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"I wanted them to feel buying a Marvel [comic] book was like visiting an old friend." And then he helped build an empire. We lost a creative genius this week, a genuine icon of pop culture, though he will certainly be honored and remembered for generations to come. Comic book writer Stan Lee passed away this week at the age of 95. Marvel put together a short video tribute looking back at his life and his career in comics, and how he changed the comic book industry and changed people's lives. It's a fairly good tribute with some interviews and video footage and a look back in the Marvel archives at his comic book work over the years. The opening footage is great, a blast from the past and look at how Stan has been trying to make a difference through comics all along. I expect to see some good documentaries about him soon, too. He will be missed.
"I've got a lot of killin' to make up for…!" Syfy has released an official trailer for the upcoming horror sequel Leprechaun Returns, being release straight-to-VOD in December. Remarkably, the Leprechaun series is currently on its eighth film. The most recent two were Leprechaun: Origins in 2014 (did anyone see this?) and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, of course, back in 2003. This new one even includes an old character from the original 1993 film, Mark Holton. And unfortunately Warwick Davis is not back this time, instead Linden Porco plays the super creepy Leprechaun. He returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, while they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house. The full cast includes Taylor Spreitler, Sai Bennett, Pepi Sonuga, Ben McGregor, and Emily Reid. This seriously looks crazy messed up and seriously twisted, not to mention packed with a bunch of bad one-liners. Watch below.
"And that's when I decided - enough is enough." Netflix has unveiled the dazzling official trailer for an indie dramatic comedy titled Dumplin', the latest from filmmaker Anne Fletcher (Step Up, 27 Dresses, The Proposal, The Guilt Trip). The film is about a teen named Willowdean, the plus-size daughter of a former pageant queen who decides to enter the beauty contest herself in protest, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. Jennifer Aniston stars with Danielle Macdonald (who also appeared in Patti Cake$) as Will. The cast includes Odeya Rush, Dove Cameron, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Luke Benward, Harold Perrineau, Joshua Eads-Brown, Sam Pancake, and Dan Finnerty. This looks like a joyously energetic and spirited film, better than I was expecting it to look. Might be worth a watch when it's released.
"Don't worry about being the next 'me', be the first 'you.'" MGM has released the first official trailer for a family comedy coming up next year titled Fighting with My Family, described as a "heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family." The movie is about a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. It's literally a movie about how WWE wrestling is fun for the entire family. The main cast includes Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, plus Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing himself. This also must be inspired by the popularity of Netflix's "Glow", focusing mostly around Pugh's character kicking ass.
"Welcome to the park - have a nice day!" Paramount Animation has debuted the full, official trailer for their latest creation, an animated adventure movie titled Wonder Park taking us to a magical amusement park called Wonderland. There isn't much known about the story, except that it involves this park "where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive." This seems like a mash-up of Zootopia and Tomorrowland, with everything being so imaginative, plus all the talking animals. Brianna Denski voices June, and the primary cast includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ken Hudson Campbell. This looks like a ton of fun, though I'm not sure about the infighting in the park, but the rest of it seems thoroughly entertaining.
"By freeing yourselves, you are liberating the world." Sony Classics has debuted an official US trailer for the German film Never Look Away, originally titled Werk Ohne Autor in German - which means Work Without Author, essentially "Anonymous". The 3-hour long film spans 3 eras in German history, following a young German painter who becomes an artist and spends decades attempting to find the real meaning in his work. Tom Schilling stars as Kurt Barnert, and Paula Beer plays his wife Ellie. The plot involves a doctor who worked for the Nazis hiding his past, and Kurt discovering who he is but deciding how to deal with this realization. Never Look Away also stars Sebastian Koch, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Ulrike C. Tscharre, and Hanno Koffler. I saw this in Venice, and it's a wonderful film, very deeply inspiring and engaging despite its extensive running time. If you think of yourself an artist at all, this is a must watch film.
"It's better to try and fail." GKids has debuted the second official US trailer for the long-awaited Miyazaki documentary titled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, which they will be releasing in US theaters later this year. The doc was originally made for TV and released in Japan in 2016, but has been awaiting a global release ever since then. Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki spends intimate time with Miyazaki-san himself, examining his time since retirement in 2013. It follows his very first attempts to use computers for animation to make the film Boro the Caterpillar for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. The big question it asks: "Can an old master who thinks he's past his prime shine once again?" This film fits right in with that other wonderful Ghibli doc, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. This trailer is pretty much the same as the first one, with the added date info at the end - it's getting a limited theatrical showing for two nights only.
"Once they put all these things together behind James' vision - blows my mind, still." Are you ready to dive in? Warner Bros has unveiled a new behind-the-scenes featurette for James Wan's Aquaman movie, giving us an extended look at the making of this massive superhero epic. There's only one month left until this hits theaters. The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as the DC superhero Aquaman, with a huge ensemble cast including Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. I'm kinda excited to see this, even if it does look glossy in the trailers, at least they shot a little practical action. This is a cool featurette.
"What secrets do you expect us to have, Eva?" Pantelion Films has unveiled an official US trailer for the release of Perfectos Desconocidos from Mexico, remade by filmmaker Manolo Caro. The title translates to Perfect Strangers, and they're billing this as a "Spanish speaking comedy with English subtitles" from Mexico. It's actually the second remake of an Italian film which first premiered in 2016 - Perfect Strangers or Perfetti Sconosciuti, which was then remade in Spain last year, and is now being remade by Mexico. This version of the film stars Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García-Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Miguel Rodarte, Bruno Bichir, Ana Claudia Talancón, and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. This actually looks like a super fun cinematic party game, with a dash of commentary on how much phones have changed our lives.
"Stay sharp. These guys will kill for what they're after." Lionsgate Premiere has debuted an official trailer for an action crime thriller titled Backtrace, starring Sylvester Stallone as a detective. This cops & robbers flick is about an amnesiac criminal, played by Matthew Modine, who is the lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery. He's given a drug that forces him to relive the life he's forgotten, in order to find the money he hid. The film's full cast includes Ryan Guzman, Meadow Williams, Christopher McDonald, Colin Egglesfield, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Sergio Rizzuto, and Swen Temmel. We've seen so many of these throwaway action movies, and they pretty much all look the same every time. So much screaming and intensity and gunfire in this glimpse. As always, at least the trailer is free to watch.
"These laws are obstacles to our children's aspirations." Focus Features has debuted the second official trailer, and the final US trailer, for On the Basis of Sex, the gripping film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays RBG, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder (of The Peacemaker, Deep Impact, Pay It Forward). This trailer comes on the heels of another intense international trailer, and the film's US premiere, with the first reactions being mostly positive so far. The film's cast also features Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Focus will be releasing On the Basis of Sex in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, so expect a very strong marketing push the rest of the year. This new trailer packs a punch & gets right down to the what the film is all about.
"Who is this guy, mom?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Gloria Bell, the latest film from acclaimed, hard-working Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (who received international acclaim for A Fantastic Woman, and also directed Disobedience, now remaking his own 2013 film). This romantic comedy, which premiered at TIFF recently, is about a free-spirited woman in her 50s who seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Starring Julianne Moore as Gloria, with a cast including Alanna Ubach, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sean Astin, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, and John Turturro. Described as a "sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing." Yes, that is actually some superb advice. Dancing rules. I've been hearing lots of great buzz about this, and damn does it look a very good time at the movies.