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"It seems like a bit of a stretch…" Well, now. This is a rare example of an Oscar campaign actually resulting in something remarkably interesting that will last beyond just the awards season. GQ profiled rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the Oscar-nominated (and incredibly tense) documentary Free Solo (watch the trailer). As part of their coverage, they asked Honnold to analyze and break down various iconic rock climbing scenes from Hollywood movies. You know where this is going - it's all so fake and exaggerated. Of course! But nothing everything. Honnold critiques scenes in movies like Point Break, Star Trek V, Failure to Launch, The Dark Knight Rises, Vertical Limit, and Cliffhanger. That last one is known as the epitome of Hollywood fakeness ever since it debuted in 1993, but it's still a fun movie. All these movies are fun anyway.
Today marks the official start of the 2018 summer movie season, with Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War opening in theaters worldwide. To celebrate the occasion, movie lover Amon Warmann has put together his annual preview video titled the "Summer 2018 Blockbuster Montage", or "AMONtage". Featuring footage from 13 big summer blockbusters, this plays the perfect sizzle reel that will hopefully get you excited about what's going to be playing on the big screen over these next few months. While I wish he'd add some footage from some of the smaller films opening this summer, this is still an excellent preview with some very slick, impressive editing that makes this stand out over other mashups. After Avengers, I'm most looking forward to Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World, but the rest of these all do look promising. Enjoy the summer!
"The time is coming, Newt… when you're going to have to pick a side." Warner Bros has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, once again directed by David Yates, the sequel to the newest J.K. Rowling spin-off series Fantastic Beasts. Eddie Redmayne returns to star as magizoologist Newt Scamander, and the rest of the key cast is back: Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol. Newcomers for this sequel include Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Jessica Williams, Claudia Kim, and Callum Turner, along with Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. I don't know how many people loved the first Fantastic Beasts enough to be super excited for this, but hey, they went ahead and made it anyway. So? Does it look any better? This is labeled as a teaser trailer, but there's actually a whole bunch of footage, and it looks magical as expected.
"Most pilots wouldn't attempt this… It takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice." Paramount has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This video dives into the real stunts in the movie, focusing specifically on the helicopter stunt filmed in Norway. This is the same big action scene teased in the first photo from the film, though now that we have a full trailer there's obviously a whole bunch of thrilling action to see. As usual, Tom Cruise did all of his own stunts for this new Mission: Impossible. And it seems that he had to quickly learn how to fly a helicopter solo, which was rigged with cameras for this sequence. It's crazy. And awesome. All the internal camera shots are incredible, it's going to be amazing to see on the big screen. I'm even more hyped for this.
"Could you survive?" Paramount has revealed the official 60-second Super Bowl TV spot for the thriller A Quiet Place, from director John Krasinski, who also stars in the movie. The film is about a family living quietly on a farm, keeping to themselves. Some kind of monsters have taken over the world but they only hunt by sound, so if you stay quiet they can't find you. This new spot doesn't show much more than the first teaser trailer, but I am SO into this, so much. Emily Blunt stars, along with Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds (who you may recognize as the fantastic deaf actress from Wonderstruck). This is a very cool TV spot with Krasinski being interviewed as well, but I wish it showed a bit more footage. Take a look below.
"Do you trust me?!" Disney aired this new TV spot for Ava DuVernary's adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle, during the Golden Globes show tonight. This is a rather intense, thrilling new spot with fresh footage we haven't seen. I'm pretty dang excited for this! Looks like some big sci-fi with the Disney touch. The story follows Meg, her brother, and her friend, who are sent into space by three peculiar beings in order to search and find their missing scientist father. Starring Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, Oprah Winfrey, Bellamy Young, Mindy Kaling, Rowan Blanchard, Levi Miller, André Holland, Daniel MacPherson, Will McCormack, Deric McCabe, along with Storm Reid as Meg. What an exciting TV spot, fire it up below.
Are you ready to kick off 2018?! For a quick preview of the year ahead, check out this movie trailer mashup video made by JoBlo's Nick Bosworth, the same editor behind the Final Cut mashup retrospective year-end videos. There have only been a handful of trailers released for movies in 2018 so far, but there's quite a few exciting ones releasing in the summer that have already been teased - including Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Sicario 2: Soldado, and Alita: Battle Angel. We haven't seen any footage from Solo, Ant-Man, or The Predator yet - but hopefully sometime soon. If you're not yet excited about this year, this video should get you in the right mood for some big screen entertainment coming your way soon.
"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this.
"Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?" Universal has unveiled a behind-the-scenes video to build up hype for the trailer release this week of the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This continues the story and follows characters introduced in Jurassic World, the current reboot of the Jurassic Park sci-fi dinosaur park series. The plot involves the group going back to Isla Nublar to try and save some dinos before a volcano eruption takes out the entire island. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return again, with a cast including Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. This promo borrows from Star Wars' marketing playbook by giving us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the new movie, along with a glimpse at some footage. Trailer soon.
"I'm putting together a team, people with special abilities…" We're now a few days away from the highly anticipated, first ever live-action Justice League movie opening in theaters everywhere. Are you ready? Is the world ready? We'll find out after this weekend. In anticipation of the opening, fellow movie lover Anton Volkov put together a tribute video, looking back at the four other DC movies from the DCEU that have been building up and leading to this Justice League moment - including Man of Steel and Wonder Woman. There aren't as many movies as Marvel's lead-up, but there's still a good amount and finally the team will come together to save the world/universe. This is a cool video to get you in the mood for and caught up with the current DC movies, in hopes you will just have a good time at the cinema this weekend. Fire it up below.
"This will go down in history as the single most important movie promo of all-time." 20th Century Fox is going eclipse-crazy with a new promo for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the action-packed sequel about the British spy organization. The wild idea is that they, wink wink, came up with the concept for the eclipse and are doing it to "promote" the "Golden Circle" movie. They've even made a funny video to joke about this promo. Taron Egerton returns as the superspy known as Eggsy, along with Colin Firth as Harry Hart, plus Mark Strong as Merlin; and a full cast featuring Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Vinnie Jones, as well as Hanna Alström, and Sophie Cookson. There's also a brand new TV spot below worth checking out if you're excited. Have fun.
"The key to the future is finally unearthed. Bring it to me." We're only a few months from experiencing Blade Runner 2049 on the big screen, but Warner Bros has already invited us into the future at Comic-Con this year. Remember the incredible Tron Legacy experience at Comic-Con years ago, featuring a full-sized Flynn's Aracde built inside a warehouse downtown? Well, Warner Bros has topped that with a massive off-site experience at Comic-Con this year for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and it's one of the best things that has ever come to Comic-Con. It begins with a look at concept art, continues with a VR experience in one of the flying cars, then takes us directly to the streets of the future. Take a look at our photos below.