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'The Hobbit' New Teaser Trailer: Now with More Giant Dragons

2 December 2012 9:27 AM, PST

With "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" bombarding fans with red carpet premieres, still images, promotions, trailers, advertisements, posters, toys and video games, Peter Jackson's latest epic seems to be teetering on the edge between buzz and overkill. But no matter how much "Hobbit" hype we've already seen, there's something in the latest teaser trailer that still gets our blood pumping:

A dragon attack.

Yes, folks, get ready, because like a Los Angeles commuter, you're about to get an faceful of Smaug. With less than two weeks to go until "The Hobbit" hits theaters, Jackson is pulling out all the stops, so instead of more pastoral scenes of cute little hobbits talking about second breakfast, we're now being treated to images of legendary dragons laying waste to the world.

And frankly, we love it. So check it out, courtesy of YouTube. Because the journey may be unexpected, but you know what's even more unexpected? »

- Scott Harris

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'Twilight' Lights Up the Box Office Yet Again

2 December 2012 9:04 AM, PST

Once again, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" topped the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $17.4 million according to Film.com.

"Skyfall" and "Lincoln" came in second and third, with $17 million and $13.5 million respectively, making this the third weekend in a row those three films have finished in that exact order.

The success of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" comes at the expense of Brad Pitt's new film, "Killing Them Softly," which crashed and burned in its debut, bringing in only $7 million for a disappointing seventh place finish.

For a full rundown of the weekend's box office, head to Film.com. »

- Scott Harris

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Cool Clicks: The 50 Worst Movie Posters of 2012

1 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• Here are 50 movie posters you probably don't want on your wall. And apparently Mel Gibson's "Get the Gringo" is called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" in the UK. [Total Film]

• Are you a film student who wants to be an Oscar presenter? Seth MacFarlane has the contest for you. [The Race]

• Gifts For the Channing Tatum Superfan: How to Give Them the Sexiest Man Alive. Because Tatum's for everyone. [BuzzSugar]

• "Star Trek Into Darkness": 5 theories on what the official plot synopsis really means. [The Week]

• Perpetual Gangsters: Those Guys Who Always Play Wise Guys in Movies. Well, maybe not always, but, you know, a lot. [Hollywire]

• Yo, Adrian, gimme a high C! Listen to songs from the upcoming Broadway extravaganza, "Rocky: The Musical." [ScreenCrush]

• Get a closer look at the stunning special effects of "Life of Pi." And they did »

- Bryan Enk

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Get a Glimpse of the 'Charles Swan III' Trailer

30 November 2012 5:23 PM, PST

Are you ready to tumble down the rabbit hole that is Charlie Sheen's brain?

The tabloid superstar is poised to make something of a "Being John Malkovich"-style comeback as he looks to be playing a gonzo version of himself (sort of, or something) in Roman Coppola's surrealist comedy, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III."

Sheen stars in the title role, a graphic designer who, upon breaking up with his trophy girlfriend, plunges himself into a series fantastical dreamscapes featuring "Wizard of Oz"-like appearances of his friends and acquaintances in various roles. Jason Schwartzman, in particular, is nearly unrecognizable ... in pretty much every single one of his incarnations.

Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Katheryn Winnick and many more star in what definitely appears to be a true companion piece to director Coppola's psychedelic valentine to schlocky '60s sci-fi cinema, "Cq." Don't »

- Bryan Enk

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'Back to the Future' DeLorean Taxi Gets You There On Time

30 November 2012 11:58 AM, PST

What if you were already 30 minutes late to a meeting, but you hailed a cab that got you there an hour early?

Wishful thinking? Not when your taxi has gull-wing doors and a Flux Capacitor, as New York fashion design company Nooka (via Mike Lubrano Advertising) has done in a new ad campaign featuring a yellow "Back to the Future"-style DeLorean cab.

Now settle down, New Yorkers. We're pretty sure you can't flag this one down yet, as it's apparent from the pics that this is just a Photoshop mock-up, at least for now. If it does hit the streets for real, we have a feeling Ben Bailey's "Cash Cab" will be quickly usurped for Doc Brown's flaming tread as the most fantasized mid-town ride. One question, though: does it charge by the mile, minute, day or decade?

