New trailers and clips this week: The cast of minions returns, a drug that give a new meaning to the word tripping, engineered muscleheads fight to the death, Bilbo's journey looms ahead, and much more.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
[Trailer for Despicable Me 2] (1:45). Scheduled theatrical release: Jul 3 2013. Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions and a host of new characters return. Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier. Directed by: Chris Meledandri.
John Dies at the End (2012)
[Trailer for John Dies at the End] (2:31). Scheduled theatrical release: Jan 25 2013. A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Fabianne Therese. Directed by: Don Coscarelli.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
[Trailer for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning] (1:31). Scheduled home video release: Jan 1 2013. While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol named Magnus (Andrei Arlovski). Meanwhile, Deveraux and surviving Unisol Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) are preparing to battle anarchy and build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. They are weeding out the weak and constantly testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat. Luc has emerged operating the Unisol Church of Eventualism, taking in wayward Unisols whom the government has been secretly operating as remote-controlled sleeper agents. His mission is to liberate these Unisols from the implanted memories and the lies the government has inserted in them. Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Kristopher Van Varenberg, James Rawlings, David Jensen, Austin Naulty, Mariah Bonner. Directed by: John Hyams.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
[Trailer for Hotel Transylvania][Canada] (2:25). Scheduled home video release: Jan 1 2013. Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. Stars: Adam Sandler, Miley Cyrus, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Koechner. Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky.
- [Trailer 2 for Hotel Transylvania] (2:30).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
[TV Spot: Pre-Book Your Tickets][UK] (0:31). Scheduled theatrical release: Dec 14 2012. Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry. Directed by: Peter Jackson.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
[Trailer for The Dark Knight Rises] (2:17). Scheduled home video release: Dec 4 2012. It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. Directed by: Christopher Nolan.
- [TV Spot: Sizzle] (1:22).
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
[Clip: Jack Bunny] (0:53). Scheduled theatrical release: Nov 21 2012. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Stars: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law. Directed by: Peter Ramsey.
Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 (2012)
[Clip: Burn-E Gets Distracted][pre] (0:56). Scheduled home video release: Nov 13 2012. Disney and Pixar present an incredible new collection of 12 short films, featuring multiple Academy Award(R) nominees (Best Short Film, Animated: "Presto," 2008; "Day & Night," 2010; "La Luna," 2011) and a host of family favorites. Join the celebration of imagination with this must-own collection, packed with unforgettable animation, fantastic stories and captivating characters. Plus, enjoy all-new extras that share how Pixar's storied talent got their start -- including student films from acclaimed directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter! Stars: Jim Blinn, Eben Ostby, Craig Good, Loren Carpenter, Ralph Guggenheim, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith, Bill Reeves, Tom Porter, Deirdre Warin. Directed by: Tony Kaplan, Erica Milsom.
- [Clip: Star Burst][pre] (1:11).
- [Clip: Abandoned Toy Support Group][pre] (1:04).
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
[Featurette: Timeline] (1:31). Scheduled theatrical release: Nov 2 2012. A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Stars: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Ed O'Neill, Rachael Harris, Stefanie Scott, Mindy Kaling. Directed by: Rich Moore.
- [Featurette: Moore's Munchies] (2:01).
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
[Featurette: Playlist][UK] (2:04). Scheduled home video release: Oct 23 2012. As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Adam Brody. Directed by: Lorene Scafaria.