Aug. 25, 2013 | 11:34 p.m.
The new teaser for the upcoming film “Divergent” debuted Sunday evening, and it promises plenty of sci-fi action as Shailene Woodley’s Beatrice Prior becomes the target of suspicion in a dystopian future Chicago. Adapted from Veronica Roth’s series of novels set in a world where teens are herded together based on specific skills and attributes, “Divergent” centers on 16-year-old Tris Prior, who finds herself gifted in multiple areas. She’s labeled as an outcast yet finds herself in a position to affect the future of humanity. The new clip leads off with Kate Winslet’s Jeanine Matthews announcing, “The future belongs to those who know where they belong.” With Tris defying easy categorization, she’s soon forced to go on the run, being trained to fight for her life to survive. Opening March 21, 2014, the film, directed by Neil Burger, also stars […]
Aug. 19, 2013 | 11:33 a.m.
J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has released a mysterious new teaser for a project labeled “Stranger.” It’s a beautifully shot, subtle piece of black-and-white filmmaking that concludes with a haunting image of a man with his lips sewn shut. We’re guessing this has nothing to do with Abrams’ next planned feature, the much-anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VII,” due to go into production next year. Abrams, of course, values secrecy as a key means to surprising audiences in both his film and television projects, and it’s hard to draw too many conclusions from the teaser. The director, famously, kept his cards close to the vest concerning the big baddie in his summer blockbuster, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” For months, Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain was known only by the name John Harrison, and not that other, far more well-known moniker. Anyone who […]
July 24, 2013 | 4:16 p.m.
In a summer filled with city-crushing monsters, larger-than-life superheroes, White House explosions and post-apocalyptic horror at the multiplex, two trailers for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” are a testament to the idea that sometimes, when it comes to suspense, less is more. The two-minute “Gravity” teasers, titled “Detached” and “Drifting,” feature the talents of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — the only actors whose faces appear in the film. “Drifting” focuses on the film’s astronaut heroine Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) alone and terrified in outer space, the Earth whirling in and out of view. “Houston, do you copy?” she asks through heavy breathing. “Houston, this is mission specialist Ryan Stone. I am off structure, and I’m drifting, do you copy?” The radio silence that meets her desperate plea is emphasized by the teaser’s soundtrack, a mix of static, heartbeats and a slow […]
July 10, 2013 | 1:16 p.m.
The red-band trailer for Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy” is out, and it suggests that the director’s new film might hew closely to Park Chan-wook’s dizzying, disturbing 2003 original. The trailer lays out the basic premise — a man (Josh Brolin) is abducted and held in captivity for 20 years, until one day he’s mysteriously freed and sets out to learn the identity of his captor and the reason for his imprisonment, forging uneasy alliances and wielding a hammer to exact bloody revenge.(Before you watch, take note that the clip contains strong language and graphic images not suitable for work or for younger readers.) For some cinephiles, the remake, which was written by “I Am Legend” and “Thor” screenwriter Mark Protosevich, is one of the most anticipated releases of the fall. Park’s film is revered as an accomplished cult oddity, […]
June 19, 2013 | 1:39 p.m.
In Disney’s upcoming animated musical “Frozen,” fearless protagonist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams up with mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) to find Anna’s Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has trapped their kingdom in endless winter. As epic as their journey may be, the first trailer focuses instead on a comedic battle between reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf over the latter’s carrot-nose. “Frozen,” out Nov. 27, features songs by “The Book of Mormon” composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee, a screenwriter for “Wreck-It Ralph” and, with “Frozen,” the first woman to direct a feature at Disney Animation. Buck first pitched the idea to John Lasseter, Disney Animation’s chief creative officer, in 2008, proposing an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Snow Queen.” “One of […]
June 11, 2013 | 2:52 p.m.
The first trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” offers fans a glimpse of the gold-hording dragon Smaug, the return of fan-favorite elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a peek at the horrors ahead in the Mirkwood forest. “The Desolation of Smaug,” which hits theaters Dec. 13, is part two in the series, following last year’s box office hit “An Unexpected Journey.” “Desolation” picks up where the first film left off, after hobbit Bilbo, wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarfs escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. In the two-minute trailer, Smaug (played by “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor Benedict Cumberbatch through performance-capture technology) turns a fiery eye on Bilbo (Martin Freeman), who has sneaked into the enormous dragon’s lair. The dragon’s attack on and occupation of the dwarf kingdom of Erebor is the catalyst for the story in […]
May 31, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.
The new trailer for Brad Pitt’s globe-hopping pandemic thriller “World War Z” plays up the tension of the apocalyptic tale and concludes with scenes from one of the movie’s biggest action set pieces, a zombie outbreak aboard a plane. Directed by Marc Forster, “World War Z” centers on Pitt’s ex-U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, who races around the world trying to hunt down the origin of the disease that appears likely to wipe out mankind, hoping to find some way to bring humanity back from the brink and save his wife and daughters. Time is of the essence — it’s pointed out in the trailer that “Life as we know it will come to an end in 90 days.” Some of the images showcased in the new clip appear familiar — the chaos and confusion of a street scene, Lane and […]
May 23, 2013 | 6:46 p.m.
Bungie, the creator of the bestselling “Halo” video game franchise, has released a trailer for its upcoming game “Destiny.” The 60-second “Destiny” trailer, titled “Law of the Jungle,” was directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) and features “Breaking Bad” actor Giancarlo Esposito. “Pay attention, son,” Esposito says in his soft, commanding voice. “This is the part of the story that’s really important.” Esposito, apparently reading to his child in a futuristic bedroom, goes on to read an excerpt from Rudyard Kipling’s 1895 sequel “The Second Jungle Book.” “Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky. The Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die,” Esposito reads. “As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back — for the strength […]
May 22, 2013 | 7:16 a.m.
The apocalypse has never seemed so funny. The new trailer for “The World’s End,” the latest film from director Edgar Wright, has arrived, and judging from the clip, the movie promises to deliver the same charming brand of humor Wright and his leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pioneered in such films as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End,” due in theaters Aug. 23, upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic, however, with Pegg playing Gary King, a (lovable?) loser trapped in a state of arrested development who recruits his old pals — including Frost’s responsible attorney Andy — to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days. Naturally, things don’t go quite according to plan, and Gary and Andy, along with pals Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver […]
May 03, 2013 | 7:06 p.m.
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “Ender’s Game,” the upcoming film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling sci-fi novel. The first “Ender’s Game” trailer premieres Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, but a teaser offers a brief glimpse to whet fans’ appetites. Asa Butterfield, who plays protagonist Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, and Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Hyrum Graff, introduce the footage in the YouTube teaser released Friday. What follows is about 10 seconds of footage, including what appears to be a scene from the battle room, where young Battle School pupils train for war against an alien threat. “You’ll be the finest commander we’ve ever trained,” Graff tells Ender in the footage. Also featured is “Iron Man 3″ star Ben Kingsley as war hero Mazer Rackham, whose face is covered in tattoos — a departure from the book. […]