Netflix's controversial break-out hit 13 Reasons Why (2017) has been on hiatus for more than a year now, but fans of the show were sent into a spin recently with news that it would be returning to our screens in a matter of days. Streaming giant Netflix dropped their announcement trailer for the original series on Tuesday, featuring not only a fantastically artistic first-look, but also the premiere date of the second season - May 18. First released in March 2017, season one followed protagonist Clay Jensen as he worked to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragic death of his classmate, co-worker and love interest Hannah Baker. After receiving a package of tapes detailing dark secrets of those in their town, Clay takes things into his own hands to try and enact change. Originally based on the book by Jay Asher, series two will seemingly pick up after the events covered in the novel, thus continuing the story past its source material.
The video begins with the tapes that made the first series so infamous, as a series of Polaroid pictures float around the main characters. In it we see Tony and Ryan in the former's Ferrari, with photos around them revealing the car with a smashed window and Tony with bruising on his face. It then jumps to Jessica smiling in front of her phone, as her pictures show the word 'liar' scrawled on a window, tears spilling down her face, and a note reading 'keep your f***ing mouth shut'. Mr Porter is seen at his desk as photo of Hannah in his office flashes past, as well as one that shows the phrase 'Know your place' in red, and another with a smashed computer. Bryce comes next and is seen pouring alcohol poolside with a young girl, with his photos hinting at a party and a woman being passed out. Hannah's mother also features, trying her best to link together the strands leading to her daughter's death. Her Polaroids show signs that have been defaced, as well as one of her listening to headphones. Finally, we see Clay, dressed in a suit and tie with a summons to appear in court lying on his bed. Among his photos we see the words 'You talk you pay' scribbled out, before the video finished on a half-face picture of Hannah and the tag line 'The tapes were just the beginning'.
13 Reasons Why (2017) received almost as much backlash as it did praise for its first season, following a choice to show Hannah Baker's suicide scene in graphic detail. It drew heavy criticism from mental health experts for allowing the depiction and failing to provide suitable support links following episodes. In addition, many worried that it would spur on similar suicides for vulnerable people watching. Since then, Netflix has commissioned a study of teens and parents regarding how the show affected them and have taken steps to provide more information. A video featuring the main cast informing people of the show's themes and the helplines available to them was released, with more videos and resources also compiled at the companion site 13reasonswhy.info. New warnings are also reportedly set to be introduced before the episodes of the latest season. You can check out the new clip below.
In comparison to their other titles, one could be mistaken for thinking that Marvel’s latest caped crusader has been forgotten. We’ve had tonnes of marketing for Captain America: Civil War (2016), set photos from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and even some cool concept art from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). However, until last month’s Comic Con we were yet to get a proper trailer for Doctor Strange (2016), the second film from the billion-dollar studio and one that is scheduled to bow in theatres this November.
Fans fears have been eased somewhat today though, with a special sneak peek video from the film, thanks to its inclusion in the special features section of the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Despite not revealing too much, the video does gift us a few brief notes on the film’s major characters, including Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). In addition, we get to see a lot of new concept art.
Given the film is still in post-production and Marvel makes its money by trading in secrets, we arguably couldn’t expect much better. Doctor Strange (2016) will follow the story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a terrible car accident, before seeking out a new purpose. The film will also star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Rachel McAdams as the rumoured love interest. Doctor Strange opens officially on November 4 and until then you can check out the sneak peek below.
Here's a bit of light-hearted fun to kick off your count-down to the weekend - a new video of actor Tom Hiddleston announcing the weather for Fox 32 Chicago. Interrupting the network's regular presenter, Hiddleston stepped into frame to help explain the 'Godly' reason behind the fierce tornadoes and heavy downfalls the area has been experiencing. The star was originally there for an interview with Jake Hamilton on Good Day Chicago, promoting his upcoming slew of projects, however it seems at some point he was asked to try his hand at a little weather reading too.
'My brother from another mother has been misbehaving. The God of Thunder has brought his skill-set to bear on the local weather. So there is this huge storm-front coming in and all that means is Chris Hemsworth has taken his hammer and has smashed it on the surface of the sky and it's going to rain a hell of a lot. So good luck with that!
