‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak
After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.)
The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in… Read
‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys
Just in time for the midterm elections, Season 2 of Amazon Studios' political comedy Alpha House has arrived, and it gets my vote. The Garry Trudeau-created series debuts all 10 episodes of its second season Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Watch my video review of the p, Alpha House has gotten sharper and more importantly funnier with a sophomore season of real laughs, sturdy stories and great cameos and additions to a cast led by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark… Read
‘The Gambler': Mark Wahlberg In Remake’s First Redband Peek
Mark Wahlberg has a few NSFW words for John Goodman in Paramount's first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback's career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and… Read
Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look Of Silence’ Documentary: Hot Trailer
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look Of Silence is the follow-up to 2013's Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice this year and was jointly acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media on the eve of that fest. At the time, I posted a clip from the film and above is the first trailer.
Act Of Killing, which had a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the BAFTA in the same category, saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact… Read
China Format ‘Sing My Song’ Going Wide With Universal Music & ITV Studios Global
Eyeing what could be a new international breakout, Universal Music Group is partnering with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to bring China's Sing My Song to a worldwide audience. The format is a primetime entertainment show from Star China which is the first talent format to be exported out of the Middle Kingdom. ITVSGE is selling it overseas after a deal it entered at Mip-TV in April. This new pact will see UMG support local broadcasters by casting singer-songwriters as… Read
‘Citizenfour’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Chilling Edward Snowden Documentary
Watch my video review of Citizenfour, the chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked tens of thousands of pages of classified documents about vast U.S. spying operations at home and abroad. The impact of those leaks continues to reverberate around the world.
Poitras, a filmmaker and journalist, previously was nominated for an Oscar for her film My Country, My Country. Here, she records the process that led to… Read
Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)
Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read
Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant Tune Up For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ – AFM
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an… Read
‘John Wick’ Review: Pete Hammond on Keanu Reeves’ Killer Film
Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves's new action film, John Wick, where he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters.
Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he's in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I'm less certain about the rest of the movie… Read
Rainn Wilson To Produce Comedy Starring Vine Favorites, Including Curtis Lepore & Jerry Purpdrank
From a six-second viral video to a 30-minute TV comedy — that is the route five of the most popular personalities on short-form video platform Vine are taking with Hollywood And Vine, a scripted comedy produced by former The Office star Rainn Wilson. The cast includes Curtis Lepore, Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd and Christian DelGrosso, who collectively have more than 30 million followers and 5 billion views on Vine, which features looped six-second clips… Read
‘The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1′ Videos From YouTube Creators, Lionsgate To Patrol Capitol
The massive marketing run-up for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues in a big way this week as Lionsgate and Google roll out videos set in Panem, the Hunger Games world, created by five teams of noted Youtube video creators.
District Voices will feature creators such as iJustine's Justine Ezarik chosen in part because their video work normally is focused in an industry associated with a specific Panem district. The videos will run on YouTube and the online… Read
Lisa Kudrow In HBO’s ‘The Comeback': Hot Trailer (With Cameo By Deadline)
Lisa Kudrow reprises her role as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback, which returns to HBO on November 9. The second season follows the original 2005 run that saw Cherish's formerly in-demand TV starlet agree to allow cameras follow her every move, reality-style, as she appeared in a new sitcom — with disastrous results. This time around, Cherish is cast in an HBO show, Seeing Red, and then learns she's evidently playing a “neurotic older sitcom actress” (notice the Deadline… Read