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First Look: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford in James Vanderbilt's 'Truth'

James Vanderbilt's Truth

Get your first look right here! Sony Pictures Classics has revealed a photo from the upcoming film Truth, which is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (of The Rundown, Zodiac, The Losers, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, White House Down). The film stars Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, and presents a behind-the-scenes look inside CBS News during Rather's final days there. This photo only shows Blanchett in the make-up room with Redford as Rather, though you can barely see him only through a mirror. At least it's something, and puts this on the map for the awards season as we end the summer and head deeper into the fall. Blanchett is always one to watch. See below.

 Posted July 31 in First Look, Indies, Photos | Comments

Watch: Raunchy International Trailer for 'Sleeping with Other People'

Sleeping with Other People

"What positions did you do?" Hold onto your butts, this is a wild one. Thankfully with international trailers they don't have to worry about MPAA restrictions, so this one lets loose with the sex and it gets quite raunchy. La Belle Company has debuted the French trailer for Leslye Headland's indie comedy Sleeping with Other People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (read Ethan's review). Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as platonic friends who discuss life and relationships and sex mostly. The cast also includes Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet & Daniella Pineda. This looks like a ton of fun, including all the sex, everything else that's in it, too. See the official US trailer here.

 Posted July 31 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Jeunet's 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet'

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

"They think I'm an adult." The Weinstein Company has put out a last minute new US trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. You've probably heard of this one before, because it opened in Europe two years ago, in 2013, and has been delayed by The Weinstein Company for release until now. They're quietly dumping the new Jeunet film in select theaters this weekend. We've posted at least one trailer for this a few years ago, but another brand new trailer has just debuted for this week's opening. Kyle Catlett (who went on to star in Poltergeist after making this) plays T.S. Spivet in this quirky adventure about a ten-year-old cartographer who travels solo across the country. I might still check it out sometime.

 Posted July 30 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Trailer for Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Starring Taissa Farmiga

6 Years Trailer

"I don't want you to have regrets, we make decisions they affect the rest of our lives." The Orchard has premiered the official trailer for Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, a relationship drama looking at the first six years in the romantic life of a young woman. Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga, stars as Mel Clark. She is in a relationship with Dan Mercer, played by Ben Rosenfield. The cast includes Joshua Leonard and Lindsay Burdge from Hannah Fidell's previous film, A Teacher. This looks quite good, I must say, it's a nicely cut trailer with an energy to it that pulls you in, makes you feel like you're a part of it.

 Posted July 30 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's 'Room' with Brie Larson

Room Teaser Trailer

"You're gonna love it…" From the filmmaker who gave us Frank comes a new film titled Room, starring Brie Larson as "Ma", exploring the boundless love between mother and child. A24 has unveiled a teaser before the film's premiere at TIFF in just a few months, and this will definitely throw you for a loop. The cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. As usual, Brie Larson looks to be at the top of her game with a riveting performance, though there seems to be so much going on in this that we don't know about yet. Is this a horror-thriller, or just a thriller, maybe it's merely a drama? Very interesting.

 Posted July 30 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Asa Butterfield in New US Trailer for 'A Brilliant Young Mind'

A Brilliant Young Mind

"When somebody loves you, it means they see something in you that they think is worth something, that's value to you." Samuel Goldwyn has debuted an official US trailer for the film A Brilliant Young Mind, formerly known as X+Y as it played on the festival circuit for the last year (premiered at TIFF 2014). In the film, Asa Butterfield stars a math prodigy with autism in a coming-of-age story where he takes a trip to Seoul for a tournament as part of the United Kingdom Math Squad. The cast includes Rafe Spall as his teacher, Sally Hawkins as his mother, plus Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang. I'm still looking forward to this.

 Posted July 29 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Teaser Trailer for 'Eadweard' About the Very First Filmmaker

Eadweard Teaser Trailer

"Your mind strings the pictures together and creates life." Whoa. Where did this come from? Deadline has premiered a teaser trailer for an indie biopic called Eadweard, about pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge who some may say was the very first filmmaker ever. He was the man who experimented with motion and multi-camera photography and eventually shot "The Horse In Motion" in 1886, known sort of as one of the very first movies ever made. Michael Eklund plays Eadweard and he's kind of a quirky proto-hipster, with a beard and a passion for vintage cameras. But this actually looks really, really good with some excellent attention to deal and an interesting story about an inventor. I am curious to see it as soon as I can.

