San Diego Comic-Con is where all the biggest movies and TV series show up to win over new fans and to stoke the excitement of existing ones. With 2015 and 2016 being two of the hugest years for movies in recent memory, it's no surprise that there's been a lot to see in San Diego this year. Follow along in this stream for all of the top new trailers coming out of the convention.
Jul 29, 2014Read Article >
Evil is about to be punched in the face. Adult Swim recently revealed a sneak peek of Mike Tyson Mysteries, an upcoming animated series that will star the tattooed boxer, a ghost, a teenage girl, and an acerbic, alcoholic pigeon with a taste for human women. The two-minute clip is rife with bizarre situations and questionably written dialogue, including a brief glimpse of Tyson riding a purple pterodactyl with a rocket launcher in hand. Mike Tyson Mysteries is slated to begin airing later in fall. It will feature the voices of Saturday Night Live's Norm Macdonald, MAD's Rachel Ramras, Community's Jim Rash, and the inimitable Iron Mike himself.
Jul 29, 2014
Harry Potter might be a movie murderer. Daniel Radcliffe, who played the teen wizard in the eight-film series, has moved on to very different roles since his time at Hogwarts ended. His upcoming film, Horns, sees him adopting an American accent and being accused of killing his girlfriend. The movie's latest trailer aired first at Comic-Con, and opens with Radcliffe in happier times, before shifting to show him trying to cope as bony appendages grow out of his head and his life falls apart.Read Article >
Horns is based on a book by author Joe Hill, and opens in the US on Halloween after premiering last year at the Toronto film festival. The movie adaptation was directed by Alexandre Aja, who also directed 2003's blood-soaked Switchblade Romance and wrote the unsettling Maniac, a horror movie shot from the first-person perspective of a killer Elijah Wood. From its trailers, Horns appears slightly less brutal in tone than those movies, but it keeps some of their violence — at the end of the new trailer, a horned Radcliffe incites reporters to beat each other up in a bid to win an exclusive interview with him.
Jul 28, 2014Read Article >
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out in a little under a month, and by now we're well aware of how stylish and downright bloody it's meant to be. But things can always get bloodier. In this latest spot that first debuted at Comic-Con this weekend, directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller both make short appearances as men dying slowly in an alley. "This rotten town," Miller croaks. "It slows everybody it touches." After that, it's pure carnage as we see plenty of returning faces, new stars... and even Lady Gaga as a waitress. We'll see more when it hits theaters on August 22nd.
Jul 28, 2014Read Article >
The Hunger Games has been promoting itself with eerie propaganda videos and posters for a couple months now, but today the first proper teaser for Mockingjay Part I has arrived. The teaser doesn't go right into all-out advertising mode either: it still maintains the dark tones of everything else that we've seen promoting the film until now. It's both hopeful and mournful, and it shows that these film adaptations continue to have a strong grasp on what makes their dystopian world come alive. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is scheduled to open in theaters on November 21st.
Jul 28, 2014
The city of San Francisco — and most of Twitter — stopped and watched last November, as five-year-old Miles Scott became pint-sized superhero Batkid. Miles, who has leukemia, was given the chance to dress up as his favorite comic icon by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His day was made even more remarkable by the reaction from the city he wanted to save, as thousands of people turned out to watch the tiny crusader catch cartoon criminals around San Francisco. Now a new film, titled Batkid Begins, aims to explore Miles' story. The feature-length documentary, created by filmmaker Dana Nachman, was teased at Comic-Con with a three-minute trailer that later appeared online courtesy of Deadline.Read Article >
Miles' escapades quickly drew attention — in addition to the 7,000 locals turned out to see Miles fight "crime" at city hall, the Batkid was the subject of 400,000 tweets, The San Francisco Chronicle created a special Batkid-specific front page, and President Obama personally thanked him for his service via Vine. Nachman's film will tell the story of Batkid's big day, but it will also look at the boy behind the mask, and his family, struggling to deal with their young son's diagnosis. Batkid Begins is currently in the midst of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and has three weeks to raise just over half of the $100,000 Nachman wants to finish the film.
Jul 27, 2014
You might consider yourself lucky if you survive the apocalypse, but if sci-fi movies are anything to go off of, what comes next is rarely a joyride. In Air, it looks like The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) are about to find that out for themselves. The two are the sole caretakers of an underground bunker that holds that last remnants of humanity in a deep cryogenic freeze.Read Article >
Unlike many of the sci-fi flicks being shown off at Comic-Con, Air looks like a slow burn of a thriller where the real dangers are mental, not physical. As Skybound Entertainment, the studio behind The Walking Dead TV show, games, and comics, explains, their "sanity is tested as they struggle to survive in the last bit of habitable space on Earth." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the low-budget film is produced by Robert Kirkman (also of The Walking Dead), and co-written by Christian Cantamessa, whose writing experience comes from video games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption. It's set to hit theaters next spring.
