With the headlines being dominated this week by the hacking of Sony Pictures leading to terrorist threats by the group calling themselves Guardians of the Peace, which resulted in the studio canceling the theatrical release of The Interview, after major movie theaters chains declined to show the film on Christmas Day, it was pretty much a no-brainer that "Saturday Night Live" would have something to do with the subject matter in their last show of 2014. But we certainly didn't expect this. Legendary madman Dr. Evil, the arch nemesis of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, hijacked the late night sketch show last night to berate both North Korea and Sony Pictures for all the headline-making events. Watch below!
We just told you how to scare your kids this holiday season by picking up the prop replica of the titular book from the indie horror sensation The Babadook, and now it's time to scare up Christmas a little more. IFC Films has just sent out a chillingly charming animated holiday card featuring the creepy little guy. It seems a little innocuous at first, with a play on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but then the sound of The Babadook flying across the sky sends chills down your back, and then you realize just how The 'Dook stole Christmas. Send this to your family members and see how wonderful family dinner will be! Watch below!
"How the fuck did it come to this?" After drunkenly fighting an invading alien race in The World's End and saving Starfleet and San Francisco in Star Trek Into Darkness, this time Simon Pegg is getting a little more grounded in the comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times. In the film from TIFF this year, Pegg plays a mercurial assassin who iscovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey and Sullivan Stapleton all have supporting roles along with the Luke Hemsworth (yes, there's yet another one of those). Watch below!
After facing monsters in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and creepy ghosts in The Grudge, this time Sarah Michelle Gellar finds terror in her own mind. Veronika Decides to Die is an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's book of the same name, and the first trailer for the thriller has arrived, even though the film was shot in 2008 and release internationally in 2009. The story follows a twentysomething woman who decides to kill herself, despite the fact that she seems to have it all: youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But when her sleeping pill fueled suicide attempt finds her waking up in a mental hospital, she's told she only has days to live. Is this a twisted It's a Wonderful Life remake or something?
Back at Fantastic Fest, our own Jeremy Kirk gave the indie horror It Follows a pretty rave review. The film has already made the round at several festivals this year, including Cannes, and it'll pop up at Sundance in January too. Now, shortly after the international teaser trailer for the film popped up, the film has been given a spring release by Radius-TWC, and a new US trailer for the horror film has arrived. Maika Monroe stars in the film about a teenager who finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her, all of this following a strange sexual encounter with a boy. Watch below!
"Please, don't sexually assault me, I'm already to sad." After debuting in theaters with Horrible Bosses 2, the trailer for the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard has arrived. While I was hopeful that a teaming of Ferrell with Hart might make my distaste for the latter comedy star go away, that's not even my biggest problem with this trailer. Whether this film had Kevin Hart or not, this just doesn't look that funny. There's a couple amusing moments like Ferrell sadly sitting in a massage chair while drinking a glass of wine, but right now this just feels like a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that will go on far too long. Watch?
"What a shame we both had to grow up." After the last explosive and action-packed red band trailer for Mathew Vaughn's fun comic book spy thriller adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, a new international trailer has arrived. But this one aims to lay out the story of the film a little more clearly, perhaps for those who may not be familiar with all the tropes of spy films and whatnot. Aside from the obvious James Bond references between Colin Firth and the villain played by Samuel L. Jackson, there's plenty of other pop culture riffs here as well, just adding to the full blown entertainment on display.
Long before the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, our first look at the sci-fi sequel came from vidoes release in conjunction with the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The end of the fundraiser culminated with a single fan being granted the dream of visiting the set and getting a walk-on role in the film. Well, now director J.J. Abrams has returned from the set of Episode VII to thank everyone who donated and helped raise millions of dollars. You just might see a familiar droid and Wookiee. Watch!
Most know Alan Rickman as the mysterious potions master Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise or Hans Gruber in Die Hard, but did you know that he occasionally directs movies? Well, until now, he had only directed one film, but now he's delivered his sophomore effort with A Little Chaos, a period romance that is about as British as any film can be. Fancy costumes, eloquent language, and the riveting clash between an architect (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a landscape designer (Kate Winslet) who work together in building one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles in 17th Century France. But there's romance on the horizon! Doesn't sound all that compelling, but maybe it's good? Watch below!
"I want to tell you my side of this." Fox Searchlight has premiered a trailer for Rupert Goold's film True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco as adversaries of sorts. Based on the real life memoirs of NY Times reporter Michael Finkel, played by Jonah Hill, the film follows the interactions between Finkel and accused killer Christian Longo, played by James Franco. For years, Longo lived using Finkel's identity, and even submitted writing work under his name. In addition to Hill and Franco, who look quite serious in this, the cast includes Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee and Gretchen Mol. This actually looks really, really good. I love the intensity and some of the dialogue is on fire, this just shot to the top of my list for Sundance.
"Would you be surprised if I told you that the Navy has credited you with over 160 kills?" Bradley Cooper has been the focus of some major awards buzz for his turn in Clint Eastwood's modern war drama American Sniper, based on the true story of a Navy SEAL sniper. And while there's plenty of praise in this trailer, I have to say that performances are about the only thing worth commending. Otherwise, the film feels artificial (especially in the use of a rival enemy sniper), lacks subtlety, and doesn't cover any material that we haven't seen in films like Born on the Fourth of July or Saving Private Ryan. But judge for yourself.
We've featured some cool retrospective videos looking back at the films of 2014, like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014. The next video we're featuring is a little more selective about the films used in a montage called The Best of Cinema 2014. There's actually only 30 films on display here, and that's because it's inspired by Moviejerk's Top 30 Films of 2014 (which hasn't been published yet). Now be prepared, because there are some films here released back in 2013 in the United States, but Moviejerk is based in the United Kingdom, so Spike Jonze's Her made the cut. Watch!
"This is all I have dreamed about..." IFC has debuted the first trailer for Peter Strickland's new film The Duke of Burgundy, a seductive and creepy little thriller. Strickland's last film was the mesmerizing Berberian Sound Studio with Toby Jones, which was quite a trip if you saw it. This new one has much of the same, it's twisted and weird and eerie, using cinema to evoke and provoke. The Duke of Burgundy stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna as two women who get into a tricky relationship. The film received quite a bit of buzz out of TIFF and Fantastic Fest this year, with many critics calling it one of the best discoveries of this year's fall film fests. It's worth a look, especially if you're curious about butterflies.
If you're a Star Wars fan, then you're undoubtedly familiar with the infamously terrible holiday special from decades ago. Thankfully, Lucasfilm has never decided to dabble in that territory again, but they do send out some pretty cool holiday cards. This year, they posted a little animated short for their card featuring everyone's favorite astromech droid R2-D2 and the mischievous new droid Chopper from the animated series "Star Wars: Rebels." But what this card really needs is some BB-8, the ball droid who's name was just revealed with other characters from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer.