"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy!
For those who don't know, President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation studios yesterday, delivering a speech to 2,000 employees and visitors about the entertainment industry being "one of the bright spots of our economy." Without a political statement from this writer, it's a publicity ass-kissing tour that all presidents make to various companies throughout their term. But still, the tour did result in some cool footage of the president checking out DWA's motion-capture stage, showcasing some footage from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DuBois present. In addition, the president also ran into Steve Martin and Jim Parsons working on the upcoming animated film Home.
We just found out that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is hitting theaters a couple days earlier, but the film is already screening for some audiences around the world. In fact, at a special premiere in Sydney, Australia, the entire Channel 4 News Team was on hand, and Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner treated the audience to something special. While taking the stage in front of the big screen, the quartet performed a rendition of their a cappella version of Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" from the first film. Hearing them with no editing, they're pretty damn good. Watch!
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!
Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch !
In the first TV spot for American Hustle, we saw Jennifer Lawrence getting a little sassy, and this new TV spot shows her being a little bit mouthy too. But this time, we also get a sense of how Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are involved in the story that fictionally dramatizes the 70s FBI sting operation Abscam. This looks like it's going to be dramatic, but with a decent amount of humor as well. There will likely be plenty of acting nominations in the future for this film. Thankfully, it's just over two weeks away, arriving with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, making for a great weekend.
With the recent buzz of a sequel to It's a Wonderful Life (which will be blocked by Paramount Pictures) and the forthcoming Christmas release of Martin Scorsese's new film The Wolf of Wall Street (which will supposedly clock in at 2 hours and 59 minutes), there's no better time for someone to craft a mash-up trailer using the Kanye West track "Black Skinhead" from the first trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio film and a colorized version of the Frank Capra classic. It's called The Wolf of Bedford Falls, and it's just perfect for this time of the year. It makes us want to see a version of The Wolf of Wall Street with Jimmy Stewart.
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!
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch!
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.
"Where was God when I was suffering all these years?" Roadside has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Ron Krauss' Gimme Shelter, a film starring Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teenager going through tough times. Despite the title, the film has nothing to do—unfortunately—with the Rolling Stones song of the same name, "Gimme Shelter", but that doesn't mean it deserves to be completely ignored. This trailer does have powerful moments, making me perk up and take an interest. The cast includes Rosario Dawson (who looks crazy!), Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak and James Earl Jones. Check this trailer out.
Over two years ago, some brief talk from Simon Kinberg discussed some details about the X-Men: First Class sequel that hadn't yet been revealed to be using the X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline. At the time, he mentioned that the film would open with a revelation about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago last Friday. Kinberg said they would reveal that "the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned." Now that little detail has been made more prominent by way of a viral website that makes the fictional plot point seem real. Look!
Considering the outlandish nature of the comic book series, it's very likely that fans will never see a big screen version of the Marvel Zombies limited series. The five-issue run is set in an alternate universe where the world's superhero population has been infected with a virus which turned them into zombies. Therefore, it's even less likely that we'll see that other five-issue comic book series that followed: Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. That comic book series brings Bruce Campbell's Ash character from the third film in Sam Raimi's horror series into the Marvel zombie world, and makes for some epic horror mash-up goodness. Now someone has taken the time and passion to craft a fan film bringing the series to life. Watch!