Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins for a New Generation in 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Months after the original teaser, and the trailer is finally here for this. Looks like Emily Blunt chose not to do a Julie Andrews imitation, which is probably smart, but I’m not sure. Looks okay, I guess. To me, the 1964 movie is iconic and singular, not something that can be redone in any way, really. And it sounds like they’ve got some new music here, but the best part of this trailer is seeing Dick Van Dyke dancing again. What do you think?

Here’s the retro poster they came up with:


Crowd Pleaser 'Green Book' is a Showstopper in Toronto

Reports out of TIFF indicated a surprise audience favorite in Green Book, this movie starring Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali, which took the crowds by storm and is set to turn into a huge word of mouth hit around Thanksgiving. Comparisons to Hidden Figures abounded, and you have to admit that it does look crowd pleasing. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’ll have to keep an eye out now.

Orson Welles Returns With 'The Other Side of the Wind'

Yes, you read that right. The legendary Orson Welles is back! Or at least, this is his final film, finished after all these years with the help of a new post-production team assembling all the footage that was filmed back in the 70's along with Welles' own editing notes. How cool is that, right? This is definitely one of the most anticipated films of the fall season for any true film buffs out there. Netflix is releasing it on November 2nd and it's premiering at Venice tomorrow.

Hugh Jackman Takes on Gary Hart in 'The Front Runner'

Jason Reitman's new movie is premiering at Telluride tomorrow and we're getting the first trailer for it today. It actually looks pretty interesting- I would have thought a sex scandal taking down a presidential candidate in 1988 would seem quaint by today's standards, but the movie looks to be making the argument that this particular story was what began the tabloid-esque obsession with gossip in politics from that point forward. Hugh Jackman could be an Oscar contender for this as well. It comes out on November 7th.

Another Look at 'First Man' Ahead of Venice Premiere

Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man kicks off the Venice Film Festival today, and the reviews seem pretty strong so far (early scores have it at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and 81 on Metacritic). This is definitely a better trailer than the last one, but I just can't manage to muster up much interest in this film, to tell you the truth. Not sure why exactly- maybe because I'm not the biggest Chazelle fan (didn't like La La Land or Whiplash all that much). I'm glad it appears to be good, and I'll certainly see it, but the whole subject matter leaves me cold for some reason.

Chris Pine is Robert the Bruce in 'Outlaw King'

Chris Pine may have a questionable Scottish accent, but other than that, this movie looks pretty good. It's set to open the Toronto Film Festival in a couple weeks, and it's from David Mackenzie, who directed Hell or High Water, also with Pine. Florence Pugh, who was so good in Lady Macbeth, shows up in this, before playing Amy in Greta Gerwig's new Little Women later this year. It'll drop on Netflix in November so look out for it.

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018


Aretha Franklin, the eternal Queen of Soul passed away today at the age of 76, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A pioneering influence on virtually every soul singer who came after her, and a crusader for civil rights as well as a brilliant artist. My favorite Aretha songs: 1) "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" 2) "I Say A Little Prayer For You" 3) "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" 4) "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" 5) "Respect" 6) "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" 7) "Baby, I Love You" 8) "Think" 9) "Spanish Harlem" 10) "Chain of Fools"

In tribute to her career, here she is stealing the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers out from under the stars:

Here she is performing at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 (and bringing President Obama to tears):

And finally, performing at Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009:

Stunning New Teaser for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma'

I love Alfonso Cuaron, so this is definitely my most anticipated movie of the fall. After a few films dealing with big budget special effects and studios, Cuaron decided to go back and make this deeply personal film about a middle class family living in Mexico in the 1970's, and amazingly, shot it himself. It's going to premiere at Venice on August 30th, but will debut on Netflix December 14th.