Over 40 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Images From the Trailer Show a Rebuilt Universe

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It’s not a bad job when you find yourself watching the  Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dozens of times on a Friday morning for work.  As a teaser, it’s fantastic.  I was a little disappointed not to see Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, but I suppose J.J. Abrams wants to introduce us to the newer merits of his story first.  It contains a lot more action than I expected, that’s for sure.  The teaser was a million miles away from the “reveal of characters” scroll I was expecting, instead plummeting us into action on several different worlds and revealing the background of John Boyega‘s character.  This world feels tactile, lived in and not at all like the prequels.  All good stuff.

Hit the jump for Star Wars: The Force Awakens images.  The film is due in theaters on December 18th, 2015 and also stars Daisy RidleyAdam DriverLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and many more.  And be sure to check out the trailer if you haven’t already.

First STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Reveals J.J. Abrams’ Sequel

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It’s here!  Disney has released the very first Star Wars: The Force Awakens for director J.J. Abrams‘ highly anticipated sequel, which falls into the franchise as Episode VII if anyone’s counting.  As far as teaser trailers go, this one is pretty incredible.  Abrams doesn’t simply rely on nostalgia to make this thing exciting, offering up tantalizing teases through some genuinely compelling filmmaking.  As far as character first-looks go, we can clearly see John BoyegaDaisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac as seemingly “good guys” in full costume, and then an obscured baddie (Adam Driver?), complete with voiceover narration from Andy Serkis (not Benedict Cumberbatch).  The money shot of the Millennium Falcon is spectacular, and overall I’m extremely enthused to see a heavy reliance on practical locations and effects work.  This is great, great stuff.

Watch the debut Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer after the jump, and click here to check out some new hi-res images.  The film also stars Harrison FordMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonGwendoline ChristieMax Von Sydow, and more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Thanksgiving Trailer for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Is Undeniably Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Thanksgiving trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings to try and pull you out of that turkey coma.  The film is director Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses, and while the lack of diversity in the casting (and Scott’s doubling down on his choices) is troubling, there’s no denying that this new trailer is positively epic.  Scott has made an absolutely massive film here; one that harkens brings to mind the scale of Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator.  The visuals continue to be kind of spectacular, so now the question is whether Scott can bring something new to the table emotionally for this age-old story.

Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.  The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben KingsleyExodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on December 12th.

First UNFINISHED BUSINESS Red-Band Trailer: Vince Vaughn Starts a Business with Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson

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The first Unfinished Business red-band trailer has been released for director Ken Scott’s (Starbuck) upcoming comedy, previously titled Business Trip.  The film stars Vince Vaughn as a man who starts his own small business after being fired, only to find himself up against his old boss (Sienna Miller) during a business trip to Europe.  The movie actually looks really funny, which is a tad ironic considering Scott most recently directed Vaughn in the very unfunny Delivery Man.  There look to be some fantastic supporting turns from Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson as Vaughn’s new partners, and Nick Frost is a very welcome face amongst the cast as well.  Additionally, this is certainly one of the most NSFW red-band trailers I’ve seen in a while.

Check out the first Unfinished Business red-band trailer, green-band trailer, and first poster after the jump.  The film also stars James Marsden and opens on March 6, 2015.

New UK Trailer for KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Busts Out the Spy Movie References

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20th Century Fox has released a new UK trailer for director Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The story revolves around a secret spy organization called Kingsman, in which Colin Firth’s veteran spy works to recruit and train an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton).  It’s been clear from the first trailer that Vaughn is making a sort of riff on the typical James Bond movie with this picture (complete with eccentric villain played by Samuel L. Jackson), and this new trailer has plenty of references not only to Bond but the spy genre as a whole.  I’ve never not had fun with one of Vaughn’s films, and Kingsman looks to be an absolute blast.

Check out the new Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer after the jump, and click here to view four new character posters.  The film also stars Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, and Mark HamillKingsman: The Secret Service opens in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015.

FLASH VS. ARROW Trailer Has Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell Battling It Out In the Street

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Next week is the big week for fans of The Flash and Arrow.  The CW’s epic two-part crossover episode, Flash vs. Arrow will air December 2nd and 3rd and set everything up for the winter finales of both shows the week after.  The episodes will of course feature series regulars Stephen AmellGrant GustinDavid RamseyEmily Bett RickardsDanielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes and were produced by the team of Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim

Hit the jump for the Flash vs. Arrow trailer.  And be sure to check out some images and our interview about the episode.  Part one of the Flash vs. Arrow crossover event is technically an episode of The Flash and airs on the CW on December 2nd at 8/9PM ET. 

Jennifer Aniston Goes Dramatic in New CAKE Trailer

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A new Cake trailer has been released for director Daniel Barnz’s upcoming drama.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group.  When she starts delving into the woman’s life, she develops a relationship with her widower and grapples with her own personal tragedy.  I think Aniston’s a really talented comedic actress, so I’m very interested by the prospect of seeing her lead a dramatic film.  Her performance drew a bit of Oscar buzz after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and she certainly appears to bring a significant amount of complexity to the role.

Check out the new Cake trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Anna KendrickSam WorthingtonChris MessinaFelicity HuffmanWilliam H. MacyBritt RobertsonLucy WaltersCamille ManaManuel Garcia Rulfo, and Marianne Jean-BaptisteCake opens in limited release in December followed by an expansion in January.

