Trailer: Renée Zellweger In ‘JUDY’

The first trailer for the upcoming JUDY starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland.
(photo credit: David Hindley)

The first trailer for the upcoming JUDY starring Renée Zellweger as the iconic Hollywood star, Judy Garland.

“Everyone’s had their troubles…and I’ve had mine.”

Via press release:

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

In theaters September 27.

Trailer For Upcoming Biopic ‘MAPPLETHORPE’

Official poster for MAPPLETHORPE

“In church I found God, and then Polaroid led me straight to the devil.”

A rather apt statement from Matt Smith’s “Robert Mapplethorpe” in the trailer for the upcoming biopic, MAPPLETHORPE.

Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) stars as the controversial and provocative photographer of the 1970s and 1980s who became a flashpoint for political conversations about art versus pornography.

The influential artist, who died in 1989 due to AIDS-related causes, scandalized the art world with his images S&M scenes and the naked male body.

From the trailer description:

Robert Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground.

Mapplethorpe’s work explored eroticism in a manner that shocked and challenged the public’s views on the boundaries of art. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition.

“Like any artist in many senses he was vilified at the time,” Smith told EW. “But that’s because he was pushing the boundaries and the form and the envelope of that he was doing and the time he was in, and often the purpose of art is to do that.”

Mapplethorpe was also responsible, in part, in reigniting interest in photography as a mainstream, evocative art form.

“I’m an artist,” says Smith’s Mapplethorpe. “I would have been a painter, but the camera was invented.”

Matt Smith as “Robert Mapplethorpe”

In that Mapplethorpe died of AIDS, Smith also explored the impact of the disease that nearly wiped out a generation of gay men. He told EW:

Just investigating that moment in time, it certainly made me reflect on being a homosexual in the ’70s in New York and the way they were treated for a disease that was completely misunderstood. You think with what we know now about HIV and AIDS, you think if only we could have imparted a bit of the medicinal knowledge and the cultural understanding of that thing. It was appalling really what happened to gay men then, and the way they were treated, and what they had to go through.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in being able to treat that particular disease. It absolutely made me think about that. He died so young and if he were around now, then he’d live out the whole of his life and still be a brilliant, prolific artist I’m sure. Because he was prolific. He just worked and worked and worked.

Directed by Ondi Timoner, the movie premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and the critics raved.

“A phenomenal performance from lead Matt Smith,” wrote Lena Smith for Slate. “Audiences will feel unable to tear themselves away.”

The Hollywood Reporter also gushed about the film’s lead: “A superb performance from Matt Smith.”

“The film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer” wrote Dan Callahan of The Wrap.

The film also stars Marianne Rendón, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Sklenar, McKinley Belcher III, and Kerry Butler.

A favorite on the film festival circuit, the movie garnered several awards including:

• Winner of the Audience Award (Feature Film) at the Auction Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

• Winner of the Audience Award (Best LGBTQ Film) at the Key West Film Festival

• Winner of the Audience Award (Narrative Film) at the Long Beach Film Festival

• Winner of the Audience Award (Best Feature Film) at the Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival

MAPPLETHORPE lands in theaters March 1, 2019. Watch the trailer below.

First Trailer For “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Clip description:

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Opens May 27, 2016.

Trailer: “We Cause Scenes – The Rise of Improv Everywhere”

Documentary chronicling the evolution of Improv Everywhere.

From the clip description: Since their humble beginnings in New York City in 2001, Improv Everywhere has grown from a small gang of restless jokesters into an internationally recognized prank collective and a viral video-making machine.

From the No Pants Subway Ride to Frozen Grand Central to the MP3 Experiment and beyond, their publicly staged scenes of chaos and joy are beloved by the hundreds who witness them, the thousands who participate in them, and the millions who watch and share the videos online.

We Cause Scenes: The Rise of Improv Everywhere is the inside story of this groundbreaking group and its founder, Charlie Todd, who has turned the world into a stage, inventing an art form for the Internet age.

More info:

(h/t JMG)

Trailer: Award-winning indie film “Bridegroom”

This fall, Bridegroom will give audiences a closer look at the tragic story of Shane and Tom, a committed couple living in California. They started a business, bought a home together, traveled the world together, and adopted a dog together.

Though they weren’t legally able to marry in California, Tom and Shane planned to wed one day. Unfortunately, they were never able to, because Tom died after accidentally falling off a roof in 2011.

Tom’s family prevented Shane from going to the funeral because Shane had no legal rights. On the one-year anniversary of Tom’s death, Shane posted this moving and emotional video.

It went viral and garnered the attention of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women), who went on to write, produce, and direct a documentary about Shane and Tom’s story. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by President Clinton, and went on to win the Audience Award there as well as at multiple other film festivals this year.

The film will be released in New York City on Friday, Oct. 4, and in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 18. It will air on the OWN Network on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will also be available on Netflix beginning that same day. More at