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"I's hearing all the secret whisperings of the world…" Disney has unveiled a full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's latest adventure, The BFG, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name about "Big Friendly Giants". Ruby Barnhill stars as Sophie, a young girl who encounters the Big Friendly Giant and befriends him because he's different than the other giants (he doesn't eat boys and girls). The cast includes Mark Rylance as The BFG, plus Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton and Ólafur Ólafsson. This new trailer following that brief teaser looks quite spectacular, as expected from Spielberg, but it still has that half-CG feeling to it. I'm still curious to see this - can't resist Spielberg. Enjoy!
Fight like hell. This isn't so much a live-action trailer as it is an impressive VFX cinematic trailer, but it's worth featuring anyway. This new trailer is for the latest version of the popular Doom video game and it's made by director Joe Kosinski (aka Joseph Kosinski), the same filmmaker that directed Tron Legacy and Oblivion. Kosinski has been working on a number of projects recently including the next Tron sequel, a Black Hole remake, a Gran Turismo movie, and Twilight Zone, but in the meantime he has partnered with Bethesda Softworks to work on this marketing for the video game. Fire it up below and enjoy some action.
On March 6th in 2009, Zack Snyder's Watchmen opened in theaters. The movie ended up being a modest success – earning nearly $200 million worldwide on a $130 million budget, with 65% on Rotten Tomatoes – but it would later develop more of a cult following on home video, with a "Director's Cut" and eventually an "Ultimate Cut" with a run-time of 215 minutes. Watchmen was released a year after Marvel Studios' Iron Man and several years before The Avengers and the big boom of superhero movies as we know it. As the film celebrates the 7th anniversary of its release, let's take a look back at how Watchmen paved the way for Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman movie, and perhaps the entire DC Extended Universe itself.
"It' a weird family." Burton gets back to being weird with his next film, titled Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, adapted from a series of young adult books about "bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys." Now we get to see some of those bizarre photos about a peculiar family, with a few first look shots revealed for the film arriving in theaters this fall. "Weird kids: It's something that I’ve dealt with and been interested in for a while," Burton tells EW. The cast includes Eva Green, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Ella Purnell, Asa Butterfield, plus the kids: Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, plus twins Thomas and Joseph Odwell. I like invisible kid the most. Meet them below.
It's almost time for a new Richard Linklater movie! To celebrate the occasion, Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is going all-out with a new Mondo poster and a special line of beer that they'll be selling at Drafthouse theaters. The new Mondo poster comes from artist Matt Taylor and it's a rather trippy design, fitting for the film that is supposedly similar in vibe to Linklater's Dazed and Confused. The new beer is made by Austin Beerworks and is described as a "dry-hopped Texas Common Beer", available around Austin soon. "Paying tribute to Rick's latest with a one-of-a-kind beer from one of my favorite breweries? It's exactly the kind of project that excites us and blurs the line between work and fun," stated Tim League.
In theaters in just two more weeks is the mysterious sci-fi movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, directed by Dan Trachtenberg. We've been posting some of the marketing for the movie, including TV spots and the trailer, and we're still very excited to see this and find out what's going on. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars, along with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr, in this sci-fi thriller about a girl brought into an underground bunker where she's told that it's only safe in there. Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a new poster for the movie, also showing in IMAX at release, with art by Ape Meets Girl inspired by imagery from the footage released so far. I'm very curious to find out the truth!
Meet the agents of chaos. Even more unique posters from Ben Wheatley's High-Rise worth featuring. This latest batch is a set of four character posters for Wheatley's movie about a high-rise building that represents the hierarchy of economic classes in society. There's one for Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal, at the very top, plus Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, Luke Evans as Richard Wilder, and Sienna Miller as Charlotte Melville. A few weeks ago I wrote that High-Rise has the best posters of the year so far, and that's still the case, especially with these trippy kaleidoscopic designs. They've done such an excellent job selling this movie, the more we get, the more I'm looking forward to finally seeing it. Check out the posters below.
Finally, the truth comes out. No, 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a Cloverfield sequel. In fact, it has nothing to do with Cloverfield (the original 2008 monster movie), producer J.J. Abrams finally admits: "This movie is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it's not Cloverfield 2." However, what he's getting at here is the "bigger picture" concept behind why Cloverfield is in the title and what they're going for: "there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection." Essentially, movies made by Bad Robot that end up with "Cloverfield" in the title or synopsis are part of a series of "monster movies" that deal with a big sci-fi threat - not specifically the same monster. Abrams finally cleared the air about what to expect.
"I love that you don't care how much money a person makes, you care what what they make." It's finally Oscar Week! Get your Oscar pools ready. Despite the arguments, debates, and discussion about who didn't get nominated, the selection of Academy Award nominees for 2016 is impressive. The Best Picture nominees are a great mix of some of the best films from last year: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight. Our friend the "SleepySkunk" has whipped up this new supercut recap of the 2016 nominees to get you in the mood for the big show on Sunday. Enjoy!
What a Brazzle Dazzle Day! Disney has unveiled a teaser poster for director David Lowery's new remake of Pete's Dragon. The original Pete's Dragon film is a Disney classic from 1977 featuring a mix of live-action and animation, and this new movie will also be a hybrid. My first thought is that this reminds me of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, in a warm and fuzzy way, not a bad way. This reimagining takes us on an adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Sounds like fun. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Oscar winner Robert Redford. The first trailer debuts on ABC this Sunday, so check back.
They're backkkk!! Production is now underway on the Marvel Studios sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with James Gunn directing once again. Shooting has started and Gunn states, "I couldn't be more stoked." Gunn dropped the first official photo on social media, not actually a still from the movie, but rather an on-set shot showing the whole gang back together again. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, joined by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, plus Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voicing Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Everyone's favorite intergalactic heroes can be seen silhouetted in the image below, with more to come as they continue filming over the next few months. Marvel is aiming for release in 2017.
"Here we go again, bro." Whoa! Where did this come from? No release date or any solid confirmation on filming, yet the first poster is now out. An early teaser poster for the upcoming Predator movie has been unveiled on the official Predator Facebook page (found via SlashFilm). According to early details, this film is actually a direct sequel to the original 1987 sci-fi feature starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The poster only says "You'll never see him coming" and lists the title as The Predator, which perhaps means we'll only see one Predator this time around again. I'm definitely curious to know more about this. Check this out in full.
"Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!" Disney/Lucasfilm have launched a very short hype video to announce the official start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII (which still doesn't have a title), being directed by Rian Johnson from a screenplay also written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick). This video doesn't show any footage, but does include a tiny glimpse of the return of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who was barely in The Force Awakens. Obviously we will be following along as they continue shooting for the next few months. Check out the short announcement video below.
We've been waiting to see something for this one! Roadside Attractions is releasing Tom Tykwer's new film A Hologram for the King and has set an April release date. But we still have yet to see a trailer or much else. The film has been scheduled for release on April 22nd, and along with that news a batch of first look photos (and a new German poster for now) have been unveiled. A Hologram for the King stars Tom Hanks as a failed American businessman who flies to Saudi Arabia to try and sell his idea to a wealthy monarch, based on the book by Dave Eggers. Sounds good. We'll be keeping an eye on this one leading up to release.