After premiering at last year’s Venice Film Festival there hasn’t been much news or buzz for Terry Gilliam‘s new film The Zero Theorem. Maybe the film wasn’t as well received by critics as expected or maybe it was just too weird? Who knows. Last week the first trailer was released by Voltage Pictures, unfortunately in 360p quality. Since I don’t do poor quality and the film’s striking visual deserve to be seen in gorgeous HD, I waited to post this. Now it’s finally here the first trailer starring no one other than my boy Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained)! Continue reading
Premiering at the opening night of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel just got a new poster and trailer. Both of which are emphasizing the amazing cast of characters. So who’s going to be in this soon to be Criterion? Let me give you the entire list: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalbic, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saorise Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and newcomer Tony Revolori. Try to top that. Continue reading
While some of the year’s best films haven’t even been released yet, new awesome sounding projects for 2014 are already shaping up, like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The sure to be quirky comedy/drama about a hotel concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his friendship with one of his younger employees will surely delight fans of the director. The film is written and directed by Anderson and set in 1920s France. Alexandre Desplat, who composed the music for Anderson’s last hit indie Moonrise Kingdom, will be returning to score the film shot by Wes’ long time cinematographer and collaborator Robert Yeoman. The editing however will be taken over by Barney Pilling (Never Let Me Go) who will work with Anderson for the first time.
Also new to a Wes Anderson film are cast members such as Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan and the aforementioned Ralph Fiennes. Returning actors are Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and, of course, Bill Murray. The first poster for the film clearly echoes Wes’ aesthetic and his passion for center shots, detailed set designs and minutia. Usually the posters for his films are also indicative of the color palette of the “final product”. Once again he seems to have something very specific in mind and a pink-brownish tone seem to be what he’s going for. I love the poster because it just shows the hotel, which seems to be a “main character” of the film and lists all the talent involved. It’s also great for indicating a time (the 1920s) and place (Europe), by simply evoking the hand-painted early 20th century marketing billboards.
As of right now Gregg Araki‘s newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard, based on the French novel Un Oiseau blanc dans le blizzard, is still in post-production. While there is no official release date yet, as a fan of the director I am getting more and more excited about the film. Apparently it’s a thriller set in the 80s about an angsty teenage girl (Shailene Woodley) whose mom (Eva Green) disappears. As Araki seems to suggest in interviews it’s a “serious” film, which is a rare thing for him, except for Mysterious Skin his work always tends to be on the more comedic and lighthearted side of things. It should be interesting to see him try something different.
While there is no trailer yet (expect one with some cool shoegaze tune soon!) there have been two posters circling around the web. Since Araki’s films usually deal with “uncomfortable” themes for mainstream American audiences, like sexual abuse, depression, drugs and sexual confusion, the film was financed with French money. Seeing that it has some big names attached, like Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Shiloh Fernandez we hope the film is going to be a hit and gets a wide release. I will certainly keep you up to date with any news surrounding the picture, but for now take a look at this video of Gregg and Shailene discussing the movie.
Finally! The first trailer for the much-anticipated and critically acclaimed new film from Alexander Payne: Nebraska. The film premiered at Cannes this year and Bruce Dern, who is co-starring with Will Forte, won the best actor award. This looks like a funny, quirky road-trip comedy/drama from the director who has brought us great films such as About Schmidt and Sideways.
The film was shot in black and white and looks gorgeous. As a fan of the director, the talent involved and the good buzz it’s been getting I can’t wait to see this film. The film opens November 22nd, 2013 and already seems to be a top contender for next year’s Academy Awards. Take a look yourself! Oh, and here’s the first b&w poster as well. Looking good?
Or should I say Carlos Estevez? What? You don’t know who that is? How can you call yourself a Charlie Sheen fan?
Just kidding (kinda). This clever film marketing. While I thought the posters for Robert Rodriguez‘s upcoming Machete Kills were boring and repetitive, copying too much from the 2010 campaign, this poster for Charlie Sheen’s The President is pretty cool.
What I like about it is that, well it’s Charlie Sheen holding a machine gun, but also that it says ‘Carlos Estevez’ (which is Charlie Shee’s real name). Finally embracing his latino heritage and looking really fit and healthy I am now very excited for this Machete sequel.
The film opens October 4, 2013. Meanwhile check out Robert Rodriguez’s new short Two Scoops: It’s a hoot!
The poster art for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring certainly wasn’t the marketing team’s strong suit. As it happens with these indies, sometimes the fan-made posters are more interesting for their raw and gritty qualities. Here are seven posters for The Bling Ring that are better than the ‘official’ ones. Some of these are very much inspired from the real ones (or the other way around?), featuring the same images or font, some are basically just scenes from the film pieced together and some are completely ‘original’ designs.
New developments on Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius. It looks like the film will be restricted domestically: Except there are no theaters that show “restricted” releases in South Korea. The Korean Media Rating Board announced: “The story and contents of the movie is highly violent, terrifying and harmful to underage audiences. The unethical and unsocial expressions of sexual activity between immediate family members make it only suitable for screening in limited theaters”. At this point Kim Ki-duk’s production company is considering its options: Either re-edit and re-submit the film for a new rating or only exhibit the picture at festivals (which is allowed).
I’m not sure how big of a problem this is going to be for Kim Ki-duk, since he is still able to advertise it and alternatively show it domestically. Also, remember that his films are more financially (and critically) successful in foreign countries and low-budget, so he could still make his money back without compromising his vision. Undoubtedly this is not good news, but if he plays it smart he could turn it into publicity and attract a certain audience keen on violent content.
Meanwhile, the first poster for Moebius is a bit too reminiscent of the one for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011). Hopefully his marketing team steps it up a little and doesn’t give up on this very interesting sounding project.