Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water

I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.

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Table 19 trailer

In theory, weddings are joyful celebrations of love and community. You’re thrilled to see two people you care about commit to one another, while surrounded by the warm embrace of their friends and family. In practice, though, they’re very often recipes for awkwardness. You find yourself stuck at a table of people you barely know, making stilted small talk while trying to avoid humiliating run-ins with exes and frenemies. That’s the situation Anna Kendrick finds herself in in Table 19, the new comedy from Spellbound and Rocket Scientist director Jeffrey Blitz.

Written by Mark and Jay DuplassTable 19 follows a woman who was supposed to be the maid of honor at a wedding, with her boyfriend serving as the best man. When the couple breaks up, she’s relieved of her duties, but decides to come to the wedding anyway. She’s stuck at table 19: the one furthest from the bride and groom, filled with random people who don’t really fit in at any of the other tables. Lisa KudrowCraig RobinsonJune SquibbStephen Merchant, and Tony Revolori play the other members table 19, while Wyatt Russell is Kendrick’s ex. Watch the first Table 19 trailer below.

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Ghostbusters - Melissa McCarthy

Since making her fantastic directorial debut with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, director Marielle Heller has been lining up some promising projects for herself, including the J.J. Abramsproduced Kolma and a gay rights drama based on the documentary The Case Against 8. She’s now added the Fox Searchlight comedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? to her busy schedule, which will star Melissa McCarthy (The Boss).

Below, learn more about the potential Marielle Heller film.

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Michael Shannon in Midnight Special

It’s not remotely surprising when Guillermo del Toro manages to attract top-level talent for his movies, but it’s welcome news all the same. Michael Shannon is the latest actor to sign on for del Toro’s next movie, an otherwordly Cold War romance that also stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. More details on the Guillermo del Toro Michael Shannon casting below.  Read More »


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Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice GuysThe BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.

If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.

Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.

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Absolutely Fabulous Movie Trailer

It’s been 24 years since Absolutely Fabulous debuted on television in the United Kingdom. The series ended up lasting six seasons, but sporadically over the span of nearly 20 years. The second and third seasons arrived in 1994 and 1995, but the fourth season didn’t debut until 2001 with a fifth season in 2003 and the last sixth season arriving in 2011. Now the series is coming to the big screen.

The full length Absolutely Fabulous movie trailer has just arrived, showing off what Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are up to after all these years. Sadly, it looks like things aren’t going very well for the duo, and they don’t seem to be getting better after they accidentally kill beloved model Kate Moss at a posh party.

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Birth of a Nation

Of all the films that played at Sundance this year, perhaps none got more hype than Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation. Not only did it get spectacular reviews, it scored the biggest Sundance deal ever, with Fox Searchlight forking over $17.5 million. The distributor promptly set Birth of a Nation for a fall release, right at the start of awards-movie season, and now it’s getting a head start on the marketing by dropping the very first promo.

Parker stars in his own directorial debut as Nat Turner, a devoutly religious slave who becomes a traveling preacher — and, eventually, the leader of the bloodiest slave rebellion in American history. Armie Hammer plays Nat’s owner, and Penelope Ann MillerJackie Earle Haley, and Aja Naomi King also star. Watch the Birth of a Nation trailer after the jump.  Read More »


After starring together in Crazy, Stupid, Love., Emma Stone and Steve Carell are reuniting on the set of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton‘s Battle of the Sexes. The pic centers on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which became a focal point for larger conversations about sexism, feminism, and gender equality — not to mention an instantly iconic event watched by tens of millions of people around the world.

Shooting on Battle of the Sexes has just begun, and to celebrate that fact, Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first photo of Stone and Carell in their very best ’70s garb as the athletic opponents. Get your Battle of the Sexes first look, along with some new casting details, below.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 - Tyrion

Martin McDonagh‘s In Bruges pulled out one of the best performances of Colin Farrell’s career, and surrounded him with memorable turns by Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. His follow-up Seven Psychopaths brought another great turn out of Farrell and then unleashed the likes of Christopher Walken and Michael Stuhlbarg in a slew of colorful roles.

It’s no wonder, then, that top-notch stars seem to be lining up around the block to star in his next film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But that doesn’t mean it’s not impressive. Frances McDormand was locked in at the lead last fall, and since then Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Caleb Landry Jones have also signed on. Now you can add Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Lucas Hedges to the growing list of top-notch talents.  Read More »

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If you backed me into a corner and demanded to know who I think is the finest actor alive today, I’d say Michael Stuhlbarg. Actually, you don’t even have to back me into a corner and you don’t have to make any demands. I’ll just say it: Michael Stuhlbarg is our finest working actor. He’s played gangsters and professors and aliens and tech geeks and film historians and old-timey congressmen and he’s vanished into each and every role. You will never catch him telling a lie on camera.

Every Michael Stuhlbarg role is a reason to cheer. But Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the next film from Guillermo del Toro? That’s a reason to throw a party.

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