New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 trailer finally reveals Kurt Russell’s Ego!

A new trailer has dropped for James Gunn‘s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2! Gunn returns to the Marvel and getting weird with it again in his highly anticipated sequel, but this time he’s got a baby Groot and Kurt Russell in the fray. Tonight, Marvel released a new trailer that finally revealed Russell as Peter Quill’s dad, AKA Ego the Living Planet and he looks…well, like Kurt Russell, but I’m betting there’s a whole lot more to Ego that Gunn and Co. are saving for the film.

The new trailer also welcomes Nebula (Karen Gillan) to the fray as a new member of the A-hole family (well, maybe not quite family just yet) and shows off a few more bits of Baby Groot’s mind-boggling cuteness. As if the hype for this movie wasn’t high enough, it’s just an all-around wonderful trailer, lit up with the wacky humor and irreverent charm that made the first film such a hit, with an extra dose of visual splendor.

Yondu (Michael Rooker), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista) return with Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) alongside stars Elizabeth Debicki, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, and Glenn Close, when GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 drops on May 5th.

New ALIEN: COVENANT trailer introduces the ‘neomorph’, film due May 19, 2017!

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s highly anticipated horror flick, ALIEN: COVENANT. The PROMETHEUS follow-up tracks the crew of the titular colony ship Covenant, who discover what is presumably an uncharted paradise but actually turns out to be a dangerous world with only one surviving inhabitant: Michael Fassbender’s android, David.

I’ll admit I really wasn’t wowed by the debut trailer for this film—if I didn’t know it was Ridley Scott directing I’d just assume it was another ALIEN sequel trying to redo the premise of the original. But this trailer is a step up in every way, as it really highlights the horror aspect of the film while also highlighting the forest aesthetic, which is refreshingly new terrain for the ALIEN franchise. There’s a grit and grime to this film that seems to be in contrast to PROMETHEUS‘ clean aesthetic, and I’m really curious to see how Scott connects the dots here. Oh yeah, and we get a look at the “neomorph.”

Also starring Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby, Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT opens in theaters on May 19th.

Final KONG: SKULL ISLAND trailer is totally bananas, film due March 10, 2017!

The thing I’m most excited about when KONG: SKULL ISLAND is released is just seeing what the heck this movie even is. It has a strong APOCALYPSE NOW vibe and a sepia-soaked 70s setting, but the trailers also inject a weird humor into it (which makes sense since it comes from KINGS OF SUMMER‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts). Also it’s a friggin KING KONG movie, where Kong is the size of a mountain (to better fight GODZILLA, of course).

But in the same way that LOGAN has reenergized superhero storytelling by setting it as a Western, perhaps KONG: SKULL ISLAND using a new intriguing setting and dynamic will shake up monster movies as well. The final trailer is a mishmash of every kind of movie genre, but is mostly chock full of intense action sequences and a cadre of beasts that look even more frightening than Kong himself. But if there’s one thing the giant gorilla has going for him, it’s his size. No matter what else, he can swat down helicopters like gnats — and he will! It’s also worth noting that Brie Larson is shown getting an additional line of dialogue when she’s essentially been mute for the rest of the trailers.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND also stars Tom Hiddleston, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Corey Hawkins and opens next Friday, March.

Trailer for David Ayer’s BRIGHT starring Will Smith debuts, film due on Netflix in December!

In the midst of the weirdest Oscars ceremony in recent history, Netflix dropped its first teaser trailer for BRIGHT, a sci-fi mash-up movie directed by David Ayer, written by Max Landis, and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. This thing exists in an alternate reality in which humans live alongside orcs, elves, and fairies, and have done so throughout history. BRIGHT follows two L.A. cops from different backgrounds who stumble into some world-altering trouble during a routine patrol.

Good luck figuring any of that out in this first teaser trailer, which only serves to introduce the world, the characters within it, and the months-away release date. Keep an eye out for the full-length trailer in the future. Also starring Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Margaret Cho, and Ike Barinholtz, the Netflix Original Movie Bright debuts globally this December.

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

Bright is available only on Netflix this December. Bright is directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad) stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). The movie is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and produced by Ayer, Eric Newman (Narcos) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games). The Netflix Original Film will launch globally this December.

RIP Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

Bill Paxton, one of the most charismatic, memorable, and watchable actors of our lifetime, has sadly passed away at the age of 61 from complications due to surgery. The Texas native first broke out with his unforgettable turn as Chet in the 1985 comedy WEIRD SCIENCE, and then solidified his versatility with yet another unforgettable turn in James Cameron’s high-profile sci-fi sequel ALIENS, coining the phrase (and line-reading) “Game over, man! Game over!” for generations to come.

