ENJOY THE MOVIES
"We need to fight before it's too late." Warner Bros has released a number of new TV spots for the Mortal Kombat movie, set for release this April in both theaters + on HBO Max. This brand new live-action movie based on the classic fighting video game has been in the works for years, ever since that short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth shook up WB and got them to start working on it. Brutal R-rated violence galore, lots of impressive fight VFX, I am so ready for this to hit the big screen. The main cast: Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Mehcad Brooks as Jax Briggs, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, and Max Huang as Kung Lao. These new spots give us our first look at Goro, plus Scorpion yelling the classic "Get over here!" line + extra shots of various characters.
"I shall bring queens to Zamunda!" Amazon debuted a short Super Bowl TV spot for Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to the beloved comedy classic Coming to America from 1988. We featured the full-length official trailer last week, and this new TV spot adds in a few bits of new footage.. Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. This "hilarious adventure" has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall both return as Akeem and Semmi again, joined by Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones, as well as John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Nomzamo Mbatha, Paul Bates, and Bella Murphy. This just doesn't look as good as it should, but I still have hope.
"There's something wrong with this beach!" Universal has released the first 30-sec spot during the Super Bowl for M. Night Shyamalan's movie Old, that he was filming last year even during the pandemic. This is our first look at any footage from this thriller, which is an adaptation of the graphic novel titled "Sandcastle" by Pierre Oscar Lévy & Frederik Peeters. Shyamalan's mystery takes place entirely on one secluded tropical beach. A family on a tropical holiday discover that the beach where they are relaxing is somehow making everyone turn older and older by the minute. The full ensemble cast (because they've got to cover people at many ages!) includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Kathleen Chalfant, Alexa Swinton, Nolan River, Kylie Begley, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott, and Thomasin McKenzie. Not only is that one hell of a cast, but this looks very freaky so far. I'm already looking forward to seeing more footage.
"I used to work for some very dangerous people." Universal has released a quick new 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Nobody, the wild new action movie from the Russian director of the POV movie Hardcore Henry. This one is basically Bob Odenkirk as John Wick - a "nobody" suburban dad decides to fight back one day and becomes the top target of a a vengeful drug lord and his cronies. No one messes with his family. We ran the first trailer back in December, and the release has since been delayed until April (originally set for February) but will hopefully stay solid now. Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch, with a big cast including Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, J.P. Manoux, Paul Essiembre, Humberly González, Araya Mengesha, Gage Munroe, and famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov. This is just a mix of footage from the original trailer, but it still looks a hugely entertaining action movie that I hope lives up to the hype.
"How did this world get so broken?" Another new 30-seconds of footage to enjoy. Disney has released a fun Super Bowl TV spot for Disney Animation's Raya and the Last Dragon, their exciting new adventure comedy arriving on Disney+ and in theaters this March. We just featured the full-length official trailer for this a few weeks ago, and the footage looks good so far. In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it's going to take trust and teamwork. Featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as the last dragon Sisu, along with Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, and Alan Tudyk. This looks like it has good charm and fun humor, in addition to Disney's vibrant visuals.
"The world has a way of changing… but there's one thing that always stays the same." Family! Universal has debuted a new Super Bowl TV spot for Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 9, the latest installment in the never-ending "Fast Saga". This was delayed from release last year and is currently set for release this May, but even this spot only states "In Theaters Soon" but doesn't list a date or other specifics. The first trailer debuted a year ago. Even when lying low, they family is called back out to save the world again. "The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tblisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before." With Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. It's an action-packed 30 seconds - enjoy.
"This Christmas, give something only you can give." Nothing like a big warm holiday hug. Coca Cola Great Britain has unveiled their annual holiday commercial and this one is special - primarily because it's made by Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. The "Coca-Cola Christmas Commercial 2020" is a 2-1/2 min adventure about a hard-working father who travels the globe to deliver his daughter's letter to Santa Claus at the North Pole. The spot stars Kiwi actor Cohen Holloway (who was in Taika's films Eagle vs Shark, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Coca Cola states: "Our new advert reflects the real magic of Christmas—our greater appreciation for loved ones, a sense of community and our need to be present with each other this Christmas, above all else." This ad spot just proves that even when making a TV commercial selling sugar water, Taika is still the best. Such a wonderfully talented filmmaker.
"When our secret finds its way out… it'll be the death of him." Universal & MGM debuted a new 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie and the fifth movie starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. This follows up the first trailer from December, with another trailer expected in the next few weeks, too. When No Time to Die begins, Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The cast includes Jeffrey Wright as Felix, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q; plus Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, and David Dencik. Wow, this looks slick! I love the gorgeous shots from DP Linus Sandgren featured in this TV spot!! Can't wait to see even more footage soon.
"Wherever you go… I'll be standing right behind you." Universal has debuted a new 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for The Invisible Man, the modern horror sci-fi remake of this classic story, made by acclaimed Australian actor / writer / director Leigh Whannell. This is the first footage we've seen since the first full trailer arrived late last year. Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss stars in this terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal's classic monster character (the original film opened in 1933). She plays a woman who tries to flee her abusive, controlling scientist husband, only to end up being haunted by him when he suddenly kills himself. The cast also includes Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Benedict Hardie, and Sam Smith. This looks so good, but I think it's mostly because Whannell is a talented filmmaker and knows what he's doing. Perhaps a touch of Upgrade action? Bring it.
"My dad believed in you… I'm not going to make the same mistake." Paramount Pictures has launched a new 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Top Gun: Maverick, following the fantastic full trailer debuted at the end of last year. We finally get a better look at the high altitude stealth jet that Maverick is flying in one quick shot, along with more context regarding the story - Goose's son nicknamed "Rooster" doesn't seem to like Maverick much. Tom Cruise plays Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and Val Kilmer is also back; with a full cast including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris. Watch the full trailer again to see even more footage from this sequel, or the impressive making of featurette as well. I'm very happy this seems to have turned out even better than we were all hoping it might.
"The only thing missing is… Gary!!" Paramount has debuted their 30-second TV spot that's airing during the Super Bowl broadcast for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the latest epic live-action hybrid SpongeBob movie from Nickelodeon, arriving in theaters at the start of this summer. This is a follow-up to his other theatrically-released movies, most recently Sponge Out of Water from 2015, and the original SpongeBob movie back in 2004. SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a hilarious adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City in order to #SaveGary in this sponge-tastic sequel. Featuring the voices of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, and Reggie Watts. I'm glad to see the Keanu Reeves in a tumbleweed appearance show up in this spot as well. A creative way to pack in tons of footage into 30 seconds of time. Dive right in.
"There are people out there… People worth saving." Ready for some football monsters! Paramount Pics has released the "Big Game" TV spot for A Quiet Place: Part II, the sequel to John Krasinski & Emily Blunt's sci-fi monster thriller A Quiet Place from 2018. They've also included a short behind-the-scenes featurette for the film, to give us a closer look at Krasinski's work putting together this sequel. Following the traumatic events at home (seen in the first movie), the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe as the Abbott family. Newcomers featured in this sequel include Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Wayne Duvall, and Lauren-Ashley Cristiano. This full trailer was compelling, I'm excited to see what they're cookin' up.