That headline is slightly misleading: Most people aren’t familiar with the name Christine Chubbuck, the subject of the new film from Afterschool and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos. But to her former co-workers, certain morbid corners of the internet, and a handful of cinema fans, her name is synonymous with one of the most tragic and harrowing events in television history. That event is teased to a chilling degree in the first trailer for Christine, starring an absolutely compelling Rebecca Hall in the title role.
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Just when you thought it was safe to buy dolls again…Nope. Here’s the first trailer for Annabelle 2, which, as the title suggests, is a sequel to last year’s relatively successful James Wan-produced spinoff of The Conjuring, featuring that damn creepy doll and her creepy antics. This time, she’s terrorizing a doll-maker, and that seems totally fair, to be honest, since he’s responsible for the creation of her kind and their endless suffering at the hands of ruthless children.
Fresh from its premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it won the second place trophy) and screenings at the Toronto Film Festival, here is the trailer for Nocturnal Animals, the newest from from fashion designer and director Tom Ford. His follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 film A Single Man features an excellent cast, with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as the two leads. Adams plays an art gallery owner who receives a manuscript from her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal) in which the character clearly inspired by her (and played by Isla Fisher in films from the book-within-the-film) meets a horrible fate.
Not long ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios was all but left for dead. Disney subsidiary Pixar was the animated world’s critical darling, and its frequent box office champ. As 2D animation began to lose favor with audiences, so did a lot of Disney proper’s offerings. But the last few years have seen the Mouse House rebound in a major way, with some of the biggest animated hits in the company’s history, including Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia, which made a whopping $1 billion worldwide earlier this year.
If you’re not getting enough of Washington D.C.’s seedy underbelly just reading the New York Times every morning, keep an eye out for Miss Sloane later this fall. Jessica Chastain stars in the film as a lobbyist who squares off with the all-powerful gun lobby. (“There’s over five million of us. And we’re armed.”) In the teaser above, Chastain flashes that same steely glare that made her such an incredible lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham has been up to something lately. After his ill-fated ancient Egypt drama show Hieroglyph was scrapped at FOX after only a few episodes were shot, this past July he completed production on his first full-length feature film called The Curiosity. The film was inspired by and takes some cues from Hieroglyph, and tells the same kind of fantastical story on a smaller scale.
Uh, wait — is Fifty Shades Darker a ’90s thriller? That certainly seems to be the case based on the first full trailer for the upcoming sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, in which Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele reunites with Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey for another quasi-erotic outing. This time there are no rules (or any humor that we can see), but there are lots of fireworks, a masquerade party, a new beau and a stalker…or two?
I don’t think it’s a particularly bold statement to say that Justin Timberlake is one of the great all-around talents currently working today. Everyone knows his music and his hilarious appearances on Saturday Night Live, but with a filmography that includes everything from Inside Llewyn Davis to The Social Network, Timberlake has also proven himself several times over as an actor. Whatever Timberlake decides to do, odds are he will do it very, very well.
Elisabeth Moss has become a skillful indie actress since her stint on AMC’s Mad Men, taking on films like Listen Up Philip, High-Rise, and Queen of Earth. We’ll have to wait for the second season of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake to see her on our TV screens again, but her new Sundance drama The Free World should tide us over until then.
TIFF is the unofficial kickoff for awards season, and we’ve already seen some very promising trailers this week. None more promising, however, than The Promise, which sees Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale go up against the Ottoman Empire-instigated Armenian genocide in the 1910s. An Oscar for Oscar might not be too far off.