New PADDINGTON Trailer Saves Time by Showing Entire Movie

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A new international trailer for Paddington has gone online, and it’s a real time-saver by showing the entire movie.  Not just up until the third-act like most trailers that give away too much.  I know the entire arc of the film now, and while it’s not surprising, it’s rare to see a condensed version of the entire picture.  The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home.  Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).  The movie seems cute enough for kids as far as CGI-bear antics go, and while it will still open for the holiday season in the U.K., in the U.S. it was kicked out of its plush Christmas Day opening day to the wasteland of January.  Market research shows the American people don’t take kindly to bears that wear hats, coats, and galoshes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Paddington trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16th.

An Anthropomorphic Bear Makes Friends in New PADDINGTON Images

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The Weinstein Company has released some new Paddington images from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film based on the beloved bear.  The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home.  Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).  The previous trailer has promised a slapstick-heavy tone that should attract a number of young moviegoers, and even I wasn’t averse to the charm of the titular hat-wearing bear.  These new images give us a better look at the human characters and also show more of Paddington being adorable.

Take a look at the new Paddington movie images after the jump.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in theaters on December 25th.

FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

Oscars: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Hutcherson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, and More Added to Academy Voting Body

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its list of actors, filmmakers, and others involved in the moviemaking industry that have been invited to join the Academy’s membership.  271 artists made the cut this year, ranging from recent winners and nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender to more eclectic choices like Rob Riggle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Josh Hutcherson, and even Jason StathamChris Rock also finally gets a ballot years after hosting the ceremony, and Clark Gregg will bring some Marvel pedigree into the fold.  On the filmmaking side, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, David Gordon Green, Denis Villeneuve, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) join the directors branch, while DP Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) has been added to the cinematographers group.  Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams (sans hat) are also now Academy members should they accept their invitations.  The full list is still disappointingly short on females, however.

Hit the jump to check out the complete list of 2014 invitees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The 2015 race will be here before you know it, folks.

GODZILLA Review

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Godzilla is a difficult character.  He’s been a hero and a villain.  He’s been a loaded symbol and an empty set piece.  He’s a cultural icon and a punchline.  He’s fought on our planet and in other worlds.  He has decades of history and still defies simple definition beyond being a big, rampaging monster.  And while this size and action is all we truly demand of the character, he can be so much more.  In the character’s latest film, Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has created a labor of love that attempts to draw from the monster’s rich history to appeal to his fans, but not make him so esoteric as to alienate those who only know the name.  Although the characters and plot can barely hold the grim vibe, Edwards’ respectful and careful approach to the big guy is more than enough to hold the tension and make us cheer for monster mayhem.

5 New GODZILLA Clips Plus 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Gareth Edwards’ Monster Movie

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Director Gareth Edwards’ mega monster movie Godzilla roars onto screens in just a few days, but we’ve got five new clips from the film to give you a taste.  Additionally, we’ve posted 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage the offer up a look at the amount of work that went into getting the iconic monster back into theaters, as well as the massive scope of the production.  If you still want more, be sure to check out these newly released images from the film, as well as getting caught up on Matt’s set visit report.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, and opens May 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the Godzilla movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

27 New Images from GODZILLA Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and More

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution Godzilla images from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot.  The film is a new take on the classic monster, as Edwards populates the pic with an absolutely stellar ensemble led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.  Story details are still firmly under wraps, but the trailers and TV spots have teased a terrifying tone with a “man on the ground” point of view, not unlike Edwards’ previous film Monsters.  These new images offer a couple of new looks at the titular creature as well as the fantastic cast and destruction that ensues.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Godzilla images.  The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Plenty of Monster Action in New International GODZILLA Trailer

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The latest entry in the storied Godzilla franchise is fast approaching on May 16.  Legendary has released an international Godzilla trailer, and from the looks of it, the new movie has everything a Godzilla fan could possibly want.  The only reason to not watch the new trailer is if you want to stay fresh for all the big moments in the movie theater, since the trailer reveals a lot.  Ken Watanabe previews one sure-to-be big moment with the last line: “Let them fight.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star.  Watch the new Godzilla trailer after the jump.

New IMAX Poster and Japanese Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston

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A new IMAX poster and Japanese trailer have been released for Godzilla, and the trailer doesn’t tell us much.  It’s kind of cool that the studios have managed to keep the plot under wraps for this long.  If you’re not going to fully reveal the monster, why reveal any unnecessary details about the plot?  It’s Godzilla.  Godzilla fights other monsters.  Humanity tries not to die.  Roll credits.  As for these new pieces of marketing, the film gets another great poster (I’d be disappointed if the IMAX poster for Godzilla was weak) and the Japanese trailer has some bits of new footage.  However, I was surprised to learn that the movie doesn’t open in Japan until July 25th.  Why do they get it months after we do?  Japan is Godzilla’s home!

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla IMAX poster and Japanese trailer.  Click here for our recap of the WonderCon panel, and click here for Steve’s interview with director Gareth Edwards.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th, and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.

International Trailer for GODZILLA Showcases New Footage and More Destruction

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A new international trailer for director Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated Godzilla has landed online, and it’s quite excellent.  Plenty of new footage can be gleaned from this trailer, as we see much more of the titular creature’s immense amount of destruction and also get a better look at the film’s human characters.  This pic continues to look fantastic, and I’m incredibly eager to see the full feature on a ginormous IMAX screen in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the new international trailer.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

First Trailer for PADDINGTON Starring Colin Firth as the Voice of Paddington Bear

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TWC-Dimension has released the first trailer for Paddington.  The story centers on a young bear (voiced by Colin Firth) who is lost at Paddington Station in London, adopted by a kind family, and then Paddington sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before.  This is an announcement trailer, and all it really gives us is half of a look at Paddington’s face.  It’s a little surprising that Paddington looks like a realistic bear cub, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less adorable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.   Paddington opens December 12th.

New Full-Length Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla.  Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.”  This full-length trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot without giving too much away, which is all-too-rare nowadays (ahem, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).  Cranston appears to be the film’s voice of reason as his voice narrates this new trailer, and while we do get hints of a twist on the nuclear origins of the titular monster, the main focus is really on conveying the epic scope of the film through a series of sweeping shots.  Some of the unfinished effects look a little spotty, but all-in-all this is another exciting glimpse at what’s poised to be a monster hit at the box office this summer.  I also like how they’re still keeping any full or clear shots of Godzilla himself out of the marketing—at least for now.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David Strathairn.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Full U.K. Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s brilliant comedy-thriller The Double.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie’s unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away.  I loved the film when I saw it at TIFF last year, I can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

BLUE JASMINE Blu-ray Review

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Though the movie may be currently overshadowed by decades old events that have no bearing on the film itself, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his stronger late-period films, with a brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett as a woman of money who finds herself living with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and on the verge of madness.  My Blue Jasmine Blu-ray review follows after the jump.  

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

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