It seems that every year, a few musicals are sprinkled throughout the holiday season and many of them wind up being some of the most beloved films of the year. This year, there will be two musicals fighting during the holidays for their right to take home the Oscar for Best Musical: Annie and Into The Woods. Annie has given audiences a couple of trailers at this point and there really are no questions about what the film will be presenting audiences when it releases next month. Into The Woods, on the other hand, has only given us a short teaser with absolutely no music, and a very iffy EW photo shoot. Now that we are a little over a month and a half away from its Christmas release date, Into The Woods has finally released a trailer worth watching and (spoiler alert) there’s actually music in it! (more…)
The Despicable Me movies aren’t in the upper echelon of critically animated kid flicks, but they’re sappy, funny, and hell, they gave us The Minions. Those slap-stick, yellow skinned, nugget men with their own funny language. Oh sure, there’s an absolute overdose of Minion things on the internet and on social networks, but hey, these guys are funny. Who can resist these cute little bastards and their hilarious antics? No one, no one I tell you! It’s a Minion kind of world and we’re just living in it.
It’s no surprise these yellow oblonged shaped beings have got their own movie. The film, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and doesn’t open until July 10, 2015. That’s a long ways away but you can already watch the Minions trailer. Check it out below and see if you can resist cracking a smile. (more…)
Did anybody watch ‘Star Wars Rebels’ the other night on ABC, where Darth Vader ordered an Inquisitor to murder children? And how about that Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff that’s been in the news recently? There’s been a whole lot of Star Wars buzz going around, but not much about Episode 7 until today. Thank goodness someone is working on better SW movies to take the bad taste of the recent trilogy out of our mouths. But if the rumors are true, there will definitely be some elements involved that I wholly disapprove of. But I’ll be there right first in line anyway, because I’m a long-time fan. And as far as I’m concerned, the trailer for the first entry in a brand new trilogy can’t come fast enough. (more…)
I’m dating myself here, but I vaguely remember that when ‘The Green Hornet’ hit TV screens, China went ballistic in seeing someone who looked like them play the superhero Kato. He was by no means the main character, but don’t tell that to Hong Kong because they changed the title to ‘The Kato Show.’ That was completely out of pride and love for their real life hometown hero Bruce Lee and a little bit of “not getting it.” Japan, on the other hand, isn’t doing anything like that. Like most countries, Japan likes to take stuff and just twist it into their interpretation of it, flummoxing the hell out of everybody else. And that’s why they’re awesome. Here we have three Japanese TV spots of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ that start off in the end zone and end up in right field. Join me in trying to decipher these super best terrific visuals! (more…)
Disney is no stranger to the musical genre. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that musicals are Disney’s bread and butter and they have almost perfected the art of transforming a medium that some choose to avoid into a mainstream movie event that appeals to almost any demographic. The trailer for the latest outing in Disney’s movie musical library, Into the Woods, doesn’t showcase much of the music that will likely fill almost every scene, but it does give audiences plenty of reasons to run to the theater opening weekend. (more…)
Birdman is the latest movie from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Biutiful) and if this newest trailer is to be believed, it may be one of the best superhero movies in a very long time. Quite a feat, considering there are no superheroes in the movie. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, an actor who was best known for his role as the superhero “Birdman” during his younger years. Time has not been kind to Thomson as his younger alter-ego continues to follow him even though he has not worn the costume in many-a-year. After careful consideration, he decides to return to his roots as the iconic character by producing a Birdman Broadway play in which he will write, star and direct. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that SpongeBob SquarePants fandom has been going strong for 15 years but it’s true. Since its debut in 1999, the series aired hundreds of episodes, produced 3 albums, inspired several video games, and is even the backdrop to many theme park rides. On top of all of this, a major motion picture was released in 2004 that grossed over $140mil worldwide. Considering all of this, it’s safe to say that the latest movie, SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water is long overdue. (more…)
When i was asked to cover E3‘s release of the new Star Wars trailer, I came close to crapping myself! An Episode 7 trailer? At E3? ALREADY???
Well, as you’ve no doubt gathered from the headline, E3 has NOT released a trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII….
But honestly–even if you’re like me and not big on modern video games–what we have here is damn near almost as good. (more…)
What the fuck is an Imagine Dragon anyway? Aren’t all dragons imaginary? What a redundant name for a band.
Sorry. I couldn’t help but vent there, as I honestly can’t fathom how these ‘musicians’ became popular. Now that they’re contributing their muzak-ready drivel to Transformers: Age of Extinction, I guess we can use them as a baseline for whether or not the person sitting next to you has taste that jives with the lowest common denominator. It’s kind of like that moment when emo music went totally mainstream via Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and that awful Fantastic Four movie. From that day forward, if you listened to anything remotely resembling Dashboard Confessional or Taking Back Sunday, your taste was automatically “corporately influenced”. (more…)
Films and books that re-imagine classic fairy tales in a format that paints “bad” characters in a more sympathetic–or at least morally complex manner a la Wicked seem to be the order of the day.
And Disney‘s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and scheduled for release in the U.S. at the end of this month, looks like one of the most ambitious entries in this genre. Take a look at the trailer after the jump for a glimpse at the dark fairy’s past: (more…)