Meet En Sabah Nur. This weekend at Comic-Con 2015, director Bryan Singer debuted the first two minutes of raw footage in Hall H from the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse (which has only been filming for 5 weeks). While I wish that was out for everyone to see, in the meantime we have the first teaser poster for the movie, and it's all about Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. The immortal supervillain from the comics series is known as the very first mutant, from thousands of years ago, hence all the symbols around the poster's edge. Just wait till you see what Isaac actually looks like in the film. For now take a look below.
You don't want to be on his list. Michael Dougherty's 2008 movie Trick 'r Treat is a bonafide modern Halloween horror classic, so it's fitting that Dougherty's follow-up is a Christmas horror movie. And it looks really good. At Comic-Con 2015 today, Legendary Pictures debuted the first teaser for Krampus, about the evil, twisted Christmas monster. The film has an Amblin-esque feel, with some humor and all of Dougherty's brilliant horror tricks. It stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Allison Tolman. Hopefully they'll release the teaser soon, but in the meantime, here's the first poster to get you in the mood.
For the Horde! Just a few hours before Legendary's panel at Comic-Con 2015, Universal has debuted two new posters for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie. This may mean that we're going to see the trailer later today, and we'll follow up with that if it arrives. Based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft game, the movie was already filmed and is close to being finished, but will still be rendered for an extra year to make the orcs seem very realistic. We still have a long wait until June of 2016, but the more we see, the better this looks. I've got a feeling once we get some finished footage, it may impress even those who are doubters. We'll see.
Unite! With Comic-Con 2015 underway this week, Lionsgate has launched another massive marketing blitz for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. We've been warning you that they were going to go all out with this, and they continue to keep pushing out marketing in all forms. We expect a full trailer to hit this week during the big Hall H panel at Comic-Con, but in the meantime they've released another kick ass new poster, another viral video, and TheCapitol.pn website has been takeover. I'm not sure if this is going to convert anyone who isn't already a fan into a fan, but it's cool to see. I'm glad they're going all out, might as well for this big of a finale. Though this does remind me a bit of the Joker's overture for The Dark Knight.
Everyone's Getting Smoked. I am really, really digging the marketing materials for this movie - American Ultra, the upcoming "stoner Jason Bourne" comedy arriving this August. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as a pot-loving couple in a small town whose lives are thrown into disarray when government agents show up to eliminate Eisenberg. The first trailer looks hilarious, but the posters have been absolutely perfect - the right mix of stoner-inspired wackiness, with Eisenberg/Stewart zaniness, without any terribly Photoshopped floating heads. Nice. With Comic-Con 2015 taking place this week, Lionsgate has unveiled another fantastic poster along with a comic book cover for a comic that apparently has a key role in the film.
Beware. Warner Bros has debuted a set of new character posters for Comic-Con to preview Guillermo del Toro's gothic horror-thriller Crimson Peak - catch the latest trailer here. The director and the film will show up at Comic-Con on Saturday morning during Warner Bros' big Hall H panel, along with likely other appearances throughout the Con. There are four posters, one for each of the main cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. This is already one of our most anticipated films coming up this fall, but I'm still excited to see what they bring to Comic-Con this week. Take a peek.
Wow. I have to admit, I kinda love this poster. But maybe that's because I have a deep appreciation and love for the Telluride Film Festival, occurring every Labor Day weekend in the remarkably beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. This year the festival chose Belgian artist Laurent Durieux as the official poster artist of the 2015 festival, and his design is now out. Durieux is one of my favorite artists already - we've featured his work plenty before on the site (The Godfather: Part I & II, It's a Wonderful Life, or Back to the Future Part II). He really captures the vibe of the charming town, which actually looks like it does on this poster, sans bear (see photo here). If this doesn't make you want to attend this festival, I don't know what else will?
La Muerte! I'm really loving the marketing for this movie. The latest artwork to debut for the upcoming thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, was designed in the style of loteria cards from Mexico (a game like bingo but with symbols on cards). The film takes place mostly around Mexico, examining the relationship between US government agents and drug cartels in Mexico. There are two excellent themed posters, then three more for some of the main cast: Emily Blunt es La Soldado ("the Soldier"), Benicio Del Toro es La Muerte ("Death") and Josh Brolin es El Araña ("the Spider"). I really like how striking and unique the marketing is, and the film looks great (trailer). Can't wait to see it myself.
"Everything is a weapon." Awesome. One of our most anticipated upcoming summer comedies due out this August is American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as stoners in a small town who suddenly end up in a secret government operation. We've already featured a trailer for this and it looks good, but our friends at SlashFilm have posted their recap of a set visit where they watched an action scene at strip mall with everything in it being used as a weapon. These new posters have Eisenberg and Stewart floating in kind of a Ganesh pose, with extra arms holding things like a weapon, joints, bongs, a spoon, and a hammer. I just think these look cool, nice marketing for a film that sounds like it's going to be crazy fun.
A Major Emotion Picture. Pixar Animation Studio's latest movie, Inside Out, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Hopefully you've had the chance to see the movie (Sound Off) as it's one of Pixar's best in years, a return to form for the studio with another wonderful original story. Over the last few months leading up to the release, our friends at Poster Posse put together a series of poster designs for the movie. They reached out to their usual group of designers and the final set of artwork is beautiful, so feast your eyes on all of the pieces below. Inside Out is about the five emotions inside our heads - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.
Unite. Unite to take down the Capitol. Unite to show your support for Katniss. Lionsgate has launched a very ambitious global marketing campaign titled "#Unite" that is based on the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. The grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2, is only a few months away at this point and the studio is making sure to go all out with this conclusion. Years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was coming out, I suggested to a marketing exec the idea of focusing on the iconic salute (used in a few powerful scenes so far) as a way to rally fans behind Katniss in real life. It's awesome to finally see them taking on this idea and turning it into a global hype machine, and it's definitely going to work. This is going to be very big.
Everyone once in a while I'll come across some marketing material that really impresses me. Even if the film doesn't look good, or the rest of the material is off, there may be one shining example of excellence and it's worth pointing out. This is an example of an excellent poster. SlashFilm has debuted the new poster for Advantageous, an indie sci-fi drama from first-time filmmaker Jennifer Phang. The film unfortunately got terrible buzz at Sundance (I actually skipped it despite having a ticket thanks to warnings from multiple friends) but this poster has made me interested once again. I still may check it out. I like the design, the cityscape and background, it's sleek and eye-catching which is good for indie films that need extra attention.
Opportunity rocks where you least expect it. Open Road Films has debuted a trippy new poster for Rock the Kasbah, the latest film from Barry Levinson, starring Bill Murray as a "down-on-his-luck music manager" who discovers a talented singer in Afghanistan and takes her compete in the Afghani version of American Idol. The film has a big cast, including Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, but this poster is all about Murray who gets his smiling mug front and center. I'm not sure if all the wild colors are from the film, or just designed to make this eye-catching, but I'm curious to see some footage. View below.
Only in theaters. The original Independence Day poster was iconic, with a huge circular ship looming over Manhattan. For the sequel it's not just one city, it's the entire planet. Our friends at Collider have snapped the first photo of Independence Day 2 promo artwork on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The convention is for companies to show off brands/products that can be licensed/partnered with other things. It's very early art, but it's it cool to see something out there for this. The new plot description states: "Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction."