Along with last night's barrage of TV spots for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Edge of Tomorrow, Hercules and A Million Ways to Die in the West, there's one more TV spot for what could be the biggest comedy of the summer: 22 Jump Street. The TV spot doesn't feature much footage from the latest red band trailer, but it does include the new ending from the previous green band trailer, not to mention some other funny new bits featuring our duo on spring break. It's clear there's going to be a lot more action than the first film, and that's just fine with us as long as the comedy delivers as well.
"I think we may have just found a Transformer." Tonight MTV hosted their faux-awards show the MTV Movie Awards, which aren't worth covering aside from the handful of new TV spots that debuted during the show. This year they debuted fresh spots for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction (gotta love Mark Wahlberg in this), as well as another new spot for Seth MacFarlane's wacky western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Also toss in the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt time loop sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow and of course Hercules with Dwayne Johnson and that's about it. Fire 'em up.
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out.
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full US trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan LaPaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below.
"Where to begin?" TWC has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, being directed by Phillip Noyce. This beloved, Newbery Medal-winning novel is finally being adapted into a movie this year, with Jeff Bridges producing and playing The Giver, and up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. We already seen the first trailer, but one of the complaints was that it was all footage in color. In this featurette, the author herself, Lois Lowry, and the filmmakers address the issue head on by asking "what if?" in a cinematic context and answering: yes, there will be a few scenes in black & white. Including one shown in this featurette - which is a very key scene from the story that fans should recognize.
"One of these days I'm going to come back, and I'm going to save you... if you're lucky." The first trailer has arrived for an indie comedy called Don Peyote, written & directed by Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler, which is some kind of crazy, wacky, drug-trip dramedy starring Fogler as Warren Allman, an "unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life" after a run in with a homeless man that gives him some kind of power, it looks like. The supporting cast is promising: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Wallace Shawn. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm still unsure about Fogler in a lead role.
Following a premiere at Sundance in January, the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man is heading to theaters this summer, marking one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an understated and reserved thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Hoffman anchoring the film with one hell of a grizzled performance (read my review from Sundance here). The film also stars Rachel McAdams (whose German accent needs some work), Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. It's a spectacular slow burn that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Watch below!
It's sad to think that two of the most well-known film critics are no longer with us. Last year we lost Roger Ebert (and he's given a loving tribute and profile in the Sundance selected documentary Life Itself), and awhile back Gene Siskel passed as well. But thankfully, thanks to the internet, we get to relive some of their greatest moments and passion for film. One such episode of their iconic series "Siskel & Ebert" was entirely dedicated to Steven Spielberg. But what's truly great about this episode is that it happened in 1984, when Spielberg was just preparing to release Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch it!
In case you didn't know, this year marks the 75th Anniversary of Batman, hot on the heels of last year's celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman. Warner Bros. is doing all sorts of celebrations for The Dark Knight (you can learn more about their plans here), and one of their little tributes to the Caped Crusader has come in the form of a new animated short from Bruce Timm, the man behind the spectacular "Batman: The Animated Series." In the stylish short, Batman is in pursuit of Hugo Strange, who we all once thought would be part of Christopher Nolan's franchise. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the short below!
If the first Dolphin Tale just wasn't adorable and cheesy enough for you, the story of the prosthetic-wearing dolphin Winter continues as he faces yet another obstacle to over come in Dolphin Tale 2. Though Winter had his life-saved by Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), now his elderly surrogate mother Panama has passed away, leaving him alone and needing a companion in order to comply with USDA regulations. And of course, Winter's human caretakers, including do everything they can to find another dolphin to pair with Winter. However, this first teaser trailer just focuses on the saving of a new dolphin named Hope, since highlighting the death of Panama would be very depressing. Is this Winter's new friend?
Just in time to be couple with Kevin Costner's return to sports drama in Draft Day this weekend, we have the trailer for When the Game Stands Tall, a typical underdog sports drama inspired by a true story. In this one, Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ, "Person of Interest") coaches an unknown high school football team and leads them to an unprecedented winning streak. But the unique angle comes from the fact that the story seems to really begin after the winning streak is over. Still, it looks like exactly what you would expect from a film like this, and it's a wonder we haven't seen a whole film parodying the cliches of these kind of cliche sports dramas. Anyway, plenty of football fans will probably still like this one. Watch?
With the release of the documentary Bears just under a couple weeks away, Disneynature is already beginning to show off their Earth Day documentary release coming in 2015. This time the niche release arm of the House of Mouse is focusing on a group of monkeys in the jungles of South Asia in Monkey Kingdom. The film spotlights the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. More specifically, we follow a mother and her newborn as they struggle to survive. Watch!
In the short history of filmmaking, the advancement of technology has allowed the face of cinema to change quickly, sometimes with audiences not always prepared to keep up. Whether it's the jump from silent films to talkies, hand drawn animation to computer animation, or 2D to 3D, there's always something new being added to how we experience motion pictures. Now an impressive three-minute montage called The Evolution of Film from Humber College graduate Scott Ewing (via SlashFilm) takes a brief look at the history of cinema from the dawn of the moving picture all the way back in 1878 to the films of today. Watch!
"I'd like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world." After making a splash with the indie sci-fi Another Earth at Sundance in 2011, director Mike Cahill returned to the independent film festival with the penetrating sci-fi drama I Origins. Now the first trailer for the compelling film starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has arrived. This film is an absolute sensation (read Alex's Sundance review right here), and serves as an interesting, provoking bridge between the ever-strong debate between faith and science. This is one you'll want to seek out this summer for sure. Watch the trailer now!