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'Pan' gets an origin story in new trailer

Posted November 25, 2014, 4:11 PM

Have you ever wondered where and how Peter Pan made his way into Neverland? No? Well then, this trailer probably isn't for you.

For the rest of us though, the mysterious origins of Peter Pan is something that has gnawed at the back of our collective minds since childhood although we've probably never been aware of it. I'm sure there was a line or two that attempted to explain how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland, but I don't ever recall getting a full explanation.

Enter Pan, the new film starring Hugh Jackman as the villain, Blackbeard. Yep, you read that right. Apparently, before Captain Hook ascended to the throne of villainy in Neverland, Blackbeard was the oppressive regime leader.

The trailer is a visual treat and the story seems pretty compelling right up until the part where extras from the Cirque de...

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'Jurassic World' trailer literally jumps the shark

Posted November 25, 2014, 11:11 AM

Everyone knows the saying and for many, the fact that Steven Spielberg was going back to the Jurassic well yet again (as Executive Producer only), was confirmation that the Jurassic Park franchise had indeed jumped the proverbial shark. Well, as the director of Jaws, Spielberg knows a thing or two about sharks and it's pretty clear that there will be no shark jumping in this film.

Trust me, I was as skeptical about Jurassic World as the next guy, but yesterday's trailer tease was enough to get me excited again. Although I did have a glimmer of hope in relative newcomer director Colin Trevorrow and his ability to deliver a great film. That hope hinged on the only other film he's ever directed Safety Not Guaranteed which is about as opposite of a film as you can get from Jurassic World.


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Monday Mixer: Huge 'Star Wars' trailer news

Posted November 24, 2014, 4:11 PM

This week brings us Thanksgiving.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Where has this year gone? Maybe it's just me, but I feel like 2014 was simply a blip on the radar on the way to 2015. That's not to belittle 2014, but with 2015 looming over us like a giant dinosaur or a star destroyer, it's hard not to look ahead to next year.

It's funny though, usually when we are desperately waiting for something, time slows down, but in this case it seems the opposite is true. I've seen some great films this year that I know will stand the test of time, but will they all be overshadowed by next year's offerings?

I suppose this week more than any other is a good time to take a few moments and be thankful for the industry that continues to surprise and...

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Disney reinvents 'Cinderella' yet again in new trailer

Posted November 19, 2014, 3:11 PM

We get it Disney.

You own Cinderella and you're going to do whatever you want with the property. First, you decidedly sexed her up in the first image released from the film. Next, you put out what many people called the worst teaser trailer ever made back in May.

Now, I'm not exactly sure what you're doing and I'm afraid you've lost the message as well. For whatever reason, you got legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz to shoot Lily James in her Cinderella's famous ball gown for the latest poster. Granted, the picture is beautiful and Lily James is absolutely gorgeous, but this looks more like the cover of Maxim than a movie poster.

There is such a thing as being too artistic. In fact, you only have to look as far as another film based on a fairy tale in Mirror, Mirror to...

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Meh, first 'Peanuts' trailer is so-so

Posted November 18, 2014, 11:11 AM

I think we are planning to talk about this trailer on this week's podcast, so what follows will be something akin to a tease. You know, like this trailer is a teaser for the full-length trailer expected sometime next Summer and the eventual film a year from now.

A teaser usually isn't something that I give a rat's backside about. Or shall I say, a teaser trailer isn't something that I get all riled up about because few are actually good and even less are indicative of the quality of the feature film itself. However, the Peanuts trailer is something entirely different.

This film will represent the first time that we see Charlie Brown and his gang in 3D and computer-generated. That's a big change, akin to seeing your favorite actor or actress in color for the first time when Hollywood ditched...

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Monday Mixer: Happy Life Day!

Posted November 17, 2014, 4:11 PM

Some days you just have it, and others... well, they call it an off day for a reason.

Some would look outside and see the cold and the flurries and think it must be the weather. But, the fact of the matter is that I love the cold and snow, so that's not it. I'm thinking it has something to do with the box office.

The last couple of weeks has given me a false sense of belief that we had grown as a film audience. No longer would we sit back and watch drivel and drool and fart jokes. No, we will watch films that will inspire us to travel amongst the stars and fight crime with our very own fat robot. But alas, the dream is over and the nightmare has begun.

Speaking of time travel from Interstellar, someone has turned...

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Fear is evident in debut 'Insurgent' trailer

Posted November 12, 2014, 4:11 PM

Change is one of the many themes in Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series. From the looks of today's first trailer for the film, it would seem that the second movie is playing along with that theme.

The trailer is obviously set all within one of Tris' fearscapes where the laws of physics and gravity are merely suggestions and not absolute laws. The first thing that you will notice is the short locks on Shailene Woodley. This isn't that surprising since the actress has been sporting the short hair look for awhile now, but in the books, I don't recall any mention of Tris cutting her hair. Interestingly though, the move does fit her character and the arc of the story, so why not? It's surely better than trying to match up shots with all of the pratfalls that...

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