All Things Must Pass trailer

The idea of nostalgia for a record store is probably not even a thing for audiences under a certain age, but to anyone who sought out new and unusual music and all the cultural attachments that came with it, the best Tower Records locations around the world, from  Los Angeles to new York, London, and Tokyo, were regular stops.

Colin Hanks documents the history of Tower Records in the documentary All Things Must Pass, and he’s scored a great lineup of interviews to bring that history to life. Tower was the place a bunch of my weirdo friends found jobs in the ’80s and ’90s, just as Dave Grohl says; it was the place to find Japanese imports of weird jazz records, supporting Elton John‘s assertion; it was, as others in the film will tell you, a place where the employees usually knew their stuff.

The All Things Must Pass trailer is a good introduction to the film; check it out below. Read More »

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The Primary Instinct trailer

If you’re a loyal reader of SlashFilm, then you’re likely already very well acquainted with Stephen Tobolowsky. He’s a very gifted character actor who has been in over 200 movies and TV shows, with some of his recognizable roles being Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Sammy Jankis in Memento, not to mention recurring roles on Deadwood, Glee, The Goldbergs and more.

As you may know, our own David Chen has been working on a movie chronicling Stephen Tobolowsky’s life as told by the actor himself, and we’ve even followed along the filmmaking process with him. Now The Primary Instinct trailer has arrived to tease Tobolowsky’s intimate talk on life, love and the entertainment industry. Read More »

Project Greenlight teaser

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: HBO has finally released a full trailer for Project Greenlight, which begins airing September 13th 2015 at 10:00pm. Hit the jump to watch the new Project Greenlight trailer.

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Paul Thomas Anderson documentary

Whatever is in the air that led to three major filmmakers doing low key or even “secret” documentaries this year, we love it. Christopher Nolan just debuted Quay, his 8-minute short about animators the Quay Brothers. Noah Baumbach worked with Jake Paltrow on De Palma, a portrait of director Brian De Palma which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

And now there’s a new Paul Thomas Anderson documentary — a secret documentary, even. Anderson’s film is called Junun. The movie, which Anderson shot without any fanfare, runs just under an hour, and follows Anderson’s regular musical collaborator Jonny Greenwood as he travels to India to record a record with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

The good news is that Junun premieres soon, at the New York Film Festival. The bad news is we don’t know how long those who can’t go to the fest will have to wait to see it.  Read More »

Finders Keepers trailer

There’s been plenty of great feuds on fights on the big screen in the relatively brief history of cinema, but few are as simultaneously strange and entertaining as Finders Keepers, the Sundance selected documentary that was one of our favorite movies from the indie film festival earlier this year, and also an honorable mention on our list of the best films from 2015 so far.

The film follows the surprising feud between two North Carolina men over a severed human foot. Shannon Whisnant found the foot inside a grill at a storage unit auction, and that makes him believe it’s his, hoping to cash in on the item by letting people pay to see it. But then John Wood realizes that it’s his foot that Shannon has, and he wants it back. If you’re scratching your head, just watch the Finders Keepers trailer to see how this plays out. Read More »

Another Period second season

Good news for fans of the two freshman comedy shows Another Period and Documentary Now! has just arrived as both new series have just landed orders for more seasons.

Comedy Central just announced a renewal of the 1902-set faux reality series starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome while IFC has quickly ordered two more seasons of Documentary Now! with Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Helen Mirren.

If you’ve yet to take a chance on either of these shows, you can find out more about them after the jump! Read More »

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Reflektor Tapes trailer

Arcade Fire is known for intense, theatrical shows, and also for an interest in the integration of film into its presentation. The Reflektor Tapes is a document of the bands 2013 tour, and the film will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose arresting video/short film Until the Quiet Comes won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2013, the band has said the film captures the point where “we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads.” Check out the trailer below, which shows some of what they’re talking about, and which shows some of the locations in which the band wrote their most recent record, and conceptualized the tour before taking it on the road.
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Heath Ledger Joker

Heath Ledger‘s final performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight may be the most beloved of his too-short career. A recently resurfaced clip from a documentary titled Heath Ledger: Too Young to Die offers a little peek into his chilling mindset as he prepared for that iconic role. See the Heath Ledger Joker diary clip after the jump. Read More »

Wet Hot American Summer documentary

Last weekend, the prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp arrived on Netflix, flashing back to a time before the events of the Sundance selected cult favorite comedy, but with the exact same cast playing younger versions of themselves despite having aged almost 25 years.

Well, today a new behind the scenes documentary called Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot American Summer has been released going behind the scenes of Wet Hot American Summer as it was being shot in the year 2000. It’s an hour-long look at the making of the movie with the entire cast appearing on candidly recorded home video, and it looks like a fantastic and entertaining time capsule from the trailer that was just unveiled.

Watch the Wet Hot American Summer documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »