First CROSSBONES Trailer Featuring John Malkovich as the Dread Pirate Blackbeard

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The bald head and white beard of John Malkovich in the above image doesn’t exactly scream “the dread pirate Blackbeard,” but that’s exactly the role he’ll take on in the new NBC series, Crossbones.  For fans of Malkovich’s quirks and particular brand of humor, this first trailer should be a delight as it shows the veteran chewing scenery with zeal.  For those who aren’t quite as fond of Malkovich (myself included), then this first look acts as more of a deterrent than an enticement.  That’s a shame, since the rest of the cast – which includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, and Yasmine Al Massri – appears to turn in a worth-watching performance.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday, May 30th at 10/9c.

First Trailer for 1980s Comedy PING PONG SUMMER Starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson

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Gravitas Ventures has released the first Ping Pong Summer trailer for writer/director Michael Tully’s 1980s-set indie comedy.  The film takes place during the summer of 1985 and revolves around a shy 13-year-old kid (Marcello Conte) who, while on family vacation in Ocean City, strikes up new friendships, gets a crush, and becomes embroiled in the local ping pong scene.  The pic looks to be a pretty funny take on the coming-of-age story, and it absolutely nails the ‘80s aesthetic without coming off as cliché or contrived.  It actually feels a tad reminiscent of The Way, Way Back, and the ensemble cast is definitely promising.

Hit the jump to watch the Ping Pong Summer trailer.  The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Judah FriedlanderPing Pong Summer will be released in theaters and VOD on June 6th.

FALLING SKIES Season 4 Trailer Introduces the Mysterious Woman in Red

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When last we left our heroes in the Fightin’ Second Mass, they were celebrating a hard-fought victory, but found themselves caught between the powerful alien forces of the Espheni and the Volm.  As the new Falling Skies trailer shows, the fighting has reached a fever pitch, and our warriors are about at their wits’ end.  Add in a mysterious woman in red and the continuing strangeness surrounding Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and Anne Glass’s (Moon Bloodgood) daughter Alexis, and it’s no surprise that everybody’s on edge.  Be sure to check out our WonderCon coverage for much more on the show.

Also starring Doug Jones, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Will Patton, and Colin Cunningham, season four of Falling Skies premieres on TNT on Sunday, June 22 at 10/9c.  Hit the jump to watch the Falling Skies trailer and for more on the upcoming season.

First THE GRAND SEDUCTION Trailer Starring Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, and Liane Balaban

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Director Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction trailer is now online, courtesy of eOne Entertainment.  The light-hearted comedy takes place in the small fishing village that’s in desperate need of a doctor, not just to treat its variously (and humorously) afflicted residents, but to fulfill a business contract that will keep the local factory up and running.  When a young doctor (Taylor Kitsch) arrives for a trial residency period, the town’s mayor (Brendan Gleeson) pulls out all the stops in order to woo the man into setting up shop permanently.  It’s an odd bit of plot that comes out of left field, but the trailer shows off the film’s quaint sense of humor.

Also starring Liane Balaban, the film opens May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch The Grand Seduction trailer.

New Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Reveals First Footage from the Final Season

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HBO has released a new True Blood season 7 trailer that reveals footage from the upcoming final season.  I know next to nothing about the show.  Whenever it’s brought up in conversation, all I can think is, “That’s the one about blood and fucking, right?”  I know it’s more than that, but as someone who’s unfamiliar with this series, I watch this trailer and think, “So the final season is about Hurricane Katrina but with vampires?”  It does have a reputation for being a strange show, so perhaps this will get fans amped for the resolution of the series.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  True Blood returns June 22nd at 9pm.

Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length The Normal Heart trailer.  The film also stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart premieres on HBO Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

First Trailer and Poster for Clint Eastwood’s Musical Adaptation JERSEY BOYS

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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.

Louis C.K. Confers with Charles Grodin in First Clip from LOUIE Season 4

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We’re less than a month away from new episodes of Louie, and in anticipation of the debut, FX has released the first clip from season four to tide fans over.  It’s a brief teaser of what’s sure to be a fantastic batch of episodes, but what’s particularly exciting about this clip is that it reveals a guest presence by the great Charles Grodin.  He plays Louis C.K.’s doctor in the clip, and the less said about what transpires the better.  We know essentially nothing about what season four of Louie entails, but the writer/director/star/executive producer has excelled in previous episodes with delivering stories that are unexpected, hilarious, dramatic, and at times very dark.  Grodin is surely one of many familiar faces that will pop up throughout the new season, as season three’s excellent guest stars ranged from Jerry Seinfeld to Parker Posey to David Lynch.

