I’ve been watching a whole bunch of trailers lately. I’m not exactly a huge fan of them because sometimes they just tell you too much of the story. But the last and this week the television channels in the US announced their picks for the next falls series. And few of the new ones are looking good! As I mentioned in the post of Hollywood news, I was particularly waiting for Joss Whedons S.H.I.E.L.D. series to get the thumbs up. And as you’ve probably read all over the net already, it got! And the trailer looks more than promising:
There’s also another soapy thrillery, looking a lot like Revenge and also going to be on tv right after it, and it’s called Betrayal. Stuart Townsend is easy on the eyes (The Queen of the Damned, anyone?) and the trailer looks good enough. I just hope Finnish tv-channels would be wise enough to put it somewhere on Sunday evening like in the States. Once Upon a Time, Revenge and then this new one in a row sounds a working ensemble.
The next one on the list of up-coming series that looks promising is The Blacklist headed by James Spader. There are quite loud echos of Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal but that aside, I’m intrigued:
And the last but definitely not the least when it comes to my taste in tv, is Sleepy Hollow. Yes, there is a film of that name and yes, this is based on that. The creators are the same behind of Fringe, the already-cult-classic that just had its final season. And I think Fox is looking something to replace it. This is not looking bad alternative:
(And that guy in the lead is looking like a potential heartthrob.)
That’s it about television. There are only few movie trailers that got my attention lately. The first a rom-com (I can hear the sigh guys…) that looks encouraging, About Time. There’s Rachel McAdams that is, according to my ratings in IMDb, my favourite actress and time travelling. Yeah, doesn’t sound that good. BUT there’s also Bill Nighy and director/writer Richard Curtis, who’s scripted classics like Four Weddings And a Funeral, Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually. My hopes are up.
The other that I paid attention because of the WtF-reaction:
(P.S. I love Michael Cera)
What else is happening. Well, Cannes Film Festival is about to start. About now. Well, I’m not sure if the time is exactly correct but soonish. Today anyway. The jury of Cannes is this year lead by non other than Mr. Steven Spielberg. Joining him in the task of choosing the best of the bunch are auteurs Cristian Mungiu (who’s going to be in Sodankylä too!), Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay, director Naomi Kawase from Japan and actors and actresses Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz. So, there’s talent both sides of the judging table.
On the other side are some potential Oscar nominees, for example always reliable Coen bros with Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about New York folk music scene back in the 60’s, starring Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund (he’s the reason enough for me to see this one). Jim Jarmuschs Only Lovers Left a Life about two centuries old vampires in love starring Tilda Swinton, Tom “the sexiest voice in the world” Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin. That’s probably not Twilight. A small film, Nebraska, by one of my favourite directors, Alexander Payne, a road movie about a son and a father, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. Polanskis latest, La Vénus à la fourrure aka Venus in Fur, about an actress trying to convince the director. Don’t know what to think about that but it’s Polanski. Steven Soderbergh is participating with the one that is his latest as a director for a while if not forever (or so has he said) and is made for HBO, Behind the Candelabra. It’s said that Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are making the career defining jobs in the lead roles. To me the most interesting film of the festival is Ryan Goslings (I should probably tag his name, not the first time I mention him, huh?) collaboration with Drive (one of the best films of the last century) director Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives.
Outside of the main competition I got to mention Sofia Coppolas The Bling Ring. It’s based on the actual events when young and stupid kids robbed the young and famous. Emma Watson is looking hooot:
(I know I’m highlighting the American films but I like them the most.)
And as a post scriptum, are you insane in Maxim?