Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Back in February, an early trailer was leaked online, and quickly yanked because it was not official. Today Wrekin Hill Entertainment released an official trailer. The original story follows below, and the new trailer after the jump.

Hesher premiered over a year ago at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was quickly purchased by Newmarket Films. Since then, the feature debut of director Spencer Susser has remained curiously dormant. In that time, though, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman experienced the biggest successes of their careers and now Hesher is ready to introduce itself to the world. The film stars Gordon-Levitt as the long-haired anarchist title character who inserts himself into the life of a single parent (Rainn Wilson) and his son (Devin Brochu) as well as local girl played by current Oscar-nominee Portman. We ran Peter’s mildly positive review on the site when it first premiered and I remain head-over-heels in love with the combination of humor, drama and craziness. A trailer has finally surfaced. Check it out, along with a clip from the film, after the break. Read More »

James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Gets a Great New Poster

James Gunn made his film Super, starring Rainn Wilson as an average guy who creates a costumed alter-ego after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), on a tiny budget and with a great deal of freedom. There’s something appropriate about the story of a weird, homegrown ‘superhero’ becoming a weird, homegrown movie. I find the film’s promise of uncomfortable humor and l0w-budget violence appealing, and think this poster captures some of the film’s spirit perfectly. See the full handmade-looking image after the break. Read More »

2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced

South By Southwest have announced the 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two key conversations with Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), the cast and crew of Super (James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson) and filmmaker Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times are live at: http://schedule.sxsw.com. You can read the full press release after the jump.

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Despite an impressive, eclectic ensemble cast of comedic and dramatic actors, Peep World failed to generate much enthusiasm when it premiered at TIFF last year, garnering some middling reviews from a select few outlets and otherwise not making much of an impact. Nevertheless, IFC picked up the film for distribution and have now released an official trailer.

The film centers around a dysfunctional Jewish family that turns on each other when its youngest member writes a bestselling book exposing all their most intimate secrets. Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Ben Schwartz comprise the four main siblings, and they’re accompanied by such talents as Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer and Ron Rifkin as their father. Barry W. Blaustein (The Ringer) directs. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

Long before HBO was known for shows about organized crime, polygamy, cougars and Hollywood, it was known for cutting edge comedy. At the center of that was the cult sketch comedy show Mr. Show, co-created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. During its three-year run, the show excelled in irreverent, offensive but hilarious sketches. However, since it ended in 1998, with the exception of the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run, the comedy duo have mostly walked their own paths.

According to this latest news, those paths might cross again soon. Odenkirk, who has been working as a director, is prepping a new film called Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy and though he’s still acquiring financing, he has verbal commitments from Krysten Ritter, Rainn Wilson, Dennis Farina and, yes, David Cross, to appear. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: IFC Films snapped up James Gunn‘s film Super at the Toronto Film Festival, and now the picture has a release date. The dark, strange comedy will hit theaters on April 1, 2011.

April Fool’s Day may be a very appropriate release date for a film about a guy (Rainn Wilson) who becomes a low-rent superhero called the Crimson Bolt when his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page stars as the young woman who becomes his sidekick. Early clips have shown that the movie has a pretty sick sense of humor, and James Gunn promises that it isn’t a run of the mill hero movie, and that it also probably isn’t for everyone. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the film, and am happy that James Gunn got to make something weird and fun on a super-low budget, and still is able to get it into theaters.

We don’t yet have a trailer for James Gunn‘s  Super, but the Spike Awards proved to be good for something when the show broadcast one of the clips that was shown at Comic Con this past summer. This was the clip that got me immediately on board with the film. It shows Rainn Wilson’s character getting steamed when a couple of jerks cut in front of him in line, and then demonstrates how his ‘heroic’ alter-ego deals with the situation.

Super looks like a movie with a very specific appeal, but if you get a sick laugh out of this R-rated scene, it is almost certainly for you. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: James Gunn’s Super

I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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James Gunn‘s strange homemade superhero film Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, will soon premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. (On September 10, to be exact.) In anticipation of that event, Gunn has offered up the first still image showing Page and Wilson together. We saw them in footage debuted at Comic Con last month, but since then we’ve only seen images of Wilson and Tyler.

More info on the film and the full image are after the break. Read More »

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So many of my favorite movie experiences are the result of seeing films during the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program perches like a beast ready to devour the more ‘respectable’ films at TIFF. While seeing films at the fest is great, period, there’s nothing quite like catching the world premiere of a psychopathic genre film with a crowd of hundreds of eager fans of left of center cinema. Every August I’m always eager to see the new lineup, because it’s basically guaranteed to have at least one or two films I’ll be recommending to friends for the next year.

Tonight, Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes revealed three of this year’s Midnight Madness films via Twitter, and one is a film most of us here at /Film are eager to see: the world premiere of James Gunn‘s Super. Read More »