The Sea of Trees

Back in June, news broke that A24 is releasing Gus Van Sant‘s The Sea of Trees. The drama, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival over a year ago, was initially acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. After sitting on the shelf for a while, for whatever reason, A24 stepped in to distribute the film. The eclectic director behind My Own Private IdahoGood Will Hunting, and To Die For explores Japan’s Aokigahara forest with his newest picture, which stars Matthew McConaugheyKen Watanabe, and Naomi Watts.

Below, watch The Sea of Trees trailer.

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It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a film from director Gus Van Sant. His last feature, Promised Land, was a charming and thoughtful drama, but it didn’t quite strike a chord with audiences. Van Sant’s next film, The Sea of Trees, promises to be even more divisive.

While Roadside Attractions has yet to set a release date for the film, the drama will soon debut in several territories overseas. Below, watch a new international trailer for The Sea of Trees.

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Gus Van Sant‘s Sea of Trees premiered almost a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, wasn’t particularly well received. Booing from critics was reported, but you can’t really take booing, especially at the Cannes Film Festival, seriously. Plus, what kind of an adult really feels the need to boo after a movie?

Roadside Attractions picked up Sea of Trees for U.S. distribution, but a release date has yet to be set. The film is opening in Japan soon, though, so a foreign Sea of Trees trailer has just been made available.

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Shanghai trailer

Many years ago, Mikael Håfström (1408Escape Plan) made Shanghai, a ’40s-set mystery with a splashy international cast that included his 1408 star John Cusack along with Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe. The film saw release in many countries, but sat on the shelf in the US after being purchased by — you guessed it — The Weinstein Company.

Now the film is finally poised for what amounts to a too little/too late release in the US, where it will ultimately end up as a Tuesday night Netflix watch for many audiences. But there’s a new domestic Shanghai trailer to show it off, which you can see below.  Read More »


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doctor strange ancient one

There are a few big characters in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which acts as one of the first salvos in Marvel’s big Phase Three story set. The primary is obviously Doctor Strange himself, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s at least one villain, who may be played by Daniel Bruhl, and may or may not be Strange’s early adversary Baron Mordo. Strange and Mordo meet because they have the same teacher, the Ancient One, and he’s the third big character for the film.

So who plays the Ancient One? We don’t know yet, though there has been speculation that it could potentially be Al Pacino, who recently revealed that he has met with Marvel. Now a new report says there is an Ancient One shortlist of three names, with all the actors already contacted about possibly playing the character. Pacino is not one of them. It’s a fairly diverse group — get an eyeful of the Ancient One shortlist below. Read More »

Goodman Watanabe

It’s always good when major actors are cast in a film two months before it opens right? No? Well, it’s a little less of an issue when they’re the voices of two supporting characters. Which is what director Michael Bay just announced.

Bay revealed that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have joined the cast of Transformers: Age of Extinction as the voices of Autobots Hound and Drift. Below, read who else will join them in as voices in the Transformers Age of Extinction cast. Read More »

Godzilla Japanese Trailer and IMAX poster
Legendary Pictures in conjunction with Warner Bros have released a new international trailer for Godzilla. The Godzilla Japanese trailer gives us a better look at the Japanese backstory of the creature, focusing a bit more on Ken Watanabe’s character, as well as the same soft yet tense building ominous score and series of “take my money now” teasing action sequence edits we’ve come to expect from this movie’s marketing campaign. You can watch the Godzilla Japanese trailer embedded after the jump.

IMAX has released an exclusive illustrated Godzilla IMAX poster for the film. No word on if this is poster will be given out at IMAX theaters as part of the company’s awesome Fanfix initiative, or if this is just another one-sheet for the film. Either way, its pretty cool and you can see the full poster after the jump.
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Briefly: Here’s the Japanese trailer for next year’s Godzilla, from director Gareth Edwards. This is mostly the same as the trailer debuted yesterday in the US — the effects shots are all the same, for example. But Japan’s own Ken Watanabe gets a better introduction in this trailer. While the domestic trailer showed the actor in a hazmat suit, here he’s given a close-up without any protective covering.

And if you think that seeing a Godzilla trailer preceded by the Toho Studios logo is the only way to go, this is going to be the one to watch. Read More »

‘Godzilla’ Teaser Trailer

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Monsters director Gareth Edwards is the man entrusted by Toho, Legendary, and Warner Bros. to revamp Godzilla — or more properly, to bring him back to speed as the giant nuclear monster that owns the hearts of moviegoers. Edwards said this week, “To me, he’s like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we’ve behaved… I want it to be epic. I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up.”

You’ve probably seen the proof of concept Godzilla trailer that debuted at Comic Con a couple years ago, as it has done the rounds as a high-quality bootleg. But here’s something much better: the full trailer, which features the cast (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston) but even better shows off the monster of the title.

The hairs on the back of your neck might just stand up when you see a squad of soldiers diving to meet the monster in what looks like a suicide mission, and that’s just the beginning. This is a teaser that really tries to tease, and that suggests it isn’t just playing a marketing game. This looks like a horror movie, which is just as it should be. Check it out below.

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Here’s the full trailer for a film we’ve been curious about for a while: the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. Ken Watanabe stars in the role that stands as one of Eastwood’s defining moments. There are no subtitles in this trailer, but anyone familiar with Eastwood’s original will know all they need to understand to get the idea here.

The remake changes the setting of the story to a remote locale in Japan, while keeping the time period in the late 1800s. The switch from “western” to “samurai movie” proves to be a pretty minor switch (no surprise there, given the relationship between the genres) and in general this looks like a pretty faithful remake. Check out loads of new footage below. Read More »