Year in Review: Top 10 Posters of 2013

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We report on a lot of posters and trailers.  These little bits of advertising are crucial in steering fan anticipation for blockbusters or bringing attention to smaller movies.  Posters and trailers serve a purpose, and they’re not easy to make.  Dozens of posters and trailers are created for movies, and studios carefully select the ones they feel will work the best and have the broadest appeal.  Sadly, when it comes to posters, many of the designs are generic.  The recent trends are “Back to the Audience”, “Gigantic Tagline”, and “Sparks and Debris”.  I’ve chosen ten posters from 2013 that took a chance, broke the mold, and came away with something eye-catching and original.

Hit the jump for my top 10 posters of 2013, and come back tomorrow for the top 10 trailers of 2013.

Year in Review: 15 Great Films You May Have Missed in 2013

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Every year, there are plenty of great films, but some fall through the cracks and others are overshadowed.   While we’ll have our Top 10 of the year lists near the end of 2013, we wanted to share with you some movies that may have slipped past your attention.  There are films like these on our Top 10 lists as well, but we didn’t want to be redundant, and we wanted to bring attention to more films.  These movies either had too limited of a release or they were dismissed because they looked bad or the premise was deemed too cheesy.  Whatever the reason, they have the potential to be a cult classic in the making or at least a movie you’ll probably be sharing with your friends.

Hit the jump for Matt, Dave, Adam, and Brendan’s choices for great movies you may have missed this year.

New to Blu-ray: IRON MAN 3, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, HANNIBAL: Season One, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s bountiful new Blu-ray releases:

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 Including STOKER, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, THE KINGS OF SUMMER, THE EAST, WRONG and UPSTREAM COLOR

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Hard to believe we’re already half-way through 2013.  What’s even more surprising is the number of quality films from the first half of the year that flew under the radar.  Want some quirky horror?  Check out John Dies at the End and 100 Bloody Acres.  Looking for the newest efforts from some up-and-coming writer-directors?  How about Zal Batmanglij’s The East or Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong?  Perhaps historical dramas like No, Lore and Kon-Tiki are more your style.  Whatever your interest, 2013 surely has a film for you, you just might have missed it.  Hit the jump for 15 movies from 2013 that deserve another look.

Win 5 Stylish Posters from THE KINGS OF SUMMER by Artists Adam Schickling, eBoy, Jay Ryan, Jon Wilcox, and Rich Kelly

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I have been waiting for The Kings of Summer ever since I saw this enigmatic teaser trailer, featuring the young stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias whaling and flailing on a giant pipe.  It’s finally coming to my town—and hopefully your town—as part of the June 7th expansion.  To celebrate, we have five stylish posters designed by Adam Schickling, eBoy, Jay Ryan, Jon Wilcox, and Rich Kelly to give away.

Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie co-star in Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ feature directorial debut.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Moises Arias and Gabriel Basso Talk THE KINGS OF SUMMER, Improv, Favorite Scenes, and More

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House).  The film centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods.  Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy.  The film landed great reviews at Sundance, and I can tell you it’s definitely worth seeing, as it’s a very unique coming of age story with some great performances.  The film also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally.  For more on the film, watch these clips or the red-band trailer.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Moises Arias and Gabriel Basso.  They talked about their Sundance experiences, their characters, the great script and the improv that made it even better, the freedom to experiment on set, best memories from the shoot, and future projects.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Clip from WORLD WAR Z and a Red-Band Clip from THE KINGS OF SUMMER Both Offer Some Advice

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Check out two new clips full of good advice from the following films:

  • World War Z – This new clip from director Marc Forster’s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel features an officer giving some good advice to Brad Pitt and his family about why one should always remain with their vehicle during the zombie apocalypse.
  • The Kings of Summer – There are more law enforcement types to be found in this red-band clip from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ film, though star Nick Offerman handles their advice a bit differently.

Hit the jump to watch both clips.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Talks THE KINGS OF SUMMER, His Three and a Half Hour First Cut, Making A Few Changes Since Sundance, and More

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With the dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.  The film centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods.  Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy.  The film landed great reviews at Sundance, and I can tell you it’s definitely worth seeing, as it’s a very unique coming of age story with some great performances.  The film also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally.  For more on the film, watch these clips or the red-band trailer.

