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"There are many things you have not seen." Like a 9 minute long trailer? This is pretty epic. An extended Chinese trailer has debuted for the Chinese epic The Great Wall, from director Zhang Yimou. The film is set to open in China this December, which is why this seems like a massive marketing push even though it doesn't open in the US until February. This features footage from other trailers at the opening and closing, and spends six minutes in the middle introducing the five different main Chinese characters. Matt Damon stars as one of the few white dudes; also starring Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Han Lu, Kenny Lin, Zhang Hanyu. This looks colorful and entertaining.
"You have your mission, Doctor, and I have mine." Paladin has debuted a trailer for the film The Ottoman Lieutenant, another historical war drama, this one directed by Joseph Ruben. Set during the first World War (or "The Great War"), the film is about a woman who ends up in a love triangle between an American doctor and a dashing lieutenant for the Ottoman Imperial Army. Josh Hartnett stars as the American, Michiel Huisman as the lieutenant, and Hera Hilmar as the woman who comes between them. The cast includes Ben Kingsley, Haluk Bilginer, Affif Ben Badra, Paul Barrett, Jessica Turner and Peter Hosking. For whatever reason this reminds me of Bitter Harvest, and sadly both films look quite mediocre.
"But in the blink of an eye, everything changed…" Sony Pictures has revealed one more trailer for the sci-fi movie Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as the only two people awake on an interstellar spaceship traveling to another solar system. We've seen lots of footage this by now, with plenty of trailers to choose from, but this one has even more scenes that haven't been shown yet. This new trailer also features the song "Levitate" by Imagine Dragons, which helps set the mood for the romance. They're definitely selling the love angle in this trailer, showing Lawrence eventually falling for Pratt, despite their circumstances. Fine with me, I just hope it brings big audiences in to see this! More sci-fi movies, the better.
"See how I kill you." Nothing like a Chinese ripoff to keep you warm this winter. A trailer for a film titled Mad Shelia: Virgin Road has been making its way around the web this week. The film is the first in a series, with the next one coming out in 2017 titled Mad Shelia: Revenge of the Road, that is pretty much a direct ripoff of Mad Max: Fury Road. Fuo Xiao stars as Xi Liya, a bounty hunter who rescues a bunch of virgins from desert warlords. These kind of ripoffs are not uncommon in China, as they're often known as "wang da", short for "wangluo da dianying" or "big internet films", made for cheap without much oversight and released straight to the web via the Tencent Video platform. Watch this trailer just for fun, nothing else.
Time to get in the holiday spirit! While this is more of an advertisement than a short, it's worth watching anyway because it's directed by Wes Anderson (and this kind of work is becoming increasingly common these days with filmmakers). Come Together is a short film holiday ad directed by Wes Anderson, starring Adrien Brody. As others have pointed out, it's kind of a nice The Darjeeling Limited reunion given that it takes place on a train. Brody plays a conductor who has to figure out some makeshift plans when he learns the train is going to be very late. It's charming, and has all the usual Wes Anderson quirks & accoutrements.
"Trust the Force." Don't forget, Star Wars fans - early tickets for the opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story go on sale this week! Starting this Monday (November 28th) around most of the world (they're already on sale in the UK). Check your local cinema for info. To remind everyone this is happening, Disney + Lucasfilm have released one more 90 second trailer with bits of extra footage. Starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Riz Ahmed & Alan Tudyk, Rogue One is about a group of rebels who set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. This looks so badass! See everyone in theaters in a few weeks.
Want to geek out with Adam Savage and Peter Jackson? A video from Adam Savage's website Tested has debuted that involves Savage stepping inside of Peter Jackson's prop warehouse. Guillermo del Toro's massive collection has been in the news the most recently with his exhibition at LACMA, but Jackson has a collection of props and movie items that might rival that one. Savage and Jackson spend most of their time in this video examining the HAL 9000 faceplate from 2001, but there's other cool things hidden around. You can see one of the Ray Harryhausen skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts, and a Vogon from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, too. Jackson says he collects things from films that inspired him as a kid.
"You never done nothin' but hold me back, afraid I was gunna be better than you." Paramount has revealed a second trailer for the film Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. This is one of the big awards films getting lots of good buzz. Washington starred in the Broadway version of the play, along with Viola Davis, and the two return for this cinematic version of this powerful story of a family in the 50s dealing with racial prejudice and poverty. Also stars Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Stephen Henderson and Jovan Adepo. This looks like an emotionally strong, inspiring film with some of the best performances of the year.
"I totally thought you were dead." He's back! The first teaser trailer has debuted for the sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers, bringing back Seann William Scott as hockey "goon" Doug Glatt. The sequel picks up where the first one left off, with Glatt back in the game because he just couldn't give it up. Jay Baruchel also returns, and makes his directorial debut behind the lens, too. The full cast includes Elisha Cuthbert, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Wyatt Russell, Marc-André Grondin, Jason Jones and Kim Coates. This looks like a fun follow-up to the original Goon, which has quickly become a cult classic sports comedy. There seems to be plenty of on-ice violence and off-ice humor in this, and I'm glad to see Schreiber is back.
"Now I have only one desire left - to see you King." Rialto Pictures has revealed a captivating trailer for the brand new 4K restoration re-release of the classic historical drama The Lion in Winter, which won three Academy Awards back in 1969. Katharine Hepburn (who won Best Actress for this) stars as Eleanor of Aquitaine, along with Peter O'Toole (who was also nominated but didn't win) as King Henry II - they play husband and wife. The ensemble cast also includes a young Anthony Hopkins, a young Timothy Dalton, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Jane Merrow and Nigel Stock. This is perfectly timed for a holiday season re-release, as the film takes place during a Christmas Court in the 12th Century. This trailer also features some of John Barry's Oscar-winning score. If you're never seen the film, no better time than now to catch it.
"You're an addict. So be addicted. Just be addicted to something else." Sony has debuted another new, full international trailer for Danny Boyle's T2: Trainspotting 2, arriving in theaters in the US next March. Believe it or not, this is Danny Boyle's first sequel - has hasn't ever made a sequel for any of his other movies (yet). This new trailer opens and closes with the same footage from the other full trailer, but there's a bunch of new scenes in the middle and some different editing choices and plot details. The four old friends are all back: Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, and Robert Carlyle as Begbie. The cast also includes Kelly Macdonald, author Irvine Welsh, Simon Weir and Karl Argue. This looks like it will be worth the wait after all these years. Looking forward to seeing it soon.
"There's something they didn't tell us…" Sony has unveiled a new 60-second TV trailer for the sci-fi thriller Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two space travelers stuck on an interstellar spaceship. With about a month to go until release, Sony is finally ramping up their marketing and pushing out tons of TV spots (one is included below) as well as marketing material for this movie. It's finally looking pretty damn good, and this new footage shows even more scenes form the movie (that involve lots of VFX). The first trailer looked great, and I'm still very excited to see this movie. They don't seem to be deviating too far of course (from the script) and everything looks polished. Bring on more epic space travel sci-fi! Dive in.