It's Gladiator meets Dante's Peak in Pompeii, the newest film from Resident Evil franchise director Paul W.S. Anderson. With a story that follows slaves fighting in an arena, Kit Harrington finds himself in even more danger when Mount Vesuvius begins to erupt and destroy the city and all its inhabitants. However, he must also try to save the woman he loves (Emily Browning) in the midst of this volcanic disaster. The film comes to theaters in 3D next February, however, it looks far too dark and smoky to actually look good in the format. Even in 2D, it's difficult to see many of the actors in all the smoke and ash.
"Let it be shown we chose to die on our feet rather than lie on our knees." As 2013 inches to a close, the movies of 2014 are getting nearer. One of the earlier blockbusters in the spring will be 300: Rise of an Empire, the adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel with elements of the story taking place before, during and after Zack Snyder's 3oo. Now a new full length trailer shows off tons of new footage from the follow-up, with a large focus put on Eva Green as the villainous Artemesia, and a little less time spent on our new hero, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, wearing a blue cloth so people don't get confused, I suppose. The visuals look like they just might outdo 300, but what about the story? Watch the trailer below!
"That's the sound of fucking freedom!" We've seen one trailer from the United Kingdom for the raunchy comedy Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law, and now a red band trailer shows us just how dirty the Sherlock Holmes star will get. Fresh out of prison, Law plays a wild man who not only makes of for lost time with tons of booze and boobs, but also gets right back into the thick of the underworld, wanting reparations for keeping his mouth shut and spending time in prison instead of giving up his mobster boss to the police. It's a shame this doesn't hit the US until spring, because Law may have been in the awards race. Watch it!
"Falling in love is kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." Though Scarlett Johansson may be ineligible for the Golden Globes (as if that popularity and bribery contest really matters), that won't stop audiences from soaking up her incredible vocal performance in Spike Jonze's charming new love story Her. For those who don't know, the story follows Joaquin Phoenix as a man struggling after a bad break-up, until he connects with Samantha, the new operating system of his mobile device. This new trailer gives us a second good look at the film with Arcade Fire's mesmerizing tune "Supersymmetry." Watch now!
"I want to fall asleep in your arms..." Roadside has debuted the first official trailer for In Secret, an indie romantic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen at the center of a sultry Parisian love triangle. The two lovers are Oscar Isaac, who is getting plenty of attention starring in Inside Llewyn Davis, and Tom Felton, last seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While this starts out slow, it picks up by the end with intriguing plot twists (they do reveal quite a bit) and gorgeous cinematography in the second half. Despite the big twist being revealed (warning!) in this trailer, I'm still interested in checking it out. Something about that Olsen.
"Mr. President, we are at a point in this war that is the most dangerous to the greatest historical achievements known to man." If you've watched the trailers for The Monuments Men and thought that this feels like Ocean's Eleven heads to World War II, this new trailer from the UK will only strengthen that observation as it includes a recognizable track from the first heist film that also starred George Clooney and Matt Damon. While the film still looks fantastic, we just wish it hadn't been delayed to February 2014, therefore completely shaking up the Oscar race this season. At least we don't have to wait another year.
If you're one of those cinephiles engrained enough in the movie news world to know the name Nikki Finke, then you know all about the drama the journalist and founder of Deadline Hollywood has created with various executives and other trade news outlets. The controversial and extremely private Finke was recently forced out of Deadline by Jay Penske (who also owns Variety) after buying the website awhile back, and now we're waiting for her to start her own new movie news outlet yet again. Well, the folks at Funny or Die decided to bring Finke's story to life in the form of this perfect faux trailer for Deadline: The Movie.
"I'm so alone." "We all are." Transmission Films has debuted the first full trailer for John Curran's Tracks, an Australian indie film telling the real life story of 27-year-old naturalist and adventurer Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska. In 1977, Davidson hiked alone (along with four camels and her dog) across almost 1700 miles of desert through the Australian Outback. The film premiered at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals and earned quite a bit of healthy praise. I saw it in Toronto and fell in love with, not only the score but the incredible performance from Wasikowska (read my review). Adam Driver shows up in this too, and they use M83's "Outro" in the trailer. This film comes highly recommended. Take a look!
"I'm not alone." Paramount has unveiled yet another brand new international trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah to compliment the international trailer that came with the debut of the first theatrical trailer. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the classic story of Noah's Ark, also featuring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in the cast. There's a few bits of new footage in this, but most more of the same gritty action and dialogue from the first two trailers. Nonetheless, as a huge Aronofsky fan I am very excited to see this. I'm hoping it lives up to high expectations. We'll find out soon.
Like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, director Michael Almereyda (of The Eternal, Hamlet previously) is taking on a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's lesser known Cymbeline. After directing Ethan Hawke in a similar style adaptation of Hamlet, Almereyda reteams with the Training Day star to amp up the tale of Romans and Celtics going head to head, this time with the aid of automatic weapons, explosions and a gritty cast of characters played by Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Dakota Johnson. Benaroya Pictures describes the film in the vein of "Sons of Anarchy" and this first trailer supports that.
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Jean-Claude Van Damme lately from his viral splits stunt (parodied by Channing Tatum on the set of 22 Jump Street) to the trailer for his first comedy Welcome to the Jungle. Now we have a trailer for the action film Enemies Closer, but this film also has some hilarity sprinkled throughout, if only because Van Damme truly looks like a mad man in this story about a former Navy SEAL named Henry sent to retrieve a lost drug cartel package. But he also has to contend with Clay, a man with a personal vendetta, who is played by Orlando Jones for some reason. Honestly, this looks terrible, but at least Van Damme is keeping himself busy and seemingly having a good time. Watch below!
Next year comes another installment in the long-running Hollywood trend of dueling films from similar studios. Last year it was Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, and this year it's Brett Ratner's Hercules and Hercules: The Legend Begins from director Renny Harlin. Now we have a theatrical trailer for the latter which has been given a telling release date in early January, trying to get a leg up on Ratner's summer release about the Greek hero. Kellan Lutz plays the title hero who must choose to flee with his true love, the Princess of Crete, or to fulfill his destiny by overthrowing the tyrannical rule of the king and restoring peace. This looks just like a bad 300, but with Hercules instead of the Spartans. Watch?
We've already seen a teaser trailer for next year's release of The Boxtrolls, the latest stop-motion animated film from Laika, the studio behind the films Coraline and ParaNorman. Now a second trailer has surfaced, and this one goes behind the scenes of the painstaking production, showing the hands who move these intricate characters and set pieces frame by frame. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters and follows a group of sewer-dwelling oddballs, who are perceived as dangerous, but in fact have raised a orphan boy. Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg all lend their voices to characters in the film. Watch the trailer below!
Following the success of "The Bible" on History, the producers are back with another tale inspired by the religious book. Son of God follows Jesus Christ (Diogo Morgado) from his birth to his loyally followed teachings and milestone events such as the crucifixion and resurrection. This is the first time a major motion picture from a studio like 20th Century Fox has focused on Jesus since the controversial but successful Passion of the Christ from Mel Gibson, and now we have a trailer. Because of the subject matter, this has a built-in audience who will take buses to see the film, but we doubt it will be a box office giant.