LA LA LAND “City of Stars” Trailer Features Singing Ryan Gosling

La La Land City of Stars Trailer

The first trailer for Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ teases musical number “City of Stars” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Continue reading


Say “Bonjour!” to the First BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Teaser Trailer

Live action beauty and the beast teaser trailer disney

Watch the first teaser trailer for Walt Disney’s live action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Continue reading

The DEADPOOL Christmas Trailer is the Gift that Keeps on Giving [124 Screenshots]

And on the 12th Day of Deadpool 20th Century Fox have given fans a new red band trailer. Jam packed full of bloody good action and that wisecracking wit the Merc with a Mouth is best known for, this Deadpool Christmas trailer has the perfect balance of naughty and nice. (If you cower in fear at the slightest word of curse or are opposed to violence, first, you probably aren’t interested in Deadpool to begin with, and second, maybe this more pansy green band trailer is what you seek.)

Expanding on what was presented in the Deadpool teaser shown earlier this year, we learn that Ajax (Ed Skrein) has kidnapped Wade Wilson’s (Ryan Reynolds) girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). For what reason I can only assume it’s because if he has Vanessa held captive Ajax believes Deadpool will bow to his will. Of course that wouldn’t be any fun.

Touted as an origin story, Deadpool looks to favor more of a revenge tale rather than the wacky, mercenary hijinks seen in the comics – those will most likely come in a follow up sequel if this film proves successful. And for as much as I am on board for all the gloriousness that has been shown in the trailers – the mutants, humor, and self-awareness – I’m worried that the plot itself won’t be as fulfilling or original.

All of the marketing exudes confidence and suggests the filmmakers want to honor the character as best they can, which keeps me pretty optimistic. Now if only he could interact on the same playground as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Extended Commentary:

  • I’m excited for Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Her scene at the end of the trailer better not be the only time we see her using her powers, like the bazooka scene in Kick-Ass. It would be a shame if the trailer spoiled this reveal.
  • Speaking of Kick-Ass, I’m definitely getting that vibe based on the sarcastic superhero references.
  • Colossus looks a bit cartoony, but I’m sure his effects will be more polished in the final film.
  • Gina Carano looks mighty threatening. More than usual.
  • It would be amazing if Deadpool could be in Captain America: Civil War
  • I wonder if Wade will be fully trained before he turns full Deadpool or how they’re going to explain his ability to fight.
  • It must be convenient for the marketing team, and even editing team, for Deadpool to have his mouth covered up so they can make him say whatever they want.

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Deadpool, courtesy of the Official movie website:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al. The film is set to be released in theaters on February 12, 2016.

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FANTASTIC BEASTS Teaser Trailer Unlocks the Magical World of HARRY POTTER Once Again [15 Screenshots]

Amidst all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere hype this week, Warner Bros. has dropped the epic announcement trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The brief teaser, which clocks in at just under two minutes, literally invites us to return to the wizarding world. For those of us who grew up on Harry Potter, it’s like our childhood is beckoning for us to come play once more.

The short snippet, which consists largely of titles and glimpses of the characters, still manages to pack in all the wonder and magic we expect from the Harry Potter franchise. The Fantastic Beasts teaser has on display the exceptional costuming of course, from Collin Farrell’s impeccable suit to Seraphina (Carmen Ejogo) and her elaborate get up. The signature sets continue the grand detail we are accustomed to as well, which are showcased in the Magical Congress of the United States of America courtroom scene.

However, the most noteworthy moment for me is the teaser’s score. From the moment it began, I felt chills as it set the tone better than any of the visuals. While the composer has not yet been confirmed, there are a few notes that echo “Hedwig’s Theme” composed by John Williams, which in my opinion played such a large role in constructing the Harry Potter universe.

So what does the Fantastic Beasts teaser tell us? That Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has brought his mysterious case with him to the United States, and in it a collection of magical beasts. Unfortunately for Mr. Scamander, and the unsuspecting citizens of New York, he left the case open “just a smidge” thus releasing some of these fantastic beasts out into the world. And it will be up to Newt to return them back into the case. This is where we really get into meat of the plot, which revealed itself along with the character descriptions earlier last month.

