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Thor: The Dark World Premieres Second Trailer

In: Donovan, Movies

Typically the first movie trailer for a highly-anticipated movie is all glitz and glamor, rarely revealing much of the plot. With the second clip, a clearer picture and deeper sense of the plot is given. That’s exactly the case for the brand new trailer for Thor: The Dark World which just premiered on YouTube for their Geek Week.

When I first learned that Kenneth Branagh declined to return to the director’s chair, I was a tad worried. With his Shakespearean background, Branagh gave what could’ve been a cheesy superhero film a dramatic touch of class and sophistication. With Game of ThronesAlan Taylor now at the helm, there’s a sense of grit not found in Branagh’s film. I can’t wait to see the final product.

Check out the new trailer below which features more of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Jane (Natalie Portman). Speaking of those two, Portman gives Hiddleston a bitch slap for New York. Presumably for the destruction the Big Apple experienced in The Avengers flick due to Loki’s antics.

Official Synopsis

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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The first teaser for Diana just featured Naomi Watts pretty much in slow motion recreating some of the titular princess’ most notable moments. It was a collection of images set to music. The newly-dropped international trailer finally shows Watts’ acting chops, delivering some actual dialogue. Does the Aussie actress pull off playing the “People’s Princess“? Based on the trailer, not only does she kinda resemble Diana but she also captures her essence.

Obviously, there have been other films about the “people’s princess.” This one stands out due to its focus on her relationships with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) and Dodi Fayed (Cas Anvar). Khan was allegedly her lover she used to smuggle into Kensington Palace in the trunk of her butler’s car. Fayed as you all know was her boyfriend she died with that fateful night in Paris in 1997.

Oliver Hirschbiegel directs the film and will premiere in the UK on September 5. It will arrive in North American theaters after that with no specific date solidified just yet. I fully expect this to be a scandalous (somewhat classy) biopic. Check out the trailer below.

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Love Julianne Hough, the Dancing With The Stars professional. The actress… not so much. That might all change with her upcoming film.

Diablo Cody who wrote Juno and Young Adult, not only penned Paradise but also makes her directorial debut. Hough plays a woman named Lamb (stupid name) who survives a plane crash and begins to question life and her faith. Naturally, she rebels and heads off to Las Vegas to experience all the sinful things the city has to offer.

Not only will Cody’s voice allow Hough to shine, but the stable of strong actors co-starring with her will inevitably up her game. Playing her parents are Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Holly Hunter (The Piano). Helping to corrupt Hough in Sin City are Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer. The latter has cracked me up for years and have no doubt she’ll provide most of the laughs in this flick. Check out the trailer below. Paradise hits theaters on October 18, 2013.

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New Machete Kills Trailer Shows More Lady Gaga

In: Donovan, Movies

The first Machete Kills trailer showed off Sofia Vergara’s killer tits (literally). That armed bustier of hers is extremely lethal. In the new clip, Vergara’s Double Ds are still packing heat, but Lady Gaga gets more screen time. She plays a gun-wielding character named La Chameleón. Joining her in the eclectic cast are Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen who’s billed as Carlos Estevez in the film. Someone’s trying to get in touch with his Hispanic roots.

Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federal agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet.

If you thought the first trailer was ridiculous, this new one is even more out there. I can’t wait. I’m always down for a good trashy exploitation flick. Check out the film’s second official trailer below. Machete Kills hits theaters on September 13, 2013.

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Five Movies To See In August

In: Matt, Movies

It’s officially August and with Vancouver having a record breaking zero rain month of July, it’s been hard to get into a theatre but I’m sure after this weekend’s pride festivities a movie will be just what I need.

Here are my picks for this month

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Poor Taylor Kitsch. Hollywood insiders tapped him as the next big thing, but after a string of big box office disappointments, that didn’t look it was ever going to happen. In his defense, I don’t think any actor could’ve saved the disasters that were John Carter and Battleship. His latest film reunites him with his Battleship director, Peter Berg. Hopefully this time around, their collaboration yields better results.

If there was anyone who could pull Kitsch out of his slump, it’s Mark Wahlberg. The former Marky Mark co-stars with Kitsch in Lone Survivor. The film is based on a 2005 mission called “Operation Red Wing” which found Seal Team 10 on a mission to capture a Taliban leader named Admad Shad in Afghanistan. Sadly, the operation failed leaving Marcus Luttrell as the sole survivor. Rounding out the cast are Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Alexander Ludwig.

Lone Survivor hits theaters in a limited release December 27 before going wide in January. Clearly, an attempt to sneak in for awards consideration. Reportedly Peter Berg couldn’t get support for the film without directing Battleship first. That explains the creative misstep. LOL. Check out the trailer below.

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Back in April, pictures of Bradley Cooper on set wearing hair perm rods went viral. The 38-year-old was perming his signature luscious locks for his role in American Hustle. At long last, we get to see his perm in action.

American Hustle is based on the FBI’s ABSCAM sting, a late 70s investigation that resulted in the conviction of a US senator and five members of the House of Representatives on corruption charges. Cooper not only reunites with his Silver Linings Playbook director David O’Russell but also his co-star Jennifer Lawrence who’s sporting an equally appropriate decade hairstyle. Also appearing in the film are Christian Bale who plays a brilliant con man and Amy Adams taking on the role of his girlfriend and partner in crime. Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K. round out the cast.

The film hits theaters this December, no doubt to take advantage of the awards season. Could O’Russell have another film in the Oscar race? It definitely is a possibility. Fun fact: Ben Affleck was initially considered to direct it before David stepped in. Also worth nothing, the film was originally titled American Bullshit. I kinda like that title better, no? Check out the newly-released trailer below.

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Keeping it real, I haven’t enjoyed a Ben Stiller flick in years. I have a feeling that’s all about to change with the 47-year-old’s upcoming film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not only does he star in it, but he’s also directing. The film is based on the 1939 James Thurber short story of the same name. It’s set to arrive on Christmas Day.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty centers around Mitty (Stiller) a mild-mannered employee at LIFE magazine who dreams of becoming worthy of the periodical’s pages. Joining Stiller in the film are Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Shirley MacLaine.

It’s been generating Oscar buzz and I can see why based on the film’s first trailer. The gorgeous teaser puts a strong emphasis on the film’s heart-soaring mood, no doubt partly due to Of Monsters and Men song “Dirty Paws” which scores the clip. Check out the stylish trailer below.

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