Well, this is a bummer. After comedian Robin Williams passed away in August, we reported on the few roles that he had been working on before his untimely death. One of them was the holiday comedy Merry Friggin Christmas, which sees him playing Dad to Joel McHale during a very dysfunctional holiday reunion. Now the first trailer has arrived, and we're disappointed to see this looks like it will join the pile of terrible holiday comedies that arrive every year. It just looks silly and unfunny, and not even Williams has any good moments in the trailer. With a cast this good, it's s shame that this one missed the mark. Watch?
"I can convince anyone of anything." Following the first look photos this morning, the first trailer for Will Smith's latest film Focus has arrived. The film is directed by Crazy Stupid Love filmmaking duo John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and they seem to be injecting the romance from that film into the world of deception. Smith plays a con man who takes a beautiful woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing, but while he's turning her into a great con artist, he's also falling for her. That complicates things when she has to use her sexuality to help pull off a big job. It doesn't look bad, but also doesn't seem remarkable. Watch?
Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years.
"We can't go against that guy. We're nerds!" It's time for New York Comic-Con, and hot on the heels of the first teaser trailer for Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, we have a sizzle reel for Disney's animated comic book adventure Big Hero 6. It really just plays like another trailer, complete with what sounds like a new, unreleased Fall Out Boy song. This time we get some more action with Baymax and the rest of the makeshift superhero team voiced by Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller and more. This looks fun as hell, and we can't wait to see how Marvel's comic book creation takes off in animated form. Watch below!
"What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible?" We've been waiting for a first glimpse at Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for awhile, and the teaser trailer has finally arrived. Britt Robertson finds herself able to travel to some incredible world from tomorrow by touching a mysterious pin that looks like it came straight from Disneyland. It's just a teaser trailer, and we only get a glimpse at the sci-fi world in action, but it's a pretty great tease for what's to come next summer. You can bet that pin (which is being handed out at NYCC right now) is going to be a hot commodity. Watch below now!
After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch?
Jason Momoa caught a lot of attention for his role in the first season of "Game of Thrones," and soon he'll be even bigger after taking the role of Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, leading to a likely more pivotal role in Justice League. But before that, you can see him hamming it up as a big hairy villain in the campy horror flick Wolves. This doesn't really look good, but it looks like silly fun. With a tone that seems similar to "True Blood," the story follows a young, troubled kid (Lucas Till) digging into his past who ends up tumbling upon a supernatural secret in the town of Lupine Ridge. Yes, there's werewolves, and this red band trailer shows them chomping and leaping all over. Watch the trailer below!
"Dear white people using Instagram, you go on hikes. I get it." The release of the racially charged satirical comedy Dear White People will be upon us in just over a week, and in one final effort to get the attention of the masses, a red band trailer has been unveiled, throwing around more than a few curse words and some racial slurs too. This looks like the kind of stirring, bold comedy all people need to see, and the reaction I've seen in the theaters from people of the same race referenced in the film's title when they see this movie's trailer is further proof of why it needs to and should exist. Plus, this just looks plain funny. Watch below!
"Sounds like game time to me." Just last week, we exclusively debuted the teaser poster for the Texas crime thriller Bad Turn Worse, the film formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Now the film is finally getting released next month in limited theaters and on VOD, and the first trailer has arrived. This looks really cool, like a contemporary western, and the praise for a villainous turn from Mark Pellegrino sounds like that alone will make the film worth seeing. Mackenzie Davis and Jeremy Allen White also star in the film. Watch the trailer!
Wow. Every once in a while a film comes along that stops you in your tracks, reminds you why you love great films, and shows us that there's still real talent out there. This short film, titled Bag Man, came across my desk this week and it's actually a must watch. From filmmakers Jonathan & Josh Baker, the film tells the story of a young boy who leaves New York City to venture upstate with a mysterious dufflebag in hand. What is he hiding? You'll have to watch and find out. I love everything about this - the setup and payoff is perfect, the short flows smoothly and never drags, it's gorgeously shot and looks great, the VFX are fantastic. Along with Envoy, this is genuinely one of the best shorts I've seen in a while, and I will be following these guys.
Who are you, if you're not the only you? This peculiar little short film is worth watching for the interesting twists and turns found within. Titled Mouse-X (which may hint at more of the plot than expected), written & directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Tagg (@mouseXshortfilm), this "sci-fi mind trip" follows a man who wakes up in a room and has to figure out where he is and what's going on. He's trapped inside of one giant experiment involving a thousand clones of himself, so who is he if he's not the only one? It runs a bit long, but otherwise it's a well-made short that proves even old ideas can be rehashed and still be unique.
Unfortunately for music fans, The Postal Service was just a shortlived group formed by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and musical artist Dntel or Jimmy Tamborello. with vocal help from Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. But at the very least, they delivered the spectacular album Give Up which never seems to get old. Well, 11 years after that album was released, the trio decided to get the band back together, but only for a 2013 tour. Thankfully, if you weren't able to attend, director Justin Mitchell has captured the tour in a documentary called Everything Will Change and a trailer for the film has arrived. Watch it!
"I hate everyone but you." While the fall and winter are usually reserved for awards season contenders and big studio films looking for a holiday audience, there are still some festival indies trickling into theaters as well. One such film is Life Partners, a comedy starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") as best friends who find themselves facing a crossroads when love enters the picture in the form of Adam Brody. The first trailer has arrived, and it looks amusing with appearances by Abby Elliott and Gabourey Sidibe, plus Kate McKinnon is supposed to pop up at some point too. Watch?
People really need to start paying attention to Jake Gyllenhaal again. He turned in a fantastic performance in Prisoners and did a stellar job in the doppelganger thriller Enemy as well. Now his latest film is the praised thriller Nightcrawler, which received tons of rave reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival last month. The film looks like a seedy, stylish thriller, and it's arriving just in time for Halloween at the end of the month. Now a short new trailer (it's basically a TV spot) has surfaced from Regal Cinemas, and there's also a cool new poster for the flick as well. There might not be much great horror this season, but there's plenty of great new thrillers for audiences to enjoy this month. Watch below!