It’s been more than a month since the last Pop Culture Roundup, we think you’re due for an update; a lot to cover, let’s get into it…

ESPN: Peralta talks Bones Brigade film

Trailer for Bones Brigade: An Autobiography a documentary on Tony Hawk and his skateboarding team in the 1980s:

This American Life‘s Ira Glass is a producer and co-writer of Mike Birbiglia‘s feature film, Sleepwalk with Me. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Here, he talks about how he got involved with the project and the travails of being a producer:

Teaser and Trailer, get ready for an all new season of Eastbound & Down, premiering Sunday, February 19th:


Game Of Thrones Season 2: Shadow tease, don’t miss the new season of Game Of Thrones, premiering on April 1st:

HBO Films: Game Change Teaser and Trailer, this new HBO film follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Game Change premieres on March 10th:


The Walking Dead Season 2 (second half) Promo:

I Am Bruce Lee Trailer, coming to theaters this February is the new documentary I Am Bruce Lee. Featuring footage from the likes of The Big Boss, First of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and The Game of Death, the film delves into the life of Bruce Lee and his current legacy in both martial arts and entertainment. The piece also contains interviews with those who knew him most intimately, as well as a range of people from international boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao and Lakers star Kobe Bryant, to UFC’s Dana White and current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. The video catches up with each celebrity as they address the impact of the martial arts superstar and cultural icon on their own lives and psyche. I Am Bruce Lee opens February 9 through select theaters:

Addiction Incorporated Trailer, in 1980, a young scientist named Victor DeNoble was hired by a major tobacco company. Fourteen years later, he was testifying in front of Congress that, despite the sworn testimony of the industry’s chief executives, nicotine was addictive and the research he did could prove it. Addiction Incorporated tells the incredible true story of how one of the most important whistleblowers of our time dropped a bombshell on one of America’s most powerful industries- a bombshell that still reverberates today. If you think you know the story, if you think you know the science, and if you think you know Big Tobacco’s next steps, this incendiary documentary will prove you wrong on all counts:

Moonrise Kingdom Trailer, the new film directed by Wes Anderson. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl:

Project X Trailer, Project X follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. Project X is a warning to parents and police everywhere. This film has been rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem-all involving teens:

Perfect Sense Trailers, a hit at Sundance ’11 and winner of the Ediburgh Film Festival’s prize for Best New British Feature, the amazing genre creation directed by David Mackenzie stars Eva Green and Ewan McGregor as witnesses to the end of the world; strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic of sensory loss:


Safe Trailer, a second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed. But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action…and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a “counter.” He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for. Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city’s brutal underworld to save an innocent girl’s life…and perhaps even redeem his own.

Haywire Trailer, this dynamic action-thriller is directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious-and dangerous-trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she will be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary:

Lilyhammer Trailer, Lilyhammer is a gripping fish-out-of-water story set in Norway, starring The Sopranos mainstay and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt. This new Original Series premiers on Netflix on Feb. 6, 2012 in the USA, Canada and Latin America:

Silent House Trailer, from the directors of the hit film Open Water, Silent House is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and  Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot.

The Woman in Black Behind the Scenes, young lawyer Arthur Kipps travels to a remote village to organize a recently deceased client’s papers, where he encounters the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance:

The Cabin in the Woods Trailer, a group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. With Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard working with old colleague Joss Whedon, expect a fresh twist on a familiar formula:

Safety Not Guaranteed, director Colin Trevorrow on the low-budget, high-concept indpendent film with Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass:

Lockout Trailer, a man is wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He’s offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, and Lennie James:

God Bless America Red Band Trailer, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr and Mackenzie Brooke Smith. A desperate man and a teenage accomplice embark on a killing spree, targeting society’s most hateful and stupid members. God Bless America is due to be released on VOD on April 6th 2012 and then get a limited theatrical run on May 11th:

This Must Be The Place Trailer, Sean Penn plays Cheyenne, a bored, retired, wealthy American goth rock star living in Dublin (and looking a lot like Robert Smith). He’s a complex character bumbling around town with friends and living in an enormous mansion with his down-to-earth wife of 35 years, Jane (Frances McDormand). When he learns of the death of his father who he has been estranged from for over 30 years, he returns to America to embark on a road trip that will change him forever. His quest is driven by the revelation that his father was humiliated in Auschwitz at the hands of an SS officer, who may still be alive and living in America. Cheyenne’s search takes him across the heartland of a country now foreign to him, encountering some great people as he is reawakened to the possibility of reconciliation and self-discovery:

Chronicle, three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. This opened today:



Coriolanus UK Trailer, based on Shakespeare’s play, Coriolanus follows Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes), a powerful Roman general at odds with his city, as he seeks the esteemed position of Consul. Lacking the votes and public approval needed for the title, the anger of Coriolanus causes a riot and he is expelled from Rome. He is then forced to turn to his sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler), in an attempt to take revenge on the city:

The Cold Light of Day Official Trailer, The Cold Light of Day centers on a young American (Henry Cavill) whose family is kidnapped while on a vacation to Spain. He is left with only hours to find the connection between their disappearance and his father’s (Bruce Willis) secrets:

Red Lights Trailer, two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her young assistant, Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core:


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