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"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy!
For those who don't know, President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation studios yesterday, delivering a speech to 2,000 employees and visitors about the entertainment industry being "one of the bright spots of our economy." Without a political statement from this writer, it's a publicity ass-kissing tour that all presidents make to various companies throughout their term. But still, the tour did result in some cool footage of the president checking out DWA's motion-capture stage, showcasing some footage from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DuBois present. In addition, the president also ran into Steve Martin and Jim Parsons working on the upcoming animated film Home.
We just found out that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is hitting theaters a couple days earlier, but the film is already screening for some audiences around the world. In fact, at a special premiere in Sydney, Australia, the entire Channel 4 News Team was on hand, and Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner treated the audience to something special. While taking the stage in front of the big screen, the quartet performed a rendition of their a cappella version of Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" from the first film. Hearing them with no editing, they're pretty damn good. Watch!
Production on Fast & Furious 7 is underway, and while we're not sure when we'll get the first trailer for the sequel arriving quickly next summer, we don know when fans will see the first footage. For those who don't know, this year's Fast & Furious 6 hits Blu-Ray and DVD on December 10th, just in time for Christmas. Well, Movies.com got ahold of an early copy and there's a special feature that features an entire scene from the next film. However, if you haven't seen the most recent installment of the action franchise, you won't want to read the description of the scene. Therefore, we've included all spoilers below just in case.
Briefly: "Bring on the fun bags." Paramount will be releasing the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues two days early in December, right on time for the holidays. The new Anchorman will now open on Wednesday, December 18th, moving up two days ahead of its original December 20th release. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & Dave Koechner return to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Ron Burgundy, the man himself, will also be hosting ESPN's SportsCenter on December 5th at 6PM for those interested. Paramount also just released an app called "Scotchy Scotch Toss" for iOS. Can't wait to see this! We'll be in theaters this holiday season catching up with Ron Burgundy and friends.
The onslaught of publicity for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn't slowing down. First of all, despite how much we agree with the pointless nature of most character posters, a new batch featuring some of the supporting players in the comedy sequel deserve to be highlighted, if only because Ron Burgundy's loyal friend Baxter gets his own poster, and Kristen Wiig's one-sheet is pretty funny. But that's not all. The Big Lead reports that Will Ferrell will guest host ESPN's "SportsCenter" on December 5th and says, "there will be some sort of Ron Burgundy element to telecast.” The Wrap says Ferrell will indeed appear as Burgundy, but we hope sports anchor Champ Kind (David Koechner) will stop by too. See posters below!
Following two hilarious trailers for The Muppets sequel caper Muppets Most Wanted, we have a new international poster for the film that chooses not to use the human stars like Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais to sell the film. Instead, Disney is using the recognizable Muppet characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and even Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker to get audiences excited. They all appear on this Jason Bourne style poster that features Kermit and his thieving doppleganger Constantine facing off. It might be hard to top the return of The Muppets from 2011, but the sequel still seems like it'll be a good time.
We already know that a trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will arrive in theaters with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13th, but the first trailer for the comic book sequel will hit the web (no pun intended) before that. Sony Pictures has announced that the first trailer will arrive on December 5th, a full week before it debuts on the big screen. Be sure to come back to see that trailer when it's available. In addition, some cool alternate designs for Spidey's suit from the first film have made their way online. A couple of them are clearly too sci-fi to work, but one has a feature that fans would love to see.
Optimus got an upgrade. While we wait patiently for the first teaser trailer to hit, the newest Optimus Prime design has made its debut on the cover of Empire magazine. The British mag debuted their latest issue featuring a story on Michael Bay's latest sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is filming now all over the world (Detroit! Hong Kong! Cybertron!). In addition to appearances by the main cast - Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor - looking gritty as usual, there's a new shot of Optimus Prime (still being voiced by Peter Cullen) with his big ass sword and some slight design tweaks. Take a look below.
Yes, surprisingly we're still going to see Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street sometime before the end of 2013, or so Paramount has promised us. With the countdown at about 32 days, just over a month, we're finally seeing the first official posters for the movie. Paramount debuted two posters, neither of which are that impressive, but they do feature Leonardo DiCaprio up front and center looking cool as usual. Oddly there's no appearance by or mention of co-star Matthew McConaughey, or any of the rest of the cast (Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau or Ethan Suplee), aside from director Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter and author Jordan Belfort. We'll hope for better posters by Christmas.
"People are looking to you, Katniss. You've given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it." It's time. Hitting theaters everywhere this weekend is Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games series. It's exciting, it's deep, it's dark, it's one of the best sci-fi movies all year. Catching Fire should do incredibly well at the box office and I would go so far as to say that this is the next Harry Potter, this is the next Lord of the Rings franchise. Don't compare it to Twilight, compare it to those series in scope and scale and epicness. One review calls Catching Fire "the Dark Knight of Young Adult Films".
"We are the guardians of justice... elite warriors with no master." This is looking better and better as it gets closer and closer to release, even though I still fear I'm one of the few who has any interest in this movie. Universal has debuted two new TV spots for Carl Rinsch's 47 Ronin, the Japanese samurai fantasy-action movie starring Keanu Reeves as the Ronin warrior Kai. We have already posted a handful of international trailers over the last few months, but these 30-second TV spots somehow pack in more action and more kick ass footage than I've seen. I love that shot of the group riding with orangey smoke behind them - awesome.
The teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 introduced us to an older hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his trusty dragon companion Toothless five years after the events of the first film. Now a teaser poster for the DreamWorks Animation sequel gives them the spotlight as the film's summer 2014 release gets closer. We're not sure if this means a new trailer is coming, but with Disney's Frozen just around the corner, it would be a good time to push the film to families. In this sequel, Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones") joins the cast along with Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou, joining the returning cast. View below.
Back in March of 2012, Will Ferrell appeared as Ron Burgundy on "Conan" to announce Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was finally happening, and last night the legendary newsman returned to the TBS late night talk show to promote the upcoming comedy sequel from director Adam McKay. Never one to disappoint and put on a good show, Burgundy decided to pay tribute to Toronto mayor Rob Ford (currently being ridiculed for smoking crack, hanging out with hookers and other douchebaggery) by singing to his "dear, dear, dear friend." Ford is in hot water, but he had time to to post the video on Twitter saying, "I had to laugh at my friend Ron Burgundy & his take on my 2014 re-election campaign song." Watch now!