Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we work on getting ourselves banned in China, try and figure out what secret Juliette Binoche is keeping, marvel at the titans of retail rock, KISS, determine which eye Colin Hay really is looking at us with, and marvel at a musically delicious piece of key art.

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the jungle book clip

Last year, Disney really got their whole reimagining game down. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were box office hits, neither quite captured the spirit or the appeal of the original animated films. Kenneth Branagh, however, accomplished just that recently with his lovely Cinderella remake. Next at bat to reimagine another Disney classic is director Jon Favreau.

Following up his charming drama Chef, Favreau returns to big studio filmmaking with The Jungle Book. Watch a clip from the film below.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we wonder what is up with Turkey, get in touch with our more maternal side, marvel at the world of art and Nazis, peep Africa’s first teen movie and take in some licentious photos that some say should be labeled as filth.

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House of Cards

Netflix has named two new show runners for their original series House of Cards, replacing the show’s creator Beau Willimon. The streaming service is promoting two of the senior writers who have been working on the show since 2014. The new House of Cards showrunners will be Melissa James Gibson (whose plays include PlaceboWhat Rhymes with AmericaThis, [sic], Suitcase or, Those that Resemble Flies from a Distance and Brooklyn Bridge) and Frank Pugliese (whose theater work includes Aven’U Boys, The King of ConnecticutThe TalkThe AlarmThe Democracy Project). Read the full press release, after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Announcement Teaser

Concrete details on Star Wars: Episode VIII have been hard to come by, and in their absence tons of rumor and speculation has sprung up about the next chapter in the sci-fi saga. But now, at long last, it looks like we’ll be getting some real information.

Cameras are officially rolling on Star Wars: Episode VIII under director Rian Johnson, and to celebrate that fact Disney has released the very first Star Wars: Episode VIII production teaser. In addition to that, they’ve also unveiled the official cast list, revealing that Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro will be jetting off into the galaxy far, far away.  Read More »

Is Steven Soderbergh Un-Retiring?

Steven Soderbergh Haywire

It’s been a couple of years now since Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from movie directing. And although he’s kept plenty busy with TV and other projects, he’s kept true to his word so far: he hasn’t helmed a big-screen feature since 2013’s Side Effects. But that may be about to change, depending on whom you believe.

The trades are reporting that Soderbergh is coming out of retirement for a heist pic that would reunite him with his Magic Mike star Channing Tatum. However, Soderbergh has gone on record to deny the whole thing, insisting that the stories are “wrong.”  Read More »

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A TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods has been in the works for years now — first at HBO, now at Starz — and the latest iteration of the project has just made a huge leap forward. Ricky Whittle, probably best known as Lincoln on The CW’s The 100, will play the lead character, Shadow Moon. More about the American Gods Shadow casting after the jump.  Read More »

Operation Avalanche Review

People don’t seem to be all that impressed with found footage movies anymore, especially in the horror genre. But director Matt Johnson has done something clever with the narrative style in his Sundance selected comedic conspiracy theory thriller Operation Avalanche.

We all know that the United States was the first country to step foot on the moon after Russia beat us to space with Sputnik. But do we really know that for sure? Plenty of conspiracy theories claim that the moon landing was faked, and Operation Avalanche shows us how it was done in a story that might be the most original movies about the space race you’ll ever see. Find out more in or Operation Avalanche review below! Read More »