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Where to find the final Fantastic Beasts trailer
J.K. Rowling’s first original screenplay returns to the world of Harry Potter, but decades before he’s even born and in a completely different country. Taking place in 1920s New York, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as his magical case of fantastic beasts is misplaced, causing trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. David Yates (The Legend of Tarzan), who directed the last four Harry Potter films, returns for this November 18 release, and he’s assembled a wonderful cast (Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman). Some of them are seen (or heard, in the case of Perlman) for the first time in this final trailer. Of course, there are plenty of beasts as well.
Two from Jim Jarmusch
After the critical success of Only Lovers Left Alive, director Jim Jarmusch brought two films to Cannes this year. Paterson (in theaters December 28), a low-key character study starring Adam Driver as a poet/bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, instantly became one of the year's biggest critical hits. Gimme Danger (October 28), his documentary about rock legends The Stooges, surprised some critics with its simple, straightforward approach to the rockumentary form but earned a positive response nonetheless. Below are the first trailers for both films.
Denzel Washington swings for the Fences
Denzel Washington’s third feature directorial effort (following 2002‘s Antwone Fisher and 2007’s The Great Debaters) is an adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play about a man (Washington) struggling with race relations in the United States during the 1950s while trying to raise his family. Featuring performances by Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, and Stephen Henderson, Fences comes to select theaters on December 25th.
Kristen Stewart is a Personal Shopper
At Cannes, the latest from Olivier Assayas split both critics and audiences. But the jury warmed to this story of a high-fashion personal shopper grieving the recent death of her twin brother, rewarding the director with his first award at Cannes— a best director prize shared with Cristian Mungiu. Kristen Stewart stars, but don’t expect another Clouds of Sils Maria from the director. This is a ghost story, and an unconventional one for sure, though that shouldn’t be a surprise from someone who directed Demonlover and Boarding Gate.
Rules Don’t Apply to Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty’s first film as writer-director since 1998’s Bulworth is a romantic comedy starring Lily Collins, playing contract actress Marla Mabrey, and future Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich as Howard Hughes’ driver Frank Forbes. Coming between the pair is Beatty’s Hughes and a strong supporting cast that includes Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen and Steve Coogan. Rules Don’t Apply hits theaters November 23rd.
Mike Mills returns with 20th Century Women
The latest from writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners) follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a single mother who is raising her son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in 1979 Santa Barbara. Helping Dorothea are Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a punk artist living in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a teenage neighbor Jamie fancies. 20th Century Women will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 8th before coming to select theaters on December 25th.
The Space Between Us
In the December 16 release The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield plays Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars. He reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people on his home planet, but he wonders who his father is and what Earth is like. He begins to get some answers when he strikes up an online friendship with Tulsa (Britt Robertson), but when he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, scientists discovers his body can’t survive in Earth’s atmosphere, so Gardner and Tulsa race against time to unravel the mysteries of his existence.
Paul Blart, International Assassin?
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin stars Kevin James as Sam Larson, a wanna-be author who is mistaken for a hitman when his novel is published as a memoir. When the book is a success, he’s kidnapped and asked (by Andy Garcia) to participate in an assassination. Luckily for Larson, he has a strong female operative played by Zulay Henao to help him out. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), this action-comedy comes to Netflix on November 11th.
Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto premiered at TIFF in 2015 to mixed reviews. It will finally make its U.S. theatrical debut in select theaters on October 14th. This thriller follows Gael García Bernal as he tries to cross the U.S.-Mexico border but is attacked by a deranged vigilante payed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Maybe this was Morgan’s unofficial audition to play Negan on The Walking Dead.
Writer-director Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael was well-received at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival but never received an official U.S. release. His latest, King Cobra, will come to theaters and VOD October 21st, after earning good reviews when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film is inspired by the true story of adult performer Sean Paul Lockhart (aka Brent Corrigan), played by Garrett Clayton, and the rise and fall of Cobra Video. Christian Slater plays Cobra Video’s owner, and James Franco is a rival producer who wants to work with Cobra’s number one star.
Gianfranco Rosi’s follow-up to Sacro GRA looks at the impact of arriving migrants on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Fire at Sea, coming to select theaters October 21st, has earned excellent early reviews and is Italy's official foreign-language Oscar entry this year.
Early reviews have been good for the November 18 release I Am Not Madame Bovary, starring Fan Bingbing as a peasant woman trying to prove she is not a promiscuous woman.
Jonathan Demme’s documentary Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids captures the final performance of Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Find it streaming on Netflix beginning October 12th.
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang follows artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s attempt to complete his most ambitious piece of explosion art. Find it in select theaters and on Netflix beginning October 14th.
News and notes
- Martin Scorsese’s Silence will get a limited awards-qualifying release on December 23rd before expanding nationwide in January.
- Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) will direct Hot Wheels, based on the Mattel toy line. - Variety
- Winston Duke (Person of Interest) will play the villain M’Baku opposite Chadwick Boseman in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. - Variety
- Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will polish Jonathan Herman’s script for Antoine Fuqua’s Scarface remake. - Variety
- Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan will star in Paul Dano’s feature directorial debut, Wildlife, based on the Richard Ford novel. - Variety
- Julia Roberts will play Kelli Peters in Framed. Peters was framed for drug possession in an attempt to get her fired from her position as PTA president at her child’s school. - Variety
- Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined Rose Byrne and James Corden in director Will Gluck’s live-action/animation adaptation of Peter Rabbit. - Variety
- Viola Davis will star in 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s Widows, a heist thriller based on the 1983 British miniseries that will be adapted for the big screen by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). - Variety
- Amandla Stenberg will star in Darkest Minds, the adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s YA trilogy being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 3). - THR
- Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson will star in a comedy about a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who’s in danger of losing her job when she hires her first female writer (Kaling). Kaling also wrote the script - Variety
- Following the success of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau will direct a live-action/CGI reimagining of The Lion King.
- Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, and Judi Dench have joined Johnny Depp, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, and Derek Jacobi in the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. - THR
- Michael Shannon is in talks to play Thomas Westinghouse, joining Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, in The Current War. - Variety
- Rachel Weisz will produce and star in an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel Disobedience. - Variety