"After we lost it at the movies, a later era of cinephiles lost it at the video store, and this is their story in their words – nostalgic, vivid, and important, because video germinated a new generation of great filmmakers." -Peter Biskind. There's a new book out on shelves today called I Lost It at the Video Store, from Tom Roston, subtitled "A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era". In the book, Roston collects interviews and discussions from various prominent filmmakers discussing the era of the video store and video rentals. It seems to be a nice companion to that VHS documentary Rewind This! from a few years ago. With the book's release this week, they've also debuted a trailer featuring some of the audio recordings. ›››
"Secret is to look as though you know what you're doing." Transmission Films out of Australia has debuted a new trailer for the indie romance film Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish girl in 1950s Brookyln. From the early buzz this is supposed to be one of the better films of the year, as it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is playing at TIFF, New York and the London Film Festivals. Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson star as her two lovers, from two different places, and they're both featured on the UK poster seen below. The official US trailer is a bit different but features most of the same footage. ›››
"She just declared war." Starz Digital debuted an official trailer for Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum, an action thriller starring Olga Kurylenko as a "mysterious thief" who gets pulled into a bigger plot after one last heist, beginning an elaborate chase after a master assassin. The cast includes James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. There is lots of mystery and intrigue in this, almost as if it was another one of those French action movies from Luc Besson and EuropaCorp. The action does look solid, and Olga Kurylenko can (and usually does) kick ass, so maybe it's fun to watch late with some beer and pizza. Give it a look. Enjoy. ›››
Continue reading Watch: 'Momentum' Trailer Featuring Olga Kurylenko & James Purefoy
Get ready to go 360! This is neat. Disney/Lucasfilm have dropped online a kick ass new virtual reality visual experience of Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This Facebook exclusive online promo is an "immersive 360 experience" designed for Facebook, allowing users to control the experience while riding a speeder of your own, which looks kinda similar to Rey's speeder. It's just a little online promo but it's pretty dang cool, and you do get to encounter some other vehicles and aliens and things. The video runs on a loop and is actually promoting Facebook's launch of the 360 video feature, which "allows you to immerse yourself in the content you're watching by enabling you to look around, choose what angle you want to see it from." ›››
"Everything changed in a blink of an eye." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, a film that premiered at Cannes and has been winning awards at other festivals as it plays this year. Mustang is set in the north of Turkey, about five sisters who "fight back against the limits imposed on them". I've heard some rave reviews about this, including one from Darren Aronofsky who tweeted from TIFF about the film: "holy shit. how good is #mustang !?" From the looks of it, very good. I am more than intrigued by the footage in this trailer, and from here I just can't wait to catch a screening. The film opens in November in select theaters right during the awards season. In the meantime, take a look. ›››
Continue reading First Trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Award Winning Film 'Mustang'
"We're going to be working on managing our anger through movement!" Oh boy, here we go. Have you ever sat there and wondered - why are all the angry birds so angry? No, you haven't? That isn't the most pressing question going through your mind every single day? Well, too bad, because next summer Sony is going to release The Angry Birds Movie, a CG-animated movie about the Angry Birds the finally answers the question of "why are the birds so angry?" And a few other stories, too. The voice cast in this includes Jason Sudeikis as Red, along with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and others. This is pretty much following in the Minions' footsteps, but with Angry Birds instead. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Sony's 'Angry Birds' Animated Movie
"The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions… So the ultimate goal is the visceral excitement you can only get from live stunts." Eon has unveiled the newest video blog focused on the action in Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. The footage in this is very unique, as it shows us an advance look at some of the action set pieces in this, set at three different locations all over the world. And it's always awesome to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse because it's so impressive and amazing to see them actually pulling off these stunts and filming it all perfectly with a huge crew at the same time. I can't wait! Fire up the new vlog on Spectre's action below. ›››
