We're just a couple weeks away from the American crime spree that will be unleashed in The Purge: Anarchy, the promising sequel to the somewhat restrained use of a brilliant concept. As we've seen in the trailers, we're going to see The Purge on a whole new level as madness takes over the city for 12 hours. Our characters find themselves chased by a group of masked maniacs, not to mention captured and sold for a hunt in the city, and now a batch of posters featuring a handful of these bad guys have surfaced, along with another cool propaganda poster promoting the arrival of the sequel later this month. We can't wait. Look!
Hail Ceasar! With the release of Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just a few weeks away, Fox is letting loose all of its marketing, and that includes a bevy of beautiful artistic posters for the sci-fi sequel. A number of different websites have recently unveiled posters for Dawn of the Apes, and along with it their rave reviews. I've seen the movie already and it's outstanding, the best summer movie (so far) and an astonishing achievement, with powerful emotion and incredible action. These posters, by artists Mainger, Janee Meadows, Zombie Yeti, Matt Needle and Orlando Arocena, just hint at the complexities below the surface of this excellent sequel. I'm glad we have some cool art to go along with this stellar movie.
This poster is cool. Or maybe I should say, this is cooooool. At this point, I feel like we've been waiting ages (and ages) to finally see Terry Gilliam's long lost new sci-fi film The Zero Theorem, which we've been following since before Transcendence came together, but it's delayed until August before being available on VOD. Christoph Waltz stars in the film as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence. We've teased this film before with a few trailers and some other poster art, however The Playlist has stumbled upon what they're calling an "alternate version" of The Zero Theorem poster featuring a floating, nude Waltz and some floating heads in space. Like, whoa. Check this out below.
For those who seemingly can't wait another month to see Guardians of the Galaxy in its entirety, last week we learned about a 17-minute preview of the Marvel film where an exclusive IMAX poster will be handed out to attendees. In the meantime, the hype continues by way of director James Gunn showing off some cool new pieces of promotion for the film. First up, he teased former "The Walking Dead" star Michael Rooker as Yondu, a small alien role in the film, though it looks like we'll have to wait for the film to see the full reveal. Second, Gunn also showed off a few posters where Rocket Raccoon and Groot each get their own poster as opposed to being doubled up on a single one, and Gamora gets a new one too. Look!
An American flag in the background, a hot actor front and center in a pose that evokes no emotions. This poster sucks. First things first, let me say that I absolutely love this movie. I caught the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and flipped for it, ranking it as one of my Top 5 films of Cannes 2014 and praising it in a glowing review. During Cannes, the first teaser and much-more-impressive French poster for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher debuted, and now we finally get a glimpse at Sony Classics' US marketing material and it's boring. Channing Tatum is just standing there, acting unlike his character. This film deserves better.
Bring it! IMAX and Marvel have announced a special "IMAX 3D First Look" event for Guardians of the Galaxy, where they will be showing 17 minutes of footage. Yep, another one of these previews right before the movie hits theaters. The event takes place on July 7th (a mere 25 days before it hits theaters) at 7PM at various theaters around the country - tickets are available first come, first serve on this website here. This free sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX theatre locations across North America, and fans will receive an IMAX poster as well. Thankfully, the artwork for this looks awesome, and may make the trip out to see 1/10th of a movie worth it. The art, the colors, all of it looks just fantastic, can't wait to see this. View below.
We've already seen undead romance in Warm Bodies, but a completely different take on the concept comes in the form of Life After Beth, a romantic comedy starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. The Chronicle star plays a young man named Zach whose life is thrown into upheaval when his girlfriend unexpectedly dies. However, he has an unexpected and peculiar second chance when she comes back to life. I wanted to love this film at Sundance, it's kind of all over the place as far as the comedic tone and world in which the story takes place. It's hard to connect to, and part of that is due to the fact that DeHaan plays things a little too serious for a comedy like this. But maybe you'll end up liking it when you see it? Watch!
War Never Ends Quietly. Oh man I'm looking forward to this so much. A new poster has debuted for David Ayer's WWII tank movie Fury, starring Brad Pitt as well as Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Xavier Samuel and Michael Peña. However, it is only Brad Pitt who shows up on this poster, slouched over the turret of his tank. Hopefully this means we'll see a character poster for each of these guys, but aside from that, I really like this poster. It's simple, but has a gritty edge to it, and evokes the sadness and fatigue of war. Early footage for this looks awesome, one of my most anticipated fall films. In full below.
Though the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that has played before some showings of How to Train Your Dragon 2 still hasn't shown up online, the full theatrical trailer has arrived, likely playing before Transformers: Age of Extinction this coming weekend. There's some cool new action shots, and honestly, the design of the turtles doesn't really bug me at all. This seems to have capture the spirit of the original characters, and delivers the kind of action we'd expect from a Michael Bay production. Plus, Megan Fox and Will Arnett make an amusing little reference to the rumor that the turtles would be aliens. The trailer also seems to indicate that William Fichtner may just be working for Shredder in the film. Watch below!
Though The Weinstein Company got some hype from the fact that their Eva Green character poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was deemed too sexy, a new banner from across the pond has surfaced showing off the characters who also got their own character posters earlier this year. But this time, they've also added Bruce Willis alongside cast members from the first film like Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson and new residents like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin. The most recent full-length trailer definitely took us back to the Sin City we remember, and it should be a darkly fun sequel.
Before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released, the hype machine kicked off with some portrait style posters from the viral site "Capitol Couture". Now Panem is at it again with some new propaganda posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, meant to pay tribute to the hard workers in some of the districts. There's no sign of Jennifer Lawerence, Josh Hutcherson or Liam Hemsworth, but these images are pretty stylish, looking straight out of a magazine that you might find in The Capitol. Right now there's only seven of the districts featured in these ads, but we'll add any others when/if they surface.
Meet Vlad the Impaler. Formerly known as Dracula Year Zero, we finally have our first look at what's now known as Dracula Untold, one of a few Dracula/Vlad movies in the works (the others being Eli Roth's Harker and The Last Voyage of the Demeter). Welsh actor Luke Evans stars in this movie as Vlad Tepes (seen above), better known in history as Vlad the Impaler, in the very dark story of how he becomes Dracula. I talked with Luke about this movie in my interview with him last year, as he had just finished filming, now we finally get a first look in the form of a poster + photo. Solid design, I like the armor, curious to see more.
This month Detroit was supposed to unveil their statue of the cyborg crime fighter RoboCop, based on the original version of the character played by Peter Well in the Paul Verhoeven film. However, they were forced to delay the event for some reason, saying, "Please be advised, RoboCop’s Prime Directives have changed and today’s scheduled presentation and statue announcement at the Detroit Police Department has been cancelled." He still threw out the pitch at a baseball game (though it was the remake version), but this month's real tribute to RoboCop comes from two new Mondo pieces from Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong.
"From the western capitalist pigs who brought you Neighbors and This is The End" comes this new comedy, The Interview. Wait until you see the trailer. Columbia has released the first poster, a propaganda-esque design, for The Interview starring pals Seth Rogen & James Franco. So what's going on here? Well, Franco plays a talk show host of a celebrity show (Rogen plays his producer), who lands an interview with the North Korean leader, and is drafted by the CIA to assassinate him. Of course, craziness ensues when they actually go to North Korea for the interview. This is going to be wild, and I love how absurd this looks.