Follow Production on Luc Besson's Sci-Fi 'Valerian' on His Instagram

Valerian

In production now is Luc Besson's biggest sci-fi epic since The Fifth Element and I am crazy, crazy excited for it. I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm just really happy that Luc Besson is making another big, huge sci-fi space opera movie. Valerian, originally titled in full Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen below) as time-traveling agents investigating a galactic empire. Besson started filming in January and has been posting photos every day to his Instagram. They're shooting for 115 days in total, with 420 crew members working on the production in France (via Instagram). None of these photos are major reveals, but I love that filmmakers are open to sharing images while they're in the middle of making a move. It's exciting to get a glimpse of the process. Take a look below.

 Posted February 3 in Feat, Hype, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Sundance Interview: 'The Birth of a Nation' Director/Star Nate Parker

Nate Parker

"Why don't we have more of a riotous disposition toward injustice?" I had a good feeling about this before the festival even started. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, and was picked up by Fox Searchlight in a record-breaking sale. This powerful film is the directorial debut of actor Nate Parker, who not only stars in and directs the film, but he also wrote the screenplay and produced it as well. I had the honor of meeting Nate after his premiere and talking with him for 10 minutes about making the film and returning to Sundance as a filmmaker, not just an actor. It's one of the best interviews I've had at Sundance - he's so intelligent and delightful to talk with.

 Posted February 3 in Feat, Interview, Sundance 16 | Comments

Full US Trailer for Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' Starring Agyness Deyn

Sunset Song Trailer

"When the time comes, there's no one can stand and help you!" Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for Terence Davis' romantic drama Sunset Song, starring Agyness Deyn as the daughter of a Scottish farmer who marries a young man in the early 1900s. He goes off to become a soldier, with WWI leaving her town devastated, and then returns bitter and angry. Kevin Guthrie co-stars, along with Peter Mullan, Jack Greenlees and Ian Pirie. This isn't the first trailer we've seen, as we posted one from the UK last year. If anything, it's easy to see this film has wonderful cinematography and strong performances.

 Posted February 3 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin in First Trailer for 'Me Before You'

Me Before You

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go… Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for the new romantic comedy Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. This charming film is about a woman who ends up working as a caregiver for a wheelchair-bound wealthy young man, and decides to show him that life is worth living even if you're disabled. Aw, are you squirting tears already? This is the perfect trailer to show during Valentine's Day, but I'm not sure if I'm that interested in the film much. The full cast includes Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Brendan Coyle and Janet McTeer. Check it out below.

 Posted February 3 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer #2 for Blue Sky's Animated 'Ice Age: Collision Course' Sequel

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Trailer

"Don't you hurry me!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled the new trailer for Blue Sky Animation's latest sequel, Ice Age: Collision Course, bringing back Manny, Sid and Diego for another adventure. We've already featured the full-length Scrat short as well as the first official trailer for this fourth sequel in the Ice Age series. This new trailer continues with footage of a giant asteroid flying towards Earth, breaking down into purple glowing rocks with an electrical charge. I'm still not sure how many are looking forward to this, but have at it. The new voice cast in this includes Nick Offerman, Simon Pegg & Melissa Rauch. Have fun!

 Posted February 3 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Exclusive: Kate Winslet Leads New TV Spot for John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9'

Triple 9 TV Spot

"There is no limited to what desperate men will do when pushed." Today FirstShowing gets to exclusively debut a new TV spot for John Hillcoat's heist film Triple 9, starring an impressive cast including Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr. and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This TV spot focuses primarily on Kate Winslet's character, who provides most of the dialogue heard in this, seemingly being one of the main coordinators behind the heist. Winslet is also nominated for an Oscar this year. There's quite a bit of intriguing footage in this, but I'm still excited to see the film. "It is about brothers betrayed by the secrets they keep for others." Watch it below.

 Posted February 3 in Feat, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Reggie Watts in Trailer for Augmented Reality Sci-Fi 'Creative Control'

Creative Control

"Magic is what Augmenta is." Amazon Studios & Magnolia Pictures have revealed a trailer for the sci-fi film Creative Control, from director Benjamin Dickinson, who also stars in this indie. The setting is New York, 5 minutes in the future. The story inovlves a company that invents augmented reality glasses, but an overworked, tech-addled advertising executive there takes them too far when he develops a life-like avatar of his friend's girlfriend to replace his real girlfriend. Of course this doesn't go as well as he hopes. The cast includes Nora Zehetner, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen, Meredith Hagner and Reggie Watts. Enjoy.

