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"Not many people know what they'd die for…" Universal has aired a first look at the gnarly action movie Skyscraper as a Super Bowl TV spot, with a full trailer coming soon. Skyscraper stars Dwayne Johnson as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. When a fire breaks out on a big tower in China, he's framed for it, and finds himself on the run while trying to save his family trapped inside the skyscraper. That's a crazy plot, totally absurd but obviously designed as pure summer movie entertainment. The cast includes Pablo Schreiber, Neve Campbell, Roland Møller, Kevin Rankin, Byron Mann, Chin Han, Paul McGillion, and Adrian Holmes. As much as I thought this might be awful, it doesn't look so bad. Full trailer can be seen here. Check this out.
"So you want to make a difference?" "Trust me, you're going to love it." Disney + Lucasfilm have aired an official Super Bowl TV spot to tease the new Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, directed by Ron Howard, and starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. This is finally our first look at any footage from this movie, which hits theaters in May, since we've all been waiting to see something for so long. The full cast includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (that jacket!!), plus Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis (of course), Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo returning as Chewbacca. Damn, does this look good! Solo! I'm crazy hyped already. The full trailer can now be seen here, so check that out for even more footage. Give this spot a shot and let us know your thoughts.
"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.
"It's expanding, threatening everything." Paramount has released an extended TV spot for the Super Bowl weekend, to continue to hype up the release of this sci-fi adaptation. Alex Garland's Annihilation arrives in theaters next month, and they've been teasing this with more and more footage in featurettes and trailers. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group into a special place known as "Area X" where the laws of nature don't apply. Adapted from Jeff VanderMeer's popular novel. This also stars as outstanding cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong, Sonoya Mizuno, and David Gyasi. The final line in this about "it's not destroying" is a pretty slick reveal. I'm so ready to see this already, just counting down the days until it's out.
"I can't go on, and I can't go home… so where else is there?" StudioCanal UK has revealed a new 60-second trailer for the indie drama The Mercy, which tells the story of a humble man who takes an unfinished boat on a race around the world for an adventure. We posted the first UK trailer last fall and it looks mildly enjoyable, with some inspirational moments. This film tells the triumphant, inspiring, incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to take on the task of competing in the 1968 Golden Globe Race - sailing around the world solo. Colin Firth stars as Crowhurts, and the cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare, along with David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Tim Downie, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, Adrian Schiller. I'm not really into this one too much, but it might be worth a look.
"Is it me, or is he considerably bigger?" With the big games this weekend, Warner Bros revealed a new TV spot for Rampage, the live-action version of the 80's video game about apes and monsters destroying city buildings. It's just a 60-second spot but it contains a bit of new footage not seen in the first trailer for this. From the director of San Andreas and Incarnate, Rampage follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye, played by Dwayne Johnson, who shares a bond with the big white ape George. Suddenly something weird causes him to start growing. Also starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Joey Thurmond, and P.J. Byrne. This reminds me of Pacific Rim, but it doesn't look very good, though maybe it will be fun. Maybe?
"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.
"He's my son and I'll stop at nothing to bring him home." Get you first look at the new casting. Sony has released a brand new, 30-second TV spot for Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World, a crime thriller set in the 1970s about a massive kidnapping plot arranged by a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy. Just four weeks ago, Kevin Spacey was outed in multiple sexual harassment accusations, so Sony decided to recast his character completely at the last minute. Christopher Plummer stepped in to reshoot his scenes playing oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, and this new spot features footage of him already. He actually looks pretty damn good. All the Money in the World also co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, Olivia Grant, Teresa Mahoney, Romain Duris, and Charlie Shotwell. This still seems worth seeing even without thinking about the recasting. Check this out.
"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.