«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. ›››
«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? ›››
«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. ›››
Take a look back with Full Metal Jacket stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio
Last month marked the 30th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s penultimate feature, Full Metal Jacket. Warner Bros. Pictures celebrated the festivities with an anniversary screening in Los Angeles last weekend. Before the event, ComingSoon.net had the chance to sit down with stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio alongside Leon Vitali, Kubrick’s longtime assistant. In the player below, you can watch as they reflect on the film all these years later. While both Modine and D’Onofrio explain that they have trouble watching the movie, D’Onofrio explains that he’s planning to watch a specific part of it at the special screening.
Released domestically in June 1987, Full Metal Jacket arrived at the tail end of a Hollywood fascination with the Vietnam War. Oliver Stone’s Platoon, released the previous year, had just taken home four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Full Metal Jacket, though, arriving seven years after The Shining, wasn’t so much about Vietnam as it was about the dehumanizing side of war and a savage contradiction that, as Joker explains at one point, reflects “the duality of man.”
If you’d like to learn more about the making of Full Metal Jacket, be sure to check out Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary. Released in 2005, the book prints Modine’s photography shots from set. Kubrick normally didn’t allow any outside photos on his sets, but Modine, playing a journalist, wound up being allowed to take and eventually share impressive black and white images from behind the scenes.
Also starring Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard and R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket received an Oscar nomination for its screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford.
When was the last time you revisited Full Metal Jacket? How do you feel it compares to Stanley Kubrick’s other works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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«Will you accept that marriage is dead?» The Film Arcade has unveiled an official trailer for the new film written/directed by Lake Bell (of the excellent In a World… previously) titled I Do… Until I Don’t. The film is an ensemble comedy following three couples «stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.» Lake Bell stars, along with Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Wyatt Cenac, Amber Heard, and Dolly Wells. I’ve been waiting to see another film directed by Lake Bell, and I’m so happy to have another one out this year! This looks entertaining, if not a bit depressing, but I’m just excited to see Bell directing again. Fire this up below. ›››
The love for Leonard Nimoy lives long and prospers, but does the world really need two Nimoy documentaries, one from each of his biological children?
Logically speaking, yes it does.
“Our films are very different,” said Julie Nimoy, referring to her new documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, and For the Love of Spock, the 2016 crowd-funded documentary by her brother Adam.
The latter film focused on the sometimes-fraught relationship between Adam Nimoy and his father, Leonard, who played the iconic Star Trek vulcan Mr. Spock on TV and films for almost 50 years. It was also an examination of how Nimoy built the character of this seemingly emotionless and exasperatingly logical starship science officer. Read more…
Sony’s next-gen CineAlta will have a full frame 36 x 24mm sensor.
Over the weekend at Cine Gear Expo, Sony hinted at its next-generation CineAlta camera that’s scheduled to come out in early 2018. According to the release, the camera will have a newly-developed full frame 36 x 24mm sensor that will be aspect ratio-agnostic to include full frame, Super 35 4:3 anamorphic, and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9.
While there isn’t too much information on price point, lens mount or ergonomics available yet, the camera is said to fit into Sony’s existing CineAlta lineup rather than replace the F65/F55/F5. What we do know is that the camera is expected to produce outstanding image quality with its new image sensor, while maintaining Sony’s 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC workflows. It will also be compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories like we see with ARRI camera updates.
«Must have some weakness, something we can use against them.» A full-length trailer has been unveiled for an indie sci-fi project titled Revolt, from director Joe Miale making his feature debut. The film stars Lee Pace as a US soldier in Africa attempting to fight back against a brutal alien invasion. This kind of seems a bit like a mash-up between District 9 and Transformers, with robot-like alien creatures taking over. Also with Bérénice Marlohe (who was also in the sci-fi Kill Switch, as well as Skyfall and Song to Song), plus Amy Louise Wilson, Alan Santini, and Tom Fairfoot. This has some solid VFX work and it seems like it could be a fun under-the-radar sci-fi film, I just hope it’s better than it looks. This trailer is worth a watch. ›››
Cooke’s reputation for quality now extends to full frame sensors.
