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"I'll set you up so you can do your thang, you know!" RLJE Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled Plus One, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival just last month. This fresh take on the still-single-at-friends-wedding comedy is about two longtime single friends who agree to be each other's plus one at every wedding they've been invited to. Set over a summer of weddings – Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid star as Alice and Ben, respectively. And the cast also includes Beck Bennett, Rosalind Chao, Perrey Reeves, and Ed Begley, Jr. This looks and sounds and seems like pretty much every other singles romantic comedy where they realize that yes, as they literally say in this trailer, waiting for someone perfect doesn't lead you anywhere. And the right person is right in front of you. These are always the same.
Olivia Wilde. The American actress, who derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde, is best known for her roles on television series including "The O.C." and "House", and in films like Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, Year One, In Time, Drinking Buddies, and Rush. Now, the talented star of stage and screen is working behind the camera. After directing the shorts Free Hugs (2011), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: No Love Like Yours (2016), and Red Hot Chili Peppers: Dark Necessities (2016), Wilde is making her feature-length directorial debut with Booksmart, an uproarious and unfiltered coming-of-age comedy that's equal parts Superbad, Lady Bird, Can't Hardly Wait, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, filled to the brim with a bevy of top-notch performances from an ensemble of young, up-and-coming stars.
"He became that mentor for us all. He became that Godfather." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled The Black Godfather, introducing us to one of the most beloved behind-the-scenes men in the world: Clarence Avant. Not many know of him, but everyone knows the people he coached and advised - from presidents to athletes to major entertainers of all kinds. Directed by Oscar-nominee Reginald Hudlin and featuring interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Bill Withers, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Lionel Richie, Suzanne de Passe, David Geffen, Jerry Moss, Cicely Tyson, and Jamie Foxx, among others, The Black Godfather documentary pulls the curtain back on the maestro himself, shining a spotlight on the man who's spent his entire career ensuring that it shined on others. This seems like an entertaining and amusing documentary, that also looks like it's packed with some great intelligence and wisdom. Enjoy.
"I've never seen one like you before - almost human." Paramount has released the first teaser trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth Terminator movie that takes us all the way back to the first two James Cameron movies. This one throws away the other movies and gives us an actual direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, starting up the day after Judgement Day. As for the rest of the story, we don't know much about where it's headed but this trailer does give us a few hints. Badass actress Linda Hamilton returns as the first Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as also back as the original Terminator. James Cameron is producing and is credited on the story, some good news. The cast includes Mackenzie Davis, Brett Azar as the new T-800, along with Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Alicia Borrachero, Steven Cree, Tábata Cerezo, and Björn Freiberg. Get your first look at Dark Fate below.
"It's going to take a while for people to get used to you being back." Saban Films has revealed the official trailer for an indie crime / sports drama titled Bottom of the 9th, based on the true story of a man named Bobby Stano. A tragic mistake lands 19 year old baseball phenom Stano, played by Joe Manganiello, in jail before his burgeoning professional baseball career gets off the ground. Now age 39 and fresh out of prison he works to win back his respect, his family, his lost love, and just maybe continue his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. Also starring Sofía Vergara, Burt Young, Denis O'Hare, James Madio, Michael Rispoli, Yancey Arias, and Vincent Pastore. This looks pretty basic, another former inmate redemption story mixed with a older-player baseball film. Might intrigue a few people, mainly baseball fans.
"Is that your home?" Universal Pictures + DreamWorks Animation have debuted the first official trailer for their next big animated movie titled Abominable, arriving in theaters this fall. This trailer has already been playing in theaters for a month but has only now finally arrived online. DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. We've already had one other major animated movie about yetis - Warner Bros' Smallfoot from last year. This movie's story involves a young girl from Shanghai who befriends a yeti and embarks on an adventure to get him home to the mountains. Featuring the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, plus Tenzing Norgay Trainor. This looks fun, but just a bit too cheesy and incredibly unoriginal. The cute yeti looks & acts a lot like Toothless.
