Though we're not sure when Justice League will get off the ground, next year, audiences will be able to see an assembly of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 1980s-something space guy on the big screen next year. That's right, they're all in The LEGO Movie, the newest animated venture from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. This has all the charm and hilarity of the aforementioned animated children's book adaptation with a clear love for the LEGO toys and a comedic sensibility that kids and adults will all enjoy. Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman stick out as voice talent along with Will Arnett as a great Batman. This looks awesome! Watch!
We've already seen a couple of trailers from across the pond for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year, the directorial debut of Brüno and Borat writer Dan Mazer, which he also wrote himself. Now the film is poised to debut in the United States later this summer, and a new trailer has arrived. Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) play an unlikely couple who are inexplicably happy, embarking on a new chapter of their life by getting married. But their friends and family don't think it will last, and their exes, played by Anna Faris and Simon Baker, might make their predictions come true.
Open your heart. Find your voice. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, stop by and check this out. The Weinstein Co recently debuted a trailer for a film called Unfinished Song, written & directed by Paul Andrew Williams. The British charmer stars Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, Byzantium, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) as the director of a local singing group who befriends a grumpy old man, played by Terence Stamp. The cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid. This looks to be another uplifting charmer in the vein of Quartet. Can Tamina tame cranky Zod through singing?
What an oddly amusing first look. Disney has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for their new animated musical Frozen, starring the voice of Kristen Bell as Anna in a "Snow Queen"-inspired story. However, instead of actually showing footage, the teaser takes a cue from Ice Age and is just a comical short featuring a goofy snowman and a reindeer hungry for a carrot. At the least, it seems like that might be (the lead guy) Kristoff's reindeer, but they don't show any other main characters or even give us a sound of the voices or music. That said, this may work well marketed to families but I still wish it had some real footage. Have fun!
Normally TV productions are outside of our wheelhouse, but when Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment banner round up some A-list talent to bring to life letters from around the world sent to Jackie Kennedy in the wake of the assassination of her husband and President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, we're inclined to pay attention. Letters to Jackie is a new TV documentary based on Ellen Fitzpatrick's book of the same name which looks at more than 800,000 letters, read by Jessica Chastain, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway and more. Now a trailer for the TV doc airing on TLC this fall has arrived, and it's really very touching.
"This ain't nothin' new." Well that was fast. Following the new Comic-Con poster debut over this weekend, another brand new international trailer for David Twohy's Riddick starring Vin Diesel has hit the web. We just got the full trailer for this sci-fi sequel a month ago, but this one still packs a punch. It shows quite a few full scenes, but also has some fantastic VFX alien shots that kind of kick ass. The cast includes Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban, Nolan Funk, Dave Bautista, Noah Danby and Jordi Mollà. I'm honestly really excited to see this, my kind of action sci-fi, and I love Riddick being back in this solo way. "Times up!"
"Was all this legal? Absolutely not." Time to meet Jay Gatsby of the 1980's. Paramount has debuted the first trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, the latest movie directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a young millionaire living the party life. This almost-Goodfellas-sequel also stars Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie and Kyle Chandler, plus plenty of others yet to be seen (in this trailer), like Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, and Spike Jonze. This looks a bit more like Spring Breakers in Manhattan than Wall Street, but I trust in Scorsese and his stellar cast. Enjoy!
We're not even halfway through the summer, but the later releases of the blockbuster season are pushing hard for audiences to get interested. One such film that seems like it has a bit of an uphill battle for audiences outside of the young adult realm is Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film gives Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest) the lead role as a seemingly human woman (or Mundane) who learns that she is part of a sect of half-angel warriors, making her able to see between the our world and theirs. There's a lot going on in this international trailer, but this one seems like a bit of a dud. Maybe we'll be surprised?
In what looks like evidence that John Travolta needs another Pulp Fiction career revival, the first trailer for the generic thriller Killing Season from director Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider) is here. Despite the fact that Robert De Niro (who has been hit or miss in the late part of his career) is the one facing off against Travolta in this thriller, the trailer is cut together poorly and doesn't look thrilling in the least. Travolta has a Serbian accent and De Niro just looks like he's going through the motions. Plus, it seems like the trailer really gives away the ending, or at least most of the better parts of this conflict between the two.
"Here's coming after me next... Please Julian, protect me." Get a load of this. Radius-TWC has released yet another new trailer for Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, one last tease at the neon-lit, Bangkok-set, extremely violent revenge film starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm. As we highlighted before, this film had a divisive response with critics in Cannes, but will likely earn a cult following here in the US. They don't include any critics' quotes, just lots of violence and plenty of Larry Smith's lush neon cinematography, as well as Cliff Martinez's amazing score. I liked the film and gave it a good review. See my interview with Nicolas Winding Refn. "He's a very dangerous boy."
Another Sundance selected film from the 2013 festival is headed to theaters this fall with Touchy Feely from Your Sister's Sister and Humpday director Lynn Shelton. In the film, a massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother Paul (Josh Pais) finds success when his struggling dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. This feels like your typical indie with characters trying to find themselves, and risky romance blossoming amidst uneasiness, but it may be good?
Right now comedy fans can see stand-up giant Kevin Hart handle the apocalypse alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill and their whole crew in This is the End, but later this summer, the spotlight will be all his. Following in the footsteps of comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the Death at a Funeral and Five-Year Engagement star takes his stand-up act to theaters with Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. The red band trailer for the stand-up concert documentary has just surfaced and features Hart riffing on romance, friendship and a cross between a zebra and a deer that haunts his dreams.
"This ain't gunna kill me." Sony has revealed the second trailer, playing before Man of Steel this weekend, for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi Elysium starring Matt Damon. The first trailer hit back in March and gave us an introduction to the concept and a glimpse at some of the action. This time we get more scenes of incredible full-on action and more of Blomkamp's visually stunning futuristic world. The cast includes Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and D9's Sharlto Copley as the badass Kruger. This is now my most anticipated movie still left this summer, everything about it looks awesome. Can't wait!
"Mystery... we all like mystery." The Weinstein Company has released this full trailer for Salinger, the documentary by Shane Salerno (writer on Shaft and Savages) presenting one of the most comprehensive looks at the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye. The doc features lots of interviews and footage, photographs and other material painting a mysterious picture of a haunted but brilliant individual. In this trailer they show Edward Norton, John Cusack, Martin Sheen, Danny DeVito and playwright John Guare speaking briefly, with many others featured in the doc itself. This looks like a very compelling watch.