Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with Kirk Cameron, the folks who have brought us many REC installments to see what novel location they’re fighting zombies in now, get jumped into a cult, consider dropping out of high school, and look to make big money working for an oil company only to become down and out.

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The Tick revival

Late on a Friday before a holiday weekend is the worst time to fact-check anything, so we’re in the position of praying this is true. A report says that Fox and Amazon have made a deal for Amazon to do a new live-action series based on Ben Edlund‘s The Tick. The show revolved around a giant, good-natured and bumbling hero played by Patrick Warburton. A spot-on blend of broad comedy and sharp satire, the show originally ran for only nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002. Or, as Edlund once described it: “a superheroic portrait of genuine human lameness.” The best news: Edlund and Warburton will both be part of The Tick revival.

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Winter Sleep US trailer

We’re on the topic of big Cannes 2014 films, as we just offered up the trailer for Leviathan. I noted in that post that Leviathan didn’t win the Palme d’Or, but here’s a new trailer for the film that did: Winter Sleep, from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylon. Where Leviathan appears to be a small story that gets bigger as it goes, Winter Sleep is about a small set of characters that are gradually drawn into tighter proximity. Expect a quiet film, slowly rhythmic, that follows a one-time actor, his young wife, and his recently divorced sister, all of whom are pushed together as winter begins. Check out the new Winter Sleep US trailer below.

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Leviathan trailer

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) made a big impression on Cannes audiences with Leviathan, and though it won only the Best Screenplay award rather than the Palme d’Or, the film remains one of the most anticipated winter releases thanks to the big Cannes buzz. Leviathan reworks the Book of Job as it charts a small-town battle between a family and local officials, and draws in themes of corruption, class, and oppression as the battle escalates. Watch the new Leviathan trailer below.

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Most Expensive Movie Props

For some movie collectors, there’s nothing more sought-after than screen-used movie props. To own something that is literally a piece of a film you love is priceless. Or, as seen in a new infographic, so expensive as to be nearly priceless. A new image ranks “The 33 Most Valuable Movie Props of All Time.” However, I’d argue these are just the most expensive as there are probably props that, if available, would go for more. Still, $6.4 million for one prop? Wow. Plus how much did an original Delorean from Back to the Future or lightsaber from Star Wars sell for? Check out the full image of the most expensive movie props below. Read More »

Marvel Famous Firsts

How does Jesse Eisenberg describe Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman? What location is Clark Kent investigating in the movie? Which actors have been cast in Agent Carter? What does the first season 2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo show? Which superhero distracted a local news helicopter? Why was Batman speeding around the streets of China? Can you get the Batarangs from Batman and Batman Returns? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Star Wars cantina scene rough cut

The rough cut of the Star Wars cantina scene is a thing that crops up online every once in a while, thanks to it having been a part of the Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM release way back in 1998. This cut of the cantina scene features rough early audio and no music, but some of the dialogue is different, the performances are often very different, and there’s a good bit of material that didn’t make the final cut. So if you haven’t seen the Star Wars cantina scene rough cut, watch below. Read More »

Escape From New York Wishlist

I think I’ve been guardedly positive about the Escape From New York remake in the past, but today I’m not feeling so charitable. This shouldn’t be a thing. But it might still be a thing, and a new report lists three names that top the Escape From New York wishlist for stars. Sitting right at the top is Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. Read More »

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