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Teaser Sees Darkness

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We’re still about five months away from the premiere of Game of Thrones’ fifth season, but HBO is ready to kick off the long-lead marketing today (which is fitting given this week’s heavy quantity of big trailers).  A very brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser has been released online that’s more enigmatic than it is revealing, but it does offer a tiny bit of footage from the new season.  For fear of spoiling who’s still alive in the show’s fifth season I won’t go into anymore detail here, but fans of the books might spot a clue or two for what’s in store.  This new season could mark a turning point for the show, as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss caught up with George R.R. Martin’s book series in a couple of the show’s major storylines last season and have said that the series will likely conclude with Season 7 (or at the most 8).  Essentially, Benioff and Weiss are setting up their endgame now with two Martin books still unpublished, so we could be heading into uncharted territory with Season 5.

Check out the brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser after the jump.  The series will likely return to HBO in either early April or late March.

First PAN Trailer Reveals Joe Wright’s Reimagining of the Classic Story Featuring Hugh Jackman

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Warner Bros. has released the first Pan trailer for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) reimagining of the classic J.M. Barrie story Peter Pan.  The film finds newcomer Levi Miller’s young Pan, along with other young wartime orphans, being kidnapped by the men of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), thus beginning a series of adventures in Neverland that shape the boy into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.  I think Wright is a talented director, but it looks like he made a prequel to Hook. I couldn’t help but laugh at the part in the trailer when kids from the Oliver Twist Home for Orphan Boys are abducted onto a flying ship.  “What happened to Peter?”  “He was kidnapped by Cirque du Soleil.”

Check out the first Pan trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Amanda Seyfried as Mary, as well as Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis Macdougall, and Leni ZieglmeierPan opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

First JURASSIC WORLD Trailer Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Has Huge Dinosaurs and a Fully Operational Theme Park

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Universal has released the first Jurassic World trailer online.  The movie takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.  My initial thoughts are… “please God don’t let that be the final CG render.”  I love the concepts at play here, I love the fact that there are paying customers at the park.  I love action hero Chris Pratt and icy Bryce Dallas Howard.  As far as the effects, it’s par for the course to issue a trailer using incomplete renders since these big blockbusters are typically worked on up until the very day they have to be delivered for prints and DCPs to be struck.  So I’m going to go ahead and say I’m still optimistic here.

Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World trailer, and click here to peruse through the viral site for more background on the film’s story.  The film also stars Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

JUSTIFIED Season 6 Trailer Prepares Viewers For an Action Packed Finale

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We’ve got less than two months until Justified makes its way back to the small screen, this time for its sixth and final season.  I won’t lie, I absolutely loved this show for the first couple of years only to see my enthusiasm for it diminish with the last few seasons.  But, given the fact that I’ve spent so much time with these people, it only makes sense that I tune in to experience their swan song (and, for some of them, the final moments of their lives).

Justified of course features Timothy Olyphant as as Ralyan Givens and is one of the many gifts the mind of Elmore Leonard bestowed upon us before his passing.  Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Walter Goggins, Erica Tazel and Nick Searcy also star.  Hit the jump to check out the Justified Season 6 trailer.  The show returns to FX on January 20th.

X+Y Trailer Featuring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan

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Asa Butterfield’s character doesn’t say much in this new trailer for X+Y, but he still manages to get you to root for him.  Butterfield leads Morgan Matthews’ fiction feature directorial debut as Nathan, a math prodigy who’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.  It isn’t until Nathan scores a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad where his abilities are celebrated that he comes to realize that he isn’t as weird as he once thought.  This one didn’t get all that much attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, but anything I did read about it noted the film’s feel-good, rousing nature and those qualities are certainly present in this promo.

Hit the jump to check out the new X+Y trailer.  Unfortunately the film doesn’t have a US release date just yet, but folks in the UK can catch it on March 13, 2015.  X+Y also stars Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang.

Kim Jong-Un and James Franco Are Katy Perry Fans in New THE INTERVIEW Trailer

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Sony has released a new The Interview trailer for This Is the End directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming comedy.  James Franco and Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  This new trailer introduces the film’s iteration of the North Korean dictator, played by Veep standout Randall Park.  We only get a brief glimpse of the character here, but it’s a promising introduction and I’m very eager to see how far Rogen and Goldberg take things as the full film progresses.

Watch the new (and apparently final) The Interview trailer after the jump, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out interviews with Rogen, Goldberg & Franco, Park, and his full set visit reportLizzy Caplan also stars.  The Interview opens in theaters on December 25th.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile

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It’s been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now given us a fresh look at the upcoming video game, which takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious “Arkham Knight” is in the mix.

In this trailer, we get a good look at some of the gameplay.  Specifically, we see how developer Rocksteady has attempted to seamlessly integrate the Batmobile into the combat by having Batman leap out of the vehicle to fight his enemies.  If you’re asking why Batman doesn’t just run everyone over, remember that Batman doesn’t kill people.  Hitting a person with a fast-moving assault vehicle tends to result in vehicular homicide.  But the gameplay does look cool, although I’m always wary of vehicles in video games because so many have awful controls.  Hit the jump to check out the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer.  The game hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 2, 2015.

New HOME Trailer: Jim Parson’s Extraterrestrial Oh Just Wants to Belong

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When the first trailer for Home dropped, there was definitely something charming about it, but I was far more concerned about losing my patience with the Boov’s goofy design and behavior.  However, Oh and the rest of the gang are clearly growing on me because not only did I thoroughly enjoy the film’s presentation at New York Comic-Con last month, but this latest trailer is quite a bit of fun as well.  It seems as though the idea of the Boov having a completely backwards idea of what humanity is all about and trying to help mankind by taking over the planet has loads of potential.

Hit the jump to catch the new Home trailer for yourself and be sure to check out Christina’s piece on the Home presentation at the DreamWorks Animation campus which included some new footage and a Q&A with stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve MartinHome hits theaters on March 27, 2015 and also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez and Matt Jones.

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