"It's not the typical place, it's not the typical shots, it's not the typical cast." Marvel Studios has debuted a brief new "making of" featurette for their fall movie Eternals, directed by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao. We already featured the full trailer for Eternals just a few months ago, but with tickets on sale starting today, they're ramping up the marketing. This movie introduces us to a set of celestial superheroes - the saga of the "Eternals", a race of immortal beings who once lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They reunite again to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants (Loki, anyone?). Eternals stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Gemma Chan as Sersi, plus Kit Harington and Barry Keoghan. This does look pretty dang good, I must say. Read an interview with Chloe Zhao on Fandango and book your tickets for opening week.
"The whole town banding together behind Jamie… we are going to get him first!" Universal will be opening Halloween Kills in a few weeks - just in time for Halloween. We recently featured the final official trailer for David Gordon Green's horror sequel bringing back the Strode family to confront their nemesis, Michael Myers. Somehow Michael managed to survive Laurie's trap at the end of the last movie, and makes it out alive. Once they learn he is still not dead, the Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands - forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, with Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle as "The Shape". This featurette focuses on the town of Haddonfield where Myers is from, and a number of the characters returning from the original 1978 Carpenter film to be back in this one. Another reminder to check this out when it opens soon.
"He's back in the saddle again." Warner Bros has debuted a featurette for the film Cry Macho, focusing on how Clint Eastwood shifted from being an actor to a director. It's titled "A Director's Vision" and explores his history and his first films as a director, along with his latest work all leading to Cry Macho, one of his most personal films to date. Eastwood stars as a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder. After he loses his family, he sinks into depression. In 1978, he takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man's young son home from Mexico and away from his alcoholic mother, but it's a more challenging job than expected. It also co-stars newcomer Eduardo Minett as Rafa, with Dwight Yoakam, Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola, and Horacio Garcia Rojas. The voiceover in this featurette is a bit grating, but other than that it's an engaging look back at Eastwood's career. Featuring interviews with lots of other iconic filmmakers like Spielberg and Scorsese and Lucas. Honestly, I'd probably watch another hour of this kind of look back.
"You get in my way, I will put a bullet in your knee." With just a few weeks before the world premiere, Eon Productions has dropped a new "featurette" for No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie. The video focuses on two "New Agents" from MI6 introduced in this new Bond movie: Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, and Paloma, played by Ana de Armas. We also featured two final trailers for No Time to Die a few weeks ago; it's still opening in October worldwide. When this movie begins, Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous tech. The cast includes Jeffrey Wright as Felix, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q; plus Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, and David Dencik. I think it's crazy badass to see these two ladies in this new Bond movie! I just hope they get more than just a few minutes to shine. It's time for a female Bond.
"It's important that I tell her as she was, not as [what] people want to remember her." Searchlight Pictures has debuted a good behind-the-scenes featurette for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, discussing "The Soul of Tammy Faye" and Jessica Chastain's process of developing this feature. It's premiering at TIFF this month, and we already posted the first full trailer previously. The movie depicts the history of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker. During her career Tammy was noted for her eccentric and glamorous persona, as well as for moral views that diverged from those of many mainstream Evangelists, including acceptance of LGBT views and reaching out to HIV/AIDS patients at the height of that epidemic. Jessica Chastain stars as Tammy, and has been involved in developing this project and playing her in a film for years, before the current director joined the project. The film's cast also features Chandler Head as Young Tammy, Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker, Vincent D'Onofrio as Jerry Falwell, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Mark Wystrach, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds, and Jay Huguley. View the promo video below.
"It's time to show the world who I really am…" Marvel still rules the cinema! Opening in theaters in a few weeks is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and along with the new Eternals trailer, they've debuted a big batch of new footage. Not entirely sold on this one yet? All the glowing reviews and all this extra footage should definitely get your attention. Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained to be an assassin by the Ten Rings organization since childhood and has tried a create a normal life for himself in San Francisco. He is forced to confront his past when they try to draw him in again. This Marvel movie also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, of Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle previously, who I've been a fan of since his very first film. Early word is that even if you've been tired of Marvel, this is still worth a watch! Packed with kick ass fights and kick ass performances and more.
