After posing for a photoshoot inspired by Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, late night satirist and future inheritor of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Stephen Colbert, continued his love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien by interviewing the one and only Smaug the tyrannical, the dragon under the mountain. And this isn't just an interview with a puppet, but rather a fully animated version of the dragon, or at least as much as would fit in the small space of Colbert's studio. I wonder how much it cost to get this feature together, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch clearly recorded his voice for it. Watch!
Pretty much every month, HBO has a great new documentary premiering, and one of them has already played at the New York Film Festival. Tales of the Grim Sleeper dives into the life and crimes of Lonnie Franklin Jr., a man arrested as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women. But what's really scary is that police seemed to ignore this ongoing murder case despite claiming a victory after 20 years of investigations. Director Nick Broomfield exposes the past of Franklin, from the friends who knew the killer, to those who lost someone to his vicious crimes, but he also exposes something else very horrifying.
All right, well, the trailer we posted over a month ago for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was supposed to be the final trailer, but now we promise this is actually the last trailer for the final installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy. Much like the fanmade trailer for the entire journey Bilbo Baggins has taken, this one goes through some highlights of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, leading to this climactic battle that will link The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings (though there's still some 50 years in between). Are you ready to go back to Middle-Earth #OneLastTime?
"No one under 100 will be admitted!" Dang this looks crazy. Drafthouse Films has debuted their official US trailer for Hitoshi Matsumoto's R100, a funky, wacky Japanese thriller about a man (Nao Ohmori of Ichi the Killer) who joins an S&M club and gets into some crazy shit when dominatrices appear and kick his ass anytime of the day. The title R100 is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18, and this is playing on the idea that it's not okay for anyone under 100. Ha. The new poster is a bit too much, aiming to sell it purely on the sex/S&M angle, but the trailer hints at the absurdity of the film in so many other ways. This definitely isn't for everyone, but it's not just for S&M fans either, I think. Have fun.
"It's the ones who aren't after you who do you in, in the end." It's been about a year and a half since we got a first look at Sean Penn in Pierre Morel's action thriller The Gunman, and for some reason the film has taken a long time to hit the big screen. But it's finally arriving next spring, and the first trailer has arrived, showcasing an impressive cast that also includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and more. In the film, Penn plays a Special Forces soldier who ends up getting targeted by his own colleagues. Basically, it's Sean Penn's turn to be an aging bad ass, and it seems to pack the same punch as the first Taken movie too.
As awards season heats up with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes revealing the nominees for their annual awards, the end of the year is getting closer and closer. We'll be looking back at the year in film that was 2014 in the weeks ahead, with our own editorials, not to mention lists counting down the best films of the year. In addition, there's also great retrospective videos like The Movies of 2014, the latest impressive compilation of clips from films ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Theory of Everything and Life Itself. This one is pretty impressive, using dialogue cleverly with the right clips. Watch below!
"This film documents an event that has never taken place..." Chills. This documentary explores the idea of what would happen, and how we would respond, if aliens came to Earth. Titled The Visit, from filmmaker (not actor) Michael Madsen (of Into Eternity: A Film for the Future), the documentary is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in January and it looks like a must see (it's definitely on my radar now). As explained by Sundance, utilizing "unprecedented access to" the United Nations' Office for Outer Space Affairs (such an office exists?), and "leading space scientists and space agencies," the doc wonders how we would respond and what might happen. I can't wait. "Our scenario begins with the arrival. Your arrival."
The found footage horror franchise [REC] began back in 2007, and it's still going strong, at least overseas, with the fourth installment [REC] 4: Apocalypse. After wreaking havoc on a wedding in the last film, this one takes the action to an oil tanker, and also brings back Manuela Velasco as the young television reporter who was stuck in the quarantined building from the original film. After making it out alive, they've isolated her on this boat, but that may not be enough to contain the virus. This is a red band trailer with lots of blood and gore, so it's probably not best to fire it up around kids or at the dinner table. Watch it below!
"It looks liking picking dicks out of a tree." Even though we don't get to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 on Christmas Day this year, as was originally planned, the film still arrives in February of 2015, so some time traveling fun isn't too far away. And thus, we have a new green band trailer from across the pond showing just how crazy the adventures get this time. It rehashes some of what we've already seen in the red band trailer from over the summer, but there's also some new stuff, like a montage of some quick, but unseen time traveling experiences for Adam Scott, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. Watch!
"Here they come again." If the Comic-Con teaser footage this past summer wasn't enough to get you excited about Mad Max: Fury Road, this new theatrical trailer should do the trick. Even if you aren't familiar with the early installments of this franchise starring Mel Gibson, it looks like this reboot with Tom Hardy will still be quite the spectacle on the big screen. There's some huge action set pieces in the middle of the desert, incredible production design, and it just looks completely different from any other blockbusters coming in the near future. I'm not even a Mad Max fan, and I'm incredibly excited to see this. Watch below!
Well, now we know what Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane were announced as the parents in Pixar Animation's next film Inside Out. The full trailer for next year's summer release has just arrived and shows them trying to interact with their 11-year old daughter Riley, each with the help of their own emotions, which each look similar to those seen inside Riley's mind, but with the attributes of the person they control (like a mustache or glasses). We didn't anticipate seeing the emotions of everyone in this fashion, and this just gets me even more excited for this movie with the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith playing the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust & Sadness. Watch now!
If for some reason The Adventures of Tintin just didn't tickle your fancy, perhaps another animated, European adaptation will do the trick. The Little Prince comes from France, and it's an animated fantasy that meshes the computer animated style of Pixar with the world of stop-motion animation. The story, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famed novella, is framed by an old man telling a little girl the story of "le petit prince," and that's where traditional computer animation comes into play. But then, the actual story of the prince is told in stop-motion, taking cues from the gorgeous illustrations of the book. Watch below!
"World domination - same old dream." Last week it was announced that the new James Bond movie is titled Spectre, and it will be re-introducing the infamous evil organization (called S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) first created by Bond author Ian Fleming that was also a key part of the early Bond movies from the 60s and 70s. After the news broke, we profiled the organization as a look back, but now there's a fan-made trailer that's the perfect recap for Bond fans and newbies alike. It's another of those "modern trailer" mash-ups of old movies, made to play like a real trailer for next year's Spectre – if it starred Sean Connery and the original Blofeld. Enjoy!
"I look like I give a fuck?" There's a part of me that's worried that Kingsman: The Secret Service is going to bomb when it hits theaters in February next year, but the latest red band trailer shows off a fun spy flick that looks so crazy that it just might work. Samuel L. Jackson is doing his best impression of himself as a James Bond villain with a lisp, Mark Strong is having some fun and Colin Firth looks like a real ass-kicker. And if this trailer is any indicator, newcomer Taron Egerton may have a bright future as a young big screen star. And don't forget, Mark Hamill has a bit part in this movie too. Watch below now!