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"You talk. You text. You get atomic breath." Don't talk or use your phone in the theater, or Godzilla destroys you!! The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain puts out fun PSA videos almost every week connected with new releases, reminding patrons about their strict No Talking, No Texting policy (which, by the way, rules). Their latest is a Godzilla-themed one, for the release of Mike Dougherty's epic Godzilla: King of the Monsters this past weekend. This one is a bit more unique - they partnered with Cressa Beer and Phoebe Jane Hart, who made a goofy stop-motion short with Godzilla toys. It gets even more meta, as Godzilla is playing with even smaller Godzilla toys. I just think this is creative and funny, plus the animation is superb.
"We need to find him before he finds us…" "Sounds like something a murderer would say." Screen Media has debuted an official trailer for an awkward indie horror comedy titled Deep Murder, a wacky new spoof combining soft core porn cheesiness and a horror who-dun-it mystery. The film is the feature directorial debut of "Funny or Die" veteran filmmaker Nick Corirossi, to give you a sense of the comedic sensibilities in this, and it's got all the usual campiness you'd expect with this kind of concept. The story follows a group of people trapped inside a mansion making a porno, who start dying one-by-one. Starring Jerry O'Connell, Christopher McDonald, Katie Aselton, Stephanie Drake, Quinn Beswick, Chris Redd, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Josh Margolin. This doesn't look that terrible, but it doesn't look any good either.
"Everybody walk the dinosaur." Chicago's Music Box Theatre has debuted an official trailer for the special "Gore-Cut" version of the 90s cult classic direct-to-video comedy Tammy & The T-Rex. Made only a year after Jurassic Park broke records in 1993, this film arrived in late 1994 and earned a cult following. It stars Denise Richards as the high school girlfriend of a guy who is murdered and then his brain is implanted into a robotic T-Rex that looks super fake. Oh, it's wacky. "Playing like a '90s Disney Channel movie—until the decapitations and head crushings begin. So put on your best T-Rex costume and join us for an ultra-rare, and possibly first-of-its-kind, public screening of this original, uncut, R-rated, gore-filled 35mm print of Tammy." It also stars a young Paul Walker, plus Theo Forsett, Ellen Dubin, and Terry Kiser. This new "uncut" version of the camp sci-fi comedy is part of a 4K restoration, direct from the camera negative, that will be out on VOD/Blu-ray later in the year. You just have to see this film to believe it really does exist.
"It's not a crime… It's theater!" An official trailer has debuted for a wacky comedy titled Loqueesha, a new film made by comedian Jeremy Saville, who directs and also stars in it, and wrote the screenplay. Get ready for this. "With a diverse cast of breakthrough actors, Loqueesha takes viewers on an unexpected and thought-provoking journey that challenges society’s—and our own—conventional beliefs about identity and perception." Saville stars as Joe, a white guy who pretends to be a black female talk radio host and becomes a huge hit. The full cast includes Mara Hall, Dwayne Perkins, Susan Diol, Michael Madison, Tiara Parker, and Michael Matts. This is um, a pretty bold concept for these times for a film, but it might just work? Check it out for yourself and see if you think this looks as terrible as it sounds. Perhaps you'll laugh?
"We're not nice women. We're con artists!" The Revenge is on! MGM has debuted the second official trailer for summer comedy The Hustle, playing off of The Avengers and the hype for that big blockbuster movie opening this week. The Hustle is a gender-swapped remake of comedy classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 1988. In this one, Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway star as two "down-and-out" con artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. The original movie involves the two of them participating in a secret "loser leaves town" contest to see who can out scam the other. This one also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Emma Davies, and Douggie McMeekin. An amusing trailer, not the funniest, but it's good. Hopefully the movie is better.
"I just want this to feel like a regular vacation! And somewhere in there I'll just slide into 50." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for the comedy Wine Country, the feature directorial debut of comedian Amy Poehler. The ensemble comedy is about a big group of longtime girlfriends who head out to Napa for the weekend to celebrate their friend's 50th birthday, and while there tensions from the past to boil over. Think Bridesmaids, but heading to Napa for some wine fun instead of a bachelorette party. The full cast includes Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Cherry Jones, and Maya Erskine, with Jason Schwartzman, and Tina Fey. This looks like a wild and raucous and amusing film with one hell of a cast, and they're exactly what will make it so memorable. Pop the cork!
