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"Boy, I'm a professional at making a mess of things." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled an official trailer for I Saw the Light, the upcoming film starring Tom Hiddleston as legendary country singer Hank Williams. Despite Tom Hiddleston's performance, the film received fairly dismal reviews after premiering at TIFF a few months ago (read Marco's review). Word is the film was re-cut and they pushed back the release a few months for them to figure out a new strategy. Now we get our first glimpse and it doesn't look that promising - but it depends on how much you like country music. In addition to Hiddleston, the cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz, Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones. Give it a watch below.
Just let it in! We're down to the last few weeks. Over the weekend, Lucasfilm debuted three new posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that contain nothing but text. They are actually a specific throwback to the very same poster design utilized during the release of Star Wars: A New Hope on May 25th, 1977. For reference, we've included photos of the original posters at the bottom. We've seen so much imagery, so many attempts at Drew Struzan art, that it's sometimes refreshing to see marketing that is based purely on our imagination. That's what Star Wars is all about, capitalizing on our boundless imaginations and the joys that come with believing in The Force. It's exciting to be around here for yet another big Star Wars release.
It's still so amazing that a couple of studios are actually making stop-motion animation feature films every year. The creative skill, patience and artistic vision that goes into creating a full-length stop-motion movie is so impressive, and it's always interesting to get a glimpse at that process. Paramount has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the indie drama Anomalisa, the new Charlie Kaufman film co-directed by Duke Johnson, which is a stop-motion film that has been earning rave reviews at film festivals. "Anomalisa is 118,089 Frames of Film. Each Animator had a goal of 2 seconds (48 frames) of animation per day. See how it all came together…" I wish they showed more here, but they're probably saving it for the DVD release.
"This has a chance to change all of our lives…" 20th Century Fox has debuted a few new TV spots this last month for the upcoming release of David O. Russell's new film Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangeno, the young single mother who invents the Miracle Mop. David O. also reunites with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper (the same trio from both of Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle previously), plus the ensemble cast of Joy includes Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. The film started showing to critics this past weekend and seems to be getting some good buzz. Now they're reading to roll it out to the public coming up this Christmas. Still interested?
The master let's us take a look through his lens. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, known as "Chivo", is very likely going to win his third Oscar for filming The Revenant, the latest from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (they also made Birdman together). The film opens in theaters later in December, but is getting early rave reviews for it's remarkable cinematography. Every last scene was shot using only natural, real light - no Hollywood tricks or lightbanks, it's all authentic. Lubezki joined Instagram a few years ago, but recently has been posting shots of various people and scenes from the filming of The Revenant in Canada (which went on for almost a year during late 2014/early 2015). Many of these characters are background characters, but they're definitely in it. Lubezki is a true master and every shot he takes is stunning to see.
"This will be my last job." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for the indie crime drama Dixieland, from writer/director Hank Bedford, starring Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road). Zylka plays Kermit, a "mostly good kid" fresh out of prison trying his best to stay clean, falling in love with his neighbor, Rachel, played by Keough. Of course, when he needs money he decides to do one last job and we all know how that's going to turn out. The supporting cast includes Faith Hill, RJ Mitte, Brad Carter, Steve Earle, Spencer Lofranco and Mick Foley. Not my kind of film, but give it a look below.
"Everyone must fight!" No exceptions! Screen Gems has debuted a new international trailer for Burr Steers' Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the classic-romance-mashed-with-zombie-horror adaptation due out next February. We've already featured two full-length trailers previously, and this keeps looking better and better the more they start to show. This trailer throws in just about everything - blood splattering everywhere, POV of the zombie-head-being-cut-off, the sisters teaming up in the hallway, it's all here and it looks pretty damn good. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennet, joined by Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, plus Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, and Lena Headey.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The new Pixar movie is here! Now playing in theaters everywhere is the 16th feature film from Pixar Animation Studios (the second this year following Inside Out) titled The Good Dinosaur. Directed by Peter Sohn, the film is set in an alternate timeline where the dinosaurs evolved into intelligent species, and one of them named Arlo ends up on an adventure with a tiny human friend. Arlo is voiced by Raymond Ochoa. Along the way he meets a family of T-Rexes - voiced by A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott. So how is Pixar's latest? Did it pull at your heart strings? Make you laugh? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's The Good Dinosaur.
"I can fight the monsters!" Time for an excellent throwback to "The Twilight Zone". Monsters (not to be confused with Gareth Edwards' breakout sci-fi film) is a short film from director Steve Desmond about a family living in an underground bunker, away from the monsters that roam the world above. It is a full-on "Twilight Zone" homage in the way the monsters are exactly who/what you expect them to be (we are all the monsters! oh no!) and yet there is still a twist ending, all within about 12 minutes. It's good, an entertaining short film discovery that is worth your time to watch. Especially if you appreciate "Twilight Zone". Enjoy.
Ryan Coogler's Creed is the best film of the year. That may come as a shock for some of you especially if you're among those old enough to remember many of the hokier directions the Rocky series took. After six films and several ups and downs, it didn't seem reasonable to go back to the Balboa well once again. Instead, it was time to revitalize the series for a newer, younger audience. I know what several of you think of the word "reboot," but, when it works – and those exceptions are few and far between – there's no denying it. Everything in Creed works perfectly, and the movie not only spins off from the Rocky series in the most organic and best way possible, it stands on its own as a flawlessly realized work of cinema.
Do you follow the Light Side, or the Dark Side, of the Force? That is the question. With the release of the new Star Wars just weeks away, marketing crossovers are appearing all over. One of the latest takeovers is Google going all out and hiding Easter Eggs in their website. The first one appeared when fans discovered that if you type "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" into the search bar, the website turns into the opening text crawl from the movies. Google has also launched official themes as part of a new website where you get to "Choose Your Side" - either the Light or Dark Side - and it adds images to your Gmail and Google Maps and everything. If you use Google apps all the time (like me) you'll want to take a closer look at this.
"I'm not so sure I want to grow up anymore…" Paramount has released yet another new trailer for the animated movie The Little Prince, based on the beloved story Le Petit Prince which is shown in this using stop-motion. We just featured the new full-length international trailer last week (not to mention a few other trailers), and now we have another that is very similar but features some incredible new footage near the end. The English-language voice cast features Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. This does look wonderful and I still want to see it. "Do you know how to fly a plane? Buckle up."