MISS MEADOWS Trailer Positions Katie Holmes as a Prim Vigilante Serial Killer

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To me, for better and for worse, this feels like the kind of quirky dark comedy we were getting on the regular back between 1999 and 2004.  Now, not so much.  Which is to say that this trailer for Miss Meadows is simultaneously refreshing and stale.  For what it’s worth I’m definitely interested in seeing this, I’ll take a formula I haven’t seen in a while over a formula I’m exposed to every day.  And I happen to think Katie Holmes is a strong performer who took herself off the scene right before she started getting really interesting roles.   The film is written directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who directed the apparently abysmal Because I Said So, but I will hold out a sliver of hope regardless.

In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she’s not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she’s moonlighting as a gun-toting vigilante.  The film also stars James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart.  Hit the jump for the Miss Meadows trailer.  Entertainment One releases the film on November 14th. 

First AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Teaser Offers a Helping Hand

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FX has released the first American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser trailer in addition to confirming the series’ October 8th premiere date, which we told you about last week.  The fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series takes place in the sleepy town of Jupiter, Florida in 1952, as “a troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.”  This season will tell the story of the “freaks” against the backdrop of “the dying world of the American carny experience.”  Sounds like American Horror Story alright.  Jessica Lange plans for this to be her last season with the show, and she’ll be joined onscreen by AHS veterans Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Angela Basset, as well as AHS newcomer Michael Chiklis.

Hit the jump to watch the decidedly creepy American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser.  The series premieres on FX Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm ET/PT.

AUTOMATA Trailer: Antonio Banderas Faces a Robot Uprising in Sci-Fi Thriller

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Millennium Entertainment has released the first Automata trailer for director Gabe Ibáñez’s upcoming sci-fi thriller.  The I, Robot-esque story takes place in the year 2044 where robots are ubiquitous and operate under two fundamental laws that prevent them from harming humans or themselves.  Antonio Banderas plays an insurance agent of the ROC robotic corporation who discovers that the robots may be more human than people are led to believe.  Though we’ve seen this story many times before, the film actually looks quite good.  Dylan McDermott fills the role of the robot-hating human, while Ibáñez imbues the picture with a washed out aesthetic reminiscent of Blade Runner that reflects the dire nature of humanity.

Hit the jump to watch the Automata trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Griffith and will be released in theaters and VOD on October 10th.

Read Description of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer; Confirms the Film Is Shooting in 70mm

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If you go to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, you’re also going to get to see the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight.  Additionally, the trailer might not be released online, but we’ve managed to get a look at it, so we’re going to describe what it contains.  Considering that the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, it’s along the lines of what most people predicted it would be, although it also confirms that that the movie is shooting in 70mm.

Hit the jump for The Hateful Eight trailer description.  The film opens in 2015, and stars Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael MadsenJames RemarWalton GogginsZoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson.

A GOOD MARRIAGE Trailer and Poster: Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia Have Secrets in New Stephen King Thriller

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Screen Media Films has released the first A Good Marriage trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, written by Stephen King.  Based on King’s short story of the same name, the film stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia as a seemingly happily married couple whose relationship is tested when Allen discovers that her husband may in fact be a notorious serial killer.  It looks like a decidedly Stephen King-esque story, which is fitting since he also wrote the screenplay.  I was recently reminded of Joan Allen’s brilliance while finishing up the final season of The Killing on Netflix, and combined with the film’s pulpy premise, she provides a nice point of attraction for A Good Marriage.

Hit the jump to check out the Good Marriage trailer and poster.  Directed by Peter Askin, the film also stars Kristen Connolly and Stephen LangA Good Marriage will be released in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd.

First ’71 Trailer: Jack O’Connell Tries to Find His Way Home

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Berlin Film Festival was ’71, which is the feature directorial debut of Yann Demange (whose credits include some high-profile and acclaimed British television series like Top Boy, Criminal Justice, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and it’s about a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home, while the locals battle for supremacy.  One of the reasons the film is so powerful is that it doesn’t portray any character or side in absolutes.  Each person we meet along the way has depth, and Demange doesn’t pull any punches when depicting the violence of the times.

With ’71 doesn’t yet have a release date in America, the film opens in the U.K. on October 10th and the first trailer has landed online.  What’s great about the ‘71 trailer is that it sells you on the story and action without ruining any of the twists and turns.  Hit the jump to check it out.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort and More Have Internet Issues in Jason Reitman’s New Drama

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Our very first look at Jason Reitman’s latest is here and based on the tone of the trailer, Men, Women & Children could be one of his darker, most somber films yet.  In fact, I don’t think there’s a single smile in this entire thing.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when you fall for laugh-heavy films like Juno and Young Adult (and also manage to forget that Labor Day even exists), this feels like quite the switch.  This is only a teaser trailer so it’s impossible to pass much judgment, but Reitman could have the performances to support it, with The Fault in Our Star’s Ansel Elgort being a standout here.  The piece also doesn’t offer up any concrete story details, but from the official synopsis and Chad Kulten’s source material, we know that Men, Women & Children will focus on high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.

Hit the jump to watch the Men, Women & Children trailer.  The film also stars Adam SandlerRosemarie DeWittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerKaitlyn DeverDean NorrisJ.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and opens in limited release on October 3rd.

Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

OPEN WINDOWS Trailer and Images: Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey Get Caught Up in the Web

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Timecrimes and V/H/S: Viral director Nacho Vigalondo has returned with the voyeuristic  thriller Open Windows, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in a fan-stalks-celebrity game of cat and mouse that seems to be spurred on by a faceless psychopath.  Vigalondo has always been an interesting director, so I’m eager to check this one out (you can also read Perri’s review of the film out of SXSW).

