"There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need." Anyone want to learn filmmaking tips directly from Werner Herzog? This is your chance. The MasterClass website has launched a trailer and pre-regisration for an upcoming course being taught by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Apparently the course will include 20 videos on "storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life," plus more topics. This goes hand-in-hand with many of the brilliant pieces of advice from Herzog that can be found online, like this list of "24 pieces of life advice" or this poignant "no-nonsense advice" for filmmakers. More below.
"If there's a paranormal problem - we're the ones to answer the call." Sony has debuted the second official trailer for Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie, which is very vibrant and action-packed with funky ghosts, proton packs and ectoplasm galore. We've already met the new team: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, along with their new secretary, played Chris Hemsworth, who is revealed in this trailer to have a bigger role than expected. This is definitely an improvement over that first trailer, however some of the jokes are a bit cheesy, and some of the ghost effects look a bit glossy, perhaps on purpose. I'm sure opinions will be rather divisive, but it still looks like it's worth checking out. Have fun.
"ASH-393 is considered to be the most sophisticated humanoid ever created by man. He's the leader of the rogue humanoid rebellion." This is one of those weird little films we've never heard of, and yet it actually looks pretty cool. 2307: Winter's Dream is a futuristic sci-fi film set in 2307, of course, about a soldier sent on a mission to hunt down the leader of the humanoid rebellion. It was pointed out to me by the guys at Quiet Earth and pitched as a "Mad Max on ice", which is actually kind of accurate if you think of the very first Mad Max film. The cast includes Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Brad Potts, Anne-Solenne Hatte and Arielle Holmes. This looks like one of those sci-fi B-movies you'd get on VHS at the local video store.
"Yes, we can pull these orcs off." Universal has released a new featurette profiling the work VFX studio ILM did on Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, which is mostly CGI considering the Orcs are humans performing on set with motion capture rigs. ILM says their facial capture technology for this movie is groundbreaking, and pushes the boundaries of filmmaking beyond what we've seen with Avatar and the recent Planet of the Apes movies. A couple of movie websites recently visited ILM to see first hand what they're doing, but for everyone else, there's now a video featurette out that shows and discusses some of this technology. It's very impressive to see how much they're really challenging themselves with this movie, and I'm excited to see it. As I've been saying all along - seeing the final fully rendered version of this movie is going to look incredible.
"Witness the birth of a terrifying ego." The first trailer has debuted for a film called The Childhood of a Leader, which is the feature directing debut of the talented actor Brady Corbet, who has appeared in a number of excellent indie films over the last decade. Loosely inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret MacMillan, the film tells a coming-of-age story of a young French choirboy whose father is a diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Tom Sweet plays the boy, and the cast includes Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau and Robert Pattinson. This certainly does look like something we've never seen before. Take a look below.
"Choose life. Choose hope. Choose faith." Production is underway now. And this is good news for fans of the original Trainspotting who have been waiting years and years and years for this sequel. Sony Pictures UK has released a short announcement teaser for Danny Boyle's T2, the sequel to Trainspotting (from 1996), and it doesn't feature any footage from the sequel because they're just starting shooting now. It's made up entirely of footage from the first movie and designed to get people excited about the fact that this one is now happening. The four main guys are back: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. Even though it doesn't show much, give it a look and get ready for more drugs and rock.
"Hold your breath. Cross your fingers. Here we go!" Disney has unveiled another new full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG - meaning The Big Friendly Giant. The film just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, which is why this trailer is being released now to help build buzz. Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie, a young girl who befriends a giant that takes her on an adventure, eventually meeting the Queen of England. Mark Rylance voices and gives a motion capture performance as the BFG, with the cast including Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall and Penelope Wilton. This is definitely a kids movie and the kind of amusing entertainment you can take the whole family to see.
"Possession is a disease." Universal has debuted a trailer for the new possession horror-thriller Incarnate, directed by Brad Peyton, the same filmmaker who last made the epic disaster movie San Andreas. Aaron Eckhart stars as a scientist out to prove that possession is a disease, and he is introduced to a young boy more powerfully possessed than he's ever encountered. The cast includes Carice Van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable and John Pirruccello. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm a bit tired of possession thrillers, there's been so many recently. Have a look.
My goodness this looks absolutely wonderful. Studio Ghibli has unveiled a trailer for the animated movie The Red Turtle, which they collaborated on during the storyboard and development phase (animation was finished mostly in France). Directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit, the animated movie is entirely dialogue free and tells the story of a man stuck on a desert island who encounters a mysterious red turtle that always thwarts his attempts to leave. This trailer shows quite a bit, but not too much, as this is the kind of film you should save for seeing in theaters when it's released. The Red Turtle premieres at the Cannes Film Festival and I'll be seeing the very first showing. Catch this trailer in the meantime. Have fun.
"Our parents are involved in a business matter…" Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for Ira Sachs' Little Men, a film about two boys growing up in New York City. I was a huge fan of Ira Sachs' previous film, Love is Strange, and while I didn't love this one as much as that film - I still suggest seeing it. Greg Kinnear stars as the father of one of the two boys, who are played by Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz; the full cast also features Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina, Talia Balsam and Paulina Garcia. This is a rather wonderful trailer that really does a great job of setting up the story and hopefully grabbing the attention of a few curious cinephiles. But then again, it's worth watching any of Ira Sachs' films. Enjoy.
This looks freaky. Sony has debuted a trailer for the horror Don't Breathe, the latest from Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who directed the recent Evil Dead remake. Three teens decide to break into a blind man's home and steal his money, but end up discovering he's a deranged madman who doesn't need his sight to gruesomely take them out. The cast features Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang as the badass blind dude who isn't going to let some kids screw him. If I end up seeing this, I think I'm going to be rooting for Stephen Lang over the three kids. Maybe that's the point? Take a look.
"She needs us! We're not doing anything wrong…" Disney/DreamWorks have debuted another new trailer for Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans, the latest film from Cianfrance based on the book of the same name. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander as a couple living on an island off the coast of Australia that raise a young child as their own after it washes up on shore one day. The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay, Anthony Hayes and Leon Ford. I totally adore the first trailer for this film, sometimes just watching it on repeat randomly during the day, and this new trailer is just as wonderful. I love the music and the emotions are so strong it's hard not to be pulled in by this. Cannot wait.
"Can our son lead a normal life?" "Define normal." Warner Bros has debuted a trailer for the upcoming fall film The Accountant, about an accountant helping launder money for criminals. Ben Affleck stars as an accountant working at a small-town CPA, cooking up the books for some of the most dangerous criminal organizations. With the government coming after him, he takes on legitimate work and meets a young clerk, played by Anna Kendrick, who helps him uncook their books. The cast includes Jon Bernthal, Alison Wright, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor and Cynthia Addai-Robinson. This first trailer introduces "the accountant" as a gifted, mysterious boy who was taught to fight back. It's a good sell.
"I'm afraid something terrible will happen…" Summit & Roadside have released an official trailer for James Schamus' Indignation, an adaptation of the Philip Roth late novel, starring Logan Lerman as a boy from New Jersey attending a small, conservative college in Ohio. What the synopsis fails to leave out is that he's atheist, clashing with the head of the school, but still intelligent in his own way. Besides Lerman, the full cast features Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein and Ben Rosenfield. This premiered at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, a strong debut for Schamus. It's not exactly the best film of the year, but it does have a wonderful score by Jay Wadley, and great performances from the entire cast.