With director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening in a week, Warner Bros. has provided us with five clips and fourteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. The film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth. Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the dragon Smaug and he delivers a great performance.
I saw a screening a few days ago and am happy to report it’s fantastic. The film is almost non-stop action and I think the people that had issues with first film are going to love this one. In addition, the film features some unbelievable set pieces, with one sequence causing my theater to erupt in applause when it ended. Get ready for a great ride that you should definitely see in 3D. Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.
We’ve got a pair of new clips from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to share with you today. They’re a bit Elf-centric and are highly conversational, but they give a nice introduction to both Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace’s characters, while giving Lord of the Rings fans lots of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) to take a gander at.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
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.
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.
Focus Features has released new clips, a new poster, and some new images from director Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming drama Dallas Buyers Club. Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s a really solid performance-driven pic that chronicles the beginning of the AIDS epidemic from a fascinating point of view. McConaughey is indeed great in the film, but Jared Leto nearly steals the entire film as a transgender AIDS patient who becomes McConaughey’s business partner. Expect both to garner serious awards attention in the coming months.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, poster, and images, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, and Steve Zahn. Dallas Buyers Club opens on November 1st.
DreamWorks has released three clips and nearly 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival and it definitely provides an interesting look into the beginnings of WikiLeaks as well as a peek into the divide between new and old media. You can read Matt’s full review from TIFF here.
Hit the jump to watch the clips and b-roll. The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten. The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.
The first clip from director Jeff Tremaine’s comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is now available. It offers up an extended look at a sequence seen in the film’s trailer. It also shows off the gimmick that has worked so well for Jackass films in the past, that of performing crazy stunts in the midst of unsuspecting passersby and then recording their reactions. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jackson Nicoll star in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, due out October 25th. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
Sony Pictures has released a pair of clips from director Paul Greengrass’ new film Captain Phillips. The pic stars Tom Hanks as real life ship captain Richard Phillips who allowed himself to be taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009 in exchange for the safety of his crew. The film landed on our Most Anticipated list of fall movies, and while Matt wasn’t quite taken with it, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Greengrass has put together. The filmmaker has a knack for melding relevant and difficult themes with a very effective thriller, and these two new clips are certainly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahaman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, and David Warshofsky. Captain Phillips opens on October 11th.
Relativity Media has released four new clips from Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. His traditional take on Shakespeare’s play stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the star-crossed lovers, and co-stars Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Christian Cooke, Lesley Manville, and Stellan Skarsgard.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Romeo and Juliet opens October 11th.
Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet. I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick. However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please. Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.
Director Ron Howard’s Rush delves into the competitive world of Formula 1 racing with this true-life tale of racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) respectively, Rush chronicles their ongoing feud both on and off the race track as they push themselves to extremes in an all-out effort to win. We’ve got seven clips from the film for you to get a taste before it opens later this month.
Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Imagine), Rush opens September 27th. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Word out of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has Hugh Jackman, star of Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, as a potential dark horse in the upcoming Oscar race. You can read up on Matt’s review of the film here, but we’ve got five clips from the film for you today so that you might better acquaint yourselves with it. Co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano also feature as a big city detective and a suspect, respectively.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis. Prisoners opens September 20th.
Let’s take a look at some clips from the following films:
- Labor Day – Jason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek and Clark Gregg, opening January 31, 2014.
- Tim’s Vermeer – Teller (of Penn & Teller) directs this documentary centering on inventor Tim Jenison’s quest to understand the painting techniques of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
- The Face of Love - Arie Posin’s romantic drama starring Ed Harris, Annette Bening and Robin Williams.
Hit the jump to watch the clips.