Jul 27, 2014
As its release date draws near, Ronald D. Moore took to San Diego Comic-Con to reveal more details about his upcoming series Outlander. Moore, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the 2004 Battlestar Galactica series, announced last year that he was working with cable channel Starz on an adaptation of the popular Diana Gabaldon novel, first published in 1991. This weekend, Starz released a full trailer for the series, and Moore answered questions about it at a panel and a private press session.Read Article >
The series has been called Starz' Game of Thrones — it's a period-style drama with fantasy elements based on a series of heavy tomes with a large existing fan base. One of the central cast members even played Game of Thrones character Edmund Tully. In contrast to that series' ensemble cast, though, it's focused exclusively on the story of Claire Beauchamp, a World War II nurse who finds herself thrown back in time to 18th-century Scotland.
Jul 27, 2014Read Article >
A new trailer released today gives the best look yet at what that struggle will be like for young Bruce, and also gives a good look at the Penguin and Jada Pinkett Smith's gangster / club owner Fish Mooney. The trailer also teases the presence of Arkham in the series. The city of Gotham is clearly in a bad place when the show begins, and with criminals beginning to take over, there'll certainly be plenty for Gordon to do. The first episode of the series will actually be screening tonight at Comic-Con, so you should see some first impressions of the upcoming show very soon — including right here at The Verge.
Jul 26, 2014
It's rare for people to discuss bad video games, but an upcoming documentary is doing just that. Atari: Game Over focuses on the truly terrible Atari 2600 game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — a game so bad that it's often cited as single-handedly bringing down the video game industry in the early ’80s.Read Article >
Legend had it that Atari dumped a massive stockpile of worthless, unsold copies of the game in a New Mexico landfill, and film crews this past April unearthed the cache for the documentary. The first trailer's been released at Comic Con — you can check it out above. The documentary was meant to be part of a series focusing on the impact of technology in entertainment and business, but Microsoft recently shut down its entire original content division focused on taking on Netflix. While Xbox Originals is no more, projects like Atari: Game Over and Halo: Nightfall are some of the last to come out of it. Atari: Game Over will be available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One this fall.
Jul 26, 2014Read Article >
Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it's much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long's journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who... winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It's as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he's blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We'll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th.
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Did the world need another Hot Tub Time Machine? Either way, it's getting one, and with dramatically more time-twisting action than before. The first raunchy (and NSFW) trailer for the comedy's sequel finds the gang having taken advantage of their knowledge of the future to get rich Back to the Future Part II-style, except things go wrong when another night in the hot tub sends them to the predictably wild future of 2024. As one character puts it, "Don’t mess with a winning formula, huh?" The laughs aren't the smartest, but you can take a peek at what hallucinogenic drugs might look like a decade from now.
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Things have never really been going well on The Walking Dead, but the core crew only appears more broken and battered than ever in the first trailer for Season 5. The trailer teases the group's attempts to get to DC and — hopefully — deliver a cure for the zombifying infection. There's always been a lot standing in their way, and it all looks even more gruesome and horrifying in this coming season. The show will come back on the air with new episodes starting October 12th.
Jul 24, 2014
At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Microsoft has finally provided the very first look at Halo: Nightfall, the original new live-action show based on the sci-fi video game series. The show stars Mike Colter with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer, and based on this first glimpse it looks quite a bit like some of Scott's earlier work, most notably Prometheus. "With Halo: Nightfall, we're pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox," says Scott. Colter plays agent Jameson Locke, a character who will play a relatively large role in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, which is expected to launch next fall. At a panel today, 343 Industries confirmed that Locke would be a playable character in Guardians, though they would not specify whether he would be a "friend or foe" of Master Chief.Read Article >
Halo: Nightfall will be set on a colonial world, and the story will be catalyzed by the discovery of a fragment of the Halo ring from the first game. The fragment remains partially functional and will supposedly become an "almost dark and malevolent" part of the series, says Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor. O'Connor says the series will explore political tensions in the "scrappy" backwater colony, and that it will lead into the events of the game. It will also provide an origin story for Locke, who will eventually appear as a Spartan in Halo 5. "It's kind of the origin of a superhero in a way," says O'Connor. Halo: Nightfall will be available to Xbox Live users on November 11th, as well as packaged with the upcoming re-release Halo: The Master Chief Collection.