Nov. 28, 2014 | 8:24 a.m.
The debut trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out, offering fans a glimpse of the first new live-action footage of the “Star Wars” universe in nearly a decade. The trailer, which was released on iTunes on Friday in addition to screening in select theaters, is 88 seconds long and features new characters (including “Attack the Block” actor John Boyega in Stormtrooper gear) and familiar settings, like Luke Skywalker’s desert planet home Tatooine, where actress Daisy Ridley rides some sort of speeder bike. “There’s been an awakening,” a deep voice narrates as the trailer begins. “Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.” The trailer, below, reveals an updated Millennium Falcon, several X-wing fighters piloted by men in battered uniforms reminiscent of Rebel Alliance gear, a new kind of droid that travels using a ball and, most […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:39 p.m.
Hugh Jackman channels his inner pirate in the new trailer for “Pan,” the latest fairy tale retelling headed for the big screen. Directed by Joe Wright, “Pan” serves as a prequel to the traditional Peter Pan story, with Jackman stepping in as Blackbeard, the leader of a clan of flamboyant pirates who ferry young Peter (newcomer Levi Miller) from an English orphanage into the colorful realm of Neverland. There, he encounters a dashing — and not yet villainous — Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and an empowered Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). Acclaimed filmmaker Wright is perhaps best known for period dramas such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina,” and the trailer for his latest underscores his facility for sumptuous detail, though he wasn’t the sole architect of the movie’s distinct look; Aline Bonetto, who previously collaborated with singular stylist Jean-Pierre […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.
The dinosaurs are ready to roam the big screen once more. The new trailer for “Jurassic World” arrived Tuesday, offering the first detailed glimpse of the anticipated fourth film in the franchise inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton. Set for release June 12, the movie stars newly minted action hero Chris Pratt, who is called upon to help protect visitors to the world’s grandest theme park from a new, genetically modified dinosaur. “Jurassic World” is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who earned acclaim with his earlier indie entry “Safety Not Guaranteed”; Trevorrow cowrote the script for the upcoming film with his earlier collaborator Derek Connolly, who also is credited as a screenwriter on another planned summer 2015 release, “Monster Trucks.” “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer on the new movie, which also stars Bryce Dallas […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
The first teaser for “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is out, offering a glimpse of a reality-defying action scene featuring Shailene Woodley’s heroine Tris. “Insurgent,” the second film in the movie franchise based on the bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth, follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. In the first film “Divergent,” which drew more than $288 million at the international box office earlier this year, Tris tried to hide her abilities and joined Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she met love interest Four (Theo James). But now, war looms between the factions, and Tris and her allies are fugitives from the power-hungry Jeanine […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.
An extended version of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer is out, offering a few more seconds of the villainous Ultron’s ominous monologue. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). The majority of the extended trailer features footage we’ve already seen in previous teasers, but adds a few additional moments. The trailer begins with Spader’s technological villain confronting the Avengers. “I know you mean well,” Ultron intones. “You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.” Then the video launches into the previously released trailer for the film, […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.
A new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” offers a glimpse of the fracturing relationship between dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield and the company of small folk who followed him to Erebor. “Five Armies,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” picks up where last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” ends, with dwarf king Thorin (Armitage) and company, accompanied by Martin Freeman’s good-natured hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, having reclaimed the treasure of their lost homeland Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). A vengeful Smaug heads to Lake-town to decimate the nearby village of Men, and the destruction the dragon causes leaves the townspeople insisting upon recompense from the dwarves who disturbed his resting place, setting into motion the conflict that will grow to include the armies of the […]
July 03, 2014 | 2:45 p.m.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is getting into the holiday spirit with a weighty new video message inspired by the July 4 Independence Day holiday. The trailer features an audio recording of President John F. Kennedy’s Fourth of July address at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1962, adding a measure of gravity to the events depicted in the clip, the latest of several offering a glimpse into how the new world order of the apes comes into existence in the July 11 release. As Kennedy’s Cold War-influenced intonation “to regard any threat to the peace or freedom of one as a threat to the peace and freedom of all,” rings out, viewers glimpse just how efficiently the apes appear to have taken over the world and thoroughly dominated mankind. Set 10 years after 2011’s breakout hit “Rise of […]
May 08, 2014 | 8:13 a.m.
The new trailer for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has arrived, showcasing the film’s apocalyptic vistas and the ape civilization that has taken hold. Set 10 years after the earlier movie, a reboot of the sci-fi franchise inspired by Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel that brought in more than $480 million at the worldwide box office, the new film posits a world where apes have developed their own community and human sightings are rare. When a group of survivors — including Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, a single father and former architect; Keri Russell’s Ellie, a nurse; and Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus, the leader of the human colony in the ruins of San Francisco — seeks to restore electrical power to San Francisco, it comes into conflict with the rapidly expanding tribe of apes, led by Andy Serkis’ Caesar. The orphaned offspring […]
May 01, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.
A new trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has arrived, introducing more scenes of the skateboarding heroes on the half-shell and spotlighting the film’s take on the character design. The movie mutants appear to take after the gritty characters from the original comics, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, instead of their goofier counterparts, made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. In this latest movie adventure, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the Turtles get a new origin story, with Megan Fox starring as reporter April O’Neil, a key ally for the masked crime-fighters who bear the names of famous Renaissance painters and must protect New York City from a villain known as Shredder (rumored to be played by William Fichtner). The Turtles, of course, have […]
March 31, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.
A new TV spot for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” offers a first look at the menacing ape army. The trailer, which premiered during Sunday night’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” begins with an ominous human voice-over. “You know the scary thing about ‘em?” the narration begins. “They don’t need power, lights, heat. Nothing. That’s their advantage, that’s what makes them stronger.” The teaser, which runs 43 seconds, shows the apes on horseback and, presumably, preparing for battle. Watch it in the video below. “Dawn” is set a decade after the events of 2011’s blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which Caesar, a genetically evolved chimpanzee portrayed by Andy Serkis through performance capture technology, leads a host of simians to freedom. “Dawn” picks up in a post-apocalyptic future where humankind has been all but […]