Needless to say, when this baby hits 88-miles-per-hour, you're gonna see some serious s**t. »

- Max Evry

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Win Precious Prizes in Our 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Giveaway

30 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

Are you ready to go on "An Unexpected Journey" of your own?

Any quest needs the right gear for the long road ahead, and one lucky grand prize winner in our "The Hobbit" giveaway will be sent packing with a pair of special edition Oakley 3-D glasses and a canvas rucksack (kind of like the one Bilbo Baggins has!).

Your destination? Your local IMAX theater, where you and three of your most trusted traveling companions will enjoy a (rather large) screening of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," courtesy of a set of four complimentary IMAX tickets.

To top it off, you'll also receive some souvenirs with which to remember your greatest adventure: a set of four full-color "Doors" coasters and the film's soundtrack CD. Yes, precious!

You may be wondering whether any of this will involve an encounter with Smaug the Dragon. Well ... we wouldn't want to spoil it for you, »

- NextMovie Staff

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Couture Fit for a (Disney) Princess

30 November 2012 10:48 AM, PST

Being a princess also means being a fashion plate — just ask Kate Middleton.

Now, fictitious princesses also get the paparazzi treatment, courtesy of luxury U.K. department store Harrods. For their Christmas window displays, the store went with a Disney princess gone couture theme, decking models out in high fashion versions of their cartoon garb.

Buzzfeed has gorgeous pictures of the princesses' updated looks, and we've grabbed a few for your viewing pleasure, below.

See the rest at Buzzfeed. »

- Kase Wickman

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'Family Guy' Movie Announcement Draws Worldwide Giggitys

30 November 2012 7:26 AM, PST

Animation, comedian and all around cool dude Seth MacFarlane unexpectedly showed up at an mtvU event yesterday to announce a cool new contest for this year's Oscars — more on this later — but managed to completely upstage himself by also revealing that there is definitely going to be a "Family Guy" movie in the future.

"It's just a matter of when," MacFarlane said before tempering expectations slightly by adding, "It's hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that's why it took 'The Simpsons' 20 seasons to figure out how to do it."

But despite that disclaimer, it looks as though the "Family Guy" film may be closer to reality than we all thought, as according to Entertainment Weekly, MacFarlane revealed that he and his "Family Guy" team have already worked out the details of exactly what the film will be about.

"We »

- Scott Harris

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The 25 Best Pieces of 'Star Wars Episode 7' Fan Art… So Far

30 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

Ever since Disney's announcement of the long awaited and not so far, far away "Star Wars" sequel trilogy starting with "Episode VII" in 2015, there's been a flurry of excitement, mostly from folks wondering what a follow-up to "Return of the Jedi" will look like three decades after the fact.

Some couldn't wait to see what the Mouse House has in store for the "Star Wars" franchise, and these artistically inclined ambassadors to the nerd community have put forth their own forceful visions of George Lucas' universe. We've collected the best of this fan art, some of which is truly awesome, some of it chuckle-worthy, in many cases both.

Original Trilogy Trio

Although original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have yet to officially board "Episode VII," in the minds of die-hard fans, they're already signed, sealed and delivered.

1. We're Back!


2. Old Luke Skywalker


3. Old Han Solo


4. Grandparents »

- Max Evry

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Casting Roundup: Theron, Blanchett and Franco Get the Gigs

30 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST

All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Beware the roaring rampage of the Oldgirl! Charlize Theron has signed on to star in the American adaptation of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the third installment in "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. [Deadline]

• "Cinderella" has a new evil stepmother — in the form of Cate Blanchett. The "Hobbit" beauty will be providing villainy to director Mark Romanek's live-action take on the classic fairy tale. [Deadline]

• As long as there are movies, James Franco will star in a lot of them. One of the busiest actors in the show business has signed on to "Good People," a morality play in which a dead broke couple finds a few hundred thousand bucks in their neighbor's abandoned apartment. [The Wrap]

Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike and Bryan Brown are headed Down Under for "Violet Town," the Australia-set drama about a 1957 New Year's Eve party where buried secrets come to light. »

- Bryan Enk

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Cool Clicks: 2013 Oscar Predictions (Round One)

30 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• For now, anything is possible. Some early Oscar predictions as we dive into awards season mania. [Film.com]

• The best movies featuring professional takers of lives ... besides that new one starring Brad Pitt. [Moviefone]

