"This will be my last job." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for the indie crime drama Dixieland, from writer/director Hank Bedford, starring Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road). Zylka plays Kermit, a "mostly good kid" fresh out of prison trying his best to stay clean, falling in love with his neighbor, Rachel, played by Keough. Of course, when he needs money he decides to do one last job and we all know how that's going to turn out. The supporting cast includes Faith Hill, RJ Mitte, Brad Carter, Steve Earle, Spencer Lofranco and Mick Foley. Not my kind of film, but give it a look below.
"Everyone must fight!" No exceptions! Screen Gems has debuted a new international trailer for Burr Steers' Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the classic-romance-mashed-with-zombie-horror adaptation due out next February. We've already featured two full-length trailers previously, and this keeps looking better and better the more they start to show. This trailer throws in just about everything - blood splattering everywhere, POV of the zombie-head-being-cut-off, the sisters teaming up in the hallway, it's all here and it looks pretty damn good. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennet, joined by Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, plus Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, and Lena Headey.
"I can fight the monsters!" Time for an excellent throwback to "The Twilight Zone". Monsters (not to be confused with Gareth Edwards' breakout sci-fi film) is a short film from director Steve Desmond about a family living in an underground bunker, away from the monsters that roam the world above. It is a full-on "Twilight Zone" homage in the way the monsters are exactly who/what you expect them to be (we are all the monsters! oh no!) and yet there is still a twist ending, all within about 12 minutes. It's good, an entertaining short film discovery that is worth your time to watch. Especially if you appreciate "Twilight Zone". Enjoy.
"I'm not so sure I want to grow up anymore…" Paramount has released yet another new trailer for the animated movie The Little Prince, based on the beloved story Le Petit Prince which is shown in this using stop-motion. We just featured the new full-length international trailer last week (not to mention a few other trailers), and now we have another that is very similar but features some incredible new footage near the end. The English-language voice cast features Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. This does look wonderful and I still want to see it. "Do you know how to fly a plane? Buckle up."
It was never meant to be opened. Fox has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming horror thriller The Other Side of the Door, starring Sarah Wayne Callies (from "The Walking Dead", Into the Storm) as a grieving mother desperate for emotional closure after her son is killed in a freak accident. She eventually enters into a strange supernatural world in an attempt to contact her dead son from the other side. The cast includes Jeremy Sisto and Javier Botet. Interestingly this seems to be set mostly in India so it's a whole different kind of supernatural, but still just as chilling. If you're a fan horror this is worth taking a look at.
"Here's what makes 70mm so glorious!" Still confused by the "roadshow" version of The Hateful Eight? The Weinstein Company has released a featurette explaining the story behind why Quentin Tarantino wanted to shoot this film in 65mm ultra-panavision and how they're planning to release it in 70mm in certain theaters around the country. The video features Tarantino plus Samuel L. Jackson, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and many others. They explain that this roadshow is basically a big, special occasion that features an overture, and an intermission, and a playbill and everything. This is awesome and I'm glad they finally released this video for The Hateful Eight, the 11th feature shot in ultra-panavision. Do not miss.
"I know how much Bucky means to you… Stay out of this one, please. You'll only make this worse." Wow. It's almost time to for the Civil War to begin - but this is one major reveal. Marvel has unveiled the first full trailer for Captain America: Civil War, from the Russo Brothers, and damn does it look good. Chris Evans stars as Cap, friend of Bucky played by Sebastian Stan, and they end up squaring off against Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. This almost seems like a crazy mash-up, but it's actually the beginning of a new saga from Marvel Studios, continuing into Avengers. This also features our first ever glimpse at Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, who shows up in the second half of this. Fire it up below!
"This neighborhood was always rough… but there's something different going on." They're back for more! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Barbershop: The Next Cut, known as Barbershop 3, the second sequel continuing the Barbershop story about the Chicago crew's shop. The first movie opened in 2002, with the sequel in 2004, and they're finally getting back into the mix with this third one. Pretty much everybody is "back for a fresh cut." Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, JB Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tyga, Deon Cole, Common and Nicki Minaj star. This isn't really a franchise we follow nor is it one of our favorites, but some of you might want to check this out.
"No one cares about reality anymore." Broad Green Pictures has debuted another new trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, his latest feature which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival earlier this year. It's slated for release next March, and it's another mesmerizing Malick creation this time focusing on the excessive culture of Hollywood by following a screenwriter around. Christian Bale stars, along with quite an impressive cast including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots and more. I wrote in my review from Berlinale that it's a "gorgeous, mesmerizing, pensive trip into exploring who we are and why we act the way we do." There's still a few months until this opens, but worth the wait.
"We can do everything straight and still go broke." Paramount has debuted another new full-length trailer for Adam McKay's The Big Short, which is earning buzz after premiering at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles earier this month (read Marco's review here). The movie is about a group of bankers who see the financial crash about to come and attempt to plan around it. The film stars quite a cast of major actors: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt. I still can't tell if this is a parody of a trailer for an actual drama about bankers in the financial crisis, or whether it's actually played this dry and melodramatic in the movie. I'm hoping there's more to laugh at.
"We're protecting the truth, we're protecting lives." But are they really? That's the real question. This isn't a new trailer, but we're featuring it because the documentary is opening in theaters this week. Killing Them Safely is a documentary about how Tasers are arming some law enforcement agencies with a weapon that is being purported as nonlethal even though it can be deadly. The trailer doesn't show much footage, just some statistics, quotes, and a bit of an interview with one of the guys from Taser. The rest you'll have to see in the doc itself. I will say I'm interested in checking this out. I also have to point out the awesome poster for this doc, also seen below the trailer - impressive design work. If you're at all intrigued, give this doc a watch.
"Flash, Flash - hundred yard dash!" Disney has debuted a new trailer for Zootopia, their new animated project coming to theaters next March 2016. We've already seen one teaser trailer introducing the world of Zootopia, and the two main characters we're following: a fox and a rabbit, named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), respectively. In this new trailer, we get a glimpse of the world and it starts out all energetic and exciting as Officer Judy Hopps is on the case, then suddenly it slows down when they go to the DMV to run a license plate. There are a few good jokes in this, and the point is to show how the animals of this world interact together. It looks fun, but I want to see more.
"To get you into the festive spirit…" Universal has released an amusing Christmas-themed holiday teaser trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the new animated movie from Illumination Entertainment rriving next summer. The first trailer for this debuted earlier in the summer, and I've got a feeling its going to be a huge hit once it arrives, just because everyone loves their pets and always wonders what they're thinking. This Christmas teaser isn't much besides some funny moments of pets wearing holiday costumes while having their picture taken. It should make you smile and maybe laugh a little, then hug your own pet. Take a look.
"Simply submit a video of your most life-like ape imitation." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a TV spot for the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes sequel, but it's actually more of an announcement for a contest they're hosting to win a walk-on role. The TV spot features only behind-the-scenes footage of the film currently shooting, since it's a major production and they just started a month ago (and it doesn't come out until 2017). Actor/filmmaker Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, joins director Matt Reeves in the video to introduce the contest and remind everyone that the next Apes movie is already in production. One winner will receive a chance to come to set, wear a suit and actually become an ape in the movie. That's awesome.