 Posted July 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look Photos: Emma Watson & Daniel Brühl in 'Colonia' Thriller

Colonia First Look

A large portion of the official line-up of films playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival were announced today. One of those films is Colonia, a thriller from German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger. Colonia stars Emma Watson as a woman on a desperate search for her abducted boyfriend. She's drawn to the infamous Colonia Dignidad in Chile, a "sect nobody has ever escaped from", where she also encounters Daniel Brühl. The cast includes Michael Nyqvist, Vicky Krieps and Jeanne Werner. Three photos from the film have been unveiled, to give you an idea of the feel of this real world thriller premiering at TIFF this fall.

 Posted July 28 in First Look, Indies, Photos | Comments

Linklater's 'That's What I'm Talking About' Set for April 2016 Release

Richard Linklater

Briefly: Paramount Pictures has confirmed a release date for the next Richard Linklater film, following Boyhood, which will hit theaters starting early 2016. Announced by THR, the studio has set a release for Linklater's That's What I'm Talking About for April 15th, 2016 next spring. Described as some kind of "spiritual sequel" to Linklater's Dazed & Confused, this film is set in 1980 about an "incoming freshman experiencing his first weekend in college as a pitcher on the school's nationally ranked baseball team." The story follows Blake Jenner ("Glee") as the freshmen pitcher who "finds himself among a hard partying group of baseball players." It was funded by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. We've been quite curious about this one ever since Linklater confirmed it was next for him. Stay tuned for the latest release updates.

 Posted July 27 in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Trailer for 'Maryland' Starring Matthias Schoenaerts & Diane Kruger

Maryland Trailer

This looks powerful. The first trailer for Alice Winocour's new film from Cannes, titled Maryland, has debuted online. The film follows Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone, Far from the Madding Crowd) as an ex-soldier with PTSD hired to protect a woman, played by Diane Kruger, but soon begins to fall for her. This trailer plays without any dialogue, but does show plenty of scenes that will give you an idea of all the emotions these people are feeling. The score is what makes it all work so well, but it's just an impressively crafted trailer that will draw you in and make you interested in this film. Fire it up.

 Posted July 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Elisabeth Moss is the Creepy 'Queen of Earth' in Official US Trailer

Queen of Earth Trailer

"A week at the lake - relaxation, peace & quiet. But under the surface lies emotional unbalance." IFC has debuted the trailer for Alex Ross Perry's latest film Queen of Earth, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Starring Elisabeth Moss, this eerie throwback to old school horror tells of a woman scorned after a break up who retreats to madness at her friend's lakeside cabin. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit and Kentucker Audley. We just ran another international trailer a few weeks ago, but this is the official US version promoting the release next month. Elisabeth Moss is always worth complimenting, as she's so very talented, but this may not be everyone's cup 'o tea. I do like the way the critics' quotes scroll.

 Posted July 26 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Josh Lucas Stars in Off-Beat Indie Comedy 'The Mend' Trailer

John Magary's The Mend

"Can we go get ice cream?!" The first trailer has premiered for an indie comedy called The Mend that is being presented in the US by filmmaker David Gordon Green. The film is about two brothers who clash in a "tension filled house" when one returns home to find a bunch of squatters at his apartment. Josh Lucas stars along with Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Cory Nichols, Mickey Sumner and Louisa Krause. This actually looks better than anyone is probably expecting, and that's why it's worth taking a look at the trailer. There's an off-beat charm and yet still a brutal honesty to this, and I think that's what makes it oddly appealing. I'm not entirely sure. Definitely a festival film, but I'm intrigued enough to catch it. Fire this up.

 Posted July 24 in Indies, Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram in Official 'Experimenter' Trailer

Experimenter Trailer

"Why is defiance the anomaly instead of the norm?" Magnolia Picture has debuted the official trailer for Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda starring Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram. The film looks at Milgram's controversial studies in the early 1960s at Yale, involving an electric shock administered to "stranger" in the room next door. It would make a nice companion piece with The Stanford Prison Experiment, also at Sundance this year, and also a look at the way humans respond to and take control of authority. In addition to Sarsgaard, the Experimenter cast includes Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo, Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Hyasbert & Anton Yelchin. Enjoy.

 Posted July 23 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Terrence Malick's Film 'Knight of Cups' Set for March 2016 Release

Knight of Cups

We have to wait another 7 months until the new Terrence Malick film. Broad Green Pictures has announced release dates for two outstanding films that already premiered at festivals (via The Wrap). First, they'll open Sarah Silverman's I Smile Back, a Sundance drug drama directed by Adam Salky, in theaters on October 23rd this fall (read Ethan's review). The one everyone is anxiously awaiting is Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which already premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year (read my review from Berlinale). Knight of Cups is scheduled for release starting March 4th, 2016 early next year. Not too long of a wait, but it's certainly worth it since this is Malick getting back to form. The film will start limited and go wider in March.

 Posted July 23 in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

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