Watch: First Full Trailer for Terrence Malick’s Music Film ‘Song to Song’

Song to Song Trailer

“We thought we could just roll and tumble, from song to song, kiss to kiss…” Broad Green Pictures has debuted the first official trailer and poster for Terrence Malick’s latest feature film, titled Song to Song, set in and filmed around the Austin, Texas music scene. This was filmed a few years ago around the same time as Knight of Cups, but took Malick years to finish editing and finalizing it. The main cast includes Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, and Natalie Portman, as well as Haley Bennett and Cate Blanchett. Featuring Malick’s iconic sweeping, swooping, dreamy cinematography (from Emmanuel Lubezki), the film definitely captures the vibe and emotions of the Austin music scene. This actually looks pretty damn good – but most of Malick’s movies look great from the trailer. Still, you should check this out. ›››

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Full US Trailer for Nacho Vigalondo’s ‘Colossal’ with Anne Hathaway

Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal Trailer

“Not to be missed!” Neon has unveiled a new official US trailer for the wacky sci-fi thriller from eccentric Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, of the cult hit Timecrimes previously. It’s a film titled Colossal, a metaphorical action thriller starring Anne Hathaway as a young woman struggling with a few big personal problems. The concept is odd in that she basically becomes a giant monster that terrorizes Seoul, South Korea. You just need to see the trailer to get an idea of how it works, or you just need to go see the film and have a blast. The cast includes Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Austin Stowell, Rukiya Bernard & Agam Darshi. This looks like it’s totally awesome, I really can’t wait to see it. Enjoy. ›››

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‘The House’ Trailer: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler Go Full ‘Casino’

The House Trailer - Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler

After Saturday Night Live alums Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler made a mockery of the world of figure skating in Blades of Glory, they’re teaming up to create an illegal underground casino in the heart of suburbia

The House basically looks like Casino by way of the writers of Neighbors (Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien). Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are desperate to get enough money in order to send their daughter to college. Jason Mantzoukas serves as the catalyst for this totally outlandish and unrealistic idea, and he looks like he’s going to be the MVP in this entire endeavor.

Watch The House trailer after the jump.

This has the feel of Neighbors in how the comedic scenarios are ridiculous, but not in a way that feels completely stupid. There’s a cleverness behind the outrageous antics, and it really looks like Will Ferrell wasn’t joking when he previous said that he and Amy Poehler become like Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone in Casino. There’s even a flat out reference to as much in the final moments of this trailer.

The rest of the cast of The House has some great talent on board with Allison Tolman (Fargo) playing our main characters’ financial advisor, Rob Huebel playing a police officer, and Lennon Parham (Veep) playing a woman who gets a little too caught up in the Las Vegas lifestyle that emerges in the neighborhood.

Beyond that, there are some appearances by Rory Scovel and Nick Kroll, though we don’t know how extensive their roles will be. Kyle Kinane is supposed to pop up at some point as well, and Sam Richardson (also from Veep) has some kind of part as well. Other supporting cast members include Andrea Savage, Michaela Watkins and Steve Zissis, seen losing part of his hand there at the end.

This looks like it has the potential to be a breakout summer comedy, and since it’s an R-rated venture, there’s bound to be plenty more adult humor on display as the release gets closer. Personally, I’m hoping that the film really leans into the fact that they’re basically making a comedy out of a Martin Scorsese movie. Though much like the protagonists in his seedy crime dramas, I’m betting the house won’t end up winning this time.

The House, directed by co-writer Andrew J. Cohen, opens in theaters everywhere on June 30.

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‘Unlocked’ Trailer: Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom Go Full Jack Bauer

unlocked trailer

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Unlocked was originally conceived over a decade ago – the trailer feels like something we’d be seeing in theaters around 2004 or so, at the height of Hollywood’s attempt to come to grips with the events of September 11, 2001. You have a heroic CIA interrogator (which has become something of an oxymoron) battling Islamic terrorists to prevent a biological attack in London. This thing looks like a throwback to the days when Jack Bauer was shooting out kneecaps and beating up ACLU lawyers on Fox’s 24. It feels positively ancient.

But maybe that’s part of the appeal? After all, 24 is back. Maybe it will be fun to watch Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom running around London shooting people while respected character actors furrow their brows in expository scenes where they have to talk about where bombs are located and who sold them out and so on. Maybe?

Perhaps the weirdest thing about Unlocked is that it’s the next film from director Michael Apted, a filmmaker with one of the strangest careers imaginable. For some audiences, he’s best known as the director of the Up series of documentaries, where he catches up with and interviews the same subjects every seven years. For others, he’s best known for directing Sigourney Weaver to an Oscar nomination in 1988’s Gorillas in the Mist. More recently, he’s helmed episodes of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. And he has plenty of action experience as well, having directed the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough and the third Chronicles of Narnia movie.

