Full Trailer for Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ with Chadwick Boseman

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“My son, it is your time. You get to decide what kind of King you are going to be.” Disney has revealed the full-length official trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, directed by the talented filmmaker Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station, Creed), and it looks awesome. The story follows King T’Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda after the events of Civil War. There he encounters new enemies that want to challenge his seat on the throne, and destroy Wakanda. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. This looks damn good. Yes it looks like another Marvel movie, but I dig the Coogler’s style and boldness, seems a bit more unique than others. Check it out. ›››

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Full Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Wheelman’ Action Movie Starring Frank Grillo

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“You don’t listen to me… you’re gunna get hurt.” Netflix has revealed a new full-length trailer for an action film titled Wheelman, about a “wheelman” getaway driver. We featured a teaser trailer for this last month, and here’s the full trailer to follow that. Wheelman is told entirely from the perspective of the driver, with most shots inside the car, taking place over the course of one night and one bank robbery that goes terribly wrong. Frank Grillo plays the wheelman, co-starring Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael, Wendy Moniz, and William Xifaras. This actually looks pretty damn good, and buzz from Fantastic Fest seems to indicate it might even exceed expectations. This really does look a lot like a grittier Baby Driver, though. ›››

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Rutger Hauer in First Full Trailer for Weird Sci-Fi Film ‘The Broken Key’

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“Is man ready to re-constitute it?” What the heck is this? A full trailer has debuted for a film titled The Broken Key, some sort of weird sci-fi mashup involving historical artifacts and modern technology and all kinds of wacky things. It’s set in the near future, at a time when paper has become a rare item, “a luxury possession”, and printing is now a crime. The main character is a British scholar of ancient Italian origins, who gets caught up in a series of murders taking him “on the path traced, so many centuries before, by Dante Alighieri and by the painter Hieronymus Bosch.” This stars Rutger Hauer, Michael Madsen, Christopher Lambert, Geraldine Chaplin, Franco Nero, William Baldwin, Maria de Medeiros, Kabir Bedi, and Marc Fiorini. This really looks way too weird for my tastes, another film straight from the 90s destined to find its way into VHS bargain bins. How these films are still getting made is beyond me. ›››

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Another Adventure with the Lovable Bear in Full ‘Paddington 2’ Trailer

Paddington 2 Trailer

“Are you quite sure you’re ready for the work-place, Paddington?” Studiocanal UK has unveiled the new full-length trailer for the live-action Paddington bear sequel, titled simply Paddington 2. In this movie, Paddington the bear, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present (a book) for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. The film’s very British cast includes Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Bonneville, with Ben Whishaw returning as the voice of Paddington, and Imelda Staunton as the voice of Aunt Lucy. I much, much prefer this movie to the other British hybrid-CGI movie Peter Rabbit, which looks terrible. This, on the other hand, looks very adorable and totally fun. ›››

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Reader Question: Do you have any time management tips on how to write while holding down a full…

Reader Question: Do you have any time management tips on how to write while holding down a full-time job?

Some practical advice to engender productivity even while working full-time.

A question from Tom:

I’ve always believed that emulating those who are successful is a key to success. You say to immerse yourself in cinema and I agree. It’s also very difficult to do while working full time at something only vaguely related to writing. I’ve wondered for years how you do it. What does your typical day look like? What did your typical day look like when you wrote K-9, Trojan War or Snowbirds (i.e. when you wake, how long you write, how much you read, when you watch films, are you a Churchill kind of sleeper, etc.)?

I’ll answer this in three parts: (1) How I wrote K-9. (2) How I worked full-time as a screenwriter. (3) How to balance writing with work and family commitments.

How I wrote K-9

In the fall of 1986, I was performing as a stand-up comic, traveling up and down the state of California. When I started working on the spec script K-9, I booked gigs to allow me to maximize my time on my writing. So I’d work for 3 weeks, 7 nights a week, then take off a week, then back on for 2, back off for 1, and so on.

When I was traveling between gigs, I would carry a pocket tape recorder with me. So for example as I was driving up Interstate 5 from southern to northern California, I would work out the plot on tape. Then when I would wind my way back home to Berkeley where I was living at the time, I would transcribe all those notes into my wife’s Apple IIc computer (complete with the 5 1/4 inch floppy discs).

Then back down to L.A. to meet with my writing partner. Once we cracked the plot, I’d head off on the road again for more gigs, but then I focused on working out each scene, again using the tape recorder, and again transcribing those notes.

When it came to actual page-writing, I scheduled a week off and wrote as many hours a day as I could stay awake. I managed to write a first draft in five days and revised it in another two.

After receiving feedback on that draft, I did a marathon rewrite session, basically staying up for 36 straight hours, slept for half a day, then did one final polish. Sent it off and it sold in January, 1987.

So if you have a flexible schedule like I did, here are a few points to take away:

  • You can work on your story any time using some sort of voice memo device.
  • When you are ready to pound out pages, schedule a good chunk of time (1 week is optimum), then commit yourself to your writing — nothing else.
  • Make sure to take off a week or so between drafts to clear your head.

How I worked full-time as a screenwriter

I did that for 15 years in L.A. working on 30 paid gigs for studios and networks. On projects I worked on with a partner, we wrote in the afternoons, generally from 1–5. If we were writing pages, the goal was to produce 5–7 pages per day.

[Note: I always took care of personal business including exercise, emails, and all the rest in the morning, making sure to get all that ‘stuff’ done by noon].

If I was working on my own projects, I would do that at night (I’m a night owl). Also I would go away to Lake Arrowhead for 48 hour writing weekends. This was especially valuable for pounding out first drafts as I would typically knock out anywhere from 50–75 pages.

