After his debut in Captain America: Civil War, we've all been itching to see more of Tom Holland's take on Spider-Man. Being an unprecedented co-operative effort from Sony and Marvel, we're finally going to see what Marvel wants to do with Spidey. From the looks of this trailer, it's going to be good things.
Thankfully, Homecoming isn't another origin story as Peter tries to balance his crazy new life with The Avengers, trying to impress his new mentor Tony Stark, and boring high school drama. There's a bunch of pressure on this to succeed given this is the third Spider-Man in the last fifteen years, but so far so good!
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7th, 2017.
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If you haven't seen Arrival yet, you should do so immediately. Not just because this thing right here spoils the hell out of the movie and won't really make any sense if you haven't seen it; see it because it's a genuinely fantastic movie. Denis Villeneuve has once again proved that he is one of the most interesting filmmakers working today, and he has made something here that is both beautifully made and full of deep meaning. Exactly the sort of thing that gets our own Hubert Vigilla and I to have one of those discussions that we have every so often. And so, with the film fresh in our minds, we set about documenting that conversation for anyone who might be interested. (Side note: If you ever hang out with us, this is exactly what it sounds like.)
As these so often do, this went a bit long and we decided to break it into two chunks. In Part 1, we talk mostly about context, including some political talk that was pretty much impossible to avoid. Part 2, where we actually delve into some of the deeper themes behind it instead of just talking about the fact that we're going to delve into some of the deeper themes, will be released at this time tomorrow.
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The inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (BHFF) was a good time, and screened a number of solid horror films around Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. This highlight for me was the Emiliano Rocha Minter's nasty and unforgettably transgressive We Are the Flesh. The BHFF will be back next year, running from Thursday, October 12th through Sunday, October 15th.
While October 2017 is a ways away, submissions for the second annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival are now open. The initial super earlybird deadline for short films and feature-length films is January 15, 2017. The regular deadline for film submissions is May 15, 2017. The absolutely final deadline for submissions (which is later than late, mind you) is August 15, 2017.
If you're a filmmaker with a horror short or a horror feature, consider checking the BHFF out. For more submission information, visit the BHFF on FilmFreeway or visit the official Brooklyn Horror Film Festival website.... read + comment
I'm not sure anyone was actually looking forward to the Baywatch movie. We heard Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron signed on to star, but it wasn't on anyone's radar until now. This first trailer for the upcoming reboot actually got a few laughs out of me. It's bro humor, yes, but at least the eye candy is fair to both sexes.
As our Editor-in-Chief Matthew Razak notes, this trailer makes it seem like a 21 Jump Street-esque reboot where the characters knowingly reboot a property. With all the meta jokes about "reclaiming the brand" and slow motion runs, this might be a goofy surprise. But in all honesty, all I need is more shots of Johnson's sick calves.
Baywatch releases May 26th next year.
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Long live the king.
Move over Aflac Duck, there's a new (old) richest duck in town. Sure Scrooge McDuck has been on hiatus since 1990, but the nostalgia effect is in full force for children of the 80s and 90s and as such continue to expect more reboots, re-launches, and new iterations of the things you used to love; specifically, here, the animated Disney Channel original DuckTales.
DuckTales will return to television during the summer of 2017, featuring your favorites from the original, including Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as Launchpad and Donald Duck in what appears to be an expanded role. You can view the teaser here, or wait for it on television, premiering Friday during Disney Channel's Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special.
Outside of the glorious return of Launchpad, I'm equally excited for money swimming, lucky dimes, and that amazing theme song, which I will admit, still resides on my computer to this very day. Play count, over three hundred.
And just in case you didn't get enough with the tease of a teaser, here's the original DuckTales opening done with real ducks. You're welcome.
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The Tomb Raider reboot is coming together nicely. Yesterday, Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Sons of Anarchy) was cast as the villain of the film. He will be taking on Alicia Vikander as the new Lara Croft, with Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug at the helm.
Goggins has always been a solid performer, so it's great to see his star on the rise. Heck, he even made an impression on me in his brief supporting role as a cowboy bandit in Shanghai Noon. I'd like to think that the Shanghai Noon character wound up in The Hateful Eight. Life is more interesting that way.
I've never watched Sons of Anarchy, but if I did, a joke about that would go here. Ha. Laughter. A sign of human mirth.
Still no word on the plot of the Tomb Raider reboot and if it will follow the plot of the 2013 reboot game. It's probably a safe bet to assume the new film will avoid the camp of the Angelina Jolie movies.
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Phantasm is one of the great influential cult horror movies. Released in 1979, the film unfolds like a strange teenage nerd dream--a little bit B-movie, a little bit Something Wicked This Way Comes. In some ways, 2016 was the year of Phantasm. We lost the franchise's iconic co-star Angus Scrimm in January, there was a 4K restoration of the original film, and the series concluded with Phantasm: Ravager.