Continue reading Sam Mendes' Latest Video Blog for 'Spectre' Shows More of the Action
"Here's to a great story." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first official trailer for Truth, the drama about Dan Rather and his controversy in 2004 reporting on the President. Robert Redford stars as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett plays Mary Mapes, his cohort at CBS working on putting together the news. The supporting cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, David Lyons and John Benjamin Hickey. Our writer Marco just reviewed Truth out of TIFF 2015 a few days ago, calling it "an adult drama that pulls no punches and is massively entertaining". This looks pretty dang good, an intelligent counterpoint to the truth-telling in the other journalism film Spotlight. Check it. ›››
"There's some really cool pictures of dead people!" The Orchard has debuted a trailer for the offbeat indie comedy Manson Family Vacation, about two estranged brothers who go on a weird trip together to visit the infamous Manson Family murder sites. Jay Duplass stars as one of the brothers, with Linas Phillips (Bass Ackwards) as the other. The synopsis describes it as a story about two brothers: "one who's devoted to his family; the other who's obsessed with The Manson Family." The film's cast also features Tobin Bell, Leonora Pitts and Davie-Blue. This is such an awkward comedy, I can see why they're sending it straight to VOD, definitely not for everyone. Not sure who it's for, but some may find some fun in this. Have at it. ›››
The Star Wars universe has untapped cinematic potential. Even though we've already seen six Star Wars films and a seventh is on the way, Lucasfilm has barely scratched the surface of the expansive universe that exists within the Star Wars mythology. This is undoubtedly why many are very excited for the first spin-off movie in the Star Wars pantheon, Rogue One (subtitled "A Star Wars Story"). The film aims to explore a ragtag group of Rebels and their attempt to steal the Death Star plans, acting as a prequel to A New Hope. However, even though Rogue One is a prequel, it's not necessarily an origin story. It's not about any one particular individual or how they came to be – and it's all the more better for it. With that said, let's explore why the upcoming Star Wars spin-offs should avoid the origin story approach altogether. ›››
"Think I'm going to get it on you? Think I'm going to infect you?" Cinedigm has released the first official trailer for Meadowland, the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Reed Morano. This premiered at Tribeca and stars Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson as a couple grieving from "an unimaginable loss", struggling as everything becomes "unhinged". It looks like a very powerful worth-seeing drama, with some deeply emotional performances by Wilde and Wilson. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, John Leguizamo, Ty Simpkins, Luke Wilson, Kevin Corrigan, Kid Cudi and Merritt Wever. ›››
"Okay Snoopy - let's do this!" 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation have debuted the newest official trailer for The Peanuts Movie, one final push before this movie hits theaters in just over two months. The Peanuts Movie brings all your favorite Charles Schulz characters to the big screen: Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Pig-Pen and Patty. I love the animation style on this, it looks like a sleek mix of classic old school cartoons and new school computer animation, and it fits this story so well. Plus, this looks like so much fun. You won't stop smiling during this! Take one last look below. ›››
Continue reading Watch: One Final Trailer for Blue Sky's Amusing 'The Peanuts Movie'
"There's some shady stuff going down." Surprise! No one had any idea this was coming out, but here it is. Paramount has suddenly dropped the trailer for a comedy called The Big Short, which they're pushing out to theaters by the end of this year. It's kind of a big comedy version of The Wolf of Wall Street, about a group of bankers who decide to pull off a huge defrauding scheme to take the banks for their money during the economic crash of 2008. The all-star cast includes Brad Pitt (who also produced it), Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, plus of course, Steve Carell. This looks like it might be fun, if not a refreshing comedy break from all the Star Wars and Hunger Games this winter. ›››
Open Your World. This is for Bond fans, and just because it's awesome. Yes, it's shameless advertising being plugged for no other reason than it's cool. But it's such a cool video, and I'm a Bond nerd so I can't help but feature it. Heineken has debuted their latest TV commercial as a tie-in promotion for Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Craig stars in this short 90 second spot as 007 escaping by boat, and of course because it's Heineken, they make it fun and toss in a lovely lady who gets pulled in (literally). They made one of these for Skyfall too (also below), but this one is perhaps a bit better. Enjoy! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Daniel Craig's 007 Escapes by Boat in New Heineken TV Spot
