21 Bridges Trailer: Chadwick Boseman is a Detective on a Mission

Chadwick Boseman plays an NYPD detective on a manhunt to find a pair of highly-trained criminals (and cop killers) in the trailer for 21 Bridges. While he’s best known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, Boseman has led a long and decorated careeer as a character actor over the years. Among his better known non-superhero roles to date are his performances as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall in their recent memoirs, in addition to his work in genre fare like Draft Day and Message from the King.

In recent months, Boseman has signed on for Da 5 Bloods, a Vietnam War veteran drama that Spike Lee is directing for Netflix. He’s also expected to reunite with Ryan Coogler for Black Panther 2, after T’Challa is (presumably) un-dusted in this week’s Avengers: Endgame. Before then, however, Boseman will reunite with Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo on another project altogether.

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The Russos are producing this summer’s 21 Bridges, which Boseman is headlining for STX. Directed by Brian Kirk (Luther, Game of Thrones) from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan (Deepwater Horizon) and Adam Mervis (The Philly Kid), 21 Bridges stars Boseman as Andre Davis, an NYPD officer who was only a boy when his father – a cop himself – was gunned down in the line of duty. When two men kill several cops during a shootout on Manhattan Island, Davis quickly moves to shut the island down and catch them before it opens up again. For more, watch the trailer below.

Much like the 21 Bridges footage shown at CinemaCon, the trailer offers a quick look at the film’s many noteworthy actors, including Keith David, Sienna Miller, and J.K. Simmons. Taylor Kitsch and If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Stephan James also show up here as the two gunmen in question, who come to realize that the job they were hired for is part of a much bigger and more dangerous conspiracy than they thought. Indeed, the trailer nods to the idea that Andre’s decision to close off Manhattan Island for a few hours (including, yes, the twenty-one bridges connecting it to the rest of New York) could have an enormous impact on the stock market, among other things.

By the look of things, 21 Bridges has the makings of a lean, mean, and well-acted piece of genre fare. The film doesn’t really seem to break the mold for this sort of crime-thriller and hits on a lot of the expected tropes, but its hard-boiled dialogue and action appear to be in safe hands here. It also doubles as a showcase for Boseman and should allow the actor to flex his acting chops once again, much like he has to great success in his previous leading roles (non-MCU and Marvel related alike). As a change of pace from the summer’s big, splashy blockbusters, 21 Bridges may yet do the trick.

NEXT: 2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See

Source: STX


2019-04-25 06:04:05

Sandy Schaefer

Men in Black: International Trailer #2 Reveals a New Alien Threat

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are saving the world (and looking good) in the new trailer for Men in Black: International. In the years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith finished their run on the Men in Black trilogy, Sony has toyed with various ideas for continuing the franchise. The studio came shockingly close to crossing the property over with their Jump Street movies at one point, but ultimately abandoned the concept in favor of a more traditional continuation with International.

International is set in the same continuity as the first Men in Black trilogy, but takes place at the MIB organization’s UK branch (rather than the U.S.) Emma Thompson is reprising her Men in Black 3 role as Agent O here, with F. Gary Gray (The Italian JobFate of the Furious) directing, and Thor: Ragnarok duo Hemsworth and Thompson filling the hole left by Jones and Smith. With less than two months to go before the movie hits theaters, its marketing machine is revving up again.

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The previous Men in Black: International trailer introduced Thompson as M, a new MIB recruit who gets partnered with the more experienced and laid-back Agent H (Hemsworth). Overall, the trailer focused less on the film’s plot and more on the sci-fi gizmos and gadgets that M and H used to fight all manner of law-breaking aliens on their adventures. Sony has now unveiled a new promo that shines the spotlight on the actual narrative, as you can see below.

As mentioned, the new trailer delves a little deeper into the plot-line here, including M’s backstory and how she comes to join the Men in Black in the first place. The preview further highlights Liam Neeson as High T, the head of MIB’s UK branch, and Kumail Nanjiani as the voice of the tiny alien Pawny, along with a fresh threat in the form of shape-shifting extraterrestrials that are capable of impersonating MIB agents. And as you might expect, there are jokes that play on the cultural differences between the UK and U.S. (see: the steering wheel bit), as well as the fact that it’s called the “Men in Black”, yet features several women among its ranks.

