May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a welcome respite from Floating Head syndrome, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands tall and from a far distance away in the first poster released for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, released this morning via the movie’s official Instagram.
Taglined with a quote from the book – “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand” – which the film’s social media handles have been teasing for days, the poster has a painted feel and gives nothing away about the plot, which picks up after the events of the first film, with Lawrence’s Katniss back at home after emerging victorious alongside Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games. The two don’t have long to rest though, as their actions in the games have sparked a revolution amongst the oppressed people of Panem and fire is quickly catching. Liam Hemsworth returns for more screentime as Gale, Katniss’ best friend, Woody Harrelson is back as Katinss and Peeta’s alcoholic mentor, Lenny Kravtiz’s Cinna, Elizabeth Banks‘ Effie and Willow Shields’ Prim are all back, as well as newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd and the first poster can be viewed below.
May 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It was the big winner of out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and remains one of our most anticipated of the year, and today we have the first poster for Ryan Coogler’s true life crime drama “Fruitvale Station” starring Michael B. Jordan.
“Fruitvale Station” (formerly just “Fruitvale”) swept the US Dramatic Competition category at Sundance, winning both the Audience Award and the top prize of the night: The Grand Jury Prize. The film, which co-stars Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly and Melonie Diaz, won rave reviews with its gritty retelling of the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), who was tragically fatally shot by police in a scuffle in the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve 2009. It’s next headed to the Cannes Film Festival, where it will play in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
The film will be released on July 26th and the first poster can be viewed below.
April 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s officially Marvel season! “Iron Man 3″ has been kicking off its worldwide promo tour – with screenings in London returning ecstatic results – and now “Thor: The Dark World” is prepping to begin its marketing push. Today USA Today has unveiled the first poster from the November release, featuring star Chris Hemsworth in some inclement weather.
Alan Taylor takes over the directing duties from original helmer Kenneth Branagh, and “The Dark World” will take Thor beyond Asgard and Earth to the Nine Realms, where dark elves, led by Christopher Eccleston, make up the villainous armies he must defeat. Tom Hiddleston is set to return as Loki but will have a smaller villainous presence than in “Thor” and “The Avengers”, while Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings as Thor’s human allies will return as well.
Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige also describes the unusual source for the original image on the poster. It didn’t come from a photoshoot, but from just another day on the set. “It’s rare that you have a poster that is just Chris Hemsworth shooting on the set,” says Feige. “But he just looks like Thor. We just put in some lightning, and he’s got his hammer and you’re there. It’s just an incredibly striking image.”
See the full poster below and prepare for “Thor: The Dark World” when it’s released on November 8th. The first trailer will be released next week.
March 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page look properly menacing on the first poster for eco-terrorist Sundance thriller “The East.” Marling’s second collaboration with “Sound of My Voice” director Zal Batmanglij earned mostly praise from Sundance back in January, and is preparing to the slightly more hipster SXSW crowd tomorrow night.
Marling plays a young corporate contractor infiltrating an eco-terrorist organization intent on carrying out destructive acts on companies they believe are committing crimes against nature. Page, Skarsgard, Shiloh Fernandez and more play members of the group, and the film drew muted responses from its first audience at Sundance, most of whom agreed it was great, though perhaps not as great as Batmanglij and Marling’s first film.
“The East” will be released on May 31st. The first poster is below and the first trailer – ICYMI – is here.
February 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming hasn’t even completed yet, but the viral marketing for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a go. Today two versions of the first poster for the film, designed as Victory Tour posters which fit inside the plot of the story itself, have been released featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. HitFix released one, and the newly rebranded official Facebook the other.
The Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta embark on take place at the beginning of “Catching Fire”, following (spoiler alert?) their unprecedented victory in their first Hunger Games, which took place in the first film directed by Gary Ross. Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties for the sequel – and will direct the rest of the films in the series – which will see Kantiss and Peeta thrown back into another life or death competition, collecting new friends and foes along the way. Sam Claflin nabbed the coveted role of Finnick, while Jena Malone joins the cast as Johanna.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd. The new posters can be viewed below, with probably more items to whet your appetite coming soon.
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The responsibility of starring in the first biopic of the year featuring an iconic historical figure goes to newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who will be seen as Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League baseball, when the Brian Helgeland-directed “42″ hits theaters on April 12th.
