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It's time. Time to kick off the fall movie season. We're just about done with summer, the kids are back in school, and most importantly - the fall film festivals are about to kick off. The Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival both open this week, with many big (and surprise) premieres planned. Right after that, the festival season continues with the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, leading to the New York Film Festival and AFI Fest in Los Angeles, not to mention the London Film Festival. That takes us right into the awards season of November/December. Whether you like it or not, or you hate the awards grind and endless campaigning, this is the time of year when all the good films roll out - last year's gems, surprising discoveries, more films to fall in love with. I'm ready to start watching.
Get ready. Something big is coming. In a post on Hollywood Reporter, they've confirmed with IMAX that Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams will be playing on every last IMAX screening around the world for one full month straight. They must be anticipating a lot people going to the see this movie non-stop! Indeed, since The Force Awakens looks so damn good this is building up the anticipation even further. It means the theaters and the entire industry is getting ready for Star Wars mania when fans burst through the doors on December 18th - and then camp out there for a full month straight.
Universal has debuted a poster for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film, which is about to premiere and start earning real buzz with critics/journalists. I've heard from numerous places that the film will be premiering at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day, and it will also play at the New York Film Festival in October. We've already seen a couple of trailers so far, and it looks way better than I was expecting, though I'm very curious to see how much of an influence Boyle had. Since I'm perhaps more intrigued by Sorkin's script than anything else. Michael Fassbender plays the iconic black-turtleneck-wearing tech innovator Steve Jobs.
Don't mess with Katniss. As noted by the marketing team at Lionsgate, today marks the fifth anniversary of the original release of Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games book that ends it all, Mockingjay. To keep fans excited for the upcoming release of Mockingjay - Part 2, Lionsgate has launched yet another new viral "microsite" located at Squad451. Found on there is a giant promotional banner for the movie, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Claflin as Finnick, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Natalie Dormer as Cressida, plus a few others. Katniss stands defiantly atop a demolished, fallen statue of President Snow, which is the coolest part about this banner. View in full below.
"I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real." Get ready for Steven Spielberg mania all-September-long at your local Alamo Drafthouse! Drafthouse has officially announced a new screening series they're hosting called Septemberg, in honor of the upcoming release of Spielberg's newest movie Bridge of Spies (in theaters October 16th). Many of my friends grew up watching Spielberg movies, whether it was E.T. or Indiana Jones or Jaws or Hook or Close Encounters. He's a one-of-a-kind, masterful filmmaker even today, and it's always exciting to revisit his past work. The Drafthouse also put together a fun video teaser for the "Septemberg" series, along with info and locations around the country.
"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.
"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?
Oh, Baloo, I wanna stay with you. Walt Disney Studios has unveiled the first teaser poster for Disney's The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau mostly in motion capture, starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The movie was made using mostly motion capture, and apparently the CGI work is "next level", according to SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta. Fans and press attending the D23 Expo's presentation on live-action Disney movies today were treated to a look at The Jungle Book, and according to early buzz it's very impressive and nostalgic, earning a standing ovation. For everyone else not there, this poster below is our first look for now.
"You, sir, truly are Mr. Incredible. You know, I was right to idolize you?" With the D23 Expo underway out in Anaheim, California, Disney is making some big reveals. Found on the showfloor are a set of posters for Pixar's set of movies "Coming Soon". The poster set begins with The Good Dinosaur, which is out this Thanksgiving, and continues all the way up to Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, which was announced last year. More sequels, yes, but at least The Incredibles 2 is being written and directed and cared for by Brad Bird and at least it's in the works. Toy Story 4 also gets a familiar poster. Check out all the photos below.
It's time for a little tiny tease of the madness. With D23 underway, Disney has unveiled a first look at two teaser posters for Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Disney's re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska from 2010. Those two are both returning and each one gets their own teaser poster - one for Alice, one for the Mad Hatter, played by Depp. Hopefully they're not all obsessed with pushing the 3D version of this sequel, and considering 3D is not seen anywhere on these posters, that may be a good sign. It's likely we'll see a teaser trailer by the end of the year, but in the meantime start with these posters and rewatch the old animated original. Is anyone excited for this sequel?
Behold! More Star Wars! Hey, did you know there's a new Star Wars movie coming out this year? Because if you didn't, Entertainment Weekly is here to provide a fall preview looking at all the movies left to see the rest of this year. And the big one is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which gets the cover shot and an entire gallery of new photos inside the pages. We finally get a good look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux of The First Order, plus a better look at Captain Phasma, some more shots of J.J. Abrams on set, and some glimpses of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Not that we haven't already seen plenty of excellent photos from the new Star Wars, but as always the more we see, the better. Only four more months left to go.
Are you now or have you ever been… The first official poster has debuted for Jay Roach's biopic Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee by refusing to testify regarding accusations of ties to communism. We featured a first look photo from this late last year, and this poster is much of the same, showing Cranston with a cigarette at his typewriter and those signature glasses. With a release set for November this fall, we expect the trailer to arrive soon. Co-starring Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman & Louis C.K.
"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." I just saw this film last night, and it's dope. No really, it's exceptional. Our friends at Fandango have debuted a new set of artistic posters designed by illustrators from Southern California made to promote F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, the story of N.W.A and the rise of many of the talented musicians from that era. The posters feature unique styles that highlight the five main talents - Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Dj Yella and MC Ren. Watching these five on screen is enrapturing because they're played with such bravado by an incredible young cast - O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge. I dig these posters - see below.
Meet John Ruth and Daisy Domergue. Over at Entertainment Weekly, they're revealed the first character poster for Tarantino's upcoming western The Hateful Eight. The poster features Kurt Russell as John "The Hangman" Ruth and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue. There's also six more marks to denote the remaining six members of "The Hateful Eight", so I imagine we'll be seeing a set of posters like this for all of the characters - likely connected with the trailer debut. I much prefer the other teaser poster designed and debuted at Comic-Con, that one is hard to top, and this one doesn't even come close. But I'm still crazy excited for this movie, especially after seeing some footage at Comic-Con. It's going to be amazing.