For his next film, Quentin Tarantino is taking us back to the year 1969. Right at the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. When hippies roamed the streets, men landed on the moon, and westerns were at the end of their time. Tarantino's ninth feature film is titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and it premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival playing in competition - a major feat. He won the Palme d'Or back in 1994 for Pulp Fiction, and has returned a few other times previously with Grindhouse and Inglourious Basterds. This sprawling, nearly-three hour "Old Hollywood" feature is one of Tarantino's most casually entertaining – part of it is a western, part of it is cruising around Los Angeles, and part of it is a story about a fading TV actor and his badass stuntman. There's plenty of slick moments in it, alas it doesn't best his previous films.
"Is it game over…? Or is it game on? As we have at hand, the ability, the capacity, and solutions that can reverse global warming… not mitigate, not reduce, not stabilize, but reverse?" HBO has debuted an official trailer for the documentary Ice on Fire, which is premiering today at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. This urgent, inspiring new documentary focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. It's produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio, with Mathew Schmid, and is directed by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour). This isn't the only DiCaprio produced climate doc, the other one being And We Go Green which also got a new trailer this week. Even though some say there are too many climate change docs, in all honesty, there are not enough. And we will continue to highlight them and talk about them as this still is the most important issue of all for everyone on this planet.
"You're a blade, and I'm sharpening you." Bleecker Street Films has released the full-length official trailer for the indie dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year to some great reviews. This film is the latest from director Riley Stearns (of the film Faults previously) and it's hitting limited theaters starting in July this year. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Casey, a fragile man who enlists in a local dojo after being attacked at random on the street. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity, and a woman fighting for her place in it. Sounds delightful. The small cast includes Alessandro Nivola as the Sensei, plus Imogen Poots, Steve Terada, and Phillip Andre Botello. One SXSW review says it's an "uproariously comical and hypnotically unnerving" film that gives "a hilarious middle finger to toxic masculinity." Really excited to seeing this one, it looks damn good.
Her song will not be silenced. IFC Films has finally unveiled an official trailer for one of the best films to debut last year - Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale. This originally premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won two awards, and went on to show at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year as a special presentation. The Nightingale takes place in the 1800s on the island of Tasmania of the coast of Australia where a young woman played by Aisling Franciosi sets off seeking vengeance for horrific acts committed against her family. The film explores the misogyny, racism, sexual violence and classism of the era as well as the price of chasing revenge. It was my #1 film of 2018, and I interviewed Jennifer Kent at Sundance earlier this year. It is not an easy watch, but it is an essential watch. The full cast includes Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, and Ewan Leslie. This is a must watch trailer for a phenomenal film.
"I don't want to hide anymore…" Well Go USA has released the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Freaks, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and played at the Sitges Film Festival. This indie superpowers film is very similar in concept to Room, but if the kid trapped inside actually had special superpowers. Chloe is locked in her home by her protective father, but when Mr. Snowcone lures her out, she discovers a whole new world and learns more about her special powers and how they can be used. Lexy Kolker plays Chloe, with a small cast including Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Amanda Crew, and Grace Park. I saw this film at Sitges last year and it's solid, a well-made indie thriller about superpowers. But we've seen a lot of films about this recently (like Fast Color) so it might get lost in the mix. Check it out.
"It's time to wake up and smell the justice." Lionsgate has debuted an official trailer for a lighthearted indie comedy titled Supervized, from Ireland about senior superheroes now living in a retirement home. Yes it looks as goofy and extremely cheesy as it sounds so watch out. The set of elderly superheroes include Tom Berenger as Maximum Justice, Beau Bridges as Shimmy, Fionnula Flanagan as Madera Moonlight, and Louis Gossett Jr. as Total Thunder. The full cast also includes Clive Russell, Fiona Glascott, Ned Dennehy, Elya Baskin, and John Kavanagh. The four ageing heroes come together for one last hurrah, as always happens. It reminds me a bit of Mystery Men, with a few old fogey superheroes in that film, too. This doesn't look so good, which explains why it's headed straight to VOD for release. Give it a look anyway.