Ending the year on a high note: there are now Christmas ornaments in the shape of The Tall Man's badass silver spheres.
That's right, Mondo collaborated with Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli to create these awesome death spheres of yuletide glee. Well... sort of. Unfortunately these Christmas ornaments won't get to you in time for this Christmas. It says on the Mondo website that the estimated shipping date is January 2017. Maybe they have to be examined by shrunken QA workers on Mars first?
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The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the great, unsung movies of 2013. It's bitter, brilliant, and ignored, which is sort of like its title character, come to think of it. I often think of the movie fondly and sadly. Maybe one day it'll get the acclaim it deserves.
Llewyn Davis has his cult diehards, though. Case in point: writers Stephen Winchell and Grayson Davis created a fake set of Topps baseball cards for the film. The set of 40 cards captures key moments from the film, like the "Please, Mr. Kennedy" song and the part where the lady asks Llewyn about a cat's scrotum. (It makes sense in context, guys.)
For a while, you could have purchased the entire set of 40 cards for just $5, with all proceeds going toward Planned Parenthood. However, because the demand was so great, they can no longer take any more orders for cards.
Maybe more people love that miserable Llewyn Davis than I thought. (Still, you should donate to Planned Parenthood.)
Check out a few select cards in the gallery. You can view all 40 cards by clicking here.
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Netflix knows you all responded to its most recent high-profile revival with a collective shrug, so its time for them to hype its next big original series with a new trailer. Check out the latest peek at the streaming service's adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events:
A Series of Unfortunate events follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire children – Violet, Klaus and Sunny – three orphans who find themselves under the care of the nefarious Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) who will stop at nothing to obtain the kids' sizable inheritance.
A Series of Unfortunate Events drops on January 13, and also stars Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Alfre Woodard and Catherine O'Hara.... read + comment
Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made! Rogue One-the T-shirt! Rogue One-the Coloring Book! Rogue One-the Lunch Box! Rogue One-the Breakfast Cereal! Rogue One-the Flame Thrower!
And now, from Columbia Sportswear, limited edition Rogue One jackets that will be available in stores and online starting December 9th. Seriously.
And you know what? Two out of three of these jackets are pretty cool.
The women's jacket-and-vest combo is inspired by Felicity Jones' character Jyn Erso. The men's blue parka is inspired by Diego Luna's character Cassian Andor. The least interesting and most fascist one is a men's jacket inspired by the Death Trooper armor in the film.
Check out images of these jackets in the gallery. For more info, visit Columbia Sportswear's handy Rogue One jacket page.
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Suicide Squad, oh, Suicide Squad--what an odd duck of a movie you are. Hype after an initial movie trailer, generally hated and rightfully crapped on upon release. Even the mixed reviews had to admit you were a poorly constructed hodgepodge of different edits. I doubt an extended cut would help.
The people at Honest Trailers got downright savage on Suicide Squad yesterday, noting its exposition-heavy dialogue and its obvious, uninspired music choices. (And yet that basic bro mixtape of a soundtrack got five Grammy nominations. Go figure.)
Watch Honest Trailers hit Suicide Squad in the head with a baseball bat below. To the EXTREME!
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Look, I'll stand up for Will Ferrell any day. The man has delivered some of the best comedies of the past two decades, but he's been in a bit of a slump at the moment, and that's just one of the reasons why that the news of him starring as an professional eSports player in an upcoming comedy isn't exciting me too much.
The others? Well, I can only cringe at how they're most likely going to treat the world of eSports and gamers in general. Hollywood doesn't have the best track record of representing gamers as normal human beings, especially in comedies. The film's plot, in which Ferrell will play an elderly professional gamer in a sport where most people retire by 20, also seems ripe with cliche and only plays into the tired man-child schtick that Ferrell hasn't been able to stick in years. Plus, I'm not sure I'm ready for how much Mountain Dew product placement is sure to be crammed into every corner of this film.
However, there is some hope. Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two eSports teams, are reportedly in talks to show up in the film so maybe they can lend some diversion from all out mockery. The film is also said to be in the vein of Talladega Nights, which took a much mocked pastime (NASCAR) and made a comedy that was more than just laughing at rednecks. Still, I can't see this film not leaning way too heavily on nerd stereotypes and Big Bang style comedy.... read + comment
If GWAR in its classic form decided to remake Tetsuo: The Iron Man, it might look like Yoshihiro Nishimura's Kodoku: Meatball Machine.
That is all I can really say. There are no words. Just feelings. Strange, strange feelings.
Seriously, watch this f**king trailer, dudes.
Note: There is a lot of blood and some (maybe fake?) nudity.
