Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on. ›››
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Their first drive could be their last. Focus World has unleashed the trailer for Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, a Sundance 2015 Park City at Midnight cult hit that will definitely find an audience when it hits theaters this summer. Cop Car is, as it sounds, about two kids who steal a cop car and go joyriding on rural highways. However, there's a bigger back story involving Kevin Bacon's character that makes things much more interesting. This is one of those films that is best seen without knowing anything beforehand, as the trailer shows quite a bit of footage. But if you're curious to know what the heck this is even about - fire it up. ›››
"We're at war… It's a war of perception: the poor kid from Brooklyn against the whole Soviet Empire." Bleecker Street has debuted a full-length trailer for Ed Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice, the long-awaited Bobby Fischer movie, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess champion who went crazy. This movie profiles Fischer during the lead up to his 1972 match against Russian rival Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber, in Reykjavik. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg & Lily Rabe. I saw the film at TIFF last year and wrote in my review: "I was fully engaged in Pawn Sacrifice from start to finish, fascinated by the politics and the sport, but also intrigued by Bobby Fischer and his peculiar mind. The who and why…" ›››
"We're not even halfway there!" Broad Green Pictures has debuted the trailer (+ poster) for A Walk in the Woods, a comedy starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as two old friends who catch up for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way they run into the likes of Kristen Schaal, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman as an REI employee. As much as this story should result in a charming and amusing adventure, it looks way too slapstick goofy – not in a good way – and utterly bland. This also plays like some sort of mainstream comedy, even though it premiered at Sundance; Ethan wrote a dismal review of it. Now I can see why. You may be curious enough to watch the trailer, but go no further than that. ›››
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"Hey, isn't it reassuring to have a lot of people read you?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt starring Jason Segel as the late author David Foster Wallace, who wrote the novel Infinite Jest. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as journalist/fellow writer David Lipsky, who spends a few weeks traveling – it takes place in the mid 90s – with David Foster Wallace at the end of his promo tour for Infinite Jest. They talk about life, writing, discussing interesting topics over cigarettes and tape recorders, and it's a remarkable and wonderful film. It was one of the best films out of Sundance this year, and Jason Segel gives career-defining performance as DFW - read my review. See this! ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: First Trailer for James Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour'
Glad to report some distribution news for one of the acclaimed films from the Berlin Film Festival this year. Music Box Films has announced that they will be distributing Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's latest work, titled The Club (or originally El Club), which premiered at Berlinale in February. The film is about a small "club", or place where disgraced priests and nuns go to live in seclusion in a small Chilean town. It's a wicked, unsettling, smart film that nearly left me (and everyone who saw it) in shock. "We've followed Pablo Larrain’s impressive body of work closely over the years and The Club further establishes him as one of the most masterful filmmakers in the world today. We're excited for the opportunity to bring this dark, mordant yet compassionate film to North American audiences," said Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Mark this down. ›››
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"There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, a new take on the cult favorite action heist movie from 1991 directed by Kathryn Bigelow, that starred Keanu Reeves. This new version is much, much cheesier and doesn't even look like it really pays homage to that film anyway. Luke Bracey plays Johnny Utah, and the guy he's after this time is played by Edgar Ramirez. The rest of the cast includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Matias Varela and Clemens Schick. I wish I could say all this extreme action looks exciting, but it's wrapped around such cheesy dialogue, I can't help saying this looks pretty bad. Enjoy. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailer for 'Point Break' Remake Starring Luke Bracey
"We’ve gotta get out of here and fast." It looks like we finally have some forward movement on the Jonny Quest live-action movie, which has been in development for years and years. We posted extensively back in 2007-2011 about a Jonny Quest movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with rumors of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson teaming up for the lead roles, but nothing ever came together. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros has hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie, and he'll also rewrite the script with Terry Rossio (of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), that was originally written by Dan Mazeau. No word if Dwayne Johnson is back (he seems like the better fit, in all honesty) but at least they have a director. ›››
Continue reading Robert Rodriguez Heads to Warner Bros for 'Jonny Quest' Movie
"I refuse to be some sniveling crybaby, this is my life!" Yay! Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official trailer for one of other favorite Sundance 2015 films, this one being The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the big breakout debuts of both director Marielle Heller and actress Bel Powley. Both of them are amazingly talented! Bel Powley stars as Minnie in an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's book, about the coming-of-age story of a kick ass, free-spirited girl living in San Francisco. The cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni. This is such a great film, and it comes highly recommended from all of us who saw it at Sundance - here's our review. And the trailer doesn't give away too much! Take a look. ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Sundance Favorite 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Trailer
"You died! I saw you die…" Gross. It has been some time since we've seen a new Joe Dante film (The Hole in 2009), but alas this new one doesn't look like it's anything worth rushing out to see. RLJE/Image Entertainment has debuted a trailer for Burying the Ex, the latest horror comedy from Joe Dante that premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. Anton Yelchin stars as the man of interest, who loses one girlfriend in a bus accident, finds another, then encounters his old dead girlfriend back-from-the-dead to torment him. Ashley Greene & Alexandra Daddario co-star with Oliver Cooper. It's a concept we've seen a few times recently, so it's not that original, but there are a few eerily disgusting moments. Have fun! ›››
Continue reading New Trailer for Joe Dante's Latest Horror Comedy 'Burying the Ex'
