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"Music is my life!" Paramount has debuted a new trailer and a new featurette for the upcoming Meryl Streep movie Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Streep as the legendary Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of being a singer despite having a terrible voice (her story is similar to the one told in the film Marguerite). We've featured at least one teaser trailer for this previously and now we get a look at the full trailer with more footage of her horrifying crowds at Carnegie Hall. Hugh Grant also stars, and the cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, John Kavanagh, Simon Helberg, and plenty others. I'm not sure how popular this will be with younger people, but it does look amusing. And Meryl Streep is always fun.
"Right now, this is your first real test." Bleecker Street Media has debuted the first official trailer for Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic, one of my favorite films from Sundance this year, starring Viggo Mortensen as a father of kids raising them to be totally disconnected from the woes of society. The film is about the way this family exists, inspired by Noam Chomsky, living off the grid and completely on their own. Things get a bit wild when they have to attend a funeral and they venture back into society. I genuinely LOVE this film, it will be one of my Top 10 of the year - read my review from Sundance. It's extremely intelligent, funny, and thought-provoking. Do not miss this, give it a chance, and I hope you fall in love with it the way I did. Enjoy.
"There's something going inside the government that's really wrong and I can't ignore it…" Open Road Films has debuted the first full trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden, the Hollywood movie about Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Most may remember that we originally debuted a teaser trailer for this (with no footage only audio) last year but the film was delayed almost an entire year for release. Now we finally get a good glimpse at all the footage and the story that we will be following and it actually looks pretty good. Shailene Woodley co-stars as his girlfriend Lindsay, and the cast includes Nicolas Cage and Zachary Quinto. This looks way better than the awful hacker movie Blackhat, but not as impressive as Fincher's The Social Network, somewhere inbetween those two. I'm planning to see this. Take a look below.
"If we're gunna survive, people are gunna die." Saban Films has released an official trailer for a film called Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. This is an adaptation of the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, about an electronic signal sent to people's cell phones that turns them into "rabid killers". Another angry zombie movie, but this time it's our cell phones that have turned everyone into zombies, how apt. Despite the fact this is a Stephen King movie starring Cusack & Jackson, it doesn't actually look that good. Maybe I'm just tired of the everyone-turns-into-a-zombie movies. What about you?
"We wanted something different…" Are you ready for this? FilmRise Releasing has debuted the first trailer for a documentary called Holy Hell, from director Will Allen, profiling twenty years inside a religious cult called The Buddhafield. The doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to much acclaim as it truly does include over twenty years of footage, since Allen joined the cult fresh out of school and became their official videographer. I saw the doc at Sundance and it's one of the most definitive inside looks at how a cult works, featuring interviews with many ex-members and so much remarkable footage. If you're at all curious, or intrigued, or baffled by any of this, I highly recommend catching this doc when it open this May.
"You have a very nice setup here… A tent, food - from what I can tell, a car. Most people would kill for this stuff…" This new post-apocalyptic thriller just won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival that took place in NYC this month. It's called Here Alone and is yet another zombie post-apocalyptic survival movie (there have been quite a few recently), this one also involves a plot similar to Z for Zachariah where a young woman surviving on her own encounters two other survivors. As expected, this causes problems. The cast includes Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West. I'm certainly intrigued, especially knowing that Tribeca audiences loved the film, but I still want to see more footage first.
"I hav lady. U no were find me." Time for something a bit different. This short film (thanks to SlashFilm for the tip), made by an indie filmmaker known only as "Banks", is a direct adaptation of the classic Donkey Kong arcade game. Titled simply Donkey Kong Classic, it's a short live-action take on the art of climbing ladders and busting barrels to rescue a damsel in distress. It's super low budget, the VFX are okay but not great, though most importantly it's a very fun take on a classic game everyone is familiar with. This is the kind of short that up-and-coming filmmakers should go out and make just for fun, to do something unique.
"To think that a cook, for example, has her masters' lives in her hands." Cohen Media Group has released this official trailer for the upcoming US opening of Benoît Jacquot's Diary of a Chambermaid, another adaptation of the well-known 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau. This time, French actress Léa Seydoux plays Célestine, a "resentful young Parisian chambermaid". This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year and also stars Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet and Hervé Pierre. The description states that the film captures a different feeling this time: "the sense of social stiflement, Célestine’'s humiliating submission to Madame's onerous terms of employment, Joseph's virulent anti-Semitism." If you're intrigued, take a look.
"Are you somebody I'm supposed to know?" Sundance Selects has debuted the first official trailer for Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg's documentary Weiner, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The doc is an "examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and the landscape of today's political landscape." I heard rave reviews from many of my friends while at Sundance, meaning it's more than just a story about Anthony Weiner and has much more to say about what's going on with politics. This is a great trailer - the kind that shows you just enough, pulls you in, makes you curious about seeing the entire film. Looking forward to catching this.
"Should we take a look inside?" In honor of Alien Day, on April 26th, we're proud to debut one of the new prints being released by Bottleneck Gallery in NYC. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and Acme Archives, Bottleneck is hosting a sold out screening of Alien at Syndicated Bk on Tuesday and releasing artwork (other prints by Laurent Durieux and Chris Skinner). We get to reveal the art designed by Mark Englert for Alien titled "should we take a look inside" - a 12"x36" screenprint with glow-in-the-dark ink. This print is awesome, and the detail on it is incredible. And the good news is that the original version will be a timed release meaning anyone can buy a copy during the 24-hour on sale period opening for Alien Day.
"Not all of us can control our powers." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the final trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest movie in the X-Men franchise. This looks much more action-packed and epic than the last few movies, befitting the title "Apocalypse" considering this big bad mutant wants to destroy the world once and for all. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Angel (Ben Hardy) team up with Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, forcing Professor X (James McAvoy) and his young X-Men to save the world. We get more glimpses of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Jubilee (Lana Condor), plus a tease of one of our favorite characters at the very end. Planning to see this one in theaters?
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the occasion, I wanted to feature a trailer for a documentary about climate change and what we can do to save this big, beautiful planet we all live on. Time to Choose is the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (of Inside Job, which won Best Doc in 2010; No End in Sight) and it focuses on the many people around the world actually coming up with and implementing creative solutions to the climate problem. It's a fantastic doc that I highly recommend. "We hope that when audiences see this film, they will see the tragedy unfolding, the urgency of stopping it, and all the remarkable and innovative ways we are using to build a sustainable, prosperous future for Earth."
"We each have our duties in this life…" A trailer has debuted online for an indie drama called The Silent Storm, set on a remote Scottish island telling the story of a marriage falling apart helped by the arrival of a troubled young boy. Damian Lewis stars as a local minister and Andrea Riseborough plays his wife. This actually first premiered at the London Film Festival back in 2014 and hasn't played at any other fests since then, with the distributor holding onto it for a while. Is it worth the wait? I'm not sure. The full cast includes Ross Anderson, Kate Dickie, Eric Robertson, and John Sessions. This actually looks solid, with some great cinematography and a strong story of love and chaos. Might be worth catching? Take a look.
"We convinced an entire generation that this is a battle we could win… And that's worth fighting for!" To celebrate Earth Day, Fox has debuted the second trailer for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence. Funny enough, this has lots of footage of Earth being destroyed by malevolent aliens back after 20 years extremely pissed that we defeated their first batch of ships. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward. There's also a fun PSA from the Earth Space Defense with Goldblum talking about saving Earth. This really looks awesome, I can't wait to see it. Tons of destruction and humans fighting back.