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"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.
"I feel very excited as of late for what's to come, whether it works or not." I can't say enough how much I adore Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land. It's an exhilarating cinematic experience, full of so much joy and happiness, along with superb dancing and exuberant singing and beautiful sets and gorgeous sunsets. Aside from Ryan Gosling, the other co-star of La La Land is Emma Stone. Her first big break out role was playing Jules in Superbad back in 2007, and over the nearly 10 years since she's earned an Academy Award nomination (for Birdman) and worked with some of the best filmmakers around. I was lucky to spend 15 minutes chatting with Emma about her career and her work on La La Land and it was an absolute delight.
"There's no limit to how far they can spread…" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for the sci-fi action-thriller titled Spectral, described as "Ghostbusters meets Black Hawk Down." The plot is about a scientist who joins a Delta Forces unit that goes into a European city to investigate "mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral". The cast includes Max Martini, Clayne Crawford, James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood. To top it off, this film has a score by Junkie XL, weapons made by Weta Workshop, and VFX by Weta Digital. It seems odd that this is being dumped straight to Netflix, but even better because it means we all get to see it starting next week. This looks cool, I want to check it out.
"This party has to rock!" Paramount has unleashed another new trailer for Office Christmas Party, the third official trailer for his all-out holiday party movie set to end the year with a bang. With a week until this is in theaters, Paramount is giving it one last push to get the attention of tired white collar workers waiting for their own holiday party to unwind. T.J. Miller is the main instigator, with an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni and Matt Walsh. Honestly, these new trailers seem to be getting worse and worse, with the humor stooping lower each time. Just not my kind of comedy.
"One day, this will all feel like a dream. I promise…" Now that we're into the final month of 2016, it's time to start looking back at the year in movies. The next year end recap movie trailer mashup has arrived - this one made by Clark Zhu. It's titled "Moving Pictures 2016" and includes clips from over 260 movies that were released in 2016. Since he packs in so many, the video runs a good seven minutes but covers a number of different themes - from comedy to suspense to action to horror to love and pretty much everything else. It's a great reminder that there's some stellar movies this year, and to catch up with those you haven't seen.
"No one could see what we have seen." IFC has revealed another creepy official trailer for the upcoming indie horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which will be released next summer meaning they're hoping it'll be a cult hit. Even though the name says it's trailer #2, it's technically the third trailer following two teaser trailers earlier this year. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. This trailer explains more of "Jane Doe's" backstory, the horrific condition she is found in and what happens when they began to examine her and figure out how she was killed. This looks very creepy and kind of disgusting, which makes it all the more scary to watch. Even better knowing it got rave reviews from the horror fiends at Fantastic Fest, always a good sign. Take a peek.
"You might say Baltimore is the best known Snowy yet." Time for something a bit different, but lots of fun. Secrets Of The Snowy Owl is a short documentary made by NPR's Skunk Bear team, featuring "owl sleuth" Adam Cole revealing the secrets of the Snowy Owl. The Snowy Owl is a certain species of owl that is well known, but not too much is known about them. The filmmaking in this doc is creative and engaging, with amusing animation and great footage of Cole's adventure to find a particular owl named Baltimore. It reminds me of another short we posted this year - The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere. Watch below.
"We've lost so much already, I don't want to lose you, too." Lionsgate has debuted a powerful trailer for an adaptation of a bestselling novel titled The Shack, a spiritual journey story about a father who spends time at a remote shack in Oregon and "finds important truths that will transform his understanding of tragedy and change his life forever." Sam Worthington stars, along with Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Graham Greene, Ryan Robbins, Megan Charpentier, Gage Munroe, Amélie Eve, Derek Hamilton, Jordyn Ashley Olson, Emily Holmes, and Aviv Alush as Jesus (you'll see). This is actually some serious religious propaganda, with a story about Worthington getting a "mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called The Shack." This looks tailor made for American audiences.
It's that time again! With the end of the year approaching, everyone begins revealing their own Top 10 best of the year lists. One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time is from filmmaker John Waters' - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2016, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, including Paul Verhoven's controversial Elle, Todd Solondz's divisive Wiener-Dog, as well as David Farrier & Dylan Reeve's outstandingly creepy documentary Tickled, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was a film titled Helmut Berger, Actor. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique taste and his quick comments are fun to read.
"All employees - lend me your full attention." BH Tilt + Orion Pictures have released a red band trailer for a film titled The Belko Experiment, which premiered at TIFF this year. This film has a crazy cool premise - a corporate high-rise building is locked down and the workers are forced to play a game of "kill or be killed". It's directed by Greg McLean (of Wolf Creek) and written by James Gunn (of Guardians of the Galaxy); starring John Gallagher Jr, Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Owain Yeoman, Sean Gunn, Brent Sexton, and Josh Brener. I heard fantastic things about this out of TIFF, and I'm already planning to see it when it opens. Looks like crazy corporate job fun.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 50 days left until Sundance 2017 kicks off on January 19th, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2017 selection of In-Competition films, including both documentaries and features, as well as films in the ultra low-budget NEXT category. Featured in five different categories are 66 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The rest of the major premieres will be revealed soon, including all the Midnight films and other big Premieres in January. Plenty of unique films to choose from here, including a documentary about the Gawker trial and a film about encountering a long-lost elephant.