But as I described in this Business of Screenwriting Post — The Art of Stacking Projects — whatever paid gigs we had lined up, I always had a couple of things I was working on privately, one spec project I was researching, another I was either breaking the story or writing the pages.

So if you can work at screenwriting full time, a few tips:

  • Write every day.
  • Set a goal for the number of pages you need to hit each day.
  • Stack projects: Researching one, breaking the story of another, writing one, polishing another, etc.

Balancing writing with work and family commitments

Today my life probably resembles yours: I have my day work — teaching, consulting, mentoring, blogging — and my writing (currently working on a book). I’ve found I’ve had to completely alter my approach.

Nowadays the first thing I do in the morning is put in 50 minutes writing. It has to be before I do anything else because as soon as I check my emails or my calendar, I am down the rabbit hole, and lost for hours. I have so many things going on between teaching at UNC, teaching, consulting and doing private mentoring through Screenwriting Master Class, and GITS, if I don’t get my writing done in the morning, I never get to it.

That morning time is for actual page-writing. For research, brainstorming, and prep, I do that at the other end of my day, late at night when I don’t have any distractions.

So if you’ve got a day job and you’re trying to write, read scripts, watch movies, and all the rest, here are a few tips:

  • Create a master calendar with goals. Fix those to specific dates. Hit those deadlines.
  • Write every day (some things never change).
  • Stake out a consistent time during the day to write and stick to it.

Here’s the biggest tip of all: Download this app. It’s called Focus Buster. It sits on your computer’s desktop and gives you a 25-minute work block, then dings to give you 5 minutes to do whatever you want (e.g., check e-mail, stock market, soccer scores). Then start another 25 minute work session.

Given the sheer volume of stuff I have to do each day, this has been a godsend. It just makes you work more efficiently and keeps you focused.

How about you? What time management tips do you have?

Tomorrow’s question: What about writing for the web?

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The Full Kingsman Cast in a New Golden Circle Photo!

The Full Kingsman Cast in a New Golden Circle Photo!

The full Kingsman cast in a new Golden Circle photo!

The full Kingsman cast gathered for a photo op to promote the highly-anticipated sequel, The Golden Circle, and we’ve got the photo for you in our gallery! From left to right, present were Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Sir Elton John!

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script by Jane Goldman and Vaughn, and based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, 20th Century Fox will release Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters on September 22, 2017.

What do you think of the Kingsman cast? Are you excited to see the film when it hits theaters this month? We want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet them to us @ComingSoonnet.

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Full US Trailer for Brazilian Coming-of-Age Horror Film ‘Kill Me Please’

Kill Me Please Trailer

“Remember what the pastor said: ‘Blood is life.'” Cinema Slate has revealed an official US trailer for an indie horror film from Brazil titled Kill Me Please (also just Mate-me por favor in Portuguese). The film is about a group of high school girls who waste their days wandering through the neighbor of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro. When a series of murders begins to “terrorize the neighborhood” they develop a morbid curiosity with the victims, leading them to some dangerous places. Starring Valentina Herszage, Júlia Roliz, Mariana Oliveira, and Dora Freind as the four leading ladies. Kill Me Please is “partly inspired by the 1980s teen slasher genre” and is described as a “disturbing and funny dive into teenage sexuality, spirituality, loneliness and fragility.” This actually looks damn good, I’m looking forward to checking it out. ›››

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First Full Trailer for Armando Iannucci’s New Film ‘The Death of Stalin’

The Death of Stalin Trailer

“I have no idea what is going on!” Entertainment One in the UK has debuted the first official trailer for Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Death of Stalin, a darkly comic look at the internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia. Based on Fabien Nury’s graphic novel, film is about Russian dictator Joseph Stalin’s last days and the disorganized chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule. Adrian McLoughlin plays Joseph Stalin, with an ensemble cast of characters including Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Jonathan Aris. This looks like another brilliant, hilarious political satire from Armando Iannucci that might be perfect entertainment for the times. Just fire up the trailer and enjoy. ›››

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Will Smith in Full Trailer for David Ayer’s Fantasy Action Movie ‘Bright’

Bright Movie Trailer

“All of the races are different. Just because they’re different doesn’t mean anybody’s better or worse than anybody.” Netflix has launched the full-length trailer for David Ayer’s fascinating new film Bright – which is a Netflix Original production, starring Will Smith, set in a different world where other creatures like orcs and elves co-exist with humans. It’s also a bit like Training Day, it seems, because Smith plays a cop assigned a partner who’s an orc and he just doesn’t like him. Joel Edgerton co-stars under the make-up as “Nick Jakoby”, and the full cast includes Noomi Rapace, Kenneth Choi, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Brandon Larracuente, and Dawn Olivieri. So this actually looks surprisingly damn good, I’m serious. The first half of this trailer starts a bit slow, but when everything kicks in mid-way through – wow. I’m seriously impressed. I really want to see this movie. What about you? ›››

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First Full Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s New Film ‘The Shape of Water’

The Shape of Water Trailer

“This creature is intelligent… capable of understanding emotions.” Fox Searchlight has revealed the first official trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film, titled The Shape of Water. This fairy tale romance set in the 1960s at a secret government laboratory stars Sally Hawkins as a lonely, mute woman who discovers a classified “experiment” and falls in love with him. Doug Jones co-stars as the creature, which makes me think you could almost call this a Hellboy prequel about Abe Sapien specifically. It kind of has that vibe. The excellent cast includes Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Lauren Lee Smith, and John Kapelos. This looks really wonderful – it has that iconic Guillermo del Toro design to it, along with a nice mix of feelings ranging from mystery to romance to drama. I’m sold already. ›››

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