Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.

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Mia Wasikowska in Maps to the Stars

In advance of Maps to the Stars‘ release next weekend, Focus Features is squeezing in one last trailer. And it might be the craziest one yet. Which, if you’ve seen the other trailers, is really saying something.

Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, and Robert Pattinson lead the David Cronenberg-directed satire about the unique insanity of modern-day Hollywood. John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Sarah Gadon also star. Watch the Maps to the Stars red band trailer after the jump.

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Focus Features has released a new trailer for Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg‘s new drama about a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Mia Wasikowska plays a mysterious woman who hails from a famous Hollywood family. She returns to town and secures a job as a personal assistant to aging actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), but seems to have some ulterior motives.

Meanwhile, her relations (played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and Evan Bird) are dealing with troubles of their own. Rounding out the cast are Robert Pattinson as a limo driver, and Sarah Gadon as Havana’s late actress mother. Watch the Maps to the Stars trailer after the jump. Read More »

Dragon Blade trailer

Even if you tried to assemble the least-likely cast for an adventure movie about Roman soldiers moving through China, you probably wouldn’t come up with the lead trio of Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, and John Cusack. But that’s the cast for Dragon Blade, a Chinese film that has just debuted a trailer. Brody plays Roman general Tiberius , who (in the film at least) is trying to take control over the “silk road” — that is, the overland trade route from China to the West. Cusack is another Roman general, Lucius, and Chan is a Chinese officer who sides with Lucius. Check out the Dragon Blade trailer below. Read More »

Maps to the Stars trailer

It’s a good day when you get to see footage from one of your most anticipated films of the year, and this Maps to the Stars trailer is our first look at real footage from David Cronenberg‘s new movie. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and probably some pretty serious internal damage as well. She turns up in Hollywood and scores a job as personal assistant to an actress played by Julianne Moore, but we soon learn that the girl has more on her mind than just doing her job well. Check out the trailer below for hints of much stranger stuff to follow.

Update: A second trailer has been released. It is even less safe for work than the first, but it is also actually a proper trailer rather than a sales reel. Both are embedded below.

Update 2: The sales trailer has been pulled.

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Drive Hard

A former racing champion turned driving instructor is forced into being a getaway driver in Drive Hard, the latest film from the director of Leprechaun 4: In Space. But before you back away slowly from this post while laughing madly, know that the race-car driver is played by Thomas Jane and the bank robber is played by John Cusack.

Directed by cult filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, Voltage Pictures will release Drive Hard later this year and a trailer has now come online. Check it out below. Read More »

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‘Grand Piano’ Alternate Poster Debut

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Grand Piano was one of the most entertaining films I saw in 2013 — its premiere screening at Fantastic Fest last year had the crowd roaring with delight, and was the thing everyone talked about for the rest of the fest.

Coming from director Eugenio Mira, who did the music for Timecrimes; star Elijah Wood; and screenwriter Damien Chazelle (whose directorial debut Whiplash was just a big Sundance hit) the film is a technical tour de force that puts Wood in the hot seat as a killer targets him during a tense musical performance. The film has a delightfully composed visual style which indulges in De Palma-esque touches to manipulate suspense as the action unfolds. The underlying concept may be somewhat silly, but the execution is excellent.

The film is on iTunes and VOD now, and we’ve got an exclusive alternate poster below, along with a behind the scenes featurette and a clip. Check it all out, and revisit the trailer, after the break.  Read More »

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People joke about being able to perform with a gun to their head, but that’s literally the crux of Grand Piano. Directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia), the film stars Elijah Wood as a famous concert pianist who returns from a hiatus only to have his life threatened while on stage. If he plays one note wrong, a watchful assassin (John Cusack) will shoot him in the head.

Grand Piano comes on demand January 30 and to theaters March 7. Watch the official trailer below.  Read More »

Samuel L Jackson Robocop

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are following up 2007’s 1408 with another Stephen King thriller. Jackson has just signed on to star with Cusack in Cell, not to be confused with 2000’s The Cell. This one centers on the idea that cell phones can kill you, and we don’t mean via brain cancer. Hit the jump for the latest details on this project.

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