SMT Trailer Debut: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Red Band

(AOTN) THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES).

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Check Out the Trailer here: WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND THEMES

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Written by: Martin McDonagh 

Produced by: Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones

Fox Searchlight Pictures, established in 1994, is an American film distribution company within the Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company of the larger Fox studio 20th Century Fox, all owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox. It specializes in North American distribution of independent and British films alongside dramedy and horror films as well as art-house and foreign films and is sometimes also involved in the financing of these films.

As is the case with Fox’s television unit, all copyright notices of programming produced by a Fox-related company (with some exceptions) bear the copyright of the overall film studio, i.e. “© (respective year) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation”.

Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, and Birdman have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards, 86th Academy Awards, and 87th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 12 Academy Awards combined. Other Fox Searchlight films receiving Best Picture nominations include The Full Monty, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Brooklyn. Slumdog Millionaire is also Searchlight’s largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES).

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

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Academy Award-Winning ‘La La Land’ is Dancing Its Way to 4K and Blu-ray

Damien Chazelle‘s six-time academy award-winning musical La La Land is headed from big screen to in-home release. You will be able to sing and dance along to the musical in the comfort of your own home via digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD!

La La Land starring Oscar Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar Best Actress winner Emma Stone as Mia and Sebastian tells the story of two people who have big dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Their dreams quickly become even bigger and more complex when the two meet and fall in love. How will it play out? Well I can’t spoil that for you but it’s guaranteed to pull the strings of your heart.

La La Land will hit digital HD April 11, with 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand following close behind on April 25.

4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES will include:

· Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
· “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
· “La La Land’s Great Party” Featurette
· “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” Featurette
· “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project” Featurette
· “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles” Featurette
· “The Music of La La Land” Featurette
· “John Legend’s Acting Debut” Featurette
· “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” Featurette
· “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
· “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream” Featurette
· Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
· Song Selection

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES will include:

· Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
· “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
· “La La Land’s Love Letter To Los Angeles” Featurette
· “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
· Song Selection

The suggested retail prices will be $42.99 (4k Ultra Combo Pack), $39.99 (Blu-ray Combo Pack) and $29.95 (DVD).

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Sony Announces Release Date for ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off, ‘Venom’

Just months before the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 2017), Sony has announced that they will indeed go forward with plans to release a Spider-Man spin-off film based on one of the most popular villains Marvel, Venom.

Sony has scheduled Venom to be released October 5, 2018, the same date that Aquaman was set to release before Warner Bros. moved it back to December 21, 2018.

Details that are coming out of various sites so far say that this Venom film will exist separately from the MCU/ Tom Holland universe. Penning the script are Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner with Avi Arad (Iron-Man, Spider-Man) and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Homecoming) producing the film.

The only other time we had a chance to see the alien symbiote on the big screen was in Spider-Man 3, where the villain was played by Topher Grace. It’s safe to say that that version of Venom was not what fans were quite expecting.

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Do You Miss Drive-In Theaters? New Company Wants To Bring Them Back With A Twist

(PCM) A new company based out of Nashville, TN called August Moon has come up with a brilliant idea that would allow drive-in movie theaters to make a comeback in a big way.  They have come up with the perfect way to play on the nostalgia factor that appeals to many drive-in theater fans but add a few modern twists to bring it up with the times.

The August Moon drive-in theater will actually be an indoor theater that is housed inside of large dome shaped structure. You park your car outside the theater just as you would a regular movie theater, however once inside the decor will look exactly like a 1960’s drive-in theater. The theater will feature chairs that look like 1960’s vintage cars and there will even be live trees, gravel pathways, fireflies and the projection of a star-filled night sky on the ceiling to give it the added feel of a real drive-in theater.

It will certainly make going to the movies feel like a real event and it is amazing the amount of detail they are putting into this project.

If you don’t want to sit inside of a vehicle there will be additional seating options available, as well as, swings and private tree houses. The food available will be the same as a 1960’s drive-in offering hamburgers, milkshakes, and french fries and there will be live music in the theater’s lounge after the movie.

The theater plans to play classic films that you can’t see in other theaters, as well as, new releases. The theater is going to cost an estimated $10 million to build and feature the largest non-IMAX screen in the States.

We think this sounds like an amazing idea and project and just hope that they will be able to afford to open additional locations around the country if the first one, which is slated to open later this year, is a success.

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Fede Alvarez Directing ‘The Girl in The Spider’s Web’

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe, will helm the project from a screenplay by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu. Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose, Ole Søndberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush, and Berna Levin will produce; the executive producers are Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Line Winther Skyum Funch, Johannes Jensen, and David Fincher.

The new film will feature an entirely new cast, and the announcement marks the kickoff of a global search for an actress to portray in the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander. The production will begin principal photography in September of this year with a release date scheduled for October 5, 2018.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film. It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

The announcement was made today at the London Book Fair during a celebration for the fifth Millennium book launch, also by Lagercrantz. Sony’s Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.

Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis – probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view. Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years. David Lagercrantz’s brilliant work in continuing this remarkable series honors Stieg Larsson’s masterpiece. We at Sony are so honored to be part of this series with Yellowbird, and we’re so excited to be making an original film of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Fede Alvarez is the perfect choice to direct. Fede is an amazing director with a unique vision of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity will bring Lisbeth Salander back into popular movie culture with a roar.”

Alvarez added, “I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity. Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part – finding our Lisbeth.”

As disappointed as I am with David Fincher not returning to the project, I can say I am excited to see the franchise land in the hands of a fresh and talented director such as Alvarez.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review

(AOTN) The main problem with all of these mega-blockbuster films, going back to the original King Kong has always been incorporating the human elements with these massive monsters, whomever they may be.  It’s one thing to make the monsters in these flicks look visually compelling enough to keep the audiences fleeting interest at bay, let alone tell a compelling story.  For example, the thing that the 1993 original Jurassic Park or 1995’s Independence Day had were compelling HUMAN characters.  Sure these movies used the newest and baddest special effects of the time, the thing that separated these from the rest of the Blockbusters are the human characters audiences can get behind.  Independence Day doesn’t work without Will Smith or Jeff Goldblum.  Jurassic Park isn’t the same film without Sam Neil or Jeff Goldblum (this is not to say Goldblum is the glue of forming a Blockbuster, I completely forgot he was in both until I wrote this but he IS fantastic).  Having digressed big time, it is to say Kong: Skull Island while not on a level of timeless, has proven itself a step ahead of the rest, and an exciting and valiant attempt to bring back the giant monster flicks of yesterdays past.

The original Inkg Kong trailer:

Jumping back years chronologically in Legendary’s Godzilla/King Kong Universe, the GKK as I will refer to it, Kong: Skull Island begins circa 1944.  Two fighters from World War 2 (WW2) land  onto an island in the South Pacific, one American and one Japanese.  After engaging in some hand-on-hand combat, we are quickly introduced to the star of the show, Mr. Kong, the king of kings.  Fast forward the timeline to 1973 and we are introduced to our new set of protagonists.  Led by William “Bill” Randa (John Goodman) and fellow scientist, is geologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) who set their sight on the unexplored “Skull Island”.  With a great leading cast including but not limited to James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), Preston Packard (Sam Jackson), Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), San Lin (Jing Tian), and Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell), the crew set out to explore the formally unexplored Skull Island.

First things first.  Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did an amazing job of paying homage, yet it makes something completely unique.  It’s hard to stray far from the original without people crying foul.  Kong incorporates enough yet says, “hey, I’ve got something to say”!  Luckily for fans, Kong doesn’t have a weird interspecies relationship with a woman, but has a satisfyingly intimate relationship with humans.  Kong is the main “bad guy” but isn’t necessarily the “bad guy”.  Like 2014’s Godzilla, Kong ills many a people, but isn’t maliciously killing them.  Kong like Godzilla has clearly defined motives that make the audience root for that character.  Humans, you me him and her, are impeding on their turf.  Much like the less-than-subtle Vietnam comparisons, these creatures want to be left alone.  The country of Vietnam didn’t want Western influence inflicting the destruction of their country, yet it happened.  As a member of the West, shit, I’m sorry.  The take-over of things that aren’t ours is in the blood and tradition of our country, and is exemplified in our arts.  Enter Kong: Skull Island, a love-letter to the Vietnam era directly influencing both the aesthetics and message of the new King Kong.

Moving past my rants-and-raves and weird political metaphors, Kong: Skull Island is simply a fun action monster movie.  Unlike 2014’s Godzilla, Kong doesn’t hide its titular character.  Within the first 8 minutes of the film, audiences are introduced to the scale of the title character.  He’s huge.  People small.  Kong king.  People… not king Kong.  This is exactly what you want out of this type of movie, it’s just done more style and care than one may expect.  Going back to my initial rants, this Blockbuster seems to have been made with more care and craft than audiences expect.  It’s a $200 million movie which one can walk away from and realize it was done with ONE specific vision.  Now there may have very well been a too many cooks-in-the-kitchen, but it feels like one filmmakers vision of what a monster movie could be.  Skull Island is done in an stylish manor that respects filmmaking in both past and present yet has a fresh feeling to it…sort of.  It’s not perfect, but it will excite both nerds and average movie-goers universally.  The saving grace of the film is its insane cast.

Leading the charge and keeping the audience fully locked in was the character Hank Marlow portrayed by John C. Reilly.  We first met this character in the opening scenes of the film, as the American solder who fell to the island with the rival Japanese soldier.  We pick this story up 29 years later, as the rest of the cast lands on the island looking for their buried treasure.  The heart and soul of these movies must be the glue, and while these characters minus Reilly’s don’t quite hold up to the necessary standards, there is enough to keep audiences engaged.  My real qualm with the film is the lack of character development, but thats a hard task to ask.  It’s like an episode of 24.  But, you have less than two-hours to complete and you have to tell both a visually strong yet cohesive story to satisfy both Democrats and Republicans.  Kidding, but its hard to make everyone happy.  Kong: Skull Island is a fantasic attempt at this, and is so far superior to movies like Jurassic World, it’s laughable.  It’s a silly monster movie that knows exactly what it is, but strives for more.

Kong:Skull Island
is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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