Jennifer Aniston Goes Dramatic in New CAKE Trailer

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A new Cake trailer has been released for director Daniel Barnz’s upcoming drama.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group.  When she starts delving into the woman’s life, she develops a relationship with her widower and grapples with her own personal tragedy.  I think Aniston’s a really talented comedic actress, so I’m very interested by the prospect of seeing her lead a dramatic film.  Her performance drew a bit of Oscar buzz after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and she certainly appears to bring a significant amount of complexity to the role.

Check out the new Cake trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Anna KendrickSam WorthingtonChris MessinaFelicity HuffmanWilliam H. MacyBritt RobertsonLucy WaltersCamille ManaManuel Garcia Rulfo, and Marianne Jean-BaptisteCake opens in limited release in December followed by an expansion in January.

First PAN Trailer Reveals Joe Wright’s Reimagining of the Classic Story Featuring Hugh Jackman

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Warner Bros. has released the first Pan trailer for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) reimagining of the classic J.M. Barrie story Peter Pan.  The film finds newcomer Levi Miller’s young Pan, along with other young wartime orphans, being kidnapped by the men of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), thus beginning a series of adventures in Neverland that shape the boy into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.  I think Wright is a talented director, but it looks like he made a prequel to Hook. I couldn’t help but laugh at the part in the trailer when kids from the Oliver Twist Home for Orphan Boys are abducted onto a flying ship.  “What happened to Peter?”  “He was kidnapped by Cirque du Soleil.”

Check out the first Pan trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Amanda Seyfried as Mary, as well as Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis Macdougall, and Leni ZieglmeierPan opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

First JURASSIC WORLD Trailer Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Has Huge Dinosaurs and a Fully Operational Theme Park

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Universal has released the first Jurassic World trailer online.  The movie takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.  My initial thoughts are… “please God don’t let that be the final CG render.”  I love the concepts at play here, I love the fact that there are paying customers at the park.  I love action hero Chris Pratt and icy Bryce Dallas Howard.  As far as the effects, it’s par for the course to issue a trailer using incomplete renders since these big blockbusters are typically worked on up until the very day they have to be delivered for prints and DCPs to be struck.  So I’m going to go ahead and say I’m still optimistic here.

Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World trailer, and click here to peruse through the viral site for more background on the film’s story.  The film also stars Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

JUPITER ASCENDING International Trailer Gives Us a Little More Sean Bean; Plus New Images

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Perhaps this is just what happens when a movie’s release date is pushed back from July 18, 2014 to February 6, 2015 at the last minute, but I believe this new Jupiter Ascending international trailer is the film’s sixth trailer.  It’s a wonder there’s still more new material to show off, but this latest piece actually gives us more from Sean Bean’s character than ever before.

Even with the abundance of promos, I can’t say I’m sold on this one just yet, but when you’ve got the Wachowskis and an incredible cast coming together to bring such strikingly unusual material to screen, that’s more than enough to get me in a theater seat.  Hit the jump to check out the new international Jupiter Ascending trailer.  The film also stars Channing Tatum, Mila KunisEddie RedmayneDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on February 6, 2015.

X+Y Trailer Featuring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan

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Asa Butterfield’s character doesn’t say much in this new trailer for X+Y, but he still manages to get you to root for him.  Butterfield leads Morgan Matthews’ fiction feature directorial debut as Nathan, a math prodigy who’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.  It isn’t until Nathan scores a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad where his abilities are celebrated that he comes to realize that he isn’t as weird as he once thought.  This one didn’t get all that much attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, but anything I did read about it noted the film’s feel-good, rousing nature and those qualities are certainly present in this promo.

Hit the jump to check out the new X+Y trailer.  Unfortunately the film doesn’t have a US release date just yet, but folks in the UK can catch it on March 13, 2015.  X+Y also stars Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang.

Kim Jong-Un and James Franco Are Katy Perry Fans in New THE INTERVIEW Trailer

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Sony has released a new The Interview trailer for This Is the End directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming comedy.  James Franco and Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  This new trailer introduces the film’s iteration of the North Korean dictator, played by Veep standout Randall Park.  We only get a brief glimpse of the character here, but it’s a promising introduction and I’m very eager to see how far Rogen and Goldberg take things as the full film progresses.

