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Check Out This Fantastic Poster for Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room'

Green Room

Nobody leaves. This poster rules! Thanks to a tip from our good friends @TheFilmStage, a new poster has debuted for Jeremy Saulnier's film Green Room. Saulnier is the filmmaker who brought us the breakout indie revenge thriller Blue Ruin, and this is his latest feature. It's about a young punk rock band, comprised of Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots (seen above), who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon some skinheads. The film is apparently extremely violent, but earned rave reviews at its Cannes premiere. Saulnier also got an upgrade on the cast - Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber are all in this, too. That's probably why this isn't being pushed as a main poster, but damn is it still a fine poster.

 Posted 13 hours ago in Artwork, Indies, Posters | Comments

It's Time for Cinema - The Fall Festival Season Kicks Off This Week

Telluride Film Festival

It's time. Time to kick off the fall movie season. We're just about done with summer, the kids are back in school, and most importantly - the fall film festivals are about to kick off. The Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival both open this week, with many big (and surprise) premieres planned. Right after that, the festival season continues with the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, leading to the New York Film Festival and AFI Fest in Los Angeles, not to mention the London Film Festival. That takes us right into the awards season of November/December. Whether you like it or not, or you hate the awards grind and endless campaigning, this is the time of year when all the good films roll out - last year's gems, surprising discoveries, more films to fall in love with. I'm ready to start watching.

 Posted 16 hours ago in Editorial, Hype, Indies | Comments

Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg in Trailer for 'Daddy's Home' Comedy

Daddy's Home Trailer

If you're interested, Paramount has debuted a trailer for Daddy's Home, a comedy starring Will Ferrell as a new step dad married to Linda Cardellini, and Mark Wahlberg as the "real father". The other day while updating our Release Schedule, I noticed this film was listed for Christmas Day, but there's not much talk about it. Well, here is the trailer, and you'll know why there's not much to say. It looks really bad. Plus, I don't know about everyone else, but this Christmas I'm planning to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few more times. If not Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Anyway, if you're curious to see what Daddy's Home is all about - here you go. Featuring Thomas Haden Church, Paul Scheer and Alessandra Ambrosio. Enjoy.

 Posted 17 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Official US Trailer for 'Partisan' Featuring Vincent Cassel

Partisan - Vincent Cassel - Trailer

"Rules are important. And without rules, we will become like them." Well Go USA has debuted the official trailer for Partisan, a thriller out of Sundance this year starring Vincent Cassel in one of the lead roles. I actually heard a lot great things about this during the fest from some of my friends, and you can see why with this trailer. Cassel plays a man who raises kids in some kind of colony where he trains them to survive and to kill. The film follows Jeremy Chabriel as Alexander, a boy who begins to think for himself; it also stars Florence Mezzara. This is a hard one to pitch simply in text without inviting you to see footage, but luckily we can do just that. Take a look below, I think a few folks might be very intrigued by this film. Enjoy.

 Posted September 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Josh Gad Confirmed to Play Roger Ebert in STX's 'Russ & Roger' Film

Roger Ebert

It's official. Hollywood Reporter is announcing that actor Josh Gad has signed on to play the late film critic Roger Ebert in the project Russ & Roger. We first reported on this earlier in the year, and are following up with the confirmation. STX Entertainment is developing the comedy focused around the film critic and filmmaker Russ Meyer, to be played by Will Ferrell. Michael Winterbottom will be directing, from a script by Chris Cluess. THR doesn't mention a start date, but this is the kind of news that means it's happening sooner than later. Gad has been making quite a name for himself recently (he's in Pixels, Wish I Was Here, The Wedding Ringer and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast) and this sounds like a nice score. Read on.

 Posted September 1 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

First 'Miss You Already' Trailer with Toni Collette & Drew Barrymore

Miss You Already Trailer

"I want chemo therapy!" Roadside Attractions has debuted a charming trailer for the indie comedy Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore as two life-long inseparable friends entering their 40s. But then there's a twist - one of them gets cancer, but together they keep each other's hopes up. The film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this month and is the latest from director Catherine Hardwicke, who we haven't seen much of since Red Riding Hood a few years ago. But this looks like a story close to the heart. The cast includes Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine & Tyson Ritter. Give it a look.

 Posted September 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Fassbender & Cotillard in Full US Trailer for Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

Macbeth Trailer

"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." The Weinstein Co has debuted the official US trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the precursor to Fassbender's Assassin's Creed (also directed by Kurzel), and one of the most talked about films coming out of Cannes this year. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, in this Shakespeare adaptation also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor and Paddy Considine. There are some really spectacular shots shown in this trailer, from cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, and overall it looks like my kind of Shakespeare movie. Dark, gritty, enthralling, and visceral.

