Beauty and the Beast Home Video

Back before Disney’s live-action remake of their 1992 animated adaptation Beauty and the Beast hit theaters, Honest Trailers delivered a mockery of the contemporary classic musical from the House of Mouse. But now that the updated version of Beauty and the Beast is available on home video, Honest Trailers has returned to give Emma Watson and Dan Stevens a hard time.

Watch the Beauty and the Beast 2017 Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

a midsummer night's dream trailer

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the pompous actor Bottom has his head transformed into that of a donkey by the mischievous sprite known as Puck (or Robin Goodfellow, depending on how specific you want to get). Much hilarity ensues as Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, falls in love with him after being drugged with a love potion. Shakespeare’s funniest play is also his weirdest.

However, it seem that the new film version of the immortal comedy has decided that Bottom’s transformation into an “ass” should be taken literally. Which is why actor Fran Kranz can be seen with a big ‘ol butt for a head in the trailer.

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The Mountain Between Us header

Two of England’s best acting exports are joining forces for a survival romance about two people who escape the wreckage of a plane crash. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in The Mountain Between Us as a surgeon and photojournalist, respectively, who are injured in a crash and must rely on each other to survive in the freezing Colorado mountains. Naturally, they fall in love in the process. I mean, have you seen those two? They’re two of the hottest people on the planet. Of course they fall for each other.

USA Today has our first look at some photos from the movie, as well as some quotes from the director that make me think this is the beginning of a Revenant-style campaign to make sure everyone knows how tough it was to shoot out in the elements.
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Beauty and the Beast Deleted Scene

Though the remake of Beauty and the Beast was pretty loyal to the animated adaptation that Disney brought to the big screen in 1991, it also added some details to the story, including a few original songs. You’ll be able to see even more of the movie when Beauty and the Beast arrives on home video, and director Bill Condon has revealed one of those extras today.

One of the new musical sequences in Beauty and the Beast is a flashback that reveals more of the Beast’s past as a young prince. It unfurls with the new song “Days in the Sun”, but the original version went a little differently before it had to be changed in the final cut. Watch the Beauty and the Beast deleted scene below. Read More »

the wedding party

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of long one-take scenes in movies. With film cameras, long-takes were nearly impossible to pull off, requiring days of precise lighting and choreography. The rise of digital cinema technology has made it a lot easier to shoot a long-take and even post-production trickery now allows filmmakers to more seamlessly stitch together two pieces of footage, something we saw in Birdman. Independent filmmakers are now adopting the aesthetic for their own stories, notably the 2015 German film Victoria and Woody Harrelson’s live movie.

Thane Economou‘s new movie The Wedding Party takes the concept and uses it to tell a romantic comedy story following a groomsman who must navigate a slew of disasters to maintain order at his best friend’s wedding reception. The first trailer for the film is now online and you can watch it below.

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Home Again Trailer - Reese Witherspoon

Over the past few years, Reese Witherspoon has taken on an eclectic batch of projects like the animated musical comedy Sing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice, an Oscar-nominated turn in Wild, and an impressive recent turn in the intriguing HBO series Big Little Lies. But now she’s going back to the well with a new romantic comedy, but this one comes from the offspring of two filmmakers best known for their work in the genre.

Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as a 40-year old woman named Alice, recently separated from her husband, who decides to start her life anew by moving back to her hometown in Los Angeles. Choosing to live a little more spontaneously, she allows three young filmmakers to crash at her place for a bit, which creates all sorts of new surprising relationships.

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Colin Firth

After almost 14 years of watching and rewatching Love Actually around the holidays, we’ll see some of Richard Curtis‘ beloved characters reunite in a short film, Red Nose Day Actually. The ten-minute short was produced to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. Curtis, who retired from filmmaking after About Time, returned to directing to make it.

Below, watch the Red Nose Day Actually trailer.

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Band Aid Trailer

Along with all the blockbuster action movies hitting theaters this summer, make sure to keep an eye out for the underdog indie movies hitting select theaters and VOD that really need your support. One of those movies is called Band Aid, and the first trailer has just arrived online.

Band Aid is a hilarious but affecting story of a couple played by Adam Pally and Zoe Lister-Jones who are having trouble working through marriage woes. But instead of the usual therapy route, they decide to tackle their problems by forming a band and writing songs about what frustrates them about each other. It sounds kind of kitschy when described so simply, but there’s a tenderness and authenticity to the story that really makes it work in a delightful and poignant way.

Watch the Band Aid trailer below. Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker Honest Trailer

The phenomenon that was the Fifty Shades of Grey book series doesn’t seem to be faring quite as well as a film franchise, at least not with all the readers who touched themselves while reading this book written by a Twilight fan fiction writer. Though the first film was a massive success that pulled in over $571 million worldwide, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker made significantly less with just $378 million raked in at the global box office.

Basically, once viewers saw that most of the kinky sex didn’t make the cut in the first movie, plenty of them lost interest. And once you watch the Honest Trailer for the sequel, it’s not hard to see why. This movie is decidedly not sexy, no matter how hard it tries to be, and it feels more like some kind of joke than a legitimate erotic romance. Is this really the kind of stuff that turned on millions of women around the world?

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La La Land Opening Sequence

La La Land is now available on home video for you to watch over and over again if you like being lifted up with “Another Day of Sun” and then having your heart torn out by the final, romantic but tragic musical sequence. But today, we’re going to stick with the brighter side of La La Land with an extensive breakdown of the lively, bright, upbeat opening musical number that takes place on a real Los Angeles highway.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (no, not the star of Tangled) participated in a detailed, close look at the “Another Day of Sun” musical sequence, talking about what went on behind the scenes, providing insight from what director Damien Chazelle was trying to achieve, and even telling where there are some hidden cuts. Watch the La La Land opening sequence breakdown after the jump. Read More »