To add to the conflict, the destruction from these beasts will likely cause tension among the wizards of New York and the no-maj (the term American wizards call muggles). Plus could it be we have another golden trio? Will Newt, Jacob (Dan Fogler), and Propentina (Katherine Waterson) live up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione?

 Extended commentary:

  • Seraphina’s stylist must be Effie Trinket, but she looks fab.
  • Text transitions seem to have different animal fur/skin textures? Still no beasts though. Where are the beast?!
  • Ohhh that Collin Farrell, so broody surrounded by the destruction.
  • Eddie Redmayne is like an adorable golden retriever flopping about. Again, he could not be more perfect for this role.
  • Where are the owls?

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Stay tuned for more updates, we will be sure to keep you informed on everything and anything related to the highly anticipated return to the wizarding world. Here’s the plot synopsis of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, courtesy of Warner Bros.:

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander comes to New York with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK. Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous… get out of their case.

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman. The film is set to arrive in theaters on November 18, 2016.

Source: Warner Bros.

U.S. Remake of French Horror Film, MARTYRS, Gets a Trailer and Release Date

One of my worst fears have come true, the remake of the classic French horror film, Martyrs, is finally going to be released to the public on January 22, 2016. And with this revelation comes an awfully vague trailer, stripping the very fabric of its origins. Starring Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario and from True Blood, Baily Noble, it will most likely be audiences who will become the true martyrs when all is said and done.

Necessity comes to mind while watching this teaser. Much like the American remake of Oldboy, The Grudge, or The Ring, there is only one rational possibility as to why this remake of Martyrs exists. That reason being: to appease audiences who do not favor foreign films and have heard the great many things Martyrs beholds, thus capitalizing on the laziness of said demographic.

It isn’t without stats to back it up. Ju-on‘s original U.S. release in 2004 earned $325 thousand domestically from 11 theaters, while its American remake, The Grudge, earned $110.3 million in over 3,300 theaters that same year. The U.S. remake of Ringu, The Ring, saw a $129 million haul at the box office domestically in 2002.

However, the exact negative effect has been seen with the most recent 2013 remake of the Korean thriller Oldboy. The original made a little over $700 thousand across 28 theaters in its U.S. release, while the remake nabbed a mere $2.19 million in 583 theaters. Not quite the return on investment the studios were hoping for. Which leads me to believe the same will happen with a similarly abstract film such as Martyrs, especially with how vicious and unforgiving the original is.

If you think the American trailer is too coy, the trailer for the 2008 French film provides a little more context, but also hints at its brutal nature. Be forewarned, this trailer is NSWF:

Extended commentary:

  • Just because it is a dark movie doesn’t mean you have to shoot it that way.
  • I think the actresses will do fine, with what’s presented to them, which probably isn’t much based on what I see in the trailer.
  • The MPAA will definitely have an influence on this remake as most American audiences wouldn’t be able to stomach the French version.
  • This production feels like such a waste of time and effort.

Here’s the official plot synopsis of Martyrs, courtesy of Anchor Bay Films:

Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…

Directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, Martyrs stars Baily Noble, Troian Bellisario, Kate Burton, and Blake Robbins. The film is set to arrive in theaters on January 22, 2016. It will also be On Demand and also available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 2, 2016.

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12 Days of DEADPOOL Promises to be Naughty and Nice

In anticipation of their latest superhero venture, and of course in the spirit of the holiday season, 20th Century Fox will be hosting the 12 Days of Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth has delivered this message personally to all his fans patiently awaiting for February 12 to arrive.

The promises of goodies to come begin today with the first arriving via Entertainment Weekly. Over the next 11 days expect to find lovely little Deadpool gifts spread across 11 different outlets. And on the final day, Christmas morning, we’ll be receiving a brand spanking new trailer.

Check out the advent calendar below as to where you can find Deadpool spreading cheer for all the good boys and girls to see and hear:

12 Days of Deadpool Calendar

If 20th Century Fox stays true to the character’s roots, the 12 Days of Deadpool should bear a lot of fun, hilarious and maybe even naughty little presents leading up to the new trailer. I expect we’ll see some new posters, still images, and maybe even a few viral marketing pieces. In the mean time, you can check out the previous teaser trailer here to hold you over.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Deadpool, courtesy of the Official movie website:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al. The film is set to be released in theaters on February 12, 2016.