Watch the new (and apparently final) The Interview trailer after the jump, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out interviews with Rogen, Goldberg & Franco, Park, and his full set visit reportLizzy Caplan also stars.  The Interview opens in theaters on December 25th.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile

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It’s been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now given us a fresh look at the upcoming video game, which takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious “Arkham Knight” is in the mix.

In this trailer, we get a good look at some of the gameplay.  Specifically, we see how developer Rocksteady has attempted to seamlessly integrate the Batmobile into the combat by having Batman leap out of the vehicle to fight his enemies.  If you’re asking why Batman doesn’t just run everyone over, remember that Batman doesn’t kill people.  Hitting a person with a fast-moving assault vehicle tends to result in vehicular homicide.  But the gameplay does look cool, although I’m always wary of vehicles in video games because so many have awful controls.  Hit the jump to check out the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer.  The game hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 2, 2015.

New HOME Trailer: Jim Parson’s Extraterrestrial Oh Just Wants to Belong

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When the first trailer for Home dropped, there was definitely something charming about it, but I was far more concerned about losing my patience with the Boov’s goofy design and behavior.  However, Oh and the rest of the gang are clearly growing on me because not only did I thoroughly enjoy the film’s presentation at New York Comic-Con last month, but this latest trailer is quite a bit of fun as well.  It seems as though the idea of the Boov having a completely backwards idea of what humanity is all about and trying to help mankind by taking over the planet has loads of potential.

Hit the jump to catch the new Home trailer for yourself and be sure to check out Christina’s piece on the Home presentation at the DreamWorks Animation campus which included some new footage and a Q&A with stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve MartinHome hits theaters on March 27, 2015 and also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez and Matt Jones.

Watch the JURASSIC WORLD Teaser Trailer; Full Trailer to Debut Thanksgiving at 9pm ET on NBC

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Universal Pictures has released the first Jurassic World teaser trailer for director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) highly anticipated sequel.  The movie takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.  This is the perfect kind of teaser trailer in that it offers a tiny taste of footage tinged with a hint of nostalgia (the minimal take on John Williams‘ iconic theme is great), all underlined with a sense of foreboding.  We don’t have to wait long until we see the the full trailer though, as it will debut on Thanksgiving at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET during NBC football.

Hit the jump to watch the Jurassic World teaser trailer and click here to peruse through the viral site for more background on the film’s story.  The film stars Chris PrattBryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

RED KNOT Trailer With Olivia Thirlby and Vincent Kartheiser; Film Finally Set For Release Next Month

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More Olivia Thirlby is always a good thing.  She’s one of our best actresses and we need a lot more of her on the silver, and smaller, screen. Same with Vincent Kartheiser, who we don’t see enough outside of weasel roles (Mad Men) or villainous archetypes (In Time), both of which he plays rather well.  He’s not completely out of those woods in this Red Knot trailer, but perhaps the circumstances in the film will add a few layers of nuance to his eternally wandering eye.  The film was shot by director Scott Cohen over five years ago, but is now being readied for release.  And it looks gorgeous.

Hit the jump for the Red Knot trailer and a few words from Thirlby on the movie’s production.  The film also stars Billy Campbell and opens at IFC in New York on December 5th.

First STRANGE MAGIC Trailer Reveals George Lucas’ New Animated Film; Plus New Images

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With the ever-present nature of the internet, it’s rare nowadays that a movie can somewhat blindside you with its existence.  But that’s just what happened recently when Disney announced not only that an animated feature from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic exists, but that it’s coming out in a little over two months.  The film is based on a story by George Lucas, and today the Strange Magic trailer was released, giving us our first look at some footage.  Though the animation is impressive in some respects, the whole thing feels really dated.  There’s a heavy reliance on widely known pop songs, a trend that was all the range during the time of Shrek—over a decade ago.  The fairy tale revolves around a world filled with goblins and elves and is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it might yet drum up some interest from a (very) young crowd of kids, but I have a feeling parents aren’t going to be crazy about this one.

