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Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Winter Sleep’ Drama Gets First US Trailer

Winter Sleep

After earning the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film Winter Sleep will roll out to theaters late this year for an Oscar qualifying run in limited theaters, expanding into more into early 2015. And now you can get a look at the film that clocks in at over three hours long as the first US trailer has arrived showcasing the story of a small hotel owner, his wife (and her sister) who are at odds with each other as the winter weather becomes more fierce, forcing everyone into an inescapable, tense environment from which they can't leave as long as the snow keeps up. Watch below!

 Posted August 28 in Cannes 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Hilary Swank Struggles with ALS in First Trailer for 'You're Not You'

You're Not You

Awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gherig's disease) has been raised exponentially thanks to the online charity trend of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with donations going to the ALS Association, aiming to find a cure for the disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. All the talk about support to fight disease is mere coincidence as a film called You're Not You is on the way featuring Hilary Swank as a famous pianist who suddenly finds herself diagnosed by the disease, and hires an unconventional assistant, Emmy Rossum, to help her cope. It looks pretty conventional and very melodramatic, but also pretty uplifting on some level, I guess. Watch!

 Posted August 28 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Steve Carell Gives America Hope in New 'Foxcatcher' Teaser Trailer

Foxcatcher

So far there have only been two short but superb teaser trailers for Bennett Miller's Cannes selected drama Foxcatcher, but they've been the perfect way to tease the Oscar hopeful without giving too much of the movie away. Now another brief teaser has surfaced, this time with an ominous voiceover by Steve Carell, who seems to be delivering a performance that is almost guaranteed to get him an Oscar nomination. Carell plays John du Pont, the intense trainer of Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz & Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), and it's clear their relationship results in some tension. Watch!

 Posted August 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut 'Rosewater'

Rosewater

"You have a real weapon and you choose not to use it." Though he's better known for his sense of humor covering the week's headlines in politics and world affairs, comedian Jon Stewart is getting deadly serious with his directorial debut, a drama called Rosewater. In the film Gael Garcia Bernal plays journalist Maziar Bahari, a Tehran born man who returned to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But following his shooting coverage of the protests after Ahmadinejad's victory before the polls even closed, Bahari was arrested by police, tortured and interrogated for 118 days as a spy. Now the trailer has arrived and it looks powerful and superb. Watch now!

 Posted August 28 in Indies, Telluride 2014, TIFF 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jeff Bridges Faces Monsters in New Trailer for Delayed 'Seventh Son'

The Seventh Son

Once slated for release last fall, and then pushed back to January of 2014, the fantasy adaptation The Seventh Son, based on The Last Apprentice (or The Wardstone Chronicles) book series by Joseph Delaney, is finally coming to theaters. Universal inherited the Legendary Pictures project from Warner Bros. when the production company switched studios, and it's getting an expected dumping ground release in February of next year. It's a shame, because there seem to be some cool creatures and action in this new trailer, and Legendary is pushing their Godzilla street cred alongside a showcase of some big monsters to get audiences on board for the early 2015 release that stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Watch it!

 Posted August 28 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Hugh Grant Returns to Romantic Comedy in 'The Rewrite' UK Trailer

The Rewrite

Lately the charming British actor Hugh Grant has taken on some out of the ordinary roles including an eclectic turn in Cloud Atlas and some kind of superior role in next year's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but he had time to get back into his usual romantic comedy territory across the pond. The Rewrite reunites Grant with Two Weeks Notice and Music & Lyrics writer/director Marc Lawrence, and as the first trailer indicates, he's playing a once-thriving screenwriter who is now broke, divorced and desperate. So he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small town university. And as you might have guessed, he finds love. Watch!

 Posted August 28 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Action Movie Kid Gets into More Visual Effects Shenaningans

Action Movie Kid - Volume II

Back in the spring when we focused on the young boy who had been dubbed Action Movie Kid, based on the fun, short videos that his father, a former DreamWorks animator named Daniel Hashimoto, made with visual effects to create some pretty unique home movies. Now Action Movie Kid is back in another quick series of adventures, and this time they're all collected into a single video for your enjoyment. Honestly, these little wacky snippets are more entertaining and satisfying than some of the blockbusters that hit theaters this summer. But hey, this could very well spark a new kind of kids adventure film. Watch!

