The Berlin Film Festival premieres a series of big titles, including Nymphomaniac, The Monuments Men and Yves Saint Laurent. A new trailer stirs buzz for the teen comedy G.B.F. in the UK. And two horror films tease us with trailers promising blackly comical grisliness in Cheap Thrills and more violent nastiness in The Purge 2...
The main global cinematic event this week is the Berlin Film Festival, which showcases high-profile films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. After their starry New York premiere last week, Clooney and his gang of costars - including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin - have been dashing around Europe this week. Here's video footage from The Monuments Men Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York including the arrival of Director and Star George Clooney as well as appearences from other A-List cast members like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Incase you missed Shia LabBeouf's Paper bag stunt take a look here.
Another Berlin premiere debuted its first trailer this week, giving us a look at the biopic Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Niney (Romantics Anonymous) plays the eponymous designer in the film, which traces his rise to fame and romantic liaisons with both men and women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unsurprisingly, the film looks stylish and achingly cool. It opens next month in Britain. Watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' trailer here.
Ahead of its UK release, the teen comedy G.B.F. got a new trailer this week. The title refers to the hottest high school trend: the gay best friend. The movie is a witty riff on Mean Girls starring Michael J. Willet (United States of Tara). Big-name costars include Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque. The film opened last month in the US (and was reviewed by Contactmusic); it arrives in the UK in March. For the G.B.F. trailer click here or click here for the G.B.F. movie review.
There's also a new trailer for the black-comedy thriller Cheap Thrills, which looks like The Hangover crossed with Reservoir Dogs as a desperate young couple takes on a series of audacious dares to earn some cash. The cast includes David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry and Pat Healy, and the film opens next month. Watch 'Cheap Thrills' trailer.
Another thriller, The Purge: Anarchy, provided its first teaser this week. The sequel to last year's edgy horror thriller has an all-new cast including Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez and Frank Grillo. It also takes the action out into the streets as a couple gets stranded away from home on the fateful night each year when any crime is allowed. The movie opens in June. Watch the trailer for the sequel to 2013 horror 'The Purge' 'The Purge: Anarchy' here.
And finally, Bafta presents its British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, which will give the strongest hint ahead of the Oscars on March 2nd. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the leading contenders for best film - both movies have 11 nominations, while American Hustle has 10.