This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.
Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
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Its been a while since Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made a film. In fact, he hasn’t had a new film in almost 6 years, with the release of Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009. Over the years Moore has hinted about working on a new film, and has even teased that he might leave documentaries for narrative films.
Now we know about Moore’s next project. It is Where to Invade Next , a documentary film which has already been completed in secret and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hit the jump for more details.
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Earlier this month, we got a small tease of Will Ferrell making America’s pasttime even greater in the HBO documentary special Ferrell Takes the Field, featuring the comedy star playing every position in baseball, on ten different Major League Baseball teams.
Now the full trailer has arrived, showing just how the Anchorman and Step Brothers star shook up the ball diamond. Even if you’re not a fan of baseball at all, this looks like it’s going to be thoroughly entertaining. Watch the full Ferrell Takes the Field trailer after the jump! Read More »
Stephen and Timothy Quay are twin animators who have worked in both short and feature forms for decades, creating striking and unusual images such as the one above, from The Comb. While their style is indebted to other directors such as Jan Svankmajer, whose work is namechecked in an early Quay short, Brothers Quay films are singular efforts. Their shorts have appeared on laserdisc and DVD, but so far the primary way to get their incredible short films on blu-ray has been as bonus features on UK issues of their features.
Now Christopher Nolan and his company Syncopy are working with Zeitgeist Films to curate Blu-Ray releases, including a disc featuring the short work of the Brothers Quay. Now we’ve learned there’s a bonus: Nolan has directed Quay, a short documentary about the animators, which will premiere in New York in August. Read More »
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a new documentary film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side). Produced by CNN films and released by Magnolia Pictures, the film promises to be a “candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life.” Watch the just released Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer embedded after the jump.
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As cinema has progressed over its relatively short lifespan, many are already starting to forget, or simply aren’t familiar with, the classic stars of the big screen. Perhaps with the exception of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, audiences are becoming less and less acquainted with the likes of classic starlets such as Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman.
Now a new documentary aims to shine a light on one of those classic leading ladies in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a new documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. A trailer from overseas has just surfaced, and it paints an intimate, personal portrait of Bergman, a side that many never got to see.
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Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.
At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.
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Over the weekend we ran a clip from the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp, which chronicles Tim Burton‘s failed attempt to make a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage. The film was in development and pre-production in the ’90s, based originally on a script from Kevin Smith, with a final revision from Dan Gilroy, who would eventually write and direct Nightcrawler.
The first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives are now online, and the long clip proves to be a good introduction to the story. It features Bryan Singer using still-infamous photos of Nic Cage in a Superman suit as a counter to exec interference on Superman Returns, and the disembodied head of comics writer Grant Morrison setting the stage for what could have been a very different Superman story. Read More »
Superman Lives, the ’90s effort that saw Tim Burton working on a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage and originally scripted by Kevin Smith, is one of those “could have been” projects that continues to haunt fans. It haunted Jon Schnepp to such a degree that he made a documentary about it. The film, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, is now complete and available for pre-order online. The movie is also doing some roadshow engagements, with a planned appearance at Comic Con.
Now you can check out a clip from the film, and it’s a big deal for those who’ve seen costume pics from the film over the years. This clip features a Nicolas Cage Superman costume test, and also reveals the degree to which one of the other now-famous designs from the film would have been used in the final movie. (Hint: barely.) Check out the great clip below. Read More »