"Being a director is being a watcher. We have a lot of egos in the room, and you have to sort of watch how they interact with each other." Get a load of this! A24 has debuted a trailer for the documentary De Palma, from directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow profiling filmmaking Brian De Palma, who has made plenty of memorable movies between Mission Impossible, Carrie, Scarface and Blow Out. This new doc examines his entire career and the way he pushed back against the values of Hollywood at the time he was making films early in his career. It first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year to mostly positive reviews, even though it seems they only have one long interview with De Palma in one location. For anyone who loves filmmakers or the art of making movies, this is a must see documentary. Get your first look below.
"I saw her! I saw her from the train." Universal has debuted a trailer for the upcoming adaptation The Girl on the Train, based on the popular mystery-thriller book of the same name. Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, a woman living her life after divorce, taking the train every day to and from work seemingly living a good life again. However, one day watching another family a few houses down from where her ex-husband lives, she notices something weird. The next day Rachel wakes up and hears that another woman went missing and she becomes invested in trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. The ensemble cast includes Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, Laura Prepon, Edgar Ramírez, Allison Janney, Justin Theroux and Lisa Kudrow. This isn't really my kind of film, but some of you may be intrigued by the mysterious story.
"So you seek revenge?" "I seek righteousness, but I'll take revenge." It's time to see if this remake is worthy of our attention. Sony has unveiled the first official trailer for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The new "seven" this time who come together to defend a town are: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier. The villain is played by Peter Sarsgaard. This definitely has a nice old west vibe to it, but other than that it's still hard to tell if will live up to the original(s) or not. I do like this trailer - they found the right music to use, and the big cast looks like they're having fun, it could honestly be much worse. I won't say I'm totally excited yet but I won't dismiss it either. Take a look below.
"Russell and I have a film coming out - we thought, we could address some of our 'issues', before we enter the PR phase." These will definitely make you laugh. Warner Bros has released three separate viral videos for The Nice Guys, the upcoming Shane Black-directed action comedy co-starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. At CinemaCon, Crowe complimented Gosling saying he channels Gene Wilder, and he laughed more on the set during filming than he has the rest of his entire career. The two play off of each other perfectly in the movie, so WB has decided to focus on this dynamic in these videos. Crowe & Gosling, as real-life actors, work out their "issues" in therapy sessions and the results are hilarious. Don't miss these.
Have you seen her? This looks like so much fun, I can't wait to see it! We've seen two trailers for Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory so far but they haven't revealed too much of the plot yet. Another new trailer for Finding Dory has debuted and it's from Japan - so all the voices have been dubbed in Japanese and it's kind of amazing to hear. There's something really fun about hearing the Japanese voices, even though I have no idea what they're saying. This trailer shows tons of new footage and reveals the plot - Dory gets captured and brought to an aquatic center, and Marlin + Nemo go looking for her there. Most of the footage shows her trying to get out, and them trying to get in, meeting new friends along the way including some sea lions.
"In 66 seconds, Roberto Durán changed my life." Yet another boxing movie, there's at least a couple every year. The Weinstein Company has debuted the first teaser trailer for Hands of Stone, a film about the true story of legendary professional boxer Roberto Durán, played by Edgar Ramirez. Hailing from Panama, Durán fought during the 80s and is considered one of the greatest boxers of all-time, earning the nickname "Hands of Stone" during his career. The cast of the film includes Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel, plus Usher Raymond IV, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. This teaser trailer doesn't show too much, but it looks solid. I'm particularly excited to see Edgar Ramirez in action, he's very talented.
"Saving the world is not a one man job." Get ready for battle! Legendary Pictures has unleashed the second official full-length trailer for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, based on the World of Warcraft games, and it's epic. There is tons of action and a much better look at some of the story and the various orc / human / wizard characters we'll be following in this movie. The cast includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu, Callan Mulvey, Ruth Negga, Ben Schnetzer and Clancy Brown. We've already seen plenty of footage, but with a few more months left to release all the CGI is finally looking polished. This definitely won't be for everyone, tread carefully. Enjoy!