• Mutant Wish List for "X-Men: Days of Future Past." We already know we're getting two Magnetos and two Professor X's. [ScreenCrush]

• 10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve to Get More Work. Hire Gary Cole! [The Playlist]

• 8 movie sequels no one asked for. Sigh ... everyone hates "Basic Instinct 2" when it just wants to be loved. [The Week]

David O. Russell originally wanted Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel for "Silver Linings Playbook." We're glad that didn't work out. [HuffPo]

• 10 favorite fall movies to watch before it's not, you know, fall any more. [Hypable]

Christopher Nolan goes back to when he didn't work with $250 million budgets and discusses the making of his first film, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Hobbit'-Crazed Weatherman Delivers Forecast ... in Elvish

29 November 2012 1:31 PM, PST

It's no secret that no one's as excited for the release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" as the people who live in the country in which the movie was made.

Hell, all the Air New Zealand airplanes are now branded as one big giant flying "Hobbit" ad, subliminally sending Middle-earth vibes down upon the unsuspecting public 35,000 feet below.

There's plenty of "Hobbit" mania on the ground, too, and it's been going on for the better part of the year, as evidenced by this New Zealand summer weather report in which the weatherman calls for sunny skies ... in Elvish. And these are some epic sunny skies a'comin', as everything sounds much more grandiose when spoken in Galadriel's tongue.

Not everyone is as enthusiastic for the "Hobbit" coming, though. The reporter who manages to exclaim "Extraordinary talent!" after the forecast kind of seems like he wants to kill himself.

Check the weather below, »

- Bryan Enk

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Brad Pitt's Facial Hair: A Pictoral Journey

29 November 2012 1:17 PM, PST

On a scale from one to full-blown mountain man, Brad Pitt's facial hair appears to be resting at a comfortable 5 on the facial hair scale while he travels to promote his new film, "Killing Them Softly." His current heavy scruff paired with Jesus hair stirred up memories of Pitt facial hair combinations past, from the light scruff and spikes of "Fight Club" to his mid-2002, pre-Angelina full "who is that man on the playground?" beard.

Oh, the Brad Pitts we have known. Check out our gif tracking the different levels of Pitt hair (threat level currently resting at orange), share away, and be sure to share your favorite follicular fashion of Pitt's in the comments.


- Kase Wickman

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Fanboy Gift Guide: A Personal Holiday Wish List

29 November 2012 12:27 PM, PST

“Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart." - attributed to the Buddha.

“I want an Oompa Loompa Now!" - attributed to Veruca Salt.

It's the end of the year, and regardless of whatever faith you follow, you deserve a pat on the back for not running amok in the town square and bashing idiots in the face with a cricket paddle.

It's time for some holiday giving and you know what that means: sending trinkets to your favorite Internet wags!

I will graciously accept any and all of the following items (which I must, must, must own!) on behalf of my devoted and highly solvent adoring public. Don't skimp on the bubble-wrap either! Please send to:

Jordan Hoffman c/o Planet Fanboy

101 Next Movie Way

MTVville, The Internet, 90210

These are the five things I need:

Every One Of These Star Trek Tos Art »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Nature Calls You to Our 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Blu-ray Giveaway

29 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

Do you think you can handle an invasion of aurochs in your own home?

Oh, do you not know what "aurochs" are? Then you haven't been acquainted with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," a mesmerizing and perhaps even miraculous fantasia that chronicles the adventures of Hushpuppy (the astonishing Quvenzhané Wallis), a young girl living in a ramshackle bayou community who must deal with nature gone topsy-turvy upon the failing health of her tough-love father, Wink (Dwight Henry).

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin was recently honored as this year's Breakthrough Director by the Gotham Independent Film Awards for his stunning achievement in bringing to life a strange and wonderful cinematic world that we guarantee you've never seen before. And two lucky winners will be bringing that world home with their own Blu-ray copy of the film.

In the meantime, get to know Hushpuppy a little better with this digital flipbook. »

- NextMovie Staff

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Enter for the Chance to Attend the 'Playing for Keeps' Premiere in NYC

29 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

We've given away some pretty amazing prizes in the past — shirts, signed posters, Blu-ray box sets, zip drives, key chains, body art, a llama (okay, not really) — but we rarely give away anything quite this awesome: Two tickets to see the New York City premiere of the upcoming Gerard Butler / Jessica Biel rom-com, "Playing for Keeps."

