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"What we do: send demons to hell no matter the cost is." Here's a fun "R-rated 3D exorcism comedy" trailer for those who dig horror and anything with Clancy Brown. Our friends at Bloody-Disgusting has stumbled across an international trailer for J.T. Petty's Hellbenders, about some kind of misfit team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell. The ensemble cast includes Clifton Collins Jr., Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Larry Fessenden and Dan Fogler. The trailer music and sound mix are temporary, but this doesn't look half bad anyway. Have at it!
Beyond the lies, beneath the deception, the truth will surface. Magnolia Pictures has debuted the trailer for the chilling Sundance documentary Blackfish, directed Gabriela Cowperthwaite, about orcas in captivity. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the big black and white whales seen often at Sea World shows. This doc focuses mostly on one whale named Tilikum, that was responsible for the deaths of three people while it was held in captivity. The film earned some rave reviews from critics at various festivals and looks to be the kind of real world thriller that an entire industry doesn't want you see. Give this doc trailer a watch below.
Whoa, this looks cool. I've been looking for some sci-fi shorts from the Vimeo world to feature, and I'm glad our tipster Ron came through with another one. This proof of concept trailer is by filmmaker Ayoub Qanir and is titled Koyakatsi. The story involves a scientist and military doctor teaming up, in more ways than one it looks like, along with some other cool sci-fi stuff. The trailer plays like a car commercial but has quite a few sleek backdrops and landscapes and environments it explores. It's impressive to watch and I really want to see more from this guy, like an entire feature, if he can make the whole thing look that good. Enjoy!
Big casting news to keep the hype going for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Deadline is reporting that Oscar winning actor Benicio Del Toro has signed the deal to put him in "multiple movies" starting with Guardians of the Galaxy. Whoaaa now who is this? No other specific details on his character have been revealed, but some are speculating Del Toro might even be playing the big bad villain Thanos. Is it possible? We'll have to wait and see. Del Toro is the latest to join the eccentric and rather crazy cast that James Gunn is putting together for Guardians, which recently lined up Karen Gillan for a villain + Glenn Close as a cop.
In acquisition news, Fox Searchlight has acquired the "black comedy crime tale" titled Don Hemingway, written and directed by Richard Shepard, starring Jude Law as a "larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous." The film is shot and in post but scheduled for a 2014 release, which means it might still play the festival circuit later this year. After 12 years in prison, Dom sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bichir). After a near death experience, he tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows. Sounds dark.
Considering that Sam Mendes was just reported to be taking on James Bond 24, and perhaps even James Bond 25, we're going to take this next casting report with a grain of salt since it still seems way too early to start down that road. However, Yahoo UK isn't one for unfounded gossip, and they have word that the lovely Spanish actress Penélope Cruz is already in talks to play one of the iconic Bond girls in the next 007 sequel starring Daniel Craig. By the time production begins (sometime in 2014), Cruz will actually be 40 years old, making her the oldest actress to play a Bond girl in the long-running spy franchise. More below!
With the release of Marc Forster's World War Z adaptation now less than a month away, Paramount has mounted a massive recovery and damage control/cover-up campaign to turn everyone's attention away from the bad CGI, the reshoots, and Damon Lindelof's tinkering. Their effort to change everyone's disinterested minds began when they first showed it to Deadline's Mike Fleming, who called it, "a rocking, smart, pulse-pounding big-scale pandemic with raging zombies, palpable tension, and the kind of hero star turn Pitt hasn't performed in a long time." Now it's about to hit UK theaters meaning reviews have been published, and other screenings have taken place with reactions all over. So is it any good? Did they salvage it? Maybe.
With films like 21 Grams, Babel and Amores Perros in his past, director Alejando González Iñárritu is one of my favorite directors. So it's no secret his comedy Birdman is already one of my most anticipated future films. Why? Well, it features former Batman star Michael Keaton playing a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he decides to take on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Chandler in order to reclaim past glory. It's got an intriguing meta angle and the cast also features Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis. And now some first look photos have emerged showing a disheveled Keaton, seemingly haunted by his superhero alter ego, Birdman. Look now!
"Does a war really transform us to that extent?" Today's indie/foreign trailer to feature is for a film called In The Fog, directed by Sergei Loznitsa (of My Joy), an "eerie, dreamlike World War II drama" that played in Cannes and TIFF last year. A number of my colleagues ranked this highly as one of the best films of 2012, though it's just now getting a theatrical release. Vladimir Svirskiy stars as a partisan suspected of being a traitor who is apprehended by his comrades and taken out into the woods to be executed — but as the night fog closes in, the difference between darkness and light (or innocence and guilt) becomes ever more murky.
Zimmer is going Interstellar with Nolan. While we were fully expecting this collaboration to continue, it's great to hear confirmation. Legendary German composer Hans Zimmer has been out chatting with press this weekend for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (our interview will be posted in a few weeks), his latest score since Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises last summer. Our friends at Collider asked him about re-teaming with Christopher Nolan for his next sci-fi adventure, Interstellar, and Zimmer confirmed that is happening. In fact, he admits: "I wrote something… and I'm writing that. So, yes, we have started." Already?! Excellent.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you." Now playing in theaters is Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me, the illusionist heist movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the "Four Horsemen", a group of magicians who rob banks and rain the money over the audience. The ensemble cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. But is it any good? How is the twist? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Leterrier's Now You See Me.
Amy Pond is making the leap to Marvel. Yep, that beautiful red-headed actress seen above is going to be playing a villain in Marvel Studio's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Director James Gunn has been hard at work casting the various ensemble alien superhero roles in the movie, lining up actors Lee Pace and Michael Rooker as villains already. Now THR is reporting that Karen Gillan, the 25-year-old actress who played Amy Pond on "Doctor Who" for the last few years, will "play the film's lead female villain." Now this is an interesting choice that should definitely intrigue fans of "Doctor Who" and Marvel.