"Discover what's next in independent film." Hey film fans in London - this is your chance to see some of the best films of the year! The Sundance Film Festival is returning to London this year to host their spin-off festival bringing some of the best films from Park City over to the UK. The line-up hasn't been announced yet (arriving Wednesday, April 20th via Time Out) but they have released a poster and a short trailer thanks to Time Out, one of their primary media partners. The mini fest lasts for 4 days in early June and will take place entirely at the Picturehouse Central cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue. I'm a huge fan of Sundance, I truly adore the fest, and it's cool to see this brief look back at some of the big breakout films. Watch below.
What if the world’s first mutant actually appeared thousands of years ago? Unlock the secrets of En Sabah Nur. 20th Century Fox has debuted a very short viral video made for Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse that looks at the origins of the big bad villain named Apocalypse. His real name is En Sabah Nur, played by Oscar Isaac in the movie, a mutant who was born 5000 years ago in Aqaba. He is possibly the very first living being on Earth to have the mutant gene. This video explains some of his backstory and how he became the evil supervillain that battles the X-Men in this upcoming movie. There is also a website that shows the destruction of Apocalypse over time - here. With one month left, they're trying to build buzz.
"I can't stay away from you… I can't not be around you." A24 has debuted a full-length trailer for the sci-fi romantic drama from Drake Doremus called Equals, which first premiered at the TIFF and Venice Film Festivals, and is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. The film is set in a futuristic society where crime and violence have been eradicated through elimination of human emotion, and those afflicted with emotions are "diseased" and forced to go on the run. Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult star, with Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Kate Lyn Sheil and Jacki Weaver. This is all about the romantic angle, and they even use a pop song to play up the emotions further. I'm still curious to check it out despite mixed reviews.
"Believe it or not, I'm from the future and I've come here to try and save your life." Now this is something quite unique. How to Build a Time Machine is a documentary that follows two different men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. One of them is a theoretical physicist, the other is a stop motion animator, and they both seem inspired by The Time Machine book/original movie. This is a very small indie documentary - though I can't really tell if it's a mockumentary with fictional setups designed to feel real, or actually a real doc where they found two people who are really trying to build time machines. It might be the latter. Either way, this looks fascinating and intriguing and worth watching. Take a look below.
"Brethren - I pray you sing a new song." Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the film about a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that won the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year (read my glowing review). This is the film that earned rave reviews and heaps of praise for Nate Parker, who stars as Nat Turner, and also wrote/directed/produced the film. The feature cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Junior, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. The song in the beginning is wonderful, I just wanted it to play for the rest of the trailer. I highly recommend taking a look.
"Mr. Fuzzypants? Look!" From the director of the Men in Black movies comes this wacky comedy - Nine Lives. We featured the first trailer for this in January, but that just a teaser. This full trailer shows more of the story involving Kevin Spacey, a wealthy executive at the top of his game, who gets turned into a cat. Yes, you read that right. Christopher Walken plays the goofy pet store owner who turns him into a cat and he ends up adopted by his own family, learning lessons about living life and spending time with them. The cast includes Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner, Teddy Sears and Cheryl Hines. This gets particularly crazy when the cat starts doing odd things that only humans can do, but it's all being played for laughs. Have fun.
"I am dangerous." This film looks crazy! But I'm excited to see it. Like some kind of wicked mix of Beyond the Black Rainbow and Suspiria with a dash of Elle Fanning. After it was announced that Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon will be world premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Amazon Studios dropped the first official teaser trailer. Now Icon Films in the UK has followed up with their brief 30-second teaser for The Neon Demon and it's quite different. There's a weird symbol that pops up on screen every few seconds, plus more violence and eerie imagery and other creepy women. There's a shot of Keanu Reeves. And there's some nudity, so don't watch this one at work. Compare it to the first US trailer here and enjoy.