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"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.
"Deliver the first punch in changing your life. Gain the secrets to success." Are you ready to learn the art of self-defense and become a real man? In theaters this month is the dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense, written & directed by Riley Stearns, and they've released this viral promo video and it's rather brilliant. This vintage infomercial encourages people to buy the Sensei's special 11-part cassette tape set to help them learn the various traditions and techniques to become powerful and successful. If you haven't figure it out yet, it's all a mockery of masculinity and the obsession with male power. "For eons the practitioners of martial arts have held the secrets to the art of self-defense. Grand Master passed these lessons down to me — the same lessons that have, since ancient times, proven essential in conquering weakness and perfecting masculinity." It's hilarious and seems like a perfect companion to the film - which I can't wait to see. Order your set now.
"This is Godzilla's world - we just live in it." One of our most anticipated movies of the summer! Warner Bros has debuted a new extended (60 sec) TV spot for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to compliment the first two trailers released so far. This sequel to Gareth Edwards's Godzilla reboot from 2014 is directed by Mike Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat, Krampus), and it's looking even more epic as Godzilla will battle other recently unearthed massive monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown (from "Stranger Things") plus Bradley Whitford, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Kyle Chandler, Thomas Middleditch, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, with Ken Watanabe. This is going to be such an AWESOME movie, all the footage looks so beautiful and so thrilling. Really cannot wait to see it - only a few months left.
"If you think you can take our Top Prize spot – you're wrong!" "Dead wrong!" Disney has debuted a new 30-second TV spot for Pixar's next sequel Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters everywhere this June. This spot features Ducky & Bunny, voiced by Keegan Michael-Key & Jordan Peele, who mock Buzz after he gets tied up on the board as a prize for a carnival game. The other hint from this teaser is that the story might take place at some carnival in the mountains, and there's an "Antiques" museum visible in the background. But there's nothing else revealed in this besides that tidbit. All the other regular voices are back again: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt. I'm still looking forward to this, of course (it's Pixar!), I just hope we get a full trailer sometime soon. For now - enjoy this 30-second tease.
"Based on the iconic book series…" CBS Films has debuted four scary 15-second TV spots during the Super Bowl for the latest horror offering from Guillermo del Toro, an adaptation of the beloved book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. We expect the full trailer to drop soon but for now this is a start. The film is actually directed by Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), and it's produced by and co-written by del Toro. The horror anthology features various frightening stories based on the books, most featuring younger kids. With a cast including Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush, Kathleen Pollard, and Gil Bellows. This is a chilling first look, and I'm surprised they debuted this creepy footage during the game - but the teaser was "this Sunday will be scary."
"Got to show these boys how to do it. You ready?" Disney has also debuted a new 30-second TV spot during the Super Bowl for their other big movie coming up soon - Marvel's Captain Marvel, opening just a few weeks before Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. We've seen plenty of trailers and previews for this already, but why not some more new footage - including some extra bits of the big space battle. Brie Larson plays an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 90s (before any of the Avengers movies), this stars Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening, Colin Ford, Lashana Lynch, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. I'm really hoping this is as good as it looks, because it could be seriously badass. The space fight better be good - bring the fury, Carol Danvers.
"Some people move on, but not us…" Disney has debuted a new 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the conclusion to this grand saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As everyone knows, this is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War - and the first teaser trailer debuted last December. There's not much revealed in this spot, but it does contain brand new footage for everyone to pour over. So many questions still left unanswered, and many more with this footage. Engame stars everyone from the MCU: Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, and many more. I'm intrigued by how much they're playing up the "everyone's gone" angle - this spot focuses entirely on that dark post-apocalyptic vibe.