Walt before Mickey

We’ve been waiting years for a Walt Disney biopic, and we might have to wait a bit longer for a real good one, but Juilliard graduate Khoa Le has made an independent film titled Walt before Mickey which chronicles the early days of the legend’s animation career. The acting is sometimes a bit over the top and the writing is “melodramatic” at best (it feels like a Lifetime television movie event kinda thing), but this film tries to bring the truth to the screen — based on Timothy Susanin’s 2011 book Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928. The Walt Disney biopic stars American Pie star Thomas Ian Nicholas as older Walt, Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder as his brother Roy, Disney alum David Henrie plays an animator and Full House‘s Jodie Sweetin is Charlotte Disney. Watch the Walt Before Mickey trailer embedded after the jump.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

For a while there, it seemed like you couldn’t get a movie made without Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence getting involved, often at the same time. The pair shot three films together in about two years: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and Susanne Bier‘s Serena.

The first two of those have already opened to great acclaim, but the third remained stuck in post-production for quite a long time. It’s only now making its way to theaters, and not even U.S. theaters at that. Thankfully, it looks worth the wait. The first Serena trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Hilary Swank in The Homesman

Nearly ten years after making the leap to directing with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tommy Lee Jones is back behind the camera with The Homesman. (In the interim, he made The Sunset Limited for cable.) The new film is a Western, like the last one was, but of a very different type.

Hilary Swank stars as tough frontier woman Mary Bee Cuddy, tasked with transporting three mentally ill women to a sanitarium in Iowa. She enlists the help of desperate drifter George Briggs (Jones) in exchange for saving his life. Hit the jump to watch the first The Homesman U.S. trailer.

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‘The Crossing’ Trailer: John Woo Gets Romantic

Crossing trailer

After years away from the big screen, John Woo is back this year — at least in China — with The Crossing. The first installment of the two-part film hits China in December. The movie is set in 1949 and will tell the stories of three couples whose lives intersect on the doomed Taiping steamer. The ship was carrying many hundreds of passengers from China and the last days of the communist-dominated Civil War, to new lives in Taiwan. All aboard were doomed, and the ship has been called the “Chinese Titanic” as a result. This first Crossing trailer introduces many of the people on board, albeit without subtitles. Check out the footage below. Read More »

‘Housebound’ Trailer: House Arrest in a Haunted Home

Housebound trailer

Somehow we’ve missed posting the trailer for Housebound, and that’s a huge oversight. The New Zealand film stormed SXSW when it debuted there this past March, and is open in NZ now. The film also hits Fantastic Fest in the next couple weeks, and opens in the US in October. It’s easy to see why people at tests have loved the film, as this trailer makes Housebound out to be a hell of a ride. The film follows a young woman (Morgana O’Reilly) who returns home on house arrest, only to discover that more than just her family might be living in the house.  Read More »

Print The Legend Trailer
Netflix has released the trailer for Print The Legend, Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel‘s documentary about the 3D printing revolution. The streaming company acquired the movie at the SXSW Film Festival this March, where it was met with good reviews (Indiewire called it “a slick documentary with widespread appeal”. Watch the Print The Legend trailer embedded now after the jump.
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‘The Babadook’ Poster: Evil Pops Up Everywhere

Babadook quad poster

The Babadook, which follows a very troubled single mother and her son, is the best horror film I’ve seen in 2014. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, period. So we’re going to keep talking about it, because the name isn’t the sort that ropes audiences in right away. (In fact, the film’s title is the main reason I almost blew it off at Sundance. Very glad I did not.) Here’s a great new Babadook quad poster from the UK, along with a trailer for the film that we haven’t run in the past. Read More »

Maps to the Stars trailer

David Cronenberg turns his twisted sense of play to Hollywood in Maps to the Stars. The film features Julianne Moore as an aging star who is still living in the shadow of her mother’s fame, and Mia Wasikoska as the young woman who goes to work for her. Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast of the film which has been divisive amongst festival audiences. But this Maps to the Stars trailer is bizarrely enticing, and Cronenberg’s recent output is moving into new realms of odd reality-bending that I quite enjoy. Check out the footage below. Read More »

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