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Thursday, May 28, 2015

First Showing

Light 'Em Up - First Red Band Trailer for 'American Ultra' Blazes In

3 hours 53 minutes ago
"He killed two operatives with a spoon." Roll those joints, then light ’em up, and get ready for a good time. Lionsgate has debuted a red band trailer for Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra, from a script written by Max Landis, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as stoners and lovers. It turns out that Eisenberg, while living a peaceful pot head existence in a small town, is actually a trained secret agent (think Jason Bourne) and there's suddenly people out to eliminate him. The trailer starts out with a few conventional setups, but gets much bigger in the second half ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Red Band Trailer for Jason Banker's 'Felt' from Fantastic Fest

4 hours 6 minutes ago
"Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick." Amplify Releasing has debuted a red band trailer for Jason Banker's Felt, a controversial and provocative indie film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Felt broaches the topics of feminism and consent and sexuality, but dives in to the deep end with these topics, in what is described as a "feminist psychological thriller". Based on the real life experiences of Amy Everson, in the film a woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. The cast in this ... by Alex Billington

Actor Chris Pine Cast in DC's 'Wonder Woman' Movie as Co-Star

4 hours 29 minutes ago
And then there was a man. Variety is reporting that the DC Comics take on Wonder Woman has cast the first male in the movie. Chris Pine will co-star with Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman, in the movie being directed by Patty Jenkins later this year. Pine will co-star as the love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story of the Amazonian warrior turned superhero. Variety also mentions that Scott Eastwood was rumored to be a top contender for the role, but in the end it went to Pine, who won over the WB execs. The actor is ... by Alex Billington

Jason Reitman Heads to DreamWorks Animation for 'Beekle' Movie

One of the next films by Jason Reitman will be animated. Deadline is reporting that Reitman has partnered with DreamWorks Animation based in Burbank, CA to adapt the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend. This will be the first project put into development since DreamWorks Animation went through staff changes last year, with new Co-Presidents of Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria running the ship. "I was book shopping with my daughter, when a little tooth-shaped character in a paper crown stole our hearts," Reitman said about the project. "His name was Beekle and I'm honored to now ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Denis Villeneuve's Mad Brilliant 2008 Short Film 'Next Floor'

One filmmaker on the rise in a big way is Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec, Canada, who just premiered his latest film Sicario to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (here's our review). He's next set to direct the Blade Runner sequel/reboot/restart with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, not to mention Roger Deakins as cinematographer. His previous work is also impressive (and worth seeking out): Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. And if you want to go back even further, you can now watch his 2008 short film Next Floor that mocks the "endless symphony of abundance". It's a wicked commentary on ... by Alex Billington

Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One for Marvel Studio's 'Dr. Strange'

2 days ago
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 ... by Alex Billington

Watch: 'Cop Car' Trailer - Two Kids Go Joyriding in Kevin Bacon's Car

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 ... by Alex Billington

Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in Ed Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Trailer

"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 ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte in 'A Walk in the Woods' Trailer

"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, ... by Alex Billington

Music Box Films to Release Pablo Larrain's Acclaimed Film 'The Club'

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 ... by Alex Billington

Must Watch: First Trailer for James Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour'

"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 ... by Alex Billington

Watch: First Trailer for 'Point Break' Remake Starring Luke Bracey

2 days ago
"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 ... by Alex Billington

Robert Rodriguez Heads to Warner Bros for 'Jonny Quest' Movie

2 days ago
"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 ... by Alex Billington

Must Watch: Sundance Fave 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Trailer

2 days ago
"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 ... by Alex Billington

New Trailer for Joe Dante's Latest Horror Comedy 'Burying the Ex'

3 days ago
"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 ... by Alex Billington

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