“There’s no such thing as evil, son. There’s just people doing good and bad to each other.” The Orchard has debuted a trailer for indie drama In the Radiant City, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The film is the feature directorial debut of Kentucky native Rachel Lambert, and it’s set in Kentucky, about a man who returns home only to find his family is still haunted by the stigma of a murder his brother committed years ago. The cast includes Michael Abbott Jr in the lead role, along with Marin Ireland, Madisen Beaty, Celia Weston, Jon Michael Hill, Deirdre O’Connell, and Paul Sparks. This film is produced by fellow filmmaker Jeff Nichols, and it also has one of the best posters this year (as seen below). ›››
Arriving later this month will be a brand new sci-fi adventure from director Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind The Fifth Element, and some new clips from the film have just arrived to show off the lush, diverse alien universe from the movie.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on an acclaimed, beloved graphic novel set in the 28th century, where a city called Alpha has a massive metropolis of species from across the universe. One of the new clips gives us a proper introduction Alpha and some of the unique aliens who inhabit the city while the rest offer up some of the exciting action we’ll see Dane De Haan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) partaking in.
Watch the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets clips down below.
The above clip is easily the most fascinating since it gives us a bunch of information about the city Alpha. There are almost 30 million beings in Alpha with 3,236 species accounted for. Since we only get to spend a couple hours in this world, we’ll probably barely see 1% of the aliens who live in Alpha. We’ll be able to find out more about this massive city when the opening scene from the movie, that details the creation of Alpha plays before Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Meanwhile, the rest of the clips you can find below showcase a couple of the more exciting sequences and a couple not-so-exciting sequence. You get to see Dane De Haan barreling through some interesting sci-fi landscapes, and he also makes a daring escape with Cara Delevingne from some kind of angry creature. Meanwhile, another clip shows the playful dynamic between De Haan and Delevingne’s characters while another has the latter interrogating a trio of aliens about Valerian’s whereabouts.
The world in which Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set seems like the most interesting part of the movie. Our own Peter Sciretta said the first half of the movie is “visually stunning, gleefully inventive, unpredictable and bonkers insane” complete with a bunch of unique creatures and settings. Angie Han also noted the film’s “inventive world-building and some awesomely unique set pieces” so at least we know it will be visually pleasing, even if it sounds like the story leaves something to be desired.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will arrive in theaters on July 21.
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“Our words are stronger than their weapons.” Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what’s really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s describe as a “powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core.” This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it’s good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below. ›››
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The massive Warner Bros. World park also feature areas inspired by Superman’s Metropolis, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera.
La La Land fans, get ready to immerse yourself into the world of jazz, drinks and all things Ryan Gosling. In honor of the movie’s Digital HD and Blu-ray release on April 25, jazz bars around the country will morph into Seb’s, the club that Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) dreams about throughout the film and is finally able to make a reality, for one night only. The club will feature a full-size neon Seb’s sign, live music, and themed drinks. Here’s a list of participating cities and clubs: Chicago, Andy’s Jazz Club New Orleans, d.b.a. Washington D.C., Mr. Henry’s San Francisco, Le Colonial Long Beach, CA, The Blind Donkey (which plays Seb’s in the movie) The Seb’s pop-ups are part of a growing marketing trend which brings to life restaurants, bars and coffee shops from popular TV shows and movies. For instance, last year, there were Luke’s Diner pop-ups in honor of Gilmore Girls, and just a couple of weeks ago Los Pollos Hermanos began popping up to promote the latest season of Better Call Saul. April 25 has also been declared “La La Land Day” by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The celebration will feature dancers performing routines inspired the..
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Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Friday, April 21, 2017: Filming in California Movie: Inner City Stars: Denzel Washington Location: 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles (10:00 AM – 3:00 AM) TV Series: Shooter Stars: Ryan Phillippe Location: 1380 E 6th St, Los Angeles (10:00 AM – 5:00 AM) TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot in L.A. Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Med Stars: Torrey DeVitto Location: Rush Hospital, Chicago TV Series: The Chi Stars: Jason Mitchell Location: 1900 S Sawyer, Chicago TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location: 1800 S Canal, Chicago Movie: Captive State Stars: John Goodman Location: 1910 S Laflin St, Chicago Captive State around 19th and Blue Island Ave Filming in New York TV Series: Mr. Robot Stars: Rami Malek Location: Lehman College in Bronx Project: Stella’s Last Weekend Location: Beverley Rd between Argyle and Westminster in Brooklyn TV Series: Elementary Stars: Jonny Lee Miller Location: Driggs Ave and N 10th St, Brooklyn TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: Chelsea Piers, NYC TV Series: The..
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Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Thursday, April 20, 2017: Filming in California Movie: Inner City Stars: Denzel Washington Location: 730 S Hill St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 3:00 PM) and 888 S Olive St, Los Angeles (12:00 PM – 11:59 PM) TV Series: Property Brothers at Home: Honeymoon House Location: 266 S Irving Blvd, Los Angeles (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) filming through May 5 TV Series: Scandal Stars: Kerry Washington Location: 202 W 1st St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Ray Donovan Stars: Liev Schreiber Location: 1335 Willow St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot in L.A. Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Med Stars: Torrey DeVitto Location: Rush Hospital, Chicago TV Series: The Chi Location: 3526 W Ogden Ave, Chicago Movie: Captive State Stars: John Goodman Location: 1910 S Laflin St, Chicago Filming in New York TV Series: Mr. Robot Stars: Rami Malek Location: 19th Ave between 84th and 82nd streets and down 83rd in Bensonhurst, and Bay 8th St..
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“She believed the city is not about buildings, the city is about people.” Need a good doc to rile you up and inspire you to get out there and fight back? Try this one. Sundance Selects has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, profiling the activism work of Jane Jacobs. Jacobs fought to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s. The doc focuses on construction kingpin Robert Moses’ plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway. This seems like the perfect doc for the times, showing how passionate activism can actually make a difference. This also reminds me of another great battle of wits doc – Best of Enemies, which I also highly recommend seeing. Citizen Jane opens in NYC later this week, then LA next week. Take a look. ›››
“The cheapest way to survive is to subsist entirely on appetizers. If you’re luck enough to get access to free parties throughout the day…” We’ve been covering the Sundance Film Festival for 11 years, and I adore the festival, but it’s not always the most inviting place especially if you don’t have proper access. This year, Vimeo hired “self-described ‘struggling’ Staff Picked documentarian” John Wilson to make a video about his experience at the festival – without any access. Suffice it to say, he makes an amusing doc that mocks the festival and the absurdity of everything, yet also finds the good in it. “Wandering up and down Main Street, remarking on the blend of commercialism and exclusivity, he paints a pretty pallid picture of festival life and the forces that dominate it.” It’s worth watching for a good life and a totally different look at Sundance. ›››
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CS sits down with writer and director James Gray and his Lost City of Z cast
If you’re in New York or Los Angeles, you’ll have the chance to catch James Gray’s The Lost City of Z starting this Friday. The film, which then opens nationwide next week, hails from Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street and adapts author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller of the same name. CS recently had the chance to sit down with Gray and his Lost City of Z cast, including stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller.
The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), Z follows his journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century as he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Miller), son (Holland) and aide de camp (Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Using the player below, you can watch as Gray and his cast discuss the intense challenges of shooting in the Amazonian jungle while Hunnam reveals the extraordinary lengths he went to to get into Fawcett’s mindset, including spending four months not interacting with any other people!
The Lost City of Z opens in a limited release Friday, April 14 and nationwide Friday, April 21.
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