The 2013 Cannes Film Festival is getting into full swing, and our own Alex Billington is already in France, ready to cover the latest out of the international film festival. And that means some films are getting the buzz started. The first trailer for James Franco's As I Lay Dying just showed up, and now an intriguing sci-fi film called The Congress, starring Robin Wright, has just debuted a trailer. The story is a loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress from 1971, and follows a version of Wright who has sold Hollywood the digital rights to a younger version of her entire being. This looks like a really cool sci-fi story with some poignant social commentary on Hollywood and maybe the future of cinema. Watch!
"I don't care what we do, just so long as we do something." Well, now what do we have here? If you thought things couldn't get any more James Franco than they already are, get ready for Franco overload. He directs, too! The first Cannes promo trailer has arrived for As I Lay Dying, based on the William Faulkner novel, that is written, produced, directed by and starring James Franco. I'm that not familiar with the western story, but this looks a lot better than I was expecting it would, for some odd reason. The cast includes Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green and yes, Danny McBride in a dramatic role. Check it out below.
Fear - the ultimate weapon. Today's indie trailer is from Well Go USA for the US release of Andrew Lau's The Guillotines, a martial arts action-adventure out of China about a secret brotherhood of elite assassins known as The Guillotines. When I first heard that title I wasn't expecting to see anything that great, but I'm impressed. It plays on the concept of old school swords vs. new school firearms in a stylish way, and looks like it will have some incredible fights. The cast includes Shawn Yue, Xiaoming Huang, Zhang Wen and Yuchun Li. The circular flying swords are a little gimmicky, but I'm curious to check this out. Enjoy!
"What about you daddy?" The Weinstein Company has unveiled the first trailer for Fruitvale Station, the award-winning, highly acclaimed indie sensation from Ryan Coogler, a USC graduate making his feature debut. Starring Michael B. Jordan in a career-defining role, the true story is about a young man named Oscar and one tragic night on New Years Eve in 2008 at the BART Fruitvale Station. We fell head over heels for the film at Sundance, so did everyone at the festival (it won the Audience Award for Drama), and it's one of those must-see indie breakouts of 2013. It's such a powerful, moving film and this trailer captures that feeling in it perfectly. The supporting cast includes Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand and Octavia Spencer.
"The most powerful force is hope." Who is Captain Harlock? Unless you're from Japan or otherwise familiar with Leiji Matsumoto's manga, this is likely a character many have never heard of (at least I haven't). But if you're a fan of Appleseed or Final Fantasy, you'll want to take a look. Captain Harlock: Space Pirate is a CG animated space epic that seems to involve some gnarly space pirate ships, apparitions with pointy ears and lots of long-haired characters. The animation in this looks incredible, all the fine details in the hair and environments around them. I'm interested in seeing this admittedly more for the visuals than anything else.
"In my day, family stayed together." The Weinstein Company has debuted the trailer for one of their next Oscar bait movies, an adaptation of the play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The frontrunner once again is Meryl Streep, who plays Violet Weston, the dysfunctional mother of a family of women who come together in their hometown again to deal with a family crisis. The cast includes Julia Roberts, as well as Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Chris Cooper. It kind of has the feel of Little Miss Sunshine meets The Help, but not enough good humor.
"I can't breathe! What do I do?!" Take a deep breath, it's finally time to see at this footage. After delaying the release for almost a year, Warner Bros has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, the sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in space. For the last few years we've been buzzing about this movie, Cuarón's latest since Children of Men in 2006. Everything about this trailer looks breathtaking, incredible, it's the kind of teaser where you'll hold your breath the entire time. It's only the first tease but it's an amazing one already. Watch and don't let go!
"My relationships have never been cleared for takeoff..." Fox Searchlight has put out a trailer for their fall romantic comedy Baggage Claim, written & directed by David E. Talbert based on his own novel, starring Paula Patton as a beautiful flight attendant looking for Mr. Right. This looks about as cheesy as they come for romantic comedies, but maybe a few of folks will be interested in it. The supporting cast includes Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Adam Brody, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony and Djimon Hounsou. If you need a break from all the sci-fi and action and superheroes, give this a look.
"Folk singer with a cat!" Just in time for the Cannes Film Festival kicking off next week, CBS Films has debuted another brand new red band trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film from the Coen Brothers, starring Oscar Isaac as folk musician Llewyn Davis based on the story of Dave van Ronk. We've already seen one excellent trailer already and CBS Films just scheduled its December release, but this looks outstanding. Maybe I'm just in love with New York City and how they've captured it perfectly in this, but I'm very excited to see the film. The red band tag is mostly for language and not much else. Take a look below!
"Listen up - we have been boarded by armed pirates..." Sony has debuted the first full-length UK trailer for Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass of the Bourne movies, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, commander of the shipping vessel the MV Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. This is one of those trailers that looks so damn good it will give you the chills, just the setup and how it opens, telling the story while focused on Phillips. I love Greengrass' intense style anyway, but this looks like it'll be riveting from start to finish and I'm more than interested in seeing it.
"Everything you are, and everything you have, is because of that butler." The first trailer has debuted for Lee Daniels' new film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. As the latest follow-up to Lee Daniels' Oscar-winning Precious and his southern Gothic film The Paperboy, this is expected to be Oscar bait. It has quite a supporting cast to boot, with actors like Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman playing various Presidents. Even Oprah has a role, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz. I'm not sure what to make of this, it's a very melodramatic trailer but doesn't look terrible.
The first quad posters for The World's End from director Edgar Wright just arrived earlier this week, and now the first trailer for the film starring Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has arrived. Damn, did we miss this gang. This looks like everything we've come to expect and more from the last part of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Sci-fi action, great comedy, and just a hell of a lot of fun is coming. Plus the addition of Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman in bigger roles than they've had previously in Wright's films is a nice touch, and Rosamund Pike is a real pretty treat. Don't miss this!
"You'll be the finest commander we've ever trained." It's time. Summit has debuted the teaser trailer for Gavin Hood's Ender's Game adaptation, unveiled during a Google+ hangout today promoting the launch. Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, an intelligent young boy recruited into the International Fleet's Battle School, where he trains in military tactics to defeat the buggers if they ever invade again. This is the same trailer I flipped out over at CinemaCon, and opens and ends with epic scenes that should make your jaw drop. Everything about this footage looks awesome, even the CGI. This is why I am so insanely excited!
"Dark times call for dark deeds." Magnet Releasing has debuted the trailer for Hammer of the Gods, an intense Viking drama about a son who must take an epic journey across hostile territory to find the "king who will lead us to victory." Newcomer Charlie Bewley plays the young Viking warrior Steinar, and the film is directed by Farren Blackburn, who has also been directing "Doctor Who" episodes this season. There aren't many Gods in this and there's barely a hammer in the trailer, but it does look like a gritty, grounded Viking flick about a son who must come into his own. At least this looks much better than Valhalla Rising.