Demolition trailer

Fresh off of playing a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Demolition. The new film by Jean-Marc Vallée takes that premise in a very different direction, however. For one thing, Demolition‘s Davis begins his path to redemption by writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.

His complaint is received by customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts), who is intrigued rather than weirded out by his intensely personal notes. With the help of Karen and her cute precocious kid (Judah Lewis), Davis starts the process of tearing down his life so he can build it up again. Chris Cooper plays Gyllenhaal’s father-in-law. Watch the Demolition trailer after the jump.
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About Ray trailer

The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for About Ray (formerly Three Generations). Elle Fanning stars as Ray, New York City teenager embarking on the process of transitioning from female to male.

Naomi Watts plays Ray’s mother Maggie, who accepts his decision but nevertheless worries about her child, and Susan Sarandon plays Ray’s grandmother Dolly, who just doesn’t seem to get it (“Why can’t she just be a lesbian?” she asks). Tate Donovan also stars as Ray’s absentee father, who’s reluctant to sign off on Ray’s medical forms. Watch the About Ray trailer after the jump. Read More »

While We're Young

What happens when you hit your 40s and realize you still feel “like a child imitating an adult”? Well, if you’re Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young, you befriend a pair of 25-year-olds (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on wild adventures like ayahuasca ceremonies and hip-hop dance classes.

Then, not surprisingly, you discover that fulfillment doesn’t lie that way. And also that your arthritis will prevent you from keeping up with your cool young friends. Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young after the jump.

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While We're Young

If Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was a pitch-perfect examination of young adulthood, his next one, While We’re Young, looks like an equally astute look at middle adulthood. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a 40something married couple who befriend a 20something hipster couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Watch the first While We’re Young trailer after the jump.

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I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.

Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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Birdman international trailer

Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.

Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.

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st. vincent trailer

Bill Murray makes a return of sorts to the sort of character he played decades ago, in St. Vincent. The film casts Murray as a grouchy old dude whose life is invaded by new neighbors: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver. Murray ends up babysitting for the kid, and teaches him the rules of life. Or his character’s own version of the rules of life, anyway. He dispenses pearls of wisdom such as ” You work, you get paid, and you drink.” And then there’s his association with a Russian “lady of the night” played by Naomi Watts. Check out the St. Vincent trailer below.

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Naomi Watts Joins ‘Insurgent’

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The new wave of YA films is turning into a great way for a set of well-established women to find a new audience and collect a solid payday at the same time. Meryl Streep is in The Giver; Patricia Clarkson has a part in The Maze Runner; and Julianne Moore shows up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The film Divergent already counted Kate Winslet among its cast, and the sequel, Insurgent, had locked in Octavia Spencer. Now Insurgent will also feature Naomi Watts. And Watts won’t just do the one film. She’ll be part of the series going forward.  Read More »


Diana tells the story of the late Princess Diana of Wales, or part of it. Naomi Watts plays Diana for Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel, and the focus is on a period in which the Princess began a somewhat clandestine romance with a doctor and the media frenzy that erupted when her extra-marital activities became public. Her life ended in a Parisian road tunnel when the driver of a limo containing Diana and a different boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, crashed their vehicle.

While Watts looks fine as Diana there’s an undertone of salciousness here, as there is almost certain to be with any film such as this — it’s all about her secret, and the love she couldn’t share with the world! Ironically, perhaps, the tone of this trailer puts it more in line with the interests of the paparazzi who hounded Diana to before death, rather than casting the film as a loving or objective tribute.

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