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The First STAR TREK BEYOND Teaser is Fast and Furious [72 Screenshots]

While many are thinking about a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, another franchise among the stars has popped out of the darkness. This morning, Paramount has released their first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third entry of the rebooted film franchise. Only this time it is Justin Lin (Fast Five; Fast and Furious 6) who has taking the reins to direct from J.J. Abrams while he sits back as a producer.

Other than the lack of lens flares, I think just about anything will be a step above Star Trek Into Darkness and its wacky agenda to hide the fact that it is a remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The Star Trek Beyond teaser is sleek, fast, and furious, something Lin knows how to manage quite well. However, this doesn’t exactly feel like a Star Trek movie. It could be that the marketing team just wants to get butts in seats by throwing shiny, fast paced action scenes at our faces, but that’s not what the franchise is entirely about. Though fun space battles have always been present, compared to the epic space opera that is Star Wars, Star Trek has been more about the discovery and science of space.

Now that doesn’t mean exploring the final frontier isn’t the goal in this film, but it makes me wonder what exactly Star Trek Beyond is about since there is a lack of plot synopsis and no real explanation as to what’s going on in this teaser. They treat this next adventure as just that, while teasing new aliens played by Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. I’m assuming one could be Kirk’s next conquest while the other the main villain against the Enterprise crew.

Speaking of the Enterprise, it’s nice to see all of the cast return — including Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Karl Urban as Bones, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov — because I rather like this crew. They’ve always been very charismatic bunch and have had great on-screen chemistry, though then can’t seem to keep a ship in tact.

What do you think of the Star Trek Beyond teaser? Tell us in the comments below and let us know if you’re excited for the next voyage of the Starship Enterprise.

Extended commentary:

  • Beastie Boys is a nice call back to the first film, but is that all Kirk listens to?
  • The planets they explore look vast and detailed, it’s a shame that a lot of it looks CGI.
  • Why is the frontier pushing back? Did the Enterprise stumble upon a star system that does not want to become a part of the Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets?

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Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Joe Taslim, and Lydia Wilson. This film is set to arrive in theaters on July 22, 2016.

Source: Paramount Pictures

THE BFG Teases a Larger than Life Story in First Trailer

Moving on from spies and the Cold War, Steven Spielberg is embarking on a more mystical journey filled with larger than life characters. Based on the children’s book written by Roald Dahl of the same name, the first teaser trailer for The BFG finds our young, precocious Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) getting into more trouble than her curiosity expected.

Back when I was a young lad, I couldn’t get enough of Roald Dahl’s literary works, particularly Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. However, I can’t recall ever reading The BFG. Jack and the Beanstalk and other variations of this story have never really fancied my interest. I think it’s because the use of giants in fiction have never really had any strong thematical impact on my life. I can’t really say at this point whether The BFG is going to be a good film based on this short tease, but the effects look far and away better than Jack the Giant Slayer.

If you’re curious, The Big Friendly Giant was adapted as a full-length animated feature in 1989, and you can watch the entire thing on YouTube.

Extended commentary:

  • There’s cats, so that’s a plus.
  • Pan was about a young kid from Britain whisked away on an adventure to a far off land, and that movie ended up being terrible.
  • Sophie’s pretty dumb for establishing her three rules and then not following them. She deserves to be taken.
  • The BFG definitely feels very Spielbergian.
  • I didn’t even have to see the credits to guess the score was composed by John Williams. It has that Disney sensibility and also that whimsical Williams flare.
  • Spielberg tried family oriented fantasy once before with Hook, let’s hope he does better this time.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for The BFG, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:

Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary, that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The BFG stars Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, and Jemaine Clement. This film hits theaters on July 1, 2016.

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Laika’s KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Teaser Trailer Showcases Their Best Work Yet in 90 Seconds

Known for such films as Coraline, ParaNorman, and last year’s The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion animation studio, LAIKA, returns in 2016 to bring audiences Kubo and the Two Strings. The first, stunning teaser is wildly different from anything we’ve seen from the Oscar nominated animators before. Taking a more Eastern approach to their art direction, influenced by Japanese culture, this could be LAIKA’s boldest film to date.

