ENJOY THE SHOW
Parents do some pretty amazing things for their kids. Thanks to the Internet, now cinephiles get to show off the fun and weird things they do with their kids as they introduce them to the films that they loved growing up and still love to this day. One family decided to take that love to the next level with a project called Cardboard Box Office. The family explains on their blog, "The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth). With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun. And the result is recreations of Jaws, Jurassic Park, Alien and more. Look!
Both the first teaser trailer and the five-minute preview that played before Thor: The Dark World in IMAX have given us a brief glimpse at the villain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, we've yet to get a good still image of Sebastian Stan as one of the more iconic villains from Cap's history. Now Empire has delivered our first promo image featuring the metal-armed bad guy, along with a proper shot of Chris Evans in his new navy blue suit, and Scarlett Johansson with her d hair (which probably shaves a lot of time off her morning routine). It's nothing special, but The Winter Soldier looks bad ass. Look below!
Following a busy year that including roles as a bad guy in Star Trek Into Darkness, a fire-breathing dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a headline making hacker in The Fifth Estate, a reasonable slave owner in 12 Years a Slave and one of a large ensemble family in August: Osage County, we have the first look at a 2014 film with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead. In The Imitation Game, the actor plays Alan Turing, an important man of UK history said to be the father of computer science as he played a pivotal role in the creation of the modern computer. The script made the Black List, so it's bound to be a good one.
After Gary Oldman faced Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the two stupendous actors are together again, but even further in the past than their collaboration in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Set during the time of Stalin, the new thriller Child 44 follows Hardy as a security guard and former war hero investigating a series of child murders, catching the attention of the government that is trying to hide them for some reason. Oldman plays the head of the police looking into this scary conspiracy and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) plays his wife. Now we have some first look photos with the stars in the 2014 film.
Christopher Nolan's frequent cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his feature directorial debut with Transcendence, a new sci-fi film set up at Warner Bros. starring Johnny Depp. We caught a brief glimpse of the film this past summer, but now the first official photos from the film have arrived. They show Depp giving some kind of lecture, not unlike Steve Jobs, and then another photo shows him on a couple screens as Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall look on. That last photo seems to show Depp after his character's brain has been uploaded into a super computer prototype to save him from a group of anti-technology terrorists trying to assassinate him. We should be getting a trailer soon. Look!
While there was once the prospect of teaming Robert Downey Jr. up with Jack Nicholson, instead it will be Robert Duvall taking the title role of The Judge, who also happens to be the father of a big-city lawyer (Downey) who returns home after the death of his mother to learn his estranged father is suspected of her murder. Now we have a first look photo from the film arriving next fall featuring Duvall shaking a finger and Downey for some reason. What's most interesting about this film is Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director David Dobkin is at the helm, and he hasn't made a film that wasn't a straight-up comedy before.
Get ready for hell. With the first trailer for Doug Liman's sci-fi time loop movie Edge of Tomorrow, formerly known as All You Need is Kill (based on the book titled), due out in a few days this week, marketing is finally launching. The first teases we're getting are from a viral twitter acting as an embedded journalist in the European Army's United Defense Force (UDF). He's in Verdun, France posting photos and updates as "the Edge of Tomorrow war feed." There are glimpses of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, but the trailer is what we're really waiting to see. These actually look like bits of the trailer, or a scene, that they've cut up.
Don't mess with this guy. We're due for a trailer sometime by the end of the year, until then this will have to hold us over. Columbia Pictures has debuted the first look at Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, adapted from the 80's CBS show. The project has been in development for years and was finally filmed in and around Boston, MA earlier this year. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption, quits the his agency and puts a classified ad in the newspaper that reads simply: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." Nice gun, McCall.
First things first, if you haven't seen You're Next yet, it's one of the best horror-thrillers in years and worth a watch. Once you're familiar with that film, you can prepare yourself for this first look at Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's next film, an action-thriller titled The Guest. The film was just announced as one of the eight Park City at Midnight premieres at the Sundance 2014 in January, and these three new first look photos go hand in hand with that reveal. It's hard to piece together what exactly we're seeing, but these do present an interesting first look at what should be another kick ass film from Wingard and Barrett.
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look... you can't get rid of the Babadook." Well, what do we have here? One of the eight films announced in the Park City at Midnight category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an Australian horror-thriller called The Babadook. The description doesn't sound like much, but these first photos say otherwise. It's about a single mother who battles with "her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house", but the coolest part is the little kid, Samuel - who's wearing some kind of catapult backpack and carrying a crossbow. All I know is that these photos look damn cool, I really want to see this because of 'em.
What other hidden gems can we discover early in the first Sundance 2014 announcement? How about a comedy where Aubrey Plaza (of Mystery Team, Funny People, Safety Not Guaranteed, "Parks & Rec") plays Dane DeHaan's girlfriend Beth, who he keeps as his girlfriend after she becomes a zombie. It's titled Life After Beth (nice) and does indeed star Plaza as a zombie. The ensemble cast includes more excellent names like John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat and Molly Shannon. Hopefully not too similar to Warm Bodies, this does sound interesting, we'll catch it at Sundance in January. First look below.
Meet Mickey - he's in trouble. Another good first look at another interesting film premiering at Sundance 2014. This one is the feature directing debut of "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling, actor John Slattery. The film is titled God's Pocket, based on the Peter Dexter novel, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey, a guy who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson, Leon. The cast includes a couple of other fun actors, including: Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks (in lingerie of course), John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones and Eddie Marsan. I'm intrigued, I'll see this at the fest.
Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below.
In case you didn't notice, we updated our post featuring the leaked triptych poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the official high-resolution version, and it offers a pretty crazy glimpse of Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin. While we're still not sure how all three of the villains featured on the poster will come into play in this sequel, we have some new images of Spider-Man in action, including a couple shots of him in Electro's lair (though one looks like a screenshot from a video game). In addition, there's a photo of Jamie Foxx in Times Square after turning all electric blue. Come back for the first trailer in just two days.