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"As soon as your out those doors, the gods kill our ass-ages." Sony has released one final red band trailer for Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, which premiered at SXSW and also played at Comic-Con this week. We've been featuring trailers and footage from this all summer, and thankfully it will be arriving in theaters in just a few weeks. The huge voice cast features Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz and others. Ethan Anderton wrote on Twitter after the Comic-Con screening that it's "positively insane, raunchy to the max, and absolutely hilarious".
"What was it about this job that makes it more important than your life?" Open Road Films has debuted a new full-length trailer for Oliver Stone's political thriller Snowden, profiling the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The trailer was also shown during the Comic-Con presentation in Hall H this week, where Oliver Stone also commented on Pokemon Go. Shailene Woodley co-stars as his girlfriend Lindsay, also featuring Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Melissa Leo as Citizenfour director Laura Poitras. I prefer the first trailer for this film, because this one really plays up the intensity and thrilling aspects of this film more than the story itself. I'm also not fond of the music they use in this, but I still really want to see it, just to check it out. Maybe it's actually a good film.
"This train can go no further." Well Go USA has debuted an official trailer for the impending release of the epic Korean zombie film Train to Busan, which opens this week in US theaters. The film is one of the most expensive Korean productions to date, with some crazy VFX surrounding a zombie outbreak in Korea. A group of survivors attempt to take the last train from Seoul down to Busan, hoping they can escape the zombies, but of course they run into more problems along the way. The film stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok and Ahn So-hee. I saw this in Cannes and it's fun but not the best zombie movie I've seen. The action is amusing and it reminded me of Snowpiercer, but with zombies and much cheesier. All aboard!
"That little boys dreams come true… But his nightmares, they're deadly." Relativity Studios has released a brand new second trailer for the nightmare horror thriller Before I Wake, featuring Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay (from Room), and Thomas Jane. Some may recall this film was originally supposed to be out last year, with an initial release date set for May of 2015, before the film got delayed indefinitely and rescheduled for this year due to Relativity's bankruptcy. We featured a trailer last year but this new trailer is designed to sell the more horrific side of it. There are some cool moments in this trailer, especially the shot with the glowing butterflies, and the creepy shots near the end, but I'm not sure if the film will be any good.
I am a huge, huge fan of Futurama - it is perhaps my favorite animated series ever made. I never get to talk about it on FS because we don't cover TV at all, but finally I get a chance to gush about it. Timed perfectly with Comic-Con this week is the release of a trailer for a live-action fan film version of Futurama, titled Fan-O-Rama. To save themselves from getting in trouble, this is a completely independently made fan film, made by fans for fans, with quite a small budget. As much as I want to love this, there's something that just feels off about - I'm not sure if it's the make-up or the cardboard robots or what, but it's almost too awkward to seriously enjoy. And I'm saying this as a huge fan of Futurama. Maybe it's just best as a cartoon. That said, this trailer is still worth watching anyway, just to get a sense of what they are going for. Have fun.
"We're going to use his space movie to make sure the real space movie looks like space. Do you understand how crazy that is?!" Lionsgate has released a trailer for an indie called Operation Avalanche, billed as a documentary (even though it's a fictional found footage feature) about the people who faked the moon landing. This trailer is perfectly timed as today (July 21st) is the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. This film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's a fun conspiracy theory thriller with some impressive low budget work. The filmmaking is outstanding and I can't wait to see where director Matt Johnson goes in his career. It stars Johnson Owen Williams as two CIA agents who end up in a conspiracy theory faking the moon landing since NASA can't pull it off. You just have to see this for yourself.
"This is inexplicable!" The Weinstein Company has unveiled the full-length, official trailer for Hands of Stone, one of the two major boxing movies this year (the other being Miles Teller's Bleed For This). The film tells the true story of professional boxer Roberto Durán, played by Edgar Ramirez, who hails from Panama. Durán fought predominantly during the 80s and is still considered one of the greatest boxers of all-time, earning the nickname "Hands of Stone" during his career. The cast includes Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel, plus Usher Raymond IV as Sugar Ray Leonard, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. The first teaser didn't show much, but this one gives us a good look at what to expect in this story about a legendary boxer. It seems as much about Durán as it does about Sugar Ray Leonard, too.
