Edgar Wright makes movies for movie fans, first and foremost. Is there a wide audience for a zombie comedy that upends the genre while also delivering one of the most affecting horror tales of the 21st century? Maybe not at first, but Shaun of the Dead exists and it is spectacular. It took too many people too long to fall in love with a stylized rom-com martial arts adventure that appropriates video game language to provide commentary on how relationships evolve, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has rightfully become recognized as a one-of-a-kind pop masterpiece.
And speaking of pop masterpieces, Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver held its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival over the weekend and it’s remarkable for two reasons. First, Wright’s unique voice remains intact, even as he plunges into a genre that is new to him and a story that takes away some of his more familiar crutches. Second, he’s made a movie that feels like it has the capacity to win over the average moviegoer as quickly as it wins the hearts of his fellow cinephiles.
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Last night, attendees of South by Southwest were lucky enough to see the world premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright. The first trailer debuted just before the screening was over (watch it along with a much different international trailer over here), and if you’re somehow not convinced to see the movie, maybe the early buzz from the first reactions to the movie will help.
We have a round-up of some brief reactions to Baby Driver after the jump. Read More »
UPDATED: A much different international trailer for Baby Driver has been added. Our original post follows below.
This weekend brings the premiere of Baby Driver to the South by Southwest Film Festival. We’ll have a full review from our own Jacob Hall who is down in Austin, Texas for the film’s premiere (among other things), but until then, fans can satiate their appetite for a new film from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World with the trailer for this new film.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Edgar Wright promised a movie that was powered by music, and the first trailer certainly gives us that.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
What I find most intriguing about Baby Driver is that the barebones synopsis sounds like something we’ve seen a hundred times before: a talented getaway driver meets a girl, decides to leave his life of crime behind, and gets sucked into a job that puts everything on the line. The key difference is that this is the latest film from Edgar Wright, a filmmaker whose name alone was enough to get this movie in the number one spot on my most anticipated movies of 2017 list. Look, making Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ensures that you get on top of a lot of lists.
So yeah, let’s check out three new photos from the film, which should help tide us over until a trailer arrives.
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Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Angie Han
If you’re tired of prestige-pic-season leftovers and Monster Trucks isn’t exactly your jam, perhaps Sleepless will be just the jolt you’re looking for. A remake of the buzzy 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, it’s essentially Jamie Foxx‘s Taken, with a bit of The Departed mixed in. Michelle Monaghan is also there to glower at Jamie Foxx and David Harbour gets the chance to demonstrate that he can say “Nevada” correctly. Watch the Sleepless red-band trailer below. Read More »
Following the trailer for the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, we have a look at another fascinating glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, this time one from the real world.
Dying Laughing is a new documentary that feels like it should have been called I’m Dying Up Here, because it features one-on-one interviews with stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Cedric The Entertainer, Russell Peters, the late Garry Shandling and more, all talking about their worst experiences on stage. These are the times when the bombed, died, crashed and all the other words which describe the worst thing that can happen to a comedian on stage: not getting laughs.
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Looking to mix up the dullness of the big screen offerings in January is the action thriller Sleepless. The film stars Jamie Foxx as an undercover cop working to infiltrate some of his fellow police officers who have turned corrupt. But when he starts getting too close, one of the crime bosses he’s trying to bust kidnaps his son. Jamie Foxx doesn’t like that at all.
You can see how all that plays out in the first Sleepless trailer that debuted last fall, but now a clip from the movie has debuted, showing us the tense, cheeky relationship that Jamie Foxx has with Michelle Monaghan, who works in internal affairs and has no idea that Foxx is just pretending to be a corrupt cop as part of his job, and isn’t actually as bad as some of his colleagues.
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It’s been over three years since we’ve gotten a new movie from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright, and that’s a shame. But thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer since he has a new action thriller come to theaters late in the summer of 2017.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. The first Baby Driver photos have emerged showing Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) in the lead role, preparing for a music-fueled drive, as well as the supporting cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Elsa Gonzalez. Read More »
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The last time Jamie Foxx got into action mode it was as an electric Smurf in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now it looks like he’s made a potentially better choice to get back into tough guy mode with a new action thriller called Sleepless. This one appears to be full of double crossing since it features Foxx playing an undercover detective named Vincent Downs, posing as a corrupt cop, who gets the raw end of a bad deal when his son is kidnapped by one of the gangsters (Scoot McNairy) Downs has been working with.
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Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live confirmed that cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam were leaving the show. Now we know what they’re doing next. During their Television Critics Association presentation, Showtime announced two new series: White Famous, starring Pharoah, and Mating, starring Killam. Asked if he discussed both actors with SNL producer Lorne Michaels, Showtime Networks, Inc. President and CEO David Nevins said he would have worked around SNL had they stayed, but the deals did not include reaching out to Michaels.
“Our conversations have been with the actors,” Nevins said. “It’s been happening over the last several weeks, probably over a month individually. We were prepared to work around their SNL schedules. Our schedule got easier when they ended up being released from the show.” Read More »