Hit the jump to watch the new Louie clip.  Season four of the series debuts on FX May 5th with back-to-back-episodes, and the network will air the entire season in two-episode chunks through June 16th.

First DECODING ANNIE PARKER Trailer Featuring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, Plus the First Clip in Which Aaron Paul Shows off His Dance Skills

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Steven Bernstein’s drama Decoding Annie Parker recently made its debut at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and now the film’s first trailer and clip are available online.  The film stars Samantha Morton as the title character, a woman stricken with breast cancer who works with oncologist Dr. Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) in order to explore the theory of a genetic inheritance of cancer.  While the trailer gives a good suggestion of the surprisingly light-hearted tone of this true-to-life cancer-themed picture, the first clip (courtesy of Aaron Paul) is just downright strange out of context from the rest of the film, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Decoding Annie Parker also stars Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie, and opens in limited release on May 2nd.  Take a look at our interviews with Paul and Grace about the picture here.  Hit the jump to watch the Decoding Annie Parker trailer and the film’s first clip.

New THE QUIET ONES Trailer Features Creepy Children’s Rhyme

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One surefire way to get the creepy message of your horror story across: use children speaking rhymes while nightmarish imagery flashes in the background.  That’s the method that this new The Quiet Ones trailer employs, and it sure does the trick.  The John Pogue-directed picture follows a university professor and his students as they attempt to perform psychological experiments on a disturbed young girl.  Of course, it turns out that they’ve meddled with things they ought to have left alone, and the Quiet Ones become quiet no more.

Starring Jared HarrisSam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-ByrneThe Quiet Ones opens April 25th.  Be sure to read up on this interview with Cooke, and check out the two previously released trailers and creepy motion posters.  Hit the jump to watch the new The Quiet Ones trailer.

New Trailer for THE IMMIGRANT Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for James Gray‘s period drama The Immigrant.  The story centers on a woman (Marion Cotillard) immigrating to New York City in the 1920s who, when her sister is rejected and sent back to Poland, finds herself lured into the world of prostitution in the hopes of eventually being reunited with her kin.  This trailer focuses on the striking cinematography and throws out several ecstatic blurbs from critics.  I wish I had seen the movie they saw.  When I caught the film at the New York Film Festival last year, I saw a misguided effort that took a softball approach to a harsh narrative.

Hit the jump to check out The Immigrant trailer.  The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

New Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season 2; Cast Tries to Sum up New Season in 3 Words

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Netflix has released a new Orange Is the New Black season 2 trailer.  For those unfamiliar with the terrific series, it takes place inside a women’s prison, and although the “main character” is a socialite incarcerated for an old crime, the supporting cast is just as interesting (and in some cases, more so).  If you’ve seen season one, this trailer will get you even more pumped for what’s coming up.  Set aside some binge-watching time.  Additionally, there’s also a brief featurette where the cast tries to sum up their thoughts on the new season in only three words.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurette.  The show stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, and Lorraine ToussaintOrange Is the New Black returns with all 13 episodes on June 6th.

First Trailer for Eli Roth’s Cannibalistic Horror Film THE GREEN INFERNO

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The first The Green Inferno trailer has arrived.  The film marks Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth’s first directorial effort in six years and revolves around a group of American student activists who travel to the Amazon and are taken hostage by cannibals.  This trailer doesn’t get too deep into the plot, but it does evoke a rather unnerving tone as one of the characters finds herself, well, in a bind.  The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and drew strong reactions from the audience, with many noting that they physically couldn’t stomach some of the scenes.  In short, expect Eli Roth’s signature level of gore applied to the practice of cannibalism.

Hit the jump to watch The Green Inferno trailer and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Roth from TIFF.  The film stars Lorenza Isso, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, and Kirby Bliss BlantonThe Green Inferno opens in theaters on September 15th.

Trailer and Poster for COLD IN JULY Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson

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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 ShawCold in July opens May 23rd.

First IF I STAY Trailer Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the first If I Stay trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s (Nashville) drama.  Based on the Gayle Forman novel of the same name, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  I’m not familiar with the novel, but it’s easy to see why the story’s central relationship is so beloved among readers, and this trailer suggests that the filmmakers have obviously taken great pains to bring that bond to the screen in as honest a way as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the If I Stay trailer.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

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