miller. This movie stars Bruce Willis as a former CIA operative kidnapped by terrorists, with Kellan Lutz play his son out to find him and get him home. The cast includes Gina Carano who seems to be helping them, but maybe not; plus D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian and Olga Valentina. There's not that much action in this, and if anything it makes me want to watch the original Taken movie instead. Nothing but generic blandness here, only worth taking a look if you're a die-hard fan of this cast.
"Look at that - the stars are out!" This looks so lovely. A new set of trailers have been uploaded online for the French animated film The Little Prince, from director Mark Osborne based on the beloved book of the same name. We've already been posting a number of trailers, but these new ones have English voices thanks to an entirely new voice cast including: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. I love the animation style of this movie, but I also like the way the narrative intertwines the life of a young girl growing up and the original charming Le Petit Prince story we know. I'm looking forward to this.
"All I want is what's best for your family." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the trailer for a film called The Benefactor, formerly known as Franny when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. It stars veteran actor Richard Gere as an eccentric rich man who meddles with the life of a deceased friend's young daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, and her new husband, played by Theo James. It looks like there's some very mysterious things going on with Gere's character that we don't all see, but I'm curious for that reason - to find out what is happening and who he really is. The performances in this look impressive.
"One day the invisible man couldn't stand it anymore…" Focus Features has unveiled a must see teaser trailer for the new film from J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) called A Monster Calls, about a boy dealing with bullying by "escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales". The boy is played by Lewis MacDougall, but the cast list also shows Liam Neeson is playing The Monster seen at the end of the teaser. It also features Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Felicity Jones as his Mum. This is a very gorgeous teaser, and it doesn't show much, but it almost has a very dark Where the Wild Things Are feel. Also - note the wonderful use of the score from Cloud Atlas in this trailer. I want to see this.
"I'm not a coach, I'm a star!" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a red band (for language!) trailer for the indie comedy The Bronze, which was an opening night film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Melissa Rauch plays Hope Anne Greggory, a gymnast who won the bronze at the Olympics once, and now lives with the glory of that fame. The cast includes Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch and Sebastian Stan. This film just isn't that good, it's not that funny, and the trailer doesn't help sell it at all. Maybe a few people out there who enjoy this kind of trashy humor may be interested in this, but I doubt it.
He is not like us. Warner Bros has finally debuted a trailer for Jeff Nichols' long-awaited new PG-13 sci-fi movie Midnight Special, that he made for the studio before moving on to make Loving. Nichols' regular Michael Shannon stars along with Kirsten Dunst as the father and mother of a very special, very unique boy named Alton, played by Jaeden Lieberher. In addition, Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver show up as well. This looks a bit different than I was expecting, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless because I still have hope for this Jeff Nichols sci-fi. I'm curious to see how everyone responds to this footage. Enjoy!
Say what? Our friends at io9 have written about a movie called 100 Years that stars John Malkovich and Shuya Chang, directed by Robert Rodriguez, set in the future. Yes this is actually one giant marketing gimmick to promote a liquor called Louis XIII Cognac, an ultra-luxury liquor that is aged 100 years. The idea is that the film has been made, but is going into the cognac vaults for 100 years, and will be stored there not to be shown until 2115. There are teasers and a featurette available (below) but apparently none of these have anything to do with the actual movie. Yeah. Instead, no one alive now will probably ever see what they actually make (really?), but someone will one day. Supposedly. Or maybe we're just supposed to imagine it.
"The more you dig, the more you risk screwing up. And I don't think you want that on your conscious…" While we wait for Keanu Reeves to bring us John Wick 2, which he is in the midst of shooting in New York City right now, here's a trailer for another one of his films. Gulf Films has debuted a trailer for a movie titled Exposed, even though IMDb calls it Daughters of God, so who knows what it'll end up being by the time it gets released here. Keanu Reeves stars as a detective and it starts with the murder of his partner. While investigating what happened, he meets a young Latina woman with strange visions. Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino, Christopher McDonald and Laura Gómez also star. I'm not really sure what to make of this.