Bright lights. Big city. Best giveaway ever.

So what, you ask, are the details? Well, first of all, there's the movie: "Playing for Keeps" stars Butler as a former professional soccer star who has the hots for Biel (hey, get in line, buddy). Plus, his life is generally in the dumper as he tries to transition from superstardom to the retired life. When he decides to coach his son's soccer team, it provides him with a bunch of important life lessons. Hurray!

And then there's our giveaway: The NYC premiere for "Playing for Keeps" is next Wednesday night, »

- NextMovie Staff

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The 20 Best #RejectedBondTitles on Twitter

29 November 2012 8:53 AM, PST

Adele's pipes saved "Skyfall" from joining the Bond series' cavalcade of horrendous titles, but some of them — cough, "Quantum of Solace," cough — could easily go down on any list of Hollywood's worst movie names ever. As far as we know, the 23 (and counting) movies' creators weren't trying to be ironic, so the titular humor was probably unintended.

Thanks to the evil wizardry that is the Twitterverse, though, we learned last night that it could've been worse... much worse.

Not only would Steven Spielberg never direct one of these #RejectedBondTitles, but even Daniel Craig would have to be extra eyebrow flexible to keep a straight face and pull it off. Here are our favorite 20 of the bunch.


- Amanda Bell

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Tarantino: I Will Quit Before I Make A Movie Worse Than 'Death Proof'

29 November 2012 8:12 AM, PST

Quentin Tarantino is pretty much on top of the world right now — his last film, "Inglorious Basterds," earned Best Picture and Best Director nominations and his next film, "Django Unchained," is already December's most buzzed-about release — but in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed that he can see the writing on the wall and plans to quit directing sooner rather than later.

The reason? He doesn't want to make a movie worse than "Death Proof."

"Death Proof," of course, was the Tarantino contribution to the experimental 2007 effort "Grindhouse," which paired the shock flick with Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror." Tarantino's half featured Kurt Russell as a stunt man serial killer who murders hot women by intentionally crashing his car while they are passengers. Okay, so "Death Proof" isn't exactly a great film, but over the past five years it has picked up a bit of a cult following. »

- Scott Harris

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Hobbits Never Say Die in 'Goonies' Trailer Mash-up

29 November 2012 7:49 AM, PST

It may be that The Goonies 'R' Good Enough for Cyndi Lauper, but could we please have some Hobbits with that as well?

Seems a guy named Lance Ford wanted to take that unexpected Journey as well, and has mashed up the trailer for "The Hobbit" with some choice cuts from 1985's best kids booby trapped pirate treasure romp.

Of course there's an extra layer of humor given that Sean Astin, he who portrayed Samwise the Brave in Peter Jackson's original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also starred in "Goonies" back when he didn't need CGI trickery to appear tiny.

Casting pock-faced Robert Davi as Gandalf is a little jarring, but it works, and you just know who appears in place of Gollum… "Sloth… Loves… Precious!!!"

Incidentally, did you know that Mark Hamill and Sean Astin appeared in a separate movies both called "Slipstream" shortly after their stints in "Star Wars" and "Lotr, »

- Max Evry

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Here's the Trailer for 'Osombie,' an Osama Bin Laden Zombie Movie, Natch

29 November 2012 7:43 AM, PST

Okay, Kathryn Bigelow, we don't care how much government cooperation you had on "Zero Dark Thirty," 'cause you just got beaten to the punch big time.

On Dec. 11, Arrowstorm Entertainment will release "Osombie" directly to Blu-ray/DVD, and yes, it is about Osama Bin Laden returning from the grave and amassing a zombie army. Just in time for stocking stuffer season!

Seems that burial at sea didn't take, and it's up to a yoga instructor and her conspiracy theorist brother to finish the job that Seal Team 6 started. If the first six-minutes of "Osombie" are any indication, this will be B-grade exploitation fare at its finest. The trailer itself promises plenty of bearded al-Qaeda walkers finding out what happens when America bites back. USA! USA!

Back in April this movie earned nearly $30-grand worth of backing off Kickstarter for post-production funds. Now that "Osombie" is in the bag, so to speak, »

- Max Evry

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