The first poster for the film – which also stars Nicole Beharie as the eventual Mrs. Robinson, Rachel Isum and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey – has been released and it’s a visually striking homage to Robinson’s legacy. Boseman beat out a plethora of fellow relative unknown actors to land the role of a lifetime, including recent Sundance breakout and “Fruitvale” star Michael B. Jordan and “Stomp the Yard”‘s Columbus Short, so let’s hope audiences haven’t been soured on baseball movies by that Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams dud “Trouble with the Curve.” This one looks much better.
The first poster for “42″ can be viewed below.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After being pushed back by six unexplained months, promo for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D film “The Great Gatsby” is finally beginning – and to start us off Warners Bros have debuted five new gorgeous character posters.
An adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby” follows narrator Nick Carraway, who is played by Tobey Maguire, during the rip-roaring 1920s.
Carraway rents a house next door to a reclusive millionaire – Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio – who holds extravagent parties but is never seen. Carey Mulligan won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s longing, and Joel Edgerton stars as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom – and whose death in a car accident sets the stage for the dramatic climax of the story – and Elizabeth Debecki will be Jordan Baker, Daisy’s long-time friend and Nick’s girlfriend.
A visually stunning trailer was released earlier this year, and we called it “a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism.” These posters mirror that magical realism, and also provide quotes from our main characters – giving audiences who haven’t read the book a glimpse into their minds.
“The Great Gatsby” is set for release May 2013.
December 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We can all thank Christopher Nolan and his billion dollar Batman trilogy for this, I think. Two new posters have debuted for two of 2013′s most anticipated summer blockbusters, and both paint a rather dark and bleak vision of their respective worlds.
In JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek into Darkness”, the sequel to 2009′s critical and commercial hit reboot “Star Trek”, the entire crew of the Enterprise will return, including Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhuru, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The first teaser poster for the sequel sees a very Nolan-esque villain (presumably franchise newcomer Benedict Cumberbatch) standing over a pile of debris and a metropolis in utter ruins. Even the film’s title treatment emphasizes that it will indeed be going Into Darkness when it’s released on May 17th, 2013.
Meanwhile, we already knew Zack Snyder’s Superman redo “Man of Steel” was going dark and gritty thanks to a pair of early teaser trailers, but the new poster puts Henry Cavill’s Caped Crusader into a situation we haven’t seen before: in handcuffs and escorted by police. So Clark Kent is going to be a burly bearded fisherman at one point but could the traditionally nerdy reporter be going full blown anti-hero in Snyder’s vision? The film also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark’s earthly adoptive father, and will be released on June 14th, 2013.
See the new posters for two of our most anticipated blockbusters of next summer below.
November 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The footage and imagery that emerges from Park Chan-wook’s English language debut “Stoker” continues to be mind-blowingly beautiful and the new poster, unveiled today by Empire, is no exception. Mia Wasikowska, as troubled and abused teenager India, gets the close-up this time around, with the ever-ominous phrase “Innocence Ends” seemingly tattooed across her forhead.
Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, also wonderful is the way this new poster links thematically and visually with the last poster released, which in turn was linked to the promo reel/music video, which built upon the first two trailers. It’s a web that’s becoming as beautiful and subtly sinister as the movie appears to be. India not only has to deal with the death of her father, but her mother (Nicole Kidman) is a bit off her rocker, to say the least, she’s being bullied at school by the likes of Lucas Till and Alden Ehrenreich, and a creepy uncle named Charlie (Matthew Goode) has arrived on the scene to make things worse. Yup, can’t wait.
“Stoker” will be released on March 1, 2013 and the new poster can be viewed below.
November 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sure, Andrew Niccol’s new action flick “The Host” is mostly about the alien invasion, but it’s also based on the novel of the same name, which was written by the author of the “Twilight” series, so you betcha romance plays a big part of it too.
The new poster shows Saiorse Ronan front and center as Melanie Stryder, a human who’s been overtaken by an alien “Soul” (you can tell by her weird eyes), but who still fights to hold on to her humanity, flanked by Max Irons as Jared and Jake Abel as Ian, the two guys Melanie gets caught between in the midst of trying to fight off the aliens and save the small pocket of humans still left fighting. It’s not easy being the heroine of a YA novel!
“The Host” is set for release on March 29, 2013. See the full size poster below, via Fandango.