Directed by Luca Guadagnino, and starring Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton.
Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue.
A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.
With the Academy’s October 1 deadline just around the corner, here is where you can watch the trailers for the films that have been submitted by countries from around the world.
To qualify, all films must have had a release date between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 in their respective countries. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce which films are elegible in the middle of October, and the shortlist will be announced mid-December.
Canada is officially resting its Oscar hopes on Maxime Giroux’s film Félix et Meira:
Belgium: Le Tout Nouveau Testament
Norway: The Wave
Taiwan: The Assassin
Chile: The Club
Argentina: The Clan
Bulgaria: The Judgement
Italy: Non Essere Cattivo
Cambodia: The Last Reel
Czech Republic : Home Care
Finland: The Fencer
Hungary: Son of Saul
Germany: Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)
Austria: Goodnight Mommy
Colombia: Embrace of The Serpent
Bangladesh: Jalal’s Story
Sweden: A Pigeon Sat On A Bench Reflecting On Existence
Georgia : Moira
Brazil: The Second Mother
China : Wolf Totem
Japan : 100 Yen Love
Croatia: The High Sun
Portugal: Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One
Love Type D’s Sasha Collington is hoping to raise enough money to finish her film, Love Type D. The trailer certainly looks promising. Here’s hoping she gets enough money to finish and that we soon get to see this funny movie. As of yet, they are at around $8K. They need around $24K. To become a backer, head on over to Kickstarter.
Indeed, we’ll have to tamp down our growing excitement for this one. The filmmaking around it is so revolutionary simply because it is trying to do things the way they used to be done – with little reliance on visual crutches. Much of the movie and its plot remains a mystery, though this trailer reveals a bit more of the plot and what we can expect – holy shit, the bear. And it really does look like this might it for Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).”
There is buzz about Creed that’s being kept on the downlow. If it really is as good as some people are saying there’s a tiny chance it could crack the Oscar race. Tiny chance because they’re not big on sequels unless you’re talking Lord of the Rings or The Godfather. They don’t even like sequels in the animated race where it’s tough to pull in a win unless you’re an original stand alone film.
Creed is based on a story by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote and directs the film. Rocky returns to coach the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). Coogler will enter the race as one of the few, if only, black filmmakers who was shut out of the Oscar race two years ago.
Creed has been floating around lists here or there but no one has really seen it. So how can the buzz on it already be so good? I don’t know, it just is. Here’s the latest TV spot for Creed.
Rocky takes a lot of heat for beating out some of the best films ever made: Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men, Network and Bound for Glory. Yes, they are all good films. But the power of Rocky is undeniable. It was undeniable back in 1976 and it’s undeniable now. A couple of teens set out to watch all of the Oscar Best Picture winners and nominees going back to the beginning. When asked which films stuck with them they named Rocky as one of those.
Rocky is actually better than many of the films nominated today. The reason being it isn’t about a winner in the traditional sense. It’s about a loser who is really a winner anyway.
Rocky beating out the heavy hitters in the Oscar race was fueled by the narrative of the film. Small time beats the big time. This same dynamic played out when Argo beat Lincoln and Chariots of Fire beat Reds, etc. Everybody loves an underdog. Still, Rocky’s shimmer has been slightly dulled by the many sequels that came after it. Every drop of blood was squeezed from the original so that the original seems less powerful now when you factor them all in.
Still, it just takes the one movie to redeem the original and Creed could be that movie. Hey, stranger things have happened.
The Yahoo exclusive trailer at last. Shaping the trailer and narrative is proving somewhat difficult for Sony because the same journalists who side with Bush and CBS on the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather story are also covering entertainment news. It’s all one big murky pot of broth. They should not fear. They are on the side of the truth. One of the best films of the year.
Winner, Revelations Prize, Deauville Film Festival
Don Quixote Award, Locarno International Film Festival
Directed by Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE stars Christopher Abbott in a frenetic coming of age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Variety’s Kris Tapley tweeted the story this morning that The Big Short will premiere at AFI. The Paramount pic will enter the award fray with not a lot of buzz but enough big names to ensure people watch it. The trailer has a Moneyball/Argo kind of feel to it. Says Tapley:
The film, based on the book by Michael Lewis (“The Blind Side”), tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralized debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. It’s kind of like betting the “Don’t Pass” line, for the craps players out there. These guys, who were really just trying to stick it to the big banks (which themselves would of course be bailed out), hit the jackpot while the American dream was being flushed down the toilet for regular Joes in the real world.
Both Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling appear to be doing serious character actor work here, which should put them into the already way too crowded supporting actor race. Christian Bale will also have to squeeze into an already tightly filled room for Best Actor.
Wall Street will once again be the topic as we head into an election year.
It’s Fassbender day! Earlier today we were treated to the Fassy-tastic “Steve Jobs“, and now we have two new posters as well as a brand new trailer for Macbeth. Justin Kurzel directs this new adaptation of the Shakespeare play also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.
The latest trailer unleashes more battle scenes, Fassy’s Scottish accent, and we finally get a glimpse of the witches. What can we expect from this highly anticipated movie? Less double, double toil and trouble, more Game of Thrones meets Braveheart thanks to Adam Arkapaw’s cinematography.
Watch the trailer below and check out the brand new posters:
Warner Bros. releases the second trailer for Ron Howard’s epic, In The Heart of The Sea, giving us a glimpse of the whale that leaves us in awe. Set in 1820, In The Heart of the Sea follows the whaling ship Essex as it comes under attack from a whale. The crew do what they can to stay alive amid storms and panic in the aftermath. The true story served as inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
The official synopsis reads: “In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker and the cinematography of Anthony Dod Mantle.
From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” The film explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
“Creed” also stars Tessa Thompson (“Selma,” “Dear White People”) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias”) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the “Rocky” series written by Sylvester Stallone. The film is being produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King Templeton and Sylvester Stallone, with Nicholas Stern executive producing.
Joining Coogler behind the scenes are director of photography Maryse Alberti (“The Wrestler”) and costume designers Antoinette Messam (“Orphan”) and Emma Potts (“127 Hours”), as well as his “Fruitvale Station” team: editors Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello; production designer Hannah Beachler; and composer Ludwig Göransson.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.
Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.
Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.
The first full captivating trailer for Room has arrived from A24.
Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s novel, Brie Larson plays a woman who is kidnapped and held in a tiny room. She gives birth to a son and tells him, the room is the world. She dedicates her life to her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), making sure he is happy and safe and playing games with him.
After receiving numerous standing ovations when it screened at Telluride last week, Room will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Room opens nationwide on November 6.
Watch the heartbreaking trailer below. William H. Macy and Joan Allen also star.