LISTEN UP, PHILIP Trailer Plunges Jason Schwartzman into Ego Gratification

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After a teaser trailer that was decidedly retro, Listen Up, Philip (the new film from The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) gets a more conventional trailer that still isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to the mean-spirited (yet creatively accurate, in my opinion) subject matter.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.  

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Krysten RitterJosephine de La BaumeJess WeixlerDree HemingwayKeith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.  Tribeca films releases Listen Up, Philip in theaters on October 17th.  I’ll be there.  

EFFIE GRAY Trailer: Emma Thompson Returns to British Period Dramas in Grim Fashion

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The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived.  Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London.  Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge).  Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray.  The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait.

Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, and David Suchet.  While a U.S. release date is still pending, the pic is slated to open in the UK on October 10th.

The Rebellion Takes Flight in Full-Length THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer

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Lionsgate has released the full-length The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the first half of director Francis Lawrence’s conclusion to the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Francis Lawrence surprised the hell out of me with Catching Fire, which I thought was hands-down the best “tentpole” film of last year, and so I have high hopes for his adaptation of Mockingjay (the weakest book of the trilogy).  What strikes me most about this trailer is that the film appears to be in the vein of an action pic, whereas Catching Fire was more of a thriller and the first film was essentially a survival movie.  District 13 isn’t exactly a cinematic location and there’s a lot of bunker-set scenes in the book, so I’m very curious to see what changes have been made in the feature film adaptation.  The pic looks rather epic in scope, and I imagine Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the most intense and largest scale entry in the franchise yet.  Hold on to your butts.

Hit the jump to watch the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

JOHN WICK Trailer: Keanu Reeves Seeks Revenge in Incredibly Violent Fashion

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Summit Entertainment has released the first John Wick trailer for the upcoming revenge actioner, and it’s actually kind of great.  The film marks the directorial debut of veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.  This trailer is incredibly promising, as the film looks to have the right balance of absurdity and action.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s not overly campy either.  And Reeves looks to be having a blast as he’s surrounded by a diverse, impressive supporting cast.  Add in the fact that John Wick has been chosen to screen at Fantastic Fest next month, and this could prove to be one of the fall’s bigger pleasant surprises.

Watch the John Wick trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael NyqvistJohn Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

SERENA Trailer and Posters: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Reunite in Long-Delayed Drama

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At long last, the very first Serena trailer and poster for director Susanne Bier’s period drama.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry.  Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to become suspicious of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.  Remember all the buzz surrounding Lawrence and Cooper in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook?  Well Serena was actually shot 10 months before the David O. Russell film came out, so you can say this one has been sitting on the shelf for a spell.  This trailer doesn’t make the movie look especially bad—it looks fine—but alas, as the picture is slated to open overseas next month, a U.S. release date remains elusive.

Hit the jump to check out the first Serena trailer and poster.  The film also stars Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans, Sam Reid, and Sean Harris and opens in the UK on October 24th.

New Trailer for THE JUDGE Amplifies the Drama, Puts Robert Downey Jr. in Crisis

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama The Judge.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  This new look at the film has a decidedly more emo, awards-baiting, tone than the first trailer.  I’m curious to see the film myself, as I can sit through a bad movie just for a good Downey Jr. performance, but the early word out of TIFF has not been kind (I suspect that we’ll have our own review of this one up soon).

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer for The Judge.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaVincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongBilly Bob ThorntonDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

New Trailer for Tommy Lee Jones’ THE HOMESMAN Hints at a Compelling Western

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Back in the spring we saw an international trailer for Tommy Lee Jones‘ western drama (in which he directs as well as acts), The Homesman and now we’re getting a domestic one along with a reminder that this film’s release is just around the corner.  The story centers on a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie.  I dig this trailer a lot actually, I love good westerns and am of the mind that the best westerns are the ones that actually find new stories to tell as opposed to stridently embracing lapsed tropes.  It looks like this could be one of the good ones.

Hit the jump to check out The Homesman domestic trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons.  Roadside Attractions will release the film on November 14th, 2014.

MAPS TO THE STARS Trailer Featuring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson

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When you’ve got a film featuring a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress awarding winning performance from Julianne Moore, you better put it to good use and this new trailer for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars does just that.  The first 25 seconds of the piece is just Moore whining on the phone, but her work is so amusing and commanding that it instantly sparks a desire for more.

