Trailer: The Revenant

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Rev·e·nantˈrevəˌnäN,-nənt – noun
a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.

Hot off the success of last year’s Best Picture winner Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is shifting gears with The Revenant. The film is a period piece revenge thriller adapted by Iñárritu from Michael Punke’s 2003 novel based on the true story of 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass.

Over the years, the project has gone through quite a few hands before ending up on Iñárritu’s lap. At one point, Park Chan-wook was attached to direct with Samuel L. Jackson to star. Later on, John Hillcoat and Christian Bale were in negotiations.

As you’ll see in the trailer, with the final product, Iñárritu has crafted what appears to be a spectacularly beautiful film starring Leonardo Dicaprio as the weary protagonist hellbent on revenge against his companions (one played by Tom Hardy) who rob and leave him for dead after he’s attacked by a grizzly. Needless to say, it looks fucking awesome.

The Revenant drops into theaters stateside on Christmas Day 2015.

2015 Emmy Nominations

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The nominations for this year’s Emmy awards dropped today and we have ’em for you, courtesy of Variety. The first few are listed immediately below and the rest of the nominations are after the jump.

I’m particularly pleased with all the love for Better Call Saul, which I think was the best television of the past year (along with some of the strongest performances).

Who or what is missing? Any surprises? Snubs? Chime in below!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Would you like to know more…?

Comic Con Trailer: Suicide Squad

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Earlier today, we posted the trailer for Batman v Superman that premiered at Comic Con. Now, we have the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad, which exists inside the same connected film universe.

There’s no doubt about it: they are going for something completely distinct from the Marvel cinematic universe. Which according to many commenting so far… that’s a good thing. As for the views on these popular characters be punk rockified? That remains to be seen.

We have over a year until this drops into theaters on August 5, 2016–but needless to say, after these past few days, the internet is abuzz with moviegoers who are really curious as to where this film universe is headed.

Comic-Con Trailer: Batman v Superman

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Well, one of my major complaints about Man of Steel (and many superhero flicks recently) is about to be addressed in Batman v Superman: the seemingly inconsequential destruction of Metropolis.

Because Bruce Wayne happened to be there and see it all go down.

See Wayne Financial crumble to the ground.

And Bruce Wayne… he’s pissed at Superman.

Also… Wonder freaking Woman shows up.

I really disliked Man of Steel… but I remain open-minded. We still have to wait until March 25, 2016 to see how this is going to turn out, but in the meantime, check out the recent trailer from SDCC.

Did you enjoy Man of Steel? What do you think of trailer’s portrayal of Batman and Wonder Woman? Chime in below!

Trailer: Steve Jobs

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This morning, the trailer for Danny Boyle’s sequel to the 2013 instant classic Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher) hit the web. Apparently, Boyle couldn’t convince Kutcher to reprise his role for the sequel–which adds Steve to the title–so he settled for Michael Fassbender.

And yeah, it looks cool, I suppose. It’s tough to portray such a recognizable public figure, because the Fass doesn’t really look like Jobs, even if he has the speech and mannerisms down. Still, that’s not necessarily important in crafting a good film, if everything else comes together.

The trailer is solid and certainly takes plenty of creative liberties with Jobs’s life, as expected with Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle involved. Steve Jobs drops into theaters on October 9, 2015.

What do you think of the trailer? Chime in below!

Trailer: Turbo Kid

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Back in January, Kurt posted a short teaser for the SXSW 2015 Audience Award Winner Turbo Kid. He noted then that while it was directed by three mostly unknown Canadian directors–Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell–it’s produced by Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener and also stars Michael Ironside as the deliriously evil villain.

Today, we have the full trailer for your viewing pleasure… and I’m pleased to say that Turbo Kid looks absolutely glorious. Full of action and gore, over-the-top characters and humor, and an insane looks at a bizarrely contemporary dystopian future (or past?), it looks like some sort of twisted love child between Mad Max, Kick-Ass, and an old-school NES game.

The film hits select theaters and VOD on August 28th.

Trailer: The Peanuts Movie

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I was cynical when I first heard about the development of a modern animated incarnation of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Who can blame me? Other classic cartoon characters revisioned for modern audiences have turned out mostly abysmal.

Needless to say, it looks like I was wrong. If the trailer is any indicator, The Peanuts Movie is not going to be Alvin & the Chipmunks or Smurfs.

It’s been 35 years since we’ve seen the Peanuts gang in a feature length film and, while the earlier films do hold up, perhaps it was time to revisit the characters for a new generation of kids. Charles Schulz’s very own sons helped write and produce the film and they even used archival recordings of Bill Melendez (who died in 2008) for the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock.

Yep–I’m sold. The Peanuts Movie hits theaters on November 6, 2015.

Trailer: The Martian

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I‘m likely in the minority when I admit that I didn’t love Andy Weir’s novel The Martian. I enjoyed the overall arc of the story, but the log entries (narrated first person by the obnoxious protagonist Mark Watney–played in the film by Matt Damon) drove me bonkers.

Despite this, while reading it, I kept thinking how this could be one of the few books that’d work better as a film… and apparently Ridley Scott thought so as well. If you’ve yet to read the novel, many have described it as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. It follows an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to problem-solve a way to survive and the subsequent attempt by his crew to rescue him.

Along with Damon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels. As I predicted, the film does look great. We’ll find out how great when it drops into theaters on November 25, 2015.

Trailer: Bridge of Spies

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Hanks! Spielberg! The Cold War!

After a three year hiatus, Spielberg is back behind the camera, re-teaming with his favorite cinematographer Janusz Kamiński but sans his favorite composer John Williams (albeit in exchange for the still great Thomas Newman). Despite having Joel & Ethan Coen as co-writers on the screenplay, Bridge of Spies seems to be a little more Munich and a little less Catch Me If You Can.

Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, the film is a Cold War thriller about a lawyer (played by Hanks) who is chosen by the American government to represent a Soviet spy in American courts–and, well, you can watch the rest of the trailer to get a better sense of how this affects the lawyer’s life.

Bridge of Spies hits theaters on October 16, 2015.