Poster Round-Up: Michael Mann’s BLACKHAT, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

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Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • BlackhatChris Hemsworth‘s head looms large in the poster Michael Mann‘s upcoming film about cyberterrorism.  The movie opens January 16, 2015 also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.
  • FoxcatcherSteve Carell takes center stage as the creepy John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s tragic story of ambition and failure.  The film opens November 14th, and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.  Click here to read my review from TIFF.
  • Ex MachinaAlicia Vikander has a case of robot-neck in the U.K. poster for Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi film.  The movie opens in 2015, and also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Official FURIOUS 7 Poster Teases Vengeance

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Yesterday, Universal Pictures began the marketing campaign for the upcoming seventh Fast & Furious film by unveiling the official title—Furious 7—and a new banner, in addition to announcing that the official trailer will arrive this coming Saturday.  In keeping with the buildup to the trailer debut, Universal today released the first theatrical Furious 7 poster, which also reveals the film’s tagline: “Vengeance Hits Home.”  It’s a fairly standard teaser poster as the Furious 7 cast is obscured in the background, but I am very curious to see how director James Wan handles his first action film.  The production no doubt had its hurdles, but hopefully Wan and Co. were able to turn out a solid finished feature.

Hit the jump to check out the Furious 7 poster.  The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, and Kurt RussellFurious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

Poster For The Newly Titled FURIOUS 7, Trailer Hitting In Seven Days

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So strange.  I was just watching Fast & Furious 6 on HBO Go last night and noticed that the title card actually just read Furious 6, which I thought was a nice compliment to the fifth installment (which was officially titled Fast 5).  So now that Fast & Furious 7 seems to formally be titled Furious 7, I don’t know what to think.  Actually, I do know what to think, which its not worry about the title so much and to look forward to some insanely fun ridiculousness next year.   Though director James Wan described the shoot as a challenge when I spoke to him recently, he also said he was incredibly proud of the film and that sentiment is definitely echoed in the text accompanying the poster reveal.

The film also stars Vin Diesel, Paul WalkerDwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezJason Statham, LudacrisTyrese GibsonRonda RouseyTony JaaNathalie EmmanuelLucas BlackJohn BrothertonDjimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell.  Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.  Hit the jump for a better look poster and a note accompanying the trailer announcement.  It will be an interactive event that fans can participate in as well. 

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Poster and Trailer Teaser Arrive Prior to Tomorrow’s Official Trailer Release

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Splitting the Insidious: Chapter 2 narrative between the Lambert family, the material at the hospital and what goes down in The Further kept the film from feeling as refined as the original, but it did prove that there’s much more to the situation that could be worth exploring in a new edition.

We know that the third installment is a prequel and involves Elise (Lin Shaye) trying to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) evade a supernatural entity, but I’m on the lookout for plot points directly related to The Further and the rules established in the previous two films.  Could that come in the film’s first trailer?  We’ll find out soon enough because it’s due to arrive tomorrow at 9am PST.  Hit the jump to check out a new Insidious: Chapter 3 poster and trailer teaser counting down to the official teaser trailer’s big release.  (And yes, I know it sounds ridiculous.)  Insidious: Chapter 3 is due to hit theaters on May 29, 2015 and also stars Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson and writer-director Leigh Whannell.

Trailer, Poster and Images for STARRY EYES, a New Horror Classic

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I have seen Starry Eyes twice now.  The first time was back in March at SXSW and while I immediately connected with the film and liked it very much, I wound up lobbing a few criticisms at it as well. As the months wore on the movie grew in my head, there was just something about this inexpensive indie that had worn its way into me.  So much so that, several months later, I asked if I could host the Los Angeles premiere of the film.  A second viewing that night not only ameloriated some of the vague concerns I had after the first viewing of the movie, it actually surpassed the version of the film I’d had playing in my head for months after the fact.  Starry Eyes isn’t just good… it’s fantastic.  That’s not hyperbole.  I know some of the people involved and would tell them to their face if I didn’t think it was at least a near classic.

While the trailer I’m including here is old, today’s release of the theatrical/VOD poster for the film is a good excuse to post it on this site for the first time.  Starry Eyes comes from the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Amanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by Travis Stevens‘ Snowfort Pictures and hits theaters and VOD on November 14th.  Be there.  Or be home.  But be watching it. 

Exclusive DREDD Miniseries Images and Poster; SUPERFIEND Arrives on October 27th

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It’s huge that 2012’s Dredd amassed such an enthusiastic cult following, but the film only took in $35.6 million at the worldwide box office so it’s no wonder that the fate of the sequel is still so uncertain.  However, producer Adi Shankar isn’t going to let that stop him from bringing us more Dredd.

While we continue to keep our fingers crossed for Dredd 2, Shankar is going to hold us over with a web series called Superfiend.  When we first told you about it a couple of weeks ago, it seemed as though it’d follow in the footsteps of Shankar’s past “Bootleg Universe” installments, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth in Journalism, run with a live-action format and possibly feature stars from the film, but Superfiend is actually an animated series.  Hit the jump to get a sense of what’s coming in our exclusive poster and Dredd miniseries images.

FUN SIZE HORROR Poster and Collider’s Official Release Line-Up Including Work from Josh C. Waller, Zeke Pinheiro, Mali Elfman and More

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As we told you a couple of weeks ago, Collider is teaming up with a little something called Fun Size Horror, a collective of talented filmmakers who love the genre.  It isn’t easy getting independent films off the ground, so Zeke Pinheiro figured, he knows a whole bunch of folks eager to make movies, so why not pool all their resources and make them together?  That idea resulted in the completion of 31 short horror films.

