HAPPY DEATH DAY Trailer Celebrates One Horrific Time Loop

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One sorority girl is dying like no one is watching over and over and over again in the first trailer for the time loop horror ‘Happy Death Day’ Continue reading

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Jeff Goldblum Joins Cast of JURASSIC WORLD 2

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Life has found a way for Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in ‘Jurassic World 2’ Continue reading

The Stars Align in the HAIL, CAESAR! Teaser Trailer [100 Screenshots]

With the first Hail, Caesar! teaser trailer officially released, the award-winning Coen brothers are officially back. Joel and Ethan Coen have kept audiences entertained as credited screenwriters for both Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and now the writer-directors are tackling 1950’s Hollywood. All the glitz and the glam is there, with each shot featuring dazzling costumes, bright sets, and the promise of some incredible song and dance numbers.

After Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) has a brief conversation in a confessional, the Hail, Caesar! teaser takes flight. The music is loud, the cinematography is bright, and every scene oozes with one big name star after another. From Frances McDormand (Fargo; Burn After Reading), who is no stranger to working with the Coens, to Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer; Only Lovers Left Alive) and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), I’m completely geeking over how much talent is in this film. Even the 21 Jump Street duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill pop up. The trailer is cheeky, fun, and nostalgic for the uproarious movies of the ’50s.

The short teaser ends with the question, “Wondering what’s going on?” posed by one of the smoking men presumably holding Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). Is this man part of “The Future”? Who or what is “The Future”? Based on what I’ve seen in this tease, Hail, Caesar! is either going to be a true delight or a flop for biting off more than it can chew. How will it carry the plot without getting too swept up in its own fabulousness and wit? Plus, with a cast this lavishly star-studded, will we get true character development or become lost trying to keep up? The Coen Brothers are expert storytellers and have an impressive number of successful films under their belt – see A Serious Man, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men. Let’s hope this one is no different.

Another note of interest is the release date. If it’s critically successful, and I really think it could be, it would have Oscars written all over it. However, the brothers Coen have elected to surpass the awards season hoopla with a February release, meaning Hail, Caesar! would only be eligible for the Academy Awards in 2017. If the film truly delivers, it could have a year like The Grand Budapest Hotel, whose critical momentum carried it from March all the way to the Oscars – a rare feat. But as far as awards go, the Coen brothers, like the honey badger, don’t care.

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Hail, Caesar! courtesy of Sony Pictures:

Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. The movie is set to hit theaters on February 5, 2016.


Source: Sony Pictures

KRAMPUS Brings Unhappy Holidays with its First Trailer

Yuletide cheer has come early this year with the first trailer for Krampus. Tackling the spirit of Halloween in his directorial debut, Trick ‘r Treat, Michael Dougherty’s long-awaited sophomore followup will arrive early December as a fun precursor to Christmas. Those who do not know the urban legend of the anti-Santa will soon remember his name if this trailer is any indication of the joy this film will bring this holiday season.

Black Christmas, Gremlins, and Jack Frost immediately come to mind when I think of Christmas horror movies. And it has been quite some time since we’ve had another stand out as a modern entry in the niche genre. From the witty banter across the dinner table between Adam Scott and David Koechner to the mysterious dark helpers, Krampus seems like it could become the next annual Christmas horror tradition.

Michael Dougherty did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Halloween in Trick ‘r Treat and I would figure he would approach Krampus with the same love and care for this new holiday horror. After he finishes Trick ‘r Treat 2, perhaps the next holiday he’ll take on is Easter or Valentine’s Day. I’m sure with his creativity Dougherty would be able to deliver.

Extended commentary:

  • I’m excited to see what kind of villainous toys Krampus will bring.
  • What’s Krampus’ deal? What’s his motivation to cause terror?
  • Will Santa come to the rescue of this family?

Here’s the official plot synopsis of Krampus, courtesy of Legendary Pictures:

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Krampus stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Emjay Anthony, The film is set to arrive in theaters this December 4.


Source: Legendary Pictures

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

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

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Pitch Perfect will always hold a special place in my heart. It proves that something so terribly marketed can overcome even the lowest of expectations. It came across as a mashup between Stomp the Yard and Glee. I wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this as for the most part it is, but Kay Cannon’s (30 Rock; New Girl) incredibly slick script and Jason Moore’s (Dawson’s Creek; One Tree Hill) keen direction pulled together one of the most entertaining movies of 2012, in my opinion. Pitch Perfect 2 delivers a few good surprises, but comes off slightly disjointed within a familiar routine. Thankfully the film maintains the franchise’s quick-witted dialogue and provides exciting new performances with its delightful cast. Continue reading

Official ‘Crimson Peak’ Trailer Conjures Up Dark Spirits

Crimson Peak Official Trailer

I love horror movies because of there are so many twists and turns they may take in order to terrify and disturb their audience. There’s never a lack of imagination that can be found because filmmakers can always stretch the boundaries of the genre to present unique stories never seen before. Enter Guillermo del Toro (Cronos; Mimic; Blade II; Hellboy; Pan’s Labyrinth) whose upcoming feature, Crimson Peak, just obtained its first official trailer. There may be more to this ghost story than meets the eye. Watch the trailer after the break. Continue reading

First ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Depicts the Outrageous Melodrama of Fame [96 Screenshots]

And so it is, the first trailer for Jem and the Holograms has been released. It has been a little over a year ago since we learned of its development and yesterday new images cropped up to give us a taste of what’s to come. But could the animated musical series of the ’80s live up to modern day expectations? Now that we’ve seen the first footage of the film, this may not be the Jem that diehard fans quite remember.

I’ve kept a cautious optimism in the back of my mind, preparing for this exact moment. Before seeing this trailer, I pegged that Jem would either target an ageless group like Pitch Perfect or be geared more toward a younger audience. The fact that she earns stardom through YouTube definitely signifies the later, which is fine, but the whole Beyond the Lights meets Dreamgirls kind of vibe gives it an awkward tone in the middle of a teen-focused musical.

With an astounding, “meh,” the Jem and the Holograms live-action adaptation isn’t quite as outrageous as the original series’ theme song would leave you to believe – see below. The music is hardly even a highlight of the trailer, which focuses more on the relationship drama between the band mates. This all makes the film feel very generic and watered-down, not so much the wacky ’80s shenanigans some may have been hoping for.

In the original cartoon, Jerrica masked her identity as Jem through the help of a super computer named Synergy. We only get a brief mention of it by name only. Throughout the series Jem would have to protect Synergy from those looking to obtain it. It doesn’t seem that any of that will play out into this movie, but only time will tell.

Watch the original theme song here:

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Here is the official plot synopsis for Jem and the Holograms, courtesy of Universal:

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Jem and the Holgorams, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, Jem and the Hogorams stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, and Juliette Lewis. This film is set to release on October 23, 2015.


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First ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Depicts the Outrageous Melodrama of Fame

Jem and the Holograms 2015 Movie Teaser Trailer

And so it is, the first trailer for Jem and the Holograms has been released. It has been a little over a year ago since we learned of its development and yesterday new images cropped up to give us a taste of what’s to come. But could the animated musical series of the ’80s live up to modern day expectations? Now that we’ve seen the first footage of the film, this may not be the Jem that diehard fans quite remember. See for yourself after the break. Continue reading