TRAILER: "Big Eyes"

Here we go with the full length trailer for Tim Burton's Big Eyes, coming out on Christmas Day. It actually looks better than I was expecting, although Christoph Waltz is starting to get on my nerves a little bit with his same old schtick in every movie (he looks like another scene stealer here, but after Django Unchained I'm starting to think he plays the same guy in everything). Amy Adams does look great as always though, and I bet it is going to be Oscar nomination #6 for her, which is crazy. Maybe it's turning into a good year for actresses after all.

TEASER + POSTER: "A Most Violent Year"

The teaser for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year has finally dropped. Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in what looks like a gritty, period piece crime thriller set in New York City of the early 1980's. It's been described from early reports as being in the vein of a Sidney Lumet kind of film (Dog Day Afternoon, Prince of the City), and it looks pretty good from this brief look. It's set to come out on Dec. 31st, in a qualifying run for the Oscars before expanding in January, so we'll see. I wasn't a fan of Chandor's last movie, All is Lost, but with Margin Call before that, he's an up and coming director who doesn't appear to want to make the same kind of film twice.


POSTER: "Into the Woods"

The first poster for Disney's Into the Woods showcases Meryl Streep up close and personal as the Witch. The movie's set to come out on Christmas, but was plagued earlier this year by reports of mass re-shoots, so I wonder how it's going to turn out. With Rob Marshall directing, it's a bit of a crapshoot, since his only good movie was Chicago, 12 years ago. Since then he's done Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Memoirs of a Geisha. So yeah, not a lot of confidence there.

POSTER: "Interstellar"

Another new poster for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was released today, as the film inches a little bit closer to release (though there's still a ways to go, it's coming out November 7th). The early buzz on the movie is that it's Nolan's masterpiece, but to be fair, a lot of people said the same thing about Inception. I am looking forward to it though- I just wonder if it will be getting a lot of comparisons to last year's space epic, Gravity.

Matt Damon Returns to the 'Bourne' Universe

Yeah, you read that right. After years of speculation and denials, even ones as recent as a couple of months ago, it's now been confirmed by Deadline that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, the duo who practically reinvented the action movie for the 2000's, will be returning for the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise, set to come out in July of 2016. This will be their third Bourne collaboration (Doug Liman directed the original film, but Greengrass is the one who defined the series). So what happens to poor Jeremy Renner, who starred in the last Bourne movie, the lackluster Bourne Legacy? Well, he kinda gets kicked to the curb, as Universal has stated that that entry has been delayed indefinitely. Better luck next time, Hawkeye. This is pretty exciting news though, as I admit to being a pretty big fan of the original trilogy. I just hope it wasn't primarily money that prompted these two to return when they claimed they'd never do another- it'd be nice if they could make one that matches up to the quality of the second and third Bourne movies, which remain pretty awesome, even now. I'm thinking Bourne Again for the title- what do you think? Too obvious?

Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "Eraserhead" (1977)

Now here's a neat choice for those who like something a little twisted and different. Eraserhead is the movie that introduced everyone to the nightmares of one Mr. David Lynch, and to this day remains one of his most creepy, unsettling, purely visceral experiences. No real plot to speak of, just some crisp black and white photography over images of various dreamlike monsters, circus freaks, and alien inhabitants. An unforgettably freakish little movie, which will haunt you for hours after it's over...unless you hate it from beginning to end, which is an entirely plausible reaction. Lynch is always a polarizing experience, but he remains one of a kind, still influential today, as you can see in a movie like Under the Skin. Check this one out if you dare.

Original 1977 Teaser Trailer:

INTERVIEW: Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

Here's a really good TIFF interview with the two stars of The Imitation Game. It's better than the usual press conferences, because they're both pretty into not just the film, but current events as they relate to the story of Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch was practically accosted by crazy fans at the Q&A after the Toronto premiere of the movie, so here he's able to actually talk about it in more detail. And he and Keira are pretty funny together too.

George Clooney to Receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes

I was okay with Tom Hanks getting the Kennedy Center Honors, because his body of work goes back the early 80's, but this is way too early. George Clooney has been announced as this year's recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille award, which is normally their trophy for lifetime achievement. Yes, Jodie Foster got it last year, but at least she's been working since she was a kid. This just screams like the HFPA's usual attempt to get a big star like Clooney to show up at their party in a year where he doesn't even have a movie out. Lame. Expect him to to be the target of jokes all night about his upcoming wedding. The Globes are on January 11th, 2015.

TRAILER: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1"

Ok, so finally we have the official trailer for the first part of the last installment of the Hunger Games franchise. This one promises an epic battle and shows us Jennifer Lawrence back in stoic mode as the teen hero Katniss. Eh. It looks alright I guess (apart from Donald Sutherland's creepy looking giant head). I can tell you right now there was no need at all to divide this last book into two parts, but I'm sure the kids this is aimed at will eat it up as always.