"Leonard was a self-made renaissance man." Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for the documentary For the Love of Spock, directed by Leonard Nimoy's son Adam Nimoy. The film profiles the life and times of Leonard Nimoy, specifically his career as the legendary Vulcan Spock from the Star Trek series. This is obviously perfectly timed with Comic-Con this week, as they hope to reach fans of all ages, but it also looks like an emotional, all-encompassing look at the amazing man that Leonard Nimoy was. He passed away in early 2015, and made his mark on the science fiction world, and his legacy will live on forever. This looks like a wonderful documentary that is really much more uplifting and inspiring above all else. Enjoy.
Adorable! Disney has released an international teaser trailer for the musical Moana, the latest from Disney Animation and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Princess and the Frog). The trailer doesn't feature any dialogue, instead it shows an early scene from the film where a very young Moana learns that she has the power to control the ocean, specifically the water. I love the shot with the turtle swimming by. Auli'i Cravalho voices Princess Moana, and the rest of the cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo. If you want to see more footage, go back and watch the teaser trailer or wait until the next full-length trailer debuts - hopefully soon. Until then, enjoy.
"You will unite, or you will fall." The first film in the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit theaters December of 2001, nearly 15 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Miguel Branco edited together a brand new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and it's rather wonderful. This is one of my all-time favorite films (only topped by The Return of the King) and I still remember seeing it in theaters on a cold, snowy night in December. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Samwise, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf; including Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, and many others. This trailer should make you smile, and put a tear in your eye. Hard to believe it has been 15 years.
"The world has changed… The war we're fighting today needs a different kind of solider." He's back! And man does this look bad. Paramount has debuted the first teaser trailer for the sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the next film in the xXx ("triple X") series. Vin Diesel returns as Xander Cage, aong with an international cast: Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann and Samuel L. Jackson. This looks unbelievably cheesy in kind of an offensive way. Every last line of dialogue is utterly atrocious, and I have no idea what the heck is even happening in this. Why is he skiing through a jungle? How the hell is he riding a motorcycle on water? None of this makes any sense at all. What a mess.
"Don't worry everyone, you are gunna see a fight!" Focus World has unveiled a trailer for the new film from acclaimed horror filmmaker Ti West, titled In a Valley of Violence, his first foray into westerns. Ethan Hawke plays a "mysterious drifter" named Paul who makes his way through the desert with his dog, Abbie. During a trip through a big valley, they come upon a town called Denton and end up in trouble with the town's Marshal, played by John Travolta. The cast includes Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Burn Gorman, and James Ransone. This looks like a solid, violent western with some great dialogue, but it seems like your standard revenge story and not much more. I still really want to see it, especially because his dog looks so adorable. "Those men left me with nothing, I'm going to leave them with less." Have at it.
Grasshopper Film has debuted a trailer for the documentary Kate Plays Christine, directed by Robert Greene, examining the life and infamous death of Christine Chubbuck. Chubbuck was a young news anchor in Florida,who shot herself in the head on live TV during a news broadcast in 1974. Her story was dramatized and turned into a feature film at Sundance this year called Christine, starring Rebecca Hall. In addition, this documentary also played at Sundance and it has been referred to as a meta-film as it blends some fiction and non-fiction elements and profiles actress Kate Lyn Sheil preparing to play the role of Christine Chubbuck in a film that was never finished. It received rave reviews and arrives in theaters soon.
"So, we got together as a community… We just want to see an end, London Road getting back to being London Road." BBC Films has unveiled a new official US trailer for the musical adaptation London Road, the big screen version of the musical that was a big hit on stages in London in 2011 and 2012. "Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, London Road tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences." It's about a small town that was disturbed by a murderer, and the locals who wanted to tell their story. The cast features all the same people from the original stage show, including Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, James Doherty, Kate Fleetwood and many others. This film already opened in the UK last year, but is just getting its US release this fall. Take a look.