Humpday Trailer Dump: "Zero Dark Thirty", "Dark Knight Rises", "Playing for Keeps", & more


Another week means another haul of trailers dumped unceremoniously on the web, and this time around we have Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (starring Taylor Kinney, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edggerton, Mark Strong), Jordan Galland's superhero comedy Alter Egos (starring Brooke Nevin, Danny Masterson, Kris Lemche), an interview with Gerard Butler for Gabriele Muccino's soccer comedy Playing for Keeps with Jessica Biel, and Sean Baker's drama Starlet (with James Ransone and Dree Hemingway). Finally, Warner Brothers goes on a Batman blitz with trailers for the Blu-ray release of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, the video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and the upcoming animated feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (starring Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, and Michael Emerson).

There's lots to be excited about and Zero Dark Thirty looks to be a very promising follow-up to The Hurt Locker. Check them all out below.


If the combination of Kathryn Bigelow returning to military thriller territory with an excellent cast doesn't get you excited for Zero Dark Thirty, there might be something wrong with you. This second trailer gives us an idea of the tone of the film beyond the teaser previously offered. It's promising to say the least.


Hey everyone, it's a romantic comedy with Gerard Butler as a former sports star! It's not clear whether Playing for Keeps will be any good, but here's an interview featurette with Butler in case you long for his Scottish swagger. For some audiences, that's apparently enough.


At a time when superheroes have lost government funding and public support, a superhero meets a girl who can help him overcome his own emotional crisis. Okay, Alter Egos looks like a really mixed bag, but a few familiar faces makes it worth a shot. Judge for yourself.


Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85-year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey, while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden.

After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.


With the release of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises slated for DVD and Blu-ray release on December 4th, it's no wonder that Warner Brothers has released a sizzle reel to remind people just how epic (if a little disappointing) Nolan's final chapter of his Batman trilogy was. The sizzle reel does that pretty effectively, but for my money The Dark Knight Rises was best in IMAX.


If you haven't already checked out, the brilliantly animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, directed by Jay Oliva hit DVD and Blu-ray a month back and it's worth picking up even if you're not a fan of Frank Miller. It continues to prove that DC leads Marvel in animated films and series even if it's having trouble getting a live-action cross-over franchise off the ground. This brief trailer for the second part promises more of the same, and in this case the same is awesome.


I'm not sure if any Batman video game franchise in the near future will ever achieve the excellence of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum or Batman: Arkham City, but the Lego game franchise has always been fun, and Lego Batman 2 looks like it'll follow suit. The addition of other DC heroes won't hurt at all either.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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