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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.

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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.

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This Week In Trailers: Fast & Furious 6, Lords of Salem, Spring Breakers, Identity Thief, More

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Fast & Furious 6 – Extended First Look

First up is the big first look at the 6th entry in the former dead-in-the-water Fast and the Furious franchise, this one continuing the semi-coherent overarching story set up in part 4. It’s nice to see Michelle Rodriguez – seemingly at one time on the Hollywood black list – return to the franchise that got her noticed.

I am in the minority in having no real interest in this series, but it will undoubtedly do massive business when it comes to Australian theatres full-throttle on June 6th; two weeks after the rest of the world, possibly so the stars can come down to promote.

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Spring Breakers – Red Band Trailer

This is one to look out for. The tone is grimy and seedy, and the cast consists of a group of young actresses clearly trying wipe clean their Disney Channel image for something a bit more adult. The icing on the cake of course is James Franco as a slimy gangster going by the name of Alien. Shut up and take my money!

Nothing set in stone for Australia as of yet, but I would expect this to hit our shores mid-year.

via Mars Distribution

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