Cooke S4 and S5 glass has lensed some of the most prestigious cinematography of recent decades, and with the new S7s that quality now extends to full frame sensors. As sensors get larger, there are of course great benefits, like higher resolutions and better low-light sensitivity. However, the limited option for true cinema quality glass once you get above the Super 35mm sensor size is a major drawback. With the release of the S7 lens series, Cooke is now offering a full set of cinema primes designed to deliver the «Cooke Look» on image circles up to 46.31mm, which should cover the RED Vista Vision format, in either the Epic body or the Panavision DXL.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought the sci-fi saga back in a big way, Star Wars invaded every type of media you could think of, from comics to TV shows to video games. The latter resulted in the revival of one of the most popular video game franchises to take place in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars Battlefront.
Though Star Wars Battlefront was a big bestseller before The Force Awakens hit theaters, the game ended up disappointing even some hardcore Star Wars fans by not having a campaign mode (creating fast boredom) and having some clunky gameplay, both as a soldier on the ground and as a pilot in space. Thankfully, it sounds like all those problems will be resolved when Star Wars Battlefront II arrives later this year.
Watch the full Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer and get details on the video game sequel below.
A teaser trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II leaked a few days before it was meant to debut at Star Wars Celebration, where a much longer, more revealing trailer (watch above) revealed plenty of new details on the game. The panel from the convention also provided us with even more information, especially on the anticipated single player campaign mode. So let’s start with that part of the game.
Star Wars Battlefront II Campaign Mode
Easily the most exciting aspect of Star Wars Battlefront II is the new single player campaign. Rather than having a story that follows someone on the Rebel Alliance, as many Star Wars video games have done before, we’ll be following a female special forces Imperial soldier named Iden Versio (played by Janina Gavankar), the leader of an elite group known as Inferno Squad. If that sounds familiar, it’s because they’re also getting their own Star Wars book this summer.
Iden Versio has been raised on Imperial beliefs and propaganda for her entire life, growing up on a new planet created specifically for the game called Vardos. It’s an Imperial haven that is the perfect breeding ground to brainwash new recruits into joining the Empire and fighting for the cause. The Inferno Squad can do anything and everything, but they find themselves at a loss when the second Death Star is destroyed as seen in Return of the Jedi.
The campaign will follow Iden (who has a flying droid sidekick) and her squad as they try to avenge the Emperor and maintain control of the galaxy during the 30 year period that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Here’s how the campaign is officially described on the Star Wars Battlefront II website:
Forge a new path as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad—an Imperial special forces unit equally lethal on the ground and in space. Encounter many of Star Wars ‘ greatest characters in a story of revenge, betrayal, and redemption that spans 30 years.
Though Iden Versio will be the main character of the campaign, you’ll still get a chance to play as Star Wars icons like Luke Skywalker, as well as one of the awesome new additions to the game, Kylo Ren.
New and Improved Multiplayer Battles
Along with the new campaign mode, the coolest thing about Star Wars Battlefront II is that it spans all eras of Star Wars. Players will be able to take part in massive 40-player fights in locations all across the Star Wars galaxy. That means there will be characters, vehicles and locations from the prequels, the original trilogy and the ongoing sequel trilogy. Though there will be some pieces of the Clone Wars included, there was no word on whether any characters or vehicles from Star Wars Rebels would make it into Star Wars Battlefront II, at least not yet.
There will be new vehicles in space and on land (for example, you’ll get to ride a tauntaun this time), though you’ll have to unlock them for use by achieving various gameplay goals in a given round as opposed to just stumbling upon a power up in the level like the current game. DICE enlisted the developer Criterion, who worked on the Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission to help create ships and vehicles that control well in combat, something that was a little difficult to master in the first Star Wars Battlefront.
As for the soldiers themselves, players will be able to upgrade and customize their troopers with new weapons, abilities and other customized details. There will also be classes introduced to the multiplayer mode this time, likely unlocking more weapons and abilities as you continue to play.
Furthermore, the major Star Wars heroes and villains who will be playable (and not just used a power-ups during battle anymore) can also be customized and upgraded. Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Yoda and Darth Maul are just some of the Star Wars icons confirmed to be included in the game, and you’ll be able to give them distinct abilities to make them even more powerful. And don’t worry, because soldiers will have their own upgrades available that allow them to stand a chance facing the heroes, unlike the first game where they were extremely difficult to kill.
All of these details regarding Star Wars Battlefront II have the makings of a sequel that improves upon all of the shortcomings of the original game. It would appear that EA listened to everything fans said they wanted from a new Star Wars Battlefront game and added them to Battlefront II. We’ll find out when the game hits PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on November 17.
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