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There will never be a final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. There was the final trailer a little while ago. And then a second final trailer last week. And now here's a Chinese trailer for the film. It's like one of Zeno's paradoxes. There are only penultimate Rogue One trailers without end.
This new Rogue One trailer features two of the film's Chinese co-stars, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. It looks like the two of them had some spare time at a press junket, which led to a semi-stilted exchange. But hey, it's Donnie Yen in a Star Wars movie. I'm okay with that.
Give it a watch below.
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Sega and Stories International announced plans to adapt more than 40 Sega properties (including the likes of Golden Axe and Crazy Taxi) a few years ago, but we haven't heard many rumblings until this year with films based on Shinobi, Rent-A-Hero, and Sonic the Hedgehog moving forward. Well, these next projects aren't what I expected to get the push next but hey anything's possible.
According to Polygon, Sega and Stories International are working with The Walking Dead's executive producers to develop "entertainment adaptations" of Streets of Rage and Altered Beast. I'm pretty sure these beat 'em up games would be better suited for weekly adventures on TV, but I could totally see a 90 minute Streets of Rage movie working if they went the Kung Fury route and had fun with its retro premise.
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While I've been anticipating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all year, I'm sort of glad that the marketing blitz for the film has been mostly concentrated into this last few weeks. Maybe I've just been avoiding all of the marketing hype, but it seems restrained until now--like a long stretch of low tide before a big wave rolls in.
Anyways, this new Rogue One featurette briefly showcases some of the creatures and critters in the movie, many of which were created through practical effects. Nothing like some good old-fashioned creature creation and sculpting in a workshop to make cool masks, costumes, and animatronics.
Plus, look, mon calamaris! It's Ackbar's people, guys.
Check out the featurette below. Rogue One is out on December 16th.
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The first trailer for The Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise dropped the other night. It had Tom Cruise running, so you knew it was a Tom Cruise movie. Universal hopes to spin this out into a full-fledged movie universe--the Universal Monster Movie Universe Movies (UMMUM, which I'm sure will catch on).
The movie isn't coming out until June 9, 2017, but they're already trying to build the hype. Here's a brief behind-the-scenes featurette for the film that features Tom Cruise in the Vomit Comet and doing more of his own stunts.
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Remember when we were all supposed to have already seen How to Train Your Dragon 3 in June of this year? Yea, that didn't happen. Then we were supposed to get in sometime in 2017. Then 2018. Now, and hopefully finally, the movie has been pushed once again to 2019. The new date is Friday, March 19. So block of your calendar, I guess.
That's a lot of movement for what should be a sure-thing, quality success. But don't be too concerned the delay is more likely due to Comcast's purchase of Dreamworks and the new control under Universal. The studio is tailoring back its aggressive 3 movie a year plan, and rearranging your successful franchise is pretty easy since they know it has legs.... read + comment
Hayao Miyazaki (who is no longer retired from filmmaking) turns 76 years old on January 5th. His film Princess Mononoke turns 20 years old in 2017. To celebrate these two landmark occasions, GKIDS and Fathom Events are bringing Princess Mononoke back to theaters on the nights of January 5th and January 9th.
On January 5th, the Japanese-language/English-subtitled version of Princess Mononoke will play in participating theaters. On January 9th, the English-dubbed Neil Gaiman translation of Princess Mononoke will be screened. Each screening will also include the 1995 music video for "On Your Mark" by Chage & Aska, which was directed by Miyazaki but never released in North America.
I still remember seeing Princess Mononoke on the big screen in 1999 and enjoying it immensely, though it was the dubbed version. I may make some time to check out the Japanese-language version come January.
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Well, that was certainly something. Not content to leave the series as he claimed, Michael Bay has returned to direct Transformers: The Last Knight, a movie featuring a very serious plot about very serious things. But will also at some point feature King Arthur and his knights. But as what we can see in the trailer, Mark Wahlberg returns to the series as he's being hunted down by Transformer elimination squads.
I have no idea what's going on in this trailer. Was that Unicron? Why does this look like a colorful Terminator? Why the hell is Anthony Hopkins here?
Transformers: The Last Knight releases June 23rd next year.
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Conan O'Brien is staking more territory over at TBS. In addition to his own talk show, Conanco (O'Brien's production company) is set to produce an all new animated television show called Final Space.
Created by Olan Rogers and co-written by David Sacks, Final Space began as a seven-minute pilot funded by New Form. The animated pilot was released online last April as part of their Incubator 3 Series, where it caught O'Brien's attention. O'Brien will serve as one of the show's producers.
Here's a brief teaser/preview for Final Space.
