Trailer: “The Giver”

The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company

Let’s talk about how great of a day this has been for trailers. First Peanuts, now we get a look at The Giver! I remember reading Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic back in 8th grade. It was the first book in a while that I enjoyed so much I couldn’t put it down. Since then (and that was in 2006), there was chatter about a movie adaptation, but set backs kept happening. Finally, production gets going and here we are.

Producer Jeff Bridges himself plays the title character and Meryl Streep plays the questionable Chief Elder. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays protagonist Jonas, and Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes play his parents. My biggest problem was that Taylor Swift was in the movie (she plays Rosemary), but thankfully for me, there’s not much of her in the trailer (lol can you find her?) . Hopefully that’s an indicator of how much she’s in the movie.

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Trailer: “Peanuts” by Schultz

20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Animation Studios

20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Animation Studios

Remember way back in October almost two years ago when I mentioned that the Ice Age folks were making a “Peanuts” movie? Well now it has a release date and a trailer!

Blue Sky Animation took Charles Schultz’s iconic Peanuts Gang and used CG animation to bring them to the big screen. This is the first time cute little Charlie and his friends will be in a feature-length 3D movie. Purists can rest assured that it won’t be a mess, so before they start complaining, it’d be good to know that son Craig Schultz’ and grandson Bryan Schultz will be producing. Cornelius Uliano is also on board as a producer and writer, but his past work has been shorts he’s written, directed, and produced.

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‘Ride Along’ Sets Box Office Record

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

It’s a big weekend and a big start to the new year for Kevin Hart.

His buddy-cop comedy Ride Along, co-starring rapper-actor Ice Cube is set to be number one at the box office this weekend, and by estimates will debut with $48 million. That number makes it the biggest debut for a film released during MLK weekend. The movie itself does what it is supposed to do: make you laugh. Ice Cube as a straight man to Kevin Harts quick one-liners is entertaining enough, but there are multiple cameos  that make the comedy even more enjoyable. Continue reading

Review: “Dark Girls” Documentary Explores Prejudice, Bias

Duke Media, Urban Winter Entertainment

Duke Media, Urban Winter Entertainment

In the 1940s, psychologists published studies in which black children were given a white doll and a black doll. They were asked which one was pretty and good. Each time they picked the white doll. When asked which one was ugly and bad, they picked the black doll. CNN conducted a similar study decades later, and the results were very much the same. In the black community, colorism is very much a part of our culture. Dark Girls explores this on a deeper level, not just within the black community, but outside of it. The TV premiere aired last night on OWN, giving this cultural and social issue a broad platform. Continue reading

Trailer: Ashton Kutcher in ‘Jobs’

Five Star Feature Films

Five Star Feature Films

I’d say there was a fair amount of skepticism when Ashton Kutcher was set to play Apple icon Steve Jobs in a movie. Some of that may (or may not) be put to rest with the first official trailer for Five Star Feature Films’ Jobs. The trailer gives viewers a peek into Kutcher’s portrayal of the man behind Apple’s brand at different points in his life. What’s most interesting to me from the teaser, however, is how they seem to portray Job’s creative, albeit flawed, genius: in one scene, he kicks out a co-worker from a meeting when he remarks that “typeface isn’t a pressing issue”. I guess it is.

It’ll be interesting to see how the quirks of Steve Jobs play out in the full film. It may be more interesting to see what  fans and critics of Apple have to say about the way things are depicted, but it is a movie, after all. Watch the trailer below. Jobs will be in theaters August 16th.

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Robert Downey, Jr. Returns For Avengers 2, Avengers 3 as Iron Man

Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios

Marvel.com officially announces that Robert Downey, Jr. will be back as Iron Man in the sequels to Avengers. Maybe I was out of the loop, but there won’t just be a part deux to the iconic blockbuster, but a third part! Joss Whedon is on board for Marvel’s The Avengers 2 screenplay. So even though he wrote Cabin In The Woods, a movie that was a waste of 95 minutes of my life, The Avengers was very much enjoyable, so I’m thinking the one-liners, quips and such will be just fine for the next installments of the superhero team franchise.

Marvel’s The Avengers 2 starts production March 2014 and will be in theaters May 1st, 2015.

Will Smith’s After Earth Misses Box Office #1

Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures

Even from the trailer, I wasn’t too impressed.

In the latest sci-fi apocalyptic film from Hollywood, Will Smith and his son Jaden get split-face poster time for After Earth

Reaction on the film is harsh too. In the comments below The Hollywood Reporter’s piece on the disappointing opening for the movie, people are going after Jaden and what they see as Will’s “fading movie star power”. Continue reading

Disney Pixar Announces: Finding Dory!

Disney Pixar

Disney Pixar

Since it’s the second day of the month, I’m thinking this isn’t an april Fools joke.

Both Disney Pixar and Ellen DeGeneres herself have taken to social media to officially announce that everyone’s favorite funny Blue Regal Tang with short-term memory loss is getting her own movie. Ellen simply added along with the above graphic, “it’s happening.” But she added more detail in an official statement:

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.”

If you’re still skeptical, the official Facebook page was created March 11th, so this definitely isn’t a cruel joke for Dory fans. The movie is set to take place a year after Nemo was found, and will have both old and new characters.

 Finding Dory is set to hit theaters November 2015.

*Update: Ellen used her first day back on her daytime talkshow to share the news too! Watch her announcement after the jump: Continue reading

Trailer: The Hangover Part III

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

It’s official. The third installment of The Hangover is very much a thing. After releasing teaser poster yesterday, Warner Bros. released the theatrical trailer for the end of “the trilogy of mayhem and bad decisions”. Todd Phillips is on board as director and Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis reprise their roles.  From the poster, I’m sure Mr. Chow once again has a lot to do with whatever the plot is. In the trailer, we get a look at the dopeness that is John Goodman, as what looks to be a drug lord of some sort… or at least he could be. Plus there’s a gross (but funny, if that’s your style of comedy) scene between Galifianakis’ character Alan and whomever Melissa McCarthy is playing in this movie.

Peep the poster and the theatrical trailer below! The Hangover Part III hits theaters Memorial Day 2013.
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New Iron Man 3 Trailer Arrives

Marvel

Marvel

Marvel promised the latest Iron Man trailer would be out by today, thanks to a bootlegger in a Mexican theatre, fans got an advance screening yesterday. Today, Marvel has officially released the new trailer, and we get a better look at the army of Iron Men that will likely help Tony Stark save the world and his beloved Ms. Potts. Plus, Don Cheadle’s character James Rhodes rocks a Captain America-inspired Iron Man suit as War Machine.

Watch the new theatrical trailer below! Iron Man 3 hits US theaters May 3rd.

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