The selections for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival were just announced today, and one of the films premiering there will be Hector and the Search for Happniess starring Simon Pegg and we have a new trailer. The film follows a quirky psychiatrist (Pegg) who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients and it doesn't feel right. So Hector decides to break out of his routine life and embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering true happiness. The film will roll out to limited theaters in September in New York and Los Angeles before expanding later in the month and into October. Watch it!
"A minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two." Just last month, a quick teaser trailer debuted for the upcoming indie Dear White People, a racially charged comedy that debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Now a full theatrical trailer has arrived showing even more of the hilarity in the film starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonha Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Dennis Haysbert. This seems like a provocative and amusing comedy with biting racial humor and political satire done extremely well, and that's not always easy to do. Watch the trailer below!
"My name's Bob, and back in the day, this is where I totally fucking died." Back at the beginning of the month, some first look photos from the quickly progressing sequel Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2 surfaced, showing off Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjan) and his grave along with some old and new faces. Now director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer, and the old gang is back, including Devon Sawa, Adam Pascal and James Duval. Don't worry, Heroin Bob isn't back from the dead, but he seems to be narrating this film from the grave while his son Ross (Ben Schnetzer) is coming-of-age in Salt Lake City.
"What if I could put him in front of you. The man who ruined your life." It's Minority Report meets Looper in the first trailer for the South by Southwest selected film Predestination. The film follows a temporal agent (Ethan Hawke, who worked with directors Michael & Peter Spierig in Daybreakers) who is tasked with preventing crime throughout time before it happens. But he's also a man who messes with time in order to make sure that his legacy and work in law enforcement lasts forever. But all that is threatened by the one criminal who has gotten away from him time and time again. This looks pretty damn cool. Watch!
Toho has unveiled the full-length feature trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli film, titled When Marnie Was There, hitting theaters in Japan later this month (it won't arrive in the US until next year). We recently featured the first teaser trailer for Marnie, which was short and made up mostly of the theme song from the film. In this full trailer we get a better sense of the story, about a young girl who befriends a ghost named Marnie, even though she doesn't release it's a ghost. There are a few playful scenes and fun moments, but as always it just looks absolutely beautiful. I'm curious to check this out, something a bit different from Ghibli, yet still made with the same passion and detail that goes into every single frame of their movies. Have fun!
The stellar Benedict Cumberbatch has had some fun lately with Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (and more action in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this winter), but this fall we'll see him in a lower profile drama called The Imitation Game. In the film from Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), Cumberbatch plays real-life mathematician and cryptologist who was responsible for cracking a code that helped win World War II. But he wasn't treated like a hero when he was prosecuted for being a homosexual at a time when it was made illegal in the United Kingdom. Now two trailers have arrived, showing Cumberbatch has some Oscar potential for sure. Watch!
"Who am I? I'm a hard worker..." Not to be confused with the X-Men mutant, this film is actually about a guy in Los Angeles who ends up in the world of nighttime freelance crime journalism. The film is set to hit theaters in October, but this is the first footage we've seen after it was filmed last year. Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is the feature directing debut of writer Dan Gilroy. The video was quietly uploaded to YouTube with the statement "my video resume", uploaded by Lou Bloom, the character that Gyllenhaal plays. He talks for nearly 60 seconds about how he is the perfect candidate for a job. Would you hire him?
"God help the girl, she needs all the help she can get!" Dang, this looks good! An early teaser trailer for Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut pop musical God Help the Girl, which premiere at Sundance 2014 this January. Emily Browning (from Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty, Pompeii) stars along with Olly Alexander (from Great Expectations) and Hannah Murray (from "Game of Thrones") as three friends who form a pop group in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End. It looks like so much fun, with an vintage vibe to it and lots of smiling, goofy, sing-songy moments to it - which make quite an impact in this 70 second teaser trailer. This might be a must watch if pop music is your thing. Fire this up!
Right now audiences can see Mark Duplass acting awkwardly beside Melissa McCarthy in the thoroughly disappointing comedy Tammy. But later this summer, a much better display of the actor's talent alongside "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss will hit theaters in The One I Love. The indie debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, telling the story of of a marriage on the verge of breaking down. In one last effort, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) take a weekend vacation for one last shot at saving their marriage. Both Moss and Duplass have been said to turn in spectacular performances, and the trailer certainly shows that, along with a style like Sofia Coppola meets Wes Anderson with a sense of ominous oddity. Watch it now!
"I like your dolls." Hot on the heels of yesterday's underwhelming trailer for the horror adventure Ouija, there's some much better terror on the way. Annabelle is a spin-off of James Wan's horror hit The Conjuring. The film focuses on the creepy doll featured as part of the collection of paranormal objects owned by Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga), but this tale takes place before the events of The Conjuring, showing more of the story behind this creepy, evil doll. However, beyond what's show in the trailer, we don't know what kind of story to expect in this spin-off. Watch below!
Yes! The first trailer for my favorite film of the Cannes Film Festival this year has finally debuted. Xavier Dolan is a 25-year-old filmmaker from Quebec who has already made five films, and his latest is one titled Mommy. Starring Anne Dorval and Antoine Olivier Pilon as mother/son, the story is about her trying to raise her wild and violent ADHD child. The film is mostly presented in 1:1 format (as in the trailer) which is used as a storytelling device, but I won't ruin the important moments. Instead, I will say - this is our first glimpse at an innovative film that uses the big screen medium in fresh, exciting, unforgettable ways. Enjoy.
"Looks like somebody used a landmine to clear their sinuses." Way back towards the beginning of the year, the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime movie Kite debuted, showing Samuel L. Jackson in what seemed like a grittier, alternative sequel to Shaft. Now a new trailer shows a little more of what we can expect from the film. It's got an R-rating, so this won't be a tame thriller, and the world in which the story is set seems cool enough. Plus, this seems like an interesting role for Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) to continue his acting career. Could this be one of Jackson's surprise hits? Watch the trailer now!
The trailer has been playing in theaters for nearly a month now, and with the release of The Purge: Anarchy coming this weekend, Universal Pictures has finally decided to unleash the trailer for their next horror venture Ouija. Inspired by the creepy, supernatural "board game" of the same name, the film follows a group of friends who get caught up in the dark powers of this mystical board, forcing each of them to confront unimaginable horrors. Actually, by the looks of this trailer, the horrors are pretty basic, and don't really offer anything in the vein of a promising story. It just hits every cliche in the book pretty hard. Watch!
Director Lynn Shelton brought her latest film Laggies to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now the film is hitting theaters this fall. It's pretty standard indie fare with Keira Knightley playing a twentysomething struggling with adulthood, lacking motivation while figuring out the next step of her life. But this one has a great supporting cast with Chloe Grace Moretz turning in another promising performance along with Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). This doesn't look to break new ground, but with this caliber of cast, it really has charm. Watch it!