Written and directed by Justin Simien, Dear White People takes a satirical look at race relations in the age of Obama. Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, and Dennis Haysbert star in the Sundance prize winner that follows a group of black students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release the film October 17. Check out the first official trailer:
English-Irish boy band sensation One Direction gave fans something extra to get excited about this morning. The pop idols announced an upcoming film of their current Where We Are tour (see trailer below), touting it as “the first ever full One Direction concert experience on the big screen.” In keeping with the growing trend towards event cinema, One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film will screen for one weekend only — October 11 and 12 — in theaters worldwide. Recorded in June at Milan’s San Siro stadium, the film will feature the concert, interviews and backstage tour footage. In 2013, the Morgan Spurlock-directed 3D documentary One Direction: This Is Us grossed $68.5M worldwide. That Sony/Tri Star release was produced by Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment in association with Fulwell 73. The latter is producing the new concert film which is presented by Syco, Sony Music Entertainment, Modest Management and Arts Alliance. Cowell is again among the exec producers. The five One Direction members were discovered on Cowell’s X Factor UK in 2010. Since then, they’ve sold over 29M records. Paul Dugdale, who directed The Rolling Stones ‘Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live’ last summer, is helming the Where We Are movie. And, just in time for the holidays, it will be released on DVD on December 1. (Parents taking their kids to VUE cinemas in the UK for the big screen event may want to inquire as to whether …
Earlier today, the London Film Festival set The Imitation Game as its opening-night gala. We now have a trailer courtesy of The Weinstein Co — which paid a whopping $7M for the Morten Tyldum-directed movie at the Berlin EFM in February. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the story of Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win World War II. Winston Churchill said Turing’s was the single biggest contribution to Allied victory, but the brilliant scientist was later prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. He died two years later and was just granted a posthumous pardon by the Queen in December last year. The film centers on Turing and his team’s race against time to break the Enigma code at Britain’s top-secret Bletchley Park facility. Graham Moore wrote the script. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard also star. Weinstein will release in the awards-season corridor on November 21; Studiocanal releases a week earlier in the UK.
As part of a UNICEF fundraiser being run on Omaze.com, director J.J. Abrams unveils the X-Wing Starfighter that will be used in next year’s Star Wars VII. The fundraiser is part of an effort Disney has dubbed Force for Change, designed to raise money to “find solutions to the world’s biggest problems.” Last week, the campaign posted an amusing video featuring Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart (in drag as Princess Leia). Now they’ve gone full monte on the X-Wing to really wrap up the fundraiser in style. Here’s the trailer:
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James Garner just made it all look too easy.
That’s the only explanation I can give for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences failing to vote him an Honorary Oscar over these last few years of Governors Awards. More than once I wrote a column of “suggestions” including those egregiously overlooked artists deserving of the industry’s top award, and always near the top was my annual reminder of Garner. But I guess it is just too late now. Garner, who died Saturday night at age 86, probably just would brush off the honor anyway, thinking those more “obvious” choices were more likely to ever get an Oscar. But it is precisely because he made it all seem so effortless that he was annually passed over.
It couldn’t have been because he was also a major television star could it? Nah. Maverick , The Rockford Files, those fine TV movies, and those magical Polaroid commercials he did with Mariette Hartley were all great. And no one can deny the power of those TV movies he did including Promise, Barbarians At The Gate , Breathing Lessons, Decoration Day, The Long Summer Of George Adams and My Name Is Bill W to name a few. These showed off an actor of real range. If it were just a career in television, it would be incredibly impressive but all the obits this morning calling him a TV legend, which he certainly was, missed the point of just what Garner’s remarkable acting achievement …
After a hot tour of the fest circuit this year, Radius-TWC‘s The One I Love hits theaters on Aug. 22. Marking the feature directorial debut of Charlie McDowell, the romantic comedy follows Ethan and Sophie, a thirtysomething couple on the verge of separation, who make a quick vacation escape to rekindle their love life, only to see offbeat results. Screenwriter Justin Lader churned out a 50-page script with suggested dialogue, giving Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss the opportunity to improvise their lines. Take a look:
Disney/Marvel released a new featurette for its upcoming, highly-anticipated film, Guardians of the Galaxy which will bow in theaters on August 1. The film, directed by James Gunn, stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and features Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. Here’s Chris Pratt talking Guardians. Take a peek:
Here’s the trailer for Annabelle, a spinoff rather than straight sequel to the New Line horror pic The Conjuring. The pic is directed by John R. Leonetti, written by Gary Dauberman and produced by James Wan and Peter Safran. It stars Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Eric Ladin. The main lesson to be drawn from the trailer seems to be that it’s not healthy for adults to play with dolls, but perhaps we’re being too literal minded in our assessment. Annabelle opens October 3, just in time to ruin the Christmas gift lists of doll collectors everywhere. What do you think of the trailer?
EXCLUSIVE: Art forger Mark Landis has been plying his talents for three decades, creating masterful knock-offs of some of the greatest painted works in history and skirting the law by donating his forgeries to museums and collections around the world – for free. His work, psyche, and motivations, along with the efforts of one dogged museum registrar to bring him down in the name of authenticity, are the subject of Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s upcoming documentary Art and Craft. Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up the film in March before it premiered at Tribeca and now Deadline’s got the exclusive trailer (watch it below).
