Teaser Trailer: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014


We’ve heard a great deal about the Michael Bay produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (directed by Jonathan Liebesman). Being a large childhood staple for many people, there has naturally been plenty of questions and concerns about how it would all be handled. Today we have our first look as the teaser trailer has been released.

In the teaser trailer we hear Shredder (William Fichtner) discussing with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) how that crime is destroying their great city. They need heroes, but according to him, heroes aren’t born, they are created. So there’s your answer as to how the turtles came into existence.

The teaser also provides some brief, but cool, action footage, as well as a quick look at the turtles themselves. A serious tone is felt, but is soon lightened as we get some quick interaction between O’Neil and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher).

It looks like they’ve done right with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The look of the Turles isn’t half bad either. Overall, it looks like TMNT will be a fun time.

Count me in, I’m looking forward to checking it out when it comes out in theaters on August 8. Find the trailer posted below, along with the first official image from the film.


Trailer Overload: Marvel, Dystopias, and Nostalgia

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014

Trailers for upcoming blockbusters seem to be everywhere in recent days, starting with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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On the heels of the LA premiere, the team at Marvel has released an extended trailer (included in a handy playlist down below) with some of the HALO jump and ensuing retaking of a SHIELD mobile relaunching platform from the first ten minutes of the film – which has also been released (and since taken down at the studio’s request). Then again, Winter Soldier is out next week and the onslaught of TV spots is endless. Also, Captain America 3 is slated to go up against Batman vs. Superman (or whatever the Man of Steel sequel/Justice League jumping-off point will eventually be titled) on May 6, 2016. (via Slashfilm)

Continuing on the superhero/Marvel front, both The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are amping up for their May releases with new trailers – a final and a second trailer, respectively. Spidey plays up the impending Sinister 6 arc/spinoff, and DOFP is more action-heavy than the first trailer was, going as far as showing both ’70s and futuristic incarnations of the Sentinels. The former is out on May 2 and the latter is out on May 23.


As for other nostalgia-mining attempts, Godzilla has a new international trailer with some new bits of footage that flesh out the characters and plot a smidge, and Maleficent has yet another trailer that hints at more of Maleficent’s past. Otherwise, the second Hercules film of the year (this one starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and is a little more in the Kevin Sorbo-Hercules realm) debuted its first teaser trailer, as did the 3D CG-animated Peanuts film (which I somehow totally missed hearing about over a year ago when the initial announcement came from Blue Sky Studios). Godzilla hits theaters on May 16, Maleficent is out on May 30, Hercules battles more mythical CGI monsters on July 25, and the Peanuts gang is back on November 6, 2015.

Regarding dystopian YA adaptations, what with the recent release of Divergent and the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, both the classic Giver and series-launching Maze Runner debuted their first trailer last week. Philip Noyce helms a too-colorful and familiar-looking futuristic Giver (which stars Jeff Bridges as the eponymous supporting character), and Dylan O’Brien leads the Maze Runner cast (which also includes some recognizable young faces, like Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter). The Giver is in theaters on August 15 and The Maze Runner has secured a September 19 release date.

Maze Runner trailer

The Festival Circuit

Meanwhile, there are several upcoming films that are getting off of the festival circuit. Oculus, a psychological/supernatural horror film about a haunted mirror, stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) and hits theaters on April 11 after premiering at TIFF and SXSW. Frank, a dramedy about an eccentric pop musician named Frank (Michael Fassbender) who always wears a giant head a la Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” music video, has screened at Sundance and SXSW but has yet to secure a US release date. Tom Hardy stars as Ivan Locke in Locke, a single-setting film from writer/director Stephen Knight, has screened at several international festivals and hits US theaters on April 25 after premiering in the US at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. And if you’re in the mood for freaky and original sci-fi, The Signal, a film about three college students who get infected by something alien, initially screened at Sundance and will see a domestic release on June 13.


If biopics are more your speed, director Tate Taylor (The Help) has Get On Up in the pipeline for an August 1 release. The film focuses on the life and music of the Godfather of Funk and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business – James Brown (Chadwick Boseman).

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Reverse Adaptations

And if you’re into film-to-TV-adaptations, Fargo is set to premiere on FX on April 15, and they’ve released several short Coen Brothers-esque teasers and a full trailer. Martin Freeman fills the shoes of William H. Macy (or a William H. Macy-like character) and Billy Bob Thorton plays a shady drifter.

Catch all the trailers below in one handy playlist:

If there’s anything you think we missed in this Trailer Overload roundup, let us know and we’ll include it in a future post!

New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2014

X-Men Days Of Future Past Poster

The first X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. It’s dramatic, epic, and features a beautiful score. I’ve seen it more times than I can count by now, so I’m more than ready to move on to the new trailer that was released earlier today.

While the first trailer set up the emotional stakes of the new film, this trailer gives us a more detailed look at all the action. We get some new scenes featuring all our favorite X-Men, as well as the re-hashing of some scenes, such as James McAvoy’s already quotable “I don’t want your future!” as young Professor X. We also get a good look at the Sentinels, as well as their creator Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).

It all really does look quite epic. There’s a lot of X-Men who will be sharing the screen-time and there seems to be a lot going on, in addition to the time travel plot. I hope Bryan Singer brings his A-game, because after two epic trailers, expectations are certainly going to be sky high.

