Trailer Watch: ‘Minions’, ‘Slow West’ & ‘The Intern’ 0 128


Today we have three brand new trailers for your viewing pleasure, for the Despicable Me spinoff Minions, Michael Fassbender-starring Western Slow West and Robert De Niro comedy The Intern.

First up is Minions, the highly anticipated prequel/spinoff to Illumination Entertainment’s monumentally successful Despicable Me franchise. It focuses on three of the gibberish-speaking yellow folk – hilariously named Stuart, Kevin and Bob – who, 70 years B.G. (Before Gru), are recruited by the diabolical villain Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock) who plans to take over the world.

Check out the new trailer below, which gives us more of a look at the types of villains they tried to serve over the years:

Minions hits cinemas on June 26th.

Switching things up a fair bit, the next trailer we have is for the upcoming Michael Fassbender Western Slow West, which also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Game of Thrones’ Rory McCann. The film follows a 16-year-old boy (McPhee) on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas (Fassbender). It’s written and directed by the awesomely-named first-time feature director John Maclean.

I’m always up for a new Western, a genre that’s sadly few and far between these days. Have a look at the trailer below:

Slow West is set for UK release on June 26th.

Last up we have the first trailer for the new fashion-themed comedy The Intern (not to be confused with the terrible Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson Google comedy of a similar name), starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. The plot follows 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. It comes to us from rom-com stalwart Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, It’s Complicated).

Watch the trailer below:

The Intern is set for release on October 2nd.

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The Hulk Might Return in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ 0 163


As was the case with the first movie, far and away one of the most entertaining aspects of Avengers: Age of Ultron was Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk, who had a film-stealing fight scene with Iron Man that rivalled the end of Man of Steel in terms of city destruction.

The last time we saw The Hulk in Age of Ultron he was [SPOILER ALERT] in the Quinjet, which supposedly crashed and the man or beast hasn’t been seen by the rest of The Avengers, SHIELD or anyone else since. He probably jumped out and swam to Fiji, said Nick Fury. However, we may now have word about when we’ll next see him.

Now take this news with a grain of salt but Joblo is reporting that The Hulk will next appear in Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo movie for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder. The plot of the film, which recently had Flight of the Conchords director Taiki Waititi attached, is currently under wraps but Joblo reports it amounts to, “nothing less than the Norse Apocalypse.” The Hulk would certainly be a welcome fighting partner, then!

If true, Ruffalo joins the already confirmed returnees Tom Hiddleston as trickster Loki – the last time we saw him he had [SPOILER ALERT!] faked his death and claimed the Asgard throne for himself – and Jaimie Alexander as Thor’s female ally Lady Sif.

Do you believe Ragnarok is when we’ll next see The Hulk? Is he a good fit for Thor’s solo storyline?

Thor: Ragnarok is currently scheduled for a October 27th, 2017 release.

Source: Joblo

Leonardo DiCaprio Producing Volkswagen Scandal Movie 0 108


Wow, talk about things moving fast in Hollywood!

It may have only been a few weeks since the scandal erupted around the Volkswagen fuel emissions cheating but there’s already a movie in the works. DiCaprio is on board to produce the film alongside Jennifer Davisson through his Appian Way company.

There’s no mention of stars, writer or director yet – one might assume that DiCaprio might star himself but he’s a known environmentalist who has produced these types of themed films before (the climate change documentary The 11th Hour chief among them) so it wouldn’t surprise me if he kept himself strictly as a producer for this one, too.

Paramount is the studio behind the movie, having nabbed the presumably sought-after rights to the upcoming book by Jack Ewing. Variety has the details on what it exposes:

“…The company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn on the emissions control to cheat the test and meet EPA standards. During normal driving conditions, emission control software was shut off  — resulting in as much as 40 times more pollution than allowed by law. Volkswagen is currently facing up to $18 billion in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves it’s a true story and, more specifically, a controversial one. Getting this one made and out in the world will be crucial for it to feel relevant to audiences. DiCaprio being attached can’t exactly hurt its box office chances.

The actor will next be seen in the amazing-looking The Revenant.

Source: Variety