It wasn’t just Paxton’s charm and dynamism that made him memorable—he was a genuinely talented performer who could inflect his voice or body language to tremendously telling results. He’s just at home playing the coward in Cameron movies like ALIENS and TRUE LIES as he is playing the hero in Jan de Bont’s thrilling 1996 disaster pic TWISTER.

It’s impossible to single out Paxton’s best role—from NEAR DARK to APOLLO 13 to A SIMPLE PLAN, he was always surprising audiences with something different, something interesting. Even in recent years, turns in films like NIGHTCRAWLER, EDGE OF TOMORROW, and Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE continued to be scene-stealing performances despite the fact that Paxton was filling a supporting role.

Paxton also ventured behind the camera to impressive results, with his 2001 directorial debut FRAILTY outing him as a serious talent in handling a chilling tone and complex narrative. Most recently, Paxton was co-starring on the CBS series ‘Training Day’ filling the role played by Denzel Washington in the feature film, and he has a role in the upcoming film THE CIRCLE.

Bill Paxton transcended the “character actor” moniker to become a leading man in his own right, albeit one that eschewed the blandness and predictability that so often permeates Hollywood’s stars. He was—and still is—a towering talent who will never be forgotten, and his extensive filmography basically offers a grab-bag of great and interesting films and roles. This one hurts.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Paxton’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Box Office: GET OUT scares up impressive $30M debut!

Made for about $5 million and starring no major stars – unless you’re a particularly big Catherine Keener supporter – Jordan Peele‘s GET OUT is now the most popular film in America. Expectations for the film were set in the upper $20 millions, which would have been enough on its own to scare off the stale yet amiable hijinks of THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. Peele’s horror film, however, went well over expectations to score an impressive $30.5 million take for the weekend by early estimates that have come in this morning.

One has to wonder how far Peele’s brilliant and furious horror flick might have gone if next week did not bring James Mangold‘s LOGAN, a box office nuke that will certainly keep all other comers at bay for at least two frames. Like SPLIT, the low-budgeted M. Night Shyamalan delight that grasped onto the top spot for three frames in January, GET OUT is a Blumhouse production and it continues a classical business strategy that helped build some of the best indie studios in the 1980s and 90s: give a good director $10 million or less to make whatever they want and market the ever-loving shit out of it. With this strategy, Blumhouse has been scoring big in 2017 and if they can keep it up, they could attract even bigger names.

Of course, the downside is that Blumhouse has made collectively this year around what THE LEGO BATMAN alone has made, taking the number two spot for the first time this week with a still admirable $19 million. The rest of the top five was filled out by JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, FIFTY SHADES DARKER, and THE GREAT WALL, while other newcomers COLLIDE and ROCK DOG finished outside of the top ten. And following LOGAN, we’ll have the blockbuster rev-up to the Summer season in full swing with the likes of KONG: SKULL ISLAND and the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remake following the superhero swan song in the weeks after. For the weeks to come, at least until April, we will likely be seeing these colossuses battle it all out for the top spot and to make a name for the end-of-the-year tally but for right now, there’s something sublime about seeing riskier films like GET OUT and, to a far lesser extent, Split grab their prizes.

The JURASSIC WORLD sequel begins shooting today, due in theaters June 22, 2018!

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After totaling more than $1.67 billion at the box office, a sequel to JURASSIC WORLD was a done deal. And even though it’s still currently listed as ‘Untitled JURASSIC WORLD Sequel’, production on the monstrous follow-up film has officially begun. We get our first glimpse behind the scenes of director J.A. Bayona‘s sequel thanks to returning star Bryce Dallas Howard.

Dallas Howard, who comes back as Clair, revealed a photo from the set of Untitled JURASSIC WORLD Sequel earlier today as production ramps up in anticipation of a June 22, 2018 release date. Chris Pratt also returns as Owen, though it’ll be without JURASSIC WORLD co-star Jake Johnson, who is not expected to join the sequel. New additions this go round include the recently announced James Cromwell, as well as Ted Levine, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, and Daniella Pineda, though no character details are available.

Here’s how Dallas Howard announced her arrival to the set of JURASSIC WORLD 2:

Yeah, not much, but it’s better than a green screen. Here’s hoping the new and returning cast and creative team drum up something truly original in the sequel rather than a retread of nostalgic properties. As long as it doesn’t have a T. rex drinking out of a suburban swimming pool, it should still be better than 1997’s THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK.