TV & Film

Watch the Unrated Trailer for ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,’ Because It Is Awesome

It's just like 'Terminator'

The whole first minute of the new Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red band trailer does nothing but recap the first movie and make a bunch of jokes based its ending. And it's funny. Then it transitions to a setup of the sequel, and at that point you get a little disappointed, because it's then that you realize, wait, where's John Cusack? But then you see they're in the not-so-dystopian future, and you're like, okay, this is cool. And then you see boobs—honest to goodness boobs—and you're like, wow, this movie looks soooo good.

Of course, it may not be good. Like I just alluded to, there's no Cusack. He couldn't do the sequel because of a "scheduling conflict," which sounds like a phoney excuse since this movie probably took about a week and a half to film. But it still has Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Chevy Chase from the first movie, plus Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) as Cusack's future son.

And did I mention the boobs?

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 hits theaters Christmas Day, 2014.

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey Won Day 1 of Comic-Con with New Footage from ‘Interstellar’

If you've been dying to for more insight into Interstellar, the latest Christopher Nolan epic, I've got some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that Nolan and Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con yesterday, where they revealed some new footage that gives a slightly better idea of what the film is going to be like.

The bad news is that I can't actually show you the footage, because it won't be publicly available for several more weeks.

If you saw the first two trailers (and if you haven't, you can watch them below), then you know there was nothing "interstellar" about them. They take place mostly on a farm, and while talk of climate change and famine and overcoming suggest a grand voyage into space, we didn't get to see any of that.

Last night, however, the 6,000 lucky folks in Comic-Con's Hall H did. And one of them was Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican, who was kind enough to give us a description:

The new footage—which won’t be released publicly until much later—certainly had its enigmatic moments, but it also offered a few more clues about the plot. It turns out that what these particular astronauts are looking for is another Earth, a habitable planet where human life can thrive again. “We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars,” McConaughey’s character says. “Now, we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”

We see some of his astronaut/engineer asking Caine when (or if) he’ll see his daughter again, followed by a promise to her that he will come back. And if he doesn’t, “I’ll love you forever.” Cue tears as the music swells, followed by stunning vistas of what can only be far-off worlds (or maybe Iceland.) Although beautiful, they seemed hostile to life, particularly the lives of the explorers. One sequence featured the pioneering scientists escaping a massive chasm with icy, rocky peaks on the top and bottom like a fearsome terrain of mountainous teeth.

Breathtaking vistas of distant planets that are hostile to human life? That's what I'm talking about.

I honestly cannot wait for this movie.

Interstellar hits theaters November 7.

Well, We Might as Well Watch the Trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Right?

I think she's doing that hot yoga everyone is talking about

Despite what Charlie Hunnam had to say earlier this week about Fifty Shades of Grey (which he's not even in) not being mommy porn, you know and I know that it most definitely is mommy porn. And that's okay, because—NEWSFLASH!—sex is awesome. Ergo, all books about sex—even books written exclusively for women that have characters named Anastasia Steele—are also awesome.

Now, does that mean the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be awesome, too? Absolutely not. But the first trailer, which for some reason made its debut on the Today show this morning, doesn't look half bad. There's a little smooching, a little under-the-table fondling, a little blindfolding, a little horse cropping, a little stripping, a little handcuffing and, yes, even a little writhing.

In short, there are worse things you could do with the next two and a half minutes of your life. So have a look and then set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get tickets in advance. The movie hits theaters on Valentines Day 2015 (there's a shock), and whoever you're taking out that night is going to want to see it.

The New Batfleck Cowl from ‘Batman v Superman’ Is on Display at Comic-Con 2014

As you may know, 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the first ever appearance of Batman in Detercitve Comics #27. And given how the Caped Crusader is one of the most famous fictional characters of the 20th and 21st centuries, it makes complete sense that DC Comics would be making a big deal about it.

Of course, they could have celebrated Batman's 75th back in May, which was the actual month Batman made his debut. However, when you think about it, it makes much more sense to wait for the world's biggest celebration of comic books—Comic-Con—which started today in San Diego.

