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"This neighborhood was always rough… but there's something different going on." They're back for more! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Barbershop: The Next Cut, known as Barbershop 3, the second sequel continuing the Barbershop story about the Chicago crew's shop. The first movie opened in 2002, with the sequel in 2004, and they're finally getting back into the mix with this third one. Pretty much everybody is "back for a fresh cut." Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, JB Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tyga, Deon Cole, Common and Nicki Minaj star. This isn't really a franchise we follow nor is it one of our favorites, but some of you might want to check this out.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. We love featuring these because there's always some gems to find. This is an excellent year of nominees, featuring a wide range of some of the best filmmaking of the year. The five Best Features alone: a stop-motion animated feature (Anomalisa), a film shot on an iPhone starring transsexuals (Tangerine), Todd Haynes' film about lesbian lovers (Carol), and the African fighters thriller (Beasts of No Nation). There's so many outstanding people featured this year, so take a look below. Read on for the list of noms.
"No one cares about reality anymore." Broad Green Pictures has debuted another new trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, his latest feature which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival earlier this year. It's slated for release next March, and it's another mesmerizing Malick creation this time focusing on the excessive culture of Hollywood by following a screenwriter around. Christian Bale stars, along with quite an impressive cast including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots and more. I wrote in my review from Berlinale that it's a "gorgeous, mesmerizing, pensive trip into exploring who we are and why we act the way we do." There's still a few months until this opens, but worth the wait.
"We can do everything straight and still go broke." Paramount has debuted another new full-length trailer for Adam McKay's The Big Short, which is earning buzz after premiering at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles earier this month (read Marco's review here). The movie is about a group of bankers who see the financial crash about to come and attempt to plan around it. The film stars quite a cast of major actors: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt. I still can't tell if this is a parody of a trailer for an actual drama about bankers in the financial crisis, or whether it's actually played this dry and melodramatic in the movie. I'm hoping there's more to laugh at.
"We're protecting the truth, we're protecting lives." But are they really? That's the real question. This isn't a new trailer, but we're featuring it because the documentary is opening in theaters this week. Killing Them Safely is a documentary about how Tasers are arming some law enforcement agencies with a weapon that is being purported as nonlethal even though it can be deadly. The trailer doesn't show much footage, just some statistics, quotes, and a bit of an interview with one of the guys from Taser. The rest you'll have to see in the doc itself. I will say I'm interested in checking this out. I also have to point out the awesome poster for this doc, also seen below the trailer - impressive design work. If you're at all intrigued, give this doc a watch.
"Flash, Flash - hundred yard dash!" Disney has debuted a new trailer for Zootopia, their new animated project coming to theaters next March 2016. We've already seen one teaser trailer introducing the world of Zootopia, and the two main characters we're following: a fox and a rabbit, named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), respectively. In this new trailer, we get a glimpse of the world and it starts out all energetic and exciting as Officer Judy Hopps is on the case, then suddenly it slows down when they go to the DMV to run a license plate. There are a few good jokes in this, and the point is to show how the animals of this world interact together. It looks fun, but I want to see more.
"To get you into the festive spirit…" Universal has released an amusing Christmas-themed holiday teaser trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the new animated movie from Illumination Entertainment rriving next summer. The first trailer for this debuted earlier in the summer, and I've got a feeling its going to be a huge hit once it arrives, just because everyone loves their pets and always wonders what they're thinking. This Christmas teaser isn't much besides some funny moments of pets wearing holiday costumes while having their picture taken. It should make you smile and maybe laugh a little, then hug your own pet. Take a look.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 60 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to kick things off. The festival has surprisingly revealed just the Midnight line-up on its own. The rest of the festival line-up has yet to be revealed - and should happen in the next few weeks. Sundance typically starts out by announcing the In-Competition films before revealing the Spotlight, Premiere, New Frontier and Next lines-ups, but they're jumping ahead with Midnight first. Kevin Smith is back after 22 years to premiere his latest film, Yoga Hosers, and Rob Zombie's latest, 31, is also premiering.
"Simply submit a video of your most life-like ape imitation." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a TV spot for the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes sequel, but it's actually more of an announcement for a contest they're hosting to win a walk-on role. The TV spot features only behind-the-scenes footage of the film currently shooting, since it's a major production and they just started a month ago (and it doesn't come out until 2017). Actor/filmmaker Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, joins director Matt Reeves in the video to introduce the contest and remind everyone that the next Apes movie is already in production. One winner will receive a chance to come to set, wear a suit and actually become an ape in the movie. That's awesome.
Wow. This is crazy. There's a video going around online from the special features of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that is one of the most honest looks at filmmaking I've ever seen. It features extensive footage and interviews of the entire crew of The Hobbit trilogy, from director Peter Jackson to all of his various staff including script supervisor, production designer and set decorator talking about how they all had no idea what they were doing with these movies. It's a very sad, remarkably rare look at how hard it is to make a massive movie on this scale, and how much stress there is on a director. Having finally watched this video, I just keep wondering: how the heck did this get made and actually released to the public? Amazing.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Three wise men. One wild Christmas. Now playing in theaters is the new Christmas comedy The Night Before, formerly known as X-Mas. Three friends get together on Christmas eve in New York to have one last party together before they each go their own ways. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie are the guys. The cast also features Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan and Ilana Glazer. So is it any good? One of the best Christmas movies, or not? How much did you laugh? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on The Night Before.
"No one comes up here without a damn good reason." It's time to count down the days until Tarantino's latest! There's only one month left until The Hateful Eight hits theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th, next month. The Weinstein Company has released a new poster for Quentin Tarantino's new snowy 70mm western, and it only shows the backs of all the characters. Their faces are lined up in boxes at the bottom and thank goodness the names above actually line up with the images below. I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to see this, and I hope it lives up to the hype. All of the footage we've seen in trailers and the buzz going around so far seems promising. See the latest trailer here and check out the new poster in full below.
A little Hart and a big Johnson. What a tagline that is! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer and poster for next summer's comedy Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. The story is about a CIA agent who brings in his old high school friend to help on a mission, but obviously he doesn't fit in. Central Intelligence also stars Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, plus Aaron Paul, Brett Azar, Megan Park and Danielle Nicolet. There's nothing much to say before other than maybe a few people will laugh, maybe they won't. Though I think we can all agree that shot at the end pretty much ruins everything, no?
"We can not have a party…" Where will you be at the weekend of December 18th? Hopefully in theaters celebrating the return of Han and Chewie and Leia. But if every show is sold out and you still have to see something, this is one of the alternatives - Sisters. It's a comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sisters who return to their home town and decided to throw one last raging party. It opens the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which means it's fairly smart counter-programming to offer up to everyone not interested in space operas. I definitely won't be seeing this, but some of you may have no choice. Enjoy!