March 25, 2014 | 10:39 a.m.
The new trailer for “Hercules” has arrived, and from the looks of it, the film is hoping to appeal to the “Game of Thrones” crowd with scenes of its muscle-bound mythic hero, massive armies and expansive vistas of a faraway land. Due in theaters July 25, the film, directed by Brett Ratner and based on Steve Moore’s series for Radical Comics, sees Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in warrior mode as the son of Zeus who comes to the aid of the King of Thrace to help defeat a powerful warlord. The movie’s impressive supporting cast includes Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell, though the trailer emphasizes the film’s CG spectacle with Hercules facing off against fantastic creatures. When it comes to large-scale, action-adventure movies, Johnson is a Hollywood fixture. In recent years, he’s joined the “Fast & […]
March 24, 2014 | 9:11 a.m.
The new trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is out, showcasing the epic scale of Bryan Singer’s mutant saga that’s set to arrive in theaters May 23. A familiar sonorous voice-over opens the clip, pondering what events have led the mutants to the futuristic wasteland seen in the accompanying images. “So many dark battles waged over the years and yet, none of them like this. Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?” “Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First […]
March 19, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.
Oscorp Industries heir Harry Osborn teams up with the powerful villain Electro in a new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The trailer also features plenty of web-slinging acrobatics and some gravity-defying fight scenes between teenaged hero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and a plethora of baddies, including Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). The film, due in North American theaters May 2, stars Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as Peter Parker’s pal Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), who in the comic books becomes the Green Goblin. And judging from the new trailer (watch it below), the sinister workings of Oscorp Industries will play an integral part in the new film. The sequel, helmed by returning director Marc Webb, follows the critical and box-office success of his 2012 Marvel adaptation “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which rebooted the franchise that Sam […]
March 18, 2014 | 8:27 p.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and the final trailer teasing Season 4 features a tantalizing amount of political intrigue, swordplay and hints about the direction the sweeping narrative might take. Premiering April 6, the upcoming season of HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, promises to explore the fallout from the infamous Red Wedding, which claimed the lives of prominent members of the Stark clan. Season 4 is expected to follow the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but also introduces occurrences and characters from other novels, including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. He’s not the only one. As cruel […]
March 17, 2014 | 10:14 p.m.
The first trailer for September’s “The Maze Runner” has arrived online, bringing imagery from James Dashner’s novel to vivid life. Directed by newcomer Wes Ball, “The Maze Runner” is the latest dystopian adventure to be adapted from a bestselling young adult novel. But this time, instead of a resourceful heroine, the story centers on Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, a teen who finds himself deposited into a community of boys trapped near a massive, and lethal, maze. “No one has ever survived a night in the maze,” Thomas is told in the new trailer. Although Thomas has no memory of who he was before he came to the Glade, he soon begins to form alliances and make friends. But his arrival heralds unanticipated changes — before long, a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), unexpectedly turns up, and the rules that have […]
March 14, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans, here’s something fun for your Friday. HBO has released a new five-minute featurette titled “Long Story Short,” which explores how the massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, came to be. Narrated by Charles Dance, who plays the nefarious Tywin Lannister on the show, the featurette has a cheeky feel quite different from the grim and devastatingly serious show in which death lurks around every corner and characters are constantly scheming to betray one another in a quest for power and survival. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talk about their long-running friendship, how, seven years ago, they began reading Martin’s books and saw in the sprawling narrative “a chance to tell a human story on an epic scale,” Weiss said. […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.
A new trailer for “Godzilla” is out, teasing horror, destruction and, finally, a first glimpse at the King of All Monsters himself. Previously released teasers showed the kaiju’s silhouette through billows of smoke and smog, but the new footage reveals his full, enormous form. “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the new trailer is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.” The trailer begins with narration by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody, over a montage of destruction and chaos. “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that […]
Feb. 18, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.
The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is set to debut Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” but impatient comic book fans can check out a 19-second teaser for the trailer, released Tuesday morning. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage shown at Comic-Con […]
Feb. 04, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.
“Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James ziplined — yes, actually ziplined — onto “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night to debut the film’s newest trailer. Fans of Veronica Roth’s young-adult book trilogy on which the film is based will remember several key scenes in which characters zipline across Chicago’s skyline, but Woodley deadpanned to late-night talk-show host Kimmel that ziplining is her usual method of transit. “Traffic is just insane,” joked the 22-year-old actress. Woodley, known for her roles in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” plays heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior in “Divergent,” directed by Neil Burger. The story is set in a dystopian future version of Chicago, in which people are tested when they are young and subsequently divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris’ personality test reveals she is divergent, or has an aptitude for multiple […]
Feb. 03, 2014 | 1:23 p.m.
A new trailer and new film stills for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ tease an action-packed superhero movie with a dash of humor and plenty of villains. Andrew Garfield reprises his role as the web-slinger in the sequel to 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and Emma Stone returns as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the new film, due in theaters this May. A two-part Super Bowl spot directed fans to a promotional website, www.enemiesunite.com, featuring the full-length trailer. The trailer, which runs nearly four minutes, reveals the film’s take on the origin of villain Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spidey saves Oscorp employee Max Dillon’s life, and the geeky, soft-spoken guy becomes starstruck and obsessed. “It must be pretty cool, huh, to have the whole world see you like that,” he tells Stone’s Gwen Stacy in the trailer. “The amazing Spider-Man. I […]