Warner Bros. has released the first Jersey Boys trailer and poster for director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the popular stage musical. The film tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success. I was a bit surprised to see that the pic maintains the direct address from the stage musical, with the various characters speaking into the camera to move the story along, but it could be an interesting addition to what’s essentially a rags-to-riches-to-troubles biopic of the Four Seasons. On the stage, the story is a lot of fun and almost plays like a musical version of Goodfellas, so it certainly has strong potential. My main hesitation is Eastwood, whose dreary aesthetic and tone don’t particularly scream “movie musical.” But he’s an avid music fan and a musician himself, so maybe he’ll surprise us with this one.
Hit the jump to watch the Jersey Boys trailer and to check out the pic’s debut poster. The film stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, and Christopher Walken. Jersey Boys opens in theaters on June 20th.
Mondo has announced “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo”, which is a gallery of Marvel character portraits by artist Mike Mitchell. “My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath,” said Mitchell in a press release. “This has easily been the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe.”
Hit the jump to check out Mitchell’s Marvel prints for Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Black Cat, Bullseye, Luke Cage, and Mysterio. The show will run from April 25th to May 17th.
IFC Films has released the Cold in July trailer and poster. The film stars Michael C. Hall as an mild-mannered family man who kills a home intruder, but events take a bizarre twist when the intruder’s father (Sam Shepard) begins stalking around, and an even larger conspiracy is around the corner. I saw the film at Sundance, and even though the tone is erratic, it’s also electrifying. This trailer provides a good sense of the movie without giving too much away, or at least not so much that you can piece together the entire story. This is an indie flick you should definitely keep on your radar.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. Cold in July opens May 23rd.
Writer-director Paul Haggis’ Third Person trailer is now available online. As a treat, we’ve also got a look at the film’s international trailer, a bunch of character images, and the film’s poster. All of the varied media give looks at stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, and Maria Bello. That’s quite the cast that Haggis has assembled for his romantic drama that tells the tale of three interlocking stories of couples in Rome, Paris, and New York, familiar territory for the Oscar-winning writer of Crash.
Also starring Kim Basinger, the film will make its U.S. debut on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the first Third Person trailer after the jump, plus a bonus international trailer and a host of new images.
The Cannes Film Festival unveiled this year’s poster today in Paris. Conceived by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designer Gilles Frappier of the Lagency creative studio, the poster features Marcello Mastroianni based on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini‘s 8 1/2, which starred Mastroianni and was presented in the festival’s Official Selection in 1963.
The Oscar-nominated Italian actor, who passed away in 1996, was cast in many of Fellini’s film, including La Dolce Vita. He was the perfect actor to play the director’s complex, tortured leading men. His final film, Manoel de Oliveira‘s Voyage to the Beginning of the World, was released in 1997. Hit the jump for more.
The teaser poster for David Fincher‘s adaptation of Gone Girl has gone online. Ben Affleck plays a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. This teaser is probably great if you’ve read Gone Girl or know there’s a Gone Girl movie on the way, but I think the tagline reads a little silly: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s…Oct 3″. Perhaps that’s intriguing enough for some people, but it doesn’t really do anything for me, especially since I haven’t read the book and don’t know who “Amazing Amy” is (presumably, it’s the wife, but again—you have to be aware of the movie or the book before seeing this poster).
Hit the jump to check out the Gone Girl poster, and check back later to see the first trailer. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
A new English-language cut of director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Pioneer trailer is now available for your viewing pleasure, along with a new poster for the Norwegian thriller. Starring Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Aksel Hennie, Pioneer follows a deep-sea oil drilling mission that results in tragedy for one of the team’s most ambitious divers. An accident on the job eventually forces him to question his sanity as he suspects others around him as being part of a conspiracy. The new look does a good job of setting the stakes and teasing the intrigue, which shows why George Clooney and Grant Heslov were so eager to adapt it for American audiences. The original version will open overseas on April 11th. Hit the jump for the Pioneer trailer and poster.
A new Maps to the Stars image along with the Italian teaser poster has been released. David Cronenberg‘s upcoming film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania. The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother. Mia Wasikowska plays the institutionalized daughter, and the actress is crushing the dead-eyed stare.
Hit the jump to check out the image and the Italian teaser poster. The film also stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. While the movie has received an R-rating from the MPAA, it currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date. Maps to the Stars will likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and a domestic release date should be announced around then.
New posters have been released for your viewing pleasure. Briefly:
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Directed by Dean Deblois, the animated sequel opens in 3D on June 13th, and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.
- Frank – Lenny Abrahamson’s off-beat, dark comedy Frank opens in the U.K. on May 4th, and stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy. U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures hasn’t announced a U.S. release date.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Marc Webb’s superhero blockbuster opens in 3D on May 2nd, and stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
DreamWorks Animation has released a new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and poster. Director Dean Deblois’ animated sequel takes place five years after the first installment, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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 trailer has the blend of humor and drama I was hoping the movie would provide, and I’m surprised and encouraged that they’re leaning more heavily on the emotional side than the comedy even though the jokes are still funny. The first How to Train Your Dragon set a high bar. The sequel could very well meet it.
Hit the jump to watch the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and to check out the new poster. The film opens in 3D on June 13th and 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.
Paramount has released the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles posters. The look of the turtles is somewhat controversial, but fans will need no introductions when it comes to these teasers. When it comes to the colors and weapons, Raphael will still sport red and wield sais; Michelangelo has the orange mask and uses nunchucks; Donatello wears the purple mask and has a staff; and Leonardo is in the blue mask and prefers swords. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you keep the turtles separate.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser posters. The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter, respectively. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.
Here’s a look at the latest and greatest posters from the following films:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Marc Webb’s superhero sequel starring Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field opens May 2nd.
- Chef – Writer-director-star Jon Favreau’s culinary comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Emjay Anthony, with Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey, Jr., opens May 9th.
- Tracks - John Curran’s adventure drama starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey opens May 23rd.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
I’m a big fan of the recently released character posters for Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3. They show the guys (and gal), old faces and new, all having a good time on set instead of being all jammed together in a Photoshopped group shot with an explosive background. We premiered a trio of them, but now all 16 are available for you to enjoy. There are quite a few names to keep straight, but watching the cast’s roll call video should help.
The film opens August 15th and stars Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. Hit the jump to check them all out in their very own The Expendables 3 posters.
Fox has released eight new posters for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The follow-up finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. While not quite as bad as the most recent poster, these are still pretty awful. If they’re not using the tired orange/blue color scheme, then the composition is haphazard, the titling is strange (I know Jackman’s name gets top billing, but it’s still weird to see it under Ian McKellen’s face), or the poster is just outright bizarre. The strangest one is young Xavier reaching out to touch Storm’s face.
Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past posters. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23rd.
Aardman Animation has released a teaser trailer and poster for Shaun the Sheep the Movie. Shaun the Sheep is a spin-off of Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit franchise, and per the synopsis, “When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. Shaun’s mischief accidentally causes the Farmer to be taken away from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him.” The teaser trailer doesn’t show any of this, but it does provide the cute, cheeky humor of Aardman’s movies. While I’ve liked some Aardman films more than others, I’ve found them all enjoyable, and this one looks like it will continue that streak.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster. Shaun the Sheep the Movie opens in the U.K. on March 20, 2015.