The Glass Castle trailer

The 2013 indie film Short Term 12 launched Brie Larson’s career in a big way, and in the relatively quick time since then, she’s starred in a major studio comedy (Trainwreck), a massive Hollywood monster movie (Kong: Skull Island), and snagged the lead role in an upcoming Marvel superhero film. And don’t forget about that Best Actress Oscar she won for her work in Room.

Things have been a lot quieter for Short Term 12’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who hasn’t directed a movie since. But he’s reunited with his old collaborator for a new movie, and the first trailer has just arrived. Check out the first trailer for The Glass Castle below.
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gypsy trailer

Another day, another look at a new series coming to Netflix. At this point, the streaming service’s modus operandi seems to be all about overwhelming the competition with the sheer amount of stuff they’re putting out on a monthly basis…and it certainly helps that enough of it has been good enough to warrant our continued attention.

And while many of Netflix’s movies and shows involve offering a platform to recognizable filmmakers looking to work free of the traditional Hollywood model, the upcoming series Gypsy comes from a newcomer. In fact, the big draw here seems to be the chance to watch Naomi Watts star in a 10-part psychological thriller series. Is that enough to get you to press play? Well, let’s answer that question after we watch the new trailer.

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Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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The Book of Henry Trailer

The trailer for The Book of Henry, Colin Trevorrow‘s follow-up to his box office hit Jurassic World, has been arrived.

Starring Naomi Watts and Jacob TremblayThe Book of Henry‘s trailer has made it clear that the director has paired his quirky indie roots with his embrace of ’80s nostalgia. See the trailer below.

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Canceled Dreamworks movie

For the last four years, Australian comedian, singer, actor, director and composer Tim Minchin has been developing the DreamWorks animation musical, Larrikins. After a couple of years of hard work and hiring Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, and Rose Byrne to provide voices for the movie, DreamWorks has shut the project down. Minchin and co-director Chris Miller‘s (Shrek the Third) film was going to be about a marsupial exploring the Australian Outback for the first time and discovering a life-altering secret.

Below, we’ll find out why was Larrikins canceled?

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Shut In trailer

If there was one thing we learned last Oscar season, it was that Jacob Tremblay is basically the cutest kid ever. He was endearing in Room and even more adorable on its press tour, winning everyone with his tiny sharp suits and gleeful Star Wars fandom. But now he’s using his wide-eyed innocent schtick for evil.

Shut In stars Tremblay as Tom, a boy traumatized by the loss of his parents. He catches the attention of Mary, a psychiatrist (Naomi Watts) who’s reeling from a car accident that killed her husband and left her teenage stepson (Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton) in a catatonic state. But after Tom disappears under Mary’s care, things take a turn for the creepy. Oliver Platt also stars. Watch the Shut In trailer below.  Read More »

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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Sea of Trees

Days before Gus Van Sant‘s newest film The Sea of Trees premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate acquired the drama. 13 months after the acquisition, and after the film has already been released in a few foreign territories, it’s still without a domestic release date. But we may finally see Van Sant’s latest this summer, courtesy of A24.

Below, learn more about The Sea of Trees distributor.

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naomi watts

After the massive success of 50 Shades of Grey, director Sam Taylor-Johnson decided against returning for the sequels. Since the adaptation opened in theaters, she hasn’t lined up many film projects for herself. In December, Taylor-Johnson was briefly attached to direct Chappaquiddick, but two months later, she dropped out of the film to work on Netflix’s Gypsy, a series that has just landed its lead, Naomi Watts (Demolition). 

Learn more about the Naomi Watts Netflix series below.

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Demolition trailer

I was a big fan of Jean-Marc Vallée‘s last film Wild, which featured Reese Witherspoon playing the real-life author Cheryl Strayed and taking on a physically impossible task as a means of working out issues in her personal life. When I heard Vallée would be directing a similar film with Jake Gyllenhaal, I was excited at what new aspects of the human spirit the movie might illuminate.

Demolition (out today in theaters) has many of the same virtues of Wild, only with a male protagonist. Both films are shot beautifully and have some of the best editing I’ve seen, using cuts in footage not just to convey the passage of time, but also to establish mood, and to explain a character’s mindset. On a technical, they are exceptionally executed.

Unfortunately, I found Demolition ultimately amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Hit the jump for my brief video review.

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