Disney has released the first clip and two featurettes for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks. The story focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Judging by the brief clip, which centers on the first meeting between Disney and Travers, the two lead actors look like they’ll have some good chemistry. As for the featurettes, one explains the appeal of the story, and the other celebrates Thompson’s performance. The latter is a bit confusing since everyone is praising the complexity of the character and the depth of Thompson’s performance, but all we’re seeing is a prim-and-proper fish-out-of-water. At the end of the featurette, we get a glimpse of the dramatic side, but I’m worried these moments will feel forced in the movie. My current prediction is that Hancock has created a nice picture that will invite backlash if it picks up any awards steam.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurettes. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. Saving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.
The first clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire found its way online earlier today. Since it found its way after premiering on The Tonight Show, Lionsgate released another scene on the Hunger Games Facebook page and bills it as the official first Catching Fire clip. Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives a Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a reality check about their role as public figures under the watchful eye of President Snow (Donald Sutherland):
“This trip, girl, wake up! This trip doesn’t end when you get back home. You never get off this train. You two are mentors now. From now on, your job is to be a distraction so people forget what the real problems are.”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22. Watch the clip after the jump.
Lionsgate has released the first clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The story finds President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) forces past victors to compete against each other. You can see from the clip that new director Francis Lawrence has taken a decidedly different than The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross, at least as far as the drama scenes are concerned. Where Ross used a more naturalistic approach in District 12, Lawrence has gone with a steadier camera and a cold color palette. It will be interesting to see how he approaches the rest of Panem.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX.
The first clip from writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace is now available. The movie centers on Russell Baze (Christian Bale) who goes in search of his missing brother when the police fail to follow through. This first clip shows Russell butting heads with Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) in a foreboding scene, which also gives a brief look at Willem Dafoe’s John Petty.
Out of the Furnace also stars Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out here. Hit the jump to watch the first clip from Out of the Furnace, due out in theaters December 6th.
One of the creepier parts from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, aside from a grown man falling in love with a baby, was the very strange CG-created face that was grafted onto the child actors playing Bella and Edward’s offspring Renesmee. It was downright weird, but it turns out that things could have been a whole lot creepier. A new extra from the Twilight Forever Blu-ray box set reveals the animatronic version of Renesmee that was initially used on set for filming before eventually being tossed out. The nickname for the doll was “Chuckesmee”, and it became clear that this thing was absolutely horrifying and would never work onscreen. All of this was done in service to the source material, which describes the child as aging very rapidly. The disturbing result begs the question: how did no one realize this was a terrible idea sooner?
Hit the jump to watch the video of the animatronic baby on the set of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Click here to purchase the Twilight Forever Blu-ray set, which came out today.
A new clip from Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has been released, and up until this point this point they’ve been surprisingly tame. However, last money we got some orgasmic character posters, and today we’ve got a clip that is definitely not safe for work. The two-part, five-hour film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley. The artistry of this new clip is using Bach and dividing the frame into thirds, but the content contains nudity, sex, and cunnilingus. As the YouTube description points out, “A chorale prelude by Bach: Three voices each with its own character, but in complete harmony. In other words:
Hit the jump to check out the NSFW clip. The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier. Nymphomaniac will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
For all of the special features that came loaded on to the Blu-ray release for Star Wars, it wasn’t everything. For those of you not old to remember Laserdiscs, they were pretty much gigantic CDs, and they never really took off due to how expensive they and the players were. But they still remain among collectors, and they’re surprisingly durable. Star Wars fan “rotjeditdroid” picked up a Laserdisc created by Lucasfilm to show off their EditDroid station, a digital editing station created almost 30 years ago. This Laserdisc was loaded with Star Wars clips, and rotjeditdroid shelled out $699 on eBay for the item. He/she is now uploading the clips from Return of the Jedi piecemeal to his/her Facebook page, and they reveal an interesting alternate takes and behind-the-scenes footage from Yoda’s death scene. More footage is supposedly on the way, and rotjeditdroid is claiming the posts are protected by Fair Use, but Fair Use is very hazy, and Lucasfilm could still take this down.
Hit the jump to check out the clips while you can, and click here for some previously unseen bloopers from Star Wars: A New Hope.
A couple clips from two of November’s biggest releases:
- Thor: The Dark World - Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) go flying to evade pursuit. Thor turns out to be a destructive pilot, while Loki settles for destructive criticism as a backseat driver.
- Ender’s Game – Petra (Hailee Steinfeld) takes Ender (Asa Butterfield) into the zero gravity Battle Room for some late night practice.
See both clips after the jump.
The first official clip from the all-new Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is now available. The doc, which explores the thin line between right and wrong in DC comics, features interviews with Richard Donner (Superman), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), while delving into the personalities of fan-favorite villains.
Hit the jump to watch the clip and for more on Necessary Evil, available on Blu-ray starting Friday, October 25th.
Four new clips from director Jon Turteltaub’s upcoming comedy Last Vegas are now available. The story centers on four friends in their 60s who reunite in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single pal. Last Vegas brings Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline together on the same screen, and these new clips each highlight each of their characters in turn (my personal favorite is an energetic-yet-drunk Freeman hopped up on Red Bull and vodka). Last Vegas opens November 1st. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
In anticipation of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University being released on Blu-ray October 29th, we have three new posters and a clip from the animated short, The Blue Umbrella, to share with you today. Seen in the bonus features of the Monsters University Blu-ray, The Blue Umbrella centers on a budding relationship between the title character and another unique umbrella. The photo-realistic short was directed by Saschka Unseld. You can read up on our review of the short here, plus check out a couple of interviews with Unseld.
Hit the jump to check out the previously unreleased posters and to watch the clip from The Blue Umbrella.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters next month, and as we’ve seen with Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, Disney’s marketing campaign is about to go into full-on saturation mode. A pair of new clips from the pic have now landed online, teasing an action-centered sequence involving Jaimie Alexander’s Sif and the first reunion between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane. I’m interested to see how The Dark World fits into the larger pantheon of Marvel films post-Avengers, and the promise of exploring worlds beyond Earth and Asgard are certainly intriguing.
Hit the jump to watch the two clips. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.
Summit Entertainment has released eight clips from director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. The pic comes with high expectations as Orson Scott Card’s novel is beloved by many, and these clips tease a sci-fi story on a large scale. If you missed any of our set visit coverage, including 25 things to know about the film, click here.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Today, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive clip from writer-director J.T. Petty’s horror comedy, Hellbenders. The story centers on members of the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints who do the dirty work of sending demons back to Hell for the Vatican. Today’s clip features one such priest (Robyn Rikoon) battling against the forces of possession; you’ll have to watch the clip to see if she succeeds or not.
Hellbenders also stars Clifton Collins Jr., Clancy Brown and Andre Royo. Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film will be released in theaters on on demand this Friday, October 18th.
Marvel has released a new clip from Thor: The Dark World. Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), the film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reluctantly teaming up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). This clip focuses on Malekith, and while it doesn’t really tell us much about the character’s personality, it does let us know that The Aether can wake up evil elves. Good tip.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.