Watch: Official US Trailer for Wacky Polish Mermaid Film ‘The Lure’

The Lure Trailer

“All you need to do is have fun. The rest is easy.” Janus Films has debuted an official US trailer (red band for mermaid nudity) for a film titled The Lure, a wacky Polish indie about two mermaid girls who join a human band in Warsaw. Part comedy, part cabaret, part horror, part romance, you won’t find anything else like this film out there, though it may be a little too wacky for some. The cast includes Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Katarzyna Herman and Marcin Kowalczyk. I’ve been hearing about this film for a while, ever since it premiered at Sundance last year, and it’s destined to become a cult classic – catch it in theaters this winter. ›››

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Terrence Malick’s Next Film ‘Song to Song’ Set for Release March 2017

Song to Song

Briefly: Sound the alarm! There’s a new Terrence Malick film coming out in 2017!! Broad Green Pictures has announced via Indiewire that Malick’s new film, titled Song to Song, will open in theaters starting March 17th, 2017 (we’ve already added it). This is the other project, formerly known as Weightless, that Malick filmed a few years ago back-to-back with Knight of Cups. “In this modern love story set against the Austin, TX music scene, two entangled couples—struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) & BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)—chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.” This also features appearances by Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In theaters soon.

Official US Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s New Film ‘After the Storm’

After the Storm Trailer

“If you’re that interested in being a good father, why didn’t you try harder before?” Film Movement has debuted an official US trailer for the latest film by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, which first premiered at the Cannes, Toronto and London Film Festivals last year. Titled After the Storm, the familial drama is about an estranged father who attempts to reenter the life of his young son, with the moment to reconnect arriving with a typhoon. The cast includes Hiroshi Abe as Ryota, as well as Taiyo Yoshizawa, Kirin Kiki, Yoko Make, and Lily Frankie. One review from Cannes last year says that even fans of Kore-eda “might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life.” It looks like another honest, heartfelt Kore-eda film about being a parent. ›››

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8 Things Every New Filmmaker Should Learn Before Making Their First Film

From getting good audio to choosing good costumes, this video covers all the bases of filmmaking for beginners.

For many of us, the way we learned how to make films was simply by making films—horrible, horrible films full of ugly mistakes and shameful regret. (Just me? Didn’t think so.) We used our camera’s built-in microphone for audio. We decided to see what 24 fps looked like mid-project. We tortured our audience gracious moms with super long and tedious expositional scenes.

But, now that the internet is full of helpful videos about how to make better movies, budding filmmakers can learn from other people’s mistakes instead of their own. (Don’t worry, you’ll still learn from the countless other mistakes you’re going to make.) In this video, filmmaker Sebastian Solberg talks about 8 classic noob mistakes in hopes that you can avoid them as you set out on your first project.

Here are the 8 tips mentioned in the video:

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Official Trailer for Jack Fessenden’s ‘Stray Bullets’ Crime Thriller Film

Stray Bullets Trailer

“My understanding is we’ve got a bit of a situation…” A trailer has debuted for a film titled Stray Bullets, from young filmmaker Jack Fessenden, son of Larry Fessenden. Not to be confused with the comic book series Stray Bullets, this crime thriller is about two teenaged boys who end up in a fight against a hitman while being held hostage by three criminals they discover hiding out in their father’s old mobile home. Jack Fessenden stars along with Asa Spurlock, including James Le Gros, John Speredakos, and Kevin Corrigan, with an appearance by Larry Fessenden. This looks solid, better than expected for a first film. ›››

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Rogue One is Now the Third-Biggest Film of 2016 Domestically

Rogue One is Now the Third-Biggest Film of 2016 Domestically

Rogue One is now the third-biggest film of 2016 domestically

Put another one in the “win” column for The Walt Disney Studios as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story added $ 16.6 million on Thursday, December 29 to boost its domestic total to $ 375.2 million. After just 14 days of release, Rogue One has passed Deadpool ($ 363.1M), The Jungle Book ($ 364.0M) and The Secret Life of Pets ($ 368.4M) to become the #3 release of 2016 domestically. It trails just Disney’s own Finding Dory ($ 486.3M) and Captain America: Civil War ($ 408M).

Internationally, Rogue One added $ 17.3 million on Thursday to bring its overseas total to $ 312.5 million and worldwide sum to $ 687.7 million. Rogue One is currently the #10 global release of 2016.

The film will open in China on January 6. Here are the top-performing international territories so far:

UK $ 57.0M
Germany $ 31.1M
France $ 26.7M
Australia $ 24.5M
Japan $ 20.2M
Spain $ 11.4M
Brazil $ 11.3M
Mexico $ 9.5M
Russia $ 9.0M
Italy $ 8.5M
Sweden $ 7.1M
Poland $ 5.9M
Denmark $ 5.0M
Netherlands $ 4.8M
Other $ 80.5M
Total $ 312.5M

You can read our three Rogue One reviews at the following links: Review #1Review #2 & Review #3

RELATED: 9 Scrapped Ideas from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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