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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Bring him home! It's time! Time to take a journey to Mars. Ridley Scott's new adventure The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's bestselling novel of the same name, is now in theaters. Matt Damon plays Astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars alone after a storm during a manned mission to the red planet. He must figure out a way to survive until a crew can return and rescue him. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover. So how is it? As good as the book? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your thoughts on The Martian.
"You want to question my morals? Do it later." RLJ Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for Bone Tomahawk, the "epic horror western" starring Kurt Russell that just premiered at Fantastic Fest this week. The film is about four men, played by Russell along with Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins, who set out into the Wild West to rescue a woman being held captive by cannibalistic cave dwelling troglodytes. Jeremy just reviewed it, calling it a "whopping epic with plenty of brutal genre elements to keep horror fans happy". I wasn't really into this trailer until that final shot - damn! Have at it.
Awesome news. Completely unexpected, but awesome. Our friends at The Wrap are reporting that Marvel Studios is closing in on a deal with New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi to direct the next Thor sequel, titled Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to working as a filmmaker and producer, Taika (also known as Taika Cohen) is an actor and appeared in a small role in the Green Lantern movie. I've been a big fan of his ever since Eagle vs Shark premiered at Sundance in 2007, and I've followed his career closely. He most recently directed the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, as well as the Kiwi drama Boy from a few years ago. Waititi joked on Twitter saying: "Oh jeez. Who blabbed?" But later deleted the tweet.
"Why did you come?" "I came here to kill you." Sony Pictures and Eon Productions have debuted the final trailer for the 24th Bond movie, titled Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The stellar cast includes Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, to the new Bond girls Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman, as well as bad guys Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser and Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx. This is a very short, very intense, final trailer that focuses on two major details - the globe-spanning action, and the evil organization SPECTRE. Which means this is their final reminder that, yep, this is the movie where SPECTRE comes back.
Always bring protection. Now this is a damn good poster. Paramount has unveiled a new poster for the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, once known as Scouts vs Zombies, directed by Christopher Landon about a trio of scouts who take on a town of zombies. The first trailer for this arrived just last month, and it actually looked pretty fun, better than I was expecting. The cast includes Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Elle Evans, Lukas Gage, and Joey Morgan. The movie better live up to the likes of this poster and deliver on the epicness. We don't know who the artist is, but hopefully we'll find out soon.
"We control the engine, we control the world. Without that, we have nothing." We're excited to exclusively debut the new artwork by Alice X. Zhang being sold at the New York Comic-Con coming up in New York City next weekend. FAMP Art has officially licensed and will be selling 24"x18" prints of this art for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer - an archival giclee print on Somerset Velvet fine art paper. FAMP Art, located at booth #2366 at New York Comic-Con 2015, specializes in creating officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters of foreign films, classics and more. This is their latest poster unveiling - view in full below.
"Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out." If you need to be inspired again about the amazing power of cinema, just watch any of these. There have been some outstanding video essays recently about aspect ratios, a number of them, so I decided to collect all of them together into one place. This way you can get the full dose, over 32 minutes discussing the history of the aspect ratio, the way filmmakers have used it throughout the years, and some recent examples of how it's still possible to push the boundaries of cinema. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a passionate long form piece on Xavier Dolan's Mommy and its brilliant use of aspect ratio. The most recent video profiles Dolan's Mommy and Tom at the Farm. Enjoy.
Time for a first look - just one photo via EW.com from the new film titled simply Gold, being directed by Stephen Gaghan. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez as an "unlikely pair" who team up when they find one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle. The full cast includes Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bryce Dallas Howard, but none of them are seen in this shot. The photo is just Ramirez and McConaughey, face to face, in the jungle. We'll have to wait until a trailer debuts to get a better sense of where this is going, and if it turns out these guys are trying to save the jungle or profit from it. In the meantime, take a look below and stay tuned for more on this film from Black Bear Pictures/Hwy61.
"I'm a driver, I'm an actor, and a filmmaker." FilmRise has debuted the trailer for Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, a documentary about actor/director Steve McQueen trying to make the racing film Le Mans, which was released in 1971. Apparently it was a very troubled, messy production with all kinds of problems and on-set rivalries - resulting in what was a "poorly received" film that didn't really connect with American audiences. The documentary features plenty of archival footage along with some interviews to present a unique, inside look at the production and what really went down. Of course, found within all that footage is McQueen talking about a love for car racing and filmmaking. "This is the story of racing, man."
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.