First INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Trailer Tip Toes by the Tulips and the Windows on the Way to More Jump Scares

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Focus Features has released the first Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer.  The latest chapter is a prequel to the first two movies, but still tells the tale of a suburban family that discovers their house is haunted by ghosts and demons who apparently have nothing better to do.  This leads to all manner of jump scares, although it’s amusing when the teenage daughter learns the house is haunted via texting.  I hope the movie has her texting, “Home is haunted lol,” to the cute guy next door and he responds with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell star.  Directed by Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 opens May 29, 2015.

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

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The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called “Avengers Party.”  What’s clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious.

Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May 1, 2015. 

Xbox’s Live-Action Digital Series HALO: NIGHTFALL Gets a Full, Dramatically Overwrought Trailer

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Quality storytelling has never been the first thing that has come to mind when I think “Halo“.  I think “Excellent multiplayer gaming in the first installment” and “teabagging your opponent’s avatar”.  But I guess the Halo mythos must have enough going in its space-marines-versus-aliens plotline to warrant not one, but two series.  The first is Halo: Nightfall, which is being executive produced by Ridley Scott, and will serve as a lead-up to Halo 5: Guardians.  The series follows Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents as they attempt to investigate terrorist activity on the colony world of Sedra.

The full trailer for the series has gone online and…hoo-boy.  I’ll just ask this: If this didn’t have the Halo brand attached, would you care at all?  Also, none of the characters are jumping and strafing at the same time, so how does this really tap into the spirit of the games?  Hit the jump to check out the Halo: Nightfall trailer.  The series will be released November 11th with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, a game that will require only 85GB of your 362GB hard drive.  The first episode of Nightfall will premiere the day prior, November 10th, as part of the official HaloFest livestreamClick here for our report on Halo: Nightfall from Comic-Con.

THE GAMBLER Red-Band Trailer and Poster: John Goodman Has Some Choice Words of Caution for Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler red-band trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  This is very much a teaser, as it’s essentially a sweaty onslaught of footage anchored by some excellent, expletive-filled dialogue from John Goodman, but it’s a really solid first look at the film.  Wyatt appears to be tapping into the anxiety and stretched-thin nature of Wahlberg’s lead character with his visual take on the film, and I’ve gotta say it’s really promising stuff.  I look forward to getting a better read on the movie when the theatrical trailer arrives, but for now this is a very swell tease.

Watch the first The Gambler red-band trailer and check out the first poster after the jump.  The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 2, 2015.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Poster and Trailer Teaser Arrive Prior to Tomorrow’s Official Trailer Release

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Splitting the Insidious: Chapter 2 narrative between the Lambert family, the material at the hospital and what goes down in The Further kept the film from feeling as refined as the original, but it did prove that there’s much more to the situation that could be worth exploring in a new edition.

We know that the third installment is a prequel and involves Elise (Lin Shaye) trying to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) evade a supernatural entity, but I’m on the lookout for plot points directly related to The Further and the rules established in the previous two films.  Could that come in the film’s first trailer?  We’ll find out soon enough because it’s due to arrive tomorrow at 9am PST.  Hit the jump to check out a new Insidious: Chapter 3 poster and trailer teaser counting down to the official teaser trailer’s big release.  (And yes, I know it sounds ridiculous.)  Insidious: Chapter 3 is due to hit theaters on May 29, 2015 and also stars Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson and writer-director Leigh Whannell.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH International Trailer Reveals More Creepy Bumps in the Night at the Eel Marsh House

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Half the fun of The Woman in Black was seeing what Daniel Radcliffe could do post-Harry Potter so when The Woman in Black: Angel of Death was announced and Radcliffe wasn’t attached, I couldn’t help but think, what’s the point?  Woman in Black is a fine film, but there’s nothing particularly mind blowing about the Eel Marsh legend and, sure enough, the Woman in Black: Angel of Death trailers have failed to impress.  However, we just got a brand new international edition and it actually suggests that the sequel might have some potential.

Whereas the previous promos are rather thin and reliant on jump scares, this one offers up more story details.  The London blitz actually serves as an interesting backdrop and is a believable reason for why anyone would stay at that creepy old house.  Hit the jump to check out The Woman in Black: Angel of Death international trailer for yourself.  The movie stars Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory and Jeremy Irvine, and is due in theaters on January 20th, 2015.

MADEA’S TOUGH LOVE Trailer: Meet Tyler Perry’s Animated Madea

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There’s no new Madea movie hitting theaters this year for the first time in three years, but you’re not completely off the hook.  Tyler Perry may have swapped his Madea getup for a super dapper suit to portray Tanner Bolt in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, but he’s still unleashing his inner Madea for a new animated film, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love.

I’ve completely lost patience for the film franchise and for Madea in general, but I’ve also got to admit, the new Madea’s Tough Love trailer actually makes me think that the character would have been better suited for animation all along.  That voice is as grating as ever and the jokes aren’t particularly amusing either, but it is easier to be a little more forgiving when viewing her antics in cartoon format.  Take a look at the trailer for yourself after the jump.  Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love hits Digital HD on January 13, 2015 and will also makes its way onto DVD and VOD on January 20, 2015.

