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This Week in Trailers: Kick-Ass 2, The Hangover Part III, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, More

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The Hangover Part III – Teaser Trailer

The Hangover Part II was an unashamed cash-grab, built solely to take advantage of the runaway success that was the first instalment from 2009. And unashamed it was, retreading moments from the original nearly beat-for-beat; character moments, musical cues, and general plotting were simply re-placed from Vegas to Bangkok. It is lazy — yet successful and lucrative — filmmaking at it’s worst.

The Hangover Part III looks to continue this tradition: moments from this teaser look strikingly familiar, they even got band Wolfmother back for a third run. One can only hope with a return to Vegas they can recapture the charm of the first film, and avoid the unwanted and seedy meanness which made watching Part II such a dirty experience.

It’s also a shame that due to continuing tradition, the talented Justin Bartha is once again stuck on the sidelines, leaving the antics solely up to Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and the manic Chang Chow (Ken Jeong). Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Jamie Chung and Mike Epps return, as does director Todd Phillips.

Prepare yourself for a severe case of déjà vu when The Hangover Part III opens wide nationally on May 23 and it will — along with Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness — set the pace for the rest of blockbuster season.

via Warner Bros.

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Kick-Ass 2 – Red Band Trailer

The sequel to the modestly successful 2010 superhero film comes with a different director (Jeff Wadlow replacing Matthew Vaughn, who is sticking to producer duties) and a much smaller budget, as is clear by looking at the first teaser. Things look much brighter than before, and I would assume the violence and language will be toned down — if even slightly — to try and recoup its humble investments: something that its bigger budgeted predecessor struggled with.

Although the VFX and set design look schlocky at best, most of the original headline cast is returning (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoper Mintz-Plasse), and joining them are some terrific actors that don’t have three-part names: Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut, and a nearly unrecognisable Jim Carrey. Carrey’s role as Colonel Stars and Stripes will be a big factor in getting people to see this, as he looks and sounds fantastic and is nearly unrecognisable.

Kick-Ass 2 does not yet have an official Australian release date, but I would expect to see it at the tail-end of blockbuster season, depending on how it fares on its US release.

via MTV
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Star Trek Into Darkness – Teaser Trailer #2

The big year for big screen sci-fi kicks off with the much anticipated sequel to the 2009 remake from future Star Wars director JJ Abrams. All your favourite cast members will return, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Simon Pegg. Joining them will be newcomers Alice Eve and the potential new baddie — who may or may not be Khan — played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Star Trek Into Darkness phases into Australian theatres May 16.

via Coming Soon.net

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After Earth – Trailer #2

After Earth is the second picture from the new M. Night Shyamalan (the old M. Night died along with The Happening). The new M. Night Shyamalan has tapped out all of the name-recognition and goodwill he inherited from The Sixth Sense and now relies on event tentpoles, franchises and big-name stars to pay the bills.

In his second film back from a short big-screen absence (returning with last year’s Men in Black III), it will be interesting to see if Will Smith is still the guaranteed box office draw from years past. On this occasion, Smith teams with son Jaden Smith for the first time (unless you count Jaden’s cameo on the album version of Wild Wild West).

After Earth will receive a wide local release on June 13.

via Apple

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To The Wonder – Trailer

Acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick has gone from directing films on a fairly inconsistent basis (five films between 1969 and 2005) to quickly churning out four in the span of a couple of years. Following up on 2011’s epitome of art-house The Tree of Life, Malick follows up with To The Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams.

The cinematography on show here is pretty amazing, shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life, Children of Men), but — depending on your cinema preferences — this will be an unabashed experimental piece and will not conform to standard narrative structures. This is not for everyone and you have been duly warned.

Expect To The Wonder to do the rounds of the major Australian film festivals this year.

via Entertainment Tonight

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Much Ado About Nothing – Trailer

Following the filming of the eventual triumph which was The Avengers, cult director/writer/producer Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) shot this Shakespeare adaptation at his own home over the span of a couple of weeks late in 2011, and starring many of his frequent collaborators, such as Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, and Fran Kranz.

I see this as more a quirky pet-project of Whedon’s — much like his amazing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog — designed for his own entertainment and sensibilities which are shared by his rabid fan base. It’ll be cool, but ultimately forgettable.

Hopefully “Much Ado About Nothing” is not something I will be writing whenever this film decides to grace our shores.

via Yahoo! Movies

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Rapturepalooza – Red Band Trailer

Seeing that 2012 will be remembered for the year of false doomsday predictions, it looks like 2013 will be known for the apocalypse comedy: Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End, and third on the list is RapturePalooza from director Paul Middletitch.

While the cast is filled with comedic gold (Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Ken Jeong), the humour here just isn’t sticking. Here’s hoping that Rapturepalooza simply has a case of ‘Bad Comedy-Trailer Syndrome’ and the jokes fly better in the film.

Unlike the actual prophesied Rapture, Rapturepalooza should descend on Australia later this year. Although if the movie does a G.I. Joe and bails on its US release of May 10 I would not be surprised: Raptures are prone to being unreliable at keeping dates.

via IGN

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