On the whole, Sony appears to have taken an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to continuing the Men in Black franchise here. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy, either; there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this universe – from its zany aliens to its equally over the top sci-fi technology – and the addition of new actors (especially Hemsworth and Thompson, who continue to have great onscreen chemistry) should help to liven up the formula in International. That being said, the film is clearly aiming to kick off a new series of movies following M and H, so we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s really something audiences are interested in.

NEXT: 2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See

Source: Sony


2019-04-25 03:04:08

Sandy Schaefer

Hobbs & Shaw Trailer #2 Hypes Fast & Furious’ First Battle Sequence

The second trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has arrived. Announced shortly after The Fate of the Furious hit theaters two years ago, Hobbs & Shaw brings the titular characters (Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw) together for an adventure of their own. Johnson and Statham’s onscreen chemistry in Fate of the Furious was part of the inspiration for the spinoff to begin with, so it’s only fitting that the Hobbs & Shaw marketing has played up the relationship (bromance, romance – you decide) between the pair in the film.

Written by Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan and directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2), Hobbs & Shaw pits its hot-headed leads against Brixton (Idris Elba), a mercenary terrorist who’s been genetically enhanced to have (quite literally) bullet-proof skin. Universal showed off some fresh material from the movie earlier this month at CinemaCon, including clips of Brixton calling himself the “black Superman” and waging a massive battle with Hobbs and his brothers on their home turf in Hawaii. Now, some/most of that footage has been made available in the form of a new trailer.

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Universal has dropped the latest Hobbs & Shaw trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters with (most likely) Avengers: Endgame next week. You can check it out in the space below.

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Source: Universal



2019-04-18 04:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

Dark Phoenix Final Trailer Reveals How Jean Gets The Phoenix Name

A brand new trailer for Dark Phoenix teases the conclusion of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise and Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) newfound power. After a decade of X-Men movies that produced various results, Fox decided to bring back the franchise with a soft reboot in X-Men: First Class that re-introduced younger versions of heroes audiences had already met. New versions of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) became the center of the story, but then X-Men: Apocalypse introduced another batch of young and familiar X-Men.

Apocalypse featured the debut of Turner as Jean Grey, as well as Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. They were positioned as the future of the X-Men franchise, with Dark Phoenix set to be the beginning of their story. However, once the Disney-Fox deal became a possibility, the narrative around Dark Phoenix turned from a new trilogy starter to the conclusion of the entire Fox era of the X-Men. With two trailers already released that teased the Jean-centric story, a new trailer has arrived to further flesh out her journey.

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Twentieth Century Fox debuted the third and final trailer for Dark Phoenix this morning, which continues to keep the focus on Jean Grey. A portion of the trailer is dedicated to showing exactly how Jean gets the power of the Phoenix Force and how she is changing thanks to it, while also mixing in plenty of action. Check out the full trailer below:

Previous trailers and marketing materials had confirmed that Jean encounters the Phoenix Force during an early space mission, but now we actually get to see most of it in action. Nightcrawler is using his powers to teleport back and forth between the X-Jet and the damaged space shuttle, but he doesn’t appear to get Jean before the Phoenix Force engulfs her. But, as Jessica Chastain’s mysterious character points out later in this trailer, Jean is the only thing or person to ever survive an encounter with it. From there, the trailer highlights how Jean struggles with these powers before appearing to embrace the darkness within her.

As a whole, this new Dark Phoenix trailer does a solid job of establishing Jean as the focal point in the film and giving viewers a decent understanding of the plot. This trailer does mostly showcase the elements of Dark Phoenix that are different than the Dark Phoenix Saga adaptation Fox previously attempted with X-Men: The Last Stand, but one major concern here is still the lack of investment with the young cast. Audiences have not been given the chance to properly connect to or grow with Jean and her fellow young X-Men, so it will be up to Dark Phoenix to make audiences care about their conflict. Then again, maybe that’s why Mystique and the other older characters are still involved. We’ll have to just wait and see how it plays out this summer.

