New STARRY EYES Trailer Is a Good Primer For a Great Movie

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Those of you who read my last Starry Eyes post on the film’s initial teaser trailer (check that out here) know that I have strong feelings about this movie.  I won’t repeat all of them here, but I flat out love this thing.  That being said, I only recommend this new trailer to people who are still making up their mind about seeing it.  It’s very good and it certainly won’t spoil anything, but the movie itself is much more sublime and atmospheric.  A pretty good trailer for a great movie can sometimes do it a disservice in that regard.  But if you need to get a sense of the film’s plot before you commit, by all means check it out.

Starry Eyes comes from the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex Essoe, Noah SeganAmanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by Travis Stevens‘ Snowfort Pictures and hits theaters and VOD on November 14th.  As I always say about this movie,  be there.  Or be home.  But be watching it.  Hit the jump for the full trailer.

The Gang Battles Antonio Banderas as Superheroes in New THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Trailer and Poster

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Paramount Pictures has released a new The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel, which mixes traditional animation, CG animation, and live-action as the Nickelodeon characters wreak havoc on dry land.  The story finds SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy the Squirrel surfacing in order to track down the stolen formula for Mr. Crabs’ beloved Krabby Patties.  As it turns out, it’s been stolen by a menacing pirate/aspiring chef played by Antonio Banderas.  It’s kind of sad to see a traditionally animated show embracing the CG era, but I wonder how fans of the Nick series (ie. children) will react to the new format.

Check out the new The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trailer after the jump, along with a new poster.  The film features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas LawrenceThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens in 3D on February 6, 2015.

New 12 MONKEYS TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

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SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy’s better series.  This isn’t a story that can only be told one way, and I’m curious to see what the TV series will do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer.  The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk AcevedoBarbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek.

First EX MACHINA Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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“To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.”  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland’s directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I’ll watch anything he’s in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard.

The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK Trailer: Famous Street Artist Comes to NYC in New Documentary Premiering on HBO GO

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My favorite film of 2010 was Banksy‘s Exit Through the Gift Shop.  A film that begins as an exploration of street art culture eventually expanded to fascinating questions of who owns art, who is qualified to make it, and how does it function outside the confines of traditional space?  Banksy is now the subject of a new documentary, Chris Moukarbel‘s Banksy Does New York.  The film sees the street artist taking to NYC for a series of projects.  It’s possible the movie could lapse into glorification (look at how everybody loves Banksy!), but it also looks like there’s a hook of having the documentary (or at least parts of it) comprised of social media reactions, which is a new, interesting perspective on how art is distributed, observed, and discussed.

Hit the jump to check out the Banksy Does New York trailer.  The documentary will air on HBO GO on October 31st and then premiere on regular HBO on November 17th.

Jennifer Lawrence Takes Extreme Measures in New SERENA Trailer

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Magnolia Pictures has released the official US trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way.  Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands.

Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer Promises Massive Scope, Dire Consequences

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Lionsgate has released the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the upcoming event film.  Directed by Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence, the film finds Panem’s Capitol fighting an all-out revolution, as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss prepares for battle in District 13 following the destruction of her home, District 12.  The scope of this thing looks absolutely massive, and while it should be fun to see what Francis Lawrence does with a larger canvas, I do hope that the film maintains the strong character-centric focus that made Catching Fire so satisfying.  Catastrophe and “trailer shots” are neat, but we see countless quantities of them year-round; what the Hunger Games franchise excels at is showcasing Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful lead performance and the camaraderie that surrounds her.  Fingers crossed that continues with Mockingjay.

Watch the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

MARCO POLO Trailer Teases Swordplay and a Massive Scale for Netflix’s Biggest Series Yet

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Netflix has released the first Marco Polo trailer for its upcoming historical drama series.  The show follows the explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  The show was created and written by John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two episodes.  This trailer certainly teases a massive scope, as this appears to be Netflix’s biggest original series yet.  There’s also plenty of sex and violence, but I’m most struck by the impressive visuals.  Indeed, the drama was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia.

Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

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.

THE BETTER ANGELS Trailer Offers a Look at the Early Life of Abraham Lincoln Through a Terrence Malick-esque Lens

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Amplify has released the first The Better Angels trailer for writer/director A.J. Edwards’ poetic drama about the early life of Abraham Lincoln.  From the opening seconds of this trailer, the film gives off a very strong Terrence Malick vibe, and indeed Malick produced the feature, as Edwards previously worked as an editor and second-unit director on some of Malick’s films.  Beyond the obvious comparisons, the black-and-white film looks to be a rather haunting and lyrical drama about the early life of one of the most influential U.S. Presidents in history, and as a fan of the Malick style myself, I’m looking forward to seeing what the full feature has in store.

Hit the jump to watch The Better Angels trailer.  The film stars Braydon Denney, Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, and Wes BentleyThe Better Angels opens in limited release on November 7th.

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. 

NIGHTCRAWLER Red Band Trailer Packed with Critic Quotes and Hilariously Crude Behavior

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Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler isn’t even a comedy, but this clever new red trailer had me laughing more than any other promo I’ve seen in a while.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job.  While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him.

Nightcrawler is due in theaters on October 31st and in honor of the release, Open Road Films just unveiled a brand new trailer for the movie.  As this is likely one of the last promos we’ll get, naturally, this Nightcrawler red band trailer is loaded with critic quotes.  They’re all glowing, but not in the way one might expect.  This is a see it to believe it kind of piece so hit the jump to check it out and click here to give Matt’s Nightcrawler review a read.

“The Sentence Is Death” in Full Trailer for JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFIEND; Check out 4 New Images from the Producer Adi Shankar’s Animated Miniseries

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Earlier this week, we showed you the teaser trailer for producer Adi Shankar‘s unofficial Judge Dredd animated miniseries, Judge Dredd: Superfiend.  Today, the full trailer has landed online and we’re pleased to bring you four exclusive images as well.  This online animated miniseries, written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, looks irreverent and madcap, and I’ll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it.

Hit the jump to check out the Judge Dredd:Superfiend trailer, images, episode titles, and a statement from Shankar about the project.  The miniseries premieres on October 27th.

First INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Trailer Tip Toes by the Tulips and the Windows on the Way to More Jump Scares

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Focus Features has released the first Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer.  The latest chapter is a prequel to the first two movies, but still tells the tale of a suburban family that discovers their house is haunted by ghosts and demons who apparently have nothing better to do.  This leads to all manner of jump scares, although it’s amusing when the teenage daughter learns the house is haunted via texting.  I hope the movie has her texting, “Home is haunted lol,” to the cute guy next door and he responds with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell star.  Directed by Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 opens May 29, 2015.

BLOODLINE Teaser Trailer: Netflix’s Upcoming Original Series Promises Darkness and Burning Boats

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Netflix has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming original series Bloodline.  Per the logline, “Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”  That’s a solid premise, but it becomes a must-see when you have a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.  This teaser trailer is incredibly brief, but it immediately conveys the show’s presumably dark and brooding tone.

Hit the jump to check out the Bloodline teaser trailer.  The series will premiere all 13 episodes in March 2015.

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