A couple of new TV spots have landed online for two upcoming animated films. The new spot for Pixar’s Monsters University shows a bit of a new footage and makes excellent use of Andrew W.K.’s “Party Hard,” as we’re treated to a montage of clips from this monster-infused look at college life. The prequel focuses on the budding friendship between Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman). The film opens in 3D on June 21st.
The other TV spot shines some light on Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s sequel Despicable Me 2. We recently saw a new full-length trailer for the follow-up, but this TV spot primarily centers on an elaborate fart joke constructed by those adorable minions. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Al Pacino, the film opens in 3D on July 3rd. Hit the jump to watch both TV spots, which debuted during the Kid’s Choice Awards.
Much like at other colleges around the country this past weekend, the basketball team of Monsters University was anticipating its placement in the big dance during Selection Sunday. Unfortunately, MU didn’t make the cut and the players didn’t take the news all that well. Thankfully, a local student managed to capture their reaction on video and posted it to his Tumblr page along with a few new snaps from around the campus.
Featuring the vocal talents of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, David Spade, Alfred Molina and Ricky Gervais, Monsters University opens June 21st. Hit the jump to watch the video and view some new images.
Opening this Friday is director Don Scardino’s magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist, played by Jim Carrey. The pic is full of wild comedic performances, and one of the highlights of the film is most certainly Steve Buscemi as Carell’s partner Anton Marvelton. A beloved character actor, Buscemi has been shining in supporting roles for years, and he’s one of the few who can seamlessly move between drama and comedy. Buscemi has been doing stellar work as the lead on the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire for the past few years, but with Burt Wonderstone he gets to show off his comedic chops in a fairly large supporting role as Anton.
I recently attended the press junket for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in Las Vegas, and while there I got to sit down with Buscemi for a one-on-one interview. The actor talked about how refreshing it was to play a character like Anton, how he goes about choosing which film projects he’s going to make during his hiatus from Boardwalk Empire, and much more. Buscemi also talked about the upcoming fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, his voice work in Monsters University, and his many memorable roles in Adam Sandler’s films.
A new Japanese trailer has gone online for Pixar’s Monsters University. While it’s a bit strange (for me) to not hear John Goodman and Billy Crystal voicing the film’s protagonists, it does allow the visuals of Pixar’s prequel to shine through. And there are a lot of shiny things to be found. The trailer is definitely spoilery since it rolls through what appears to be the entire plot of the film up until the climax, but it also reveals that there is much more to this story than simple dorm room shenanigans.
Also featuring the vocal talents of Steve Buscemi, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, David Spade, Alfred Molina and Ricky Gervais, Monsters University opens June 21st. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
We’ve got a few exciting new posters to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Monsters University – This new one-sheet for Pixar’s upcoming prequel teases the film’s fantastically colorful ensemble cast as we’re treated to a rather amusing class portrait. The film opens in 3D on June 21st.
- Olympus Has Fallen – Following a barrage of character posters, the official poster for this White House actioner has arrived. The film stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman and opens on March 22nd.
- The Place Beyond the Pines – A couple of French character posters for director Derek Cianfrance’s much-lauded crime drama have made their way online. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Eva Mendes and opens on March 29th.
- Spring Breakers – A new poster for director Harmony Korine’s insane-looking crime pic teases the multitude of supplies used by stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco. The film opens on March 15th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
The marketing campaign for Pixar’s 2013 release Monsters University looks to be in high gear, and I’m loving the faux-college virals they’ve been putting out thus far. Today another such video has landed online, as we’re treated to “A Message from the Dean,” which plays like all of those cheesy commercials that colleges put out year after year. It does a great job of capturing the spirit of those spots, and it also gives us a look at some new footage from the film. The monster designs look incredible, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the creatures the folks at Pixar have dreamed up. Also, is that Helen Mirren’s voice as the film’s Dean? The recent featurette for the film hints at a major role for that character, so the casting would make sense.
Hit the jump to watch the video, and click here to watch the recent full trailer. The film also features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter Sohn. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.
John Goodman was a guest on last night’s episode of Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and he brought a clip from his upcoming film, Monsters University. The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (Goodman) college days, and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs. In the clip, we see the first meeting between the two, and how Mike was uptight, Sulley was laid-back, and an escaped monster-pig was involved. The clip doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the latest trailer had some good moments, so let’s keep hope alive.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter Sohn. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.
