Watch: Keira Knightley Plays Peter Pan in First Trailer for Laggies

Laggies, Lynn Shelton, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, movie, poster

1st Teaser Poster for Lynn Shelton’s Laggies

Laggies bowed at Sundance to great critical acclaim, landing it on many lists of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. That was in January. This is July, and those of us who weren’t in Park City are finally getting a look at it.  (Insert joke about “lagging” behind here, but the original plan was for a May 9th release.)

The best thing about this 1st trailer  is that the perpetually underrated Sam Rockwell gets to be the sane AND charming one. How refreshing. Hopefully director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) has a few more less-than-obvious choices in store for the rest of the movie as well. Since this is Shelton’s first time directing a film that she didn’t write herself, instead working from a script by first-time scribe Andrea Seigel, my guess is there would have to be something special going on here, especially given the quirky material she usually does write for herself.

A woman stuck in permanent adolescence lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and spends the time hanging out with friends instead.

Another thing I think we can tell from the trailer is that the brief synopsis above is a little misleading. Megan may have a case of “arrested development” but saying she’s “hanging out with friends” barely scratches the surface. More to the point, she’s hanging out with Annika’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) friends….and her father. I think I need to buy a ticket to this. I have got to see how Shelton turns that warped premise into what appears to be a sweet love story, especially since the original posters promised a much darker tone.

As for Megan herself, I like Keira Knightley. But I do have to say that I think first choice Rebecca Hall would have killed this. Poor Keira was actually Shelton’s third choice. While Hall turned the role of Megan down to do Transcendence with Johnny Depp – and really, the less said about that the better. She’s probably kicking herself enough for everyone – but second choice Anne Hathaway signed on then had to leave because shooting on both Song One and Interstellar went long. (At least, by all early accounts, Interstellar will have been worth it. ) I need to see more before I can tell if this is a departure for Knightley or merely an extension of Penny from Seeking a Friend For the End of the World.

We can find out when Laggies, which also stars Ellie Kemper, Gretchen Mol and Mark Webber, opens in the US on September 26 (if you believe Box Office Mojo and Deadline or October 24 if you believe the distributor A24 Films) and 3 October in the UK.


Daniel Craig is So “Money” in the New Trailer for Cowboys & Aliens‏

…and I am so excited for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, I can’t stand it!

A new trailer, which previewed at Spike TV’s "Guys Choice Awards", has hit the web this weekend. In it, Daniel Craig gives the impression that his Jake Lonergan (love that name, although is it just me or does it conjure up images of Robert Shaw in The Sting?*)is a distant, wild west cousin of James Bond. He’s even got a cool gadget-y bracelet. There’s much more action in this clip than in any of the previous trailers and clips, which is just fine by me, and was probably done to suit its initial Spike TV audience.

For my part, I’ve watched the thing four times now and I get goosebumps every time. Of course, we see more of Craig’s preternaturally blue eyes in this one…that might have something to do with it…just sayin’.

The synopsis for this film is long and involved…

"1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past (Craig) stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents – townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors – all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival."

But read that and then watch the trailer and it all makes sense…

The film, which in addition to Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford (playing Indiana Jones grandfather I think,) stars Sam Rockwell (who appears to be channeling Jason Priestly from Tombstone,) and is directed by Jon Favreau, who after Iron Man 1 & 2 knows exactly how "money" he is. It’s produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg (!) and the king of all Hollywood, Ryan Kavanaugh and opens in theaters July 29.

Do not expect this to be the last word from me on this subject!

*Yes, I know Robert Shaw’s character in The Sting was ‘Doyle Lonnegan’