"Candyman is the "Patron Saint" of the Urban Legend." Universal has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the horror reboot Candyman, described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. After more than a year of delays due to the pandemic shutting down cinemas, it's finally set to open in theaters at the end of August this year. Producer Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend's older sibling likely told you at a sleepover: Candyman. This update on the horror classic stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. The most recent trailer dropped earlier in the summer, but with the release coming up soon, they're debuting more marketing. This featurette spends a bit of time with director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele on set as they're filming this. Check it out.
"Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a movie about family, that's being made by a family." Sony has debuted a fun behind-the-scenes featurette for Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife (remember this movie??). This was supposed to open in theaters LAST summer (watch the first trailer again), but was delayed for more than a year due to the pandemic, now opening in theaters THIS November. Afterlife is a direct sequel to the first two movies (from 1984 & 1989) and brings back the classic Ecto-1 and some of the original actors. The main cast includes Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd; also featuring Bill Murray, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bokeem Woodbine, and Ernie Hudson. This featurette focuses on director Jason Reitman and his father Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movie, and their relationship making this sequel. Lots of awkward "my dad watching over my shoulder" moments in this. But it's still charming. And it sounds like a new trailer is arriving very soon.
"Stick to the very first impulse, the reason why you wanted to do this." Netflix has debuted a featurette for the acclaimed Indian musician film The Disciple, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and won Best Screenplay there. This already debuted on Netflix (in the US) in April - we posted the trailer then and the film is available to watch now. Some critics complained that Netflix didn't do any promotion and barely notified anyone that it was released. The film was executive produced by Alfonso Cuaron, so he hopped on Zoom to chat about why he supported this talented filmmaker, who is the same director of the underrated drama Court. Self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical vocalist as the mastery he strives for remains elusive. It's based on the true story of singer Sharad Nerulkar. The Disciple stars Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, and Kiran Yadnyopavit, among others. If you're interested, you can watch it on Netflix now. Take a look.
Unleash the zombie hordes! Now available to watch worldwide on Netflix is Zack Snyder's epic new zombie movie Army of the Dead, set in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. In celebration of the release, Netflix has also debuted a 30-minute "behind the scenes" video called Creating an Army of the Dead. It's only available to watch directly on Netflix – an extensive look at how they made this movie, not a short little promotional featurette. "Zack Snyder and his Army of the Dead team dive into the film's wild stunts, groundbreaking effects and the evolution of the zombie genre." After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. The movie stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, and Tig Notaro. I've been on a few Zack Snyder sets in the past and I'm always impressed by how he manages the set. Enjoy.
"In all my years of doing press, I've been repeatedly asked about the white gaze. Rarely have I been set upon about the Black gaze; or the gaze distilled." This is something. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins' latest is now available to watch on Amazon Prime - The Underground Railroad, a series set in the antebellum South. Jenkins explains that he finally had this realization about "the gaze" while working on filming this series, and started to shoot these dialogue-less moments during the production. Jenkins explains: "None of these shots are planned. Occasionally, when the spirit moved us, we stopped making the planned thing and focused on making THIS thing." He started filming background actors and extras perfectly posed, staring, gazing into the camera. Featuring gorgeous costumes by Caroline Eseline. And that magnificent score by Jenkins' regular, Nicholas Britell. It's hard to watch and not be consumed by emotions. It's a stunning work of cinema of its own, alongside the real series they were making, which is an additional layer of magic on top of what Jenkins usually pulls off with his films. It runs almost an hour long but all of is breathtaking.
"Who drives like a bat out of hell?" "Torreto." Whoa! This is badass, I will admit. As dumb as these movies are, it is still cool that they do so many practical stunts, and shoot car scenes for real - including crashes and explosions and more. Universal has debuted a "Total Car-Nage" behind-the-scenes featurette for Fast & Furious 9, aka F9, the latest installment in the never-ending "Fast Saga". "The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before." Featuring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. We've posted two official trailers for this, including a new one last month, and they're moving ahead with the final June 25 opening. Get ready for "car-nage" in theaters this summer.