It’s happening. The trailer for Zoolander 2 has finally hit the Inter-webs, and surprisingly the trailer does not look as bad as one might expect. Everyone here at The NYRD are huge fans of the original movie, but even we have to admit that sequels to comedy movies very rarely work. Just look at The Hangover 2 or whatever it was that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels tried doing a few years back.

We have high hopes for Zoolander 2, but grand in a way that still keeps them small, like high hopes for ants. the one thing this movie has going for it is a great cast from Owen Wilson to Will Ferrell to Ben Stiller to a questionably androgynous Sherlock Holmes. For now we feel that we owe Ben Stiller and his creation the benefit of the doubt so we will hope for the best.

Zoolander 2 will be out in theaters on February 12th. So watch the trailer below and let us know what you think. Did you enjoy what you saw? did it make you laugh? Is this movie so 2000 and late? Was that last joke so 2000 and late? Give us a shout in the comments below.


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Over the weekend Legendary Films released their first full length trailer for the film Warcraft. The movie is based upon the popular video game franchise from Blizzard and will feature the story of the first meeting and the first war between Orcs and Humans. Visually, the effects are being handled by Weta Workshop and look like those of the video game franchise.

The trailer promises a mix of CGI, motion capture, and live action to bring the world of Azerorth to life. All things considered the movie looks as if it will be a faithful adaptation of the Warcraft video games. This is sure to delight fans, but it is questionable if it will bring in those unfamiliar with  Blizzard’s most successful game series. Then again with more 100 million people playing World of Warcraft over the past decade maybe there is no need to tap broader appeal.

Either way we want to voice our approval of Blizzard and Legendary for sticking with the source material at a time when so many other studios and entertainment companies are only seeking to buy the rights to video games and other nostalgia-laden properties, just to exploit them and pay little to no lip-service to the original fan base. With any luck Warcraft will be a success and pave the way for better video game movies to come.

Seeing as how Blizzard has always had the ability to create some of the best cut-scenes of any video game company we have cautious hopes for their two-hour long cut-scene of a movie, but what are your thoughts on the trailer? Is it too much like the video game? Did you want to see some diversity in the franchise? Or is it everything you and your raptor-mount could hope for?

Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. It will be in theaters on June 10, 2016.


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Last night AMC gave us the first look at their newest TV series, Preacher. It is more than likely that they will look to use this new show to fill the void of The Walking Dead‘s mid-season hiatus. The cable channel has been trying to keep their audience in between seasons to varying degrees of success, and now they have turned to another comic series to keep attention until everyone’s favorite undead zombie show returns.

The comic, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion is a celebrated series and there have been several attempts over the years to make it into a TV series or film. Published by Vertigo, Preacher is the story of Reverend Jesse Custer, who becomes possessed by an immensely powerful creature called Genesis. A baby born of an unnatural coupling of demon and angel, Genesis has enough power to rival God, but because of its infancy has almost no will of its own. After Genesis and Jesse unintentionally kill the preacher’s congregation, the reverend hits the road to find God. The big man abandoned heaven after the birth of Genesis and now the powers of heaven and hell are running amok. Jesse is joined in this journey by his hit-woman ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy.

However, you get none of that from the trailer itself, which just seems to promise violence without any of the supernatural frills. Shortly after airing the trailer, AMC released the clip online; featuring Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, plus quick glimpses of Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare.

Preacher is set to debut in 2016 on AMC, for a 10-episode first season. No date has been set for the series premiere


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We have all been hearing a lot about this Star Wars thing lately. The newest trailer dropped last week and the Internet has been talking about nothing else since. Unfortunately, the thing the last trailer lacked was any sort of solid idea of what Episode VII might be about. Well the guys at Science Vs. Cinema decided to try and fix that.

They edited last year’s teaser from Star Wars Celebration along with the most current and final trailer to blend together the scenes to give us a sense of the order of the movie. We are not sure if it reveals anything more or less about what how good Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be, -we are reserving our Jar Jar judgement on that one- but it at least gives us a better idea of what old JJ Abrams is working with.

