"May the force be with us." Wow. Get ready to geek out! Star Wars Celebration is happening in London this weekend, and they presentation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just wrapped up. During the panel, a new poster (with the Death Star) and a making-of featurette were revealed and oh my are they awesome. The video shows tons of behind-the-scenes footage, including director Gareth Edwards talking about working on this as well as some incredible shots of practical action and various creatures and characters. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, along with Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. I'm so excited to dive deeper into this world again, and this is an exhilarating video. A totally new story that looks as incredible as the rest of the saga.
One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible. Take a look at the new poster for the new documentary about filmmaker Brian De Palma, titled simply just De Palma, from directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year to glowing reviews from critics and was picked up by A24 for release this year. They've put out the first poster which features artistic imagery of De Palma and some of the iconic scenes from his films outside the window next to him.
The official selection for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival was just announced, and one of the films playing there this year is the latest work from Park Chan-wook, who was last at Cannes in 2009 with his film Thirst. Park Chan-wook has been adapting a novel called Fingersmith into a Korean version of the story, titled The Handmaiden (or Agassi in Korea), about a Japanese heiress that falls in love with a petty thief who works as her personal servant. The cast includes Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae Ri. I'm looking forward to seeing this in Cannes. In the meantime, these posters are gorgeous, truly stunning and I hope they bring more attention to this film over the next few months once it premieres.
Now that spring has arrived, we're just a few months away from the annual Cannes Film Festival taking place in the South of France. For the 69th edition of the film festival, Cannes has chosen imagery from Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt (1963) to be featured on the poster this year. I really like this poster because it's not just an actor/actress this time, it's an actual set piece from a film. "It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of Contempt: 'Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires'." Well that just makes me want to be there already.
It's almost time for a new Richard Linklater movie! To celebrate the occasion, Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is going all-out with a new Mondo poster and a special line of beer that they'll be selling at Drafthouse theaters. The new Mondo poster comes from artist Matt Taylor and it's a rather trippy design, fitting for the film that is supposedly similar in vibe to Linklater's Dazed and Confused. The new beer is made by Austin Beerworks and is described as a "dry-hopped Texas Common Beer", available around Austin soon. "Paying tribute to Rick's latest with a one-of-a-kind beer from one of my favorite breweries? It's exactly the kind of project that excites us and blurs the line between work and fun," stated Tim League.
In theaters in just two more weeks is the mysterious sci-fi movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, directed by Dan Trachtenberg. We've been posting some of the marketing for the movie, including TV spots and the trailer, and we're still very excited to see this and find out what's going on. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars, along with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr, in this sci-fi thriller about a girl brought into an underground bunker where she's told that it's only safe in there. Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a new poster for the movie, also showing in IMAX at release, with art by Ape Meets Girl inspired by imagery from the footage released so far. I'm very curious to find out the truth!
Meet the agents of chaos. Even more unique posters from Ben Wheatley's High-Rise worth featuring. This latest batch is a set of four character posters for Wheatley's movie about a high-rise building that represents the hierarchy of economic classes in society. There's one for Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal, at the very top, plus Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, Luke Evans as Richard Wilder, and Sienna Miller as Charlotte Melville. A few weeks ago I wrote that High-Rise has the best posters of the year so far, and that's still the case, especially with these trippy kaleidoscopic designs. They've done such an excellent job selling this movie, the more we get, the more I'm looking forward to finally seeing it. Check out the posters below.
"Are you, or aren't you a criminal? There is no in between." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a trailer for the indie thriller Hostile Border, co-directed by Michael Dwyer & Kaitlin McLaughlin. Veronica Sixtos stars as Pocha, a crafty undocumented immigrant living in the US who is sent back to Mexico, but struggles to cope on the other side of the border. The full cast includes Roberto Urbina, Julio Cedillo, Jorge A. Jimenez, Jesse Garcia and Maria del Carmen Farias. This film was originally titled Pocha: Manifest Destiny at the Los Angeles Film Festival before being renamed to Hostile Border, described as a slow burning crime thriller mixed with a western. This actually looks better than you're probably expecting.
What a Brazzle Dazzle Day! Disney has unveiled a teaser poster for director David Lowery's new remake of Pete's Dragon. The original Pete's Dragon film is a Disney classic from 1977 featuring a mix of live-action and animation, and this new movie will also be a hybrid. My first thought is that this reminds me of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, in a warm and fuzzy way, not a bad way. This reimagining takes us on an adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Sounds like fun. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Oscar winner Robert Redford. The first trailer debuts on ABC this Sunday, so check back.
"Here we go again, bro." Whoa! Where did this come from? No release date or any solid confirmation on filming, yet the first poster is now out. An early teaser poster for the upcoming Predator movie has been unveiled on the official Predator Facebook page (found via SlashFilm). According to early details, this film is actually a direct sequel to the original 1987 sci-fi feature starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The poster only says "You'll never see him coming" and lists the title as The Predator, which perhaps means we'll only see one Predator this time around again. I'm definitely curious to know more about this. Check this out in full.
We've been waiting to see something for this one! Roadside Attractions is releasing Tom Tykwer's new film A Hologram for the King and has set an April release date. But we still have yet to see a trailer or much else. The film has been scheduled for release on April 22nd, and along with that news a batch of first look photos (and a new German poster for now) have been unveiled. A Hologram for the King stars Tom Hanks as a failed American businessman who flies to Saudi Arabia to try and sell his idea to a wealthy monarch, based on the book by Dave Eggers. Sounds good. We'll be keeping an eye on this one leading up to release.
Can you help us find Dory? Where did she go this time? Disney-Pixar have unveiled a gorgeous set of four teaser posters for Finding Dory, the upcoming sequel to the beloved animated adventure Finding Nemo. This animated sequel sees Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, getting lost on a search for her parents, and Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, joining with Nemo to head back out and save her. We're still waiting to see more footage and get a better sense of the story aside from the original details (see paragraph below) but otherwise, I'm very excited for this just because I love all the different fish and animals found in the ocean. These are stunningly simple posters. I love the last one (with the sea anemone) the most. Take a look below.
Leave the real world behind. Even though it's barely a week into February, I'm impressed by the amount of high quality marketing material we've seen this year so far. While I must acknowledge that the marketing for Deadpool has been brilliant across the board, and this new poster for Allegiant is worth pointing out, the best poster art released this year so far is for Ben Wheatley's High-Rise. The film already premiered last year and played at a few festivals (read Jeremy's review or Amanda's review) but has yet to be given a US release date, even though it opens in the UK in a few months. These posters are promoting the UK release, which is perhaps the explanation behind why they're so unique. View both High-Rise posters in full below.
Time to get acquainted with the Suicide Squad. David Ayer has released a new poster and WB has followed up with a full set of 10 character posters for DC's Suicide Squad movie. This artwork features stylized versions of each costume from the squad, and it even includes some of the bad guys and surprise characters we'll see in this movie. Ayer has also indicated that a new trailer for Suicide Squad will debut on Tuesday later this week. I really dig the designs for this, the comic book connection is clear and it really shows how much fun they're having with this movie. We'll follow up once the trailer premieres - until then, take a look.