Counterpart trailer

What’s better than J.K. Simmons? How about another J.K. Simmons? In the wild new Starz series Counterpart, Simmons pulls double duty, playing two different characters from literally two different worlds. The new Counterpart trailer teases a show that’s a blend of sci-fi and espionage, and it looks like it has the makings of something great.

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Victoria and Abdul trailer

Has there been an actress who’s played more members of English royalty or upper class society than Dame Judi Dench? She has to be the first call casting directors make if they’re looking for someone to play a role like that, and over the course of her long career, she’ve proven adept at allowing bits of humanity to shine through the authoritative figures she often plays.

Now she’s suiting up as England’s Queen Victoria for a new film called Victoria & Abdul, in which she forms an unconventional alliance with an Indian servant played by Ali Fazal. Check out the trailer and poster, and learn why this is strangely familiar territory for Dench below.
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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 »

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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Sabotage

Arnold Schwarzenegger could use a hit right about now, not that he’s at a loss for the ability to crush things. Based on the new Sabotage red-band trailer, however, this could be that hit. The David Ayer-directed thriller looks tough and exciting, with plenty of badass moments and stone-cold violence to go around.

The plot, loosely inspired by the Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None, follows a team of DEA agents who start to get picked off one by one after they bust a drug cartel safe house and make off with the cash. Watch the newest promo after the jump.

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End of Watch director and Training Day writer David Ayer takes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Williams to the mean streets of Atlanta for the violent DEA story Sabotage. Arnie leads a DEA crew that gets into trouble when millions of dollars go missing after a huge cartel bust. (Or what looks like a bust, at least.) Worthington, slightly disguised with a shaved head, Enos, and Howard are part of his crew, and Williams is a local detective who is looking into cartel activity and murders.

While Schwarzenegger’s movies haven’t done big business since he really got back into the game, he was the most entertaining part of Escape Plan (he was really doing some acting, and had a great stretch of performance in German), and here he’s in super-serious mode, which could be a good time. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Jeff Bridges may be doing a variant on his True Grit voice for his role in Seventh Son, but if this fantasy action adventure film is made up of recycled parts, at least they look like they’ve been assembled in a lively fashion. The first trailer for the film introduces Bridges as a warrior/wizard/knight who is opposed to the big, bad forces of evil — especially the version incarnated in the person of a witch played by Julianne Moore.

He’s joined by a new apprentice, played by Ben Barnes, who has a useful personal history. He’s the seventh son of a seventh son, which fantasy lore and an Iron Maiden album will tell you is a powerful thing. And so they fight evil together. As you’d expect from a big fantasy film produced by Legendary, that evil is incarnated in impressively-rendered digital monsters. (By the late effects house Rhythm & Hues.)

Admittedly, it’s also fun to watch Bridges doing a pastiche of Rooster Cogburn and Nicol Williamson’s Merlin from Excalibur, so Seventh Son might be worth a look for him alone. Read More »

Joe Wright moved from the stately but intense period piece Atonement to the violent modern fairy tale Hanna without missing a step, and now he has danced back to period form with an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic romance Anna Karenina. ‘Danced’ is exactly the word to use, as Wright shot most of the film on a single soundstage, and there is a very theatrical look to the sumptuous footage. If you hear a distant vibration, that’s Baz Luhrmann quaking with envy, and awards-season fear.

Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead) scripted, and the film stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, and Kelly Macdonald, with Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson.

Check out the footage below.

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Forget Ghostbusters IIIBill Murray has some potentially great stuff coming out. He shot a part in the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and will have a role in Roman Coppola’s second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. And in between those, he played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson.

That’s the first look at Murray as FDR, above, and unfortunately it’s all we’ve got right now. But hit the jump to have another look at the details of the movie, in the event you passed over it the couple times we’ve reported on it in the past. Read More »