 Posted August 27 in Humor, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Gray Ghost' Short Inspired by 'Batman: The Animated Series'

The Gray Ghost Short Film

"Remember kid: this is the only law left in this town." Damn this is cool. A couple of friends, who grew up with Batman as their childhood hero, have decided to make a short film inspired by the classic 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, 'Beware The Gray Ghost'. Titled The Gray Ghost, this short film chronicles the live-action adventures of "The Gray Ghost" aka Simon Trent. In the original animated series, Trent (voiced by Adam West) is depicted as a down-on-his-luck actor who was typecast for life playing a masked avenger on a black-and-white serialized TV show. This short film plays like a "lost reel" from the old serialized show, and it's very well done for something some friends made in their spare time. Check this out!

 Posted August 27 in DC, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Even More Devilish in New 'Horns' UK Trailer

Horns

"You don't think I'm capable of murder? Just put me in a room with the guy who really killed her." Following a pretty dark teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns, a trailer from across the pond has surfaced for the film starring Harry Potter franchise leading actor Daniel Radcliffe. While the footage shown at Comic-Con showed off some of the dark humor that's in the flick, this teaser trailer from the United Kingdom keeps things serious, pushing up the horror thriller elements of the film to the max. Radcliffe does a great American accent, but it will take some getting used to for sure.

 Posted August 27 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Rooney Mara Helps Two Boys in the Slums in 'Trash' UK Trailer

Trash

We've seen Rooney Mara insult Mark Zuckerberg, struggle with the law in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and take matters into her own hands in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she's in the slums of Rio, Brazil in Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash. In what feels like a different take on Danny Boyle's Millions, the story follows two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums who find a wallet amongst the usual garbage at a local dump. But when they learn that their find might belong to someone important and land them a reward, they have to figure out who to trust outside of the corrupt police force. Now a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and it doesn't look half-bad, uplifting but not cheesy. It's way better than the other trailer. Watch!

 Posted August 27 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: Outstanding First Trailer for 'The Overnighters' Doc

The Overnighters

"I will not give into despair, because hopeless should never win... and hopeless is a lie." Drafthouse Films has debuted the first trailer for the highly acclaimed documentary The Overnighters, from director Jesse Moss, who captures an extraordinary look at a small community in North Dakota. We've been raving about this documentary since Sundance and recently featured the first "motion-poster" poster for the doc, which fades between many of the faces seen in this trailer. The trailer is a beautiful glimpse at the bigger story in The Overnighters, as there's something else going on but you have to see the film to reveal its secrets. Many, many people are going to be talking about this documentary this year, so get your first look at the trailer.

 Posted August 26 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Ewan McGregor & Brenton Thwaites in First Trailer for 'Son of a Gun'

Son of a Gun Trailer

"Where is the gold?!" eOne out of Australia has debuted the first trailer for Son of a Gun (fun title, no?) a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites (from The Giver) as partners in crime. The story involves McGregor taking Thwaites under his wing while he's in prison at age 19, recruiting him for a job upon release which eventually leads to him earning a spot on the heist crew. Then it goes all out Italian Job (remake, not the original). There's lots of heisting, prison violence, beards, accents, guns, and a woman, of course - Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress you may recognize from Anna Karenina or A Royal Affair. This looks solid, and entertaining, I'm curious to check it out when it makes its way up here. Enjoy.

 Posted August 26 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jean Dujardin in Crime Thriller 'The Connection' or 'La French' Trailer

The Connection Trailer

Whoa - this looks cool! Oscar winner Jean Dujardin stars in what might be best described as a "reboot" of The French Connection, titled just The Connection in America, but known as La French back in France. Set in Marseille, the same place as French Connection, the film tells an action-heavy story about a French police magistrate who spends six years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings. Sound familiar? At least it doesn't look so bad, seriously. I like the music choices, I like the intense action, it doesn't look too cheesy or comical. I'm interested - what about you? No subtitles included but none needed.

 Posted August 26 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

More Found Footage Horror in Fox's First Trailer for 'The Pyramid'

The Pryamid

This week we've already gotten one final extended red band trailer for this week's release of As Above, So Below and the first trailer for the Bigfoot horror thriller Exists from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez. Now we have another found footage horror trailer arriving for The Pyramid, a new film from 20th Century Fox arriving in theaters this winter. Similar to As Above, So Below, this one follows a group of archaeologists exploring a pyramid once thought lost in the middle of the Egyptian desert. And as you would expect, they find something terrifying inside that begins haunting and hunting them. Watch it!

 Posted August 26 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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