But even then, there’s the issue of distribution and that’s where Collider, DreadCentral, BloodyDisgusting, ShockTillYouDrop and HitFix come in. Beginning October 27th, each outlet will unveil a new Fun Size Horror short. That short will be available for 24 hours and then after that period, a new short film will take its place. Hit the jump for more on the initiative and to check out the Fun Size Horror poster as well.

BIG EYES Poster Featuring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams and The First Grail

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If you’re amassing a collection of Tim Burton posters somewhere, this new one for his latest film, Big Eyes, is bound to stand out.  The film tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).  Back in the 1950s, Walter Keane became a household name courtesy of a series of oil paintings featuring kids with enormous eyes.  But the thing is, he wasn’t the one making them.  Margaret was.

The very first Big Eyes poster just hit the web and it features Waltz and Adams in front of a Margaret Keane design called “The First Grail.”  Hit the jump to check it out.  Big Eyes arrives in theaters on December 25th and also stars Krysten RitterTerrence StampJason Schwartzman and Danny Huston.

New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

The Onslaught of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Posters and Banners Continues

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Have you had enough of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies posters and banners yet?  Of course not!  Science shows that unless a movie has at least 23 posters, it will drastically underperform at the box office.  Thankfully, in addition to all of the other posters Warner Bros. has recently released for the movie, we now have three more posters along with three banners.  With this many posters and banners, how can you not see this movie?

Hit the jump to check out the new posters and banners.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Luke Evans with Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

First JURASSIC WORLD Poster Gets Ominous, Reminds Us “The Park Is Open”

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Just a few minutes ago director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted out the first poster for Jurassic World and it definitely sets a dark tone for the film (even though I expect this version to not be full of grit – it has Chris Pratt as the lead after all).  I’m super stoked about this movie so hopefully this means some kind of trailer is on the way soon.  We know the bulk of the film takes place inside a functioning park on Isla Nublar 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park and I can’t wait to see what kind of things are in store for us.  It feels like Friday the 13th Part 6 when they finally had campers at Crystal Lake!

Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World poster with what appears to be the film’s tagline.  The pic also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanJake JohnsonJudy Greer, and Omar Sy.  Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.  Hit the jump for a look at the full poster!

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT Poster Teases Pixar’s Upcoming Holiday Special

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While many thought that Toy Story 3 might mark the last time we’d see the loveable Pixar characters that started it all, the studio has done a swell job of keeping Woody, Buzz, and Co. alive by way of some seriously funny short films and TV specials.  The first TV special, Toy Story of Terror!, premiered last Halloween, and now Pixar has a new Toy Story special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, poised to debut on ABC during the upcoming holiday season.  The first Toy Story That Time Forgot poster has debuted online, giving us a sneak peek at what’s in store for our tiny heroes.  The story of the special revolves around the Toy Story gang stumbling upon uncharted territory after a Christmas play date, where they come across a set of dinosaur action figures that turn out to be dangerously delusional.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Toy Story That Time Forgot poster, and be sure to check out our extended interview with director Steve Purcell and producer Gayln Susman about the special from this summer’s Comic-Con.  The TV special features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, and Joan CusackToy Story That Time Forgot debuts on ABC on Tuesday, December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT.

New BIG HERO 6 Poster Gets Colorful; Plus New Posters for THE HOBBIT, THE IMITATION GAME, and PADDINGTON

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New posters for some of the year’s most anticipated films have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Big Hero 6 – A new Big Hero 6 poster has been unveiled in anticipation of New York Comic-Con, which gets underway this weekend.  The Disney Animation film is the first adaptation of a Marvel comic for the studio and opens in theaters on November 7th.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Hot on the heels of Bilbo and Gandalf one-sheets, the latest character poster for the final chapter in the Hobbit saga features Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.  The film opens December 17th.
  • The Imitation GameKeira Knightley gets her own poster for the WWII drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing.  The awards-friendly film opens in the UK on November 14th and in the US on November 21st.
  • Paddington – A new UK poster for the live-action/CG hybrid film based on the series of childrens books shows all of the titular bear’s favorite things.  The film opens on December 25th.

Check out the new posters after the jump.

The Parade of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Posters Continues with a Close-Up on Gandalf

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Yesterday, we got a The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), and today we’re getting one for Gandalf (Ian McKellen).  Warner Bros. loves doing character posters, and we can expect plenty more for this movie, especially since there are so many dwarves whose names we still don’t know because they’re basically background to set pieces.  I will say that I’m glad we got to see McKellen play Gandalf again, and I hope this conclusion gives him another chance to shine.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Spoiler Poster Warns Against Spilling the Beans on Set

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The name J.J. Abrams and the word “mystery box” have become rather synonymous given the filmmaker’s preference to keep any and all story details under lock and key until his film comes out, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun with the process.  Production has been underway on Star Wars: Episode VII for some time now, and as one can imagine, Abrams is doing everything in his power to keep the film’s secrets under wraps until next December.  That hasn’t stopped set photos and proposed story leaks, but Lucasfilm has taken a strict “no comment” policy on just about everything.  Producer Frank Marshall, whose wife Kathleen Kennedy is the president of Lucasfilm and producer of Star Wars 7, is currently visiting the film’s London set, and he recently shared an image on Twitter of a pretty funny propaganda poster that hangs on the walls of the soundstage.  It’s a humorous reminder to, simply put, keep your mouth shut.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Star Wars: Episode VII spoiler poster.  The mystery box opens on December 18, 2015.

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