 Posted September 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for 'The Danish Girl' Starring Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl Trailer

"You're different from most girls. I feel like I needed to ask your permission before I kissed you…" Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as artist Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener. This looks like a very emotional, very powerful follow-up from Tom Hooper, after Les Mis and The King's Speech. The thrilling cast also includes Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Emerald Fennell and Sebastian Koch. The film is being billed as one of the first transgender stories, and it looks magnificent, very deeply influenced by love and connection. This will be hitting the festival circuit soon, so stay tuned for early reviews. People will be talking about this one.

 Posted September 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance Hit 'Dope' Returns to Theaters This Week

Dope

Get ready for another round of Dope! Or, perhaps since not enough people saw it the first time, get ready to go see Dope in the theaters! Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, which broke out of Sundance earlier this year with a boatload of positive buzz (read my review here), first opened in the summer on June 19th, which is an odd spot for this indie comedy. That said it has already earned $16 million at the box office and they're going to push it to theaters one more time. Open Road Films has confirmed that Dope will arrive on September 4th back in theaters, for those who want to see it (again) on the big screen. It's a film we recommend seeing.

 Posted August 31 in Indies, Movie News | Comments

Keanu Reeves Gets Tied Up in Latest US Trailer for 'Knock Knock'

Knock Knock Trailer

One night can cost you everything. Voltage Pictures has officially released a full-length US trailer for Eli Roth's latest film Knock Knock, a home invasion thriller starring Keanu Reeves. He plays a father whose home is invaded after he invites in two feisty, nasty girls - played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. This first premiered at Sundance this January in the Midnight category, and it looks interesting enough to give it a shot. This is pretty much the same trailer we posted previously, but that one was pulled down, so we're reposting it now for those who want to watch. The film will be in theaters + on VOD in a few months.

 Posted August 31 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Metrograph Indie Cinema Coming to NYC + IFC Center is Expanding

Metropgraph Indie Cinema

Long live independent cinema! Good news for New Yorkers, the city is getting a couple of extra screens in the next few years that will be dedicated to showing more and more indie / art house / foreign / doc films. Two separate reports on Indiewire announce details about two theaters: the Metrograph, a two-screen art house being built at 7 Ludlow Street (at Canal Street); along with the IFC Center on 6th Ave, which will be expanding from 5 screens to 11 screens. "To bring glamour, excitement, and prestige back to the exhibition experience has been my longstanding goal," said Metrograph founder and NYC filmmaker Alexander Olch.

 Posted August 31 in Development, Movie News | Comments

First Trailer for Sci-Fi Adaptation 'The 5th Wave' with Chloe Moretz

The 5th Wave

"We're fighting simultaneous attacks in the last metropolitan areas." Sony has finally debuted an actual trailer for the sci-fi fan film The 5th Wave, which has been marketed and designed from the start for the fans of the book series. The 5th Wave is the first movie adapted from The 5th Wave series of science fiction books, starring Chloƫ Grace Moretz as a girl in the middle of an alien invasion trying to find her missing brother. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston. They're trying to push this as the next big sci-fi alien invasion thriller, but it looks like a cheesy mash-up of Independence Day and Falling Skies, or something like that. Not really my kind of sci-fi. You?

 Posted August 31 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Trailer for Football Drama 'Concussion' Starring Will Smith

Concussion

"You turned on the lights and gave their biggest boogeyman a name." Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for Concussion, a very powerful drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real life neuropathologist who discovered how football-related trauma was becoming a health problem within the sport. They've been quietly holding onto this and positioning it for a strong awards-season push, with Smith giving it his all in the kind of emotionally riveting film that will earn a few nominations. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan and many others. This is one of my most anticipated movies left to watch this year, the kind of powerful and subversive drama I love seeing.

 Posted August 31 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Director Wes Craven Has Died at Age 76

Wes Craven

It has been officially confirmed that filmmaker Wes Craven has passed away in California. Craven died at his home in Los Angeles of brain cancer at age 76, according to Variety. He last directed the horror sequel Scream 4 in 2011, but there were rumors that Scream 5 might have been in the works as well. Craven made his feature directing debut with the controversial horror The Last House on the Left in 1972, and he's been shaking up and pushing the horror-thriller genre forward ever since. Aside from the Scream series, perhaps Craven's most successful horror franchise is the A Nightmare on Elm Street series which he started in 1984.

 Posted August 30 in Movie News, Obituaries | Comments

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