DreamWorks Releases First KUNG FU PANDA 3 Trailer [72 Screenshots]

The first Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer released today, which included a character teased at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po’s father Li Shan, voiced by Bryan Cranston in the upcoming sequel. It’s been four years since we last saw our kung fu animal friends take on an evil peacock voiced by Gary Oldman; and it’s been an astonishing seven years since the original film debuted back in 2008. Is there still gas in the tank for this once beloved franchise?

Although there isn’t much in the way of story revealed within the Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer, Li’s first encounter with his son offers a great humorous beat that speaks to Po’s personality. Cranston, who has worked on Family Guy, Archer, and The Cleveland Show, was born to do voice work. His delivery and timing is executed brilliantly. J.K. Simmons has also joined the cast as the main antagonist, Kai, a bull with glowing green eyes.

The Kung Fu Panda series has always had such beautifully choreographed fight sequences, and the action at the beginning of the trailer leaves no doubts for this next installment. It will be interesting to see what kind of fighting style Kai will have.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 3 courtesy of DreamWorks Animation:

When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Despite what a handful of critics felt about the sequel, I’m still positive toward the series and have been looking forward to the third chapter of this story. Kung Fu Panda was part of my resurgence into animated feature films, and I’m hoping Kung Fu Panda 3 continues to keep the franchise strong.

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Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, Kung Fu Panda 3 stars the voices of Jack Black as Po, Bryan Cranston as Li Shan, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, Lucy Liu as Viper, David Cross as Crane, Rebel Wilson as Mei Mei, James Hong as Mr. Ping, and J.K. Simmons as Kai.


Source: DreamWorks

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Universal Releases ‘Steve Jobs’ Teaser Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen [15 Screenshots]

Universal Pictures has released its first teaser trailer for Steve Jobs, their answer ‘Deep Impact’ to Open Road Films’ Armageddon Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. This version of the Apple founder’s biopic stars Michael Fassbender as Mr. Jobs. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network; Moneyball) and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire; 28 Days Later; 127 Hours). There are already clear differences in this short teaser compared to the 2013 film. Watch the Steve Jobs trailer below and the Jobs trailer a bit further.

So first up we have Universal’s new Steve Jobs. I like how every actor looks vastly different and then there’s Jeff Daniels being Jeff Daniels. It’s kind of hard to mask Fassbender’s succinct accent, but he definitely nails the look of Jobs with that black turtleneck. I know he’ll crush it as he typically does. However, I’m more interested in what Seth Rogen can bring to the table; here he plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Rogen’s buddy Jonah Hill has amassed two Oscar nominations that began with a screenplay from Mr. Sorkin, and with Danny Boyle’s direction could we see the same happen for Rogen?

The 2013 Jobs film never claims to be based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder whereas this feature does. Ashston Kutcher did OK work in the film and Josh Gad played Wozniak. The film is passable, but it isn’t told in any captivating way. For your scientific analysis, here’s the first trailer for Open Road’s Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher:

It’s much more targeted for a younger audience with it’s trendy music and colorful palette. From this teaser, Steve Jobs I find would appeal to a more sophisticated audience based on the vibes I’m getting from it. Boyle and Sorkin are two powerhouses that can easily pull off some big Academy attention with Fassbender leading the charge. This trailer has a tone comparable to The Social Network (written by Sorkin and directed by David Fincher), a film that in my opinion should have overtaken The King’s Speech for Best Picture back in 2011. Here’s the teaser trailer for The Social Network:

What do you think? Can this hit the ground running early this awards season or stumble like the first Jobs movie?

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Steve Jobs courtesy of Universal Pictures:

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Directed by Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston. This movie will be out in theaters October 9, 2015.


Source: Universal Pictures

BREAKING: ‘The Interview’ Will Release on Christmas Day in Select Theaters

'The Interview' Will Release on Christmas Day in Select Theaters

Following the extraordinary circumstances and ludicrous hijinks of it all, moviegoers will be excited to learn that Sony Pictures will be releasing The Interview come Christmas day. Coming to select theaters, with plans for expansion in the near future, audiences will be able to find out first hand what the hubbub is all about. Learn more after the break. Continue reading

‘The Interview’ Red Band Trailer is Surprisingly Funny (92 Screenshots)

The Interview Movie Red Band Trailer

The boys are back in town with an all new red band trailer for The Interview. Highlighting more of their regular R-rated shtick, Seth Rogen and James Franco are ready to take down Kim Jong-un. The premise over-the-top blows my mind as to how this thing got green-lit, but c’est la vie, right? At least this red band trailer is far more hilarious than its first teaser. Check it out after the break. Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ Uses Both Heads to Create Nonstop Laughs

Neighbors 2014 Movie Review

It’s a funny thing how age can significantly factor into the enjoyment of comedy. The older you become the more satire you’re able to comprehend, while perhaps a part of your ever evolving subjective tastes shun aspects of humor that once tickled your fancy. This contemplation struck me hard when I saw Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors, which on one hand spoke to my extroverted, college years when I was actually in a fraternity half a decade ago, and on the other hand resonated to my post alma mater lifestyle of comfort and quiet. Accepting a balance between worlds of family and fraternity, I found Neighbors to be absolutely hilarious, but misses the mark with some of its heartfelt intentions. Continue reading

Second Full-Length Trailer for ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron (96 Screenshots)

Neighbors 2014 Movie Trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for Neighbors. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco, this May we will see a showdown between family versus fraternity. An all out war for neighborhood supremacy will take place, but who will win? Watch the trailer after the break. Continue reading

‘This Is The End’ Movie Review: Big on Laughs, Short on Plot

This Is The End 2013 Movie Review

As far as comedies go, 2013 has been slacking. A few laughs and a couple of giggles, but nothing has truly stuck out enough to break my funny bone. That is until I saw This Is The End. The epic, star-studded comedy brings the Apatow bunch to a whole new level; thanks in-part to co-writers and directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. As the world comes to its ultimate demise, This Is The End makes good on delivering one of the raunchiest, most entertaining movies of the year. No topic is taboo and no one is safe. Continue reading

‘This Is The End’ Character Posters and Production Stills

This Is The End Character Posters and Production Stills

In just a matter of weeks This Is The End will hit theaters and unleash a level of awesome so may not even expect coming. With all of the actors playing themselves, anything goes in this apocalyptic thrill ride of a comedy. After the break, check out some official production stills from the movie, along with six “character” posters for each of the main cast. Continue reading

‘This Is The End’ Green Band Trailer Parties Like There’s No Tomorrow (61 Screenshots)

This Is The End Movie Trailer 2013 Screenshot Group Shot

Ask and you shall receive. For comedy fans hoping for a piece of marketing material from This Is The End that is light on spoilers and appropriate for most audiences, the official green band trailer has finally released. Within this new trailer we find more plot, more jokes, and the same level of shenanigans. Catch the all new trailer for This Is The End after the jump. Continue reading

Full-Length ‘This Is The End’ Red Band Trailer is High on Laughs and Spoilers

This Is The End 2013 Red Band Trailer

For those who attended WonderCon this past weekend, many who sat in on the Sony Pictures panel got an early sneak peek at Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is The End. Conventioneers got a taste of two special clips and the first exclusive look at the full-length green band trailer. Funny enough, the green band trailer has not yet been released, but a brand spanking new red band trailer has. Check it out after the break. Continue reading