 Posted February 2 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch This: 45-Min 'The Revenant' Making Of Doc - 'A World Unseen'

The Revenant

"The poet might know what he wanted to write, but he will never know what he wrote…" Whether or not you like the film, Iñárritu's The Revenant is an example of filmmaking at its finest. The intense attention-to-detail, filming only with natural light at the right time of the day (and the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki), the amount of work that went into making it, the performances, it's all extraordinary. To celebrate this achievement, 20th Century Fox has released an extensive 45-minute documentary about the making of the film that they say uncovers "the parallel between the lost era and its relevance for our world today." If you truly want to appreciate how hard it was to make this film, and get a glimpse into the process of making a feature film, this is a must-see documentary. Plus it's fascinating to hear so much from Iñárritu directly.

 Posted February 2 in Feat, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: First Full Trailer for 'Miles Ahead' Biopic Starring Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead Trailer

"If you gunna tell a story… come with some attitude, man!" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first official trailer for Don Cheadle's new film Miles Ahead, which already played the New York Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival so far. Don Cheadle stars as legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, with a cast including Keith Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor. This trailer is all over the place, with odd cuts and awkward scenes, but I think that's the point. Like jazz, it has no particular rhyme or reason, and jumps all over. Reviews for the film say that Cheadle "buries himself in the character. His version of Davis is a creature of paranoia and understated frustration…" Give it a watch.

 Posted February 2 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Zooey Deschanel & Anton Yelchin in Full Trailer for 'The Driftless Area'

The Driftless Area Trailer

"The one who did this to you, he's gunna be made to pay." Sony has debuted a trailer for this direct-to-VOD drama called The Driftless Area, which features an impressive cast but that's about it. Anton Yelchin stars along with Alia Shawkat (both of them play a punk rock band in A24's Green Room as well), plus the cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes and Ciarán Hinds. This story is described as "a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe". The trailer introduces this as some kind of ghost story, where Yelchin can see a girl killed in a fire, and he tries to figure out what happened. Now I see why this is skipping theaters.

 Posted February 2 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Chinese Trailer for Stephen Chow's Wacky New Film 'The Mermaid'

The Mermaid

What the heck is this? The full official trailer for Stephen Chow's wacky new film has arrived online. After bringing us Kung Fu Hustle and CJ7, Stephen Chow's latest work is about a genetically engineered mermaid program run by a madman, called The Mermaid. While there are no English subtitles on this, the footage more than speaks for itself and it's not that appealing, I have to admit. It seems to be some kind of mix of Human Centipede (or Tusk) and Pirates of the Caribbean, but set in the real world. I don't really know. The cast includes Kris Wu, Chao Deng, Show Luo & Ke Bai. Give this trailer a look below if you're curious.

 Posted February 2 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Red Band Trailer for Jeremy Saulnier's Punk Thriller 'Green Room'

Green Room Trailer

"This will be over soon, gentlemen." A24 has unveiled a new red band trailer for Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, the violent punk rock thriller from the director of Blue Ruin that has played at Cannes, Sundance, TIFF and Deauville. Anton Yelchin stars along with Alia Shawkat, and they end up a secluded venue run by a gang of white power skinheads. Patrick Stewart stars as the leader of the gang, and he's great in this. Imogen Poots, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair also star. We've been posting glowing reviews of this since last year, and it's finally hitting theaters in a few months. This trailer reveals a bit too much of the film, including major reveals of the plot, but there's more in the film worth seeing. Take a look.

 Posted February 2 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Mashup the 2016 Oscar Nominations for Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

This year's Oscar race for Best Cinematography is really all about two of the finest cinematographers working today - Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, and Roger Deakins. While the rest of the nominees are also very talented, it will be one of these two taking home the golden statue. As an avid photographer, I have an immense appreciation and respect for the art of cinematography. There were some truly gorgeous films in 2015, including The Revenant which was shot using only natural light. This video mash-up features some of the very best shots from all five of this year's Best Cinematography nominees. It's breathtaking to watch.

 Posted February 1 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

First Trailer for Found Footage Horror 'Pandemic' with Rachel Nichols

Pandemic Trailer

You are humanity's last stand. New Artists Alliance has debuted a trailer for the found footage horror film Pandemic, directed by John Suits. The film stars Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Pat Healy, Missi Pyle and Mekhi Phifer. Taking advantage of the massive pop culture obsession with zombies, the film is about a "virus of epic proportions" that has taken over and turned most people into crazy, flesh-eating freaks. It's seems like it's a combination of Soderbergh's Contagion and Breck Eisner's The Crazies, and if that sounds like something you want to see, have at it. The action looks crazy & intense, though I'm not sure if I like the POV angle (too much like a video game). That shot of them tossing the shotgun was pretty cool. Fire this up.

 Posted February 1 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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