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I know I will be after watching the debut trailer for this great looking sci-fi from writer/director Jeff Nichols, the same man behind 2013’s Mud. “Roy is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton. Joined by Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst’s characters, this group must race to get Alton to a secret […]
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Sundance missed out on the opportunity to present Shotgun Stories (2007) to the world (Berlin landed the film instead) but made up for it for it with Jeff Nichols films number two Take Shelter (2011) and three Mud (2012). The filmmaker originally from Little Rock, Arkansas lined up a major studio gig for Midnight Special, re-teamed with Michael Shannon and added Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, young protag Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard on the January shoot. Worth noting, that’s January of 2014. Unlike Take Shelter, a film that needed its own good dose of special effects, Warner Bros. has tried to figure out the best course of action to unveil this original piece. Tied with a March 18th, this is likely headed to SXSW (Dunst let slip out of the bag) but we’re thinking a special screening (Sundance’s way to incorporate a major studio film from auteurs working for »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie, "Midnight Special," starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. Check it out below. Plot: A father (Shannon) and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. The new movie is directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and is set to hit theaters on March 18th, 2016. Trailer: »
Michael Shannon has been in each Jeff Nichols feature so far, and with Midnight Special the director/star duo of Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud graduate to (seemingly) big-time studio money. (The actual number, per this interesting article, is a relatively modest $18 million.) It’s a sci-fi chase movie — the trailer gives off the general vibe. The film drops March 18. »
- Filmmaker Staff
“There was actually a scene in X-Men: First Class where we come up against somebody so dumb that I can’t mind bend him,” states McAvoy. “We end up actually having to have a real deal fight with him, me and Magneto, because there’s no metal in the room either. We end up just having a fight with this guy who was seven foot six or something like that. And we kill him by shoving a bear’s head over his head. It was weird… We twisted it and broke his neck and I said something like, ‘I couldn’t bear that man.'”
McAvoy will be back as Xavier next year with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, »
- Gary Collinson
Following the release of the first poster and image [check them out here], a trailer has now arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, which is written and directed by Jeff Nichols and stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. You can watch it below after the official synopsis…
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, August: Osage County) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (Girls). It is a full-on chase, »
- Amie Cranswick
Bryan Singer has shared yet another image on his Instagram account from next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The picture shows us a shot from the film’s first teaser trailer, in which we see James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier using Cerebro, the device that helps him locate mutants across the globe. While fans will still have to wait a few months for Apocalypse to be released into theaters, the trailer will be here in less than a month, as it is attached to prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The post is accompanied by a caption that reads, “Finishing up the first teaser. #xmen #xmenapocalypse.” See it here…
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Singer would most likely be returning to shoot another X-Men film after Apocalypse; if the report turns out to be true, the film will be his fifth entry in the X-Men franchise.
- Justin Cook
A trailer has landed for the fabulous-looking sci-fi movie, Midnight Special. See it right here...
Had things gone to plan, then Midnight Special – the new movie from director Jeff Nicholls – would have already been released. Yet the movie was pushed back to a new 2016 slot, and that means we’ve been waiting for some time for Nicholls’ movie. Given that his last two films were Mud and Take Shelter, his work is likely to be worth waiting for.
This time, his cast features Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, Bill Camp and Scott Haze. And the new trailer for the movie has landed.
Here, firstly, is the official synopsis for the film…
If writer-director Jeff Nichols isn't already on your "I'll watch anything this person makes" list, it's probably because you just haven't seen any of his movies. He's only made three so far and while they're all very different they do have one thing in common. They're about enduring whatever insanity life throws at you, be it family tragedy (Shotgun Stories), potential mental illness (Take Shelter), or a fugitive drifter (Mud) and still making the effort to be a good human being. That same theme definitely looks like it's carried through to Nichols' fourth film, Midnight Special, only this time it's filtered through the same genre spectrum that gave us '80s classics like Starman, E.T., and Firestarter. It's about a father...
- Peter Hall
Writer-director Jeff Nichols has become one of those storytellers who makes you stand up and take notice every time he has a new film coming out. True, the director only has three credits to his name. But since they include the outstanding Take Shelter and the incredible Mud, we.re pretty much on board with whatever type of story he.d like to tell next, especially when it looks like Midnight Special: Are you getting the same Amblin vibe off of this first footage for Midnight Special? The director once again teams with his lucky charm, Michael Shannon, for the story of a powerful young boy who is being pursued by powerful forces because of his unique abilities. Shannon is the man.s father, but who, then, is Joel Edgerton playing? From what we can tell in this trailer, the men have "abducted" 8-year-old Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and are »
After executing the dramatic – and critically-acclaimed – one-two punch with Take Shelter and Mud, director Jeff Nichols will return in a major way in 2016, releasing two feature films should all go according to plan. One of which is Loving, a brand new drama that stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; the other, arriving from the other end of the spectrum, is a sci-fi thriller known as Midnight Special.
