First Footage from ANT-MAN Revealed; Plus New Behind-the-Scenes Footage from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Last night, ABC aired the television special Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!, which aimed to inform viewers of the history of Marvel Comics.  In the spirit of synergy, the special was tied very closely to Marvel Studios’ output as it premiered the first clip from the upcoming TV series Agent Carter, and it also provide a look at the very first Ant-Man footage featuring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.  It’s a dialogue-free behind-the-scenes tease, but it does give us our first look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym together in the Peyton Reed-directed film, and also provides a brief snapshot of Rudd’s Lang approaching the Ant-Man costume.  Marvel also threw in a little behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron for good measure, and now both clips have made their way online.

Watch the Ant-Man footage after the jump, along with a new look at Avengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man opens in theaters on July 17, 2015, while Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1, 2015.

TOP FIVE Clip: Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan Reveal Their Top Five Rappers

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Chris Rock hit it big at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.  Not only was Top Five the biggest acquisition of the event with Paramount putting up $12.5 million for it, but it also won our own Phil Brown over as well.  In fact, Paramount just released a new clip from the film and it’s got a quote from Phil’s review in it.  Rock wrote, directed and also stars in the film as Andre Allen, a stand-up comedian trying to make it as a film star.

Hit the jump to check out the new Top Five clip and click here to read Phil’s full review.  The movie also stars Rosario DawsonJ.B. SmooveGabrielle UnionTracy MorganCedric the EntertainerKevin HartJerry SeinfeldAdam SandlerWhoopi GoldbergSherri ShepherdJay PharoahAnders Holm and Michael Che, and is scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th.

Watch 5 New Clips from DUMB AND DUMBER TO, Plus Over 15 Images Tease Further Shenanigans from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

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Universal Pictures has released a batch of new Dumb and Dumber To clips as well as some new images from directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s upcoming comedy sequel.  The follow-up takes place 20 years after the original, as Jim Carrey’s Lloyd and Jeff Daniels’ Harry set off on a road trip in order to find a child Harry never knew he had.  Comedy sequels are very hard to pull off.  The problem with many of them is that they rely too heavily on revisiting jokes that worked well in the first movie, resulting in something that feels tired or too familiar.  There look to be some callbacks to the first Dumb and Dumber in this sequel (Brad Bluhm returns as Billy “Pretty Bird”, for one), but I’m hoping that they’re limited to a minimum.  Carrey and Daniels appear to be having a lot of fun reprising their roles, and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing them goof off together onscreen once again.

Hit the jump to check out the Dumb and Dumber To clips and images.  The film also stars Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, and Steve TomDumb and Dumber To opens in theaters on November 14th.

HARDCORE Clip Offers a Look at the First POV Action Film, Starring Sharlto Copley

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Now here’s something different.  A clip has been released from a film called Hardcore, which was written and directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller and stars Sharlto Copley.  What makes the movie unique, though, is that it is a sci-fi/action film shot entirely in POV style.  It’s certainly an interesting experiment that aims to put the viewer right into the middle of the action, but watching this clip I can’t help but wonder if I’d want to actually sit through a feature-length film of this kind.  It feel a little like watching your friend play Call of Duty in that things are happening to you but you can’t control how you/the character reacts; I even got antsy in this clip with a bit of a “let me take the controls” feeling.  It’s curious to say the least, though, and having wrapped principal photography, Naishuller is putting together a crowdfunding campaign in order to finish the CG effects and aid in the post-production process.

Watch the first Hardcore clip after the jump to check out the POV style in motion.

Exclusive Clip From THE MULE Delivers a Tasty Drug Deal

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There’s something you should know about The Mule.  Yes, it has some truly stomach churning moments – but they’re not the film’s reason for existing. You know those movies that are really impressed with themselves because they “push the envelope?”  That’s not The Mule. The reason directors Tony Mahoney and Angus Sampson make this tale of intestinal fortitude so visceral is so that the audience can truly, palpably, know the kind of discomfort that Sampson’s protagonist faces throughout the film.  And it’s not the only trick they have, the script by Sampson and Leigh Whannell is strong in every regard, the cast is stellar and the direction is confident.

