New Trailer for HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

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Anticipation was already pretty high for HBO’s upcoming anthology series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but the recent reviews heaping effusive praise on the show’s first few episodes have made the wait for next Sunday even more excruciating.  In an effort to ease some of the pain, HBO has released another new trailer for the eight-episode drama, which revolves around the lives of two detectives during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.  Director Cary Fukunaga—who helmed every episode himself—looks to have put together a gorgeously haunting design for the show, and I can’t wait to tune in for the first installment next weekend.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Alexandra Daddario, Kevin Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, True Detective premieres on HBO Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.

Woody Harrelson and Writer/Director Scott Cooper Talk OUT OF THE FURNACE, Collaborating on the Character, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Now playing in theaters is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace.  Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Cooper.  They talked about the way they collaborated to flesh out Harrelson’s character, the film Cooper was trying to make, the characters, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Trailer, OUT OF THE FURNACE, Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, Sundance 2014, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.

Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.

New Teaser Trailers for TRUE DETECTIVE Highlight Lead Characters Played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey

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My expectations for True Detective are becoming unfair.  I have to keep telling myself that there are plenty of serial killer shows on TV right now, and just because this one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and is directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good.  But then I see these ominous teaser trailers and I can’t help but be intrigued because this looks like it will be like nothing else on television.  The framing device is two detectives (played by Harrelson and McConaughey) investigating a serial killer and then talking about it seventeen years later.  These new teasers provide a better look at the main characters, and once again convey the show’s unsettling vibe.

Hit the jump to check out the teasers.  True Detective premieres January 12th on HBO at 9/8c.

Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, and Director Scott Cooper Talk OUT OF THE FURNACE, Filming Entirely On Location, and More

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Acclaimed writer and director Scott Cooper has long been drawn to the personal stories of people living on the margins of society.  His new film, Out of the Furnace, takes audiences on a tragic yet inspiring journey into the heart of a fading American Dream where fate, family and loyalty drive an ordinary man to take heroic measures to fight for those he loves.  Opening in theaters on December 6th, the film was shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania and features an impressive cast that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.

At the film’s recent press day, Bale, Affleck, Harrelson, Saldana and Cooper revealed what appealed to them about the story and its characters, how shooting on location helped inform their performances, why it’s important to be cool and calm when playing an intense character, how trust is essential when a high level of physicality is involved, what Bale and Affleck did to create an authentic chemistry between their characters, what it was like for Cooper to bring the story to life with such a talented group of actors, and why he feels it’s important to be true to yourself and to your artistic world view.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

New Trailer for HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

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HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming anthology series True Detective.  Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), the eight-episode event stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.  While the previous teasers have been excellent mood pieces, this new trailer delves a bit more into the intriguing plot while continuing to promise a pair of swell performances from the lead actors.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  True Detective premiered Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.

TOP 5: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, OUT OF THE FURNACE Set Visit, Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to a Learjet, DELIVERY MAN, NYMPHOMANIAC Trailer

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Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.

My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

New High-Resolution Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OUT OF THE FURNACE, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos.  The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
  • Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck).  The film opens on December 6th.
  • Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals.  The film opens on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.

Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson Talk THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Why It’s So Popular Around the World, What They Collect, and More

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Opening on November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire.  Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on 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) finds past victors competing against each other.  The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh HutchersonJena MaloneSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Hemsworth and Harrelson.  They talked about what makes The Hunger Games so popular around the world, deleted scenes, what they collect, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Trailer for OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson

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Relativity has released a new trailer for writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama Out of the Furnace.  The film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  The pic finally premiered at AFI Fest last week to a fairly positive if somewhat muted response, with many nothing that the pic is very, very dark.  That’s completely fine by me, and I’m still very much impressed with everything we’ve seen thus far.  This latest trailer has some bits of new footage scattered throughout, and it still seems to be driving home the film’s theme of familial bonds with regards to Bale and Affleck’s characters.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Zoe SaldanaWillem DafoeSam Shepard, and Forest Whitaker.  Out of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.

Four New Images from OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson

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Four new images have been released for Scott Cooper’s drama Out of the Furnace.  The film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  The pic seems to be flying under the radar when it comes to awards prognostication.  Perhaps that’s because of early buzz amongst Oscar bloggers (where’s Adam when you need him?!) or because the plot doesn’t reach for something as lofty as other contenders even thought it looks like a compelling character drama.  Perhaps its awards fortunes will change when it premieres at AFI Fest later this month.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest WhitakerOut of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.

First Clip from OUT OF THE FURNACE Featuring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe

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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.

Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson Talk FREE BIRDS, How They Got Involved, What Surprised Them About the Recording Process, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Jimmy Hayward’s animated family movie, Free Birds.  The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving.  The voice cast is led by Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, with Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David filling out the ensemble.  For more on the film, watch the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent L.A. press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Wilson.  They talked about making Free Birds, the recording process, how they were approached to be in the film, the concept of time traveling turkeys, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

God’s Gonna Cut You Down in New Trailer for HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson; Plus New Poster and Images

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HBO has released a new trailer, clips, and poster for their upcoming “elevate serial narrative”, True DetectiveWoody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.  Judging by this trailer, the show is going to be ridiculously dark with not only the criminal’s deeds, but the deeply messed up detectives trying to solve the case.  HBO is known for their edgy programming, but this looks unlike anything they’ve done before.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, clips, and poster.  True Detective premieres Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.

Final Trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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Lionsgate has released the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I’m sure the TV spots will probably have a little new footage, but this trailer gives us good pieces of the new arena, but also doesn’t forget to sell the major conflict, which is between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  It’s almost entirely summed up in the shot where points an arrow at the sky and lets it fly.  Ultimately, this does what every good trailer should do: shows off some good stuff, but doesn’t give away anything major.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinJena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda PlummerThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

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