ENJOY THE MOVIES
"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.
"I'd like to purchase some of your finest beer please." Warner Bros has debuted a new extended TV spot for the Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. This aired during the big football game last night, and is now online for everyone to enjoy. We're still waiting for a full trailer, but between the teaser trailer and this new spot I'm already pretty much completely sold on this. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the cast includes Asher Angel as Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. This is looking like it's going to be a very fun movie to watch, I am excited to see this. The comedic tone and amusing kid-as-a-superhero vibe is just what we need from DC right now.
"Why are you here?" "I had a run in with a space alien." 20th Century Fox has debuted a new TV trailer, a 60-second spot, for Shane Black's new The Predator movie. We only just got the very first teaser trailer for this a month ago, and it's scheduled for release in September, so it's good to see some more new footage here. The big reveal in this is that there's a second Predator that appears out of nowhere at the end. What in the hell…? The ensemble cast is lead by Jacob Tremblay, who "accidentally triggers" their return to Earth again, along with Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Lochlyn Munro, Thomas Jane, Boyd Holbrook, Jake Busey, Keegan-Michael Key, Niall Matter, Trevante Rhodes (from Moonlight), plus Edward James Olmos. Looks good. You might want to check this out - it's a cool reveal.
"So what's your name, anyway?" Disney + Lucasfilm have released an amusing new 45-second TV spot for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, featuring quite a bit of new footage not yet seen in the past two trailers. There's a scene at the beginning of this TV spot in which it's clear Han is meeting Chewbacca for the first time (after the train heist). And then there's another fun scene later on where they're playing cards together. There's a few other tiny touches like this and cool shots, and I'm liking what they're showing us. Alden Ehrenreich stars as Han Solo, and the full cast includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis, Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. This really looks like so much fun, I'm not so worried, can't wait to see this. Fire it up below.
"The end is near…" "We're going to need some help." Holy crap! Disney has released a new extended 60-second TV spot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, which opens in just a few more weeks. This TV spot is the most epic look at this movie yet, with so much happening in just 60 seconds of footage. If you're not pumped for this yet, this should get you excited. Infinity War stars everyone in the Marvel movies: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Dave Bautista, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Who's going to live? Who's going to die? By the end of this month we'll know what will happen. Bring it on.
"Home stay home." Universal has debuted a new TV spot to promote the Olympics featuring footage from the new animated version of The Grinch. We still haven't seen an actual trailer for this movie yet, so this is our first look and it's a fun 30-second spot showing off the furry green character. This version of Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is being made by Illumination Entertainment (of Despicable Me, Minions, Pets, The Lorax) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Christmas meanie The Grinch. No other official voice cast has been revealed yet. The footage is all themed specifically for the Olympics and likely won't show up in the actual movie, but at least it's something to start with for now. I'm also not sure why the teaser poster shows a very young Grinch - perhaps we'll see his origin story in this, too? We'll have to wait to find out. For now, check out the new TV spot below and enjoy your first look at The Grinch movie in theaters this November.