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"What does it mean to be human?" Whoa. Get ready for an intense psychological deep dive into the human mind with this sci-fi thriller from Sweden. Filmmakers and friends of the site Andreas Climent & André Hedetoft (they also made that short Double Trouble) have debuted the very first teaser trailer for their first feature film titled Origin. The story involves a couple of young ambitious scientists trying to figure out how to slow down the aging process at the cellular level, testing it on one of their friends. Of course, things start to get a bit crazy. Starring Emelia Hansson, Rikard Björk, Rafael Pettersson and Sandra Redlaff. This actually looks really good. I admire the cinematography, and I'm intrigued by the story. Take a look!
"Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light." Which side are do you stand on? Empire magazine has just revealed their two new photos for Lucasfilm's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and they actually look pretty damn cool. One cover features three characters from the Dark Side - Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, with his mask and red cross-saber; Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie; and General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson. The other cover is for the Light Side (the good guys, yay!) - Rey front and center, played by Daisy Ridley, flanked by Finn played by John Boyega, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. Each one has an extended "pull out" side piece, which completes the image. Lots of tie fighters! And the Millennium Falcon. The line-up shown this way looks awesome. Nice score, Empire.
Good news, Michael Mann fans - he has found his Enzo Ferrari. Over at Deadline, they're reporting that actor Christian Bale has "said yes" or agreed to play the lead role of Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann's upcoming Ferrari movie, about the life of the creator of the famous automobile company. The project has been in the works for a while, and while Bale is now involved, they interestingly mention that it still "isn’t set up [at a studio] just yet." They do say that it will start shooting next summer, so things are moving forward to make this Mann's next film following this dismal Blackhat. Hopefully this will turn out much better, but I really feel this story is much more suited to Mann's sensibilities than anything else. Read on.
"What were you doing - were you spying on me?" A fascinating new featurette has debuted for the film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The film is an extensive look at Fischer's time battling Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 70's (read my TIFF review). The featurette looks at Fischer's various problems and paranoia that made him so unique, and made him a bit crazy. There's a great collection of scenes from this intersperse with the explanations of what's going on in his mind. In addition to Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice stars Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg & Peter Sarsgaard. If you're a chess fan, or Bobby Fischer aficionado, or any of this makes you curious, I recommend this film.
Never doubt a scout! Paramount Pictures has unleashed the first very red band trailer for Christopher Landon's Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, previously known as Scouts vs Zombies before the longer title change. Tye Sheridan leads a young cast of nerdy Boy Scouts who have to take on a town full of zombies with a
stripper cocktail waitress at their side. The cast includes Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Elle Evans, Lukas Gage, and Joey Morgan. This is actually the first time a red band trailer has been utilized to its fullest extent, with a sh*tload of nudity and violence and gore and everything else. I will say this looks fun, albeit a bit cheesy but I might actually check it out. More crazy zombie mayhem, why not?
"The Flare - be on the lookout. If you see the signs, report to us immediately." Fox has debuted a fun, short little promo video for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. This animated promo shows what happens when you catch the "Flare Virus", which is the fictional virus that infects people and turns them into weird
zombie undead like creature things. If you've seen the most recent trailer, you've seen what people become after being infected, and it is kind of a bit like a hyper-zombie. I just like to see this stuff made and released to the public, as it's a fun and smart way to build the world the film takes place in. In theaters next month.
"Enjoy your stay in hell!" Freestyle Releasing has debuted a R-rated trailer for the R-rated stop-motion movie Hell & Back, from the animation studio behind "Trip Tank" and "Robot Chicken" (two excellent animated shows). It's a goofy, foul-mouthed trip into the depths of hell, but it looks quite fun I must say. The ensemble voice cast includes Mila Kunis, T.J. Miller, Michael Peña, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Odenkirk and Danny McBride. I'm not sure if they were riffing jokes that got worked into the animation, or if it was all scripted, but some parts are funny, other moments are not. The animation looks great, and I'm just impressed they actually made a brand new R-rated stop-motion movie. Have fun!
