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"Floyd says to us all: we could do better. That's part of what makes him a legend." This looks like a gem. FilmBuff will be releasing this award-winning documentary on a legendary animator in theaters + on VOD next month. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells an "intimate journey through the life and career" of 80-year-old animator Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator ever at Disney Studios (back in 1956). After working for almost all of his life, he was told by Disney to retire, but has refused to do so and keeps on working with the mantra that he'll "die at the drawing board." Floyd has worked on Disney films like Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book and even worked at Pixar on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. This trailer promises such an uplifting, inspiring story about a person who totally loves the art of animation and can't give it up, no matter how old he gets. I really want to see this, and learn even more about him. Enjoy.
"Who the hell do you think you are?!" Hey punk fans, it's time to revisit this cult classic. Described as "the definitive [film] of the punk phenomenon", the punk rock drama Sid and Nancy is getting a re-release this year for its 30th anniversary. The film stars Gary Oldman as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who tried to start a solo career after the band broke up in 1978. The film profiles his turbulent and destructive romance with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, played by Chloe Webb, a heroin-addicted groupie who was found dead months later. The cast includes David Hayman, Andrew Schofield, Xander Berkeley, and Courtney Love in a small role. It's always cool to see great films return to theaters for a restored re-release. Have fun.
"Give them a shame they will understand… To start a revolution to free us all." Paramount Pictures has unveiled one more 60-sec trailer (see the last trailer + a featurette) for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, starring Jack Huston as the new Judah Ben-Hur. The full cast includes Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Haluk Bilginer, Pilou Asbæk, Marwan Kenzari, Rodrigo Santoro, Moises Arias, Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman. The more I see from this, the more I don't like it - such an unnecessary and CGI-bloated remake, yet they're really pushing it like it's this fantastic movie that we should all be excited for. Come on! There are some cool aspects - Freeman with dreads, Kebbell being a badass, Huston in a lead role - but the rest of it just looks so bad. Not for me.
"This November, the legend gets back to work." Broad Green Pictures has debuted the first teaser trailer for Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the holiday comedy Bad Santa (2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa Clause impersonator who uses his cover to pull off large scale robberies. What is he up to some 13 years later? Apparently more of the same. This teaser doesn't really show much, it's mostly meant to remind people that this sequel exists and is (supposedly) still hitting theaters later this year. The rest of the cast not seen in this teaser includes Tony Cox (his sidekick/accomplice from the first movie), Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly and Ryan Hansen. If you're curious about this, have a look.
Yes! Get ready. The first real teaser trailer for T2: Trainspotting 2, Danny Boyle's sequel to his 1996 cult hit film Trainspotting, has arrived online. They've been filming for the last few months, and we posted an "announcement" teaser back in May, but this is the first time we get to see any real footage. The four main guys are back: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. This teaser recreates the iconic scene from the original film where the four of them show up on the platform after the train passes, and we get to see how much they've aged in 20 years. Sadly, there's no other footage than that, but I'm glad they're starting to embrace the hype surrounding this sequel. And it'll be out in less than a year.
"Those of you who continue to meet targets will be safe." After all the new trailers this week, why not take a look at a dystopian sci-fi short from an up-and-coming filmmaker named Michael Gilhooly. The short is titled The Listener and stars actor Amit Shah as a "Listener" named Jeremy in a dystopian future where everyone is constantly under surveillance (not so far off from modern reality as is anyway). His loyalty to the Directorate is challenged when a charming new coworker arrives. This is a longer short than usual, running at about 22 minutes, but it's worth it to get fully invested in this story. And for those complaining about the short films we post not having much of a story, this one should be more than satisfactory. Take a look below.
"Be careful which path you travel down, Strange…" Marvel Studios unveiled another official trailer during Comic-Con for Doctor Strange, the upcoming super hero movie directed by Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Sorcerer Supreme, a comic book superhero that gains his special powers after meeting The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. The full cast for this new adventure features Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. The first teaser trailer was amazing, showing lots of trippy imagery, and this one follows-up with even more mind-blowing, mesmerizing footage. I love the shots of New York City folding into itself, and just about everything else. I have no idea what's going on in this, but I am so frickin' excited to see it. Bring it on.
"Life doesn't give you seatbelts!" Warner Bros has debuted the new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie that first premiered at Comic-Con during their Hall H presentation. This sequel to The LEGO Movie from 2014 focuses purely on Batman, obviously, and his various cohorts and associates. The voice cast includes Will Arnett returning as Batman / Bruce, as well as Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Michael Cera as Robin, and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker. The first trailer dropped a few months ago, but this one is much better with more jokes and a bit more action. This has the same feel as The LEGO Movie, and that's a good thing as they need to stick with what Lord & Miller came up with. Have fun.
"We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt…" Warner Bros has unleashed one more trailer from Comic-Con, this one for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We've already seen two trailers for this and a couple of featurettes, but this new trailer finally shows off some of the creatures (big and small) that Newt is trying to collect around New York. Eddie Redmayne stars as Mr. Scamander, a magizoologist. The full cast includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Samantha Morton and many others. They could almost starting selling this in a way similar to Pokemon Go, as Newt has to go all over New York and collect magical creatures. But seriously, this looks quite good, I'm pretty much ready to return to this world.
"There's an army of you, there's only one of me." Warner Bros has also debuted the trailer for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at Comic-Con and online, for those waiting to get a glimpse at the latest version of this story. In this upcoming action movie, Charlie Hunnam stars as King Arthur with a cast including Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Tom Wu, and Aidan Gillen. This looks unlike any other big screen version of the King Arthur story we've seen before, with Guy Ritchie's signature style and intimate cinematography. There's also some very odd fantastical elements in the final half, let's just hope this actually turns out okay. Take a look.
"I can't wait to show you my toys!" The first official trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie about DC's villains debuted at Comic-Con last year (rewatch it here). Now at this year's Comic-Con they've revealed the final trailer, a soundtrack "remix" featuring some kick ass footage and title cards that say "the wait is almost over!" Indeed, as the movie lands in theaters in just a few more weeks. Ayer's Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukuhara plus many others. At this point I'm seriously ready to just see the movie, they've convinced me enough, the footage looks pretty damn good, I just hope the movie delivers. This is a fun trailer with the music. Fire it up for one last look.
"Monsters exist." It's time! Warner Bros has unleashed the first Comic-Con trailer for the new King Kong movie, Kong: Skull Island, and it's looks totally awesome. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs this adventure to Kong Island, telling the origin story of King Kong, where they encounter the giant ape and try to take him out with machine guns. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson star along with a huge cast including Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Wigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. This trailer doesn't fully reveal King Kong yet, but there are some stunning shots. And it kind of feels like Vogt-Roberts made the Apocalypse Now of Kong movies. Which is a good thing as far as I can tell. I really can't wait to see it! Enjoy.