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"Above all else, to thine own self be true. Now, let me see your spirit." Open Road has debuted a teaser trailer for the biopic All Eyez on Me, which profiles the life of successful American rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur. The trailer has been released on what would've been Shakur's 45th birthday, and teases some of the scenes we'll see from his life. Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the late musician, who became one of the most accomplished rappers before he was killed in a drive by shooting at the age of 25. The title of a film is the same as Tupac's fourth album, regarded one of his best. There are some cool shots in this, could be good.
"The world is at war. We need the perfect weapon." Universal has released at least three new action-packed TV spots to promote the upcoming late summer release of Jason Bourne, bringing back Matt Damon as Bourne and Paul Greengrass as director. All the footage we've seen for this so far looks pretty damn good, and these latest spots tease even more of the plot. The full cast includes Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. One of the TV spots seen below drops a big hint about the "Iron Hand Program", which Nicky describes as "even worse than before". It seems Vincent Cassel is a part of that program, but we don't know much else about it yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing this.
"You taught me to be passionate. Above everything, to be literarily passionate." Hello there. Grasshopper Film has released an official US trailer for Spanish director José Luis Guerín's newest feature film The Academy of Muses. Described as "part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor — played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto" as he teaches a course on muses in art and literature, while romancing the women around him in his class and his life. This seems like a very thoughtful but very fascinating look at romance and relationships, and could be categorized as more experimental/artistic cinema than anything. Not for everyone, but it looks like this film has plenty to say.
"I'm not attacking freedom of speech. I've been defending my right to stand up against someone who wants to pervert the truth." What if you had to prove the Holocaust actually happened? That's the story behind this film, titled Denial, telling the true story of writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt's fight to clear her name when she's sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. Rachel Weisz stars as Lipstadt, along with Timothy Spall as the denier David Irving, and a cast including Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Gatiss and Harriet Walter. This actually looks very strong, and quite compelling overall, thanks to what seem to be excellent performances and a script by the award-winning playwright David Hare. Check it out.
"I was a carpenter! … I'm just goin' round in circles…" Entertainment One in the UK has debuted an official trailer for Ken Loach's new film titled I, Daniel Blake, which ended up winning the coveted Palme d'Or (the top prize) at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Dave Johns stars as Daniel Blake, an aging man living in the UK who must file for pension and benefits from the country after losing his job. He befriends a new neighbor, Katie played by Hayley Squires, a single mother having trouble making ends meet. It's a strong film with very poignant commentary on the social-political troubles arising in the UK at the moment. You'll understand what's going on in this trailer, and get a glimpse at one of the best moments in the film. Enjoy.
"The Assassin's Creed universe is a cinematic experience - the action sequences are massive…" Fox has released the new featurette originally shown during E3 for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender as Aguilar. This has been in the works for a while and is being prepped for a Christmas release. While there are interviews with Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel, neither of them talk about overcoming the stigma of being a video game adaptation, which is still an issue especially after Warcraft. Instead, they focus on talking up how exciting the movie will be and how "massive" it all looks. Which is great, but I wish they would talk more about all of these challenges. That said, this still looks cool.
"I need to get back to him. He gets scared when I'm gone." Disney has debuted the new full-length trailer for their upcoming remake of Pete's Dragon, this time starring young actor Oakes Fegley as Pete. The teaser first released earlier this year was truly just a tease and didn't even show the dragon at all, now we finally get a good look at the friendly dragon Elliot in this trailer. And he actually looks pretty dang good. The full cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall and Isiah Whitlock Jr. This looks wonderful, the score helps, but it also seems like the kind of movie that is both magical and exciting to watch. I'm impressed - can't wait to see this now.
"I don't need friends, I'm gangsta." A24 has revealed the first fantastic trailer for one of my favorite films out of Sundance this year, Morris From America, directed by Chad Hartigan. Newcomer Markees Christmas stars as a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris who lives with his father, played by Craig Robinson, in Heidelberg, Germany. It's a sweet and funny coming-of-age story about his first love (more like infatuation with a young German girl played by Lina Keller) and figuring out how to be himself in a town where he doesn't fit in. I wrote in my review from Sundance: "I found myself enjoying this film so much because it is so refreshingly original." This is a stellar trailer - editing is spot on, the music is perfect.
"All you have to do is survive 12 hours of our own private hell." Saban Films has debuted a trailer for Rob Zombie's latest horror film 31, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The plot involves five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an "abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns." Starring Sheri Moon Zombie (but of course), Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Sandra Rosko, and Meg Foster. This looks like Zombie's typical over-stylized mix of gore and weird, gross shit. Not my cup 'o tea.
"Love your enemies. God is love." Paramount has debuted a new trailer + a new featurette for the upcoming remake of the classic Ben-Hur, about the story of Judah Ben-Hur. The first trailer back in March made this look like a rather epic CGI-filled upgrade, but this trailer adds some more humanity into the mix. Jack Huston stars as Judah Ben-Hur, with a huge ensemble cast featuring Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Haluk Bilginer, Pilou Asbæk, Marwan Kenzari, Rodrigo Santoro, Moises Arias, Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman. This is a very powerful trailer that includes many poignant moments from the story, and looks better than I was initially expecting. But I'm still not so sure about this.
It's always exciting to see the latest short film in front of the latest Pixar film. They are consistently just as engaging and endearing as the feature film itself. Playing before Pixar's Finding Dory opening this month is a short film called Piper, about a little baby sandpiper bird looking for food on the beach. Explaining the style to THR, director Alan Barillaro said: "I love the painterly aspects of macro photography; the textures almost becomes a characters. I want to see computer animation fall into that world where lenses, just like in live action photography, can have a lot of expression." Disney released a short clip to tease the short. Enjoy.
"Let's go make these people laugh." Universal has debuted a trailer for the new Kevin Hart stand-up comedy documentary titled Kevin Hart: What Now?. They've released a few other films of his stand-up specials before, but this one seems to be a bit unique as there is a spy movie mixed in with the comedy. Footage shown at CinemaCon seems to hint that this documentary opens with a spy movie moment (obviously riffing on James Bond) along with a few action scenes before Hart shows up at the sold-out Lincoln Financial Field football stadium in Philadelphia to perform. It's a cool idea and makes this feel like there's more to it than just stand-up, which I admittedly like seeing even though I'm not really a Kevin Hart fan. Fire it up below.