Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.

‘Godzilla’ trailer teases horrific kaiju, spotlights Bryan Cranston

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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.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser: 19 seconds of alien action

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’ trailer: Shailene Woodley ziplines onto ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

“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.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer and new images tease action, humor

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' (featured image)
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,, 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 […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:50 a.m.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ trailer teases vengeance, bloodshed, war

Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo seeks vengeance for the events of “300″ in a new trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire.” Directed by TV commercial ace Noam Murro and produced by Zack Snyder, “Rise of an Empire” is not a sequel or a prequel but a free-standing tale set in the same world and taking place before, during and after the events of “300.” The story is based on Frank Miller’s “Xerxes” (“300″ was based on Miller’s landmark graphic novel of the same name) and the historical Battle of Artemisium, a naval engagement concurrent with “300′s” battle at Thermopylae. “If you took ‘300’ and you zoomed out, that’s what this movie is all about,” Murro said at Comic-Con International in San Diego last summer. “It takes place at about the same time as ‘300.’ It’s just bigger and it gives […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Vine videos tease first trailer that’s coming Sunday

HBO is drumming up the hype for the return of “Game of Thrones” with five mini-videos teasing the new season’s first trailer, to be aired Sunday. That’s right — five teasers for a trailer, all posted on the show’s Vine account. The sprawling political fantasy series, which returns April 6 for its fourth season, is based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes The Vine videos (watch them below) feature several scenes, […]
Dec. 18, 2013 | 7:17 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: Caesar stares down the world

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (featured image)
The new trailer for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has arrived, and the apes and the humans appear to be on the cusp of a war that doesn’t promise to end well for mankind. The trailer for the sequel to Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 hit, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” hints at a world decimated by disease and conflict, but the ranks of the simian followers of Andy Serkis’ genetically evolved ape Caesar — glimpsed near the end of the clip — seem strong. The new footage centers mostly on a packed throng of survivors listening to a speech that sounds like a call to action: “We’ve been through hell together. We spent four years — four years — fighting that virus and another four fighting each other. It was chaos. But you all know what we’re up […]
Dec. 14, 2013 | 9:04 a.m.

‘Interstellar’ trailer: McConaughey ponders space travel, human spirit

'Interstellar' trailer (featured image)
The new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” has debuted, offering a lyrical preview of the filmmaker’s anticipated 2014 release. The clip shows landmark images related to space exploration as the film’s star, Matthew McConaughey, in voiceover, ponders the human thirst for innovation that made such technological advances possible, and wonders openly whether mankind has abandoned its enthusiasm for dreaming. “We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible,” the actor says as the trailer opens. “and we count these moments, these moments when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known — we count these moments as our proudest achievements.” “But,” he adds, “we lost all that. Perhaps we have just forgotten that we are still pioneers.” The end of the clip sees McConaughey drive away from a […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 5:49 p.m.

‘Legend of Hercules’ trailer: Kellan Lutz goes gladiator

Kellen Lutz in "The Legend of Hercules." (Summit)
The new trailer for “The Legend of Hercules” promises lots of sword-and-sandals action when the latest big screen telling of the chesty mythical hero opens in theaters early next year. Directed by Renny Harlin, the action-adventure stars “Twilight” heartthrob Kellan Lutz as Hercules, the half human son of Zeus whose strength is unrivaled among men. In the new film, Hercules is forced to battle his way through a host of gladiator-style matches to earn his freedom and rescue his kingdom from his the cruel rule of his own step-father. It’s not the first large-scale fantasy adventure outing for Lutz — the actor also starred in “Immortals” alongside Henry Cavill and Luke Evans, playing the god Poseidon. Opening Jan. 10, “The Legend of Hercules” also stars Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Liam Garrigan and “Spartacus: War of the Damned” star Liam McIntyre. […]
Dec. 11, 2013 | 12:01 p.m.

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ trailer: Tom Cruise reborn on sci-fi battlefield

'Edge of Tomorrow' (featured image)
Tom Cruise finds himself in a life-and-death situation — over and over again — in the new trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow,” the latest film from director Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”). Set for release in 2014, the sci-fi action adventure is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award-winning novel “All You Need Is Kill” and sees Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer dropped onto a futuristic battlefield only to die. He then finds himself reborn again and again at a moment before the siege. The cast includes Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver and Jeremy Piven, among others. The high-concept outing comes on the heels of Cruise’s recent “Oblivion,” released earlier this year. That film, adapted from a 2010 graphic novel Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) penned with comic-book writer Arvid Nelson, takes place on a future Earth […]
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