Can Spider-Man come out and play? As usual, in-theater marketing beats online marketing to the street and thus we have to start with these low quality images. The first official trailer for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel arrives on December 5th next week, and it's likely Sony is waiting until that lands to debut this online. In the meantime, a fan has taken a few photos of a brand new promo banner on display at a movie theater ("in Red Rock casino in Vegas") showing Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and what looks like three villains: Electro, Green Goblin (aka Harry Osborn) and Rhino in some kind of mech suit. Take a look!
What do you do if your concept/design work is ripped off without any recognition? Who do you turn to for help? In this day and age, it's the internet. Earlier in the week I received messages pointing me to a post online (an open letter found here) by independent designer Juan Luis Garcia who claims that he did work and pitched Oldboy poster concepts to a design agency, who then took his ideas and created similar work without paying or recognizing his contributions at all. Garcia then tweeted to Oldboy director Spike Lee to gain some extra attention, and the response from the filmmaker was even more disgusting than the rip-off.
Though we were a bit unsettled by the first poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hitting just hours after the death of the character's creator Tom Clancy, the trailer for the action thriller looks pretty damn good. Chris Pine leads the film as the title character, which is essentially an origin story of the CIA analyst who turns into a field agent. Now a new international poster for the film has arrived, and we wanted to point it out because like the teaser poster, this one also feels like an unused design for Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness. We're still looking forward to the film, but remember it's arriving in January next year instead.
Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below.
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.
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.
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.
Let the hype continue. Two more posters have arrived online for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe. We've been featuring the teaser clips and other genius marketing art for this so far, and things keep getting better. Another new erotic poster has arrived, and another brings together most of the character posters. Commenting on the existence of a 5 1/2 hour director's cut version, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen said one does exist "and it contains deeply explicit scenes", but "we signed right from the beginning for a 4 hour version and that’s the one we decided to release in two parts." So that's what we expect to see in theaters. The film will release in Europe starting January, but still no US dates confirmed.
Something strange arrived at Midtown Comics yesterday, and ComingSoon was keen enough to notice their confusion on Twitter. There have been some pieces of viral marketing and teaser posters that have just turned out to be fanmade, which is why the comic shop in New York was a little leery of a poster tube that arrived with an a teaser poster for Wonder Twins, the extraterrestrial cartoon superheroes created by Hanna-Barbera for the "Super Friends" TV series and later put in the DC Comics universe. With the obvious tagline "Activate" and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher as the leads, this seemed fake, but there's more.
Following that amazing second trailer for The LEGO Movie, we probably couldn't be more excited for the February 2014 release from directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. But adding to the hype machine are some new posters featuring some of the dozens of characters who will be appearing in the film. What's cool about these character posters is the detail to the LEGO minifigures themselves. You can see the textures and creases from the plastic molds on some of them, and a couple even have some scratches and broken parts. In addition, a new theatrical one-sheet puts them together with some characters and vehicles we haven't seen.
So far we've only seen one good picture of Russell Crowe and a look at the sets of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah (though some stunning photos surfaced and was taken down), but a trailer is coming soon. We're not sure when, but Entertainment Tonight (via The Film Stage) has unveiled a quick tease of the trailer (thankfully, none of their airhead hosts are talking over it this time) showing us about 20 seconds of footage. There's some gorgeous photography here, but the tease doesn't give us a glimpse of any other cast members like Logan Lerman or Emma Watson just yet. You can now see the first two trailers here.
Tomorrow morning, a new trailer for Divergent will be unleashed, but before that, a new theatrical poster for the dystopian sci-fi adaptation has arrived. The new poster features Shailene Woodley and Theo James on some kind of high-rise ledge looking over the desolate Chicago of the future. We're not sure what the functional purpose of standing on that ledge may be, but at least they look somewhat heroic right? This actually looks like it could be a poster for a spin-off of the NBC series "Revolution." Anyway, the first Divergent teaser from August left something to be desired, so hopefully tomorrow's trailer brings the goods.
Ever since we saw a first look photo of Angelina Jolie as the Disney villain Maleficent, there has been much to report. No more photos have surfaced, and we've been waiting for a trailer (it's here - watch the teaser now). The film was moved up over a month in the release schedule when Disney had to shuffle The Good Dinosaur and other Pixar titles, and now we get one more glimpse of Jolie with wicked eyes and devilish horns in the first teaser poster for the film coming next summer. It's not remarkably different from the first photo, but the trailer should paint a better picture of the story focusing on the sorceress. Look now!