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"City of stars, there's so much that I can't see…" It's here! One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from each of the films. This is such an entertaining way to count down the best cinema of 2016, and it always makes me want to watch each one of these (even the ones I've seen before). There's so many great films on Ehrlich's list this year - from Jackie to La La Land to The Fits to Moonlight, and yes, even Swiss Army Man is superb. Enjoy.
Paramount has unleashed the first trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight, yet again starring Mark Wahlberg (who was introduced in Age of Extinction). This sequel puts an interesting spin on things, with the Transformers going back to medieval times and meeting up with King Arthur for an adventure. The full cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. I lost interest in this series after the last movie, but they're really trying to make us care again with this fun back-in-time storyline. It honestly doesn't look as bad as I was expecting. What do you think?
"Two teachers are in a school fight to end all school fights." Warner Bros has released a second trailer for the comedy Fist Fight, featuring teachers played by Ice Cube and Charlie Day, who organize an epic battle at the end of the school year. This trailer is much better than the first trailer, showing just how much it might actually deliver in full on the "fist fight" epic battle concept. The cast also features Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. This is such a crazy simple concept for a movie, but it just might work. As long as they don't cop out with something lame at the end, when the actual fight is supposed to happen, I'm down to go see this. Have fun.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 45 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 19th, it's time to find out what will be playing up in snowy Park City this January. Last week, Sundance revealed their line-up of in-competition films and documentaries from all over the world. Today, they've revealed the remainder of the line-up - including a fine selection of big Premieres (features and documentaries) as well as Midnight films, Kids films, special events, and Spotlight holdovers from other festivals. So many films to see! A new one from the director of The One I Love that sounds good (see The Discovery), as well as TIFF favorites like Raw, Colossal and Their Finest. Full list can be found below.
"We've got to decide who's running this, and we've got to decide quickly." eOne Films has unveiled another new international trailer for Peter Berg's Patriots Day, the emotional action thriller about the true story of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Mark Wahlberg stars as Sgt. Tommy Saunders, with the full cast featuring Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Michael Beach, Alex Wolff, Melissa Benoist and Rachel Brosnahan. This international trailer differs slightly from the other two US trailers, including actual audio during the explosions and a much more intense tone - more suspenseful than the other trailers. The focus in this seems to be the manhunt, with lots of action at the end.
"We owe the audience a monster movie." In addition to the first teaser trailer premiering over the weekend, Universal has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Alex Kurtzman's updated monster movie The Mummy. The focus is on introducing us to their "new world of gods and monsters" - since this obviously has to be the beginning of a franchise. The footage in this is actually better than the footage in the trailer Tom Cruise also talks about the movie, covering the cast and the story and much more. Over at SlashFilm, they have some fun quotes about shooting the airplane sequence in zero g in the "vomit comet" airplane. "We've got to do it for real." Cruise loves doing almost all of his stunts for real, and this film is no exception.
With two weeks to go until release, Disney + Lucasfilm are releasing more and more from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to make sure audiences everywhere are crazy excited about seeing this movie. The latest featurette they've revealed is a behind-the-scenes peek into the "creature shop". Director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan (who has credits on The Force Awakens, Prometheus, The Golden Compass, Babe, Little Shop of Horrors) gives us a brief glimpse at some of the various creatures in Rogue One and FX magic behind them. There isn't anything major revealed in this footage, but if you want to stay fresh it's best to avoid anything else. But for those who want a peek behind the curtain, fire this up.
"I saw her… She is real." Universal has debuted the first official trailer for the new 2017 version of The Mummy, this time starring Tom Cruise in a movie directed by Alex Kurtzman. Cruise plays Nick Morton, one of the main characters who digs up the new "mummy", a priestess named Ahmanet played by Sofia Boutella. She unleashes a fury unlike anything seen in modern times, ushering in a "new world of gods and monsters". The rest of the cast includes Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Javier Botet. I'm actually a big fan of the 1999 version of The Mummy, and I'm not so sure about this new movie. It looks way too VFX driven and flashy, but it might turn out okay. Take a look below.
"Showtime, a-holes!" Disney + Marvel Studios have revealed a super fun new full-length teaser trailer for James Gunn's intergalactic sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to follow up the short "sneak peek" a few months ago. There's lots of new footage in this, including Baby Groot galore, plus another great song ("Fox On the Run" by The Sweet) playing in the background, too. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, with a mega cast including Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Tommy Flanagan, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close as well as Pom Klementieff; plus Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Fire it up and enjoy!
"If you're being honest, and vulnerable, and real, everyone can relate to that…" A24 has revealed a new featurette for Mike Mills' latest film, 20th Century Women, which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival last month. The featurette focuses on the various characters, or rather, the incredible women at the center of this fantastic film. The ensemble cast includes Annette Bening in the lead as the mother, with Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Laura Wiggins, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Billingsley and Waleed Zuaiter. It tells the story of a single mother raising her children in the late 1970s, and how different and unique and free they all are. Even though we've already featured two great trailers for this, I'm happy to bring more attention to this film in hopes that more people seek it out. Opening on Christmas Day.