Well, Hello! Meet the new Sherlock Holmes. Yep, he's old and yet still as spry as ever. Legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen has posted his own photo of himself in costume & make-up for the new film Mr. Holmes, being directed by Bill Condon. McKellen will apparently be playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in the project, also known as A Slight Trick of the Mind, co-starring Laura Linney. The story is about Mr. Holmes looking back at his life and the cases and unsolved mysteries, and yes of course, a woman. It's only a costume shot, but as a first look at the lovable McKellen ready to play Holmes, I couldn't resist sharing. Take a look below.
"I know you, I want to help you!" IFC has debuted the trailer for a Sundance film called War Story, from writer/director Mark Jackson, starring Catherine Keener as a photojournalist who tries to help a young refugee, but seems to get in over her heard with some violent political affairs. French actress Hafsia Herzi also stars in the film. This looks interesting, but there's not much more to it than a shoddy story and some campy, ever-so-obvious dialogue about "but I had to get the story!" wait "there is no story." "What have they done to you?" It doesn't look terrible, just not that good. Take a look below, this might interest others more.
Let Me Tell You a Story... Dang, this is pretty cool. A24 has unveiled the first teaser poster for Kevin Smith's Tusk, his new horror film about a walrus man, or something like that. We have yet to actually see a teaser trailer in public, however it seems like A24 is getting ready to launch one following this poster. The artwork features a moonlit house positioned on a cliff, with tusks sticking out beneath it. It's impressive imagery for an official studio poster, and is quite a teaser for this horror project that has been kept quietly under wraps since Kevin Smith started production. Now they have my attention; I'm intrigued to see more from this film. The trailer is set to debut online in full after it unveils at Comic-Con later in July. Check out this art below.
"A true tale told by those who lived it." Something a little raw to raunch up your day. A trailer has debuted for a wacky documentary called Limo Ride, about an epic "wildest night ever" limo ride about ten friends having the time of their lives. If you like white trash cinema, this is the doc for you. It's essentially about these guys recounting the tale of this crazy night of drinking and sex and all kinds of bad shit, which hearing about now is so much fun. They end up at some beach, endless bars all over, and other nasty places. This sales trailer is full of nudity and language aplenty, so don't watch this one at work, or with any one around.
"As a small tease until the premiere in 2020 shorter teaser/trailers will be presented at different occasions." Wait - what? This movie is 720 hours long (that's a month!)? Who is going to watch that?! The first teaser, which runs 72 minutes with "the intent to convey the mood and tempo from the full piece", for Anders Weberg's experimental cinematic project Ambiancé has debuted. For those intrigued by this, it's pretty much just 72 minutes of random, mesmerizing, grainy imagery, and an atmospheric score, without much going on. But that's his entire idea, as this is "abstract nonlinear narrative" and it's all about what you feel while watching it. I can't say I feel much besides confusion, but perhaps that's just me. The final release isn't until 2020, so we've got a few years, but this teaser will only be online until July 20th (2014) - catch it now.
"Let us say a prayer that this piece of land, small as it may be, can be more than a symbol." Today's trailer is for an indie sci-fi/post apocalyptic film that premiered at Sundance to rather dismal buzz. It's the second feature from Jake Paltrow, younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow, whose debut was The Good Night from 2007. This one, titled the Young Ones, is another genre-mixer set in the future, but with the tone and style of a Dust Bowl western. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as the nomad son of Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult actually plays a villain, with Elle Fanning his girlfriend. These first trailers are early promos that may not stay online, but as a first glimpse I'm intrigued to see how this looks. If you're curious, take a look.
Because for Love... And hatred... You don't need translation. Drafthouse Films has acquired a film that may be one of the other big breakouts of Cannes 2014. It's titled The Tribe and is a radically ambitious film set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf. The film's narrative unfolds entirely without subtitles or words, instead it's told entirely through sign language. As groundbreaking as that sounds, the film is challenging because it's about crime and prostitution within the school. Drafthouse CEO Tim League calls it "the most breathtaking film of Cannes", and has put his full support behind it by releasing this film in North America.
"I want to see this country soar again..." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a brand new teaser trailer for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, and I would say it is indeed a must watch, it's an excellent trailer, coming in at just 60 seconds. There's an exciting intensity to it and I can't recommend the film enough, it was one of my favorites out of Cannes 2014. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star as wrestlers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz, and Steve Carell plays their creepy, rich coach John du Pont, a real life story about greed and murder. This film is full of mystery and intrigue, incredible performances, it's going to be the talk of the town when it hits theaters this fall. More exceptional teasers like this and it'll be a breakout hit, too. Enjoy!
In today's modern digital times, Kickstarter has cemented itself as the predominant funding platform for people looking for money to develop projects. Thankfully this has been an immense help in the indie movie community, providing a successful avenue for developing and finishing cinematic projects that often involve a large amount of money. Kickstarter will once again host their own fourth annual Kickstarter Film Fest, a one day event showcasing "our favorite films, shorts, webseries, animations, documentaries and more — all funded on Kickstarter." The festival will occur in New York (Brooklyn) this summer, before heading to Los Angeles and eventually London. I'm planning to stop by this July out in Brooklyn; it all sounds like fun.
This poster is cool. Or maybe I should say, this is cooooool. At this point, I feel like we've been waiting ages (and ages) to finally see Terry Gilliam's long lost new sci-fi film The Zero Theorem, which we've been following since before Transcendence came together, but it's delayed until August before being available on VOD. Christoph Waltz stars in the film as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence. We've teased this film before with a few trailers and some other poster art, however The Playlist has stumbled upon what they're calling an "alternate version" of The Zero Theorem poster featuring a floating, nude Waltz and some floating heads in space. Like, whoa. Check this out below.
An American flag in the background, a hot actor front and center in a pose that evokes no emotions. This poster sucks. First things first, let me say that I absolutely love this movie. I caught the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and flipped for it, ranking it as one of my Top 5 films of Cannes 2014 and praising it in a glowing review. During Cannes, the first teaser and much-more-impressive French poster for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher debuted, and now we finally get a glimpse at Sony Classics' US marketing material and it's boring. Channing Tatum is just standing there, acting unlike his character. This film deserves better.
Roadside Attractions has debuted a trailer for one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival, starring Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig as brother and sister. It's a film titled The Skeleton Twins and is actually much more of a sweet drama (they oversell it as a comedy here) about two depressed siblings who reconnect back at home, and figure out where their lives are headed. The cast includes Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson, and Boyd Holbrook, though it's really all about Hader & Wiig giving two earnest and remarkable performances. Ethan praised the film at Sundance, saying it has a "superb blend of laugh out loud comedy, and heartbreaking drama." I agree and recommend watching this (despite the trailer), as it's an indie gem.
Fassbender and Smit-McPhee, friends and foes, fighting their way across America. The first look photo for a new western titled Slow West has debuted online. From John Maclean, making his feature debut after a few shorts with Fassbender, the film is about a boy who travels from Scotland to Colorado to be reunite with the woman with the women he loves, but discovers that America is not exactly a very forgiving place. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as 17-year-old Jay, and Michael Fassbender as his mysterious paid-for protector Silas. It's just one photo, but Fassbender chomping on a cigar and shaving with a knife makes it all worth it.
"What things is he done, we ain't found out yet..." Another new trailer for James Franco's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God has recently debuted, since it's finally getting a limited release later this summer. We've already featured one trailer previously and a teaser from a year ago for this crime thriller starring Scott Haze as Lester Ballard. Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each one describing Ballad’s ever-growing isolation of from society and social mores. Can't say I'm particularly interested, but it is a much more fierce trailer than the others.