While there are many elements present in this trailer that make me simultaneously roll my eyes and cringe, I’d be lying if I said I have no interest in watching Rapace and Bloom, two actors I like who have managed to elegantly sidestep potential movie stardom, getting their B-movie action hero on. And look, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, and Michael Douglas are the exact kind of people you want shouting at rooms full of computer analysts in-between the action scenes.

Oh, and the film’s tagline is “To stop the terror, they must fight the conspiracy.” Holy shit. What does that even mean?

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Unlocked is set to open on May 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom. It doesn’t have a North American release date yet.

Noomi Rapace stars as a CIA operative who finds her mission compromised. She’s forced to team up with an MI5 agent, played by Orlando Bloom, to track down the terrorist infiltration and prevent a major attack in London.

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SXSW 2017 Full Lineup: New Films from Edgar Wright, Terrence Malick, Nanfu Wang, and More

The full SXSW 2017 lineup has been announced.

SXSW 2017’s lineup, announced today, features movies from festival stalwarts Terrence Malick, Joe Swanberg, and Kentucker Audley, along with films from 51 first-time directors. The festival will screen 85 world premieres, 11 North American premieres, and five US premieres.

This year, SXSW received 2,432 feature-length submissions. 125 feature films were selected for 12 sections of programming: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites, and Special Events. Some of these made our “Most Anticipated” list, including Terrence Malick’s Song to Song.

Gareth Edwards, Jill Soloway, and Lee Daniels will deliver keynote speeches at the conference. SXSW 2017 will take place from March 10 to 19 in Austin, Texas.

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Super Bowl Spot: Scarlett Johansson Goes Full Anime RoboCop

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Scarlett Johansson

As I’m not familiar with the original Ghost in the Shell manga or anime, I can only watch the trailers for the new film as a detached observer with no real stake. For example, I can note that the first trailer for director Rupert Sanders‘ live-action take starring Scarlett Johansson gives off some serious Blade Runner and RoboCop vibes, mainly because I have no idea whether or not it looks or feels anything like the source material. All I can say is that it sure looks really pretty.

And as you’d expect, the new Ghost in the Shell Super Bowl spot that just arrived (because why wait for the actual game?) looks awfully pretty, too.

Of course, making things that look awfully pretty is something Sanders does quite well. While I’m not a particularly big fan of his Snow White and the Huntsman, it’s filled with incredible visuals and locations and creatures that still stick out in my mind even as the story itself has melted away into nothingness. If he’s paired with the right material, I imagine Sanders could create something remarkable. Could Ghost in the Shell be that movie? It certainly helps that I love Johansson and want her to deliver on the promise of being one of this generation’s great action heroes. She has all the proper chops.

Good or not, Ghost in the Shell has found itself in the middle of a storm of controversy over Johannson’s casting, with many fans rightfully arguing that this role should have gone to a Japanese actress. No number of cool visuals can help me fully forget about this, especially since those involved don’t seem particularly interested in listening and engaging in conversation with those who are upset by this. Even if the movie is fun, even if Johansson is as cool as I expect she will be, this is always going to be on the edge of my mind.

Ghost in the Shell opens on March 31, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic¹s advancements in cyber technology.

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The Full List of Winners at the 23rd Annual SAG Awards

The full list of winners at the 23rd Annual SAG Awards

The full list of winners at the 23rd Annual SAG Awards

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Prior to the televised ceremony, the stunt ensemble honorees were announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show.

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.

The winners will be marked in red as they are announced.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CASEY AFFLECK / Lee Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
ANDREW GARFIELD / Desmond Doss – “HACKSAW RIDGE” (Lionsgate)
RYAN GOSLING / Sebastian –“LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures) **WINNER**

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
AMY ADAMS / Louise Banks – “ARRIVAL” (Paramount Pictures)
EMILY BLUNT / Rachel – “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” (Universal Pictures)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Jackie Kennedy – “JACKIE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
EMMA STONE / Mia – “LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate) **WINNER**
MERYL STREEP / Florence Foster Jenkins – “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Marcus Hamilton – “HELL OR HIGH WATER” (CBS Films)
HUGH GRANT / St Clair Bayfield – “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” (Paramount Pictures)
LUCAS HEDGES / Patrick Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
DEV PATEL / Saroo Brierley – “LION” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures) **WINNER**
NICOLE KIDMAN / Sue Brierley – “LION” (The Weinstein Company)
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan – “HIDDEN FIGURES” (20th Century Fox)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Randi Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
FENCES (Paramount Pictures)
HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox) **WINNER**
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
RIZ AHMED / Nasir “Naz” Khan – “THE NIGHT OF” (HBO)
BRYAN CRANSTON / President Lyndon B. Johnson – “ALL THE WAY” (HBO) **WINNER**

