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"Do you have the papers?" "Not yet…" 20th Century Fox is pushing strong with Steven Spielberg's surprise end-of-the-year drama The Post, which seems to be getting good buzz after its first screenings. This new extended TV spot comes hot on the tail of the first official trailer a few weeks ago, and it's just as intense of a tease. The Post is about about The Washington Post and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971. This seems like a very important, necessary story to tell in these times. Tom Hanks stars as editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep stars as Post publisher Katharine Graham. The cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie for many good reasons, but mostly because it's Spielberg, of course.
"I need someone… to show me my place in all of this…" Have you been sufficiently teased, yet? Lucasfilm + Disney aired a new 45-second TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the World Series game last night, and it's now online to watch over-and-over. There's a few shots we've never seen before, including one of Luke getting into the Falcon cockpit (chills). Directed by Rian Johnson, this film continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo. Daisy Ridley stars with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. Newcomers include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and others. I've got my tickets! I'm so ready! Bring on the next chapter! Strap in.
"What's your favorite thing about working with Chris?" Warner Bros has launched their final round of marketing for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, arriving in theaters this month. One of their latest featurettes is a roundtable discussion between the four young actors who star in the film as soldiers: Jack Lowden, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Harry Styles. The film is an intense, rescue story set in 1940 at the beginning of WWII. When Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France were surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in France, they had to evacuate by civilian boats across the English channel to get home safely. We've seen plenty of other trailers for Dunkirk so far, but it's cool that they're promoting this with a discussion among the actors talking about making this film. I'm very excited to see it.
"I'm just gunna assume you're all criminals." Annapurna has debuted the first quick TV spot for Kathryn Bigelow's next film titled Detroit, about the Detroit Riots in 1967. The film features an ensemble cast of characters to tell the story of why so many citizens decided to rise up, and how the riot expanded so quickly to become so massive that the President had to send in federal troops to get things under control. The huge ensemble cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Jeremy Strong, and Laz Alonso. This is a nice follow-up to the first trailer, I just hope they show more footage soon that impresses, as this isn't doing much for me so far. Take a look.
"You can't stop what's coming." Sony Pictures has dropped off three new 30-second promo TV spots for the highly anticipated big screen version of Stephen King's book series, The Dark Tower. Directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, this cinematic version of the story is more sci-fi than fantasy, about a Gunslinger roaming an Old West-like landscape in pursuit of the man in black. Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. The cast includes Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Alex McGregor, Nicholas Hamilton, Claudia Kim, and Michael Barbieri. These new TV spots focus on three different themes: Earth, Knight, and the Man in Black, of course. These spots actually play better than the first trailer, here's to hoping this turned out good.
"You hear that?" It's almost time. 20th Century Fox has released two promo spots for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, his follow-up to Prometheus and return to the Alien universe. These new spots are labeled as "Crew Messages", and are essentially video recordings from the crew itself. One of them features Katherine Waterston as Daniels, the other one features Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram. The full cast includes Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. The footage starts out with each of them talking to the camera, but then cuts in with POV footage of them on the mission until things go awry and the transmission ends. These are pretty cool, a good way to continue to keep us hyped for this movie. See below.
"All of this, to start our new life." Yes! Only one month to go. 20th Century Fox has released three new TV spots for Ridley Scott's return to the Alien universe (following Prometheus), with Alien: Covenant. These spots are titled "Run", "Pray", and "Hide", which is the perfect way to tease this movie - the same taglines they've used on the teaser posters as well. The huge ensemble cast of this sci-fi thriller includes: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. These are short, but sweet TV spots, with just the right amount of footage and scares and thrills. The marketing for this movie has been pitch perfect so far, I just hope the movie lives up to the hype.
"She'll fight on the beaches. She'll fight in the fields, in the streets. But she'll never surrender." Warner Bros has started revealing new TV spots for Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated new WWII action thriller Dunkirk, about the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 at the beginning of WWII. We're still waiting for the new trailer to debut, but these TV spots have arrived online first, and they're all worth watching. Starring Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Adam Long. When Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France were surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in France at the start of WWII, they had to evacuate by boat across the English channel. This is looking better the more they show. More intensity, more urgency.
"While you're watching the game, they are watching the bay." Paramount has debuted a Super Bowl TV spot for the summer comedy version of Baywatch, the movie, from director Seth Gordon. This is a fairly tame TV spot, just selling all the attractive guys and girls that are in this more than anything. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson play two Baywatch lifeguards; also starring Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Pamela Anderson, Ilfenesh Hadera, Charlotte McKinney, Kelly Rohrbach, Hannibal Buress, plus of course David Hasselhoff. I'm still hoping this turns out okay, but this TV spot is not an impressive sell for this movie. You have to take a look at this anyway just because it stars Dwayne Johnson.
"You guys are going to work together." Universal has debuted their official Super Bowl TV spot for F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, following up the first trailer, from December, for this sequel. This new spot has plenty of totally cheesy footage, but of course fans will eat it up anyway. Vin Diesel leads the way, with a cast including Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, plus two newcomers: Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. This ends with a submarine and a missile evasion action scene, I mean come on, how absurd is that. Of course it has to be this crazy, why not. The wrecking ball scene looks like it will be fun, but I'm not so sure about the sub. Who's excited to see this?
"The dead have taken command of the sea." Disney has unveiled a brand new, extended Super Bowl TV spot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the latest epic Pirates sequel bringing back Captain Jack for another adventure. This one is directed by the two Norwegian filmmakers who made the fantastic film Kon-Tiki. The first teaser was all about introducing Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, but this time we get a few good shots of Geoffrey Rush back as Barbossa coming face-to-face with Salazar. The full cast includes Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani + other surprises from past films. They're obviously still keeping Johnny Depp out of these trailers as much as possible, it seems, but he finally shows up in this one. Have a look.
"Just who in the hell do you think you are?" You know who they are! Marvel has launched an extended, 60-second Super Bowl TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn's follow-up to the hugely successful Marvel sci-fi superhero movie from 2014. There's some more great footage in this to top off what we've seen in the first trailer, which was already quite awesome. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, with a cast including Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close, as well as Pom Klementieff; plus Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. This seems like it's going to be so much fun.