Made in America trailer

Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.

And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below.  Read More »

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

There’s a new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, from Japan, and it has some new footage. Not a lot, but enough. The film looks like one of the more promising events of the summer, not only because it follows on the unexpectedly good Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but because the cast and story we’ve seen so far from this sequel seem to be pushing in just the right direction. So we’ll take any new look we can get. Check out the footage below. Read More »

 

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 it’s not easy being cheesy, set our glow sticks to stun, interrupt your political apathy defense system for a serious message, seek out someone we’ve left behind in Gay Paree, and have fun questioning the BS levels of your average psychic.

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Coen brothers Hail Caesar

If the plot of Inside Llewyn Davis didn’t break your heart, the soundtrack surely did. No wonder, then, that the Coens are now ready for some sunnier fare.

Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly gearing up for Hail Caesar, a comedy set in ’50s California. While this isn’t the first we’ve heard about this project, the plot details sound a bit different from the last time we checked on it. Hit the jump for all the new info.

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Spring Breakers: The Second Coming

Just in case you wondered: that recently-announced sequel to Spring Breakers is being made without the participation or even the consent of Harmony Korine. The director of Gummo and Trash Humpers masterminded Spring Breakers as a savage, strange fever dream of excess and influence, but this sequel will probably be… something else. Something more tame, regardless of how much flesh and blood hits the screen. Read More »

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There’s a new face in Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World, as the Dunder Mifflin CEO from The Office, Andy Buckley, has signed on for a role. In addition to that info, below you’ll find

  • Legendary signs on to help out with Jurassic World and Universal’s new Dracula movie,
  • There’s a new title for Night at the Museum 3,
  • Steve Jablonsky posts images from the scoring session for Transformers: Age of Extinction,
  • And Taken 3 will shoot in Georgia.

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Veronica Mars spin-off

Whether that long-awaited Veronica Mars movie will ever get a sequel is anyone’s guess. But Marshmallows will get a chance to return to Neptune later this year, sort of.

CW Seed, the digital arm of The CW network, has announced the Veronica Mars spin-off series Play It Again, Dick. Ryan Hansen will star, and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas will co-write and produce. Hit the jump for more details on the new show.

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lullaby trailer

Have you ever sat around pining for a film to double with Country Strong in an evening of music-themed Garrett Hedlund movies that will make you cry your face off? (Or movies that want to make you cry, at least.) The answer to your prayers may have arrived. The Lullaby trailer reveals an indie family drama featuring Hedlund as a guy who finds that his father is going to take himself off life support within 48 hours.

That leaves the family with just a couple days to come to terms with a whole lot of things, most of which is pretty serious, heart-rending stuff. With a cast that also includes Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jessica Brown Findlay, Anne Archer, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, and Jessica Barden, are a lot of faces to pull you in, should Hedlund not be to your liking. Check out the Lullaby trailer below.

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