October 1, 2013 |
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" enjoyed one of the more anomalous releases in 2012. Despite the fact that many critics gave Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic poor marks, the first of three "Hobbit" films was a global blockbuster, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, nearly as much as "The Dark Knight Rises. " PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 The second installment in the trilogy -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" -- arrives in theaters on Dec. 13, and judging from the new trailer the film has more in common with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films than the first "Hobbit" production.
September 20, 2013 |
Beats are all over the movies lately -- there was "On the Road" late last year, October will bring "Kill Your Darlings," and then comes "Big Sur," which is set to open in November. The official "Big Sur" trailer is above. The movie is based on "Big Sur," the 1962 novel by Jack Kerouac. In it, Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Duluoz, retreats to a rustic cabin on the coast of Northern California in an effort to get a grip on a life that's spun out of control -- the freedom of "On the Road" has been dampened by fame, alcohol and the pressures of adulthood.
September 18, 2013 |
EVANS, Colo. - The panicked escapes that took place in this riverside town last week were worth it: The trailer parks that frame the shoreline of the swollen South Platte now sit smashed and throttled by mud. And not just any mud. When the flood claimed the nearby wastewater treatment plant too, officials and residents worried that the deluged edges of Evans had turned into a toxic open sewer. "In our living room, there's 6 to 8 inches of pure, black mud," said Karen Kesterson, 68. "You just kind of slide around in it. " Colorado's epic rains brought more than just broken timber and broken homes.
September 11, 2013 |
Is Disneyland really the happiest place on Earth? Not according to a new trailer for "Escape from Tomorrow," the buzzed-about film shot guerrilla-style at Disney amusement parks by a first-time filmmaker. "People come here because they want to feel safe," an ominious voice warns in the preview, "but bad things happen everywhere -- especially here. " The film, set for a limited theatrical and VOD release on Oct. 11, centers on a father who takes his family on a vacation to the ride-filled wonderland.
September 6, 2013 |
Honestly, between the twerking controversy and the "Fifty Shades of Grey" casting uproar, sometimes it's a wonder anyone wants to do anything anymore, lest they incur the scornful wrath of the collective consciousness of the Internet. That intersection between man and machine is explicitly explored in the first trailer from the upcoming remake of "Robocop. " Starring Joel Kinnaman in the role played by Peter Weller in the 1987 original, the new film puts a drone-era twist on the original's story of a wounded man encased in a robotic outfit in hopes of becoming the ultimate tool of law enforcement.
September 5, 2013 |
"You don't want to wake up, do you?" That's what you hear Scarlett Johansson whisper at the start of a new trailer for "Under the Skin," the provocative alien-on-Earth drama from director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") that premiered at last weekend's Telluride Film Festival before heading to the Venice Film Festival. As the preview makes clear, "Under the Skin" is a visually arresting movie filled with stunning images, including Johansson wearing very few clothes.
September 4, 2013 |
In most modern narratives, the story of the Beats began when Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" to rapturous audiences, when his poetic evocation of youth gone wrong and hope and rebellion and power and gay love was banned and became famous. That was in San Francisco in 1956. But the group of writers who would lead the Beat Generation -- including Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs -- all met earlier when many of them attended Columbia in New York. "Kill Your Darlings," scheduled for release in October, is a film that explores that early time in New York.
August 19, 2013 |
Could J.J. Abrams' mysterious new trailer be linked to the novel he'll be publishing in October? On Monday, Abrams' company Bad Robot placed a trailer on YouTube that, more than anything else, confused viewers. Is it a teaser for his upcoming television project Believe , created with "Children of Men" director Alfonso Cuaron? Another big Abrams project is “ Star Wars: Episode VII ” -- it probably isn't that, but it's possible. Did he release a trailer about nothing at all?
August 15, 2013 |
Teenage vampires have sexy fun at boarding school when the minds behind "Heathers" and "Mean Girls" adapt the "Vampire Academy" series into a movie coming next year. Brothers Daniel and Mark Waters -- Daniel is the writer of "Heathers, and Mark the director of "Mean Girls" -- are taking their teen-flick classic magic touch to the film adaptation of Richelle Mead's young adult series. Judging from the peek at its first trailer, "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" could be a saucy , maybe even Buffy-like spin on what's been a self-serious age of mopey, brooding vampires. Mead's vampire world concerns the titular "Blood Sisters" of "Vampire Academy No. 1"; there are six books, which means if this film hits, there could be many sequels.
August 15, 2013 |
Got plans for Earth Day 2014? If not, Disney has an option for you that's sure to tug on your heart strings. Following up on its 2012 nature documentary "Chimpanzee," which also opened on Earth Day and went on to make $29 million, Disneynature will debut the documentary "Bears," about a family of bears living in Alaska, on April 18, 2014. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The studio just released the first trailer for the film that tracks...