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Weekly Trailer Roundup – 11/17/14 Thru 11/23/14

November 24th, 2014 By

Welcome to the Weekly Trailer Roundup, where we count down the top five trailers released in the past week, “top” being defined any way we want to at the moment…exciting, ridiculous, best, worst…

These are the trailers that, for one reason or another, you should be paying attention to.

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Perhaps it’s all of the well-crafted, serious-minded, awards contending movies that has put us in a snobby mood. Maybe it’s the stress of the holidays. Maybe it’s just simply the endless march of time that has made us realize that we need to make every minute count. Whatever the reason, this week brings a batch of trailers that make us shake our head in disgust and wonder aloud, “This actually got made?” Read more…

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Possible Oscar Nom, ‘Death Metal Angola’ Available Online

November 23rd, 2014 By

If you’ve ever wondered what heavy metal music would sound like if it was produced by citizens of a war-torn country in Africa, then Death Metal Angola should be right up your alley. The documentary follows a couple who run an orphanage in Angola, and their attempts to put on a death metal concert, hoping it will bring comfort and inspiration to inhabitants of a land devastated by civil war. Death Metal Angola actually came out in 2012, but was only released in America this month. If you’re interested in this documentary – which is currently being considered for an Oscar nomination – you can currently find it on iTunes.

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First Teaser Released for ‘Jurassic World’

November 23rd, 2014 By

A mere week after Universal launched the website for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World–to be released June 12, 2015–they are treating fans to the first teaser trailer for the rejuvenated franchise. The preview gives us a small glimpse of the re-opened and upgraded dinosaur theme park, with futuristic pods replacing the original film’s Jeep Wranglers for the park’s interactive transportation. Also present in the clip are the franchise’s new stars, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), playing members of the park’s staff. Beyond these tidbits, the teaser reveals little of the plot– particularly the conflict, and how Vincent D’Onofrio’s villain will play into it– which has been kept securely under wraps during filming. The official trailer will be released in its entirety Thursday, November 27, when more questions about the film will hopefully be answered.

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Channing Tatum to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’

November 23rd, 2014 By

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Already making his mark behind the camera, producing both the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike franchises, as well as co-writing the sequel for the latter, Channing Tatum’s next creative step will see him co-directing the film adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, THR reports. Based on the YA novel by Matthew Quick– of Silver Linings Playbook fame– the story will follow a high school student looking to end his troubles by killing his best friend and then himself.

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First Image from Saulnier’s ‘Green Room’ Starring Patrick Stewart

November 22nd, 2014 By

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Jeremy Saulnier turned heads earlier this year with the release of the frightening revenge thriller Blue Ruin.  That gave him enough credibility to begin his next project, Green Room, rather quickly.  Production is already underway on the film, and Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was given the honor of debuting a first look at his character in the film, complete with his Neo Nazi gang.

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Adaptation of Another Philip K. Dick Short Story in the Works

November 22nd, 2014 By

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Jason Lapeyre, director of I Declare War (2012) is set to helm a big-screen adaptation of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s (A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report) short story, The Crawlers. The story concerns a small town besieged by a race of hive-dwelling humanoid creatures. The oddest thing about the creatures is not their pale skin or deadly stingers; it’s the fact that the town’s residents gave birth to them. According to The Wrap, The Crawlers will be produced by Edward R. Pressman (The Crow, Bloodsport) and Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett. Last year it was announced that Hackett and her production company Electric Shepherd Productions would be handling another of the many film based on Dick’s work, Martian Time-Slip.

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Check Out the Trailer for the Ewan McGregor Heist Film, ‘Son of a Gun’

November 21st, 2014 By

Coming at us direct from A24 Films, is the new trailer for Julius Avery’s (director of the Cannes’ Jury Prize-winning short, Jerrycan) action-crime-thriller, Son of a Gun. Starring a very angry and very Scottish-sounding Ewan McGregor, Son of a Gun is a tale of criminal relationships (romantic, and mentor-student alike) and a heist gone-wrong – don’t they always go wrong, though? Brenton Thwaites, star of the recent YA novel adaptation, The Giver appears opposite McGregor as a junior criminal in way over his head, if the trailer is any indication. 

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Steve McQueen to Helm UK Miniseries Adaptation ‘Widows’ for the Big Screen

November 21st, 2014 By

steve_mcqueenSteve McQueen, director of the Oscar winning Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, is set to re-team with producers New Regency Pictures on a big-screen update of the 1980′s UK miniseries Widows, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more…

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Lina Esco’s ‘Free the Nipple’ Debuts Official Trailer

November 21st, 2014 By

Actress-producer-writer-director-activist Lina Esco (LOL) will bring audiences her comedy and scripted pseudo-documentary, Free the Nipple on December 12. Based on the true events of the internet’s recent #freethenipple campaign, the film will dramatize the ongoing revolution to decriminalize the censored female body. The film will explore and satirize a bevy of modern issues including women’s rights, and the role of media and the internet in the social movements of today. Esco made her producing debut in a 2010 PSA titled My Friend is… which accompanied the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

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Matt Smith Joins Natalie Dormer in Zombie Thriller ‘Patient Zero’

November 21st, 2014 By

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Screen Gems has just named Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as the lead actor for their zombie horror flick Patient Zero, who will appear alongside the previously cast Natalie Dormer (TV’s Game of Thrones), according to Deadline. Smith will portray an immune survivor of a worldwide viral pandemic with the unique ability to communicate with the undead. He will use his special skill to find a “patient zero” in order to create a cure that will save humanity, starting with his infected wife.

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