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"In my day, family stayed together." The Weinstein Company has debuted the trailer for one of their next Oscar bait movies, an adaptation of the play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The frontrunner once again is Meryl Streep, who plays Violet Weston, the dysfunctional mother of a family of women who come together in their hometown again to deal with a family crisis. The cast includes Julia Roberts, as well as Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Chris Cooper. It kind of has the feel of Little Miss Sunshine meets The Help, but not enough good humor.
Briefly: Updates on 2014 release dates for two movies from Warner Bros. First, since it was originally scheduled for release coming up this summer, 300: Rise of an Empire has been delayed until next year. The sequel to Zack Snyder's 300 has been pushed back from its initial August 2nd, 2013 release (up against 2 Guns) to March 7th, 2014. That actually follows the 300 release pattern, which came out March 9th, 2007 (remember that opening?). In addition, they've moved the Tom Cruise time loop sci-fi All You Need Is Kill, directed by Doug Liman, from March to June 6th, 2014 - a good spot in the early summer.
"I can't breathe! What do I do?!" Take a deep breath, it's finally time to see at this footage. After delaying the release for almost a year, Warner Bros has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, the sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in space. For the last few years we've been buzzing about this movie, Cuarón's latest since Children of Men in 2006. Everything about this trailer looks breathtaking, incredible, it's the kind of teaser where you'll hold your breath the entire time. It's only the first tease but it's an amazing one already. Watch and don't let go!
"So I'm not the first?" From one sci-fi composer to another. Back in January, news broke via the usually reliable Film Music Reporter that James Horner would be composing the score to Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. While I am not the biggest fan of Horner, his name means a lot to sci-fi (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to The Rocketeer to Apollo 13 to Avatar). However, the site Ender News is now reporting with confirmation from the studio that it's actually Steve Jablonsky, not Horner, who is scoring the sci-fi adaptation (watch the first trailer). Jablonsky hit it big scoring Transformers and is on the rise recently.
"My relationships have never been cleared for takeoff..." Fox Searchlight has put out a trailer for their fall romantic comedy Baggage Claim, written & directed by David E. Talbert based on his own novel, starring Paula Patton as a beautiful flight attendant looking for Mr. Right. This looks about as cheesy as they come for romantic comedies, but maybe a few of folks will be interested in it. The supporting cast includes Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Adam Brody, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony and Djimon Hounsou. If you need a break from all the sci-fi and action and superheroes, give this a look.
They're going to have to sell this like no other to compete with the UK release plan. A press release has officially announced that Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired North American distribution rights to Ben Wheatley's A Field in England, following up his film Sightseers, out in US theaters tomorrow. We just wrote an article yesterday about how UK distributor Picturehouse Entertainment is planning an unprecedented release pattern for the film hitting VOD, Blu-Ray and theaters all at the same time. Drafthouse says they're planning a "theatrical and VOD release" this year.
Briefly: A month ago we covered a fun story tweeted by British director Edgar Wright about a tease that he "directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?" At first many thought it was Iron Man 3, but he quickly confirmed it wasn't. So, with the Simon Pegg connection obvious, the next guess was Star Trek Into Darkness. Edgar finally revealed early today via a photo on his twitter that it was indeed Star Trek. "There are 2120 shots in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. I directed one of them," he wrote. The photo shows him behind a clapboard on what looks to be the Klingon set from the movie next to an IMAX camera. See below.
One of my most anticipated films playing at the Cannes Film Festival coming up this month is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest, Only God Forgives, once again starring Ryan Gosling. It already reminds me of 2011, where I caught the world premiere of Drive in Cannes (my review), also starring Gosling directed by Refn. This time the two head to Thailand for a bloody revenge film about a kickboxer and a gangster named Chang. With the festival only a week away, marketing material has started to arrive, and The Playlist found the full director's statement and some new photos in the press notes for the film. It's worth a read because Refn admits comparisons between Only God Forgives and his past films and discusses the original concept.
The studios are on the hunt for talented filmmakers, and the next one to make the jump is Jeff Nichols, director of Take Shelter and Mud, who I interviewed a few weeks ago. Deadline is reporting that Nichols has lined up a currently unnamed project at Warner Bros, with Jeff Robinov at the studio behind the deal. They're already saying "it will begin production in February", but don't provide any info on what or who or even the title. That said, we can assume almost with an absolutely certainty that Michael Shannon will be starring in it, though the rest of the details we're trying to piece together from bits of quotes around the web.
"Folk singer with a cat!" Just in time for the Cannes Film Festival kicking off next week, CBS Films has debuted another brand new red band trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film from the Coen Brothers, starring Oscar Isaac as folk musician Llewyn Davis based on the story of Dave van Ronk. We've already seen one excellent trailer already and CBS Films just scheduled its December release, but this looks outstanding. Maybe I'm just in love with New York City and how they've captured it perfectly in this, but I'm very excited to see the film. The red band tag is mostly for language and not much else. Take a look below!
Don't let go. Whoa. The very first teaser poster has been revealed today to continue the build-up to the first trailer reveal tomorrow for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. The highly anticipated, long-awaited space film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts who get launched into space after a catastrophic accident sends them drifting away from Earth. We've been covering this movie for years and this is finally the very first bit of marketing material released publicly; they still haven't even released a real photo yet. This is a stunning poster, I'm impressed by it, but my only question - why is Cuarón's name so damn small?
"Listen up - we have been boarded by armed pirates..." Sony has debuted the first full-length UK trailer for Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass of the Bourne movies, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, commander of the shipping vessel the MV Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. This is one of those trailers that looks so damn good it will give you the chills, just the setup and how it opens, telling the story while focused on Phillips. I love Greengrass' intense style anyway, but this looks like it'll be riveting from start to finish and I'm more than interested in seeing it.
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below.
"Everything you are, and everything you have, is because of that butler." The first trailer has debuted for Lee Daniels' new film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. As the latest follow-up to Lee Daniels' Oscar-winning Precious and his southern Gothic film The Paperboy, this is expected to be Oscar bait. It has quite a supporting cast to boot, with actors like Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman playing various Presidents. Even Oprah has a role, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz. I'm not sure what to make of this, it's a very melodramatic trailer but doesn't look terrible.