Everyone knows about March of the Penguins, it was such a huge hit a few years back, and this looks just as good (minus Morgan Freeman narration). The latest from the director of March of the Penguins, French documentarian Luc Jacquet, is titled Ice and the Sky (in English) profiling explorer and glaciologist Claude Lorius. While we've seen a handful of documentaries recently about nature and the effect man has had on the world, this one is fascinating because it seems to look back at the history of exploration/research at the Polar Ice caps before delving into where we are today. The doc just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (here's a review). It looks like it's a great double feature to go with Salgado's The Salt of the Earth. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Official Trailer for Luc Jacquet's New Doc 'Ice and the Sky'
Troubles with another big production. It was recently reported by The Wrap that New Line Cinema's new version of It, adapted from Stephen King's book about the evil clown, has been delayed indefinitely due to production troubles. Specifically, they say that director Cary Fukunaga is no longer attached and has left the project, which was nearing a June start date but was halted due to budget problems and other issues. The adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros, with Roy Lee and Dan Lin producing, but only recently shifted to New Line where they're a bit more stern about how much they're willing to spend. Now it's stuck. ›››
Continue reading New Line's 'It' Project Loses Director Cary Fukunaga, Now Delayed
"Just like taking a stroll through the woods… 65 million years ago." Universal is going all out! Not only putting John Hammond's voice in one of their latest TV spots for Jurassic World (and this video), but now they've released an entire featurette featuring Steven Spielberg talking about this new movie. A new featurette has hit the web and not only does it have Spielberg, there's actually lots of new footage, or at least a few interesting bits they haven't shown before. There's a better shot of the gate (see above), lots of new shots of the raptors, a cool look inside the main building, some new action beats, and that moment with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard at the truck at the end. I must say, I am really excited to see this. ›››
Continue reading Spielberg + New Footage in 'Jurassic World: An Inside Look' Video
As Star Wars – the original film, A New Hope – turns 38 this year (it opened May 25th, 1977), it's hard to imagine a time when Star Wars wasn't an ingrained part of our pop culture. For a second, just imagine a world where lightsabers aren't a thing and the Millennium Falcon is just a figment of George Lucas's imagination. There's no denying Star Wars has infiltrated almost every aspect of our culture and as we prepare to embrace a whole new chapter of the Star Wars legacy with this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's take a look and see how Star Wars has changed movies – and pop culture – permanently. ›››
Continue reading Editorial: How the Original 'Star Wars' Redefined the Blockbuster
"Being fresh is more important than having money!" Samuel Goldwyn Films & StyleHaul have released this official trailer for Fresh Dressed, a documentary from this year's Sundance Film Festival looking back at the history of hip hop/urban fashion. The documentary features lots of classic footage, as well as interviews and discussions with style insiders like Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas Jones, Sean Combs and plenty others. It provides a look at what it means to be fresh, and why style was (and is) so important to today's culture. This doc seems like it has a much more engaging, inspiring, and informative story than just "here is what people wore then" and I'm curious to check it out sometime. Enjoy! ›››
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Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Sea of Trees is the latest from Gus Van Sant, a filmmaker with a very eclectic track record that proves he's not afraid to put himself out there and experiment. His movies may not always hit their mark but the passion and unique creative voice is always there. Despite early negative buzz at the festival, The Sea of Trees is far from the disaster Cannes audiences have made it out to be. The film is a bit long and flawed in some areas but extremely watchable. Cannes always needs a high-profile whipping boy and with its lush pedigree, this year Van Sant's The Sea of Trees fits the bill but in reality the opposite is true. This film is Gus Van Sant's best since Milk. ›››
Continue reading Cannes Review: Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' is a Very Interesting Mess
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming a crucial voice in cinema, crafting human stories of immense power and durability. His one-two-three punch of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy has been enough to get him noticed in film-savvy circles, but his latest film Sicario may be his best work to date. It's a bleak drug-trade thriller on the surface but deep down it's really a dense character study with comments on the violence in this modern world. It's in the same ballpark as other modern commentaries like Traffic and Zero Dark Thirty but with its own unique flavor. ›››
Continue reading Cannes Review: 'Sicario' is a Fascinating Commentary on Violence
Nice orange suit there, Mr. Damon. Coming to theaters later this year is Ridley Scott's next sci-fi movie, The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, that astronaut on Mars, and while we posted a "first look" a few months ago, this is really the photo everyone's been waiting to see. Well, everyone should wait to see the trailer for this - because the footage is going to be the most impressive part. Then again, if you're a space suit nerd this may be your moment to flip out. The shot (which looks like a magazine scan) shows Damon in his astronaut suit for his mission to Mars, on the ARES III. It's a cool shot, with some of the Martian landscape reflecting in his visor. Check it out. ›››
Continue reading First Official Photos: Astronaut Matt Damon in 'The Martian' Movie
"It's not what you do – it's when and where you do it…" Warner Bros has debuted a brand new trailer for Scott Cooper's new drama Black Mass, featuring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger – one of the most notorious, wanted, feared gangsters in US history. The first trailer we featured for this movie back in April was actually labeled a "first look" and this is the first official trailer, at least according to Warner Bros. We also get quick glimpses of Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch in this trailer, along with Joel Edgerton and Adam Scott. I still want to see more footage, but this looks damn good already. Take a look. ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Theatrical Trailer for 'Black Mass' with Johnny Depp
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" Now playing in theaters everywhere is Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. Inspired by Walt Disney himself, this Disney adventure follows two optimistic, inventive minds as they try to save the future from hopelessness. The cast includes Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, plus Kathryn Hahn & Keegan-Michael Key. So how is it? Did Brad Bird hit it out of the park again? Is it worthy addition to the sci-fi genre, or another blunder? Did it inspire you? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. ›››
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