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Watch: Disgusting Giant Mutant Wasp Movie 'Stung' Official Trailer

Sat, 30 May 2015 00:38:02 +0000

"Avoid everything here - it's bad." XYZ Films and IFC Midnight have debuted a trailer for the movie Stung, from director Benni Diez, a horror about disgusting giant mutant, ugly ass wasps, that need to be slayed right now. Clifton Collins Jr., Jessica Cook, David Masterson & Lance Henriksen star as guests at a party that goes to hell when these mutant wasps emerge from the ground. The description claims that it has a "seamless blend of CGI and oozing practical effects", but I can't really tell. It's also supposed to be a horror comedy but none of the jokes really hit either. Anyway, take a look and let us know what you think. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Benni Diez's Stung, direct from IFC's YouTube: In a remote country villa set amid foggy rural farmlands, the elderly widow of a pharmaceutical magnate holds an annual garden party for the local elite in honor of her late husband. But the ...

Interview: 'Sunshine Superman' Director Marah Strauch Talks Docs

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:52:25 +0000

"If there are mountains, let's climb them. If there are buildings, let's jump off them." One of the most inspiring documentaries I've seen recently is Sunshine Superman, which premiered at TIFF and the New York Film Festival last year. It's an exhilarating and amusing and nostalgic story of Carl Boenish, one of the founders of BASE jumping, a man full of so much joy. Sunshine Superman is directed by Marah Strauch, a young filmmaker making her feature debut, but she made her mark and is definitely going places. I was lucky enough to catch up with Marah while she was in New York City for a brief visit, and I asked her a bunch of questions about how she made Sunshine Superman, and what her plans are moving forward now. In my review from NYFF, I wrote "Sunshine Superman is one of those outstanding documentaries that is as entertaining as it is inspiring. It's a great film to enjoy, and let ...

William Fichtner Also Cast in Emmerich's 'Independence Day' Sequel

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:51:53 +0000

The cast for this big sequel continues to grow, with yet another intriguing name. Deadline reports that actor William Fichtner is joining Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2 as a "top general". Apparently Fichtner's role as a general will get "even larger in the two films that will follow." Very interesting. Fichtner has appeared in a variety of films recently, including The Homesman, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Phantom, Wrong, Drive Angry and The Dark Knight of course. He's always great to see in a movie, and I'm curious why his role will expand as it goes on. Does something happen to him or is he just a survivor? This also indicates that Fox is really pushing forward with a new trilogy of Independence Day movies coming up. As for returning cast members – Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and recently confirmed Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will all be back as their characters from the first film. Maika Monroe is ...

Review: 'San Andreas' is a Clear Indication the Disaster Movie is Dead

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:34:12 +0000

The ground shakes. Buildings fall. Hope rises. The crowd falls asleep... That's about where we're at with disaster movies and have been under this same model since the aliens invaded on Independence Day nearly 20 years ago. Sure, gimmicks like found footage and the glorious discovery of 3D (Thanks, Cameron) have given disaster movies a glossy, new coat, but it's the same gears moving it all forward underneath. Did you really think San Andreas, the latest, disaster flick from Warner Bros, would shake things up? Don't let the assumed size of the film's title fool you. San Andreas keeps it right at that level we've all grown tired of. The various cliches you will find throughout this big-budget blockbuster are the heroes of our story, this time a Los Angeles fire and rescue pilot played by Dwayne "Still The Rock To Me, Dammit" Johnson, going through hellfire and destruction to find his daughter, played here by Alexandra Daddario. Carla Gugino plays the part ...

Special Effects Artist Legend Rick Baker is Retiring from Hollywood

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:08:35 +0000

Well this is sad. On a recent radio show, special effects and make-up artist legend Rick Baker announced that he was retiring from filmmaking. "The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast," Baker said in an interview on 89.3 KPCC (via THR). "That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out." Baker has been working in the industry for over 40 years, and is now 64, he's had a huge impact on the industry and been a part of movie history for so long. He last worked on Maleficent, Tron Legacy plus MIB 3, and runs a studio. Baker explains that it's the CG craze that has killed off his business and line of work, and the practical work he does is still not as grand as it used to be. ...

Watch: Kickstarted 80's Action Comedy Short Film 'Kung Fury' in Full

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:36:10 +0000

There's nothing like Kung Fury! Get a load of this. There is a crazy throwback 1980's action comedy short film going around the web called Kung Fury, written & directed by David Sandberg, that you just have to see to believe. It's intense and well-made and features nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners packed into one 30 minute short. It's actually the kind of breakout cult sensation that we love coming across nowadays, because it's made with such love for all the cheesy 80's movies, but also fits perfectly in today's cinematic marketplace. Don't second guess, don't think about it, just dive in & enjoy the glory of Kung Fury. Watch the entire short film Kung Fury, directed by David Sandberg, online for free now from YouTube: You can also check out there official music video for the single "True Survivor" by David Hasselhoff here: Everything about this is just nuts. Description from YouTube: Kung Fury is an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that ...