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Source: 20th Century Fox


2019-04-17 07:04:32

Cooper Hood

Star Wars 9 Trailer Is Here: First Look At The Rise of Skywalker

UPDATE: Read our full Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

The Star Wars: Episode IX teaser trailer is now available online, revealing the film’s official title. Back in 2015, the Star Wars franchise triumphantly returned with The Force Awakens, the continuation of the classic Skywalker saga that received widely positive reviews and grossed more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office. Four years later, director J.J. Abrams is back to finish what he started (the sequel trilogy) as well as the Skywalker saga itself. When the film began production last summer, Lucasfilm announced it would be the final installment of this particular series.

With Abrams at the helm, most expected Episode IX to be subject to the director’s infamous mystery box treatment, but even by Lucasfilm’s standards, things have been extremely secretive. Though filming wrapped in mid-February, the studio had yet to unveil the official title, leading some to believe that was part of their master plan to make Celebration Chicago extra memorable. Now that the big day’s finally here, the curtain’s been pulled back.

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Today during the Episode IX panel, Lucasfilm debuted the first teaser trailer for the movie, revealing the film’s official title is The Rise of Skywalker. The studio also released a poster, which you can see in the space below:

Much like the initial previews for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, this first Rise of Skywalker trailer barely delves into the plot of the film, relying more on beautiful imagery and atmosphere to set the stage for what will surely be an extensive marketing campaign leading up to December. The footage primarily focuses on the returning characters from the previous two films, but fans do get a glimpse of BB-8’s new droid friend Rio, as well as a fun shot of Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside Chewbacca. All in all, the film looks like a suitably grand and epic conclusion to a generations-spanning saga that redefined the film industry in more ways than one. It’ll surely be an emotional experience for fans.

Besides the movie’s title, the biggest reveal from the trailer is unquestionably the return of Emperor Palpatine, who once again will be played by the incomparable Ian McDiarmid. The villain’s comeback is most definitely a surprise, seeing that he died in Return of the Jedi and wasn’t even mentioned in the prior films of the sequel trilogy. However, his inclusion makes sense. Since The Rise of Skywalker ties up the nine-movie arc, it needed to have some element that connected to the other two trilogies. Palpatine, of course, was the main baddie in the prequels and originals, so his ultimate destruction will end the Skywalker saga once and for all.

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Source: Lucasfilm


2019-04-12 10:04:33

Chris Agar

The Addams Family Trailer: An Altogether Ooky Animated Movie

The Addams get animated in the trailer for The Addams Family. Over the decades since Charles Addams introduced his single-panel Addams Family New Yorker comics in the 1930s, the cartoonist’s satirical vision of a creepy and kooky aristocratic American family has given rise to a famous 1960s live-action TV show, multiple cartoon series, and a handful of live-action movies in the ’90s. The Addams are now getting a computer-generated makeover on the big screen, courtesy of Shrek 2 and Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon.

Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron lend their voices to the film as Addams Family patriarch Gomez and matriarch Morticia, respectively, with Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard bringing the rest of the (altogether ooky) Addams clan to animated life here. After years of being stuck in development as a stop-motion feature with Tim Burton at the helm, the Vernon-helmed Addams Family started production in October 2017, and has been moving down the pipeline steadily ever since. Now, ahead of the film’s release this October, MGM is getting its marketing campaign fully up and running.

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The first Addams Family trailer is now online, ahead of its premiere in theaters with (presumably) the Laika-animated Missing Link this week. You can check it out in the space below.

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Source: MGM


2019-04-09 06:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Stuber Trailer: Kumail Nanjiani & Dave Bautista Are Uber Buddies

Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista join forces in the trailer for the upcoming action-comedy, Stuber. Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon), the movie is riding a wave of buzz following its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March. It will also be the first R-rated film released under the Disney banner since the Mouse House finalized its purchase of Fox last month. The last time that happened was with the WikiLeaks memoir The Fifth Estate, which was all the way back in 2013.

Nanjiani stars here as Stu, a mild-mannered Uber driver whose life is turned upside-down when he picks up a hard-edged cop (Bautista) hot on the trailer of a dangerous killer. The film had a presence at CinemaCon last week, ahead of the official marketing getting up and running. Now, with three months to go before it hits theaters, the movie has received its full-length trailer and poster.

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The Stuber trailer is now online, along with the film’s official one-sheet. You can check them out below, courtesy of Fox.

