Film Bits: ‘It’ Looks Terrifying

‘It’ Trailer Doesn’t Disappoint

Yesterday’s tease for Stephen King’s It could, in no way, prepare us for what was coming today with the first full trailer. Silence, naysayers, this looks amazing. While somewhat short on Pennywise, the trailer for the new film harkens back directly to King’s classic novel, incorporating elements that should be familiar to fans of both the book and the poorly aged miniseries it inspired. Here, they’re updated for modern audiences, and given new life in terrifying new ways. It would have been nice to hear what Bill Skarsgard was going to do with Pennywise’s voice, but that shot of him rising out of the water to run at Bill should be more than enough to convince even the staunchest of critics. With just over five months between now and It’s release, we’ll surely get more looks at both the movie and Pennywise, and we’ll definitely keep you posted between now and then. For now, turn the lights down low and take a trip to Derry, and try to stay away from storm drains. It opens September 8.

(Warner Brothers)

‘Valerian’ Releases Beautiful Second Trailer

Director Luc Besson has always gone for bigger and bolder, and his latest film looks to be his biggest and boldest yet. Based on the popular French graphic novel, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like everything The Fifth Element wanted to be and then some. The new trailer largely piggybacks off the original trailer from last year, though we do see more of the world of the movie and get a lot more from stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. What we really get is more of the striking imagery that looks oh so Besson—steeped in sci-fi tradition while bearing all of his trademarks. From what we’ve seen so far, this could be the hit of the summer. We won’t know for sure until July 21, when Valerian hits theaters.

(STX)

Frank Turner Doc in the Works

A new documentary chronicling punk rock troubadour Frank Turner is getting ready for release this summer. Get Better-A Film About Frank Turner is a candid look at a year in the life of the hardworking punk folkster from director Ben Morse. The film is set to be screened in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Poloma with Morse on hand for a Q&A. Originally intended to be a tour documentary, the film chronicles a traumatic period for Turner who, after being forced to face up to his personal demons, paused touring for the first time in his career as the film was coming together. You can find tickets for screenings here, and the film will be released on DVD later this year.

(Universal Music Group)

Green Day Producing East Bay Punk Doc

Green Day has announced the impending release of Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. Featuring Iggy Pop narrating, the film takes a look at the history of punk rock in the Bay Area and the wide range of bands that continue to be influenced by the scene to this day. Turn it Around was produced by the pop punk icons, who remain one of the most visible bands from the scene, though truly they stand on the shoulders of giants. Featuring interviews with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, Rancid front man Tim Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, Miranda July, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and Spearhead front man Michael Franti, Minor Threat and Fugazi’s Ian Mackaye, Turn it Around looks to be must see watching for fans of punk rock.

(Abramorama)

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