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Poster Lab: Sound of My Voice

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Poster Lab: Sound of My Voice

Mystery seems to shroud every aspect of Fox Searchlight’s Sound of My Voice, a micro-budgeted curio snatched up by the specialty branch at Sundance 2011. Plenty of good ink followed the movie’s festival premiere (including a list-topping IndieWIRE citation), but try to find a great deal of official online content, and you’ll come up surprisingly short. The cryptic buzz continues with the release of the film’s second poster, a dog-eared and thrice-unfolded secret-handshake diagram, which relegates the sonar-style title to the bottom right corner.

The only way to gain an inkling as to what this drawing represents is to watch the 12-minute snippet Fox Searchlight unveiled on Thursday, showing the film’s entire opening chapter. Turns out there are all kinds of initiation rituals necessary to enter the movie’s cult microcosm, including the Miss Mary Mack action shown here, airline style.

I wouldn’t exactly rush to call this poster artful, but it’s certainly one of the more intriguing one-sheets to go viral this year, its WTF factor just as juicy as that of the best Being John Malkovich design, to which the wrinkled red hand signals hold a definite relation. Like Malkovich, Sound of My Voice also boasts time travel, but unless you chilled at Sundance or can beam yourself to April 27, precisely how remains, yes, rather mysterious.

The “Chapter One” tease for the Brit Marling thriller, which the meteoric multi-hyphenate premiered alongside her manslaughter-atonement bummer Another Earth (once again, Marling writes, produces, and stars), is one of the most enticing examples of scenes-as-trailer I’ve seen since the trend grew popular. It certainly beats the pants off of the leaked diner fight from Haywire. Sound of My Voice concerns a filmmaking couple who go undercover and join a society to unmask its leader (Marling), a tattooed and curiously ailing blonde who, in the clip, looks much like she does in the initial poster shopped around months back. The couple gains access by acing the hand claps seen on our beat-up wall-hanging, a scene that instantly recalls the Xi Chi rite of passage from Todd Phillips’s Road Trip. Surely there’s manipulation at play here, and a lack of payoff would come as no surprise, but each new piece of this movie’s promo puzzle confirms the rare pleasure of being led on and turned on at once.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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