Upon watching the first seconds of this teaser I was blown away. According to the official production announcement from 2014, Kubo and the Two Strings “is being brought to life at LAIKA via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique.” The opening sequence in the ocean is breathtakingly impressive and the environments are stunning. The way the movie positions itself with its art style, action, and visual queues, it almost feels like a video game.

Kubo and the Two Strings hosts a bevy of big name actors to voice its characters. Game of ThronesArt Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark, voices the titular Kubo. At his side are George Takei as Hosato, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hashi, Brenda Vaccaro as Kamekichi, Rooney Mara as the evil twin Sisters, Charlize Theron as Monkey, Matthew McConaughey as Beetle, and Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King.

I like Coraline, but ParaNorman didn’t impress me beyond its ending and The Boxtrolls didn’t work for me at all. The mix of Japanese culture and stop-motion animation is something I can’t say I’ve seen before, and it truly interests me. I can safely say Kubo and the Two Strings is high up on my list of most anticipated films of 2016.

Extended Commentary:

  • From the origami birds to the underwater eyeball creatures, I’m amazed by everything.
  • The music perfectly sets up the tone of this film.
  • Making photo realistic water in film and video games is wonderful, but the ocean animation here looks beautiful.
  • Some of the animation reminds me of James and the Giant Peach.
  • Before reading the plot synopsis, I had thought Kubo was a girl. I think it would be more interesting story if Kubo was a girl and not a boy.
  • It would also be awesome if LAIKA intended this film to be voiced over in Japanese first then dubbed in English.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Teaser Poster

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Kubo and the Two Strings, courtesy of Focus Features:

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato, Hashi and Kamekichi. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle, and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Directed by Travis Knight, Kubo and the Two Strings is set for release on August 19, 2016.

Source: Focus Features

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Teaser Introduces Many New Mutants [75 Screenshots]

The final chapter of the X-Men: First Class saga is coming to a close with the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. As it has been foretold by writer/producer Simon Kinberg, this will supposedly be the last time we may see the recent portrayals of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Professor X (James McAvoy) in action. But fear not, because this teaser is packed full of classic mutants that could potentially take over the franchise.

It may be hard to believe a mutant world without Charles Xavier, but the X-Men franchise has survived without the professor before – in the comics and the ’90s animated series. With how unstable the franchise had become after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, First Class and Days of Future Past have done an incredible job bringing the franchise back into the forefront of superhero films.

X-Men: Apocalypse hosts a slew of new faces playing familiar characters, including Scott Summers aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Ororo Munro aka Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Warren Worthington III aka Angel (Ben Hardy), and Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee); all of whom could take on the mantle of the next group of mutants to hold down the franchise. There are also two new additions Marvel fans will be pleased to see join the X-Men Cinematic Universe such as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke (Olivia Munn). Evan Peters will also be returning as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver.

As for the trailer itself, Apocalypse has always been one of the greatest threats to the X-Men and I am mostly excited by everything I have seen here. I’m curious to see how his world domination plans will affect our graduating First Class heroes and how their chapter will come to a close. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Inside Llewyn Davis) is one of the best, working actors right now, but something has me worried about his role as Apocalypse. The makeup and outfit looks goofy as hell and super villain portrayals in film have never been that well regarded. I am keeping an open mind and I trust Bryan Singer with his direction.

Extended commentary:

  • I’m concerned Sophie Turner’s American accent will be awkward since we know her best from Game of Thrones.
  • Tye Sheridan looks like the perfect Scott Summers.
  • Speaking of which, I wonder how they’ll address his relationship to his brother, Alex Summers aka Havok (Lucas Till).
  • The new X-Men uniforms look pretty neat. It’s kind of funny how they’re more of an upgrade and sleeker than Singer’s first X-Men movie.
  • Magneto looks like a wandering lumberjack. So angsty.
  • Nightcrawler looks far better than his first look reveal in Entertainment Weekly.
  • It will be interesting to see how they bring Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) back after Xavier wiped her mind.
  • What are the odds that Wolverine appears?

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Here’s the motion poster that was released yesterday to tease the trailer:

Here’s the official plot synopsis for X-Men: Apocalypse, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.

Source: 20th Century Fox