midnight special trailer

Writer/director Jeff Nichols says that one of his chief inspirations for Midnight Special was John Carpenter’s Starman, and the new trailer for this mysterious film evokes that undervalued gem and more. While the preview is intentionally bereft of hard information on plot or characters, the vibe here is totally old school Steven Spielberg. This trailer contains that combination of awe and conspiracy that makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind such an incredible work, but there’s definitely a larger Amblin thing going on here. So many of the films produced under Spielberg’s iconic banner where “family movies” that never avoided going for the throat, genre adventures for all ages that never spoke down to the audience.

The new Midnight Special trailer looks like the paranoid sci-fi of the ’70s collided with a classic ’80s Amblin film and it looks fascinating. You shouldn’t expect anything less from the director of Mud, Take Shelter, and Shotgun Stories.

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Midnight Special Trailer

Midnight Special and Loving topped my most anticipated of 2016 list. Two movies in one year from writer-director Jeff Nichols is one sweet deal. Nichols’ last film, Mud, struck a chord with audiences, earning over $20M at the box-office, but it’s the director’s next picture, Midnight Special, that might be his big hit.

After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, the Midnight Special early buzz is mostly positive for this old school sci-fi road movie. Find out what some of the reviews have to say below.

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THR Actors

Out of everyone at this Hollywood Reporter actors roundtable, only Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) was actually nominated for an Academy Award. Not like that really matters, but this video interview does highlight some of the talent the Academy members overlooked this year, such as Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), and Michael Caine (Youth).

After the jump, watch this group of actors and more discuss their careers, success, and fear in The Hollywood Report actors roundtable.

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2016 DGA Awards

The Golden Globes have come and gone, but we’re still in the full swing of awards season. Last week brought the nominations for the Writers Guild Awards, the BAFTAs across the pond, and the Producers Guild Awards. Now it’s the Directors Guild of America Awards chiming in with their annual nominees, and while fans of Mad Max: Fury Road will be happy, those who enjoyed Carol will not. Hit the jump for the full list of 2016 DGA Awards nominees. Read More »


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jane got a gun trailer

Jane Got a Gun did not have the smoothest of productions, to say the least. When Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) exited the film on the first day of principal photography, co-star Jude Law (Spy) left with her. A lawsuit followed Ramsay’s sudden departure, and there was a whole lot of “he said, she said” going on. Ultimately, director Gavin O’Connor stepped in and possibly saved the day, reuniting with a frequent collaborator, Noah Emmerich (The Americans), and Joel Edgerton (The Gift) — the star of his last film, Warrior.

After the jump, check out the latest Jane Got a Gun trailer:
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Midnight Special Trailer

Director Jeff Nichols has delivered two rich, fantastic indies with Mud and Take Shelter, but now we’ll get to see how he fares with a studio sci-fi flick, Midnight Special.

The film follows young St. Vincent star Jaeden Lieberher, a young boy who has mysterious supernatural gifts, forcing him and his father (Michael Shannon, because of course) to go on the run from agents who just don’t understand his powers. We just got our first look at the movie this past weekend, and now the first Midnight Special trailer has arrived. Read More »

Life trailer

Anton Corbijn‘s Life has been flying under-the-radar the past few months. We saw a trailer for the film back in August, but Corbijn’s bio film didn’t generate much love or awards talk at any festivals. Then again, the director’s second feature film, The American, was hidden from critics and loathed by plenty of moviegoers, and that movie is a terrifically sparse thriller. Corbijn is taking on a very different story with his newest film, though.

Watch the Life trailer after the jump.

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Jeff Nichols directing Mud

Jeff Nichols‘ Midnight Special was originally scheduled to open in theaters this month. The “sci-fi chase film” is written and directed by Nichols, one the most exciting filmmakers working today. His last previous efforts, Take Shelter and Mud, are easily two of the best films of the past five years. Nichols has made a new kind of movie with Midnight Special, a sci-fi studio picture. With the film only a few months away, promotion materials are starting to come out.

See the Midnight Special poster after the jump and read what Nichols had to say about his latest project.

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Jane Got a Gun trailer

If you’ve heard of Jane Got a Gun at all, it was probably in the context of the film’s many, many behind-the-scenes troubles. Original director Lynne Ramsay dropped out at the last second, which in turn set off a bunch of casting shakeups. The project then rallied under new director in Gavin O’Connor and finished shooting in 2013, only to get shelved due to Relativity’s financial troubles.

But it’s finally coming to theaters in France next month, and so the first Jane Got a Gun trailer has revealed itself for our judgment. Natalie Portman produced and stars as the titular Jane, whose husband (Noah Emmerich) turns up half-dead after a run-in with an outlaw gang (led by Ewan McGregor). In desperation, she turns to an old flame (Joel Edgerton) for help protecting her farm and her family. Watch the Jane Got a Gun trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Michael Shannon in Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols has cast Michael Shannon in every one of his films so far, and that streak will continue with Nichols’ next project. Shannon is set to join Nichols’ interracial marriage drama Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp will also appear. Get details on the Michael Shannon Loving casting after the jump. Read More »