Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Nicholas Winding Refn Fight Against This DYING OF THE LIGHT Trailer

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Interesting story with this one.  Paul Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver (a classic) and recently conspired with Bret Easton Ellis to bring us The Canyons (by most counts not a classic) has a new movie coming out called Dying of the Light.  Only he’s not too thrilled about the way it turned out. Nor are his stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin.  Nor is executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn (who was supposed to direct this a few years back with Harrison Ford in the lead role).

Apparently Schrader was locked out of the editing room on the film and the movie that’s being prepped for release is not his vision.  Contractually he is forbidden to trash the movie given a non-disparagement clause in his contract, but he found a nifty way out of that and a way to get his message across.  Hit the jump for the Dying of the Light trailer and to learn more about the controversy at hand.  The film gets a limited release on December 5th. 

TOP FIVE Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock’s Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces.

Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.

First Footage from Disney’s New Animated Short FEAST Will Make You Hungry

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The first footage from Disney’s upcoming animated short Feast has landed online, and it’s bound to make you quite hungry.  Per the official logline, “The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”  The dog is absolutely adorable in this footage, as he seems to be on a quest to eat each and every delicious thing he comes across.  Director Patrick Osborne’s animation style is also highly impressive, and I look forward to enjoying the full short when it’s attached to Big Hero 6.

Hit the jump to watch the Feast trailer, and click here to read our interview with Osborne.  The short will play in front of Disney’s Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7th.

New UNBROKEN Trailer Continues to Prove Jack O’Connell Is One to Watch [Updated with New Images and Posters]

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Who’s ready for a Jack O’Connell tour de force?  The guy’s already proven himself thanks to his work in Starred Up and the upcoming limited release ’71, but based on this new trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, it looks as though he’s got a lot more to offer.  The narrative is remarkable in and of itself, but O’Connell appears to bring such heart to the role of Louis Zamperini that his performance is bound to up the intensity of the situation tenfold.  Will it be enough to earn him some Oscar buzz?  There’s already some significant competition in the Best Actor category so it might be a reach, but Adam thinks the film’s got a chance at snagging a spot in the Best Picture race, and based on the quality of this new promo, I’m inclined to agree.

Hit the jump to check out the latest Unbroken trailer.  The film arrives on December 25th and also stars Domhnall GleesonGarrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, John Magaro and Luke Treadaway. [Update: Universal has also released new images and posters for the film.]

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Trailer: Chris Hemsworth is Shipwrecked in Ron Howard’s New Drama

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Have you ever read Nathaniel Philbrick‘s book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex?  It’s a riveting tale of survival that goes to some wildly dark, disturbing places that you won’t soon forget and this first trailer for Ron Howard‘s big screen rendition certainly reflects that.  Back in 1820 the whaleship Essex was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  Those who survived the attack drifted for more than 90 days in three small whaleboats during which many fell victim to disease, hunger and cannibalism.

Not only does this new promo for the film boast some stunning cinematography with a striking and tonally appropriate color palette, but it also functions as a particularly effective tease of the narrative.  It does reveal a good deal of action and destruction, but rather than sensationalize the tale to build interest, it keeps the characters in the forefront, and that’s what could make the feature a standout.  Hit the jump to watch the In the Heart of the Sea trailer.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin WalkerTom HollandBrendon GleesonCillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Takes Katniss Back to District 12 Ruins to “Make It Personal”

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser.  The sequel finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 as the figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol.  The clip takes Katniss back to the destroyed District 12 in order to “make it personal for her,” says Plutarch (Philip Seymour) in voiceover.  “Let her see what the Capitol did to District 12.”  We get to see a sequence of great Lawrence reaction shots scored by Lorde’s Mockingjay single “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone also star in the sequel directed by Francis LawrenceThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

New Full-Length FOXCATCHER Trailer: Steve Carell Leads Dark, Odd True Story Drama from Director Bennett Miller

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Sony Pictures Classics has released a new Foxcatcher trailer for Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s upcoming drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  This trailer is really the first full-length one we’ve seen from the film, and it gives a nice overview of the story while also teasing out the terrific performances.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s astoundingly good, with Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo all turning in career-best work as the lead trio.  It’s a quiet film and one that demands attention and patience, but I think Miller has done a fantastic job of crafting what’s essentially a dark, strange, and sometimes funny character study.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, and Vanessa RedgraveFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

CITIZENFOUR Trailer: Revealing Documentary Provides First-Person Account of the Edward Snowden Leak

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Radius-TWC and Participant Media have released the first Citizenfour trailer for director Laura Poitras’ (The Oath) documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA leak.  I honestly wasn’t aware of this film’s existence before today, but it looks to be an absolutely riveting and revealing look at the events that lead to Snowden leaking confidential NSA documents.  Poirtras was contacted anonymously by Snowden in January 2013 about the files he was about to leak, giving her unprecedented access to what exactly went down.  The film debuted at the New York Film Festival last night to highly positive reviews, with THR calling it “revelatory”, Indiewire describing it as “bracing”, and The Guardian going so far as to say it’s a “victorious film [that] shows Snowden vindicated.”  Moreover, the pic apparently offers shocking new details about how high up the chain the spying program actually goes.  I’m incredibly curious to check this one out myself, and this first trailer does a fantastic job of teasing without revealing.

