Emma Stone as Billie Jean King

There are currently three movies in the works about Billie Jean King. The one potential version that appears closer to first reaching theaters is the Fox Searchlight production called Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), which has Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) attached as a producer. The project was sweetened by Emma Stone playing Billie Jean King until she was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts earlier this year. But now she’s back.

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Richard Gere is one of those movies stars who’s probably slightly undervalued as an actor because of his stardom. But for the past decade, aside from the occasional hokey romance or two, he’s been doing some of his most thoughtful work as a performer. He’s taken on smaller and more intimate projects, frequently playing some wonderfully unlikable and deeply human characters (see The Hoax or The Hunting Party, if you haven’t already). His next film, The Benefactor, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, and it was met with mostly positive reviews.

After the jump, watch the trailer for The Benefactor.

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11.22.63 trailer

The pedigree behind the upcoming miniseries 11.22.63 is certainly intriguing. You have Hulu taking another huge step into the the world of original content (consider this a direct parry to Netflix’s constant blows). You have source material from the great Stephen King, whose novel of the same name is the one of the most acclaimed he’s written in years. You have J.J. Abrams on board as an executive producer. And then you have James Franco, that slippery wild card of a leading man, headlining an ensemble stuffed with interesting actors.

The first trailer for the nine-epiosde limited series has arrived and while it’s only a minor tease, it’s certainly going to turn a few heads. There are too many interesting parties involved to not dredge up interest.

Watch the 11.22.63 trailer after the jump.

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Midnight Special Trailer

Director Jeff Nichols has delivered two rich, fantastic indies with Mud and Take Shelter, but now we’ll get to see how he fares with a studio sci-fi flick, Midnight Special.

The film follows young St. Vincent star Jaeden Lieberher, a young boy who has mysterious supernatural gifts, forcing him and his father (Michael Shannon, because of course) to go on the run from agents who just don’t understand his powers. We just got our first look at the movie this past weekend, and now the first Midnight Special trailer has arrived. Read More »

creed review

Creed is a very, very good movie… but it’s a perfect Rocky movie. Here is that familiar, tried and true template given a fresh coat of paint and lovingly restored by people who give a damn. If you’ve ever liked any of the films in this series, this spin-off is going to get your blood pumping and eyes leaking. It’s the movie you want.

However, the real miracle of Creed is that isn’t anything like the Rocky sequels. The follow-ups to the original masterpiece (which is one of the best movies ever made) took a turn for the ridiculous. They got silly and began to lean too hard on series star Sylvester Stallone‘s action hero persona. The warmth, the charm, and the honesty of the first film was resurrected for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but it’s back in full force in Creed. This spin-off, which finds an aging Rocky training the son of the late Apollo Creed, is second only to the first movie, and that’s because it recognizes what the first movie did so right.

Like them or not (and Rocky III and Rocky IV do offer some absurd pleasures), the Rocky sequels feel like Saturday morning cartoon versions of a genuinely great movie. Creed does the impossible: it coexists with them while avoiding everything they did wrong.

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Freddie Mercury Movie

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been in development for over half a decade now. The movie appeared to pick up speed when Sacha Baron Cohen (Grimsby) became attached to the project, before departing over “creative differences.” Now screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) has signed up to write the latest draft of the Sony project, which may star Ben Whishaw (Spectre).

Learn more about the Freddie Mercury biopic after the jump.

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Exposed trailer

The past few years have been kind to Keanu Reeves. Since the disastrous 47 Ronin, the actor has picked up some quality projects. Reeves is currently shooting John Wick 2, and will soon be seen in Exposed. The latter film is without a release date and a distributor, but with Reeves in the starring role, it’ll probably get scooped up soon.

After the jump, watch the foreign trailer for Exposed.

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son of saul trailer

Son of Saul may be a masterpiece. Hungary’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards is stunningly technical accomplishment, a two-hour tour through hell that will leave your emotions battered and leave your soul black and blue. Holocaust dramas are tough sells by their very nature, but director László Nemes‘ debut feature demands to be seen. This is bold, accomplished filmmaking, providing a crushing, fresh new angle on a subject that has already been filmed countless times.

The Son of Saul trailer only hints at the what the film is, but it’s all the better for it. Watch it after the jump.

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