This Week in Trailers: Star Trek Into Darkness, Despicable Me 2, Scary Movie 5, Welcome To The Punch, More

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Star Trek Into Darkness – International Trailer

I promise this will be the last time I post any more trailers relating to JJ Abrams highly anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, as it seems the Paramount marketing machine is releasing something new almost weekly, at this stage.

As far as the trailer goes, I would have to say that — despite all the gloss and impressive imagery — I am somewhat… underwhelmed. Perhaps with all the sci-fi to be released this year all the trailers are starting to merge in to one big outer-space mess. The shot of Alice Eve in her underwear was gratuitous and obnoxious, and its inclusion is pandering towards the male audience.

One thing of note is the focus on Benedict Cumberbatch‘s UNNAMED VILLAIN, who after this trailer actually has me rooting more for his character than any of the crew of the USS Enterprise. Did anybody else have this?

Co-starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin; Star Trek Into Darkness beams down into Australia theatres wide on May 16.

via Apple


Despicable Me 2 – Trailer

2010’s Despicable Me was a surprising critical and commercial hit, so it’s no surprise that the wheels of a sequel were put quickly into motion. And deservedly so, as I personally found it to be one of the top animated films to be released in recent years.

Steve Carell‘s anti-hero Gru is a terrific character and a handsome fit for Carell’s comedic timing and sensibilities. For light — and often hilarious — comic relief add in the extremely popular Minions and you have yourselves genuine franchise fodder.

Original directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return for a second helping, and joining Carell are the voices of Kristen Wiig, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong.

Australians will be the first to see Despicable Me 2 on June 20, one week before any other country. Suddenly Australia is number one!

via Apple


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.


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 — Fortnight Edition!: Iron Man 3, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Jay & Silent Bob, More

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Trailer

Bill Hader returns to the role of Flint Lockwood in the sequel to the surprise financial and critical animated success from 2009, as does most of the cast including Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and the excellent Terry Crews replacing the MIA Mr. T.

This trailer is definitely heavy on the food puns, which I can’t say is a bad thing: I should not have laughed nearly as much as I did at, “There’s a leek in the boat!” It’s worth checking out simply on the good-will the first instalment harboured.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 drops on Australia on a very late November 28.

via Yahoo! Movies


Iron Man 3 – Trailer

Here is the shiny new — and final — Iron Man 3 trailer. Joining the returning cast of Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bettany‘s voice are franchise newcomers Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley as arch-nemesis The Mandarin. Kingsley has been watching his old wrestling tapes for preparation as he seems to be mimicking The Ultimate Warrior in his speech cadence:

Also joining the cast is The Reaper himself William Sadler! Cool! Also expect your obligatory Stan Lee appearance, despite his The Amazing Spider-Man appearance being quite hard to top.

Marvel seem to be throwing everything at this one. Will we see Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark in future Marvel films? They are going to have to bring the big bucks if the number of films in his contract are expiring.

Iron Man 3 opens on April 24, one week before the US. Boom!

via Marvel UK


This Week in Trailers: The Internship, Oblivion. Trance, Sanitarium, More

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Oblivion – International Trailer

This is the second generic — albeit not as generic as the first — trailer for the future-dystopia-sci-fi adventure directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), based on his own graphic novel of the same name. While the first trailer had a definite WALL-E vibe, this one just feels like a re-hashed Matrix: did Morgan Freeman steal those glasses directly from Lawrence Fishburne?

Also of note: is this a Tom Cruise action movie trailer where they aren’t showing Tom Cruise running? Outrageous!

Oblivion strolls to Australian cinemas on April 11.

via MSN Movies



The Internship – Trailer

Okay, let’s be honest here: this looks terrible. This looks shockingly terrible, and it’s sad to see how far a duo that I used to find somewhat entertaining — in Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn — have fallen.

Most of the jokes here are about how old they are, despite the fact they are dudes in their 40’s who could easily pass off as mid-30’s. They can nonchalantly recite all the Terminator films (series spanning 1984-2009), yet are clueless as to whom Professor Xavier is (series spanning 2000-2011, first appearance in 1963). The jokes could have possibly made more sense with an older starring cast, such as Jack Nicholson and Alan Alda (but probably not).

Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), and co-starring Rose Byrne and John Goodman (both appearing well below standard), The Google Movie — aka The Internship — opens in Australia on June 13.


This Week in Trailers: Monsters University, Jack the Giant Slayer, Room 237, Big-Ass Spider!, More

Trailers Banner Monsters University – Trailer #1

This trailer for Monsters University – the sequel to Pixar‘s 2001 classic Monsters, Inc. – is looking fantastic; light-hearted, genuinely funny, and  full of potential. The once infallible Pixar are in desperate need of a massive critical and box-office hit to get them back on the winning track after the moderate (for their standards) efforts of Cars 2 and Brave.

I am a fan of the classic ‘college comedy’ format and I’m eager to see it as formulated by the Pixar brain-trust, just to witness how a wild college toga party or bong hit is represented in this kind of universe.

The terrific voice-cast features the return of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, and Pixar stalwart John Ratzenberger; while including the likes of Kelsey Grammar and Ken Jeong.

Monsters University should be a great time for all ages, and Australia will be the first to see it on June 20.

via Walt Disney Studios UK



Jack the Giant Slayer – Trailer #2

If it wasn’t for his excellent history with terrific films such as The Usual Suspects and the first two X-Men films, I would worry that director Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is in the wrong hands, based solely on this horribly bland trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer. There are so many clichés here it is painful (Bill Nighy is a grumpy, high-concept character! Rockin’ rock music in a fairytale trailer!), the only thing on display of any actual substance is Ewan McGregor‘s moustache.

I can now see why Fox decided to push the release of this one from mid-last year – blockbuster season – to the relative safety of a March release. Be wary.

Jack the Giant Slayer opens locally on March 21.


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.


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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