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill – “THE CROWN” (Netflix) **WINNER**
RAMI MALEK / Elliot Alderson – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
KEVIN SPACEY / Frank Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix) **WINNER**
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime) **WINNER**
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
JANE FONDA / Grace Hanson – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO) **WINNER**
LILY TOMLIN / Frankie Bergstein – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
“DOCTOR STRANGE” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
“HACKSAW RIDGE” (Lionsgate) **WINNER**
“JASON BOURNE” (Universal Pictures)
“NOCTURNAL ANIMALS” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series


53rd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award

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The Full History of The Ring Franchise

With Rings headed to theaters soon, we're taking a look back at the entire The Ring franchise, which is a whole lot bigger than most people realize.

Let Samara be your guide through the full history of The Ring franchise!

Everyone knows that The Ring is based on a Japanese film called Ringu. But the history of The Ring franchise is a lot deeper and more complex than most American filmgoers realize.

The Ring follows the urban legend of a VHS tape, containing grainy, troubling footage. Most disturbing and memorable is a girl, with long black hair obscuring her face, climbing out of a well. After you watch the video, you will receive a phone call, with a whisper that says “Seven days.” According to the legend, you will die exactly one week later. The legend, of course, turns out to be true, originating from a girl who was abused and murdered by her parents.

In honor of the upcoming Rings, the third American entry into the franchise, here is a look back at the history of The Ring franchise. Catch Rings on the big screen February 3!

Ring was the original novel that launched The Ring franchise.

Ring (Novel, 1991)

In 1991, Koji Suzuki published a novel, Ring, which was the basis for the Japanese film. This was the first book in what is known as The Ring Trilogy; the other books being Spiral in 1995 and Loop in 1998. In 1999, Suzuki published Birthday, a collection of short stories set in the Ring universe. Two more Ring novels came in 2012 (S) and in 2013 (Tide).

The ghost story is a little different, but the story itself is pretty much the same. The young woman in the video is Sadako Yamamura, a technopath (she can project mental images onto televisions and video tapes). She visits her father in a tuberculosis ward, where a doctor rapes her and unknowingly passes smallpox to her. To keep her quiet, the doctor throws Sadako into a well and crushes her with rocks. It later turns out that viewers are being infected by what is called Ring Virus, which infects people through the TV screen. A tumor, similar to those found in smallpox patients, grows in the throat, eventually suffocating the victim if the video is not copied and passed within the week.


Ring: Kanzenban (TV Movie, 1995)

Directed by Chisui Takigawa, the first filmed adaptation of the novel is also considered the most accurate. It premiered on Japanese television and was subsequently released on home video, but has been out of print since its initial release.

Ringu is arguably the most famous entry in the Ring franchise.

Ringu (Film, 1998)

The first theatrical Ring film was a blockbuster in Japan. Directed by Hideo Nakata, it was Japan’s highest-grossing horror film. A year later, after its release in Hong Kong, it became Hong Kong’s highest-grossing Japanese language film, an honor it retained until 2015. Sadako inherited psychic powers from her mother, and her father killed her for it.

Rasen was an unpopular entry in The Ring franchise.

Rasen (Film, 1998)

In an unusual move, Ringu‘s sequel, Rasen, was released to theaters at the same time as the original. Joji Iida directed the film, with many of the same actors, but a whole different crew. Rasen, which was based on the second book in the trilogy, Spiral, was far more complicated than its predecessors. Sadako is “reborn” and using a pathologist to kill with a journal write-up instead of a video. The movie was a spectacular failure, and was dropped from The Ring canon.

The Ring franchise also includes two tv series.

Ring: Final Chapter (TV Series, 1999)

Following up on the success of Ringu, Final Chapter consisted of 12 episodes, and was less horror, more mystery than its source material. Viewers of the video were given 13 days to show it to two other people, as opposed to seven days and one other person, as seen in the original film. Also, instead of the grainy snuff-ish video, Final Chapter‘s killer video is a pop music video with subliminal cursed images. A second “season” of the TV series followed later in the year. Called Rasen, this show wasn’t based on source material and offered a new cast of characters.

There's more to the Ring franchise than most people realize.

