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TRAILER PARK: "RED DAWN," "THE LAST STAND," "THE MASTER" & MORE

In this week of movie trailers, two timeless action touchstones, "Red Dawn" and Arnold Schwarzenegger, return; "The Master" remains the master of making us scratch our heads; and Tom Waits may or may not be kidnaping dogs with the rest of the "Seven Psychopaths." Roll 'em! RED DAWN Release Date: Nov. 21

The first 20 seconds of the trailer to this remake of the 1984 action classic are all "Friday Night Lights," but, as indicated by an upended snowglobe, the North Koreans are in town, and they aren't happy! After the country takes over parts of the U.S. with a single, apparently incredible air raid, Chris "Thor" Hemsworth and his tough-talking pals team up to go rogue. This first trailer has some stirring moments, like when the hero's dad talks smack to his captors to inspire his sons. But the set pieces look a little lackluster, and even fans of the original have to feel a little queasy watching teenage assassination attempts be glorified in such a straightforward manner. 10 YEARS Release Date: Sept. 14
The trailer for "10 Years" is almost like an alternate version of last April's "American Reunion": what if the audience walked into the story of a high school reunion without knowing all of the backstories first? From these two and a half minutes, "10 Years" appears to be a down-the-middle split of alcohol-fueled hijinks and regret-fueled high school reconnections. This may turn out to be as unsavory of a mix as a bowl of red reunion punch, but that cast sure is likable: Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, "Parks & Recreation" co-stars Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt, and of course, Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, equally smoldering as the ones that got away. With a lineup this stacked, we might just have to RSVP. THE LAST STAND Release Date: Jan. 18, 2013
Sure, he's had the "Expendables" movie. But when was the last absolutely ludicrous Arnold Schwarzenegger starring vehicle? Invoking the ghosts of "The Sixth Day," "Collateral Damage" and "End of Days," the Artist Formerly Known as Governator stars as Sheriff Ray Owens, the kind of man who hears "We got a situation" when he curdmudgeonly answers the phone and handles a shotgun with ease. He has to stop a Faceless Drug Kingpin from crossing the border, while protecting his citizens and cracking old jokes. This trailer previews what will surely be a ridiculous time at the cinema, but in that way, it's pitch-perfect: from the car chase scenes to the collective "Hey! That's Johnny Knoxville!" realization to the "I know what's coming" badassery, "The Last Stand" feels like the necessarily bombastic, overdue return of a genre star. THE MASTER Release Date: Sept. 21
Another confounding look at the next opus of Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights," "There Will Be Blood"), which focuses on the tutelage of a wayward soul (Joaquin Phoenix) roped into a religious organization by a charismatic leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The latest clip features some striking images -- Phoenix leaning over a ship's balcony chief among them -- but little in the way of plot exposition, as Hoffman can be heard talking about the pureness of "processing" and Phoenix twisting his face around while remembering a letter from his past. We're confused, and intrigued, but mostly confused. "The Master's" release date is quickly approaching, though, so we won't have to wait a while to figure out what Anderson is yakking about. DEADFALL Release Date: Dec. 7
On paper, the plot looks paper-thin: a brother and sister are fugitives! With a lot of cash! In the snow! But on screen, "Deadfall" is compelling in extremely unexpected ways. Visually, this trailer is breathtaking, using the blinding white of the snow as a "Fargo"-esque backdrop of isolation while individual images (the cash soaring across the free-falling car, Eric Bana slamming a stake down on a dinner table) become immediately memorable. Most surprising is the use of Bana as a morality-free villain, wielding a gun around Sissy Spacek's house while his sister (Olivia Wilde) falls in love with her patsy. "Deadfall" probably can't live up to the quality of this trailer, but the clip instantly puts this drama on our radar for the holiday season. MUST-SEE TRAILER OF THE WEEK SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Release Date: Oct. 12
The top YouTube comment for this trailer says it all: "I? thought it looked great until Tom Waits came on the screen. Now it looks f--kin awesome!" Indeed, "Seven Psychopaths," director Martin McDonagh's rollicking follow-up to the genius "In Bruges," gets explicitly revealed as a quirky caper involving kidnaped dogs, overly sensitive mobsters and Pacifist Christopher Walken. And then Tom Waits shows up, calls the whole situation "dandy," and our tickets are punched. In a world where Guy Ritchie is stuck making "Sherlock Holmes" sequels instead of another "Snatch," let's raise our pints to this feisty British director, who can apparently make action-tinged underworld comedies with the same sort of entertainingly offbeat characters.

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Leslie Jones Expresses Disdain Over Upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ Film

Earlier this month, it was announced that Ghostbusters will be re-imagined. While the news sat well with fans of the mid-80s cult classic, it struck a nerve with others that are attached to the movie’s cinematic lineage.

Comedian Leslie Jones took to her Twitter account to air out her opinion, stating the all-women cast of 2016’s rendition of Ghostbusters, which she was a part of, were overlooked. “So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying,” she tweeted. “Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

The Saturday Night Live cast member also displayed how the upcoming film, which is slated to be released in 2020, and its possible all male cast will diminish the box office success of a cast spearheaded by women. “...if they make this new one with all me and it does well which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop,” she said. “Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019

It’s very sad that this is response I get.When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that “boys are better”it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019

The all-women adaptation of Ghostbusters, which also starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Jones’ fellow SNL cast mate Kate McKinnon, netted $180 million at the worldwide box office at its time of release. While it was one of the most talked about films of that year, during the press run Jones received a wave of racist comments from social media users, a moment that led the entertainer to take a step away from the Twitter platform.

“You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out,” she said.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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