‘Game night’ Trailer: Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams Have a Real Bad Time

game night trailer

It’s easy to imagine the pitch meeting for Game Night, a high concept dark comedy about an evening of frivolous fun gone horrifically wrong. “What if David Fincher’s The Game starred a bunch of bumbling idiots?” Well, here you go. The first Game Night trailer is here, and I’ll be the first to admit that it made me chuckle more than a few times.

This is a low comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with a low comedy that works! Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams lead a strong cast as a couple whose weekly game night spirals out of control when an interactive “murder mystery” element is introduced. But what’s real and what’s not? And why are people actually dying and why are guns going off? And why is that dog covered in blood?

Game Night Trailer

Most importantly, Game Night is a Friday Night Lights reunion, once again putting Kyle Chandler and Jesse Plemons within spitting distance of each other. Texas forever!

While this is undeniably a glossy studio comedy hoping to please the broadest audience possible, I’ll just be honest with you and admit that yes, I laughed during this trailer. I laughed a lot. I especially laughed during the plane engine gag, an amusing bit brilliantly punctuated by McAdams’ line delivery. While I’m not a fan of Vacation, the previous film from directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (okay, it’s straight-up rotten), the dark edge on display in this footage has my attention. After all, Bateman has been at his best when his “straightforward nice guy” persona is pushed to uncomfortable extremes, and McAdams is a frequently underutilized comedic talent. Bring it on.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Game Night also stars Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Danny Huston, and Michael C. Hall and opens on March 2, 2018.

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Rachel Crow is in Talks for Bumblebee Transformers Movie

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train star Rachel Crow is in talks for Bumblebee

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train star Rachel Crow is in talks for Bumblebee

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train star Rachel Crow is in talks for a key role in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, according to Tracking Board. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming, the upcoming Brigsby Bear) was recently cast opposite Hailee Steinfeld (True GritThe Edge of Seventeen) in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film.

Bumblebee has been a fan favorite since he was first introduced. He transforms from a Volkswagen Beetle in the earlier versions of the character. In the Transformers Cinematic Universe, he transforms into a Chevrolet Camaro. The character most recently appeared in Transformers: The Last Knight, starring Mark Wahlberg, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan and Stanley Tucci. The Bumblebee movie is reportedly a prequel to the Bay franchise, however, and will tell the story of the fan-favorite Autobot in the 1980s.

Christina Hodson, Brian Holdner, Stephen Davis, Lorezo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing the Bumblebee film

Rachel Crow is known for her work in the film Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, which premiered at Sundance. She was recently cast in the upcoming untitled TV movie spinoff of the ABC series The Goldbergs. She was a finalist on season 1 of The X Factor and voiced Carla in Rio 2, as well as doing a song for the film’s soundtrack. Her voice was also heard in the Netflix series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, where she played Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci.

The Bumblebee film is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. What do you think of the casting of Rachel Crow in the Transformers spinoff? Are you excited for the film? We want to hear from you. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin Navigate Romance, Revenge, Period Costumes

My Cousin Rachel Trailer

I’d be lying if I said I was familiar with the work of Daphne du Maurier, the English author and playwright who wrote the book upon which director Roger Michell‘s new film My Cousin Rachel is based. However, I am familiar with several film adaptations of her work and it’s quite the track record – her novels and stories have been adapted by master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock (the Best Picture-winning Rebecca, the under-seen Jamaica Inn, and the bonafide horror classic The Birds) and Nicolas Roeg (the endlessly creepy Don’t Look Now). So as you watch the My Cousin Rachel trailer, it’s easy to think “Hey, no pressure, guys.”

My Cousin Rachel was previously adapted into a 1952 film starring Richard Burton as Philip Ashley, who believes that his wealthy cousin was murdered by his new wife. Olivia de Havilland played that new wife, who beguiles Philip with her charms, which surely means that she can’t be a murderer…right? This new film version finds Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz stepping into those roles and the trailer is appropriately moody, looking like a quaint chamber piece at first glance while supplying a steady trickle of unease (fueled by a moody cover of “Wicked Games”).

And because this is a movie where people speak in British accents, a Game of Thrones actor is present. Hi, Iain Glen.

Roger Michell has spent his career leaping between genres with mixed results, so it’s about time that he got around to “murder mystery suspense romance.” For me, he’ll always be the guy who somehow created the near-perfect late ’90s rom-com with Notting Hill before directing Peter O’Toole to one final Oscar nomination with Venus. He also made the ridiculous Changing Lanes and and the awful Hyde Park on Hudson, but no one’s perfect.

At the moment, it feels like My Cousin Rachel is getting quietly dumped into theaters during a period when dramas based on 1951 romantic mystery novels won’t have much breathing room (June 9, 2017 in the U.K. and July 14, 2017 in the U.S.), which isn’t a great sign. But that’s a promising cast and a promising premise and I know I’ll be finding the time to check it out.

A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

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Rachel Weisz in Trailer for Roger Michell’s New Film ‘My Cousin Rachel’

My Cousin Rachel Trailer

“How easy it must be for a woman like your cousin Rachel to twist you around her little finger…” Fox Searchlight has unveiled a trailer for the upcoming romantic drama My Cousin Rachel, adapted from Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name. My Cousin Rachel stars Rachel Weisz as the cousin of a young Englishman, who falls for her as he attempts to seek revenge on her for supposedly murdering his guardian. Sam Claflin co-stars, along with Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Friar. This is a very powerful trailer with a very mood song in it that is designed to provoke emotions and pull viewers in. I’m curious, but not really sure what to expect, it seems a bit too romantic for my tastes. ›››

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Rachel Carson doc tells the environmentalist’s inspiring life story



Before Rachel Carson became the mother of the modern environmental movement, she was stuck in a job that paid the bills but left her restless.

A new documentary revisits Carson’s days as an information specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 1930s and ’40s, where at first she filed mundane reports about the agency’s conservation work. 

It was in that role that Carson learned about DDT — a potent pesticide that farmers sprayed indiscriminately over their crops. Carson exposed the chemical’s widespread environmental damage in her groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring. 

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