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If there's any one new trend in the film industry that is getting better and better it's the live concerts. For years now, composers of all kinds have been hosting live performances of their favorite work, usually shown alongside with the film during the orchestration. We've seen everyone from John Williams to Clint Mansell to Jonny Greenwood, and now there's another legendary composer jumping into live performances - horror master John Carpenter. That's right, the ATP Iceland music festival taking place in July of 2016 has officially booked John Carpenter for his first ever live performance of his film scores and new compositions. If you're a John Carpenter fan, this sounds like it's a cannot-miss event, so you better book your tickets now.
"You're pretty domesticated for a rock star." StudioCanal UK has debuted the first fun teaser trailer for A Bigger Splash, a new film made by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino telling the story of four friends on a nice holiday on the volcanic island of Pantelleria. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton, the film is described as a "sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun." This actually looks pretty good, like there will be some interesting discussions and crazy occurrences on this seemingly charming vacation. Don't forget to pack a bathing suit.
Nothing can prepare you for the end. Bold tagline. Lionsgate has released the flashy final poster artwork for Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the conclusion and grand finale in the Hunger Games series that started in 2012. This poster features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, flying with her bow and arrow and glorious red armor, with a flaming mockingjay appearing behind her. I really like the poster just before this, with the blue mockingjay on her shoulder, but this one is the sort of epic grand finale poster they need to end with. It's worth checking out as we count down these last few weeks before release.
This is big! The press release announcing the distribution of Michael Moore's new documentary Where to Invade Next is also the announcement of a brand new indie distributor. Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League, who also runs Drafthouse Films, is teaming up with Former RADiUS Founders and Co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego to launch a brand new distribution label. Moore describes his new distributor as a "cinematic Dream Team, consisting of three of this country's most beloved film geeks and movie advocates, individuals who are much-admired by the indie filmmaking community." Indeed! This is excellent news, and I can't wait to see the documentary, which received rave reviews at TIFF.
"I'm excited to be forced to get to know you." From filmmaker Michael Mohan comes a charming short film about romance and relationships titled Pink Grapefruit, starring Wendy McColm who goes on a blind date that doesn't go as planned at first. The cast includes Nora Kirkpatrick and Matt Peters, plus Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. It's an interesting twist on the typical idea of a romance or even a blind date, and it works well as a refreshing short film that makes you think about relationships and how everything is supposed to work can be different. Watch out - it is NSFW so wait until you're home. But it's a great short.
Stay on the path! Gramercy Pictures has debuted a trailer for the supernatural horror thriller The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer as a young woman who goes searching for her twin sister in the mysterious Aokigahara Forest in Japan. There is another film about this same forest in Japan, titled The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey from director Gus Van Sant, which tells a more dramatic tale. This is the more creepy, horrific one with ghosts and weird things happening to her. The cast includes Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. I'm not so sure about this, seems a bit wacky to me. Give it a look below.
"I had to find something that was a personal connection to me…" Film4 has debuted a new featurette for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the latest take on a Shakespeare play, this time starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The featurette is not so much a behind-the-scenes look as it is a discussion with the cast and filmmaker behind the film, and the decisions made regarding the characters and how they'd play them in this film. It also spends plenty of time with director Justin Kurzel, who is currently in production on Assassin's Creed with Fassbender, discussion various ideas behind how they wanted to set up and pull this off. I'm still very much looking forward to seeing this Shakespeare movie.
Disney recently debuted a brand new Russian teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which was initially teased for the first time a few weeks ago. This new adventure features a real human Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, but all of the animals are created in the computer, though they look very lifelike. Additional well-known actors voice the various animals, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson. There's a few impressive shots of additional footage in this trailer, otherwise we're going to have to keep waiting as they finish rendering more of the CGI leading up to its release next spring. Enjoy!
"Can you show me how tender you can be?" Alchemy has released the official US trailer for Gaspar Noé's Love, his 3D film about sex and love. Step aside Lars von Trier, this is truly the borders-on-pornography cinematic experience you've been waiting for. Love premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews, and is opening up in US cinemas this October, if you're interested in diving deeper into this one. The cast includes Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin and Juan Saavedra. This trailer is a bit odd and curious, very seductive, but the dialogue is atrocious and I'm just not sure if this is worth seeing (in 3D). Your thoughts?
"What happened?" "We did what we had to do." Oh yes. 20th Century Fox has debuted the second official trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, the new film from the director of Birdman and Babel. This is the one he has been filming with only natural light up in the wilderness of Canada for almost a year now, shooting it in the cold and snow without the use of artificial lighting equipment. And it looks so crazy amazingly brilliant. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a frontiersman left for dead after a bear attack, who goes on a mission of revenge. The cast includes Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson and Lukas Haas. The footage in this looks stellar, this is cinema at its finest. Do not miss this.
The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told. The first official trailer has debuted for Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, about the relationship between the two legendary filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. The film is also about, and focuses on, the book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" also known as "Hitchcock/Truffaut" - which is easily available on Amazon now for anyone interested. The documentary also spends time with many of today's great filmmakers, asking them about the book and the influence that Hitchcock/Truffaut had on them. It looks like a fascinating, must-see documentary for any and every last movie nerd or cinephile to seek out as soon as possible. It arrives in theaters later this year.
"What if he's Darth Vader…?!" Not that we need another trailer for this, after two of them previously, but here's another one why not. The Weinstein Company has debuted an "official trailer" for Burnt, formerly known as Adam Jones, starring Bradley Cooper as hot shot top chef Adam Jones. After hitting the top, then falling apart and letting it all go, he must rise from the bottom and work his way up in the kitchen all over again. The big ensemble cast includes Alicia Vikander, Jamie Dornan, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Omar Sy. This looks very intense and entertaining, but I'm still not sure it'll be any good. The Star Wars references feel a little bit odd. So - what's for dinner?
This is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' best film yet. Maybe it's because it's his first film in English, but also because the film is an insanely ingenious indictment of modern romance and relationships told in an utterly fascinating way. The Lobster is a drama starring Colin Farrell set in a very odd sort of reality, one where those who are single and not in a relationship are turned into an animal after 45 days (if they don't find someone else in that time). The concept, which is fun to describe, is brilliantly executed by Yorgos Lanthimos and his ensemble of actors. It's the kind of film that if taken seriously, won't be liked, but as long as you don't forget to laugh at every little thing that they're poking fun at, it is so easy to caught up in this.
"A single moment can change everything." Whoa! This looks great. Disney-Pixar have finally unveiled a must see new TV trailer for The Good Dinosaur, their November release, and it's the best look at the movie yet - explaining the story and featuring lots of dialogue. Arlo, an apatosaurus voiced by Raymond Ochoa, gets lost and befriends a human boy, who helps him fight of foes and make new friends. There are some fun lines in this: "If you ain't scared, you ain't alive". I'm really looking forward to it. Two brand new, original Pixar movies in one year! Don't know if I can handle that. This one looks heartfelt and fun. Enjoy!