This week, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters, and in honor of the Middle-Earth set trilogy, the folks at "Sesame Street" decided to reach back into cinema's past to parody Lord of the Rings, the trio of tales that actually follows The Hobbit in J.R..R. Tolkien's fictional timeline. Much like their recent parody of The Hunger Games, this segment takes cues from the aforementioned Peter Jackson films, and mixes them with lessons for kids in Lord of the Crumbs. This lesson is about self-control and delayed gratification to wait for something delicious like a cookie, which proves difficult for someone like Cookie Monster, who plays a character called Gobble, on a quest to bake cookies ("Me precious!"). It's pretty cute.
"Come find me when you wake up!" Warner Bros has unleashed the first teaser trailer for the sci-fi time loop movie Edge of Tomorrow, formerly known as All You Need is Kill, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Taking place in the distant future during war between a race of aliens called Mimics and the human race, the movie involves Cruise being caught in a time loop, having to fight the same battle over and over. We got our first glimpse of this at Comic-Con, but this trailer is packed with gritty war action and it looks damn good. Bill Paxton and Jeremy Piven are in this too, but the story and action are the stars.
It's been awhile since we've gotten a generic thriller starring Nicolas Cage. And when I say awhile, I really mean only a year. But 2014 will see the release of the oddly titled Tokarev, which finds Cage seeking revenge after some Russian mobsters kidnap and kill his daughter, making him pay for something he did to wrong the gangsters in the past. There's gunshots, concerned cops like Danny Glover and a man willing to do anything for revenge along with all the other cliches we've come to expect with films like this. I'm hoping Cage pays back the money he owes the IRS soon, so he can stop doing garbage movies like this for money.
In what looks like a film that escaped the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, we have a new trailer for the delayed animated sequel Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. With animation that feels unfinished and cheap, a surprising all-star cast that includes Lea Michele ("Glee") along with veteran actors like Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and more populate this film which sees Dorothy Gale's (Michele) return to the magical land of Oz, where she reunites with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion (along with some silly new companions) to face a new threat, the Jester, who is trying to control Oz with the wand of the Wicked Witch of the West. Yeah, sounds pretty damn stupid to us.
The premiere category was just announced for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival featuring films like A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the promising action-packed sequel The Raid 2. Another exciting entry to the festival in this special category is the newest film from The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. Reateaming with Brendan Gleeson, the story follows the In Bruges star as Father James Lavelle, a priest who has just found himself threatened during a private confession and is unsure what to do. It has some dark dry comedy helped along by Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran and more in this first trailer, and we'll definitely be checking it out at the festival next month. Watch the trailer now!
"Frankly, none of us have faced a situation quite like this before." He's here. Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Godzilla, a brand new take on the classic giant Japanese lizard monster, being directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). This ain't no wimpy teaser, this is a full-on 2 1/2 minute trailer packed with smokey glimpses of the giant monster(s) and some gritty, epic action. This movie looks huge in scale and badass in every way (love the opening scene). Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars along with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe & David Strathairn. Hell of a trailer. This looks so f&!kin' awesome.
"Maniacs are afraid of maniacs." Yesterday we brought you the first poster for the dark horror comedy from Israel called Big Bad Wolves. Now the first trailer for the film that Quentin Tarantino has been ranting and raving about has finally arrived. The trailer plays out almost as a short film by itself. There's a moment of suspense in there that rivals the kind of tension filmmakers try to craft in generic thrillers that just don't work. This looks eerie, brutal and definitely worth seeking out when the time comes. And thankfully, we also get a quick break from the horror with that hint of humor there at the end. Watch below!
In just over a week, fans will be clamoring to see Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Fans who are really eager to see the film can see it in six days if they purchase Fandango's special Superticket for the sequel. But in the meantime, we have another piece of promotion for the comedy, and it doesn't spoil any of the jokes from the film. Funny or Die gathered up Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo from the real news world to discuss their experience and perception of Ron Burgundy. Supposedly he's a "bit of an asshole" and even had a mustache rivalry with a young Wolf Blitzer back in the day. Watch below!
Meet Kiki. So this technically isn't a remake, rather a re-adaptation of the children's novel that this story is originally from. However, most of us are familiar with Kiki's Delivery Service as one of the many great Studio Ghibli animated movies. This one was originally released in 1989, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and is a charming, cute film about a young witch and her cat. There's now a live-action version of Kiki's Delivery Service, starring Fuka Koshiba as Kiki (above) directed by The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu, and the first Japanese trailer has just arrived. It's pretty much exactly what you're expecting - but still looks fun.
"Your Earth is a very small part of a very large industry." Holy shit. Drop everything now and watch this. The next movie from the Wachowskis is an epic sci-fi space opera called Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, plus Sean Bean being badass as always. The first trailer has arrived, as the film was shot this year and will be released in the thick of next summer. It looks big, bold, epic and potentially like a mess, but I am a huge Wachowskis fan and apologist, and this plays right to me. I believe we're in for something very special and those of us who can see it should pick up on it in the trailer. Enjoy!
After premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the R-rated comedy Bad Words is coming to theaters in March. Now the first red band trailer has arrived with star Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) using a loophole in the system to partake in the National Quill Spelling Bee. In addition, to giving kids a hard-time, he befriends a precocious, friendless Indiana boy named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), and the two become unlikely friends and partners in crime. This comedy actually marks Bateman's debut as a feature film director, and it looks like he's crafted quite a hilarious flick. Watch below!
Taking a cue from this year's stellar sci-fi flick Gravity, last year's retrospective contributor Nick Bosworth from JoBlo.com is back with Final Cut 2013, and after checking out this look back, it's hard to disagree with his opening text that "Life without movies is impossible." Using 283 films from this year, including some clever lines referencing movies in Don Jon and Pain & Gain, this is a stylish look back at the year in film. From This is The End to The World's End and plenty of other films in between like Nebraska, Only God Forgives, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, Despicable Me 2, Oblivion & more.
"You just love people 'cause you love 'em." Roadside has debuted a trailer for Andrew Fleming's Barefoot, a very quirky romantic comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman. As is pretty much the usual, it's about two people at odds who eventually fall in love after being brought together. This time the guy is Speedman, a "black sheep" son of a wealthy family, and the girl is not what I expected - Evan Rachel Wood playing a bit young, a bit kooky, but still quirky, fun and likeable. The cast includes J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams and Kate Burton. This doesn't look that bad, but doesn't look that good either. Have fun.
We kicked off our look back at the year in film with The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash-Up earlier this week, and now we have a second retrospective video paying tribute to the big screen releases this year. This one seems to have a lot more movies included, but that might just be hasty speculation. Cinefile 2013 from Miguel Branco isn't quite as grandiose as our first retrospective, but it's still a great, comprehensive look back at film. We wish the sound editing was a little more finely tuned and dialogue interconnected, but films like Dallas Buyers Club, Prince Avalanche, Pacific Rim and more still get their due diligence. Watch!