"If you try to start a new restaurant, there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed." Roadshow Films has unveiled an intense new 60-second trailer for John Wells' Burnt, the drama about an ambitious top chef named Adam Jones, which was the former title of the film. Bradley Cooper stars as Adam Jones, a chef who once had it all, lost it all, and wants to try and get it all again. They actually convey this pretty well in 60 seconds, it should be an interesting film to watch. I'm not sure if the incessant rattling of those spoons/whisks is something everyone can handle. The cast includes Alicia Vikander, Jamie Dornan, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Omar Sy. Fire it up! ›››
Continue reading Short New Trailer for 'Burnt' with Bradley Cooper as Chef Adam Jones
"No matter where I was going, or what I was doing, I was always searching for the perfect place to hang my wire." Sony has debuted one last extended nearly 5-minute long IMAX trailer for Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit. It takes palce in the 1970s, when Petit came to New York and strung a tight rope between the original two World Trade Towers. This shows how much the story involves many other people who helped him along the way, like his mentor played by Ben Kingsley, and his girlfriend, played by Charlotte Le Bon. The cast also includes James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz & Steve Valentine. I think it looks really good, I'm still looking forward to seeing this - hitting theaters soon. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Extended 5-Min IMAX Trailer for Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk'
The CBS News scandal in 2005 that ended anchorman Dan Rather's relationship with the network is put under a microscope in the film Truth, an adult drama that pulls no punches and is massively entertaining. Robert Redford plays the legendary newsman, and seeing him in the role will immediately bring back memories of All the President's Men. Truth never reaches the heights of that previous masterpiece but soars just fine on its own. In fact, writer-turned-director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) doesn't even focus his film on Rather, he's a background player to the bigger story. Truth really centers on Mary Mapes, Rather's producer and trusted ally. She's played by Cate Blanchett and her performance is ferocious and unflinching, matching Redford's supporting role and Vanderbilt's screenplay beat for beat. ›››
"You got no business being out here." The newest international trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur has debuted, and it actually features footage of the dinosaurs speaking! We know they all have voices, but as of yet we haven't heard much of them in any of the trailers for Pixar's second completely original movie out this year. The main voice we get to hear is that of Sam Elliott as the T-Rex named Butch, plus a little bit of Raymond Ochoa as Arlo, the main green apatosaurus that befriends the little human boy. Remember the concept in this flips things around - dinosaurs evolved to talk, humans are pets. And it still looks wonderful. ›››
Continue reading Dinos Speak in International Trailer for Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'
"It's always going to be a little weird…" Get ready for the wack. The Orchard has debuted a new official US trailer for Sebastián Silva's Nasty Baby, which will be hitting limited theaters in the US next month for those interested. Starring Kristen Wiig along with Tunde Adebimpe and Sebastián Silva himself, this funky indie comedy is about a "close-knit" trio of friends who figure out how to navigate the choice of having a baby. This is a very peculiar trailer that gets a little wacky at the end, but I still dig it. A nice twist on the conventional trailer, and they know the exact audience they're going for. Get ready for the nasty. Have fun! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Kristen Wiig in US Trailer for Sebastián Silva's 'Nasty Baby'
As a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman has crafted some of the best and weirdest cinematic mind trips imaginable. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are among his best but his work in the director's chair has taken his writing to another level. Synecdoche, New York is a work of soul-searching genius and his latest Anomalisa continues to cement Charlie Kaufman's reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers working today. Originally conceived by Kaufman as a short play to debut in composer Carter Burwell's "Theater of a New Ear," the idea to translate the material to the screen quickly became an option but with a twist. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman's Stop-Motion 'Anomalisa'