Videos and Trailers
Note: look out for my interview with Bradley Cooper for ‘American Sniper’ this weekend.
In Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’ Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1. Co-starring the likes of Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict, ‘American Sniper’ lands in US theaters in a limited release on December 25th, before expanding on January 16th (the date it also arrives in UK cinemas).
RADiUS-TWC has unveiled this new trailer for writer-director David Robert Mitchell’s ‘It Follows,’ which will hit theaters and VOD on March 27th, 2015. The film is led by Maika Monroe (The Guest) as Jay, a 19-year-old girl who after a strange sexual encounter finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. Currently holding a 100% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews, the likes of Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe co-star.
Warner Bros. Pictures have unleashed this first trailer for the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart-led ‘Get Hard.’ The Etan Cohen-directed comedy follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell’s character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. Also starring Alison Brie, Edwina Findley and Craig T. Nelson, ‘Get Hard’ opens on March 27th, 2015.
“When Humans Become Gods” Featurette For ‘Ex_Machine’ – Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander
This behind-the-scenes featrette has arrived online from Alex Garland’s awesome looking directorial debut ‘Ex_Machina.’ The film is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Note: I’m posting a great, in-depth interview with David Oyelowo for ‘Selma’ tomorrow (December 20th) – stay tuned for that (more interviews for the film will be posted next week ).
These two clips and four TV spots have arrived online for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014. ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.
Earlier this year, writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams provided fans with their first look at the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ via a video to promote the charity initiative “Force for Change” and raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The campaign was a massive success, raising $4.26 million for the charity – and now in a final video from the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Abrams and the film’s crew offer thanks to fans for the support.
From the set of the film, J.J. Abrams has released a number of video blogs outlining the campaign, which is dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The campaign intended to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefiting children in need. By pledging money through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter was automatically entered for a chance to visit the set, feature in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ and get an early screening of the film before its theatrical release in December 2015.