As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout. The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.
Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display. We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor. We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more. We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.
A few new posters have landed online. Briefly:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Fresh off last week’s barrage of character posters for the Marvel sequel featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson, acting legend Robert Redford gets his own character poster for the film. The follow-up opens in theaters April 4th.
- Noah – A pair of new international posters for director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic take an Episode I approach to the design. The film stars Russell Crowe and opens in theaters March 28th.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – A new international poster for the DreamWorks Animation sequel is elegantly simple. The film opens in theaters on June 13th.
Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.
Today, we’ve got new posters for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Need for Speed, and Pompeii. The Dragon poster features siblings Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), Tuffnut (T.J. Miller), and their two-headed dragon on a poster that clearly doesn’t have enough room for all of them. Then there’s Need for Speed, which is seriously abusing the blue-orange poster cliché. Finally, there’s the Pompeii poster where Kit Harington has apparently discovered something even more horrifying than the exploding volcano behind him. Also, I don’t know if this is a foreign poster or not. Everything is in English except “Pompeii” is spelled with a “J”. Go figure.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th. Need for Speed opens March 14th. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.
A few new posters have landed online. Briefly:
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – A character new poster for the highly anticipated DreamWorks Animation sequel gives us a look at Fishlegs (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) five years after the events of the first film. The follow-up opens in 3D June 13th.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – A couple of new banners for the stylish action sequel highlight Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). The sequel opens March 7th.
- Bad Words – An appropriately foul premiere poster for Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, a comedy about an adult who enters a spelling bee tournament. The film opens March 21st.
- Cuban Fury – A cheeky new poster for the Nick Frost salsa dancing comedy plays off comparisons to a certain other dance-themed film. The pic opens in the U.K. on February 14th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to. There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties. Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months. Read on after the jump.
Now playing in theaters is Ben Stiller‘s latest directorial effort The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine negative asset manager who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. On his quest, he seeks to find a missing image taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn. The movie also stars Kristen Wiig as his love interest, and Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, and Kathryn Hahn. While Stiller is known for his great work behind the camera on Tropic Thunder and Zoolander, Walter Mitty is definitely his most adult effort to date and the film is a beautiful look at life.
At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Kristen Wiig. She talked about working for Ben Stiller, how it was a cool project because it’s not just a comedy or a drama, how she prepares for a role, other projects like Anchorman 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the possibility of a MacGruber sequel, and more. Hit the jump to watch
The first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now available. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider. The new trailer features the adorable relationship between Hiccup and Toothless, daring heroics, flight scenes that could be pretty incredible in 3D, and a big revelation regarding the history of the Dragon Rider. This sequel continues to be one of my most-anticipated of 2014.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
DreamWorks Animation will be releasing a full theatrical trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 tomorrow, but in order to tide fans over they’ve unveiled a short trailer tease online this afternoon. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider. This tease looks like it shows a bit of this new ice cave, and even though the video is short and relatively small, the visuals look great.
Hit the jump to take a look at the trailer tease and check back tomorrow to watch the full trailer. The film also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
DreamWorks Animation has released a new image from one of my most-anticipated films of 2014, How to Train Your Dragon 2. The image gives us our first look at “Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchette), a maverick Dragon Rider who lives as a recluse in the Arctic and becomes a mentor of sorts” to Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who is, as we’ve seen from the poster and trailer, older and hotter. Director Dean DeBlois says Valka is “Somebody living with the animals and learning to communicate with them in non-verbal ways and becoming much like a dragon herself,” and “Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons and being very sympathetic to them has made her very distrusting of humans.” As for the dragon she rides, Valka flies around on “Cloudjumper” who “has owl mannerisms and a second set of wings under his main ones that ‘can actually splay and become an X-wing’.”
Hit the jump to see the full image and to learn more about the plot. The film also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
DreamWorks Animation has released the first official poster for the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider. Due to its high quantity of features, DreamWorks Animation is a bit of a hit and miss studio, but they hit big with 2010’s excellent How to Train Your Dragon. It’s great to see the evolved character design of Hiccup in this first poster for the follow-up, and a proper theatrical trailer will probably be heading our way soon.
Hit the jump to take a closer look at the poster, and click here to see what Jay Baruchel had to say about seeing a rough cut of the film. The pic also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.
At the film’s press day, actor Djimon Hounsou (who plays the wealthy and exotic Quinton Jamison) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to him, the opportunity he had to create his own backstory for the character, that he believes people should get to know and enjoy each other before considering marriage, and how much he enjoyed working with co-star Paula Patton. He also talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, and how he hopes to get some of his own projects into production soon. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. While I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.
Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at TIFF, what The Art of the Steal is about, what it was like for Baruchel to work with Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, what he collects, the reception to This Is the End, the Goon sequel (and what it’s about), and more. In addition, he talked about how he’d just seen the rough cut of How to Train Your Dragon 2, who he plays in the Robocop remake, and future projects like his pilot for ABC, and his comic book adaptation, Random Acts of Violence, which is in development. Hit the jump to watch.
At this weekend’s press junket for the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, Collider got the opportunity to chat with actor Djimon Hounsou about his role as the wealthy and exotic businessman, Quinton Jamison, who is one of the exes that flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) decides to track down and reconnect with. While we will run the full interview and what he had to say about working on the film closer to its September 27th release date, we did what to share what he had to say about what he’s currently shooting – the latest Marvel action-adventure epic Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he plays Korath the Pursuer.
During the interview, Hounsou talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, how alive the creative process is with the film, how he feels like he’s in a different part of the galaxy when he’s on set, working on a combination of both soundstages and outdoor sets, and why he wanted to voice Black Panther for an animated series. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Check out Disney’s adjusted release date schedule, along with an earlier release for an anticipated DreamWorks Animation sequel below:
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron is final title of previous “Marvel’s The Avengers Untitled Sequel” (previously announced 5/1/15 wide playdate is unchanged)
- Inside Out is final title of previous “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind” (previously announced 6/19/15 wide playdate in 3D is unchanged)
- Phineas and Ferb is removed from Disney release schedule (from “2014 Undated”)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2* will open on June 13, 2014, moved up a week from June 20, 2014; Friday the 13th be damned!
- Warner Bros. sets Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe, for February 14, 2014.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview with Mintz-Plasse (who is awesome in the film), he talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, changes on set, his reaction to the script, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies (talks about how the film has a lot of male nudity and his fake flaccid prosthetic penis), and much more. Hit the jump to watch.