There is much to find familiar in Rogue One, the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, but there is also a tone that's totally new to the series. The story clearly has frequent refrains we've seen in the series—children working against their parents, a scrappy group of infiltrators taking on impossible odds, and the idea that all roads lead back to Darth Vader. But with the release of the movie's new (and reportedly final) trailer, one that finally shares the true essence of the plot and character motivations, we see yet again that Rogue One will have a grit and intensity that's rarely been found in the cinematic world of Star Wars:
If you're on the fence about watching the new Rogue One trailer, may I recommend you get right down off that fence and just watch it already. For one, it finally gives us some (though still not enough) decent footage of legendary martial artist and actor Donnie Yen kicking imperial ass. And we see that, in general, this one's looking to be a pretty action-packed adventure and not just a dialogue-driven spy story about Felicity Jones' scrappy infiltration squad. (Hopefully we'll get the best of both worlds.) But that cameo at the end? Now it's on.
Usually, a major movie's first big trailer generates one of two reactions—passionate enthusiasm or shrugging indifference. That's certainly not the case with the new Ghostbusters film. Some, including myself, might see it as a movie that promises a mix of highs (Kristin Wiig and Kate McKinnon in perfectly cast roles) and lows (derivative gags and the only black character being a cringeworthy trope of sass and street smarts). But such middle-of-the-road perspectives are in short supply today. Instead, the reboot's trailer, released Thursday morning, has immediately become one of the most polarizing in recent memory. For some, it's yet another battleground in today's culture war over gender equality, feminism and the supposed marginalization of the American male. But it's also creating a generational divide, with quite a few children of the '80s feeling like their entire childhood is somehow riding on the quality of this film.
What will the next Star Wars film look like, feel like and sound like? We've had no idea ... until now. The trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has finally arrived, and it's packed with enough old-school vehicles and sound effects to show that director J.J. Abrams isn't going to try reinventing the whole look of the saga.
Late at night, when Wes Craven and David Cronenberg sit around trying to scare each other at the Horror Movie Directors' Spooky Mansion of Fear (look it up, it's a thing), I'm pretty sure the most frightening movie either of them can think of is Disney's disturbing 1940 classic, Pinocchio.
I'm not one of the 27 million people playing League of Legends each day, but this amazingly action-packed video kind of makes me wish I were. "A New Dawn" is the free-to-play game's newest cinematic trailer, clocking in at a sprawling six minutes and enjoyable right to the end. The game pits a hodgepodge assortment of heroes, monsters and mythical creatures against each other in a sort of battle arena. You might think that would make for a chaotic free-for-all with no real narrative, but with subtle storytelling cues and a nonstop tempo of visually stunning combat, this mini-movie ends up being far more compelling than you'd expect. Cinematic trailers for video games have plenty of detractors, who rightly point out that in-game animation has advanced to the point that it almost seems deceptive to create CGI videos out of whole cloth. But the reality of League of Legends is that watching gameplay can make the game seem baffling and inaccessible for non-players. But if it means running around a forest chasing armored ninjas and anchor-swinging robots, I'm game. To see how this epic battle was storyboarded and brought to life, check out the behind-the-scenes clip below.
Though there will be ads around the launch of Pennzoil's new Platinum line of motor oil, the centerpiece of the product push is an hour-long documentary about hot rodders who chase land speed records.
Self-described as a "small, broken and stupid game," Goat Simulator has already become a cult favorite of quirky gaming aficionados. And it isn't even out yet. Launching April 1 (unless it's one of the most epic long cons in April Fool's history), the $9.99 video game now has an official launch trailer, and it is something else. Largely a parody of the widely acclaimed announcement trailer for Dead Island, the Goat Simulator preview highlights just some of the chaos generated by the game's barnyard protagonist. Check it out for yourself, and if you're curious to see more of the game's rag-doll craziness in action, watch an older video after the jump. Via Giant Bomb.
This is it: the best trailer of the year. Or at least that's the opinion of the top awards show for advertising in the cinema, TV and video game industries. 2013's Grand Key Art Award for audio/visual, the highest honor in The Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards, has been bestowed on the trailer below for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, The Wolf of Wall Street. Created by Industry Creative, the preview keeps up a frenetic and lighthearted staccato fueled by the Kanye West track "Black Skinhead." The winning spot began running back in June, but you can check out the newest trailer after the jump. Via The Inspiration Room.
You’ve probably seen a lifetime’s worth of movie trailers for summer blockbusters this season, but what about a trailer for a summer magazine?