Eddie the Eagle trailer

It’s early to make predictions about the 2016 movie slate, but it’s hard to imagine we’ll get many more feel-good sports movies than Eddie the Eagle. Based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the first British competitor in Olympic ski jumping, the Dexter Fletcher-directed biopic got a glowing warm reception at Butt-Numb-A-Thon and has trying to win us over ever since. The first international trailer debuted online a few days ago, and now a new U.S. trailer has hit with tons of new footage.

Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Taron Egerton plays Eddie, the underdoggiest of underdogs. He’s dreamt all his life of entering the Olympics, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to get there — even if it means taking up the dangerous sport of ski jumping, and hiring a rebellious new coach played by Hugh Jackman. Watch the Eddie the Eagle trailer after the jump.
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Eddie the Eagle international trailer

Taron Egerton had a big 2015, bursting onto the scene with Kingsman: The Secret Service and following up with appearances in Testament of Youth and Legend. Next year he’ll hope to continue his winning streak by going on the ultimate losing streak, playing British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic. Edwards entered the 1988 Olympics as the ultimate underdog, and seemed to get more popular the more he lost.

Eddie the Eagle reunites Egerton with his Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, although he’s only producing this time; Dexter Fletcher directs. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s coach. Watch the Eddie the Eagle international trailer after the jump. Read More »

Freddie Mercury Biopic Needs a New Director

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Mercury, the planned film biopic of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, has hit another snag. Despite having the full backing of the three surviving members of the band, the film has taken a lot of time to get to the screen. Or perhaps the long road has been precisely because of the involvement of Queen, as it seems the band wants a version of the movie that is different from what others want.

So while Dexter Fletcher was hired last year to direct, with Ben Whishaw attached to play Mercury, the film is now in need of a new director as Fletcher has parted ways with the production. Read More »

Dexter Fletcher to Direct Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Sadly, the Freddie Mercury biopic gets a little less promising with each development step. The long-standing assumption was that Sacha Baron Cohen would play the late Queen frontman based on a script by Peter Morgan, with the surviving members of the band (Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon) acting as producers. The band is still on board, but Cohen is gone, reportedly because he wanted to make a wild, R-rated tell-all film, while the band wants something a little more sanitized.

Enter Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), who will likely be a fine performer to take on the role. And now a director has finally been found: actor turned director Dexter Fletcher (who played roles in Misfits, Stardust, and Kick-Ass) has been signed to make the film as his third directorial effort. 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 we watch a liar in a action, get musical with The Proclaimers, jump off a ledge in a wingsuit, help a starving college kid, and get genuinely touched by the Wainwrights.    
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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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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