This fan trailer gives puts order to the chaos of the images we see, starting on a desert world and ending in the climatic battle which very well could be the movie’s climatic battle. Be warned, if you want to go into Episode VII without expectations or spoilers than you should not watch the following trailer, but if you are the kind of person -like Todd- who needs to know everything so they can dissect, conjecture, and digest it all, then this Star Wars trailer is for you. Check it out:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on December 18, 2015. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, then you are probably already out of luck. You may just have to wait a week.


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The truth is out there, and that truth is that the X-Files returns to Fox this January. The continuing adventures of Mulder and Scully will debut after the network’s coverage of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24. Check out the teaser trailer below and, be warned, it is a teaser. It lasts a whole 15 seconds, but at the end when you see the logo come up and that familiar music start to play, just tell us that you can’t help but feel those old familiar goosebumps ride up your neck.

Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are still looking hot. With this new show produced by none other than X-Files creator, Chris Carter, we are hoping for great things. Some people will claim this is only another ploy to play off our nostalgia, but even if it is, that does not mean we do not have high hopes. X-Files was the precursor to the type of high quality episodic storytelling that is so common on TV today. It is only fitting that the show comes back to reclaim the title.

In preparation for the shows return, we at The NYRD will be binge watching all of Entertainment Weekly’s recommended 10 essential episodes that every super-fan needs to rewatch before January.


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It looks like the people in Hall H are no longer the only ones who get to put their peepers on the new Suicide Squad trailer. Fresh from SDCC, now you too can revel in the struggle of “Bad versus Evil.” Check it out below, and check out our breakdown further down.

Breakdown:

The first shot is of Amanda Waller, well known DC power player basically bragging how she has captured. “the worst of the worst” to two high ranking military officials, possibly a meeting of Checkmate, the Agency, or one of the other hundred shadowy government organizations that have existed in the DC Universe over the years, so take your pick. They talk about the squad as they are still in prison, claiming that the events of Man of Steel may have acted like a beacon to attract other metahumans to come out of the woodwork.

The rest of the conversation seems to talk about why the squad is formed.

“They are bad guys.”

“We have built-in deniability.”

Then we get a montage of the squad starting with Harley Quinn, the person everyone has been waiting to see. We are a big fans of the jester diamond tattoos on her wrist. From the looks of the trailer, Margot Robbie is going to play Harley with the right amount of sweetness, innocence and craziness to make the character work. Unfortunately, from the few lines we get, it seems as if they have dropped the iconic Staten Island accent, which means we may not get to hear the iconic, “Mistah Jay.”

Other than a line from Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Will Smith’s Deadshot is the only other character to get in some lines, because of course. It’s Will Smith. His lines are fairly generic, basically giving the movie’s title in a off-comment and confirming how the squad is patsies for the US Government.

Of course the trailer ends with what everyone has been waiting for, Jared Leto as the Joker. It seems as if we are going to get a tatted up silver toothed version of the character. Leto even channels a little Ledger in his voice choice. Yet, this may be a good direction for the character. After all, it looks like Batman V Superman is going to establish that Batman has been around for a while, and that he may even have lost a Robin or two to his ultimate nemesis. So on the same token, the new Joker needs to be menacing, larger than life, but also feel a bit worn. We need to see that hehas spent years battling the Caped Crusader in the streets of Gotham.

It is still too early know how much of the footage shown is actual movie footage or shot exclusively for the trailer and comic con. All the dialogue we hear, especially the lengthy opening scene between Amanda Waller and the military officers could very well be footage shot exclusively for the trailer. They spend a lot of time explaining the concept of Suicide Squad, as if in hopes of interesting the non-comic readers in the movie’s concept.

Well, mission accomplished, because we here at The NYRD are more excited to see the team of villains on the screen than we are to see Superman and Batman duke it out. This is going to be the movie that really deepens the DC movie universe, and now we await 2016 with baited breath.


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