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"It's truly a remarkable story. If you love movies like Hoosiers, Rudy and Remember the Titans, you should see Eddie the Eagle." That's the perfect quote from Drew Brees to help sell this sports movie to the masses. Fox has unveiled their official Super Bowl TV spot for Eddie the Eagle, which is hitting theaters at the end of the month. Kingsman star Taron Egerton stars as Eddie Edwards, the titular "Eddie the Eagle" - England's first ever ski jumping athlete. The full cast includes Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Tim McInnerny and Jo Hartley. This Big Game-themed spot features actual football players such as Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson & Drew Brees. They're really pushing this film, and I'll still say it looks damn good.
"What are we doing, again?" "We're taking apart my marriage." Fox Searchlight has debuted a new trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a depressed man struggling to put his life together after his wife dies in a car accident. This film premiered at TIFF last year (read Marco's review) and has been awaiting release until April this year. Aside from Gyllenhaal, the cast includes Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Heather Lind and Judah Lewis. With all the footage from this trailer, and the footage from the first trailer last year, I feel like I've seen pretty much most of the movie and I'm not sure what else there is to this. In all honesty, it looks good but not great, with only so much to offer. Give it a watch below.
Onward to the sea! Deadline is reporting that director Bryan Singer is the latest to push forward on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie. 20th Century Fox is working on this remake, and they've been developing it for a long time. For years, David Fincher was working on a remake, and McG was attached early on with Will Smith as Captain Nemo. The report says that Singer, having finished worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, is "moving toward a fall production start [on 20,000 Leagues], and Singer will begin casting, full speed ahead." No more delays or problems? Will this actually go into production? It seems the answer is yes, Singer is even credited on the story for the new movie being co-written by Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney.
"So much space, so little time." As always, it's nice to come across a short film that puts you in a good mood by the end. Boldly Gone is a short written & directed by Mark Buchanan that has been playing on the film festival circuit most of last year. It's finally online in full (running time of 12 minutes) for free and it's worth watching if you've ever built your own rocket from scratch (I remember building one in middle school and at Cub Scouts back when). The film is about two estranged brothers who try to figure out how to launch a rocket with their father's ashes into space. It reminds me of October Sky, with Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam, who builds his own model rockets while Wernher von Braun is working on the Apollo program.
In production now is Luc Besson's biggest sci-fi epic since The Fifth Element and I am crazy, crazy excited for it. I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm just really happy that Luc Besson is making another big, huge sci-fi space opera movie. Valerian, originally titled in full Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen below) as time-traveling agents investigating a galactic empire. Besson started filming in January and has been posting photos every day to his Instagram. They're shooting for 115 days in total, with 420 crew members working on the production in France (via Instagram). None of these photos are major reveals, but I love that filmmakers are open to sharing images while they're in the middle of making a move. It's exciting to get a glimpse of the process. Take a look below.
"Why don't we have more of a riotous disposition toward injustice?" I had a good feeling about this before the festival even started. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, and was picked up by Fox Searchlight in a record-breaking sale. This powerful film is the directorial debut of actor Nate Parker, who not only stars in and directs the film, but he also wrote the screenplay and produced it as well. I had the honor of meeting Nate after his premiere and talking with him for 10 minutes about making the film and returning to Sundance as a filmmaker, not just an actor. It's one of the best interviews I've had at Sundance - he's so intelligent and delightful to talk with.
"When the time comes, there's no one can stand and help you!" Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for Terence Davis' romantic drama Sunset Song, starring Agyness Deyn as the daughter of a Scottish farmer who marries a young man in the early 1900s. He goes off to become a soldier, with WWI leaving her town devastated, and then returns bitter and angry. Kevin Guthrie co-stars, along with Peter Mullan, Jack Greenlees and Ian Pirie. This isn't the first trailer we've seen, as we posted one from the UK last year. If anything, it's easy to see this film has wonderful cinematography and strong performances.
Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go… Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for the new romantic comedy Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. This charming film is about a woman who ends up working as a caregiver for a wheelchair-bound wealthy young man, and decides to show him that life is worth living even if you're disabled. Aw, are you squirting tears already? This is the perfect trailer to show during Valentine's Day, but I'm not sure if I'm that interested in the film much. The full cast includes Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Brendan Coyle and Janet McTeer. Check it out below.
"Don't you hurry me!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled the new trailer for Blue Sky Animation's latest sequel, Ice Age: Collision Course, bringing back Manny, Sid and Diego for another adventure. We've already featured the full-length Scrat short as well as the first official trailer for this fourth sequel in the Ice Age series. This new trailer continues with footage of a giant asteroid flying towards Earth, breaking down into purple glowing rocks with an electrical charge. I'm still not sure how many are looking forward to this, but have at it. The new voice cast in this includes Nick Offerman, Simon Pegg & Melissa Rauch. Have fun!
"There is no limited to what desperate men will do when pushed." Today FirstShowing gets to exclusively debut a new TV spot for John Hillcoat's heist film Triple 9, starring an impressive cast including Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr. and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This TV spot focuses primarily on Kate Winslet's character, who provides most of the dialogue heard in this, seemingly being one of the main coordinators behind the heist. Winslet is also nominated for an Oscar this year. There's quite a bit of intriguing footage in this, but I'm still excited to see the film. "It is about brothers betrayed by the secrets they keep for others." Watch it below.
"Magic is what Augmenta is." Amazon Studios & Magnolia Pictures have revealed a trailer for the sci-fi film Creative Control, from director Benjamin Dickinson, who also stars in this indie. The setting is New York, 5 minutes in the future. The story inovlves a company that invents augmented reality glasses, but an overworked, tech-addled advertising executive there takes them too far when he develops a life-like avatar of his friend's girlfriend to replace his real girlfriend. Of course this doesn't go as well as he hopes. The cast includes Nora Zehetner, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen, Meredith Hagner and Reggie Watts. Enjoy.
"The poet might know what he wanted to write, but he will never know what he wrote…" Whether or not you like the film, Iñárritu's The Revenant is an example of filmmaking at its finest. The intense attention-to-detail, filming only with natural light at the right time of the day (and the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki), the amount of work that went into making it, the performances, it's all extraordinary. To celebrate this achievement, 20th Century Fox has released an extensive 45-minute documentary about the making of the film that they say uncovers "the parallel between the lost era and its relevance for our world today." If you truly want to appreciate how hard it was to make this film, and get a glimpse into the process of making a feature film, this is a must-see documentary. Plus it's fascinating to hear so much from Iñárritu directly.
"If you gunna tell a story… come with some attitude, man!" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first official trailer for Don Cheadle's new film Miles Ahead, which already played the New York Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival so far. Don Cheadle stars as legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, with a cast including Keith Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor. This trailer is all over the place, with odd cuts and awkward scenes, but I think that's the point. Like jazz, it has no particular rhyme or reason, and jumps all over. Reviews for the film say that Cheadle "buries himself in the character. His version of Davis is a creature of paranoia and understated frustration…" Give it a watch.
"The one who did this to you, he's gunna be made to pay." Sony has debuted a trailer for this direct-to-VOD drama called The Driftless Area, which features an impressive cast but that's about it. Anton Yelchin stars along with Alia Shawkat (both of them play a punk rock band in A24's Green Room as well), plus the cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes and Ciarán Hinds. This story is described as "a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe". The trailer introduces this as some kind of ghost story, where Yelchin can see a girl killed in a fire, and he tries to figure out what happened. Now I see why this is skipping theaters.