Which is why I’m happy to bring you a clip from the film that doesn’t focus on the grotesque things you may have heard, but rather highlights the kind of tension and takes the picture is able wring from tropes that would feel standard in a lesser movie.  Hit the jump to check out this new clip from The Mule.  The film stars Sampson, Whannell, Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble.  XLrator Media release the film in Theaters, on VOD and iTunes on November 21st.  

FUN SIZE HORROR Film #7: Josh C. Waller’s “The Collection”

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This is it, our very last Fun Size Horror short film.  We’ve caught a late-night sacred ceremony, heard voices, seen what happens when you pop in the Ninja Masters IV: The Possession VHS, watched two zombie apocalypse survivors go head-to-head, seen a hand with a face on it puke up bad eggs and experienced the wrath of Mr. Hendrix, but now it’s time to find out what horrors Lance Reddick is capable of in “The Collection,” a short about a young woman who’s thrilled to do a modeling session with a famous photographer (Reddick).

This one comes from Josh C. Waller who made his feature directorial debut with Raze starring Zoe Bell.  He’s also behind the crime drama McCanick with David Morse, Cory Monteith and Mike Vogel and is also busy developing three new projects – a genre-bending action film, another about what it takes to save a crumbling marriage and an action-comedy within a formerly exploitative sub-genre as well.  Hit the jump to check out what Waller’s capable of in his Fun Size Horror segment, “The Collection.”

FUN SIZE HORROR Film #6: Zeke Pinheiro’s “Mr. Hendrix”

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First off, happy Halloween!  Now how about we celebrate with a short that’ll make you want to keep the lights on at night?  Our latest Fun Size Horror film is Zeke Pinheiro’s “Mr. Hendrix,” a piece about a young girl who’s convinced a bogeyman named Mr. Hendrix is hiding in her closet.  The film boasts some impeccably timed scares that’ll definitely make your heart skip a beat, so it should come as no surprise that Pinheiro’s got quite a few credits to his name as an editor.

Hit the jump to check out “Mr. Hendrix” for yourself and, don’t forget, there’s more Fun Size Horror short films over at Shock Till You Drop, Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting and Badass Digest.

Kristen Stewart Asks Julianne Moore What It’s Like to Lose Her Memory in First STILL ALICE Clip

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Still Alice clip from co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, and it’s heartbreaking.  Julianne Moore stars in the film as a linguistics professor who begins showing the signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and must come to grips with the illness alongside her family.  By most accounts, Moore is the current frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film.  It debuted to strong reviews at TIFF, and even co-star Kristen Stewart is generating some awards buzz for her supporting performance.  This clip is devastating to watch, as Moore describes to her daughter what it’s actually like to start losing her memory and, by extension, herself.

Watch the first Still Alice clip after the jump.  The film also stars Alec Baldwin and opens in an Oscar-qualifying limited run in December before expanding on January 16th.

FUN SIZE HORROR Film #5: Max Isaacson’s “Bad Eggs”

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You ever think you’d see a horror film featuring hands with faces on them?  Well, the time has come.  Our latest Fun Size Horror short film is here and it’s about a hand with a face named Bertrand who ate some bad eggs and now has an unusual stomachache. This one was written and directed by Max Isaacson.  He only just finished directing his first short film, Whispers, but he has credits on a number of other shorts, a bunch of which I’ve actually seen and loved.  He did special effects on the SXSW 2013 Midnighter, The Apocalypse, and was also the production designer on Tick Tock Time Emporium.

Hit the jump to check out Isaacson’s Fun Size Horror contribution, “Bad Eggs,” and don’t forget, you can find more Fun Size Horror films on Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop and Badass Digest.

Guillermo del Toro Talks YOUTUBE SPACE HOUSE OF HORRORS: A LEGENDARY HALLOWEEN, Watch the First 10 Shorts and See Images of the Sets

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For horrific reasons involving stitches I couldn’t make the Guillermo del Toro press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he’s been involved with for the past few months.  But judging from the photos I’ve been seeing of the amazing sets they’ve built and talking to del Toro on the phone, it seems like a great experiment. ouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event.  You can watch the first 10 Videos below and then check the YouTube Spaces Channel and the Legendary YouTube Channel for more in the coming days.