He Can Dodge Bullets! Another Poster for Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Movie

Thu, 28 May 2015 20:55:25 +0000

Heroes don't get any bigger! Marvel has unveiled a new poster for Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. This one seems to make up for the atrociously boring official poster they released earlier in the month. This time they have Ant-Man riding on the back of an ant, in full costume, dodging (or perhaps about to punch?) bullets. It actually looks pretty good, much better than the Photoshop disaster before. Despite this art looking solid, it still doesn't compare to some of the fan-art out there that we've included in the post below. Marvel's Ant-Man lands in theaters in a few months! Get ready. Here's the new official poster art for Marvel's Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, in full via IMPAwards: Here's two fun fan-art Ant-Man posters below found on Twitter to join the new one. Are they any better? This Fanmade Ant Man Poster is AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/eS1BILlT4I— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) May 24, 2015 Thanks again to the tips via ...

See the Andy Serkis Motion-Capture Shot from 'The Force Awakens'

Thu, 28 May 2015 20:24:30 +0000

This is cool. But I can't wait to see what the character actually looks like in the movie. There's an interesting interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz on StarWars.com that includes a fantastic new shot of Andy Serkis in full motion capture gear to play a character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The shot shows him inside a mo-cap rig, presumably at ILM, with cameras all around and dots all over his face. In the interview they reveal: "Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture." Indeed. See him below. Here's the new photo. Nothing else new was revealed - but the rest of the interview is worth reading here. From StarWars.com, referencing other Leibovitz shots: "Lupita Nyong'o, who plays the computer-generated pirate Maz Kanata, was photographed close-up, motion-capture trackers glittering her face as she looks slightly off camera. 'I asked Lupita to get rigged up for ...

Light 'Em Up - First Red Band Trailer for 'American Ultra' Blazes In

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:01:21 +0000

"He killed two operatives with a spoon." Roll those joints, then light 'em up, and get ready for a good time. Lionsgate has debuted a red band trailer for Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra, from a script written by Max Landis, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as stoners and lovers. It turns out that Eisenberg, while living a peaceful pot head existence in a small town, is actually a trained secret agent (think Jason Bourne) and there's suddenly people out to eliminate him. The trailer starts out with a few conventional setups, but gets much bigger in the second half with crazy action. It gets good when he says "I keep killing people... and there's a chance I may be a robot." Topher Grace & John Leguizamo co-star. Here's the new red band trailer for Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra, originally from Yahoo: A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the ...

Watch: Red Band Trailer for Jason Banker's 'Felt' from Fantastic Fest

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:48:15 +0000

"Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick." Amplify Releasing has debuted a red band trailer for Jason Banker's Felt, a controversial and provocative indie film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Felt broaches the topics of feminism and consent and sexuality, but dives in to the deep end with these topics, in what is described as a "feminist psychological thriller". Based on the real life experiences of Amy Everson, in the film a woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. The cast in this includes Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara and Roxanne Lauren Knouse. If you're intrigued, give this a watch. Too experimental and wacky for my tastes. Here's the red band (green band here) trailer (+ poster) for Jason Banker's Felt, found on YouTube: Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of ...

Actor Chris Pine Cast in DC's 'Wonder Woman' Movie as Co-Star

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:25:20 +0000

And then there was a man. Variety is reporting that the DC Comics take on Wonder Woman has cast the first male in the movie. Chris Pine will co-star with Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman, in the movie being directed by Patty Jenkins later this year. Pine will co-star as the love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story of the Amazonian warrior turned superhero. Variety also mentions that Scott Eastwood was rumored to be a top contender for the role, but in the end it went to Pine, who won over the WB execs. The actor is currently filming the thriller Comancheria and will start on Star Trek 3 right after, then this movie. With Patty Jenkins (director of Monster) in place, Wonder Woman should still be on track to meet the previously set June 23rd, 2017 release date. As we previously noted, Gal Gadot is still starring in the film that has a screenplay from Pan writer ...

Jason Reitman Heads to DreamWorks Animation for 'Beekle' Movie

Wed, 27 May 2015 21:57:48 +0000

One of the next films by Jason Reitman will be animated. Deadline is reporting that Reitman has partnered with DreamWorks Animation based in Burbank, CA to adapt the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend. This will be the first project put into development since DreamWorks Animation went through staff changes last year, with new Co-Presidents of Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria running the ship. "I was book shopping with my daughter, when a little tooth-shaped character in a paper crown stole our hearts," Reitman said about the project. "His name was Beekle and I'm honored to now be adapting [author Dan] Santat's charming story into a feature film." Sounds like it will be a charming film. The book, by Dan Santat, was first published in 2014 and picked up all kinds of awards, including the 2015 Caldecott Medal. Here's a short intro to the character Beekle via the Amazon listing for the children's book: This magical story begins on ...

Watch: Denis Villeneuve's Mad Brilliant 2008 Short Film 'Next Floor'

Wed, 27 May 2015 21:36:58 +0000

One filmmaker on the rise in a big way is Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec, Canada, who just premiered his latest film Sicario to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (here's our review). He's next set to direct the Blade Runner sequel/reboot/restart with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, not to mention Roger Deakins as cinematographer. His previous work is also impressive (and worth seeking out): Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. And if you want to go back even further, you can now watch his 2008 short film Next Floor that mocks the "endless symphony of abundance". It's a wicked commentary on excess that's powerful to watch. Thanks to The Playlist for the tip on this short. Description from Vimeo: During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance. Next ...

Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One for Marvel Studio's 'Dr. Strange'

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:36:21 +0000

Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on. Tilda Swinton is one of our favorites because she can play such unique characters. She's been in plenty of films recently: Snowpiercer, The Zero Theorem, The Grand Budapest ...

Watch: 'Cop Car' Trailer - Two Kids Go Joyriding in Kevin Bacon's Car

Wed, 27 May 2015 18:58:40 +0000

Their first drive could be their last. Focus World has unleashed the trailer for Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, a Sundance 2015 Park City at Midnight cult hit that will definitely find an audience when it hits theaters this summer. Cop Car is, as it sounds, about two kids who steal a cop car and go joyriding on rural highways. However, there's a bigger back story involving Kevin Bacon's character that makes things much more interesting. This is one of those films that is best seen without knowing anything beforehand, as the trailer shows quite a bit of footage. But if you're curious to know what the heck this is even about - fire it up. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jon Watts' Cop Car, originally from Yahoo: Kevin Bacon stars in director Jon Watts' delightful throwback thriller Cop Car. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden ...

Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in Ed Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Trailer

Wed, 27 May 2015 17:56:16 +0000

"We're at war... It's a war of perception: the poor kid from Brooklyn against the whole Soviet Empire." Bleecker Street has debuted a full-length trailer for Ed Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice, the long-awaited Bobby Fischer movie, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess champion who went crazy. This movie profiles Fischer during the lead up to his 1972 match against Russian rival Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber, in Reykjavik. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg & Lily Rabe. I saw the film at TIFF last year and wrote in my review: "I was fully engaged in Pawn Sacrifice from start to finish, fascinated by the politics and the sport, but also intrigued by Bobby Fischer and his peculiar mind. The who and why..." Here's the first official trailer for Ed Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice, found via YouTube: American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Maguire) squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky (Schreiber) in the 1972 "Match of the Century" in Reykjavik, in this ...

Watch: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte in 'A Walk in the Woods' Trailer

Wed, 27 May 2015 17:25:54 +0000

"We're not even halfway there!" Broad Green Pictures has debuted the trailer (+ poster) for A Walk in the Woods, a comedy starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as two old friends who catch up for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way they run into the likes of Kristen Schaal, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman as an REI employee. As much as this story should result in a charming and amusing adventure, it looks way too slapstick goofy – not in a good way – and utterly bland. This also plays like some sort of mainstream comedy, even though it premiered at Sundance; Ethan wrote a dismal review of it. Now I can see why. You may be curious enough to watch the trailer, but go no further than that. Here's the first official trailer for Ken Kwapis' A Walk in the Woods, direct from Moviefone: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the ...

Must Watch: First Trailer for James Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour'

Wed, 27 May 2015 14:24:03 +0000

"Hey, isn't it reassuring to have a lot of people read you?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt starring Jason Segel as the late author David Foster Wallace, who wrote the novel Infinite Jest. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as journalist/fellow writer David Lipsky, who spends a few weeks traveling – it takes place in the mid 90s – with David Foster Wallace at the end of his promo tour for Infinite Jest. They talk about life, writing, discussing interesting topics over cigarettes and tape recorders, and it's a remarkable and wonderful film. It was one of the best films out of Sundance this year, and Jason Segel gives career-defining performance as DFW - read my review. See this! Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, direct from A24's YouTube: Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour is about the time journalist David Lipsky spent ...

Music Box Films to Release Pablo Larrain's Acclaimed Film 'The Club'

Wed, 27 May 2015 14:21:28 +0000

Glad to report some distribution news for one of the acclaimed films from the Berlin Film Festival this year. Music Box Films has announced that they will be distributing Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's latest work, titled The Club (or originally El Club), which premiered at Berlinale in February. The film is about a small "club", or place where disgraced priests and nuns go to live in seclusion in a small Chilean town. It's a wicked, unsettling, smart film that nearly left me (and everyone who saw it) in shock. "We've followed Pablo Larrain’s impressive body of work closely over the years and The Club further establishes him as one of the most masterful filmmakers in the world today. We're excited for the opportunity to bring this dark, mordant yet compassionate film to North American audiences," said Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Mark this down. "We are extremely pleased to have Music Box Films on board as the North American distributor ...

Watch: First Trailer for 'Point Break' Remake Starring Luke Bracey

Tue, 26 May 2015 23:38:57 +0000

"There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, a new take on the cult favorite action heist movie from 1991 directed by Kathryn Bigelow, that starred Keanu Reeves. This new version is much, much cheesier and doesn't even look like it really pays homage to that film anyway. Luke Bracey plays Johnny Utah, and the guy he's after this time is played by Edgar Ramirez. The rest of the cast includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Matias Varela and Clemens Schick. I wish I could say all this extreme action looks exciting, but it's wrapped around such cheesy dialogue, I can't help saying this looks pretty bad. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, direct from WB's YouTube: In this fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a ...