Chris Nolan Has Made a Short Doc About Animators the Quay Brothers

Quay Brothers

Another new Christopher Nolan film already?! Yes indeed. But it's not what you're thinking. Thanks to a tip from The Film Stage, NYC's Film Forum venue has announced a special screening series coming up this August. They'll be showing three of the stop-motion animated shorts from American filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay, known as the Quay Brothers, as well as the new short film from Christopher Nolan about the brothers. Titled just Quay, Film Forum will be hosting the world premiere of the documentary, shot on 35mm, profiling the brothers and their animation work. This is the first we've heard of the doc at all.

 Posted July 27 in Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Trailer for 'Maryland' Starring Matthias Schoenaerts & Diane Kruger

Maryland Trailer

This looks powerful. The first trailer for Alice Winocour's new film from Cannes, titled Maryland, has debuted online. The film follows Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone, Far from the Madding Crowd) as an ex-soldier with PTSD hired to protect a woman, played by Diane Kruger, but soon begins to fall for her. This trailer plays without any dialogue, but does show plenty of scenes that will give you an idea of all the emotions these people are feeling. The score is what makes it all work so well, but it's just an impressively crafted trailer that will draw you in and make you interested in this film. Fire it up.

 Posted July 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Michael B. Jordan Cast in New Film by Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Michael B. Jordan

Now this is some casting news that genuinely makes me excited to see this. THR is reporting that Michael B. Jordan is attached to a starring role in the new project from Destin Daniel Cretton, the very talented filmmaker behind the exceptional films Short Term 12 and I Am Not a Hipster. Destin is developing an adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and is currently working on the script with Andrew Lanham (of The Glass Castle). Broad Green Pictures will be distributing the project and has just picked up the rights, which include Michael B. Jordan as lead. Read on.

 Posted July 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Elisabeth Moss is the Creepy 'Queen of Earth' in Official US Trailer

Queen of Earth Trailer

"A week at the lake - relaxation, peace & quiet. But under the surface lies emotional unbalance." IFC has debuted the trailer for Alex Ross Perry's latest film Queen of Earth, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Starring Elisabeth Moss, this eerie throwback to old school horror tells of a woman scorned after a break up who retreats to madness at her friend's lakeside cabin. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit and Kentucker Audley. We just ran another international trailer a few weeks ago, but this is the official US version promoting the release next month. Elisabeth Moss is always worth complimenting, as she's so very talented, but this may not be everyone's cup 'o tea. I do like the way the critics' quotes scroll.

 Posted July 26 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' Documentary

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Trailer

"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.

 Posted July 24 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: Standard But Hard-Hitting Punches Delivered By 'Southpaw'

Southpaw

Imagine taking a punch from a professional-grade boxer. I'm not talking about one of those Mayweather jabs from out of nowhere that leave you woozy. The kind of hit I'm talking about is a George Foreman-sized power hook that you see coming from a mile down the road, but the broad sweep and sheer power behind the man's fist stuns you even before it knocks flat out. Southpaw, the latest film directed by Antoine Fuqua and the first feature written by Kurt Sutter, offers up that latter type of punch. A gritty sports drama blended with Sutter's level of hard-hitting melodrama, the film digs in exactly where you expect, but it does so in all the right ways. Southpaw is as subtle as a haymaker, but, damn, if it doesn't hit just as hard.

 Posted July 24 in Review | Comments

Watch: Josh Lucas Stars in Off-Beat Indie Comedy 'The Mend' Trailer

John Magary's The Mend

"Can we go get ice cream?!" The first trailer has premiered for an indie comedy called The Mend that is being presented in the US by filmmaker David Gordon Green. The film is about two brothers who clash in a "tension filled house" when one returns home to find a bunch of squatters at his apartment. Josh Lucas stars along with Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Cory Nichols, Mickey Sumner and Louisa Krause. This actually looks better than anyone is probably expecting, and that's why it's worth taking a look at the trailer. There's an off-beat charm and yet still a brutal honesty to this, and I think that's what makes it oddly appealing. I'm not entirely sure. Definitely a festival film, but I'm intrigued enough to catch it. Fire this up.

 Posted July 24 in Indies, Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Second Trailer for 'We Are Your Friends' Featuring Zac Efron as a DJ

We Are Your Friends Trailer #2

"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!

 Posted July 24 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Seth Gordon Lands Gig to Direct 'Baywatch' Starring Dwayne Johnson

Baywatch Dwayne Johnson

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.

 Posted July 24 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Second Trailer for Wes Ball's 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Trailer

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…"

 Posted July 23 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

More Dinos - Universal Dates 'Jurassic World' Sequel for June 2018

Jurassic World

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.

 Posted July 23 in Movie News, Release Dates, SciFi | Comments

Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram in Official 'Experimenter' Trailer

Experimenter Trailer

"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.

 Posted July 23 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Terrence Malick's Film 'Knight of Cups' Set for March 2016 Release

Knight of Cups

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.

 Posted July 23 in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Watch: US Trailer for Award-Winning One-Shot German Film 'Victoria'

Victoria Trailer

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.

 Posted July 23 in Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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