Director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind) helmed this absolutely charming Christmas commercial called Moz The Monster for the U.K.-based department store John Lewis. The ad certainly captures the magic of the holiday season.
The story follows a young boy named Joe who ends up befriending a monster who lives under his bed. Here's the description that was released for it:
Joe befriends a noisy Monster under his bed but the two have so much fun together that he can't get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. For Christmas Joe receives a gift to help him finally get a good night’s sleep.
The ad has a little mix of Monster's Inc., Little Monsters, and Where the Wild Things Are in. It may tell a sweet story, but I won't lie... it's kinda sad as well. You'll see why when you watch the video. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!
Yesterday a TV spot was released that gave us our first footage of Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty, a role previously held by Kevin Spacey. After Spacey was accused of all the crazy sexual misconduct stuff, director Ridley Scott cast Plummer and went out and reshot all of Spacy's parts in the film, which is pretty crazy, but he did it. Apparently, he shot it pretty quick as now we have a new full trailer showing off more footage of Plummer in the film.
All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
The true-life drama is based on the book by John Pearson and it's set to be released on Friday, December 22nd.
A lot of people already have a million theories and opinions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it hasn’t even come out yet. Enter Frank. Frank is a stuffed wolf who is a little bitter and likes to make fun of movies and movie trailers since he is no longer needed to do voice-overs for the movie trailers.
In this episode, he tackles the trailers for The Last Jedi. He pokes a lot of fun at the trailers and I was busting my gut watching this video. He even explains that Harrison Ford will not be in this film so he can work on Air Force One 2 (he’s not really). This is a hilarious video to brighten your day, but if you’re trying to avoid trailers DO NOT WATCH! You can find more videos from Frank as well as a whole slew of other content on The Key of Awesome's YouTube channel.
I've got a fantastic international trailer here for a Hungarian superhero indie film called Jupiter's Moon. The film premiered at Cannes where it got a lot of attention because the story follows a young refugee in a camp who discovers he has the power to levitate. After he discovers this superpower, he partners with a doctor to escape from the camp... after he makes a little money, of course. I like what I'm seeing in the trailer and it looks like a movie worth checking out!
The movie comes from filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó, who made his big break with a film called White God a few years back. Here's the synopsis:
A young refugee called Aryan is shot while illegally trying to cross the Hungarian border to escape his war-torn home. While tending him back to health, a doctor at a refugee camp discovers that Aryan has gained an extraordinary talent – he can levitate at will. But the doctor has his own predicament that he needs to escape from and offers to smuggle Aryan out of the camp if, in return, he helps him make some money by using his new miraculous gift.
Jupiter’s Moon hits U.K. theaters on January 5th and is awaiting a U.S. release.
The crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman is getting three new cast members. Variety reports that Bradley Whitford,Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller which stars Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.
Destroyer follows the moral journey of LAPD detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Whitford recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Get Out and just finished filming on Godzilla: King of Monsters for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Kebbell was most recently seen reprising his role as Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox and played King Kong in Kong: Skull Island for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.
The script is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi and begins shooting in Los Angeles next week.
Thanks to Lucasfilm we have a new image from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to share with you today and it features a close-up look at Supreme Leader Snoke. There's been a lot of speculation and talk among fans over who or what Snoke really is.
Thanks to Andy Serkis, there's one theory you can scratch off your list and that is the fact that Snoke is not a Sith Lord. We know that he is strong in the ways of The Force, but that doesn't mean he's a Sith Lord.
When talking about the character in an interview with Empire, he said that Snoke is a much darker character than Palpatine:
"Snoke is bloody dark; way darker than Palpatine. He’s riddled with this osteoporosis so his body's twisted, like a corkscrew. He's incredibly damaged, so there's a bizarre vulnerability about him. Beneath that vulnerability, though, is this intense hatred.
