New Posters for THE PEANUTS MOVIE, PADDINGTON, and THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

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We’ve got a collection of posters for some family films coming our way over the following year.  Briefly:

  • The Peanuts Movie – Snoopy rests peacefully in a new poster that continues to make the film look like it could be quite charming.  The animated film opens in 3D on November 6, 2015.
  • Paddington – The lesson of this poster: If you adopt a talking bear, he will ruin your home.  Most home insurance policies do not cover water damage caused by bears.  The film opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water – The upcoming sequel takes the animated characters into the live-action realm and turns them into superheroes, and these posters provide the names of their alter-egos.  The film opens in 3D on February 6, 2015, and features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas Lawrence.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Featurette and Poster Delve Into the American Dream With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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A24 Films has issued a new A Most Violent Year featurette and poster in support of writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama. The featurette is a nice look at not only the making of the piece, but the American economic situation that inspired it.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  I’m excited to see this movie next week, I typically love Isaac and Chastain so even if it’s not all that violent or action-packed, which I’ve heard, I should be just fine watching a solid drama featuring the pair.

Check out the first A Most Violent Year featurette and poster after the jump.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks.  A Most Violent Year opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.  

Mondo Unveils PULP FICTION Poster for Timed Black Friday Sale; Variants to be Signed by Quentin Tarantino

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Black Friday is just a few days away now.  Better start prepping so you can take advantage of the best deals out there, like Mondo’s Black Friday sale for example.  Beginning on Friday, November 28th and wrapping up on 11:59PM CT on Monday, November 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a stunning new Pulp Fiction poster by Laurent Durieux for $60 as part of a timed sale (no beating the rush, they’ll sell as many as they sell) and then Mondo will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship.  Cue the salesman voice.  But wait!  There’s more!

Mondo also plans to announce the online sale information for a variant print at a future date, which will be signed by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.  Mondo is donating 100% of the variant proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship.  Hit the jump for more on Mondo’s Black Friday plans and to check out that new Pulp Fiction print and variant.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Trailer and Poster Featuring Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen In a Period Romance

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Far From the Madding Crowd looks like it falls firmly in Fox Searchlight’s wheelhouse (in the period film way, not the quirky indie way), which seems like a good thing in this case.  The Thomas Hardy adaptation stars Carey Mulligan, Michael SheenMatthias Schoenaerts, (who you can currently see in The Drop) and Tom Sturridge (Effie Gray) and looks like one of those gorgeous high caliber pieces I’ll never see on my own, but will be glad I did once someone else drags me to it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster for Far From the Madding Crowd.  It was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The HuntDear Wendy) and adapted for the screen by David Nicholls (One DayStarter for 10).  The film will be released by Fox Searchlight on May 1, 2015.  It also stars Juno Temple and Jessica Barden

First PAN Images Show a Screaming Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s PETER PAN Prequel [Updated with New Posters]

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We’re almost at the end of 2014, which means we’re long overdue when it comes to marketing the movies of summer 2015.  Today, Warner Bros. has released the first Pan images along with what’s sure to be the first of 197 character posters. The film “tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds great adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.”  These images show us not only Levi Miller as Pan, but also Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, and um…well…yeah.  None of these images are too encouraging, but I have faith in director Joe Wright.  While he does have a tendency to go overboard in his staging and visuals, his past work promises we’re not going to get a run-of-the-mill Peter Pan story even though I was never all that curious about the character’s origin story.

Hit the jump to check out the first Pan images along with a poster of Miller as the eponymous character.  The film opens July 17, 2015, and also stars Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee, Amanda Seyfried as Mary; Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Ender’s Game) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling. [Update: We've added more character posters after the jump.]

Terror Abounds in New THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH Trailer, Plus New Images

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The official U.S. trailer for The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death has been released.  Directed by Tom Harper, the horror sequel takes place 40 years after the events of the first film, during the London bombings of World War II, and revolves around a pair of schoolteachers (Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory) who lead a group of children in evacuation to the abandoned Eel Marsh House.  I’m a sucker for UK-set horror films, so I found this trailer to be quiet effective.  The gloomy atmosphere bleeds through the screen, and there are more than a couple of successful jump scares.

Check out the new The Woman in Black 2 trailer after the jump along with some new images and the poster.  The film also stars Jeremy Irvine and opens in theaters on January 2, 2015.

THE COLOR OF TIME Trailer and Poster: James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and More Go through the Life of Poet C.K. Williams

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Starz Digital Media has released The Color of Time trailer and poster.  We last reported on this film over two years ago, and at the time it looked like it was an adaptation of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner C.K. Williams, but as this new trailer and synopsis explain, it’s really more of a biopic.  The plot has Williams (James Franco) preparing for a reading in New York City, but he’s haunted by memories from his past.  The Color of Time has the hook of being handled by 12 directors, and the cast also includes Mila KunisJessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, and Bruce Campbell.  However, looking at this trailer, it seems like the ensemble of directors really wanted to make The Tree of Life minus dinosaurs.

Hit the jump to check out The Color of Time trailer and poster.  The film will be available for early digital download on December 2nd, On Demand and on iTunes on December 9th, and in theaters on December 12th.

EW Cover Offers a First Look at PITCH PERFECT 2 with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow; First Poster Released

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Get your aca-puns ready, folks, because it’s time to start getting really excited for Pitch Perfect 2.  A first look at the sequel has been unveiled as part of this week’s EW cover, which features returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany SnowPitch Perfect actress/executive producer Elizabeth Banks steps into the director’s chair this time around, taking over from the first film’s Jason Moore and making her feature directorial debut in the process.  Plot details for the follow-up are still unknown at this time, but as a big fan of the first movie I’m really looking forward to this sequel.  Kay Cannon (30 Rock) returned to pen the script so hopefully it’s able to maintain sharp tone of the first feature while expanding the scope, as sequels are wont to do.

