Trailer for ‘5th Wave’ Suggests Why It’s Being Dumped in January

The first international trailer for “The 5th Wave,” an alien-invasion thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz, shows a lack of creativity — which strongly suggests why it’s being released in January, the traditional dumping ground for movies studios have absolutely no faith in. Let’s see why…

 

Yep, this one is just packed to the brim with dystopian YA novel and alien/zombie apocalypse cliches. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, right to Netflix. Sorry, Chloë, you deserve better.

The film is based on Rick Yancey’s YA novel, and Moretz plays Cassie Sullivan, a teenager struggling to survive in a world devastated by multiple waves of an alien invasion that have knocked what’s left of humanity back to the Stone Age. On the run and desperate to save her younger brother, she teams up with a young man who may become her final hope. Can you guess which wave of the alien invasion is due up next?

The film opens Jan. 15.

First Look at Denzel in ‘The Equalizer’

Don’t look now, but yet another 1980s TV series is being adapted for the big screen, and this time it’s THE EQUALIZER, the show about former government agent Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) who helped people in dire straights equalize the odds. This movie promises to… change the way you look at wine forever?

The update stars Denzel Washington as a former black ops commando who faked his own death and lives quietly in Boston. But when a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds herself in trouble, McCall comes out of retirement to rescue her and face down the Russian mob. The update reteams star Washington with director Antoine Fuqua, who guided the intense actor to an Oscar for 2001’s Training Day.


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Carrie Clip Carries Us Toward October Release

The more material I see from the forthcoming Carrie remake, the more promising it looks — well, as “promising” as a “reimagining” can be. The best part of this clip is the use of a very creepy arrangement of the old Shirelles song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Inspired.

This trailer confirms that the new version will hit all the major beats of the 1976 movie, though not in precisely the same way.

Starring Chloë Grace Moretz (who’s so talented she’s scary all by herself) and the always-wonderful Julianne Moore, Carrie opens Oct. 18.

Kick-Ass Way to Mark Opening of Kick-Ass 2

docpainlesJust in case you’ve forgotten  — or, worse (gasp) — didn’t know, Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters today, and the clever the Kick-Ass 2 Avatar Creator lets you generate an avatar that would fit right in with the world of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.

I whipped up a little character I dubbed “Doctor Painless” to join the fight with Justice Forever and kick evil’s ass. Jump over to the Kick-Ass 2 Avatar Creator and suit up.

I wonder if these creations would be acceptable at screenings of the movie? Probably yes — but without the weapons.
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Hit-Girl Chloe Moretz Hits Back at Jim Carrey

hitgirlsays2You probably recall that Jim Carrey — he of Dumb and Dumber fame — has announced he would not promote Kick-Ass 2, which opens Aug. 16, because the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre made him fear the film is too violent.

Well, Hit-Girl herself, 16-year-old action star Chloë Grace Moretz has a message for co-star Carrey — and anyone else stupid enough to think kids (or anyone) can be mind-controlled by movies (violent or otherwise):

“It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess. If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid…. I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”

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Kick-Ass 2 Trailer Sanitized for Your Protection

Another TV commercial for the movie Kick-Ass 2 has been released, and in it Universal included two scenes previously glimpsed in a red-band trailer, but with Hit-Girl’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) lines dubbed with less-crude language.

Those of you familiar with previous Kick-Ass 2 trailers will notice that the scenes in question are Mindy kicking Dave’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) ass in the gym, and Mindy interacting with the mean girls. In the first case, the line “Take your skirt off, Dave,” has been recorded over what she really says, and in the other, her dialogue is simply cut off.

Although in today’s hypersensitive political climate I can easily imagine the “clean” “Take your skirt off” line being more “offensive” to some groups than Mindy’s original diss. After all, doesn’t that imply that weak people wear skirts? Of course, such offended people will have forgotten that the line is spoken by a 15-year-old girl who is deliberately trying to insult a high school boy. But let’s hope everything is taken in the spirit intended: good, clean fun!

Kick-Ass 2 opens less than a month from now, on Aug. 16.

Extended Red-Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2

Fresh from Comic-Con in San Diego, it’s a new trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — specifically another red-band video, one that is almost twice as long as the previous two clips. And you know what a red trailer means: foul language and violence. In this, 4:35 of mature goodness. Make sure you’re old enough to view this very NSFW material!

Look for Kick-Ass 2 on Aug. 16.

A Look at Some New Movie Posters

With the San Diego Comic-Con just about to get under way, geeks of all stripes are bracing for a torrent of information, teases and images on hundreds of projects, so I wanted to get some pre-con releases squared away before San Diego buries us in an avalanche of new material.

Here is a look at a few new posters that caught my eye. There’s more stuff out there, but it didn’t interest me (I’m looking at you, poster for Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow or 300: Rise of an Empire or I, Frankenstein).


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Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Poster

kickas2This Kick-Ass 2 poster opens up the story canvas a little bit by teasing Jim Carrey’s Col. Stars and Stripes and Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Motherf—er in addition to Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the title character.

I like it.

Check out the latest trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 will be released Aug. 14.

Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Trailer Ups the Action

There’s a lot of new footage in this latest trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson — and it looks like a lot of fun!

It would appear the movie earned its hard R rating, as the content advisory lists “strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.” See the NSFW red-band trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.