He then goes on to confirm that Snoke is not a Sith:
"He’s definitely not a Sith, but he’s certainly at the darker end of the Force. Without giving too much away, that begins to unfold a little in this one."
If he's not a Sith, what is he? Could he be an ex-Jedi or something completely different? Sound off in the comments below!
Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the most talented filmmakers working in Hollywood right now. On top of his most recent film, Blade Runner 2049, he's also directed Sicario, Arrival, and the upcoming Dune movie. But what would you think about seeing the filmmaker take on a Star Wars movie?
While appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the filmmaker actually expressed interest in jumping on board a Star Wars film, saying:
"It’s something that, again it’s like, I would be intrigued. I don’t know, it’s very difficult. What is dangerous with Star Wars right now is it’s become its own vocabulary. I would love to see them, I think Rogue One was a very interesting attempt to get out of the mold.
"I think it would be a great idea to get out of there and to go on a new part of the galaxy, that I would be open to.
I think it's great that he's interested in exploring something some kind of standalone Star Wars film outside of the classic saga. That's definitely something that Lucasfilm is currently focused on doing. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second film outside of the Skywalker saga that will be released and they've got more in the pipeline like the Obi-Wan Kenobi film. Then with Rian Johnson developing a new trilogy that takes place in another corner of the galaxy, that's just going to open up more of the world creating more new story possibilities!
If Villeneuve is open to directing a Star Wars movie, it would be silly for Lucasfilm not to reach out to him and ask him to come aboard and see what he has in mind. I would love to see him write and direct a Star Wars movie! What do you think?
Universal Pictures' big plan to develop a big monster cinematic universe called Dark Universe backfired on them when Tom Cruise's The Mummy bombed. Since that happened, the future of the rest of the films including Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have been uncertain.
Well, it turns out that things didn't need to be this way. Back in 2007, the studio approached Guillermo del Toro to lead the charge with their bringing their classic monsters back to the big screen and he ended up passing on the opportunity!?
Why in the hell would he pass on that! That's his jam! We've all been wanting to see him make his Frankenstein film and he had his chance and for some reason he turned it down! I don't even know what to say because Del Toro would have honored these classic monsters in a way that would have made fans happy. He originally wanted to pay homage to the genre of the classic films of old Hollywood.
Of course, Del Toro regrets his decision and during an interview with The New York Times, he repents of his sin:
The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007, when Universal in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said do you want to take over the Monster Universe? And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it. That I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent. That’s the only thing.
It's a shame that we'll never know what would have come out of this collaboration, but we know that Del Toro will continue to make his own original film projects like his upcoming film, The Shape of Water, and there's nothing wrong with that. He continues to pay homage to these classic horror movies, with his original film projects.
Earlier this fall HBO faced a PR nightmare when they announced that the cable network was working with Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on a new series called Confederate.
Similar to the premise of Amazon's Man in White Castle, the series takes place in a world where the outcome of the Civil War was much different. The idea drew plenty of criticism, taking place in an alternate Civil War timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. Its clear that the show would have be controversial, and it didn't help that the announcement was in such a hostile cultural climate.
Now it seems things have really slowed down. The Washington Post reports “the show is still in development, [but] the creators are not actively working on it.” One factor could be that Benioff and Weiss are focused on the final season of Game Of Thrones, or they are trying to figure out exactly what they are trying to do with their premise.
It is nothing new that often times shows go into development, but few come out landing a series order, and even fewer become gigantic hits like Game Of Thrones. So we’ll see what ends up happening with Confederate, but its clear that HBO doesn't want to put this show in the spotlight anytime soon.
Have you ever wanted to read Sun Tzu's The Art Of War, but had trouble getting through the first few pages? If you're a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan, that won't be an issue any longer. Someone mashed up a bunch of the rap group's instrumentals with an audiobook, and it's absolutely glorious. I'm already nine minutes in and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon! I'm not sure I'll make it the full two hours, but I'm definitely going a lot further than I have in the past! See how far you can make it and post below.