Trailer, Poster and Images for STARRY EYES, a New Horror Classic

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I have seen Starry Eyes twice now.  The first time was back in March at SXSW and while I immediately connected with the film and liked it very much, I wound up lobbing a few criticisms at it as well. As the months wore on the movie grew in my head, there was just something about this inexpensive indie that had worn its way into me.  So much so that, several months later, I asked if I could host the Los Angeles premiere of the film.  A second viewing that night not only ameloriated some of the vague concerns I had after the first viewing of the movie, it actually surpassed the version of the film I’d had playing in my head for months after the fact.  Starry Eyes isn’t just good… it’s fantastic.  That’s not hyperbole.  I know some of the people involved and would tell them to their face if I didn’t think it was at least a near classic.

While the trailer I’m including here is old, today’s release of the theatrical/VOD poster for the film is a good excuse to post it on this site for the first time.  Starry Eyes comes from the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Amanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by Travis Stevens‘ Snowfort Pictures and hits theaters and VOD on November 14th.  Be there.  Or be home.  But be watching it. 

HAPPY VALLEY Trailer Explores the Story Behind the Penn State Scandal

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I followed the Penn State scandal pretty closely, but no news report can match the intensity of this new trailer for Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary, Happy Valley.  The film debuted at Sundance and chronicles what happened when Joe Paterno’s assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, devastating Penn State’s legendary football program.

Happy Valley will begin its run at the Village East Cinema in New York City on November 19th after which it’ll make its way to Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Columbus respectively.  Hit the jump to catch the new Happy Valley trailer.

Check out the Trailer for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Short Film, “Party Central”; Watch the Full Short Now for Free on Disney Movies Anywhere

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Earlier this year, the Monsters University short film “Party Central” played in front of Muppets Most Wanted, and if you didn’t catch that film (and judging by the movie’s box office, you didn’t), you now have a chance to watch the short online for free.  The story has Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) using a door station to clandestinely move a frat party over at ROR to Oozma Kappa.  If you ignore the fact that (unlike the Toy Story shorts) there’s no way for this one to factor into the movie’s timeline, and that it’s out of character for the monsters to risk being caught by humans, this is a fairly amusing short.  It’s certainly worth seeing for free if you download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad.

Hit the jump to check out the Monsters University Party Central trailer.  The short also features the voices of Charlie Day, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan, Joel Murray, and Julia Sweeney.

THE LOOK OF SILENCE Trailer: Joshua Oppenheimer’s Follow-Up to THE ACT OF KILLING Sees Genocide through the Victims’ Eyes

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Drafthouse Films has released a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer‘s new documentary The Look of Silence.  A companion piece to his mind-blowing 2013 film The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence was the movie Oppenheimer originally intended to make, which examined the victims of the Indonesian genocide that wiped out over a million people who were accused of being communists.  The Act of Killing came about when the killers were interviewed and bragged about their crimes, so Oppenheimer had to turn the approach on its head and had them recreate the murders.  The Look of Silence is more direct as the son of one of the victims confronts the executioners, but the movie is still powerful and a must-see.

Hit the jump to check out The Look of Silence trailer, and click here to read my review from TIFF.  The film opens in 2015.

Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Nicholas Winding Refn Fight Against This DYING OF THE LIGHT Trailer

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Interesting story with this one.  Paul Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver (a classic) and recently conspired with Bret Easton Ellis to bring us The Canyons (by most counts not a classic) has a new movie coming out called Dying of the Light.  Only he’s not too thrilled about the way it turned out. Nor are his stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin.  Nor is executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn (who was supposed to direct this a few years back with Harrison Ford in the lead role).

Apparently Schrader was locked out of the editing room on the film and the movie that’s being prepped for release is not his vision.  Contractually he is forbidden to trash the movie given a non-disparagement clause in his contract, but he found a nifty way out of that and a way to get his message across.  Hit the jump for the Dying of the Light trailer and to learn more about the controversy at hand.  The film gets a limited release on December 5th. 

TOP FIVE Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock’s Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces.

Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.

First Footage from Disney’s New Animated Short FEAST Will Make You Hungry

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The first footage from Disney’s upcoming animated short Feast has landed online, and it’s bound to make you quite hungry.  Per the official logline, “The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”  The dog is absolutely adorable in this footage, as he seems to be on a quest to eat each and every delicious thing he comes across.  Director Patrick Osborne’s animation style is also highly impressive, and I look forward to enjoying the full short when it’s attached to Big Hero 6.

Hit the jump to watch the Feast trailer, and click here to read our interview with Osborne.  The short will play in front of Disney’s Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7th.

New UNBROKEN Trailer Continues to Prove Jack O’Connell Is One to Watch [Updated with New Images and Posters]

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Who’s ready for a Jack O’Connell tour de force?  The guy’s already proven himself thanks to his work in Starred Up and the upcoming limited release ’71, but based on this new trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, it looks as though he’s got a lot more to offer.  The narrative is remarkable in and of itself, but O’Connell appears to bring such heart to the role of Louis Zamperini that his performance is bound to up the intensity of the situation tenfold.  Will it be enough to earn him some Oscar buzz?  There’s already some significant competition in the Best Actor category so it might be a reach, but Adam thinks the film’s got a chance at snagging a spot in the Best Picture race, and based on the quality of this new promo, I’m inclined to agree.

Hit the jump to check out the latest Unbroken trailer.  The film arrives on December 25th and also stars Domhnall GleesonGarrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, John Magaro and Luke Treadaway. [Update: Universal has also released new images and posters for the film.]

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