As one might expect, the Stuber trailer is largely focused on highlighting the odd couple dynamic between Nanjiani and Bautista in the film. The former is clearly the fish out of water in this scenario, as he’s forced to hold criminals at gunpoint and engage in high-speed chases while Bautista pursues his violent target. It’s a role that plays well to Nanjiani’s background in comedy, much like Bautista’s role was seemingly tailored to the wrestler-turned actor’s tough guy persona. Early reviews for Stuber are mixed to positive, with critics likening the film to a more slapstick-heavy version of a buddy movie like Lethal Weapon. That claim is supported by the trailer, which combines moments of dark humor (like Nanjiani accidentally shooting a criminal) with broader gags (see the bit with the intercom near the end).

The film is hitting theaters at a busy time for both of its stars, what with Nanjiani having just signed on to star in Marvel Studios’ The Eternals. He also branched out into more dramatic territory recently with his performance on The Twilight Zone revival episode “The Comedian”, and is actively developing the immigrant comedy-drama series Little America for Apple with his wife and Big Sick co-writer, Emily V. Gordon. Bautista isn’t exactly slacking either; he just signed on to star in Zack Snyder’s zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead, and is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation. Both actors are in-demand for a reason, so here’s hoping for good things from their union on Stuber this summer.

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Source: 20th Century Fox


2019-04-08 06:04:11

Sandy Schaefer

Brightburn Extended Trailer & Poster Tease James Gunn’s Dark Superhero Movie

James Gunn has revealed an extended trailer and poster for his superhero horror movie Brightburn. The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker has a long history when it comes to the horror genre, having written Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and directed the original horror-comedy Slither back in the 2000s. More recently, he served as a writer and producer on 2017’s The Belko Experiment, a horror-thriller where office workers are forced to “compete” in a twisted social experiment that requires them to kill others in order to stay alive.

Brightburn, by comparison, is essentially a dark re-imagining of the Superman origin story. While Gunn isn’t a credited writer, he helped develop the movie’s premise and story with his cousin and brother, Mark and Brian. The latter pair went on to write the screenplay, with Gunn serving as a producer and David Yarovesky (the Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno music video) calling the shots as director. Sony kicked off the marketing in late 2018 and has since released a pair of trailers for the film. Now, the movie has gotten an extended promo, to go along with an official poster.

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Gunn unveiled the Brightburn poster on his Twitter account today, shortly before revealing an extended 3-minute trailer for the film. You can watch the new promo below (via Comic Network), followed by the one-sheet.

The extended trailer is largely a combination of clips and footage from the previous Brightburn promos, but there is some fresh material here. Moreover, the extended preview offers a better taste of the film’s horrifying elements and R-rated violence than its predecessors did. Elizabeth Banks (who previously worked with Gunn on Slither) and The Office‘s David Denman star here as Mrs. and Mr. Breyer, a small-town American couple who discover an alien pod that’s crash-landed on earth and is carrying a mysterious otherworldly infant. However, as the new trailer illustrates, this familiar story takes a dark turn from there, as the baby grows up to be Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn): a seemingly ordinary boy who discovers he has super-human abilities… and doesn’t intend to use them for good.

Gunn originally planned to pull the curtain back on Brightburn at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, but his plans were cancelled when Disney fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a day before Sony’s SDCC panel. Gunn has since been “rehired” to direct the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie and is currently preparing to begin shooting The Suicide Squad later this year. In the meantime, however, it appears that Gunn will be doing his part to promote Brightburn and get everyone interested in seeing what a truly dark Superman movie could look like.

MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Brightburn

Source: Comic Network, James Gunn



2019-03-29 01:03:59

Sandy Schaefer

Mary Magdalene Trailer: Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix Get Biblical

IFC releases a trailer for Mary Magdalene. Directed by Garth Davis, the biblical drama stars Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus Christ and Rooney Mara as the title character. Earlier this month, Mary Magdalene finally received an April release date, this coming after a turbulent distribution journey after the film initially premiered in February 2018.

In the canonical gospels, Mary Magdalene is referenced more than Jesus’ apostles, and the film chronicles her unique relationship with the founder of Christianity, as she allegedly witnessed his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Production began in October 2016, and the film was originally scheduled for a November 2017 release, and then pushed to March 2018. After The New York Times and The New Yorker published their Harvey Weinstein exposés in October 2017, Mary Magdalene was shelved once again, and the producers ultimately searched for a new distributor and made a deal with IFC Films.