Ringu 2 (Film, 1999)

Hideo Nakata returned to direct this film, which is now considered the official sequel to Ringu. It is discovered that Sadako survived in that well for the last 30 years, and a dangerous experiment is set up to sap Sadako’s evil energy off an infected soul. Ringu 2 lived up to Ringu’s standards: it was a box office hit and one of the highest-grossing Japanese films of the year.

The Ring franchise continues with The Ring virus.

The Ring Virus (Film, 1999)

The Ring Virus was Korea’s version of Ringu, directed by Kim Dong-bin. The Ring Virus is quite a departure from the traditional story. Park Eun-seo (this version’s Sadako) is the illegitimate hermaphroditic daughter of a psychic who is romantically involved with her half-brother. When her secrets are discovered, she withdraws and uses video tapes and her own psychic abilities to infect society. The well, which is where the title Ring comes from (the thin ring of light slipping in between the cracks of the well cover, the only thing the child trapped within can see) is noticeably absent from the Korean version of the film.

The Ring franchise also includes a video game.

The Ring: Terror’s Realm (Video Game, 2000)

Released for the Sega Dreamcast, this survival horror game in the style of Resident Evil was set in the Centers for Disease Control. The center is on lockdown after several researchers die on the same day and a program called “RING” is found on their computers. The game was universally panned.

Here's an interesting prequel in the Ring franchise.

Ring 0: Birthday (Film, 2000)

A prequel to Ringu, based on the short story “Lemonheart” in Birthday, Ring 0 was directed by Norio Tsuruta, set 30 years before the events of Ringu and shows the events leading up to Sadako’s murder. After her mother’s suicide, Sadako finds refuge in the theater, but the odd psychic occurrences that lead to deaths that follow her and cause her to splinter into two different selves.

The Ring franchise gets an American redo.

The Ring (Film, 2002)

A decade after Ring took Japan by storm, we finally got our American version in the states. Directed by Gore Verbinski and released by DreamWorks Pictures, it stars Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller who gets drawn into the urban legend after her niece Samara’s sudden death. Sadako becomes Samara in the American version, and the psychic aspects of the plot are downplayed significantly. Both a critical and commercial success, The Ring outgrossed Ringu in Japan after only two weeks.

Before there was Rings, The Ring franchise offered... Rings?!

Rings (Short Film, 2005)

The upcoming Rings isn’t the first film to bear the name. Just prior to the release of the film’s sequel, the American The Ring was re-released on DVD with a 15-minute short that serves as a prequel to The Ring Two. The short can now be found as one of the extra features on the Ring Two DVD.

The Ring Two continues The Ring franchise.

The Ring Two (Film, 2005)

The sequel to the American The Ring was directed by original Ringu director Hideo Nakata. Picking up the psychic elements that were largely left out of the first The Ring, this one features Rachel’s son, Aidan, being possessed by Samara. The sequel was critically panned, and though it had a strong opening weekend, it ultimately made only slightly more than half of what The Ring made domestically.

The Ring franchise enters the third dimension.

Sadako 3D (Film, 2012)

This entry into the Ring franchise is the first one that moves beyond VHS tapes. Directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, it is based on Suzuki’s novel S, one of the later novels in his Ring series. In Sadako 3D, a man named Kashiwada releases a new video, featuring his suicide, to bring the Sadako Virus back into the world. Canonically, Sadako 3D would follow the since-disowned sequel Rasen.

The Ring franchise delivers its second 3d release.

Sadako 2 3D (Film, 2013)

Hanabusa returns to direct this sequel, which focuses around Nagi, a four-year old whom death and accidents seem to follow. Nagi may be possessed by Sadako, much like how Aidan was possessed by Samara in The Ring Two.

The Ring franchise crossed over with The Grudge franchise.

Sadako vs. Kayako (Film, 2016)

The most anticipated horror movie meet-up since Freddy vs. Jason, Sadako vs. Kayako may as well be called The Ring vs. The Grudge. A second-hand VCR purchased at a thrift store contains the infamous “Ring” video, while a girl moves next door to the home Kayako haunts. The two storylines collide and the two most famous J-horror ghosts rage in a battle supreme.

Rings is the latest chapter in the Ring franchise.

Rings (Film, 2017)

The third American Ring film, Rings has gone through a title change (originally it was to be called The Ring 3D) and a number of release dates (four at last count). Set 13 years after the first American The Ring, one of the new viewers of the video discover there is a “movie within a movie” that no one has seen before.

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89th Academy Awards Nominations Announced – Full List for 2016

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast and on their website. They’ve nominated many outstanding films, and lots of amazing performances from 2016, though there are always others that deserve recognition. There’s no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let’s get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Hell or High Water. So without further ado, here is the full list of noms. ›››

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