Check out the first look at Pitch Perfect 2 after the jump, including the cover image and other photos.  The film also stars Skylar Astin, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna CampKatey Segal, Adam Devine, and of course Banks.  Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015. [Update: We've added the first poster for the film.  Additionally, Universal Pictures has announced that the trailer will be released tomorrow.]

New CINDERELLA Trailer, Poster, and Images: Disney Classic Comes to Live-Action with Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett

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Disney has released a new Cinderella trailer and poster along with new images for director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action iteration of the classic story.  The movie is the traditional rags-to-riches story we know with a few twists like Cinderella (Lily James) meeting the prince (Richard Madden) before knowing he’s a prince, and the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) appearing in the guise of an old, beggar woman.  But the nefarious evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and wicked stepsisters (Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger) are still in place.  It looks like Branagh has stayed incredibly faithful to the 1950 Disney animated film, and this trailer is basically a condensed, live-action version of that entire movie.  I guess if you’re more into flesh-and-blood actors combined with lots of CG, then this will be the Cinderella for you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Cinderella trailer, poster, and images.  The film also stars Nonso AnozieDerek Jacobi, and Stellan Skarsgard, and opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

THE DUFF Trailer and Poster Set Out to Obliterate Body Image Progress

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That headline is half in jest, since I actually think there’s a chance that The Duff has its heart in the right place.  It’s just that the execution of that intent, so far, is a bit confounding.  First, star Mae Whitman is neither ugly or fat.  But I’m not worried about her.  She’s an adult and likely knows that she’s not ugly or fat.  But what do little girls think of themselves when they see Whitman, who is more than conventionally attractive, positioned that way?  When they look and the mirror don’t feel like they can even measure up to Hollywood’s standards of “ugly” and “fat?”  All of this is hammered home by the vaguely predatory tagline, “if you don’t know who it is, then it’s probably you.”  I’m sure there’s some redemption in the film itself.  It looks to have good performances for what looks essentially like a more specific, current version of Mean Girls.  It looks well made.  I just feel like its positioning itself in a clunky, potentially harmful manner.

Hi the jump for The Duff trailer and poster.  The film also stars Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco and Ken Jeong.  It was directed by Ari Sandel from a script by Josh Cagan and opens in theaters next year.

New INSIDE OUT Character Posters Devote Emotional Energy to Joy, Fear, Disgust, and Anger

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Yesterday, we got an Inside Out character poster for the emotion Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and now we have the rest of the main cast—Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black).  These five emotions guide the mind of 11-year-old Riley Anderson, who must struggle with moving to a new city and a new school.  This struggle forces Joy and Sadness away from the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.  Even though we’re getting new posters, I doubt we’ll see a new trailer before the end of the year since the teaser debuted only a month and a half ago.

Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out character posters.  Pixar’s upcoming film opens in 3D on June 19, 2015.

SON OF A GUN Trailer and Poster: Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites Get into a Criminal Partnership and Have a Falling Out

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A24 has released the Son of a Gun trailer and poster.  The Australian thriller follows JR (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who becomes the apprentice of a calculating crime boss (Ewan McGregor) when they bond on a prison break, but their relationship becomes jeopardized over a heist and a woman (Alicia Vikander).  I was somewhat interested in the film, but this trailer saved me the time because it doesn’t play like a trailer as much as a condensed version of the entire movie.  It’s almost impressive to see all three acts play out in the span of less than two minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the Son of a Gun trailer and poster.  The film hits DirecTV on December 11th and will be in theaters in mid-January 2015.

PROJECT ALMANAC Trailer and Poster: The Time Travel Genre Gets the Found Footage Treatment

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Project Almanac trailer and poster for director Dean Israelite’s upcoming time travel film.  Formerly titled Welcome to Yesterday, the story revolves around a group of teens who construct a working time machine and are faced with unexpected complications.  Even though this film has been delayed for a while, it looks really good.  The jokes in the trailer are funny, and then when it gets serious, the stakes are high.  The buzz on the movie is positive, and it could end up being the next Chronicle (i.e. it’s all fun and games until teenagers irresponsibly use their awesome power).

Check out the new Project Almanac trailer and poster after the jump, and click here to read Perri’s initial report from the set.  The film stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Amy Landecker, and Virginia GardnerProject Almanac opens in theaters on January 30, 2015.

7 New NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Character Posters Use the Title Six Different Ways

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20th Century Fox has released seven new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb character posters.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  These posters all find a way to incorporate “Night” into the tagline except the one featuring Attila the Hun.  I like to think about the tagline copywriters burning the midnight oil, rolling up their shirt sleeves, chain smoking, crumpling up sheets of papers, and getting into shouting matches because they couldn’t figure out how to make a play on words with “hun” and “night”.  Then they gave up and cried themselves to sleep.

Hit the jump to check out the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb character posters.  The film opens November 19th, and also stars Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen Wilson, Rebel WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney.

First INSIDE OUT Character Poster and Video Belong to Sadness

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Following a somewhat disappointing teaser trailer for Inside Out that basically just reiterated Pixar’s past accomplishments, the studio has now released what will presumably be the first of five character posters and videos for the movie.  The story focuses on a group of emotions— Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—that guide the life of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson.  The first Inside Out character poster and video belongs to Sadness, and each emotion will get the same treatment daily throughout the week (tomorrow is Disgust).

Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out poster and video for Sadness, and to learn what Smith had to say about her character.  Inside Out opens in 3D on June 19, 2015.

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