Check out the Strange Magic trailer and some new images after the jump.  Directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted), the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter StormareStrange Magic opens in theaters on January 23rd.

THE WEDDING RINGER Red Band Trailer Not Nearly as Funny as THE WEDDING RINGER Green Band Trailer

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I actually like raunchy R-rated comedies quite a bit, so please don’t take this criticism as coming from someone who’s offended.  I’m not.  I’m just not laughing.  I’d still go see The Wedding Ringer when it comes out in January, but it won’t be based off this trailer that’s for sure.  When I started this post, I hadn’t actually seen anything from the film yet (including the earlier trailer) and this red band trailer on its own had me almost ready to write the whole thing off.  But then I went back and watched the green band trailer and actually laughed.  There, I saw a movie that had some jokes and a sense of character.  Here, all I see is every possible use of “fuck” at the marketing team’s disposal, dumped into a trailer with little or no context.

So I’m almost posting this as an experiment.  I’m including the green band trailer again below the new red band trailer.  Tell me which one you actually think works (if at all).  The film was directed by Jeremy Garelick (who did The Break-Up - a movie I really like) and stars Josh Gad, Kevin HartKaley Cuoco-SweetingKen Howard, Olivia ThirlbyCloris LeachmanJenifer Lewis, and Mimi Rogers.  Hit the jump for The Wedding Ringer red band trailer.  The film opens in theaters on January 16, 2015.

PITCH PERFECT 2 Trailer: The Barden Bellas Take on the World Championships of A Cappella

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Universal Pictures just released the very first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer and it looks as though the musical comedy sequel could be another big winner.  Not only did the first film turn out to be a surprise hit and claim over $113 million at the worldwide box office, but it also helped Anna Kendrick‘s rendition of “Cups” hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and wound up amassing such an enthusiastic following that Universal decided to bring the original film back to theaters in sing-along format.  As someone who’s watched Pitch Perfect time and time again, there’s a lot riding on the sequel and based on this first look at the film, actress/producer-turned-first time feature director Elizabeth Banks may have nailed it.

Forget the national college a cappella competition.  In Pitch Perfect 2 it’s all about the world championship of a cappella.  We’ve got familiar songs and faces, “Cups” is still quite catchy and the Bellas are as charming and amusing as ever, but it looks as though Banks and co. are going bigger in every respect and based on how this trailer plays, it could work exceptionally well.  Hit the jump to check out the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer for yourself.  The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Brittany SnowSkylar AstinHailee SteinfeldAnna CampKatey SegalAdam Devine and of course Banks as well.  Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

Terror Abounds in New THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH Trailer, Plus New Images

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The official U.S. trailer for The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death has been released.  Directed by Tom Harper, the horror sequel takes place 40 years after the events of the first film, during the London bombings of World War II, and revolves around a pair of schoolteachers (Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory) who lead a group of children in evacuation to the abandoned Eel Marsh House.  I’m a sucker for UK-set horror films, so I found this trailer to be quiet effective.  The gloomy atmosphere bleeds through the screen, and there are more than a couple of successful jump scares.

Check out the new The Woman in Black 2 trailer after the jump along with some new images and the poster.  The film also stars Jeremy Irvine and opens in theaters on January 2, 2015.

THE COLOR OF TIME Trailer and Poster: James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and More Go through the Life of Poet C.K. Williams

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Starz Digital Media has released The Color of Time trailer and poster.  We last reported on this film over two years ago, and at the time it looked like it was an adaptation of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner C.K. Williams, but as this new trailer and synopsis explain, it’s really more of a biopic.  The plot has Williams (James Franco) preparing for a reading in New York City, but he’s haunted by memories from his past.  The Color of Time has the hook of being handled by 12 directors, and the cast also includes Mila KunisJessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, and Bruce Campbell.  However, looking at this trailer, it seems like the ensemble of directors really wanted to make The Tree of Life minus dinosaurs.

Hit the jump to check out The Color of Time trailer and poster.  The film will be available for early digital download on December 2nd, On Demand and on iTunes on December 9th, and in theaters on December 12th.

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