Hiddleston has been keeping himself very busy of late, making the rounds to promote his upcoming films I Saw The Light (2016) and High-Rise (2016), as well as the TV mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre's The Night Manager (2016). Along the way he's also been fielding questions about the rumour he may be stepping into the shoes of 007 spy James Bond. The response to the video, which was posted to Jake Hamilton Fox 32 Chicago's Facebook page, seems to be mostly positive, with quotes ranging from 'This is awesome' to my personal favourite, 'Cloudy with a chance of elevated estrogen levels'. Despite Hiddleston looking a little awkward (like he was kind-of asked at the last minute maybe...) the thespian pulled off the feat with aplomb. So if you need a little pick-me up in the form of a good looking guy discussing a Norse Gods elemental tantrum, then check out the video below.
The Jurassic Park (1993) franchise, begun by Steven Spielberg back in the early nineties, made a lot of its money on the back of its photo-realism. Never before had dinosaurs looked plausible and downright frightening. However, if a plan was hatched to bring back these ancient beasts back today (which thankfully archaeologists and other scientists have ruled out thanks to the good-old half-life of DNA), my belief is that society would not necessarily follow in the footsteps of the 'building a theme park' trope like the first and fourth movie, but would instead treat the world to a documentary on the Jurassic inhabitants.
So what would that look like? Well, wonder no more, with YouTube user Mashable Watercooler re-imagining the billion-dollar franchise as a Disneynature documentary. Channelling the style of The House of Mouse's original features Bears (2014), Chimpanzee (2012), and African Cats (2011), the video is titled 'Raptors' and has all the elements to make a successful documentary - including a likable protagonist name Littletail, a range of buzzwords to keep you interested (Love, Struggle, Wonder, Joy, Danger, Passion, Uncertainty), and of course a soaring musical score to elicit emotion at all the right moments.
Frankly, if it was a real film, I for one would watch the hell out of it. Especially with the next instalment of the beloved series not likely won't hit theatres for another 2+ years. So, if you need something to tide you over in the meantime, or simply want a reminder as to why Jurassic Park (1993) was so fun to begin with, make sure you check out the video below.
With the 88th Academy Awards ceremony just mere days away, the season of spoofs has officially begun, and it's been kicked off in style by none other than The Screen Junkies' and their Honest Trailers. Published earlier today, their new video pokes fun at the pros and cons of the eight films vying for the Best Picture statuette, and poses a question that always makes a resurgence around February - 'what did win the Oscar last year?'
Beginning with the line 'In a world where a bunch of rich people dress up in fancy clothes to give each other trophies, these eight films will compete for Hollywood's highest honour', the trailer delves into each movie. The Big Short (2015) becomes 'No Money Mo Problems', The Revenant (2016) changes to 'Frozen', and Spotlight (2015) becoming 'Newsies: Might Want to Avoid These Houses'. What the Screen Junkies do best however, is their no-holds barred approach, saying that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' Bridge of Spies (2015) is not their best film, and seems to have been nominated purely because it's star-team are cinematic royalty.
They also remind us that The Martian (2015) for all its comedic lines, is still a harrowing tale of a man on the precipice of death and not what the Golden Globes declared 'Best Motion Picture Comedy'. And they affirm that they haven't seen it Brooklyn (2015) and we haven't seen it, and that's okay because 'you can only see so many movies'. The video ends with dimming lights, rising scores, and a rush of garbled names. The best of which would have to be 'Leonardo Datoscardoe'. You can check out the Honest Trailer video below, or over at the Screen Junkies YouTube Channel, before the main event airs around the globe this Sunday.
While fans wait the cold, long winter (or in Australia - the hot, dry summer) until HBO's Game of Thrones (2011) returns this April, they can enjoy a hilarious new mash-up video featuring US Republican Donald Trump to tide them over. The video, created by political satirist Huw Parkinson for the Australian Broadcasting Commissions show Insiders (2001), takes a mocking look at the Presidential candidate's fierce media exchange over comments to 'build a wall' to keep immigrants out of America.
Titled 'Game of Thrones: Winter is Trumping', the parody begins with Trump telling the Khaleesi and her Dothraki horde that he will not let them pass into the borders of Qarth, before going head-to-head with Jon Snow and the men of the Night's Watch to reinforce their boundaries. Lines like 'The people are with me. 100% are the people', simply reinforcing the profound stupidity of the situation.
It is not the first time Parkinson has created such genius political mash-ups either, with the producer also behind the viral 'Seinfeld in Australian Politics' and 'I'm a Fixer' Christopher Pyne parodies. The new video comes in light of Trump's increasing successes in early voting, with the ex-businessman knocking a bunch of well-established Republican candidates out of the race, including Jeb Bush. You can watch the parody video below.
After his menacing (and now iconic) turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), there was arguably a lot of anticipation surrounding Adam Driver's first time hosting Saturday Night Live (1975) this weekend. And whilst the comedy show didn't make as good use of the actor as they probably could of, they did land a great spoof clip in 'Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base'.