During the interview, Vogt-Roberts talked about premiering at Sundance, getting financing, why he used the RED Epic, how his first cut was over three hours, will he ever release an extended edition, the theatrical cut compared to the Sundance cut, future projects, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Red-Band Trailer for Sundance Hit THE KINGS OF SUMMER

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A red-band trailer for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ coming-of-age comedy/drama The Kings of Summer has been released online.  The story centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods.  Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and while I wasn’t as smitten with it as most people, it’s undeniably a unique piece of filmmaking.  This trailer does a nice job of teasing the film’s tone and attitude, which I’d describe as a bit like a reverse Step Brothers meets Stand By Me by way of Terrence Malick.  There’s also a tease of the film’s funniest scene by far, which involves Nick Offerman interacting with a delivery boy played by Kumail Nanjiani.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer, and click here to view four clips.  The film also stars Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Erin Moriarty.  The Kings of Summer opens on May 31st.

Watch 4 Clips from Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ Dramedy THE KINGS OF SUMMER

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With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) opening May 31st, CBS Films has provided us with four clips.  The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods.  Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy.  The film landed great reviews at Sundance, and I can tell you it’s definitely worth seeing, as it’s a very unique coming of age story with some great performances.  The film also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally.  Hit the jump to watch the clips, and look for some exclusive video interviews with the cast and Vogt-Roberts during the week of release.

10 Indie Films to Check Out This Summer

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Blockbusters dominate the summer movie season, and some will definitely be worth your time.  You’ll pre-order your ticket, get together with friends for the earliest possible screening, and probably have a grand time.  But there are some smaller films this summer that shouldn’t escape your attention.  I’ve compiled a list of ten worthwhile indie films I saw at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW 2013.  The list includes coming of age comedies, moving romances, brutal dramas, and more.  There are other smaller films this summer that might be worth a look such as The Bling Ring and Blue Jasmine, but I haven’t seen them yet.  I can vouch for these ten.  Hit the jump for the list.

Trailer for THE KINGS OF SUMMER Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias

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CBS Films has released the trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House).  The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods.  Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy.  I saw the film a couple weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn funny with Arias being a scene stealer along with Nick Offerman, who plays Joe’s father.  Also, at times it manages to evoke the adventurous, free spirit of Calvin & Hobbes, which is about the highest praise I can give.  The trailer does a good job of selling the film while not giving away too many of the great jokes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Alison Brie and Megan Mullally.  The Kings of Summer opens May 31st.

New Posters for THE GREAT GATSBY, PAIN & GAIN, THIS IS THE END, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, and THE KINGS OF SUMMER

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A number of new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Great Gatsby – A new poster for director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful adaptation arrives ahead of tomorrow’s new trailer debut.  The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire and opens in 3D on May 10th.
  • Pain & Gain – A new poster for Michael Bay’s “small-scale” black comedy puts Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie front and center.  The film opens on April 26th.
  • This Is the End – Fresh off the film’s WonderCon panel, a new poster has landed online for the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  The star-studded comedy includes James Franco, Craig Robinson, and Jonah Hill and opens on June 12th.
  • Before Midnight – A German poster for Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated sequel teases the return of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters.  The film opens on May 24th.  Click here to read Matt’s review.
  • The Kings of Summer – A new poster for this Sundance hit (formerly known as Toy’s House) highlights the film’s young stars.  The pic features Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly, and Alison Brie and opens on May 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

First Teaser Trailer for Sundance Hit THE KINGS OF SUMMER; Release Date Moved Up to May 31st

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CBS Films has released the first teaser trailer for the Sundance gem The Kings of Summer (formerly known as Toy’s House) along with the announcement that the film will now be released on May 31st instead of June 14th.  Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the pic tells the story of three unhappy teens (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) who flee to the wilderness, where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.  I caught the film at Sundance and it is nothing if not original, as Vogt-Roberts strikes an odd tone that’s equal parts comedy and drama.  The pic is essentially Step Brothers in reverse, as the kids start to act like grown ups in every way imaginable as their days in seclusion turn to weeks.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  The film also stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie, and you can watch Steve’s Sundance interviews with these actors here, here, and here.  The Kings of Summer opens on May 31st.

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