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"He was not that much fun most of the time…" Up next from Alex Gibney is a documentary about Steve Jobs. Not to be confused with the "fictional" film titled Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, this is a documentary about Jobs' private and personal life as a technology innovator. Gibney's documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine examines in more depth the "who he was" angle. Gibney has been on a roll with docs recently, churning out multiple in-depth features every year, this being another to following Going Clear. I'm looking forward to seeing what Gibney has dug up for this doc.
"You can make people dance and that's half the battle." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for Max Joseph's We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a DJ in LA named Cole Carter. Efron plays a DJ who is struggling to make a name for himself in a hyped up world in Los Angeles, falling for a girl played by Emily Ratajkowski who takes him to some fun places. The cast includes Jon Bernthal, Wes Bentley, Jonny Weston, Vanessa Lengies and Shiloh Fernandez. This is basically a trance music DJ movie and it looks like it might be entertaining if that's your thing. However I will remind everyone to once again take a look at Mia Hansen-Løve's film Eden, which is very similar. Go see both films!! Why not. Enjoy!
Another day, another remake. This time Paramount is finally putting together an update "big-screen take" on the 90s TV show that originally starred David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson. THR reports Paramount has set director Seth Gordon, of Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, Four Christmases and The King of Kong, to take on the new Baywatch which is also set to star Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has been attached since late last year, and the project has been gestating for at least a decade. We've been hearing about some rumblings and rumors of a Baywatch movie forever, but now it sounds like they're pushing forward with it (another name brand project, of course) with Gordon in negotiations to take the job directing. I'm intrigued.
Whose side are you on? The new Scorch Trials trailer is here. 20th Century Fox has debuted the second full-length trailer for Wes Ball's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, introducing a darker world outside of the Maze in The Maze Runner movie. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, who begins to lead a revolution with a small group of kids in tow. This trailer, following the first one from a few months ago, really shows a lot more of the story and possibly some big spoiler moments. Fox seems to be giving it all they got with this to go up against Hunger Games - tons of explosions, post-apocalyptic landscapes, zombie creature things, kids disrespecting adults - what more could you want? "The world outside is hanging on by a very thin thread…"
There's always more. We knew this was coming, it was just a matter of time. Universal has announced a release date of June 22nd, 2018 for the currently untitled Jurassic World sequel. They don't even have a director either, since Colin Trevorrow said he wouldn't be back again after Jurassic World. However, it's likely the story will continue with Chris Pratt's raptor tamer character Owen. Beyond that, details are sparse because the movie is three years away; they just wanted to set a deadline for when it has to be out in theaters (before the buzz dies off). Based on the box office, no one should be worried that it's going to make a boatload of cash as long as they find another director who can wrangle big ass dinosaurs. We'll be waiting.
"Why is defiance the anomaly instead of the norm?" Magnolia Picture has debuted the official trailer for Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda starring Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram. The film looks at Milgram's controversial studies in the early 1960s at Yale, involving an electric shock administered to "stranger" in the room next door. It would make a nice companion piece with The Stanford Prison Experiment, also at Sundance this year, and also a look at the way humans respond to and take control of authority. In addition to Sarsgaard, the Experimenter cast includes Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo, Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Hyasbert & Anton Yelchin. Enjoy.
We have to wait another 7 months until the new Terrence Malick film. Broad Green Pictures has announced release dates for two outstanding films that already premiered at festivals (via The Wrap). First, they'll open Sarah Silverman's I Smile Back, a Sundance drug drama directed by Adam Salky, in theaters on October 23rd this fall (read Ethan's review). The one everyone is anxiously awaiting is Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which already premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year (read my review from Berlinale). Knight of Cups is scheduled for release starting March 4th, 2016 early next year. Not too long of a wait, but it's certainly worth it since this is Malick getting back to form. The film will start limited and go wider in March.
One girl. One city. One night. One take. Adopt Films has debuted the official US trailer for award-winning (Silver Berlin Bear) German film Victoria, a thriller presented entirely in one-take, one-shot. As one of the quotes in this explains: "Victoria stunningly (merges) the chases from Run Lola Run and the magical realist feel of Birdman." The film stars Laia Costa as Victoria. This does look like it's going to be incredible to see in one-shot, there's so much that seems to happen in 2 hours. This is one film I missed at Berlinale, but I'm incredibly anxious to see it. Mostly because I have a feeling it might end up on my Top 10 list. Take a look.
Some excellent casting news for a project we're keeping a close eye on. Deadline is reporting that talented up-and-coming actress Brie Larson is in talk to take a lead role in Legendary Picture's Kong: Skull Island, the return of King Kong, being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The project was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago and is currently in pre-production aiming for release in summer 2017. Just recently there were some casting drop outs, with Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons departing the project. Tom Hiddleston is still set to star, and there's word that Russell Crowe is also possibly looking at joining. I'm just really happy that Brie Larson is landing a big breakout lead in a project like this, bring on the Kong.
"You kill me, you won't see a cent of that gold." There's always time for a Star Wars short film. Below you can watch the short film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly parody mash-up directed by Calvin Evans. It's basically Star Wars, featuring Han Solo, Greedo and Boba Fett, as if it were literally a Sergio Leone western. The actual dialogue isn't that great, but the effects are excellent, the opening titles are perfect, and they just get so much of the atmosphere right that I can't help but admire the work on this short. There's even a nice poster to go along with it. It's a quick 5-min mash-up that's worth watching, so fire it up. Enjoy!
"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