If you are unfamiliar with the premise, Undercover Boss (2010) takes high-ranking officials from a business and inserts them in the lower levels of the company unbeknownst to the other workers, thus allowing the leaders to see how things really work from the ground up. In the SNL video, Driver's Kylo Ren therefore infiltrates the Starkiller base as a Radar Technician named Matt, equipped with 70's glasses and bleach blonde hair to mask his true identity.
Honestly, it's not only a very clever clip but also a highly amusing one too, from the way Driver mixes uncertainty and angst into the role to his delivery of lines like "Hearing Zack lost his son really struck a nerve with me. Especially because I was the one that killed him." So as you ready yourself for the long week of work ahead, remember that if you need a little pick me up, you can check out the video below for your daily dose of laughs.
Lastly, as part of the Christmas cheer that came our way this year, we received an update on how Macaulay Culkin's Home Alone (1990) character Kevin McCallister fared in later life, with the actor reprising the role in an online video for web series DRYVRS. The clip, which featured Culkin reminiscing about his 'polka-groupie' mother and creating a branding iron out of a coat-hanger, was likely a nod towards 2015 being the 25th Anniversary of the film's release. But he wasn't the only actor from the original franchise, however, to join in the fun, with Daniel Stern the actor behind bumbling bandit Marv hosting a Reddit AMA on Christmas Eve, and recording yet another video response.
In his clip, we find the tables have turned, with Marv now the one that's home alone and faced with the prospect of a terrifying intruder. He's seen what Kevin grew up to become (a guy who apparently murdered a car-jacker), and he's begging Harry to come find him so he doesn't meet the same fate. Whilst the video is of course very tongue-in-cheek, it's a hilarious follow-up, and very fitting for a film that has stolen the hearts of audience members all over the world come Christmas time. It's also a great homage to the original, with Stern beginning the video with the trademark 'Harrrrry... Harrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy' line from the second film, before concluding with his washing-machine skeleton screams as the clip concludes.
When discussing the film during the Q&A time, Stern even mentioned which of the scenes was his favourite to shoot, and found he couldn't pass up the Tarantula moment from the first film. "They were all a ton of fun, [but] my favourite was having the tarantula crawl on my face. Not only was it really fun and funny to do but it was a personal challenge to overcome my fear of having something that ICKY and deadly crawling on my face. It was even freakier because I had to do that scream, which meant my mouth was wide open too - and I was afraid the little bastard might take a detour down my throat! AAAAAAAAAH!". You can watch the video below.
If 2016 is the year of superhero films, then 2015 is arguably the year of Star Wars, and what better way to celebrate that (and the new movie) than by checking out some bad lip readings of the original trilogy. Put together by the team over at Bad Lip Reading, the three new videos parody the classics Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I won't spoil the fun for you by quoting all the best lines, but I will say that it is on par with the humour and irreverence of previous outings like The Walking (and Talking) Dead, and Redneck Avengers. In the first minute alone of Star Wars: A Bad Lip Reading there's a brilliant exchange between Darth Vader and Princess Leia. So if you need a bit of a weekend distraction to while away the hours, then check out the three videos below.
Find out what happened to Home Alone's Kevin McCallister as Macaulay Culkin guest stars in a new web-series
If there's one downside to watching movies it is that once those credits roll we usually never really get to know what happens in the characters' futures. Do they live happily ever after? Or do they die miserable? Well, in a new video released today, we finally get answers about the fate of one beloved character - the young Kevin McCallister from the Christmas classic Home Alone (1990).
Sadly, like Macaulay Culkin career it's not a good one, because underneath all the laughs and humour of an eight year-old boy taking down two dim-witted thieves, lays the emotional scars of being chased by madmen and left behind by your family. If that's not traumatic I don't know what is. The video, which is part of the new DRYVRS web series, is all very tongue in cheek mind you, with the basic plot following guitarist Jack Dishel calling for an Uber-style car-ride that turns into a weird outing when none other than a grown-up Kevin McCallister picks him up.
Even if he's never actually mentioned by that name. He's married now (his wife Anna likely being a throwback to My Girl's (1991) Anna Chlumsky), but a total emotional mess, still unable to forgive his mother for abandoning him two years in a row, turning him somewhat psychopathic. He might have the skills to take down any would be car thief, but now Kevin's grown up, he doesn't really know where to stop. It's a weird video, and one of the first real acting gigs we've seen Culkin in for a while now. He's even still got the scream down pat... You can check out the video below.
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