profile trailer

It’s fitting interviewing director Timur Bekmambetov over Zoom. Towards the end of the conversation, when the pleasantries and goodbyes were over, something about my reaction to finishing the call made him say “You see!” I didn’t see. Maybe he saw how exhausted I actually was the morning of the interview after I hit pause on the recording and was exiting the digital room. I imagined he got a kick out of seeing something surprising over Zoom, something he wouldn’t have gotten over a phone call – my true face of the day following a jovial conversation.

Maybe I’m projecting, but something had the director of Night Watch and Wanted exclaiming in excitement. “You see!”

I could see his true joy for the screenlife format at that moment. I got to hear all about his passion for it during the interview, but seeing it, especially over Zoom, made the filmmaker’s love for the modern technique all the more tangible. The director’s belief in this format, which tells stories entirely through computer and phone screens, is strong.

He’s already produced several movies using screenlife, including Unfriended and one of the most original thrillers of the past few years, Searching. Now, Bekmambetov has directed his very own thriller using screenlife: Profile. It’s based on a true story about a journalist (played by Valene Kane) trying to infiltrate ISIS, to see how they recruit young women. Naturally, things go wrong.

Bekmambetov wants to push the boundaries of screenlife – and he thinks it is the future of moviemaking.

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The Sparks Brothers Trailer

The pop duo known as Sparks may have a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, but director Edgar Wright will probably be introducing them to a whole new wave of fans with The Sparks Brothers. The filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead has delivered his first feature film documentary, in which he attempts to profile a band that he describes as “successful, underrated, hugely influential, and overlooked all at the same time.” Even if you know songs by Sparks, it’s very likely that you don’t know their whole story. Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »

stillwater trailer

Matt Damon is unrecognizable in his new movie. Just kidding, he looks like Matt Damon with a beard and a strong Southern drawl, which certainly makes him stick out when wandering the streets of Marseille, France. But Damon is there for a reason, and it’s to exonerate his daughter (Abigail Breslin) who is imprisoned for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. Watch the Stillwater trailer below.

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downton abbey 2 release date

Downton Abbey 2 will be your Christmas gift this year. Following the monster box office success of the first Downton Abbey feature film, Focus Features is bringing back the beloved residents of the fictional Yorkshire country estate for a sequel which will feature the return of the original cast alongside newly confirmed newcomers Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, and more.

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Cate Blanchett film

Todd Field has not directed a movie since 2006 – but plans are in place for him to finally emerge once again. Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok) is set to star in TAR, the latest movie from the acclaimed writer/producer/director of In the Bedroom and Little Children. Read More »

profile trailer

Inspired by the 2015 nonfiction book In the Skin of a JihadistProfile takes the real story of ISIS recruitment to the screen. To the Screenlife format, specifically — the computer-screen “genre” that has been gaining recent popularity in films like Unfriended and SearchingWanted director Timur Bekmambetov, who produced both of those films, takes the helm of his own Screenlife film with the thriller Profile, which follows an undercover British journalist who attempts to expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, and finds herself in over her head.

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‘Limbo’ Trailer: Waiting is a Group Effort

limbo trailer

In Limbo, a young Syrian musician comes to a Scottish island awaiting asylum. The Ben Sharrock-directed comedy-drama starring Amir El-Masry premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was met with positive reviews, including one from us. Now, Limbo is headed to theaters, and ahead of its April release, you can check out a trailer below.

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The Sparks Brothers Focus Features

Edgar Wright‘s first documentary has found a home.

The filmmaker, whose previous feature directing credits include the Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Baby Driver, debuted his first documentary, The Sparks Brothers, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And now Focus Features, the indie label which has worked with Wright on multiple projects already, has acquired the rights to the movie, which shines a spotlight on the eccentric and creative band known as Sparks.

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bag man movie

Podcasts are increasingly becoming source material for films and TV shows, and the latest is Bag Man, which is now being developed as a movie by Ben Stiller and Focus Features. The Bag Man podcast comes from Rachel Maddow and MSNBC and focuses on the “true story of one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history.” Stiller will produce the movie adaptation and co-write the script.

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