"The game is coming to its end…" Lionsgate has unveiled the full-length theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, a mesmerizing look at the epic finale in theaters this November. Directed again by Francis Lawrence, Mockingjay - Part 2 finally pits Katniss, an angry Jennifer Lawrence, against President Snow, Donald Sutherland, in a showdown on his own turf. The trailer shows a glimpse of the entire Capitol turned into a booby-trapped maze of nasty things, including some odd zombie-like creatures, out to get the good guys in Snow's final effort to destroy them before the revolution takes over once and for all. I'm admittedly crazy excited for this and I can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype. Unite with Katniss!
"If you could have anything, what would it be? What's your dream?" Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for Peter Sollett's new film Freeheld, a moving drama starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as domestic partners. The story focuses on their struggle to keep a pension intact when Laurel Hester, played by Julianne Moore, is diagnosed with cancer. The supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Luke Grimes. This has one of those very inspirational, hopeful, powerful messages of "change the world" at the end, complete with pop song. But it also looks really good, especially the two lead performances. Ellen Page looks to be at her best, and Moore is always at her best. #loveislove
"What kind of a family are you?!" Warner Bros has let loose one final red band trailer for the Vacation sequel/reboot, starring Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold and the rest of the his family: Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins. The cast also includes appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day and Ron Livingston, plus the original Griswolds though they're not really in this trailer much. At this point we've seen so many trailers I just hope they're not ruining the best parts or the best jokes, at least saving something for the actual movie. Arriving in theaters in just a few weeks. Have fun!
"I set out to help people, I never said I was better than them…" Alchemy has debuted the trailer for the sex thriller Zipper, which dramatizes the sexual urges of a man on the cusp of a bright future. Patrick Wilson stars as a politician on the rise who ends up losing everything "due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women." This is a thriller because they really play up the angle of "look how deadly this can be to your life!" with all the endless infidelity. The cast also includes Lena Headey, Dianna Agron, Alexandra Breckenridge, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho and Ray Winstone. This looks interesting, but at the same time I'd kind of rather just go back and watch Joe Carnahan's Stretch again. Give it a watch.
"This thing we have… we never asked for it, but it's part of me." Whoa. IFC Midnight has unveiled the official trailer for one of their interesting sci-fi indies, called One & Two, from up-and-coming filmmaker Andrew Droz Palermo. From what I can tell, the film is about two kids – a brother and sister – who have the ability to teleport. But they're stuck in a time when this power is perceived as the Devil's work. I hate to make this comparison, but it kind of seems like Chronicle if it were a dramatic period piece. The description says they have "terrifying supernatural powers" but it seems as if they're limited mostly to teleportation. I'm very intrigued by this, I love the score and the way it builds, I really, really want to see it. Take a look below.
"Want to know why? I don't care about winning." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for Mississippi Grind, an indie drama from Sundance this year. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind stars Ben Mendelsohn as a down-on-his-luck poker player who teams up with a younger player, played by Ryan Reynolds, in hopes of changing his luck. The cast also includes Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton and Robin Weigert. As much as I admire these filmmakers, and love these two actors, this doesn't look like anything besides yet another gambling-is-bad, try-to-get-out-of-debt but it goes wrong movie. This may be all about the performances.
"Tell me where he is…?" "He's everywhere! Eon Productions + Sony Pictures have debuted the full-length trailer for Sam Mendes' Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The very first teaser was a nice glimpse at the new Bond adventure, but this time we really dive into the story and all of the characters he encounters along the way. From Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, to the new Bond girls Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman, as well as bad guys Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser and Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx. I'm loving the way this looks, with sleek cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema. Damn this looks stunning!
"Ever wonder how we design futuristic props, create alien heads, devise new languages or pull them all together in a film scene?" The latest Omaze charity video for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond has debuted. This time we get to spend time with actors Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin, plus Yelchin's pooch Elvis, as they tour around the Enterprise. There are also some cool shots of one of the alien heads and other props on the Star Trek Beyond set. There isn't anything particularly revealing in this promo, no one was expecting anything like that, but it is cool to see them on set. If you haven't already donated, there is still some time.
"The key is to be mysterious…" Take a look at the first trailer for the directorial debut of a young actor, Craig Roberts, who you may recognize from films like Submarine, Jane Eyre, Red Lights, Neighbors or 22 Jump Street. Craig Roberts wrote and directed and stars in this film, Just Jim, which also co-stars Emile Hirsch. This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. He eventually makes friends with Dean, a tough kid on the run who moves in next door, played by Hirsch. The cast includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen & Charlotte Randall. Check it out.
Disney-Pixar has debuted a must-see full-length trailer for Pete Sohn's The Good Dinosaur, their new adventure into another time. The Good Dinosaur takes place in a world where the dinosaurs never died off and became the dominate species on Earth. One of them is named Arlo, voiced by Lucas Neff of "Raising Hope", and he comes across a small human. The two become friends, and the rest is history. This beautiful trailer is already hitting me right in the heart with emotions and scenes it shows. I love the music, I love the score, I just want to see this already. It looks like another wonderfully original Pixar creation. Must watch!
"Ya'll ready for this?!" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Addicted to Fresno, from filmmaker Jamie Babbit (Breaking the Girls, Itty Bitty Titty Committee). This kooky indie stars Judy Greer & Natasha Lyonne as sisters at a hotel in Fresno, California. When one of them accidentally kills a guy, they go to extreme lengths to cover up the crime. The supporting cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Clea DuVall, Allison Tolman, Ron Livingston, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen. This looks funny at times, but doesn't seem like anything that stands out in a crowd. At least it's nice to see more of Judy Greer.
"I feel that we met in Grand Central for a reason. We were meant to find each other…" Radius-TWC has debuted a trailer for Chris Evans' feature directorial debut, a charming indie drama called Before We Go. This sweet romance follows a woman, played by Alice Eve, who misses her train home from New York to Boston and is robbed. Soon after she meets a street musician, played by Chris Evans, and together they have one of the most remarkable nights of their lives. As sappy as that seems, there's something that feels so real and honest about this, and I can't help but say I got the chills a bit watching this footage. That kind of connection, that chance meeting is so rare and so beautifully captured here. I'm looking forward to this film.
"Why are people trying to stab you?!" Lionsgate has debuted another new trailer for American Ultra, the crazy stoner action comedy from director Nima Nourizadeh and screenwriter Max Landis. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as a lazy stoner couple who get caught up in some crazy shit when it turns out Eisenberg is actually a secret government agent, kind of like Jason Bourne on marijuana. This footage has some appearances by Topher Grace and John Leguizamo in supporting roles. While the original red band footage looked much better, I'm still very much excited to see this - the perfect kind of wacky all-out-crazy action comedy to end the summer. A few more weeks to go, so keep a few joints packed.
Have you ever wanted to be a projectionist? Back in the days when 35mm projectors could be found in every theater, in every cineplex, in every town. Nowadays they're lost relics of a different time. That doesn't mean we can't still learn about the art of projection and how it works, in hopes that we may teach this art to future generations. Bill Hammack, also known as "engineer guy" on YouTube, has posted a video examining the mechanics of how a film projector works. He spends most of his time with a 16mm projector, but it's the same general idea for 35mm projection. And it's just fascinating to learn the actual engineer dynamics of how a projector works, and how they fixed the flickering effect created by the mechanics inside the machine.