In case you forgot, there's still a remake of the classical musical Annie coming this winter, just before families get together for Christmas. This time it's breakout Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhané Wallis taking the titular lead as an orphan who gets upgraded to the big time when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes her under his wing in a mutually beneficial relationship used to boost his approval ratings and give Annie an upscale home for awhile. But of course, they end up finding a unique bond, and Stacks ends up wanting to have a more permanent place in her life. This latest trailer from the United Kingdom goes into full-on musical mode in the Big Apple. Watch now!
Back during Comic-Con, director Jon Schepp made the timely debut of a trailer for his gestating documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Now we get another glimpse of the doc which is still in production and looking for help with a FanBacked campaign. For those who don't know, the film is about the failed attempt by director Tim Burton to create a new Superman film with Nicolas Cage as the DC Comics superhero. This new trailer focuses on the crazy vision for the film that included monsters, weird landscapes, a translucent, Sigfried & Roy-style Superman suit, and much more insanity.
Though author Stephen King may not be at the top of his game lately, that hasn't stopped him from being a prominent force in pop culture on film and television. Every year there's a new adaptation of one of his books or short stories, and this year is no different. But this time, King actually wrote the screenplay for A Good Marriage, a pretty conventional thriller starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia. The film follows a happy couple whose seemingly perfect life is thrown into upheaval when Darcy (Allen) discovers that her husband may actually secretly be a serial killer. Seems pretty bland and generic to me. Watch it?
"Welcome to the regiment!" StudioCanal UK has debuted a trailer for the film '71, referring to the year 1971, when Belfast, Ireland was experiencing the Troubles with attacks from the IRA, UVF and UDA throughout Northern Ireland. The film stars Jack O'Connell (who is about to breakout into a huge movie star after this and Unbroken and Starred Up) as a soldier who gets lost in the chaos when he becomes seperated from his unit while patrolling the streets of Belfast. I first saw the film in Berlin and it's intense and captivating, keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's an impressive film that we do recommend looking into seeing, especially if it plays at a film festival near you sometime soon. Until then, don't miss the trailer.
"Sorry to insist..." Artificial Eye has debuted the first full UK trailer for the latest film from the Dardenne Brothers, called Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard. You may have heard buzz about this film back in May when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to open in France later that month. Cotillard plays a working-class woman desperately trying to keep her job as she must convince her co-workers to vote for keeping her in a company-wide decision. It's one of the best films I've seen all year so far, moving swiftly and yet maintaining an incredibly sharp focus on what they're saying and what they're accomplishing. Marion Cotillard looks much more disheveled than before but that's all part of her like look in the film, which plays even more into her character. Riveting to watch - I highly suggest catching this film.
"U didn't tell anyone right?" Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Jason Reitman's latest film, Men, Women & Children, following up his tender adaptation of Labor Day. This one is another adaptation, but he tells an ensemble story about how the internet and modern technology connects, and disconnects, us in today's world. It presents a very apt and poignant look at how everything from text messages to email to Snapchat to Facebook fuels social issues like "video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material." The ensemble cast includes Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Kaitlyn Dever, Dennis Haysbert, J.K. Simmons and Rosemarie DeWitt. Looks damn good.
"As beautiful and imaginative as anything Ghibli has yet created!" Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a brand new 60-second teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya', from director Isao Takahata, which was originally released in Japan late 2013. The film is adapted from a 10th century Japanese folktale and is animated in the style of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga scrolls - essentially it's unlike anything you've seen before, and this teaser plays up how gorgeous that animation looks. The trailer is for the dubbed US version with an English voice cast lead by Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges and James Marsden. This is a short, simple but stunning teaser - check it out.
While the movie poster is still a prominent piece of movie marketing, there are far too many that have become nothing more than shoddy Photoshop jobs with floating heads, flying embers and tons of designs that are exactly the same. Now a documentary from director Kevin Burke aims to look at what happened to the movie poster by diving into the history of the piece of movie promotion that used to be much more creative and artful than most of the posters we see in theaters today. Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six will shed light on movie poster art, its evolution over the years and much more. Now we have the first trailer.
"You can't just define yourself by the things you've lost." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for a cute, quirky little indie called Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis as a punk-rocker turned suburban mom. The film is the feature debut of both director Jen McGowan and writer Amy Lowe Starbin, telling a very earnest, heartfelt story about friends. The cast includes Alysia Reiner, Cybill Shepherd, Margaret Colin, Josh Hopkins and Jonny Weston as the kid in the wheelchair. You might also recognize Weston from the time travel film Project Almanac. This might be a bit too quirky for my tastes, but it doesn't look half bad at all.
Have you seen Snowpiercer yet? If not, it's now available on VOD now - check it out sometime soon. If you have, then great! For those who (like me) are big fans of Korean director Bong Joon-ho, we have another project you might want to take a look at. It's called Haemoo, or Sea Fog, and is a Korean thriller about a fishing boat that is smuggling illegal immigrants. The cast includes Kim Yun-seok and Park Yu-Chun, and the film was already released in Korea this month. The full trailer has been floating around and I was inspired by our friends to feature it today, especially with its North American festival debut coming up soon. No subtitles yet, unfortunately, but this does look like an intense, dark, modern thriller. Take a look below!
Last year we got a tease of the unique web-based indie thriller Open Windows from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigolando. In the film, Elijah Wood finds himself in a game of cat and mouse as a computer nerd who is a big fan of a young actress (Sasha Grey), but sadly had a contest dinner with his celebrity crush canceled. Suddenly the young man gets hacked by a dude with a weird agenda, claiming he's helping him get what he wants, and soon he's getting much closer access to the actress than he ever thought possible. But things start taking an even creepier edge, as you can see in the quick newly debuted trailer. Watch below!
While there isn't any straight-up nudity or profanity, we're going to call this trailer NSFW just based on content alone. The German indie Wetlands has already played at Sundance and SXSW, and it's definitely a shocking, gross out comedy, but not in the way that Jackass or American Pie have hit audiences. This one is much more gross, weird and dare we say sexy? The story follows a teenage girl, who doesn't believe in hygiene and masturbates with weird things, forced to spend some time in a hospital after her haphazard shaving techniques result in an anal lesion. This looks peculiar and funny, but in such a wrong way. Watch?
Now this is something very unique. Some may remember an indie sci-fi film from a few years back titled Ink, about a mysterious creature that steals children's souls featuring mesmerizing visuals. Well, the filmmaking team behind Ink, husband and wife Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans, have returned with a new project called The Frame where they've "dug even deeper" this time. They've been quietly working on this for the last three years, and now the first trailer has debuted. It's very nicely edited, a bit trippy, captivating and still mysterious. No plot details are available yet, but you might want to give this trailer a look anyway.
After rocking out with Stillwater in the stellar Almost Famous, actor Billy Crudup picks up a guitar again, this time to recover from tragedy, in the indie drama Rudderless. After his son is killed in a school shooting, advertising executive Sam (Crudup) almost gives up on his life, drowning sorrow in alcohol, until he finds a box of demo tapes and lyrics from his son. What begins is a beautiful recovery by way of music, complete with a new young friend named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), who may be in need of a father figure himself. William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with the film and it looks charming as hell. Watch!