«We have nothing to lose but our turf!» Magnolia Pictures («from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro«) has debuted a teaser trailer for a new racism documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January to mostly rave reviews. Using footage from actual citizens in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ferguson, the film takes an «unflinching look» at the uprising, the protests, and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. This seems very powerful, and very important for the times. And it also seems like it can be the kind of doc that will still be referenced 50 years from now. I also really love seeing docs that are made with footage from real people, who lived through this historic experience. Looking forward to seeing this myself. ›››
Death on Scenic Drive: Gabriel Carrer’s intimate psycho thriller delivers a punishing trailer
Gabriel Carrer’s Death on Scenic Drive, the new film from Latefox Pictures Inc. and Smak Studios is the follow-up to Carrer’s 2015’s film festival vigilante hit, The Demolisher. We reported on the film earlier this year and now we have your exclusive first look at the berserkly intense teaser trailer.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Carrer, Death on Scenic Drive unravels over the course of three nightmarish days, during the cold winter months at a secluded countryside home. It focuses on a young woman named Larissa (Stephanie Ash), who encounters an entity that transforms her into death itself, and reins a violent storm against Dallas Henson (Ry Barrett) and the family that resides there.
The film boasts special make-up effects by The Butcher Shop FX Studio (Bed of the Dead, Female Werewolf), a gripping tense score by Starsky Partridge, who was the lead sound designer for the popular video game, Unreal Tournament, and is shot by cinematographer and producer, Scott McIntyre.
Death on Scenic Drive is currently prepping for a festival run so please visit the film’s official Facebook page for upcoming updates.
To celebrate 4/20, Netflix announced the premiere date of Disjointed, a “half-baked” drama starring Kathy Bates as the proud owner of a cannabis dispensary. Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and the former head writer of The Daily Show, David Javerbaum, co-created the series, which is available to stream starting this August.
Below, watch a Disjointed teaser.
Here’s the logline from Netflix: “A modern twist on the American Dream, Disjointed is a story of the highs, the lows, and half-baked drama of a family-run marijuana dispensary.” Watching Kathy Bates high and chilling at her shop does sound delightful, but it’s also easy to imagine Disjointed getting real broad real fast.
Lorre is, after all, the creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men. His style of comedy isn’t for me, but it does work for millions of people. Before the script got a rewrite from Lorre and Javerbaum, Deadline described the series as “The Big Bang Theory, if the guys were not geniuses but selling weed.”
The teaser doesn’t tell us much about his new series. It is only 20 seconds long, so all you get is a look at Kathy Bates’ character, Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, and her nice and green dream store:
In the half-hour series, Ruth spends most of her days with her son (Aaron Moten), three budtenders, played by Elizabeth Ho, Elizabeth Alderfer, and Dougie Baldwin, and a troubled security guard and army vet (Tone Bell). They all star in the first 20 episodes of Disjointed, available to stream August 25.
Bates previously guest starred on one of Lorre’s shows, Two and a Half Men, for which she won an Emmy. Her new role is all about achieving the American dream. “Kathy plays Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a woman whose lifelong mission has been to decriminalize marijuana,” Lorre told Variety. “She’s something of an icon in that movement. The series is about what happens when that mission is accomplished. She is faced with running a legal cannabis establishment with her son and a staff of young budtenders. Business, family, and romance are difficult — they’re harder stoned.” Not a bad pitch.
Not a bad pitch.
Ruth Feldman isn’t the only character we’ve seen this week who’s exceedingly 4/20 friendly. Scoot McNairy played one dangerous stoner in the season 3 premiere of Fargo, while Armie Hammer is a blast to watch as he lights up some joints in Free Fire. These characters may soon be forgotten by those celebrating today, but the big and small screen could always use more convincing and less outlandish portrayals of potheads, so let’s call this week a win all around for cannabis enthusiasts.
Season one of Disjointed is available to stream August 25.
The first teaser trailer for Syfy‘s upcoming DC Comics series Krypton, a prequel show set two generations before the planet’s destruction, has arrived online and can be viewed in the player below!
The Krypton serieswill follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. The Seg-El name is both a nod to Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and a reference to John Byrne’s 1980s miniseries, “The World of Krypton.”
Newcomer Cameron Cuffe will play Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather. The cast also includes Georgina Campbell (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) as Lyta Zod, part of Krypton’s military caste and daughter of General Alura Zod. Seg-El and Lyta Zod are in the midst of a secret, forbidden relationship.
Krypton will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer/showrunner; Colm McCarthy (She Who Brings Gifts, Peaky Blinders) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Krypton will be produced by Warner Horizon Television and is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics.
«I only know one truth… It’s time for the Jedi to end.» Disney + Lucasfilm have debuted the first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the next film in the ongoing Star Wars saga. Directed by Rian Johnson, this film continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. Newcomers include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and others. This is our very first glimpse at the movie, so there isn’t too much revealed here, but there is a lot to think about. I love the visuals, it’s exciting to see Rey getting stronger, but I’m worried Luke may be going bad. Fire it up!›››
«I hope they kill him, I really do.» Lionsgate has debuted the first red band teaser trailer for director Patrick Hughes’ new action film, titled The Hitman’s Bodyguard. This action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as the world’s top bodyguard who is hired to protect a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. Samuel L. Jackson plays the notorious hit man, and they must get over their differences in order to make it to the trial on time. Also starring Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, and Sam Hazeldine. I’m glad they are introducing this with a red band trailer, as it makes a difference with this footage. All the dialogue is hilarious, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Have fun. ›››
«Now I know what you’re thinking: how did this happen? Well, it’s a long story…» Holy smokes this looks so awesome. Disney + Marvel have revealed the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, the next sequel in the Thor series. This is directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who brings his own comedic edge to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, with a seriously kick ass cast: Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, plus all of the others from before including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. There’s a very cool sci-fi side to this that looks so cool (plus it feels like this fits right into the Guardians of the Galaxy universe) but it’s all about the big battle between Thor and Hulk that we get a tiny glimpse of at the end of this trailer. Ohhh yes. Dive right in! ›››
«This year the wildest legend of all comes to life.» Studiocanal UK has unveiled a very short teaser trailer for an animated film titled The Son of Bigfoot, produced by StudioCanal in France, and animated by nWave Pictures in Belgium. The film is aimed towards younger kids and families, and is about a boy who goes «on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot.» Surprise! The voice cast hasn’t been revealed yet, even though this teaser does include one voice. We’ve seen some low-budget horror films based around bigfoot recently (like Exists or Willow Creek), but it’s interesting to see a goofy, family-friendly take on the furry forest monster. Enjoy. ›››
«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.» ›››