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"I'm not a girl trying to be a star…" A24 has debuted the official trailer for Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, the story of English musician Amy Winehouse who died at age 27 in 2011. This trailer is timed with the film's big premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week, where it's finally unraveling even though they seem to already have quotes galore in the trailer. From the director of Senna (a fantastic doc), Amy presents an inclusive look at the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, including the story of her success and subsequent downfall. Early word is that it's another excellent doc from Kapadia, delving deep into the mind of someone as talented as Winehouse. I'm looking forward to catching this soon; opens in theaters this July.
Now they have my attention. It's being reported by Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to hire Edward Zwick (aka Ed Zwick) for the in-development Jack Reacher sequel, which will once again star Tom Cruise. Based on Lee Child's book series, the first film followed Cruise as Jack Reacher being framed for killing innocent people, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. While McQuarrie has since moved on to direct Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, he will still be executive producing this. Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2 with Zwick at the helm, directing a script by Richard Wenk that will be revised by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz before they start filming. A few more details on this next one found below.
"We've never faced a threat like this before." Sony has debuted the second, full-length trailer for Pixels, the video game action adventure creation starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James and Pac-Man. It also stars Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Sean Bean. After a fun teaser trailer, they finally explain more of the plot in thist railer, introducing each of the vintage arcade players who will take on these video game invaders (this does seem a bit similar to that "Futurama" episode). Pixels does look like it's going to be fun to watch, I'll give it that. I just hope the humor isn't so bad, but you never know. Enjoy!
"Sounds have soul… build them from scratch, find new ones." Warner Bros has debuted the first full trailer for We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a budding DJ/producer in the Electronic Dance Music (commonly referred to as "EDM") scene in Los Angeles. Don't throw this one out just yet. But I will say… This looks like Hollywood already remade the French house music film Eden (see the trailer for that film here), and turned into something a bit more Hollywood, with more spectacle and sleaze all around. This doesn't look bad, and each has their own quirks, just an interesting observation. The cast includes Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, Shiloh Fernandez and Jon Bernthal. Give it a spin, turn up the volume.
"Make sure that's the one!" This Thursday (May 21st) it will be "Red Nose Day", a major charity event held to "have fun, raise money and change the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world." It centers around wearing a red nose to spread laughter, but NBC is also hosting their own big TV special on Thursday night to raise money. It will feature all kinds of celebrity appearance, funny sketches and more. One of them debuted online early (via SlashFilm) and features the amazingly talented Anna Kendrick playing Indiana Jones in one of the scenes from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the one where he drinks water from the Holy Grail. It's an amusing riff on that scene.
"He's the pirate all pirates fear - Blackbeard!!" Warner Bros has debuted the second full-length trailer for Joe Wright's Pan, which was initially slated for a summer release but was pushed back until October. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, and he takes one of the main roles, alongside young actor Levi Miller as Peter Pan. We also get to see a bit more of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook (before he becomes bad), Adeel Akhtar as Mr. Smee, plus Cara Delevingne as a mermaid. There are way more VFX shots in this than the first trailer, but it still feels a bit overly colorful in its design. Other than that, I am actually into this, I can see the whimsical fairy tale idea he's going for and I think it looks fun. Away we go…
The Maze Was Just The Beginning. It's time to go back. Fox has debuted the first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel from young filmmaker Wes Ball. Following up the impressive Maze Runner movie from last year, Ball has been going much bigger in scale, much more post-apocalyptic epic for this one and we finally get a glimpse at the world. The cast is back along with newcomers including: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor and Patricia Clarkson. I'm really, really looking forward to this! It looks quite good. Enjoy!
"I own an island off the coast of Costa Rica…" With just a few more weeks left until Jurassic World hits theaters in June, Universal has started unloading TV spots left and right. One of the latest ones features a John Hammond (originally played by Richard Attenborough) voice-over, borrowing sound clips from the original Jurassic Park. They're really playing up that connection to the original, and pushing with "The Park Is Open" as the big tagline on every TV spot. Oddly, at one point they have Hammond to say "Welcome to Jurassic World!" So maybe they had someone else do his voice just for that part… Anyway, the rest of the footage is starting to look really good. Chris Pratt and those rapors! I am so ready for this. Bring on dinos.
We knew it was coming, as George Miller is already confirmed for more Mad Max sequels along with Tom Hardy, but the title for the next Mad Max movie might have been revealed. Hidden in the George Miller episode of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast (found via The Playlist), Miller discusses the plans for the expanded Mad Max universe now that Rockatansky is back in Fury Road. "We've got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded." So what's the next title? Mad Max: The Wasteland. Bring it on. Furiosa better be in it, too.
The next project from director Jared Hess, who previously gave us Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos and Don Verdean (at Sundance 2015), has been revealed. Hess is confirmed to direct Micronations. The Buffalo Film Company has announced details about the new film, which will star Jack Black as a loveable oddball who finds a place to belong among the bizarre and ridiculous world of "do-it-yourself countries" - made up of various eccentrics and visionaries who have declared their own backyards sovereign nations… or "micronations." After taking on religious antics with Don Verdean, this sounds like the perfect topic for Hess & Black to tackle next. And should fit right in with today's crazy political culture.
The Barden Bellas are back, and they're at it again. By "it," I'm referring to performing the most popular musical hits in the world acappella style, something the Bellas know quite a bit about. I'm also referring to the comedy found in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to 2012's surprise hit, which chooses to cover just about every joke made in that previous film. Overlong, oddly paced, and sometimes downright ugly, it's the latest example of Hollywood's attempt to catch lightning twice in a bottle. As with so many comedy failures in the past, Pitch Perfect 2 uses the same techniques to catch the same lightning. They even use the same bottle.
For the Horde!! Finally, after years and years of waiting and buzz and details, we have an official first look at one of the Orcs from the upcoming Warcraft movie based on the popular video game. Moon/SourceCode director Duncan Jones is directing the Warcraft movie, about the Orcs vs the Humans, following various Orc and Human characters. This time we get to meet Orgrim the Orc, played by actor Robert Kazinsky, who we just saw as Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim. Over at Wired, where the image is from, they explain: "Orgrim's likeness comes from the masterminds at Industrial Light and Magic, who took concept art from Blizzard Entertainment… and merged it with photographs and scans of Kazinsky to create the orc." Sweet.