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I am behind. Way behind. My wife and I got caught up watching West Wing since we'd never done that and now we're behind on every show ever, including Luke Cage. Soon, though, I will be caught up and then I'll be done with Luke Cage and then I'll want season 2 of Luke Cage. And now I know for sure that I'll get it.
Marvel tweeted the confirmation yesterday with a nice little video that I'm sure makes total sense if you've seen the first season. Obviously there's no release date yet, but we'll most likely be seeing Iron Fist, The Punisher, Jessica Jones season 2, and The Defenders before season 2 hits. That's fine. The more of Netflix's fantastic Marvel shows the better.... read + comment
The DC Cinematic Universe isn't going as swimmingly as Warner Bros execs might have hoped. Both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were flooded with negative reviews, and it looks like The Flash movie with Ezra Miller may be lost at sea after director Rick Famuyiwa left the project. Still, Wonder Woman looks like it could turn the tide and keep these movies afloat, and Zack Snyder's Justice League will likely... jeez, I don't know. Something about water or sea life.
Oh and Aquaman is going to happen. James Wan is set to direct the film (he's been attached to the project since 2015) with dreamy Jason Manoa as the underwater beefcake. So long as Wan doesn't abandon ship, the King of Atlantis should make waves on the big screen on October 5, 2018.
Fish. (The best Aquaman is still the Batman: The Brave and the Bold version of Aquaman voiced by John DiMaggio.)
Are you so excited about Aquaman that you can't kelp yourself? Do you think the movie will tank? Did you read this in Gene Shalit's voice? Leave a comment below.
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Rogue One opens next week. Can you believe it? I'm legitimately getting more excited for this movie as the release draws near. Over the weekend, two new clips for the film surfaced, as well as some indication that Rogue One will tie into Rian Johnson's Episode VIII.
Before dipping into the Episode VIII stuff, first let's check out the clips. This first clip was part of a special 60-minute Q&A/panel in San Francisco. (For a moment I thought it was the 28-minute preview at Skywalker Ranch, which we noted when discussing the 30-minute Q&A with Gareth Edwards and the Rogue One cast.)
Another short clip has a brief appearance by Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.
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The Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise teased a trailer last week with a short preview and a movie poster. The trailer for the film just dropped, and it looks much darker than the kooky, happy-go-lucky Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser.
Also, you get to see Tom Cruise running in this trailer, because of course you do. It's a Tom Cruise movie.
Check out the trailer below.
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The 30-minute Facebook Q&A with the Rogue One cast and director Gareth Edwards wasn't the only appearance the team made in the Bay Area. There was a 60-minute Q&A/panel with the same talent in San Francisco. Twitter, People Magazine, and Lucasfilm teamed up to put this appearance together.
Again, no major revelations, but it's nice seeing the group together talking about the film. Some of the audio isn't so great, but oh well. Makes me wonder if more appearances like this are planned in the lead up to the December 16th release.
Below is the full Q&A, which includes a new clip featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Alan Tudyk (well, his voice, really).
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I mentioned last week that Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is one of the best movies of 2016. Artist Peter Konig shared some concepts and designs that demonstrate the craft involved in the film. But if you're a hardcore sci-fi geek you may be wondering: how does the science of Arrival hold up?
Astrophysics professor Andy Howell takes a closer look at the science of Arrival in a new Science vs. Cinema video essay. The 28-minute video includes interviews with Villeneuve, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Howell also interviews author Ted Chiang (writer of the story upon which the film is based), astronomer Seth Shostak, mathematician Stephen Wolfram, and linguist Jessica Coon.
There's major SPOILERS, so keep that in mind before watching the video below. Share your own thoughts on Arrival or this video essay in the comments.
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Last week, the cast members of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and director Gareth Edwards dropped by Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA for a Q&A and special 28-minute preview of the film.
A video of the Q&A session was posted on Facebook by Facebook. In attendance are Edwards, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, and Donnie Yen. There are no spoilers and not too many details about the movie, but they seem like swell bunch of people (though a little tired). After the Q&A is a brief new featurette.
Give the Q&A and featurette a watch below.
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December 21st is fast approaching, which means the marketing for the Assassin's Creed film is in full effect. In the last week we've seen a clip featuring the souped-up Animus as well as the launch of an Assassin's Creed VR experience, which you can do at home or at six participating theaters.
The other day, another clip from Assassin's Creed was released. This one features Callum (Michael Fassbender) chasing after a carriage. Give it a watch below.
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All right, a-holes, here it is. The official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has arrived. Everyone's back, it sounds like we've got a new track from the second Awesome Mix, and Groot's a baby. (Which means Vin Diesel plays a baby in this movie, which is everything you want in life.)
Enough of my jibber jabber and prattle, give it a watch.
That song's "Fox on the Run" by Sweet, if you were wondering. And you're welcome.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out May 5, 2017.
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