A Hollywood Horror Story Unfolds In ‘Starry Eyes': Trailer
Newcomer Alexandra Essoe is audaciously animalistic as a fame-hungry actress who makes a deal with the devil — a Hollywood producer, naturally — in Starry Eyes, the stylish dark thriller from writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. After Deadline posted the first Starry Eyes teaser ahead of its SXSW Midnighters premiere, Kolsch and Widmyer snagged distribution with MPI. Since then, the film has racked up raves from genre and festival press and hits iTunes, VOD… Read
Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ Gives New Life To Artificial Intelligence: Hot Trailer
Alex Garland's feature helming debut, Ex Machina, was picked up for U.S. distribution by A24 on Wednesday, just in time for the first trailer to drop. Garland, who penned 28 Days Later and Sunshine, also wrote the psychological thriller that stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
Gleeson plays a 24-year-old coder at the world's largest Internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO (Isaac)… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Clip: Who’s Worthy To Wield Thor’s Hammer? (Video)
Disney and Marvel quickly reacted to a leak last Wednesday of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer, releasing it online almost a week early. It had originally been due to debut during last night's episode of ABC's Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Although that plan was scuttled by the previous week's events, last night's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. did include a treat for fanboys and girls. A “Special Look” at footage from the sequel, which was shown at Comic-Con in July… Read
BC Unions Fear California Production Tax Incentive Impact As Contract Talks Loom
With a wary eye on California's pending tax incentives and the jobs it promises to drain from Canada, negotiations for a new set of contracts covering actors, directors and crewmembers working in British Columbia will get underway November 3.
During the last set of contract talks three years ago, the unions in BC expressed concern that the long string of steady employment there might be running out. Those fears proved unfounded: According to data compiled by the BC film… Read
‘Furious 7′ Official Name for ‘Fast & Furious 7′, Nov. 1 Live Trailer Launch Set
Furious 7 will be the official name for the latest installment in Universal's hugely popular The Fast and The Furious street-racing feature franchise. Furious 7 will get a live trailer-launch event on Nov. 1 on Facebook commensurate with its fan base, which numbers more than 51.5 million fans there. The film debuts April 3, 2015.
The event set for noon PT on Nov. 1 will live stream simultaneously from Universal Studios in Los Angeles on the Fast and Furious Facebook page… Read
Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Nightcrawler’
Open Road has released a new red band trailer for the Dan Gilroy-directed thriller Nightcrawler. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven, soulless wannabe who gets a fast car, a cheap camera and a police scanner and chases traffic accidents, murders and other violent incidents in hopes of getting film he can sell to a cellar-dwelling Los Angeles TV news producer. The pace is manic as the anti-hero proves there are no moral bounds to his ambition. The pic opens October… Read
‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Scares Up First Teaser – Video
Focus Features has launched its Insidious: Chapter 3 marketing campaign by dropping a first teaser for Insidious 3, right in the midst of October's horror season. The film marks the directorial debut of writer Leigh Whannell, who cut his teeth penning the first three Saw flicks and the first two Insidiouses for director James Wan. The first Insidious grossed $97 million on a $1.5 million budget; Insidious 2 was made for $5 million and took in $161 million. Now Insidious: C… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak
After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.)
The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in… Read
‘The Gambler': Mark Wahlberg In Remake’s First Redband Peek
Mark Wahlberg has a few NSFW words for John Goodman in Paramount's first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback's career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and… Read
Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look Of Silence’ Documentary: Hot Trailer
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look Of Silence is the follow-up to 2013's Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice this year and was jointly acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media on the eve of that fest. At the time, I posted a clip from the film and above is the first trailer.
Act Of Killing, which had a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the BAFTA in the same category, saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact… Read
Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)
Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read
Disney Teases Animated Short ‘Feast,’ From ‘Paperman’ Alum – Video
Walt Disney Animation Studios has unveiled a teaser for Feast, a new animated short set to premiere in front of Big Hero 6 in 3D starting November 7. Patrick Osborne makes his directorial debut on the hand drawn/CG hybrid after heading animation on Disney's Oscar- and Annie Award-winning short Paperman. Feast tracks one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his feisty Boston terrier, Winston, revealed through the meals they share. Story is penned by Nicole Mitchell… Read