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Escape from Pretoria promises a breakout: Momentum Pictures released the first trailer for Escape from Pretoria, a prison break thriller starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe based on a true story. Watch the spot below and see the movie in theaters starting March 6.
Dream Horse will capture your heart: Toni Collette stars in the first trailer for Dream Horse, an underdog sports movie that is also based on a true story, this one about a small town that teamed-up to own a racehorse. Watch the spot below and catch the inspiring tale in theaters on May 1.
You'll want to rush to see Run: Lionsgate dropped the first trailer for Run, a psychological thriller starring Sarah Paulson as a mother keeping a dark secret from her daughter Kiera Allen. Watch the spot below and run to see the movie to uncover the mystery yourself on May 8.
Big Time Adolescence is ready for the big screen: Big Time Adolescence, which premiered at Sundance last year, is now ready for release along with a first trailer. Watch the spot featuringSNL breakout Pete Davidson and American Vandal's Griffin Gluck below and see the Hulu Original in theaters first courtesy of Neon starting on March 31.
Tuscaloosa teases an indie darling:Cinedigm dropped the first trailer for Tuscaloosa, which stars Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer as a young woman with dissociative personality disorder. Watch the first spot for the indie drama below and find this one in theaters on March 13.
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Emma asks if we'll have this dance:The latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma is in theaters this weekend with Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role. Here is an exclusive clip featuring the actress alongside Johnny Flynn in the role of longtime friend and preferred dance partner George Knightley:
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Previous Emma adaptations: In honor of the release of the new version of Emma, here's a look back at two other versions of the same story, both released in the mid-1990s:
Clueless: Before there was ever a genuine theatrical adaptation of Emma, Amy Heckerling wrote and directed a modern reimagining of the story as Clueless. Here is the first trailer for the classic teen movie, which opened on July 19, 1995:
Emma '96: One year later, a more faithful take on the Austen novel was released with Gwyneth Paltrow in the lead. Here is the first trailer for the romantic period drama, which was directed by Douglas McGrath and released in theaters on August 30, 1996:
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The Boy: With the horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II out in theaters this weekend, we're in need of some refreshers of the four-year-old original. Here are some select scenes, courtesy of Movieclips, from The Boy, which opened on January 22, 2016:
Greta meets Brahms: The Boy follows American nanny Greta Evans Lauren Cohan as she begins a new job caring for whom she expects to be a young boy. Here's the moment she's introduced to the “child,” which turns out to be a porcelain doll:
Is Brahms alive?: This clip also features Greta as she attempts to figure out if Brahms is somehow alive — can he hear her? is he hungry? is that him laughing? — despite seeming to be just a porcelain doll:
Trapped in the attic: Finally, here's a moment when Greta ventures up into the attic, having heard a noise, and becomes trapped while she unsuccessfully tries to get the attention of her date:
The biggest complaint against movie trailers is they give the entire plot of their respective films away, ruining all the surprises a director has in store for moviegoers. Such was the case for Blumhouse and Universal’s upcoming horror release “The Invisible Man,” starring Elisabeth Moss and directed by “Upgrade” filmmaker Leigh Whannell. Universal dropped the movie’s official trailer February 7, and it gave so much of the film’s plot away that many horror fans were left thinking the entire film had been spoiled trailer posts warned viewers not to watch it and complained the film’s whole plot had been given away. The trailer started filling in the background of the title character and included one moment where the invisible man appeared visible. So much seemed to be revealed in “The Invisible Man” trailer that film writer Britt Hayes compared it to a “Cliff’s Notes version of a movie.”
“You have to reveal enough that people are going to want to go see the movie, but not too much that having seen the trailer will negatively impact your experience of seeing the movie,” producer Jason Blum tells Digital Spy about backlash to “The Invisible Man” trailer. “That’s a very fine line. I, of course, clearly err on the side of you can’t show too much, and Leigh disagrees with me and he’s probably right.”
Director Leigh Whannell adds, “It’s somewhere in the middle lies the truth. It is a very predictable reaction these days from people online. What’s the classic quote? ‘Thanks a lot, guys. You saved me 15 bucks, and I don’t even need to see the movie anymore.'”
“You may think you’ve seen it all but you haven’t,” Blum promises. “There was one very, very key scene that Leigh didn’t let us put in the trailer and I’m glad that he didn’t let us put it in, but I really tried.”
“The Invisible Man” is far from the only trailer that has been accused of spoiling the movie for fans. Blumhouse is such a recognizable name in the horror community that one would think Jason Blum wouldn’t have to show so much footage to get genre fans excited for a new release. At least there’s one set piece that been protected for fans. Universal Pictures is releasing ‘The Invisible Man” in theaters this Friday, February 28.
In his short-lived career, Satoshi Kon released nothing but bonafide anime classics and Tokyo Godfathers is no exception. Often touted as the most accessible of the Perfect Blue and Paprika director’s filmography, Tokyo Godfathers is a warm, Frank Capra-esque comedy that has flown under the radar in the Western hemisphere since its release in 2003. But 17 years later, Tokyo Godfathers is finally getting released in U.S. theaters with an official English-language dub. Watch the English dub trailer for Tokyo Godfathers below.Tokyo Godfathers Trailer
Tokyo Godfathers premiered in Japanese theaters in 2003 to critical raves and global acclaim. But it would take 17 years before Kon’s classic film would be released in U.S. theaters with an English-language dub. The film was brought over for release in the U.S. in 2004 in only an English-subtitled format the superior format, let’s be honest, but an English dub was actually produced by the television station Animax Asia — a dub that has now been long lost.
But for those who have been wanting to see Kon’s Christmas classic without those pesky subtitles, GKIDS and NYAV Post have produced a new English-language dub starring the voices of Jon Avner Just Cause 3, Victoria Grace Mirai, and Shakina Nayfack Transparent. Newly restored in 4K, Tokyo Godfathers hits select theaters next month for special fan preview screenings and a theatrical re-release. It’s a release that has been a long time coming, and one that even those who aren’t fans of Kon should check out — Tokyo Godfathers is the director’s warmest film that manages to portray the seedy underbelly of Tokyo with a loving touch. While it’s not as well known as his groundbreaking films like Paprika or Perfect Blue, neither does it have the audacity of Millennium Actress, it is near-perfect film.
Here is the synopsis to Tokyo Godfathers:
In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Satoshi Kon Perfect Blue, Paprika, written by Kon and Keiko Nobumoto Cowboy Bebop and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, TOKYO GODFATHERS is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Tokyo Godfathers opens in U.S. theaters for Fathom Preview Screenings on March 9 and March 11 before it opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 13, 2020.
Focus Features proved this weekend that Jane Austen’s classic of romantic misadventures and the humor that goes with it remains timeless. Emma., Autumn de Wilde’s visionary and fresh adaptation of the Austen novel, opened in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles to strong numbers, grossing an estimated $230,000. This brought the per-theater average to $46,000, which is the highest of any specialty opening this year — not too shabby for the Anya Taylor-Joy-led period rom-com.
The five runs across the Landmark, Alamo Drafthouse and Angelika in New York and the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark in Los Angeles are all reporting impressive numbers as the film sits at an 88% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences seem to love it as they have ranked it at 100%.
Emma.‘s box office performance echoes similar openings of period pieces for Focus Features including Victoria & Abdul 2017, which opened in four theaters with a per-theater average of $40K before going on to bank $22M at the domestic box office. In 2018, Mary Queen of Scots also opened in four theaters with an average of $49K PTA and went on to earn $16.5M domestic. Four theaters seemed to be a magic number for Focus as 2016’s Love & Friendship opened to a per-screen average of $33K with a final domestic box office of $14M.
If word of mouth and positive buzz for the film continues, it is on track to continue this stellar performance when it expands to approximately 100 theaters in 25 markets.‘Impractical Jokers: The Movie’ truTV
The pranking, hidden camera hijinks of Impractical Jokers: The Movie snuck into the specialty box office space and had the last laugh with very solid numbers with 380 runs, with big numbers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The movie based on WarnerMedia’s truTV unscripted series the big-screen version incorporates pranks into a narrative banked an estimated $1,961,015 at the end of day Saturday and is honing in on $2,568,000 for the entire weekend. If the momentum continues it can pad its box office cume as it goes wider next week.
Amazon Studios’ Seberg earned $60,487 in its three runs for its theatrical debut after its qualifying run last year. The Benedict Andrews-directed thriller about the real-life actress Jean Seberg started off strong at the Arclight Hollywood in L.A. banking a little over $14K, but attendance dropped over the weekend. In New York, we are hearing the numbers were not as strong at the Angelika and Landmark. Fingers crossed that the film gains traction next weekend when it opens in over 300 theaters nationwide.The Band L-R: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Robbie Robertson in ‘Once Were Brothers’ Courtesy of Elliott Landy
Daniel Roher's debut feature documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band performed similarly to Seberg at the Arclight Hollywood on Friday, earning an estimated $13.1K, but saw a decline over the weekend. As for its other three locations in New York and L.A., we are hearing the Magnolia Pictures docu didn’t perform as well. Overall it, is looking at a weekend gross of $41,500 before expanding to 140 screens in 40 markets next weekend.
Oscilloscope Labs’ CatVideoFest 2020 clawed its way into 30 screens across the country. It earned an estimated $220,150. Sellout theaters were reported this weekend including New York, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Raleigh and Grand Rapids.
The fest celebrates cats via the best videos culled from a variety of submissions — and it is catnip for feline lovers. Last year, CatVideoFest grossed over $500K. This year, O-scope was...