"Imagine that the MCU was created 20 years ago… What would Avengers have done with a 1999 cast?" That's the question they posed when making this new comedy trailer. The Avengers 90s Cast Trailer is a spoof trailer made by a French website + YouTube channel known as "What's the Mashup?". It's as good as it sounds, if not even better than you might be expecting, mashing up tons of old footage from 90s movies with various Avengers footage (from nowadays) adding in some of the most famous actors of the 90s. The cast they came up with is something else. Tom Cruise is Iron Man, Brad Pitt is Thor, Keanu Reeves is Doctor Strange, Elijah Wood is Spider-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Captain Marvel, Jean-Claude Van Damme is Captain America, Milla Jovovich is Black Widow, and David Hasselhoff is Nick Fury. How about that team up? Even if you think this sounds dumb, just watch the trailer - it'll give you a laugh.
"Now you just soak up the sun here, Sheryl Crowe." There's nothing like a dark comedy to lighten up the mood, right? Bronzed is a short film straight out of the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, from the Midnight category. Written and directed by Mike Egan, the short stars fellow filmmaker Linas Phillips, with Johnny Pemberton. What is it about? Neo-sun worshiper Martin prepares to appease the solar Gods with ritual human sacrifice. But first he needs a spray tan. This is another one of those super wacky, WTF dark comedy short films that is totally twisted but amusing, and a bit wacky but humorous. And it's worth a watch. Executive produced by David Gordon Green. Shorts are a great way for filmmakers to experiment and play with fun ideas, showing us just how silly and twisted and weird they can be, all for our amusement.
"One woman's simple, three-step guide to surviving a night on your own." A must watch short film straight from the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month. How To Be Alone is the first short film directed by writer Kate Trefry, who works as a staff writer for Netflix's "Stranger Things" and co-wrote the other short Souls of Totality. How To Be Alone stars actress-on-the-rise Maika Monroe as a woman who has to survive the night when her husband, played by Joe Keery from "Stranger Things", leaves to go work the late shift. "It isn't particularly scary per se, though it is a gorgeous film filled with incredibly creepy imagery, but instead it shines as a thoughtful character examination of a young woman in a crisis of identity." This one hell of a short, so much ingenuity and so much in her mind, wrapped around a cool concept for a short. Check it out.
"You got destiny on your side." Lionsgate has released a second official trailer for the comedy Long Shot, the latest from director Jonathan Levine (of The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before). Seth Rogen reteams with Levine (after 50/50 and The Night Before) this time pining for an entirely unattainable woman, played by the incomparable Charlize Theron. Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, attempts to pursue Charlotte Field, his childhood crush and babysitter who has become one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet - she's the current US Secretary of State planning to run for President. The full cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, June Diane Raphael, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, O'Shea Jackson Jr., James Saito, Ravi Patel, and Gabrielle Graham. This received rave reviews out of SXSW, praising it as charming, raunchy, and hilarious. Looks like a real winner.
"One bad decision leads to another…" Universal has debuted the first red band trailer for the comedy Good Boys, which marks the feature directorial debut of writer / producer Gene Stupnitsky (screenwriter on Year One and Bad Teacher). Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy is about three sixth grade boys who ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for their first kissing party. Just how bad can one day get? You'll have to head to theaters in August to find out. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams as the three boys, with a cast including Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Millie Davis, Midori Francis, Lina Renna, and Matt Ellis. This looks funny and crass, and I especially enjoyed the intro where Rogen talks about how kids can do all this in the movie but can't watch the trailer.
"Nobody knows that we are fun!" Annapurna has debuted the first official red band trailer for the high school comedy Booksmart, the feature directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde. The film just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews, including some calling it a masterpiece and others saying it's one of the best high school party comedies since Superbad. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls decide to try to cram four years of fun into one night. The cast includes Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis. This looks crazy fun and wildly hilarious, and based on the early buzz, an instant favorite.