The trailer for ‘Laggies‘ has dropped, sloooowwwwly, of course. The Sundance selection from A24 stars Keira Knightley as a overeducated, underachieving woman lagging well behind her demographic cohort in life as she dodges responsibility and grown-up things like serious jobs and a marriage proposal. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the high schooler she befriends, then hides out with while dodging said marriage proposal, and Sam Rockwell plays Moretz’s initially bemused and then increasingly intrigued father. The film debuts Oct. 24, unless it lags a bit more, of course. Here it is. Let us know what you think.
Big Hero 6 faces a slippery slope trying to surpass last year’s animated entry from Disney Animation, the all-time toon box-office champ Frozen. But this tale set a couple of decades in the future in “San Fransokyo” looks promising enough, even if it doesn’t have a can’t-miss soundtrack with a song by that Adele Dazeem girl. It features, well, a creepy guy in a kabuki mask telepathically controlling a horde of microbots through a cranial implant, and the hip kids and lumpy macrobot trying to stop his apparently evil plan. Hey, it could happen. The trailer is below, and the film is set for a November 7 debut. Let us know what you think:
Relativity is releasing the Peter Chelsom-directed Hector And The Search For Happiness on September 19 in New York and LA with a select city rollout and expansion following. The studio acquired the comedy that’s based on Francis Lelord’s eponymous novel in a seven-figure deal in April this year. Maria von Heland, Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay penned the adaptation about an eccentric London psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to discover what makes people happy. The international cast features Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Here’s the latest international trailer for the pic that bows in the UK and Germany in mid-August:
Kevin Kline gets the French Kiss-off from Maggie Smith in BBC Films dramedy My Old Lady, which Cohen Media Group is releasing stateside September 10. Pic stars Kline as a down and out American who moves to Paris to claim a house willed to him by his estranged father. There he discovers he must wait for the current tenant, a spunky nonagenerian (Smith), to pass before he can assume ownership per French law.
Kristin Scott Thomas co-stars as Smith’s daughter in the U.S./UK co-production which marks writer-director Israel Horovitz’s debut. Producers are Gary Foster (Sleepless In Seattle, Community), Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball), David C. Barrot, and Nitsa Benchetrit. Check out the trailer:
Here’s a taste of what’s going on this month at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest, where over 160 genre features are screening at the annual confab. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been added as a July 29 Fantasia sneak peek joining a line-up of festival genre faves and world premieres, including the debut of horror-comedy Suburban Gothic starring Criminal Minds‘ Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings. Richard Bates, Jr., who sold his first feature Excision out of Sundance, directs and co-wrote the pic about Raymond (Gubler), who moves back in with his parents and finds new purpose by putting his ability to channel the paranormal to use when a vengeful ghost starts terrorizing his town.
“Don’t cross the streams” can mean something entirely different than it in 1984, right? Sony Pictures is dialing up the wayback machine for a 30th anniversary (!!) reissue of Ghostbusters, the ectoplasmic effects-a-ganza that drew bigger crowds than even Indiana Jones that summer. While we wait for Ghostbusters 3, a 4K restoration of the horror comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis will re-haunt theaters for one week only starting August 29. Gather up Gozer and Zool, unwrap a 35-foot Twinkie, put on your legwarmers and re-live the mid-Reagan era with this flashback trailer. Just don’t come crying to us if “Who ya gonna call?” — or maybe even “I Want a New Drug” — gets Superglued to your gray matter. You’ve been warned:
Here’s the first trailer for Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. It’s an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon stars as Strayed, an inexperienced hiker who embarked on the trek after her marriage tanked and her mother died. Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin and Michiel Huisman co-star in the pic written by Nick Hornby. Fox Searchlight opens Wild on December 5. Have a look:
Universal has unveiled the first trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken, the true story of World War II hero and former Olympic long distance runner Louis Zamperini. Unbroken tracks the life of the young Olympian, who enlisted in the Air Force after war broke out in 1941. After his plane went down in the Pacific, Zamperini and two crew mates survived on a raft for 47 days before being taken prisoner by the Japanese. Last week Zamperini passed away at the age of 97. Universal first bought rights to Zamperini’s life story in the 1950s. It will finally hit theaters this Christmas. Unbroken stars Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, and Alex Russell and marks Jolie’s sophomore turn as director. Take a look:
Venice Fest Eyes Awards Season Perch With Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ Competing As Opener
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, has been selected for opening honors at the Venice Film Festival. When Fox Searchlight set an October 17 North American release, and when Birdman didn’t appear in Cannes, we expected it would get a berth at one of the fall festivals. I felt particularly strongly about Venice, especially as it makes a nice dovetail to last year when Iñárritu’s pal Alfonso Cuaron did opening night honors with Gravity. That film went on to a huge awards season run, but it was not in competition in Venice, and that was lamented across the board. The world premiere screening of Birdman on August 27 is IN competition, and looks like a sign that Venice wants to stand out further. It is increasingly seen as a launchpad for some of the major titles that will figure in the awards races later in the year. But, it competes heavily with Telluride and Toronto which overlap the event. The former last year even ruffled Venice’s feathers by programming some big-ticket titles before their Lido premieres. Also of note, Gravity‘s Oscar winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, shot Birdman.
Oscar-nominated Babel director Iñárritu’s first black comedy stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan and Andrea Riseborough. Keaton plays an actor, famous for having portrayed an iconic superhero, who …
President Snow (Donald Sutherland) again addresses the citizens of dystopian Panem in a new teaser from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. This time he’s got Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and District 7 victor Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) obediently by his side in the faux-propaganda vid from the Nov. 21 sequel: