‘Smallfoot’ Trailer: Warner Animation Pic Breaks The Ice At CinemaCon

Warner Bros used its CinemaCon presentation this evening to unveil the first trailer from Smallfoot, its Warner Animation Group pic where a yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) makes a wild discovery that was thought to be only a myth: a human.
James Corden…

Warner Bros used its CinemaCon presentation this evening to unveil the first trailer from Smallfoot, its Warner Animation Group pic where a yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) makes a wild discovery that was thought to be only a myth: a human. James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro also provide voices for the pic, which hits theaters September 28. Karey Kirkpatrick wrote and directed the film. WAG…

‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Trailer: A Passionate Jessica Chastain Travels West to Join a Revolution — Watch

Susanna White’s historical drama follows the fascinating true story of portrait painter Caroline Weldon and her bond with Sitting Bull.

It’s no less than Jessica Chastain who serves as the eponymous woman at the heart of Susanna White’s latest TIFF premiere (which will next screen at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, before opening this summer), a historical drama that follows the fascinating true story of portrait painter Caroline (also known as Catherine) Weldon (Chastain). The activist and artist dedicated her life to helping Native Americans, and in the summer of 1889, she decamped for Dakota Territory to live among the people she was so passionate about helping.

White’s film is mostly occupied with chronicling Weldon’s friendship with Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) and how it eventually led to her painting his portrait and her closer involvement with the native people during a time of tremendous pain and pressure. The film’s first trailer follows that bond, including a heart-pounding build-up to what looks to be an explosive showdown between the Native Americans and a group of encroaching soldiers (including an appropriately menacing Sam Rockwell).

At TIFF, our David Ehrlich wrote of Chastain’s full-bodied performance that “no contemporary American screen actress has more consistently — or more forcefully — used her platform to champion feminist ideals, and Chastain’s performance is a worthy addition to the cause. As portrayed here, Catherine is headstrong and full of heart; she’s a smart woman who’s been liberated from her late husband and refuses to ‘know her place.'”

Check out the first trailer for “Woman Walks Ahead” below. The film premieres on DIRECTV on May 31 and in theaters on June 29.

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‘Rafiki’ Trailer: Wanuri Kahiu’s Cannes-Bound Lesbian Love Story Is First Kenyan Feature Film to Screen at Festival

Exclusive: The festival’s Un Certain Regard section will play home to the boundary-busting film.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will offer up at least one bonafide history-maker amongst its ranks: Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” (also known as “Friend”), which marks the very first Kenyan feature film to debut at the festival. The film will debut in the Un Certain Regard section, where Kahiu’s film will likely fit in quite nicely alongside a slew of other forward-thinking (many of them also female-helmed) features. And it’s not just its country of origin that will likely make some waves at the festival, it also packs a plot that speaks to the wide range of films that are often bolstered by an Un Certain Regard berth.

On the film’s website, it’s billed as a love story between its female leads. Per the official synopsis, “Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

Kahiu notes on the film’s site that “Rafiki” was inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winner, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree,” which chronicled a story of two girls in love in Uganda. The filmmaker added that “making a film about two women in love set in Kenya, means challenging deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family.”

The Kenyan filmmaker also added that her film is “a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices.”

The film is Kahiu’s second feature film, following her 2009 drama “From a Whisper.” Her 2010 sci-fi short “Pumzi” screened at Sundance in 2010. Check out IndieWire’s exclusive trailer for “Rafiki” below.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 8 – 19.

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As Tom Hardy Promised, A New ‘Venom’ Trailer Drops At CinemaCon – Watch

It wouldn’t be a CinemaCon Sony presentation unless they unveiled another Venom trailer, and that’s exactly what happened tonight, just as star Tom Hardy teased on Instagram over the weekend. Sony said the trailer would drop tomorrow, but h…

It wouldn’t be a CinemaCon Sony presentation unless they unveiled another Venom trailer, and that’s exactly what happened tonight, just as star Tom Hardy teased on Instagram over the weekend. Sony said the trailer would drop tomorrow, but here it is now for you to watch. In the trailer, we see more Venom than the first trailer, which largely focused on Hardy’s alter ego Eddie Brock. “See we didn’t forget to put Venom in the movie!” exclaimed Sony Motion Pictures boss Tom…

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Trailer: First Extended Look At Adaptation Of Kevin Kwan’s Novel

We’re getting the first extended look at Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel directed by John M. Chu.
The romantic comedy is based on the first book in a trilogy centered on a U.S.-born Chinese economics professor and boyfrien…

We’re getting the first extended look at Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel directed by John M. Chu. The romantic comedy is based on the first book in a trilogy centered on a U.S.-born Chinese economics professor and boyfriend. Starring Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, the pic follows the native New Yorker as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore to meet his family. She soon finds out…

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Trailer: Jon M. Chu Brings Kevin Kwan’s Smash Hit Novel to Soapy, Sordid Life

The first novel in Kwan’s hit series is bound for the big screen, and it could just be the surprise breakout of the summer.

By the time mid-August rolls around, movie-goers just might feel saturated by big screen high jinks, over-the-top tentpole action, and plain old blockbuster fatigue, but Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians” adaptation could be the ticket to ending the season on a very original high note. But it almost didn’t happen.

In a revealing interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, author Kevin Kwan shared his early experiences in attempting to get his novel made into a big screen property. The author told the outlet that during an early meeting with a potential producer, “the producer asked him to reimagine his protagonist, Rachel (played by Constance Wu in the film), as Caucasian. ‘That was their strategy,’ he remembered. ‘They wanted to change the heroine into a white girl. I was like, “Well, you’ve missed the point completely.” I said, “No, thank you.”‘”

Kwan was right on the money, because to think that Rachel could so easily be reimagined as a white woman would not only strip away a major part of the character’s identity, it would mostly defeat the purpose of the story itself, which focuses primarily on the Asian immigrant experience. In the film, Wu plays Rachel, a Chinese-American woman who is about to get in touch with her Asian roots in some very unexpected ways. Chu’s film follows Rachel as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to meet his family and attend his best friend’s wedding.

It’s already a nerve-wracking enough experience, but it’s about to get a lot worse. While Rachel is aware that Nick’s family is well-off, nothing can prepare her for what she finds in Singapore: Nick’s family is tremendously wealthy, the wedding they are attending is the social event of the season, and pretty much everyone she meets does’t like her, as they’re convinced she’s just some random Chinese-American gold digger who is only after Nick’s money. It’s a splashy, soapy, wild story, and it’s also primarily populated by Asian characters in Asian locales. (And, not to spoil too much, but in subsequent novels, Rachel’s own heritage becomes a major part of the story.)

Thankfully, Kwan eventually found producers who understood the story he was trying to tell and the kind of characters that make it so special. The film adaptation of the novel — the first of three Kwan has written about these characters — was produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, who made the film with Warner Bros. (and an appropriately Asian cast).

Check out the first trailer for “Crazy Rich Asians” below.

“Crazy Rich Asians” hits theaters on August 17.

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‘Sharp Objects’ Trailer Gives A Chilling First Look At Amy Adams In HBO Adaptation Of Gillian Flynn Novel

The first trailer for HBO’s adaptation of Sharp Objects dropped tonight during the season two premiere of Westworld and it is definitely haunting. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel by the same name, the limited series stars Amy Adams as Camill…

The first trailer for HBO’s adaptation of Sharp Objects dropped tonight during the season two premiere of Westworld and it is definitely haunting. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel by the same name, the limited series stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls only to find herself identifying with the young victims too closely. The trailer above gives a taste of the eight-episode limited series…