“It’s all about the brotherhood.” These words from Zurich (Trevor Jackson), delivered in a solemn voiceover, mark the beginning of Hell Week for he and his fellow pledgemates at fictional Frederick Douglass University. We meet this group in the middle of the woods, clad in black hoodies and sweatpants, preparing to undergo the first of many hazing rituals at the hands of their would-be “brothers,” the leaders of the Lambda Phi fraternity. One pledge doesn’t even make it past the opening scene, dismissed after intervening when Zurich is violently assaulted and left with a nagging injury eventually revealed to be a fractured rib.
Fans who flocked to the theater this weekend to catch Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine in the critically acclaimed Logan were treated to a surprise: a special teaser trailer for Deadpool 2. Production on the film hasn’t officially begun, but the footage was directed by David Leitch, who will find himself behind the camera when Deadpool 2 begins shooting later this year.
After 2015’s warmly received Cinderella and the technical marvel of last year’s The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Pictures continues its trend of issuing live-action updates of the studio’s animated catalog with its riskiest endeavor yet, a reimagining of the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Walt Disney Pictures has released two different trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with barely a fleeting glimpse at Captain Jack Sparrow, but a marketing campaign that doesn’t feature your film’s protagonist can only get you so far. With that in mind, this action-packed trailer for the fifth installment of the blockbuster Pirates franchise features plenty of Johnny Depp – for better or worse.
Unlike most blockbuster tentpole releases, the marketing campaign for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has kept the plot of the film tightly under wraps. Every trailer and TV spot we’ve seen has been a collection of character moments and action beats, which means we might actually be in for a few surprises when the film opens later this year.
Over the holidays, we got our first official look at Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus that hopes to do a better job bridging the gap between this new series of films and Scott’s original sci-fi classic. The first footage was definitely promising, and now 20th Century Fox has released another trailer to whet our appetites.
After starring in Jeremy Saulnier’s gripping indie drama Blue Ruin and playing a pivotal role in last year’s punk-infused thriller Green Room, Macon Blair moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film, which Blair also wrote, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike at the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize en route to its Netflix premiere.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards were presented last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, which saw La La Land’s record-tying 14 nominations result in 6 wins, including a Best Actress award for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.
After a five-month romance, Rose (Allison Williams) invites Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) for a weekend getaway to meet her parents, an already nerve-wracking proposition for most boyfriends made even more precarious by the fact that Rose hasn’t bothered to tell her parents that she’s dating a black man. Chris obviously has some experience in this department, but Rose downplays his concern by pointing out that her father “would have voted for Obama a third time, if he could have.”
Fans are still eagerly awaiting the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but another tale from a galaxy far, far away is just beginning, with Disney announcing the start of production on the untitled spinoff film featuring Han Solo.