I chatted on the phone with del Toro for a few minutes and his enthusiasm was as infectious as ever.  Not only is he helping to select the winner, but that person will get a development deal with Legendary Pictures.  The sets they have built to shoot this stuff on are also truly astounding and we talked about their design as well (along with some updates on Crimson PeakPacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim 3).  Hit the jump for the interview as well as check out the first ten videos and see some pics of the sets they’re using. 

THE IMITATION GAME Clip: German Enigma Code Isn’t Unbreakable Until Benedict Cumberbatch Gives It a Try

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We may have Doctor Strange on the brain right now courtesy of Marvel’s big day yesterday, but let’s not forget, Benedict Cumberbatch could be on his way to his very first Academy Award nomination as well.  He leads the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award winning film, The Imitation Game, as Alan Turing, a British cryptologist determined to solve the most difficult problem in the world, the German Enigma Code.

Even though Charles Dance’s Commander Denniston thinks breaking the Enigma Code is impossible, Turing isn’t fazed by the challenge in the least.  In fact, he refuses to dub the task unbreakable just yet.  He insists, “Let me try, and we’ll know for sure.”  Hit the jump to see what happens when Turing is first given the opportunity to try to crack the code in the new The Imitation Game clip.  The Weinstein Company is giving the film a limited release on November 21st.  It also stars Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech and Matthew Beard.

Fun Size Horror Film 4: Jackson Lanzing’s “Still Alive”

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Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Still Alive” directed by Jackson Lanzing.   Lanzing is a screenwriter and comics creator primarily known as the co-writer of Freakshow (w/ David Server) and Hacktivist (w/ Collin Kelly and Alyssa Milano).  Other comics titles include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: NAA, Maze Runner, and Penguins of Madagascar. He is also the creative director at Jump! Creative, an award-winning production and marketing company in Los Angeles.  Still Alive represents his first directorial work in five years.

Hit the jump to check out Lanzing’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Still Alive.”  It stars Mary Kate Wiles and Jocelyn Kelvin.  Hurry!  It’s only up for 24 hours!

Fun Size Horror Film 3: Jackson Stewart’s “Ninja Masters”

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Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Ninja Masters.”  I’ve actually known director Jackson Stewart for some time now (and was assigned this short randomly), so while I can tell you that he’s one of Larchmont Village’s most accomplished raconteurs, you might be more interested in his official bio.  Jackson Stewart is a writer/director hailing from Tucson, Arizona.  He’s written for the SyFy channel, the CW and the web series Black Box TV.  Recently, his short film Sex Boss premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.  Additionally, he’s beaten Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2 for Nintendo without the aid of Game Genie or cheat codes.

Hit the jump to check out Stewart’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Ninja Masters.”  It stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2), Megan Lee Joy, Katie Stegeman (Contracted) and Erin Braswell.  Hurry!  It’s only up for 24 hours!

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Clip Features an Avengers Party and Hammer Shenanigans

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Disney has released the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip from writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel.  The clip debuted earlier tonight during ABC’s new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where the first trailer was set to premiere before it leaked last week.  Age of Ultron sees the titular Avengers battling a force of their own invention, as Tony Stark’s new robot Ultron gets a mind of his own and decides that humanity is in need of wiping out.  This clip is essentially what was shown at Comic-Con this summer, and it shows that despite the serious tone of the trailer, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.  In the clip, the Avengers are letting off steam in the form of an Avengers party in Stark’s penthouse, as they each take turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer.  Shenanigans ensue.

Watch the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip after the jump.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. JacksonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

FUN SIZE HORROR Film #2: Mali Elfman’s “Voice”

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Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Voice.”  This one is about an eerie voice that torments a young woman and is actually made by the former editor-in-chief of ScreenCrave, Mali Elfman.  Back in 2010 Elfman wrote, produced and acted in her first feature film, Do Not Disturb.  Since, Elfman’s produced a bunch of short films and is also the executive producer on Mike Flanagan next feature, Somnia, due out in 2015. 

Hit the jump to check out Elfman’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Voice.”  And don’t forget, “Voice” will only be available for 24 hours and then in comes the next Fun Size Horror short film.

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