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The full length trailers for Muppets Most Wanted got us excited for the humor that so delightfully populate our childhood and made the return of Jim Henson's creations so enjoyable in 2011. Now a new online spot has arrived with some silly hype and excitement from Twitter. The funny thing is,if you search for these Twitter users, there are actual accounts, but they've simply been created solely to go along with this promo. For example, @PoppaFreshness is named Nicholas Stollest, clearly a play on writer Nicholas Stoller's name. It's clever, and it's cool to see Disney take time to make these faux Twitter accounts for fun.
After teaming up with Sandra Bullock for the hit comedy The Heat, and being at odds with Jason Bateman in Identity Thief, this time Melissa McCarthy will be alongside Susan Sarandon in Tammy. The comedy follows McCarthy as the titular character, completely down on her luck with no money, no husband, and no car. She's ready to get the hell out of town, but in order to do that, she'll have to deal with her grandmother Pearl (Sarandon), who has a car and some extra cash. Yes, it's a road trip comedy, and we've got the first photo of this disastrous duo, and they seem to behaving some police trouble at a liquor store.
Yesterday, two new character posters for The LEGO Movie put the spotlight on Batman (Will Arnett) and Superman (Channing Tatum). Now the heroes are part of the first TV spot for the animated comedy from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. The duo are part of Emmet's (Chris Pratt) excitement of all the awesome things in the world of LEGO. Taking the "everything is awesome" cue from the most recent, promising theatrical trailer, it's another glimpse into the cool animated world created for the film. Look out for The Flash in a quick shot, but we're not sure who's voicing him yet.
While movie posters are primarily used to hype up and promote forthcoming films, we're big fans of those that actually put effort into standing out as great pieces of art (check out my picks for the Best Official Movie Posters of 2013 here), as opposed to just sloppy movie marketing chock full of famous faces and lazy Photoshop work. However, those kind of movie posters are becoming increasingly hard to come by, and the folks at GoodBadFlicks have decided to take a look at why movie posters are mostly pretty terrible now. They thoughtfully look back at some great movie posters from the past and just how pitiful many are today.
Yep, it's awards season. With the Oscar nominations voting closing this week, CBS Films is running one hell of a unique/ballsy marketing campaign in the NY Times for a film that is, indeed, one of the best of the year - the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. So far they've run two full-page ads in the Times for the new Coen Bros film, one of them featuring a list of over 400 critics' names (causing Twitter to go crazy in the afternoon) that have called Inside Llewyn Davis one of the best films of the year. The other is the now infamous tweet from NY Times' critic A.O. Scott talking about listening to one of the songs from the film about a folk musician, played excellently by Oscar Isaac (who also deserves a nomination). Photos below.
It's been far too long since Adam Sandler took a break from his stupid comedies like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and other garbage we'd rather forget about. Thankfully, Sandler is getting back to some solid filmmaking akin to his praiseworthy turns in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) has Sandler leading his film The Cobbler, and we have a first look photo from the film. Sandler certainly looks tired (that's probably the idea) sipping some coffee out in front of his shoe shop. Hopefully McCarthy and Sandler deliver a charming little flick.
After directing this year's fantastic The World's End (which was my favorite comedy and also #10 on my favorite films of the year), Edgar Wright is busy getting Ant-Man ready to arrive in 2015. We already know that Paul Rudd is taking the superhero role in the Phase Three title at Marvel Studios, but we're still not sure what version of Ant-Man will end up on the big screen. There are several different versions in the Marvel comic book universe and only rumors have swirled about which one we'll see. Now a photographic hint from Wright himself, doing what he calls "homework" for the film, gives us a little insight into the plot.
What do the books Time's Arrow and One Hundred Years of Solitude have to do with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar? Quite a bit, if their appearance in the first teaser means something. Those who've seen the first Interstellar teaser trailer, on the big screen or online, may have noticed the very obvious bookshelf shot, featuring a little toy rocket and a couple of books that very prominently come into focus. As my mind kept wandering back to the teaser, I wanted to see which books I could find and discover what they mean - if anything. Let's have fun and see what references Nolan seems to have hidden in the first Interstellar trailer.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by our own top man here at FirstShowing, Alex Billington, to go through one final recap of 2013 in film, a look back at this past year. As usual, the guys venture away from the traditional Top 10 and go with different categories such as the Biggest Disappointment, Best Male & Female Performances and Best Score/Soundtrack and so on. The three shuffle through what was actually a surprisingly good year in film to find their personal picks for the various categories. Listen in as the guys touch on some truly great gems from 2013's excellent cinematic offerings.
We can't wait for January to be over. Not only does it mean that we've already seen the barrage of films at Sundance Film Festival, but it also means we're done with all the garbage that gets dumped on the big screen that month. In addition, it also means we're closer to see The LEGO Movie on the big screen in February. The most recent theatrical trailer made it look fun as hell, and the inclusion of various iconic characters like Batman, Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more will make it fun for everyone. Now Supes (voiced by Channing Tatum) gets his own simple character poster (since he didn't get one in the last batch). Again, the details of the texture of his hair, and the painted-on face are great. Look below!