May 21, 2015 | 2:02 p.m.
The trailer for “Batkid Begins” is out, offering a first look at the emotional documentary about a young leukemia survivor whose superheroic wish is granted. The film, from director and co-producer Dana Nachman, follows then 5-year-old Miles Scott, a cancer patient who told Make-A-Wish Foundation he wanted to be “the real Batman.” “When we’re going about doing a wish, it is whimsical in thinking about what would wow that child,” Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, says in the trailer. “And it gives them a little bit of their childhood back that’s been robbed.” With the help of more than 12,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish transformed San Francisco into Gotham, helped Miles become Batkid and orchestrated a comic-book-worthy adventure that unfolded in front of a national television audience and internationally via social media. “Batkid Begins” isn’t Hollywood’s only take […]
May 19, 2015 | 11:44 a.m.
Everything is going to change. Again. After barely surviving the Maze Trials in last year’s “The Maze Runner,” Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers now come face-to-face with a grim, post-apocalyptic reality in the first trailer for the sequel, “The Scorch Trials.” The second chapter of the YA trilogy based on the book series by James Dashner, “Scorch” finds Thomas, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and the other survivors being introduced to a larger world of political intrigue and rebellion, where the truth may not be what it seems. And who is there to guide them in this harsh new world? Why, it’s Littlefinger himself — Aiden Gillen, familiar to fans as the duplicitous Lord Petyr Baelish on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He tells them, “The Maze was one thing, but you kids wouldn’t last one day out in the Scorch.” Oh, […]
May 13, 2015 | 4:01 p.m.
The new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” has been released and it comes with its own warning: Beware of Crimson Peak. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam star in the gothic horror romance, along with a very old house located atop a mountain of blood-red clay. “Ghosts are real,” says Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) as the trailer opens. “That much I know. I’ve seen them all my life.” As the trailer unfolds, we see Edith courted by a handsome stranger, Thomas Sharpe. Edith marries Thomas and moves into the large mansion he shares with his not-so-approving sister (played by Chastain). Unfortunately, it seems there is more to the house than the siblings have shared with Edith prior to her joining the family. “A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing” says […]
April 21, 2015 | 8:16 a.m.
In a new trailer for “Jurassic World,” the fates of 20,000 trapped tourists rest in the claws of Chris Pratt’s pack of trained velociraptors. The much anticipated fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton, introduces a new dino-foe in the Indominus rex, a genetically modified predator that out-sizes a Tyrannosaurus rex and out-smarts a velociraptor. Also, she ate her sibling. “Every time we’ve unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked,” the park’s asset manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) says in the trailer. “Corporate felt that genetic modification would up the wow factor.” “They’re dinosaurs,” responds trainer Owen (Pratt). “Wow enough.” As in the other “Jurassic Park” films, the vicious attraction gets out of hand, and the mega-beast escapes, claws out her tracking implant and begins killing for sport, leaving a bloody trail […]
April 17, 2015 | 5:18 p.m.
The wait is over early for Batman and Superman fans. The new “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer was officially released Friday in advance of the announced IMAX screenings set for Monday. The trailer offers viewers a glimpse into the gritty world that exists after the events of 2013’s “Man of Steel” that exposed the populace to Superman. “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” asks a mysterious voice as various scenes featuring Superman, played by Henry Cavill, flash across the screen. As the trailer jumps between more scenes featuring the Man of Steel, various voices are heard discussing saviors, aliens, hope, power and corruption before focusing on a desecrated statue of the extraterrestrial superhero. Fans who have been anticipating more looks at Ben Affleck as the titular […]
April 16, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
Among the familiar faces that appear in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser that debuted during the panel for the film at the Star Wars Celebration fan expo, perhaps the most surprising visage from films past was not an actual face but a certain charred helmet. Fans will remember that near the end of “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” Darth Vader sacrificed himself to save Luke Skywalker, who was being attacked by the Emperor with Force lightning. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview Vader threw his master down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star, but during this rescue, Vader himself was struck by the Emperor’s lightning. With this final act of redemption, Vader, once again Anakin Skywalker, dies in his son Luke’s arms. Later, Luke […]
April 16, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.
The first full-length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was unveiled Thursday morning, offering fans an extended look at what is perhaps this year’s most anticipated film. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy introduced the two-minute trailer during the Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The trailer begins with narration from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview “The Force is strong in my family,” he says. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” It’s unclear whether he is addressing a member of the Skywalker family or another character altogether. The trailer shows scenes from Jakku, a desert planet not unlike Tatooine, where the wreckage of […]
April 13, 2015 | 12:39 p.m.
Marvel’s hype machine is kicking into high gear in the ramp-up for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; the studio has released several new clips from the film ahead of its Hollywood premiere tonight and May 1 release. The latest clip, released Monday morning, shows Tony Stark at odds with the other members of Marvel’s mightiest team of superheroes. It seems Iron Man’s fellow Avengers are taking him to task for inadvertently creating Ultron, the film’s titular villain — an artificial intelligence with a robotic body, portrayed by James Spader. “This could have been avoided if you hadn’t played with something you don’t understand,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) scolds Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the clip. When fellow scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) tries to talk Stark down in a confrontation with Captain America (Chris Evans), Stark accuses Banner of cowardice. “Really? That’s […]
April 13, 2015 | 7:44 a.m.
A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick “Ant-Man” sees its diminutive hero battle the villainous Yellowjacket, and Yellowjacket face off against a less nefarious foe — Thomas the Tank Engine. The trailer, released Monday morning, shows Paul Rudd as the titular character, a thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. An imprisoned Lang is offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. Lang is enlisted to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. “Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while,” Pym tells Lang in the trailer. “You’re different. I believe everyone deserves a shot at redemption. Do you?” “Absolutely,” Lang responds. “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over. What do you want […]
Feb. 02, 2015 | 12:47 p.m.
Hollywood studios are hoping prime ad time before and during the Super Bowl will pay off at the box office. Film buffs watching Sunday’s big game caught trailers for “Jurassic World,” “Tomorrowland,” “Furious 7,” “Terminator Genisys” and “Insurgent.” Check out our roundup below. ‘Jurassic World’ The much-hyped fourth film in the franchise inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton stars newly minted action hero Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), who is called upon to help protect visitors to the world’s grandest theme park from a new, genetically modified dinosaur — the Indominus Rex. “You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea,” Pratt tells co-star Bryce Dallas Howard in the new trailer. The trailer offers a glimpse at the new dino’s enormous feet and deadly maw, as well as pterodactyls snatching parkgoers into the air […]