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On YouTube, IFC Films released Mary Magdalene’s new trailer. In the beginning, cloudy landscape shots contrast Mary’s declaration to Jesus that she wants him to understand her. From there, the trailer establishes the natural chemistry between the two historical figures, which complicates Mary’s impending marriage with “a friend.” As Mary’s acquaintances try to sway her from following Jesus, the clip underlines themes of purpose and free will. Unfortunately for Mary, she learns that Jesus’ message of peace isn’t understood by all, and she then prepares for the worst. The final minute of Mary Magdalene’s trailer focuses on the inevitable violence, along with Mary’s absolute devotion to Jesus. The clip ends with the line “The world will only change as we change.” Check out the full Mary Magdalene trailer below.

As a whole, the color palette of Mary Magdalene’s trailer is full of warm interior browns and icy blue exterior images. The film reunites the aforementioned Davis with cinematographer Greig Fraser. For their 2017 collaboration Lion, Fraser received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. In the past, he’s shot films like Killing Them Softly, Snow White and the Huntsman, Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher, and Rogue One. Fraser will also serve as cinematographer for Denis Villeneuve’s 2020 science fiction epic Dune.

Mary Magdalene marks the final film for composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Icelandic artist earned Academy Award nominations for The Theory of Everything and Sicario. In 2016, Jóhannsson received a Golden Globe nomination for Arrival, this coming after he’d previously won for The Theory of Everything in 2014. After finishing the score for Mandy, Jóhannsson died from an accidental overdose on Feb. 9, 2018. He was 48 years old. 

Based on the new trailer, Mary Magdalene seems to be more of a cinematic experience than a fluffy historical drama. Given the talent of the aforementioned Greig Fraser and Jóhann Jóhannsson, both of whom are known for brilliantly setting a specific mood, Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix can accomplish more with less. Mary Magdalene’s success will ultimately depend on the lead’s handling of major moments, and their ability to fully transform into their famous characters.

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Source: IFC Films


2019-03-28 07:03:42

Q.V. Hough

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Teaser Trailer: The Book Reads You

Alvin Schwartz’s creepy children’s horror stories come to life in the trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Published from 1981-1991, Schwartz’s three Scary Stories collections were inspired by a variety of older folk stories and urban legends about everything from wicked scarecrows to vengeful ghosts, Death itself, and even the occasional polite, if misunderstood, monster.

CBS Films acquired the Scary Stories movie rights in 2013, and had writers like John August (Frankenweenie) and Saw sequel duo Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton work on the film adaptation, before bringing del Toro aboard. The Shape of Water director is credited for the film’s screen story and served as a producer here, with André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) calling the shots from a script by del Toro’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia collaborators, Dan and Kevin Hageman.

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The film’s marketing got underway in February with a poster and Super Bowl TV spots that nodded to some of Schwartz’s more infamous stories, like “The Red Spot”, “Harold”, and “The Big Toe”. CBS Films has now released a Scary Stories teaser trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters. The studio also unveiled a pair of posters this week that once again reference “The Red Spot” and the Pale Lady character from Schwartz’s books (who even showed up in the Super Bowl spots). You can check out the latter one-sheet after the trailer, below.

As seen in the teaser, Scary Stories takes place in a small American town called Mill Valley, circa 1968, and follows a group of young teens as they investigate the mystery of Sarah Bellows – a tortured young girl who lived on the edge of town in the now-abandoned Bellows mansion, several years ago. However, upon discovering Sarah’s secret writings (where she wrote about the horrible experiences she had in life), the unsuspecting kids find themselves being menaced by the various monsters and ghouls that Sarah wrote about.

Schwartz’s original short stories were disconnected, but it seems the film adaptation uses a plot device that strings them together and, in turn, allows for all manner of gnarly specters, spirits, and creatures to show up (including ones that aren’t from the original collections, like the Jangly Man in the trailer and Super Bowl promos). Beyond that, Scary Stories looks and feels a bit like a del Toro movie, but his storytelling approach appears to meld well with Øvredal’s horror filmmaking style so far.

And on a related note: between the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark teaser and the Godzilla: King of the Monsters “Beautiful” promo from earlier, it’s been an… interesting day for trailers using “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

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Source: CBS Films/Lionsgate


2019-03-28 01:03:27

Sandy Schaefer