I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.
Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
The year’s most-watched television event is upon us, and as with anything that’s seen by a large number of people, consumerism reigns supreme. We’ll be compiling all of the Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Muppets Most Wanted, The Monuments Men, and plenty more in one handy dandy spot for your on-demand viewing pleasure. Additionally, we’ll be adding some of the better regular commercials to the article as well. This post will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back frequently.
Hit the jump to watch the 2014 Super Bowl TV spots and commercials, including a new full-length trailer for Captain America 2.
El Rey Network, a new addition to your television landscape courtesy of curator Robert Rodriguez (El mariachi), brings film, original programming, classic fan favorite shows, music, and next-generation sports, all together under one badass banner. As an example of what the new network has in store for viewers, we’re happy to feature two exclusive promos teasing some of the channel’s upcoming programming. El Rey Network will also be the home of the new From Dusk Till Dawn series that debuts this quarter. Hit the jump to check out the promos.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Paramount Pictures has released two new TV spots for director Martin Scorsese’s darkly comedic drama The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the stranger-than-fiction pic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch. These new TV spots show off a bit of new footage from the film, but at a reported runtime of nearly three hours, there’s no need to worry about spoiling a significant amount of the movie.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens in theaters Christmas Day.
As the release date for the second film in Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy approaches, Warner Bros. has unveiled two new TV spots and a collection of Empire Magazine covers for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Both of the TV spots play up the film’s apparently high volume of action, which should come as welcome news to those who felt An Unexpected Journey’s 45 minutes of deliberation over whether or not to go on said journey was a bit much. The Empire covers are nifty as well, focusing on the film’s lead characters Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellan), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans).
Hit the jump to take a look at the TV spots and Empire covers. If you missed Steve’s on-set interviews with Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly, check them out here and here. Advance tickets for the film go on sale November 21st, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.
Fresh off last week’s new trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released the first two TV spots for director Peter Jackson’s sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and if An Unexpected Journey’s marketing campaign is any indication, this is only the beginning of what’s sure to be a serious onslaught of Hobbit goodness. Both TV spots are essentially shorter versions of the new trailer, but it looks like there are a couple bits of new footage in each. The spots also advertise the HFR 3D release of the film, and I’m interested to see how wide the studio’s HFR release will go. For An Unexpected Journey only a portion of the nation’s theaters were HFR ready, but WB promised that number to be larger by the time Smaug opened.
Hit the jump to take a look at the TV spots. The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, and many more. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.
The Butler follows White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) over several decades, serving from Eisenhower to Reagan. For better or worse, director Lee Daniels (Precious) recruited a name cast to play the presidents: Robin Williams (Dwight D. Eisenhower), James Marsden (John F. Kennedy), Liev Schreiber (Lyndon B. Johnson), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan). Probably best they seem to skip Jimmy Carter, because Daniels openly laments: “We had to finance it through bringing in names that meant something overseas. It’s a very sad testament that [co-star] Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker can’t greenlight a film.”
If you want more names, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, Jane Fonda, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, and Vanessa Redgrave also star. Hit the jump for new images, a Fonda-centric featurette with the first clip, and two TV spots.
Summit has released a couple of new TV spots for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel Red 2. The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” Despite the cheesy voiceover, these new TV spots continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots. The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins. Red 2 opens on July 19th.
Two new TV spots for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel have gone online. The first features a heart-to-heart about the title hero’s two fathers, making this quite possibly the most perfect movie to ever take your dad to on Father’s Day weekend. (Coincidence? I think not!) The second TV spot is a bit less fuzzy as Superman confronts those who fear what they can’t control.
Starring Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe. Man of Steel opens June 14th. Hit the jump for two new TV spots.
When Superman (Henry Cavill) isn’t chowing down on Hardee’s burgers, he’s busy saving the world from the likes of General Zod (Michael Shannon). Three new TV spots for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel showcase the various relationships and powers of the title hero. We get more background on Zod’s motives, a wider look at the rampant destruction of, presumably, Metropolis and still more explanation of why an “S” is not always necessarily an “S.”
Also starring Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe, Man of Steel opens June 14th. Hit the jump for three new TV spots.
Some new TV spots for Fox’s latest animated effort Epic have made it to the web. Based on William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, the 3D pic follows a teenager (Amanda Seyfried) who is shrunk down to insect-proportions while exploring a magical forest and finds herself caught up in a battle between the virtuous Leaf Men and the dastardly Boggans. Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles and Jason Sudeikis are a few of the other high-profile celebs voicing this one to life. The film was directed by Chris Wedge, who helmed the first Ice Age (in addition to doing the “voice” of Scrat throughout that franchise’s run).
The four one-minute spots feature Hutcherson, Knowles and fellow stars Steven Tyler and Pitbull talking about their characters, the experience of voice-acting and what to expect from Epic (apparently, it’s pretty “epic”). Hit the jump to check them out. Epic hits theatres on May 24.
New TV spots for a few highly anticipated summer films have landed online. Briefly:
- World War Z – A new TV spot for director Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse drama teases the global scope of the film while also featuring a bit of new footage. Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and Matthew Fox, the film opens in 3D on June 21st.
- The Heat – Director Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids follow-up promises to bring the goods, and this new TV spot does a nice job of teasing the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the R-rated buddy cop comedy. The film opens on June 28th.
- Iron Man 3 – Yes, more footage from Shane Black’s Marvel sequel. This latest international TV spot is geared towards the massive amount of destruction that will be on full display in the pic. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ben Kingsley, the film opens in 3D on May 3rd.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spots.
Paramount Pictures has unveiled some new images and a couple of TV spots for director Michael Bay’s upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain. Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. We recently got a look at a red-band trailer for the film that highlighted the pic’s more comedic aspects, and these images tease the characters played by Rebel Wilson and Ed Harris as well as inform us that Wahlberg and Johnson are indeed cool guys who don’t look at explosions.
Hit the jump to check out the images and TV spots. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, and Bar Paly. Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.
Two new TV spots for a couple of the year’s most anticipated sequels have landed online. Briefly:
- Star Trek Into Darkness – A new extended TV spot for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel plays up the film’s humor/fun aspect. The pic stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch and opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D on May 17th.
- Iron Man 3 – A new TV spot for Shane Black’s Marvel sequel highlights Ben Kingsley’s villain The Mandarin. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle and opens in 3D on May 3rd.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.
It’s been twenty years since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park stomped into theaters, but the 3D re-release is only a few weeks away. In order to scare up some interest in seeing the remastered classic on the big screen, two new TV spots have been made available. They’re quick montages of some of the scariest and most iconic scenes from the film, but are clearly aimed at drawing in audiences by nostalgia instead of pitching a film to a completely new viewers.
Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight and Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park 3D opens April 5th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spots.