With less than a month to go before the world premiere of Terrence Malick’s latest film Song to Song at SXSW, Broad Green Pictures has released the first official trailer. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and is described as a “modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene.” For the most part, it looks like this will continue further down the plotless, expressionistic path of recent Malick films like To the Wonder and Knight of Cups, although it incorporates some live musical performances and cameos from real musicians as well. Either way, if you’re not already a fan of Malick you may want to steer clear, but if you think his films are pure cinema, you have reason to be excited. Song to Song hits select theatres on March 17th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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There have been plenty of horror directors paying tribute to John Carpenter over the past few years and attempting to recreate the overall vibe of ’80s horror in general, but now the demented minds from the Canadian filmmaking collective known as Astron-6 are getting into the act with their latest film The Void. These are the same folks who brought us such gleeful low budget genre exercises as Manborg, Father’s Day and The Editor, although this one seems to be a little more serious in tone than their previous work. Based on the first trailer, you can also see that there are some pretty impressive and disturbing practical effects in the vein of The Thing on display here as well. The movie premiered at Fantastic Fest last year where it received strong reviews and soon the rest of us will get to see it as well. The Void hits select theatres on April 7th before hitting VOD on April 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Three major releases hit theatres this holiday weekend where they will struggle to catch returning champs The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker. Zhang Yimou’s fantasy action flick The Great Wall starring Matt Damon finally arrives in North America after doing decent business in China, along with Gore Verbinski’s psychological horror flick A Cure for Wellness and the R-rated comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day. In select theatres we also have the horror anthology film XX (which is also on VOD), the indie romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody, and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong starring Jena Malon and Riley Keough. What will you be watching this weekend?
Aside from Baywatch, this year’s upcoming summer line-up has been severely lacking in major comedies so far, but the good news is that we’re finally starting to see a few more come out of the woodwork. Amazon and Lionsgate just announced that they will release the Kumail Nanjiani / Zoe Kasan film The Big Sick this summer and now today Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Written and directed by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (who previously wrote Neighbors and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), the story revolves around two parents who decide to open an underground casino in their house in order to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. As you can probably guess, things get CRAZY. The House co-stars Jason Mantzoukas, Allison Tolman, Rob Huebel and Andrea Savage and it hits theatres on June 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Before The Raid: Redemption even hit theatres in North America, Sony had already begun developing a U.S. remake of the heavily hyped Indonesian action film. At the time, it seemed unlikely that a Hollywood version could come close to the level of insanity on display in the original, but Screen Gems eventually hired Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) to direct and Taylor Kitsch and Frank Grillo to star. A year later, both Hughes and Kitsch dropped out, leaving the project in limbo. Now this week we are hearing that the remake isn’t dead, however, after XYZ Films made a surprise announcement via Twitter: Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) has come on board to direct. Carnahan himself also had this to say about the project:
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When it was announced a few months ago that David Ayer would be directing and producing the Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie, it seemed unlikely that he would return to the director’s chair for Suicide Squad 2 as well. Now this week we have confirmation that Warner Brothers will be hiring someone else to take over the franchise and we’ve got our first look at the list of directors under consideration to do it. Most notably, and perhaps most surprisingly, Mel Gibson is one of the filmmakers that the studio has met with, providing further proof that his Hollywood comeback is complete. His WWII film Hacksaw Ridge is currently up for Best Picture at the Oscars this year and Gibson himself is also nominated for Best Director. The other directors on the Suicide Squad 2 shortlist are as follows:
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Here’s the first trailer for The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her stylish vampire flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This looks to be another slow burn, but also a visual feast with a synth-heavy soundtrack. The story takes place in the not-too-distant future where American citizens are exiled to a desert wasteland when they are no longer of use to society, becoming prey for roving bands of cannibals. With a cast that includes Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna and Jim Carrey, this will be one of the first releases for Tim League’s new distribution company Neon. The Bad Batch hits select theatres on June 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Thanks to Serial, This American Life and WTF (among others), podcasting has exploded over the past few years both in terms of mainstream awareness and quality of content. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood started to take notice, and indeed, it is starting to feel like podcast adaptations might be the next big thing. Several podcasts are in the process of being adapted for TV (Phil Lord and Chris Miller are making a Serial TV series for Fox) and so far a handful of movies are drawing from episodes of This American Life, including Come Sunday and The Incredible Case of the PI Moms. Now this week director Richard Linklater has decided to throw his hat in the ring with a movie based on an episode of Reply All and Robert Downey Jr is attached to star. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
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Earlier this month we learned that director Antoine Fuqua had dropped out of the Scarface remake but that Diego Luna had signed on to star. Since then we’ve been awaiting the announcement of a new director, and although Universal execs are starting to narrow down their choices, there has been another interesting revelation about the project as well. It would appear that Joel and Ethan Coen have been brought in to do some rewrites, although the full extent of those rewrites is currently unclear. Could this remake still turn out to be something great? Hit the jump for more details.
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A guy can get anything he wants as long as he pays the price. It’s been a long wait, but our Martin Scorsese premium is finally here. We’re a little late with this one but since no one went out to see Silence anyway I don’t think it really matters. This podcast covers a handful of his best-known classics (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Departed) plus a couple of more underappreciated entries (The King of Comedy and Bringing Out the Dead) with a resulting discussion that digs into Scorsese’s partnership with Robert De Niro, his penchant for violence, his overuse of The Rolling Stones on his soundtracks, and the personal nature of many of his films. So is The King of Comedy a comedy and is Rupert Pupkin’s act genuinely funny? Is the end of Taxi Driver real or a dream? Does the plot of The Departed make any sense and, more importantly, does it even matter? Go home and get your fuckin’ shinebox and listen to this month’s premium podcast below.
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It’s been a few years since Harmony Korine’s last film, Spring Breakers, hit theatres and became the closest thing to a mainstream hit he’s ever had. At the time it seemed like he might follow it up with something even bigger, but that hasn’t really panned out. A somewhat sketchy Spring Breakers sequel was announced (which he is not involved in) and also a possible Spring Breakers remix cut (which he is). Mostly though, he was in the process of developing a movie called The Trap that was going to star Benicio del Toro, Al Pacino, James Franco, Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson and rapper Gucci Mane but after a couple of false starts it is currently on hold. Fortunately, this month we are hearing that he is setting up a brand new movie with another A-list actor attached to star. Prepare for The McConaissance: Part 2. Hit the jump for more details.
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No surprises here as The Lego Batman Movie topped the box office over the weekend, pulling in an estimated $55 million. However, that is definitely on the lower side of expectations, considering that The Lego Movie made $69 million back in 2014. It is possible that a major winter storm in the Northeastern U.S. had an effect, although in second place, Fifty Shades Darker opened a bit stronger than expected with $46 million. John Wick: Chapter 2 also opened strong with $30 million, over twice what its predecessor made, putting it at #3. Elsewhere M. Night Shyamalan’s Split fell to fourth after sitting at #1 for three weeks in a row, while Hidden Figures rounded out the top 5. Fellow Oscar nominees La La Land and Lion are also continuing to do well.
1. The LEGO Batman Movie — $55.6M
2. Fifty Shades Darker — $46.8M
3. John Wick: Chapter 2 — $30.0M
4. Split — $9.3M
5. Hidden Figures — $8.0M
6. A Dog’s Purpose — $7.4M
7. Rings — $5.8M
8. La La Land — $5.0M
9. Lion — $4.1M
10. The Space Between Us — $1.8M