"Move a little strange, you're gonna get a bullet. Not a warning, not a question, a bullet." Time to meet all eight of the untrustworthy bounty hunter vermin shacked up under one roof in a blizzard during Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. From the "Bounty Hunter" himself, to "The Hangman" and his "Prisoner", to "The Sheriff" and "The Mexican", as well as "The Little Man", "The Cow Puncher" (my favorite name) and of course, "The Confederate". Th first teaser for The Hateful Eight just came out last week and they've been revealing each of these posters day-by-day, one for each of the "eight". Now we can get a good look at all of them together. I like these, but nothing tops that blue Comic-Con poster art for Hateful Eight. Your choice?
"This one feels different." The official UK trailer has debuted for a new film called Blunt Force Trauma, starring Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten and Freida Pinto. Despite that rather interesting cast, this is actually going straight-to-DVD and looks a bit like a low budget clunker with some very underlit scenes. The film is about gunfighters, or modern day gun-slingers who actually fight with pistols and bulletproof vests. You know what, that is a cool idea I'll give them that, but this has other problems. Anyway, the cast includes Jon Mack, Jason Gibson, Carolina Gómez and Maruia Shelton. Check it out below if you're curious.
"If I can't figure out a way to make contact with NASA, none of this matters anyway." 20th Century Fox has debuted the second fantastic trialer for Ridley Scott's new sci-fi The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars. This trailer plays in reverse, starting out with Damon being trapped on Mars by himself, trying to survive. Eventually we learn they're coming back to get him and it's that mission we follow as he learns to survive. Everything about this looks amazing, I'm seriously very excited for this - the story, and the performances, and more harrowing space travel adventures. The huge cast includes Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor. Fire this up! We're coming for you Watney!
Evil takes many forms. A24 has debuted the first official trailer for The Witch, a film from Sundance this year written and directed by Robert Eggers, making his feature directing debut. Ralph Ineson stars as William, Kate Dickie stars as Katherine, in this vintage horror thriller set in New England in the 1600s about a family and their suddenly missing children. Eggers did win the Best Director award at Sundance this year for this film. It certainly seems very unsettling, and very unique, unlike most horror films we find these days. I'm not particularly into this, the whole thing about the goat seems campy to me. Take a look below.
These trick-or-treaters are not here for candy. IFC has recently debuted the official trailer for indie horror Hellions, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category. Chloe Rose stars as Dora, a pregnant teenager home alone on Halloween terrorized by tiny, evil trick-or-treaters after her baby. The cast includes Robert Patrick as a cop who tries to help her. This looks very creepy, and disturbing, and just weird and totally out of place during the heat of the summer. But it's being released later in the fall, closer to Halloween, which is the perfect time to let these Hellions loose. Have fun!
"Is there nothing that can get to you?" A trailer has debuted online for Wim Wenders' very heartbreaking, somber, moving film Every Thing Will Be Fine. The film stars James Franco, following him across 12 years as he tries to cope with the weight of a fatal accident one snowy night on a quiet road. This trailer gives away pretty much everything, so don't expect to be surprised, just expect to learn where the story is going - and that's the whole point. It's about actually feeling the emotions over years, not just the shock of what happened. I saw this at Berlinale (read my review) and liked it, despite being so somber. Also starring Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marie-Josée Croze and Peter Stormare. Give it a look.
From Star Wars to Silicon Valley. Actor John Boyega has been cast in one of the main lead roles in James Ponsoldt's upcoming new film The Circle, an adaptation of Dave Eggers' book The Circle. With big news about Google and Amazon recently, including stories about the many people who work at those companies, it makes sense that this project is suddenly being pushed ahead. Last year we posted that Tom Hanks was circling a role, and Deadline confirms he's cast in The Circle along with Emma Watson. Boyega is the latest addition. He'll play Ty, the "iconized boy-wonder visionary of the Circle, an Internet monopoly which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." Sounds fun, I trust in Ponsoldt.