The full trailer for Monsters University has been released. The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (John Goodman) college days, and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs. We previously showed you an extended featurette that explained the plot points, but this new trailer avoids spoiling the story, and instead goes for laughs. There are some good jokes in here, and I’m hoping the movie will offer plenty more.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter Sohn. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st. [Update: We've added four new banners for the film that celebrate the Chinese New Year]
The first featurette for Pixar’s Monsters University has made its way online. The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (John Goodman) college days and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs. The studio is understandably secretive with regards to their upcoming projects, but in this featurette, director Dan Scanlon provides an extended preview of what fans can expect from the new film, including some pretty intricate story details. I won’t get into the nitty gritty here on the front page for those that want to remain in the dark, suffice it to say that the film involves a heavy fraternity/sorority element and it certainly sounds like the folks at Pixar are drawing inspiration from classic college comedies.
Hit the jump to take a look at the featurette, which is included on the upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of Monsters Inc. Monsters University opens on June 21st.
Pixar has always been pushing the edge when it comes to photorealism in their movies, but it’s always in the little things you may not notice such as water or a character’s hair. However, the stunning animation will be difficult to ignore in their upcoming short film, The Blue Umbrella. A brief clip has been released online, and it’s tough to believe that Pixar didn’t shoot live-action footage and then place animated faces on top of it.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The Blue Umbrella will play in front of Monsters University, which opens June 21st.
A few new posters for some upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- Snitch – The first poster for director Ric Roman Waugh’s action-thriller puts Dwayne Johnson’s DEA informant character front and center. The film opens on February 22nd.
- The Last Exorcism Part II – I’m not exactly sure how a film with “last” in the title can have a sequel, but the first poster for the horror follow-up has some twisty fun with teasing the number 2. The film opens on March 1st.
- Parker – The final poster for the Jason Statham-led actioner highlight’s Statham’s gun-handling abilities and Jennifer Lopez’s, um, behind. The film opens on January 25th.
- Monsters University – A playful Spanish poster for Pixar’s upcoming sequel promises “a monstrous summer.” The film opens in 3D on June 21st. [Update: Disney has asked us to remove the Monsters University poster because it was not cleared for online release.]
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.
Pixar’s Monsters University is capitalizing on college bowl games in order to recruit new students/viewers. A new TV spot for the Monsters, Inc. prequel debuted during the Rose Bowl today and invited the best and brightest young monsters to visit their campus. You can get a virtual tour by heading over to the film’s fantastic website complete with campus store.
Directed by Dan Scanlon (Tracy) and featuring the returning voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi, Monsters University opens June 21st. Hit the jump to watch the recruitment commercial.
Opening Christmas Day is director Andy Fickman’s (You Again) family comedy Parental Guidance. The film stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as two grandparents who have a hard time finding middle ground with their three modernized grandchildren. Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott play the parents. For more on the film, here’s the trailer.
During the recent Los Angeles press day I spoke to Crystal and Midler. They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, what it was like working with the kids, Twitter, Facebook, and Crystal talked about Pixar’s Monsters University. Hit the jump to watch.
As 2012 winds down to a close, it’s tough to see us having another year filled with so many good movies anytime soon. Nevertheless, looking to 2013 there’s certainly reason to be excited, and what better way to kick off the new year than to take a look at what 2013 has in store for us by way of blockbuster filmmaking? We’ve compiled a list of 20 “blockbusters” to look forward to in the coming year, and the resulting preview teases some promisingly diverse fare. Naturally there’s no lack of superhero movies headed our way, but we’ve also got a great mix of exciting entries in horror, comedy, sci-fi, and drama to look forward to. Hit the jump to take a look at our 2013 Blockbuster Preview.
As we approach the end of 2012, it can be a little daunting to look ahead at all the great films coming up in 2013. So today we’ll break down the 2013 releases for Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney/Pixar and Marvel Studios. As usual, the Mouse House has a line-up full of live-action movies like Oz the Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger, superhero features Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and animated films such as Monsters University and Frozen. There’s even a 3D re-release of the classic The Little Mermaid next year. Hit the jump to see the release date schedule for Disney’s 2013 films.