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No commitment, just the single! Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for the comedy How to Be Single, playing next February for all the lonely single souls out there (or couples who just want to laugh at the singles). Rebel Wilson stars as a wild young woman in New York City who teachers her friend Alice, played by Dakota Johnson of 50 Shades of Grey fame (so doesn't she already know all this stuff?), how to hook up and mingle with men the right way. The cast includes Leslie Mann, Jake Lacy, Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Damon Wayans Jr., Nicholas Braun. This is mostly for the ladies, but have fun anyway.
The new film Concussion centers on the real life expose of NFL head trauma, a condition so common and infuriating that it's surprising the information took as long as it did to leak to the public. It's an important subject that demands considerable attention yet director Peter Landesman only manages a serviceable film. Instead of being the NFL version of The Insider or All the President's Men, we get a version of the story that covers most of the bases but without any real depth or insight. Yet as it stands this lightweight indictment of the NFL is still enough to make audiences think twice before watching one of their favorite sports.
All of creation is at stake. All of heaven is at war. Whoa! Summit has debuted the first epic trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, an action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. The ensemble cast of Gods includes Gerard Butler as Set, God of the Desert; Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Thief of Legend; Chadwick Boseman as Thoth, God of Wisdom; Elodie Yung as Hathor, Goddess of Love; and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, God of the Sky. This looks crazy, and I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. It sort of reminds me of some kind of weird mash-up between Jupiter Ascending and Exodus: Gods & Kings. There are so many epic shots, so many fantastical elements. I will say - they got me with those giant snakes.
Iceman is back! It's pretty much official, even though they haven't signed all the contracts yet. Actor Val Kilmer, now 55 years old, has announced via his own Facebook page that he is returning for the sequel Top Gun 2 which has been in the works for a few years. After the tragic death of director Tony Scott, the project was put on hold temporarily until they could figure out another plan. Now it seems to be revving up again and the project is moving forward, with Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer still attached. Kilmer, who played pilot Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski in the original, will be back and he hasn't even read the script (yet).
This better be as funny as it looks. Sony has released another alternate green band trailer for The Brothers Grimsby, the action-comedy starring Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen as brothers. This is very similar to the first official (red band) teaser trailer starting out the same way - by introducing Mark Strong as the world's greatest superspy in a POV action sequence. From there, the second half switches to another scene where Sacha Baron Cohen as his greasy, idiotic football hooligan brother reveals he got tickets to a world championship game and an early tattoo to celebrate. These two gents are some of my favorite actors working today, and I'm looking forward to seeing how ridiculous this gets. Compare to the first teaser here.
"I lose myself in my roles, I don't want to lose myself in all this other stuff!" Time to revisit the past. A brand new official US trailer has arrived for Anton Corbijn's film Life, a drama starring Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, and Dane DeHaan as his subject, soon-to-be-an-icon actor James Dean. The story follows Stock who strikes up a friendship with Dean while photographing him. The travel around the country, and Dean learns what it's like to be famous. I am not a fan of this film at all (my review), the performances aren't even that great; I recommend staying away. But if this captures your interest, enjoy it.
Another day, another remake. This time it's another movie that just doesn't need to be remade, and may be hitting too close to home for some. Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's AMBI Pictures have officially announced a remake of Christopher Nolan's 2000 thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. It's one of many films ("400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites") that AMBI acquired in picking up the Exclusive Media Group film library. They claim in the press release that the remake will "stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original." Okay. But the question always is: do we really need this?
"It takes great storytelling to elevate food criticism to what Jonathan does." What is it like to be a food critic? Find out with this documentary City of Gold, following food critic Jonathan Gold around the city as he explores the various cuisines and fine dining options available in Los Angeles. It's not just a doc about food, it's a story about people, about culture, and about the connections we make and the times we share together over food. I'm not actually familiar with Jonathan Gold or his work, but that doesn't make this any less interesting, as I'm curious to find out how it all works (and if the disguises worl). Try not to get hungry!
It's official. After news hit this morning that the title of the Prometheus sequel would not actually be Alien: Paradise Lost, 20th Century Fox has come to clear up the confusion and confirm the real title. The official title is Alien: Covenant, and the official release date is now October 6th, 2017. Many will also recall that it was revealed Neill Blomkamp's solo spin-off Alien movie has been put on hold. This explains why - even the title of this next one is Alien related, which means they're not taking the same route as Prometheus and pretending like it has nothing to do with Alien (they didn't even mention the word "alien" in any of the marketing material). They also, perhaps, want to distance themselves from the bad taste Prometheus left.
How many points can you rack up? We recommend watching this fantastic four minute short film called Trick Meter, from Weta VFX artist and filmmaker Simeon Duncombe out of New Zealand. The very creative, very fun short follows a skateboarder who gets sucked into some funky game where he must do tricks and dodge obstacles to survive. It has some great FX setup behind it, and a fresh vibe to it. The short was featured on Short of the Week, where they wrote that "Duncombe manages to succeed where so many special effects film fail by crafting a dynamic, fantastic world dominated by a ticking clock." Fire it up below.
"There are stories about what happened…" Get ready! It's almost here. If there was a time when I'd say we're starting to see too much from Star Wars, this is it. This is the TV spot where it starts to feel like, you know what, better to save the rest of it for the movie theater in just about a month. This fourth TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, includes even more new footage showing another temple and an awesome shot of John Boyega in the Falcon, along with Daisy Ridley piloting it. In addition, a photo was posted via Reddit of a display at Disneyland that describes the details behind the villain Kylo Ren's red lightsaber. This was a big argument for a while, and this kind of settles it. Have at it.
He's not like us. What does it all mean? Earlier this week Entertainment Weekly debuted the first official photo from the film Midnight Special, the family-friend science fiction movie from writer/director Jeff Nichols (of Take Shelter, Mud and Shotgun Stories). This is the film that was pushed back after Warner Bros wanted to tweak it a bit, and now it's getting ready for release March next year. The first photo shows the boy's mother & father, played by Michael Shannon & Kirsten Dunst, with Alton, played by Jaeden Lieberher, as well as Joel Edgerton. The poster gives us a better hint at what's to come, but still vague.