This brief theatrical trailer adds a kinetic quality to the material that seemed to be missing from the promotional materials thus far.  I’m hoping the movie lives up to it because, from the looks of this, it could actually be pretty satirical and fun.  Hit the jump for the Open Windows trailer and images.  Cinedigm releases the film on VOD and Digital Download on October 2nd with a limited theatrical run scheduled for November 7th.

WETLANDS Trailer Highlights Dirty Bathrooms, Poor Hygiene, Crude Behavior and More

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The filthier the toilet, the better?  I beg to differ, but with all the acclaim for David Wnendt’s Wetlands that came out of Sundance, I guess I’d be willing to tolerate Helen’s (Carla Juri) obsession with bodily fluids for two hours.  The film is based on the Charlotte Roche novel, Feuchtgebiete, and features a character who has absolutely no problem sticking her finger up her butt, prefers to indulge in the most disgusting bathrooms she can find, doesn’t care for personal hygiene whatsoever and has absolutely no filter.

As someone who much prefers to keep things neat, clean and organized, this new trailer for the film is borderline nightmarish and nauseating yet, oddly enough, there’s still something mesmerizing and dare I say charming about Helen’s behavior.  Catch her in action for yourself in the Wetlands trailer after the jump.  The film is set for a limited release in New York City on September 5th and will expand thereafter.  Wetlands also stars Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse and Edgar Selge.

New THE BABADOOK Trailer and Images Deliver the Scares without the Spoilers

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Icon has released a new The Babadook trailer online, and it’s worth watching so you can put this frightening film on your radar.  The story focuses on a single mother who reads a children’s book called “Mister Babadook” to her young child, and unintentionally conjures the eponymous monster, which begins to terrorize the household.  When I went to see the movie at Sundance, I knew absolutely nothing about it.  I didn’t even know it was a horror film.  I knew it had a funny name, and that was it.  The movie then proceeded to scare the hell out of me for 93 minutes.  Writer-director Jennifer Kent has crafted what is easily one of the best horror films of the year.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Babadook trailer along with some new images.  The movie will open in the U.K. on October 24th, and in the U.S. in theaters and VOD on November 28th.  As a side-note, I like how at the end of the trailer, you’re encouraged to go to the official website and “Read the Book”.  You know, the thing that SUMMONS THE MONSTER.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Teaser Recaps 5 Seasons of Ups and Downs for the Resurrected Comedy

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It’s a little hard to believe that Community actually lasted five whole seasons on network television.  Once the sitcom found its weird/meta groove a few episodes into its first season, it soldiered on and never looked back.  The show battled network disappointment, high fan expectations, cast departures, and even the firing—and rehiring—of its own showrunner Dan Harmon before NBC finally opted to cancel the show once and for all after Season 5.  Plenty of fans were upset, especially given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” rally cry, but Yahoo! Screen came to the resuce at the very last minute to resurrect the show for a sixth season.  Yahoo! has now released a Community Season 6 teaser that recaps the last five years of madness (all but glossing over the Harmon-less Season 4) and teases the upcoming resurrection of the show, complete with Six Million Dollar Man references galore.

Hit the jump to watch the Community Season 6 teaser.  A premiere date has yet to be set, but given that the new season hasn’t started filming yet, one imagines it may be early 2015 before we see new episodes.

REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS Trailer and Poster: Chinatown Gang Members Search for the American Dream

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A24 Films has released the first Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer and poster for directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo’s upcoming crime drama.  Based on a true story, the film revolves around two immigrant brothers (played by Justin Chon and Kevin Wu) who survive the poverty of 1980s New York by joining the Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”, where they quickly rise up the ranks and draw the attention of the city cops.  Martin Scorsese—who remade Infernal Affairs with 2006’s The Departed—lends his name to the film as an executive producer, and it’s not hard to see why.  The trailer highlights a unique story with heavy stakes, told against the backdrop of the American Dream.  It looks to be an altogether promising feature, and one I’m curious to check out.

Hit the jump to check out the Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer and poster.  The film also stars Harry Shum Jr., Shuya Chang, Geoff Pierson, Billy Magnussen, and Ray LiottaRevenge of the Green Dragons will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be available exclusively on DirecTV starting September 11th, followed by a theatrical release in October.

First MORDECAI Trailer Has Johnny Depp as a Debonair Rapscallion alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, and Ewan McGregor

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Lionsgate has released the first Mortdecai trailer, and it looks rather amusing.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  None of those plot details are mentioned in this trailer.  Instead, it quickly conveys the goofy character, and even though this is yet another oddball/eccentric part for Depp, at least it comes off as quite entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the Mortdecai trailer.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul BettanyMortdecai opens February 6, 2015.

New DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Trailer Features Peter Capaldi and a T-Rex on Fire

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Doctor Who is due to return on August 23rd, so I guess I better get ready to hear about how crazy I am for not watching the show all over again.  BBC dropped that first full-length series 8 trailer just about a month ago, but with the premiere date fast approaching, they just threw in another 30-second spot for the first episode, “Deep Breath,” as well.

Minus the fact that Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) is our new Doctor, I’ve got just about no clue what’s going on in this teaser, so I won’t dare try to describe it, but it’s got a dinosaur, a guy who’s missing about a quarter of his face and shots of the Tardis – I know the Tardis!  Hit the jump to check out the new Doctor Who series 8 trailer for yourself.  The show returns in the UK and the US on Saturday, August 23rd.

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