So how is DC Comics celebrating the Dark Knight's 75th birthday at Comic-Con? Well, there are numerous things planned, including something big having to do with Batman v Superman scheduled for Saturday night. But the Batman b-day tribute that caught everybody's attention right away today is a display of all the various crusader costumes, capes, and cowls from over the year. And the reason it's so notable is that it includes the newest cowl which we'll see on Batfleck in the aforementioned Zack Snyder flick.

Of course, we've already seen a photo of Ben Affleck wearing the cowl. But this gives us a much better look, and as the astute folks over at Screen Rant pointed out, there are a couple of interesting things about this.

First, though it's not blue and grey as some people had hoped, it's still much more comic-booky than the Christopher Nolan Batman. And second, it seems that Batman will once again be unable to turn his head. (Remember, how that was one of the modifications Christian Bale asked Morgan Freeman to make to his suit?)

Fascinating stuff, huh nerds?

Sony Pushes ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′ Back to 2018, Gives 2016 Release to Villain Spinoff ‘Sinister Six’

When I head Sony was going to make a Spider-Man spinoff all about the villains, I thought it was a fantastic idea. And that was before the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters.

Now a Sinister Six movie isn't just a good idea. It's an essential idea if Sony wants to revive the fading franchise. It's a way for the studio to do something that's never been done before—a superhero movie entirely devoted to bad guys—and possibly breath some fresh life into a very stale property.

That's why it makes total sense that they'd push The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back from June 2016 to 2018 and give The Sinister Six a November 11, 2016 release date. Give Spidey some time to recuperate. Give people something new. Then come back in 2018 and hope to recapture the magic.

Of course, all that hinges on The Sinister Six being good. But with Drew Goddard of Lost, Cloverfield, and World War Z fame writing and directing, Sony is pretty confident.

"With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard," said Sony prez Doug Belgrad, "we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016."

Hopefully Mr. Belgrad is right. Spider-Man deserves better than the last two films. Way better.


Please Remember When You Go to See ‘Hercules’ that The Rock’s Beard Comes from Yak Balls

The new Hercules starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opens this weekend, and there are plenty of interesting stories about the making of the Greek demigod epic that we could talk about here. However, I'm going with the one about The Rock's beard.

You see, when I saw The Rock sporting a grizzly beard in the trailers, I assumed it was real. But oh no. Apparently Dwayne either couldn't grow a beard that was thick enough, or he just didn't want to. So he had to sit in a chair for three hours every day while Oscar-nominated hair and makeup people glued one to his face.

Unfortunately, one day The Rock decided to ask his Italian beard guy, Mateo, what the beard was actually made of. And that's when Mateo explained to the Rock that it was made from the scrotum hair of a yak. Because apparently yak scrotum hair is really soft.

Sure, it sounds crazy. But are you saying you wouldn't glue yak ball hair to your face for $10 million? Because I would.

Hercules hits theaters Friday, July 25.

Season 2 of ‘Fargo’ Will Be a Prequel Set in 1979

We already knew (well, suspected) FX was going to order a second season of the Coen Brothers' Fargo. What we didn't know was what that second season would be like. Would they follow the lead of other popular "limited series" like True Detective and introduce an entirely new storyline and cast, or would they make like American Horror Story and keep the same actors but have them play different characters?

Well, now we know the answer. According to executive producer Noah Hawley, the second will take place in 1979. However, while there will be a completely new storyline and murder(s), Season 2 won't be completely unrelated to Season 1, because it will center around a 33-year-old Lou Solverson readjusting to life after Vietnam.

If you're a fan of the show, you know who that is. However, if you haven't checked it out yet, Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is the diner-owning father of lead character Deputy Molly Solverson, the role for which Allison Tolman was nominated for an Emmy this year. And yes, the shift back in time means the beloved Tolman will not be back.

That will undoubtedly disappoint some viewers. However, the fact that the second season will be about Deputy Solverson's dad suggests it may provide some interesting back story for the characters of Season 1. And it also suggests that it is possible Tolman might return in a future season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. For now, just get ready to relive 1979.