‘The Post’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Goes to Bat for a Free Press

The Post Trailer

There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.

The Post Trailer

In addition to power players like Streep and Hanks, The Post has a jaw-dropping cast comprised of excellent actors like Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Tracy Letts. The film tells the story of a group of journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which had a huge effect on the national perception of the Vietnam War. Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay, which marks her feature writing debut. (What a collection of talent to work with right out the gate!)

It’s no accident that Spielberg made this movie this year. Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, explained to Metro:

“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”

And though the president is one of the worst offenders, this isn’t limited to him: Disney banned the Los Angeles Times from covering its films or interviewing talent from its movies because they didn’t like a story the Times published about the company’s business dealings in Anaheim (though they finally pulled back on that ban yesterday). The press in this country is still under siege right now, and they need all the help they can get. Expect this to be a heavy hitter during awards season.

The Post arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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And the award for worst United Airlines joke goes to…

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The United fiasco was terrible for the airline and for the poor guy who was forcibly removed from his flight. 

But it was great for internet jokes. Ah, the dank memes of justice. 

Sadly, one former politician decided to pile on United Airlines with the worst dad joke anyone has ever told about anything. 

Breaking News! @united airlines will be renamed—will now be called UN-TIED and wont hog-tie passengers who have valid boarding pass

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 11, 2017

Um…no. United Airlines deserves derision for forcing a man off a flight he paid for and bloodying his face. But not like this, Mike. Not like this.  Read more…

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Aubrey Plaza in First Red Band Teaser Trailer for ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Ingrid Goes West Trailer

“Are you insane?!” Neon has unveiled the first teaser trailer, a wild red band teaser, for the indie dramedy Ingrid Goes West. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to quite a bit of buzz, mostly for the concept, but also for the performances from the two leading ladies – Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The film is about an Instagram-addicted nobody (played by Plaza) who decides to move to Los Angeles to stalk another Instagram celebrity in hopes she can have her life, too. The cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Wyatt Russell. This is a nice tease, it doesn’t give away too much but does introduce you to all the craziness in this. I enjoyed it quite a bit, saying in my review it’s a “surprisingly entertaining indie comedy.” ›››

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Brad Pitt Goes to War in Full Trailer for David Michôd’s ‘War Machine’

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“We can’t help them and kill them at the same time.” Netflix has launched a new full-length trailer for the film War Machine, the latest from talented Australian filmmaker David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). We featured a teaser trailer for this right around the Oscars, but this full trailer dives fully into this drama (which has nothing to do with Marvel or Iron Man). Brad Pitt plays a four star general who must deal with the repercussions of a challenging war in the Middle East. Described as a “pitch-black war story for our times”, this seems like a brutally honest look at America’s modern wars. The full cast includes Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Keith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly. This looks pretty damn good. ›››

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Watch: This Time-Lapse Boldly Goes Where No Time-Lapse Has Gone Before

Watching a time-lapse of a sunset or the construction of a skyscraper is cool, but what about the creation of life?

Time-lapse videos are all over the place, and there are definitely some that are out-of-this-world amazing. You probably have your favorites: the Calbulco volcanic eruption, Architect by Kevin McGloughlin, or, my personal favorite, the one of Singapore that took 3 years to shoot. However, sometimes it’s not so much about the great cinematography or creative use of mixed media. Sometimes it’s just about capturing something that represents something important to the human existence, like the very first moments of life—of a tadpole.

This incredible time-lapse video of the cell division of a Rana temporaria egg, better known as the common frog, was captured by filmmaker Francis Chee. Though it only lasts 23 seconds, it took 33 hours to record. According to the video’s description, Chee used a custom designed microscope he built himself that was “based on the infinity optical design.” He also made customized LED lights and optics to illuminate the egg. He explains his process a little more in depth:

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