I am highly optimistic that he will deliver the goods when X-Men: Days of Future Past is released in theaters on May 23rd. Bring it.

Find the new trailer posted below.

Trailer: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2014

Nine years later, Sin City‘s sequel is finally here. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is out of development hell, done with delays because of other projects, and is seeing the light of day in last August, and there’s a trailer to prove it.

Robert Rodriguez is back in the director’s chair (with some directorial help and a script from graphic novelist Frank Miller) for this pulpy noir sequel, and with him, he brings back Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jamie King, and Bruce Willis. Also added to the cast are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Stacey Keach, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, and Dennis Haysbert.

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The plot isn’t too clear here, as there will be four interconnecting stories, two of which are adapted from Miller’s graphic novel series of the same name (“A Dame to Kill For” and “Just Another Saturday Night”). The other two (“The Long Bad Night” and “The Fat Loss”) were written by Miller for the film.

Having seen the first film last year, I was impressed by the comic-y feel, but a little turned off by the stylized nature. Maybe it hewed a little too close to the style of the source material (black-and-white, sound effects, rotoscoping and effects that didn’t age well) for my liking. Either way, the first trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For stands out among the crop of recent graphic novel adaptations and sequels (maybe 300: Rise of an Empire notwithstanding), if just for the stylized look and feel.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters on August 22.

Trailer: ‘Annie’ … Again?

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2014

I was initially hesitant when I heard that a new version of Annie was going to be in theaters in time for Christmas 2014, and with the release of the first trailer, I’m still somewhat hesitant.

Whether or not you’re already familiar with the musical and earlier filmic adaptations, the trailer lays everything out for you – Annie (the plucky Quvenzhané Wallis) is “adopted” by billionaire Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx) to drum up positive news coverage, as Stacks in planning on running for New York Ciy Mayor. The bitter and cynical welfare queen Ms. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), Annie’s foster mother, isn’t too keen on the thought of Annie’s adoption, but Grace (Rose Byrne), Stacks’s assistant, thinks it’s a good idea.

And I think it’s a middle-of-the-road idea. On one hand, the songs are classic, and modernizing the setting could work for the film, what with the economic rollercoaster in recent years. However, the shmaltzy “seen it once, seen it a million times” nature of the musical, along with the autotuning, changing Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks to Benjamin Stacks, and casting Cameron Diaz as Ms. Hannigan (there’s no way to top Carol Burnett or Kathy Bates as Hannigan in prior adaptations), leaves a tart taste in my mouth. Still, though, I am looking forward to seeing Quvenzhané Wallis on the big screen once again, but I doubt that her role as Annie will outshine her debut as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Annie poster

Annie, directed and co-written by Will Gluck (and Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson), is set to come out on December 19, just in time for Christmas. David Zayas, Bobby Canavale, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje round out the cast.

Trailer: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014

After the mass destruction and cleanup in Chicago after Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it’s clear that Autobots and Decepticons alike are no longer welcome in the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Picking up a few years after the events of Dark of the Moon, the nation’s wary of anything extraterrestrial and robotic, so when auto mechanic/scrap seller Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) unknowingly finds (and then restores) a streamlined Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), he draws the attention of shady government agents lead by Savoy (Titus Welliver) and Decepticons. Since he has nowhere else to turn, Optimus must team up with Grimlock and the Dinobots to save the world from certain extinction … or just Cybertronians.

Dark foreboding lines and shots of Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci add some serious dramatic heft, and the trailer has an air of slightly toned-down Bay-ness. The Bay-splosions aren’t as large as in the previous Transformers movies, and the action (at least what’s in this teaser trailer) seems to be more coherent. If there’s one thing I’d be thankful for, it’s a coherent and minimally destructive Michael Bay film … with multi-faceted female characters, so here’s hoping that Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz) isn’t the traditional Bay damsel in distress.

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' poster

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27 and also stars Jack Raynor, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.

Get Ready With First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Look

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2014

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Remember the recent news about Guardians of the Galaxy, like the three promo stills and word that the first full trailer would drop during Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight? Well, Marvel, in all their infinite wisdom, decided to whet the appetites of Guardians and Marvel fans alike when they released a fifteen-second teaser online this morning.

Right off the bat, I’m getting the same vibe as I did from the early footage that leaked out of Marvel’s Hall H presentation at SDCC last summer – thanks in part to the take on Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”, the quick cuts, and the shots that call back to said footage. It’s balls-to-the-wall from the moment Korath (Djimon Hounsou) asks Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt) “Who are you?” to the title card. There are glimpses of Guardians members Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), as well as space pirate Nebula (Karen Gillan), a prison fight and escape, and some sweet spaceship shots – namely the Milano, Quill’s ship that was recently spotted in Lego form at the New York Toy Fair. The production value looks spot-on (but you can’t just judge from fifteen seconds of footage), and it goes without saying that there is certainly more to be seen, but for that, the world will have to wait until the trailer drops during Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens on August 1, follows the ragtag adventuring troop of misfits as they try to stay one step ahead of Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) and save the galaxy. It also stars Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, among others.

What’d You Miss? – The Super Bowl Spots

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2014

The Super Bowl is, arguably, the best ad space for commercials. Companies have millions of eyes glued to the screens, so why not market their products, be they cars, beers, or movies, to transfixed audiences? This year was no different, but there were clear winners and losers – and we’re just talking about the TV spots for upcoming spring and summer movie releases.

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