Returning at the helm, the writer-director is evidently casting his eye to the genre films of yesteryear with his next project, with today’s trailer containing the some of the wide-eyed wonder found in such classics as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In terms of the plot driving the extra-terrestrial happenings on screen, Midnight Special will follow a loving father Roy (Shannon) who is left no choice but to go on the run with his son Alton after discovering that he inexplicably possess supernatural abilities. »
- Michael Briers
It start with an Amber alert for an eight-year-old boy and ends with child with glowing eyes causing massive disturbances: Judging by the first trailer for the star-studded sci-fi throwback Midnight Special, we may have a candidate for next year's best old-school Spielberg-esque film not made by the man himself.
A mysterious chase movie that filmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) has likened to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the movie tells the story of a man (Michael Shannon) and his uniquely gifted eight-year-old kid, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher »
While the initial reveal of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver during the marketing campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past met with a mixed reception from fans, the character would go on to provide one of the highlight’s of last year’s X-Men movie with his slow-mo action sequence inside the Pentagon.
Peters is set to return to the franchise next year for the follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, and the actor has been discussing that movie’s big Quicksilver sequence with Collider, promising that it will be “bigger, longer and more detailed”.
“Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It’s bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it’s an amazing sequence that they’ve put together. Just filming it, I was like, ‘Oh, my god!’ I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It’s so cool to take that »
- Gary Collinson
Actor Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go well together. Shannon has been Nichols' good luck charm since his debut with Shotgun Stories, taking the lead in the exceptional Take Shelter and a pivotal supporting role in Mud. Now, Shannon stars in Nichols' sci-fi father/son chase movie Midnight Special. Is that a horrible way to describe the film? Yes, probably, but those are the basic building blocks of a movie that looks right at home on the multiplex screens of the early 1980s.While the trailer doesn't push any real wow factor, Nichols is one of the more interesting directors working in America today. Let's call this X-Men without the X-men; Superboy instead of man... A little E.T.,...
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There has been a lot of buzz around Jeff Nichol’s latest film, which marks his first foray into sci-fi. The director made waves when he broke through with his second feature Take Shelter, which starred Michael Shannon as a man who either had special powers in for-seeing an impending storm, or was just crazy. The film also starred a then new-comer, Jessica Chastain, who had to worry about her husband as well as their deaf daughter.
Nichols has so far been an expert at working with child actors. From Tova Stewart in Take Shelter, to the two leads of his third film, Mud, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, who help Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive searching for his true love.
The child in Midnight Special, however, is not like them—and he is not like us.
While we don’t have too many details, it’s apparent from the »
- Adriana Floridia
The trailer for Midnight Special has just been released and it tells the compelling tale of a father trying to protect his son, all the while trying to find answers. The film stars Michael Shannon as Roy, a father who is on the run and doing whatever it takes to protect his son, Alton (Jaden Lieberher), who is gifted with special abilities. This looks to be an emotional and intense film, which focuses on the aspect of a father and son relationship instead of just a boy with superpowers. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud), and also featuring a supporting cast of incredibly talented actors such as Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, and Sam Shepard. After watching that trailer, Midnight Special hits theaters on March 18, 2016. In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, »
Fans of director Jeff Nichols' previous efforts (Take Shelter & Mud), get ready to be happy. The first trailer for his latest flick, Midnight Special, has arrived. Starring Nichols' go-to-guy Michael Shannon as a father on the run to protect his "gifted" son, this one has got a sci-fi/supernatural vibe, mixed with the familial ties that are typically found... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Read More: First Look: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Starring Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, And Kirsten Dunst After the critically acclaimed hat trick of "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," writer-director Jeff Nichols is painting on his most ambitious canvas yet for the upcoming sci-fi drama "Midnight Special." Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols looks to be bringing some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like an Amblin Entertainment/Steve Spielberg-esque childhood saga. Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher's Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star. While many of the plot specifics are being kept under »
- Zack Sharf
If all goes according to plan, we’ll be seeing not one, but two features from Take Shelter and Mud director Jeff Nichols next year. He’s currently shooting the drama Loving with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, and it seems primed for a fall 2016 release, but first out of the gate will be his long-awaited studio debut: the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special. Once set for a release this upcoming week, it was moved to March by Warner Bros., and today finally brings the first trailer.
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Starman, they were my inspirations — very propulsive journeys that work when you can’t predict what’s going to happen next,” Nichols recently said. “This is my sci-fi chase film.” Starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, it follows a father who sets to protect his uniquely gifted son while »
- Leonard Pearce
Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp, Scott Haze and Paul Sparks all star in the project in which Shannon plays a father who goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy's special powers.
What starts as a race from religious extremists and local cops quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. The film opens .
- Garth Franklin
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