First Boyhood Footage

There isn’t a film quite like Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, which follows an American family over the course of more than a decade. Linklater shot the film, with cast Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and newcomers Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, over twelve years. Each year he brought the cast together for a scene or two. With an effortless air, Richard Linklater “documents” the growth of two siblings, played by Coltrane and the younger Linklater, and the evolution of their family. See the first Boyhood footage below.

Update: Sorry, looks like Access Hollywood didn’t have the license to put this footage online, and IFC has pulled it. We’ll get back to you when there’s a legit trailer embed.

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Trip to Italy Michael Caine

Part of the sales pitch for Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip was a scene in which stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon dueled with their impersonations of Michael Caine. Now the two are back on the road again, eating and drinking and arguing, in The Trip to Italy. And they’re back at it with the Michael Caine gag, too — or at least Brydon is, as he takes the Caine role in an imagined dialogue between Caine and Roger Moore at the funeral of Death Wish director Michael Winner. We’ve got that scene, and another dryly funny clip, below. Read More »

God's Pocket trailer

With the premiere of the final Mad Men season taking place last night, what better time to release the first trailer for a film directed by one of the show’s key players? Mad Men‘s John Slattery co-wrote and directed God’s Pocket, which is one of the last films to feature Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story takes place in a blue-collar neighborhood, and has Hoffman as a guy who starts looking into the contraction site death of his stepson. With a cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Eddie Marsan, there’s plenty of reason to check out the God’s Pocket trailer below. Read More »

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Opens in July

Boyhood

Briefly: One of the best films of 2014 so far, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, will now get a release right in the middle of summer. IFC, which has backed Boyhood for over ten years, has given the film a July 11 release date. Linklater began shooting the film in 2002, and brought the cast together once a year to shoot a couple days between 2002 and 2013. The last shoot took place in October of last year, just a couple months before the film’s premiere at Sundance.

Boyhood stars Ellar Coltrane (above), with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater playing his parents and sister. While the film is primarily about the boy (eventually a young man) played by Coltrane, it really chronicles the shifting fortunes of a loosely connected family as they journey through more than a decade of life. [Variety]

Trip to Italy Teaser

Michael Winterbottom‘s film The Trip was a feature paired down from three hours of BBC television in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played versions of themselves eating and drinking their way through English restaurants. It was great stuff, very funny and consistently entertaining, whichever version you saw. The TV series sequel is about to hit UK televisions, so here’s the first The Trip to Italy teaser.

The edited-down film version of The Trip to Italy premiered at Sundance to good notes, but you probably don’t need to read reviews to know that Coogan and Brydon are going to deliver once more. You might recall that the first film was sold in part on the appeal of Brydon and Coogan dueling with Michael Caine impersonations; here you’ll see a glimpse of this sequel’s approach to Robert De Niro. (There are a good many other comic impressions in this film overall.) Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Skeleton Twins

Three more high-profile films just joined the ranks of 2014 Sundance Film Festival titles that will receive theatrical distribution. The latest deals involve Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions splitting the Bill Hader/Kirsten Wiig dramedy The Skeleton Twins; IFC purchasing Jim Mickle‘s genre-bending thriller Cold In July, starring Michael C. Hall; and the star-studded God’s Pocket, directed by John Slattery. Read more below. Read More »

Raze

If you adore films about people who are trapped in an enclosed space and forced to fight to the death, as the fates of their loved ones hangs in the balance, you probably went out of your way to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend. If you then walked out of the theater disappointed because it wasn’t nearly bloody and gritty and grown-up enough, then Raze may be the film for you.

Directed by Josh C. Waller, this action-horror stars Zoë Bell (Death Proof) and Rachel Nichols as two women who are abducted and wake to find themselves in a concrete bunker with 48 other women. They then realize that they must kill the others, because if they refuse to fight or lose, their families will suffer. Tracie ThomsDoug Jones, Sherilyn Fenn, and Bruce Thomas also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The trailer for Nymphomaniac set the bar pretty high when it comes to including explicit content in movie advertising. And, in truth, this trailer for Wrong Cops, from director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong) isn’t nearly as explicit as that. But, in the fashion that is now the recognizable signature of Dupieux, it is nuts.

I’m a big fan of Dupieux’s particular brand of crazy, which pushes real situations into the realm of the absurd; while there are some pretty bonkers ideas in his films, they often seem to spring from a recognizable place, or from a pretty simple perception of things that take place in the everyday. His movies show that a dimension of unrecognizable behavior is just a step or two away from the life we all know. It’s like The Twilight Zone, with more abusive police and car humping. (While this one isn’t red band, it might not be safe for work.)

As he told me earlier this year, when talking about his last film, Wrong, “almost every movie makes too much sense” — leave some room, in other words, for the strange, disconnected moments that never add up. Watching this trailer, it seems like Wrong Cops (which features Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), and Marilyn Manson) might have enough of those moments to account for the average person’s annual dose of “unusual.” Check it out below. Read More »

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