And best of all, we’re going to get to see more Moore (sorry, I had to) because earlier this month, Focus Features’ alternative distribution initiative, Focus World, snatched up the U.S. distribution rights to the film and plans to release it in early 2015.  Hit the jump to check out that new Maps to the Stars trailer.  The film also star Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Trailer: The Phantom Killer Returns

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It’s been nearly 40 years since the town of Texarkana was terrorized on the big screen in Charles B. Pierce’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, but now the Phantom Killer is back thanks to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy.

There’s bound to be skepticism when you’re getting a sequel to a film almost four decades later, but this new trailer actually plays well enough.  Hit the jump to check out The Town That Dreaded Sundown trailer.  The film is set to premiere at Fantastic Fest after which it’ll hit Beyond Fest and the London Film Festival before it arrives in theaters on October 16th.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster and Trailer Teaser

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The Hunger Games may be over and done with, but that doesn’t mean President Snow (Donald Sutherland) won’t find another way to punish Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for sparking the rebellion and threatening to topple his regime.  The new trailer isn’t due for another five days, but Lionsgate has released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer countdown and in it, Snow warns, “It’s the things we love most that destroy us.”  Based on his tactics in the last two films, that’s basically his M.O., so Prim (Willow Shields), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) better watch out.

On top of that, we’ve also got the final poster for the film.  Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t hit theaters until November 21st, so it seems a little early to unleash a final poster now, but we did get those two sets of character posters, so how many more do really need?  Plus, knowing Lionsgate, their marketing team will really ramp things up as we get closer to the release, so better make room for loads of trailers, TV spots, clips and more.  Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster and that trailer preview.

NYFF Trailer Offers First Look at INHERENT VICE Footage

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The New York Film Festival has a fantastic slate this year.  From the premiere of David Fincher’s Gone Girl as its opening night film to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance as the closing night selection, it makes me supremely jealous of those on the east coast for that week.  Of course, the largest question mark here is writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s long awaited Inherent Vice, which will have its world premiere at NYFF 2014 on October 4th as the fest’s centerpiece gala.

We’ve only seen a few stills from the film (and we wake up every day hoping for a trailer), so we’re actually getting our first-ever snippet of footage via this NYFF trailer that highlights the fest’s selections.  Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson and is described by NYFF director Kent Jones as being “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.  It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.”  NYFF 2014 runs from September 27th through October 13th, and Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.  Hit the jump for the NYFF trailer.

Extended HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer Goes Deeper into the Upcoming Drama

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Showtime has released yet another new Homeland Season 4 trailer, making it at least the third look at the upcoming season after a “first look” trailer and a teaser trailer.  This time we get a bigger chunk of footage though, and it definitely looks more “broad” than in seasons past (or maybe that’s just the inane profanity bleeps peppered throughout the trailer).  I know I was growing tired of the Brody stuff, but now I wonder if I’m growing tired of the show’s histrionics in general?

Hit the jump to check out the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  The show stars Claire Danes, Corey Stoll, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with a two-hour season premiere on October 5th.

FURY International Trailer: Logan Lerman Adjusts to Life as a World War II Tank Crew Member

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It’s been quite a while since we got that first trailer for David Ayer’s Fury, but now we’ve got a brand new international one and it’s as explosive as ever.  Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command.

While on the Fury set, Ayer told Steve that the goal was to make an authentic film that offers up an unapologetic look at the tail end of World War II and based on this new Fury international trailer, there’s a good chance he might have nailed it.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.  Fury arrives in theaters on October 17th.

THE BOY NEXT DOOR Trailer: Jennifer Lopez Gets Too Close to Ryan Guzman

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I’d have no problem with Ryan Guzman stalking me, but I guess when you’re married and have a kid, it’s best not to strike up a relationship with the young and extremely handsome guy next door, but that’s exactly what Jennifer Lopez’s character does in the upcoming film The Boy Next Door.

Lopez is actually also producing this one with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions via her own production company, Nuyorican Productions.  Hit the jump to check out the very first The Boy Next Door trailer.  The film also stars John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth and Ian Nelson, and is set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Trailer Dances Around the Characters

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I’m not sure how I feel about American Horror Story: Freak Show and don’t know whether I should be excited or not.  I started off in love with last year’s Coven series (aka Season 3) but fell out of love and into hate with it sometime about the 6th episode.  The fatal flaw?  You can’t keep killing characters and bringing them back, it utterly robs the show of stakes.  Also I almost feel like they don’t even outline their seasons, which means everything starts off with a pleasant “go for broke” attitude and then… breaks.

I’ll still give Freak Show a shot though, hopefully they’ve course corrected.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman, Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins and John Carroll Lynch as the villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Hit the jump for the full trailer.  American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

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