True Detective S2 teaser

True Detective season two will premiere on June 21 on HBO, and now you can see the first footage from the new season. This tease doesn’t offer much, but the very first shot of a California highway interchange seems to link right to early reports about the season. Then there are shots of the primary cast, including Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, with some atmosphere that is similar to that of the first season — this looks just as heavy — but with a feel that is distinctly different. Check out the first True Detective S2 teaser below. Read More »

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Free Fire cast
The original cast announcement for Ben Wheatley‘s next film Free Fire included Olivia Wilde, but with the announcement that she’s doing Tron 3 things have changed for Wheatley’s movie. Wilde is now out, but someone just as talented, and slightly more surprising for a film like this is stepping in to the role. Brie Larson has taken Wilde’s role in the Free Fire cast. Read More »

11/22/63 director

The upcoming Hulu series based on Stephen King‘s novel 11/22/63 just got a serious director for its first two episodes, as Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) has signed to direct the first two installments of the nine-episode event series, and exec produce the show. Along with the news of Macdonald’s hire, we’ve got word on more cast members signing on to join James Franco, who plays the lead, a schoolteacher who travels back in time with the aim of preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read More »

The Invitation Drafthouse

Director Karyn Kusama returns this year with The Invitation, which impressed the hell out of me when it debuted in the Midnight program at the recent SXSW film festival. The film watches as a couple (Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi) heads to a dinner party thrown by the guy’s former wife and her new partner (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman), where signs quickly begin to suggest that things are very much off with the hosts. They seem to have been recruited into a cult of some sort, but is their new mindset actually a problem, or just kinda weird?

The Invitation is a gripping thriller with a really ominous tone and a terrific ending. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up the movie for worldwide distribution. Read More »

Netflix series Montauk

Netflix is ordering a new genre series. So far the most high-profile original series from Netflix have been comedies, and dramas that edge toward thriller territory. But the company is bringing back the horror series Hemlock Grove for a third and final season, is moving into sci-fi with Sense8 from the Wachowskis, and is now buying another show with a hybrid sci-fi/supernatural bent.

Netflix has ordered eight hour-long episodes of Montauk, genre drama that sounds like it is equally influenced by ’80s Spielberg and The X-Files, with an extra-large dash of conspiracy theory. Read More »

Jaws beach scene

It’s easy to say that Steven Spielberg is a master of visual storytelling, but there’s a lot to learn by watching a detailed breakdown of how of approaches a complex scene. While Jaws is an early effort from Spielberg, it already displays a deep understanding of cinematic language, and builds on lessons taught by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock in the creation of suspense.

The Jaws beach scene, in particular, is a sequence we can all learn from, and a terrific video essay breaks it down in great detail to show why the sequence is particularly skillful. Read More »

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High-Rise score

Everything we’ve heard about High-Rise, the new film from Ben Wheatley, which adapts the novel by J.G. Ballard, has me dying to see this one. Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans (above, as seen in the film) lead the cast in a story about class warfare in a high-rise apartment block. From what we’ve heard from people who saw sales footage in Berlin, this one might be totally insane. Now the film has a very promising musical component, as Clint Mansell has been announced as the creator of the High-Rise score. Read More »

Survivor trailer

Former Wachowski collaborator James McTeigue has a new film called Survivor, in which Pierce Brosnan, as a killer nicknamed “the Watchmaker,” helps frame a government officer played by Milla Jovovich. The thriller looks like it is set between the action churn of the typical Millennium Entertainment film and the tone and action of the Bourne series. But it’s a slight change of pace for Jovovich, and may give Brosnan a chance to be entertainingly evil. Check out the Survivor trailer below. Read More »

UNTITLED JOEL EDGERTON PROJECT

Reconnecting with an old friend sounds pretty nice, especially if said friend turns out to be a generous and thoughtful gift-giver. But in the first The Gift trailer, Simon (Jason Bateman) quickly realizes that his new old friend Gordo (Joel Edgerton) has a dark side — and that he could wind up exposing some of Simon’s unsavory secrets, too.

Edgerton directed and Rebecca Hall also stars. Hit the jump to watch The Gift trailer, and also to see the incredibly unsettling message “Gordo” personally sent Peter ahead of the trailer debut. Our boss will probably want to sleep with one eye open tonight. Read More »