"And just like that, I could never exist again." Hot on the heels of the emotional hit The Fault in Our Stars, it looks like more tears may be coming with another adaptation. If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, and Chloe Grace Moretz leads the film in what appears to be an incredible performance, especially in this most recent trailer. Moretz plays a girl stuck in limbo between life and death as she lies unconscious in a hospital, her parents dead, and her boyfriend waiting at her bedside for her to return. It looks like a heart-wrenching story, but can it be nearly as successful as The Fault in Our Stars?
"A female captain?" Say what? The first trailer for a goofy sci-fi 70's spoof called Space Station 76 has debuted thanks to Entertainment Weekly and it's as bad as you would expect for a trailer that debuts on Entertainment Weekly. Despite a solid cast, including Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer, Jerry O'Connell and Kylie Rogers, the jokes fall flat, the dialogue is atrocious, and this looks more like bargain bin crap than a worthy spoof. Seriously, it looks terrible. But maybe it wasn't made for everyone. Take a look below at a 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.
The first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is debuting at Comic-Con later this week (and also exclusively on Samsung devices), but the viral campaign has been awesome with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) addressing the revolution and being interrupted by the rebels in District 13. Accompanying Snow was Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and now the two are featured in a couple Capitol Citizen Living Portraits from Capitol Couture. It's pretty creepy how they're just flaunting their prisoners like this, essentially taunting the revolution in Panem. Look now!
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!
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well.
"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.
Though director James Gunn is pretty adamant that Guardians of the Galaxy won't team-up with The Incredible Hulk in any future films, that's no reason to not be excited for the cosmic team's debut on the big screen next month. In fact, the buzz from the footage screened for fans earlier this month and some advances screenings has been very positive, and to keep the hype going, Gunn talks about how great it will be to see this Marvel film on an IMAX screen. It's been crafted specifically for the giant screen with shifting aspect ratios, and the director previously promised a unique experience from the traditional theater. Watch!
"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!
Later this week, Dimension Films will show off some of the goods from Sin City: A Dame to Kill for at Comic-Con with a panel in Hall H on July 26th with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson in attendance. But in the meantime, a new TV spot for the graphic novel follow-up has arrived, and it's basically a very condensed version of what we saw in the full theatrical trailer. The film looks gorgeous, and we can't wait to see what Miller and Rodriguez have done with their return to this seedy, grimy film noir tale. Eva Green really does seem like a dame to kill for.
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?
Change the way you remember. If you're looking for something a bit different than all those Hollywood movies in theaters right now, then spend 12 minutes watching this short film titled Streamline. Directed by FS contributor Dan Marcus, the sci-fi thriller is about a man haunted by traumatic memories who's also being pursued by guys in grey outfits. It borrows a bit from Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind, and has some Chris Nolan/Inception vibe going on, but it's a solid thriller with some sleek camerawork. It moves swiftly, and while the VFX aren't perfect, it's an intriguing indie sci-fi short to make you think. In full below.