Watch the first Citizenfour trailer after the jump.  Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, the film is slated to open in theaters on October 24th.

A MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS Trailer Pits Joel McHale Against Robin Williams in one of His Final Roles

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This one sort of came out of nowhere for me, but here it is, ready for holiday release in less than a month.  Robin Williams and Joel McHale star in A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the trailer of which just hit this morning.  The movie looks fine I guess, but it’s still hard for me to contextually separate Williams’ upcoming work from his untimely passing.  Though I’m sure that stuff will fade away while watching the actual movie.

The film also stars Clarke Duke, Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker and Candice Bergen. Hit the jump to check out the A Merry Friggin’ Christmas trailer and poster.  The film opens on November 7th from eOne Entertainment.

New Teaser for THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH Introduces the Title Character

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I remember being a little underwhelmed by The Woman in Black when I first saw it in 2012.  It was a well made movie, but fell firmly into the category of “not my thing” despite the fact that I’m a huge horror nut.  Most fans disagreed with me though and the movie made an impressive sum of money on a relatively small budget.  If you saw the ending of that film, it will come as no surprise that Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t return in the sequel (or does he) but it looks like the atmosphere – a unanimous high point – from the original has arrived intact.

The new clip is much better than the first teaser we saw a few months back.  It’s still brief, but it actually has some incident in it.  Hit the jump to check out the new teaser for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.  Helen McCrory and Jeremy Irvine star in the film directed by Tom Harper.  It opens in theaters on January 20th, 2015.

FOCUS Trailer: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Are Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released the first Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming “comedy-caper-love story”.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  I’m not exactly sure what to make of the film from this trailer.  It’s much more dramatic than I was expecting from its description as a comedy caper, and there seems to be a heavy amount of weight to the proceedings.  It’s too early to tell if the chemistry between Smith and Robbie is solid, but I imagine the quality of the film hinges on that fact alone.

Watch the first Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

BIG HERO 6 Comic Con Trailer Opens Up the Epic Scope of the Film

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I had no idea that Disney’s Big Hero 6 was going to be this big.  Everything I had seen so far from the film seemed to indicate that this story about Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada’s (Ryan Potter) would actually be somewhat smaller in scope. But no, the sizzle reel unveiled today at the New York Comic Con changed all of that.  Big Hero 6 is flat out Mario Kart massive. Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 NYCC sizzle reel.  The film also features the voices of Daniel HenneyT.J. MillerJamie ChungDamon Wayans Jr.Genesis RodriguezJames CromwellAlan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph.  Big Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  If you want to know more we’ve got Christina’s interviews with directors Don Hall & Chris WilliamsHead of Animation Zach Parrish, and 24 things to know about the film.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

MOCKINGBIRD Trailer Teases the Powerful New Film From the Director of THE STRANGERS

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I’m asking you to join me once more into the fray of found footage features.  I know there’s been a glut of these films the past few years so I wouldn’t go out on a limb and recommend one to you unless it was heads and tails better than the rest.  And Bryan Bertino‘s new film Mockingbird is most certainly that.  You’ll remember Bertino as the director of the excellent The Strangers (and he’s got more stuff in the pipeline that you’ll be seeing soon).  Mockingbird is more of an experiment than that film was, it’s not a traditional narrative, but it’s one of the few films I watched over the summer that actually had me on edge (and I watch a lot of horror movies).  So even if you’re sick of this sub genre, give this movie a whirl – within a few minutes I think you’ll find yourself caught fairly off guard.

The trailer only hints at the basics of the movie, so it lacks the churning dread I think you’ll encounter while watching the actual piece.  But it’s still a nice primer for the overall aesthetic and a good excuse to talk about this film.  Hit the jump for the Mockingbird trailer.  The film hit iTunes and VOD today from Blumhouse and Universal.

Nicole Kidman Awakens and Forgets in New BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer

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Millennium Films has released a new Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Given the terrific premise and strong cast, which also includes Colin Firth and Mark Strong, I have high hopes for this one.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens in theaters on October 31st.

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