The trailer for Magic Mike’s Last Dance is here; The first film critic reactions are in about Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, and they’re a mixed bag; The trailer is here for Peacock’s new docuseries Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies, and the woman who was acquitted of murder charges connected to her daughter’s death is speaking out. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
But First: Moby’s Punk Rock Vegan Movie is the opening night film of the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival. Yes, it’s true — the musician, who is also an avid animal rights activist, is making his directorial debut. The movie examines the relationship between punk rock and animal rights.
Babylon First Reactions: The first reactions are in for Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, a love letter to the early days of Hollywood starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Justin Hurwitz, and Diego Calva. Of the select film writers and critics who saw the first press screening, some loved it for its chaotic nature, calling it “rebellious,” “decadent” and “delightfully delicious,” while others called it “an ambitious mess of a film,” “uninsightful” and “a Scorcese coke film by a squeaky clean director.” I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds like one of those movies that you either love or hate. Variety has the full roundup of film critics’ reactions.
Empire of Light: The trailer for Sam Mendes’ romance drama Empire of Light just came out yesterday, and it already has a million views. Olivia Colman plays a sad movie theater manager who cries a lot and develops a relationship with the theater’s newest employee, played by Michael Ward. It also has Colin Firth — watch the trailer here, and consider seeing this movie about a movie theater in an actual movie theater when it comes out on Dec. 9.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance Trailer: It’s hot. It’s spicy. I’m not talking about salsa — it’s the trailer for the final installment of the Magic Mike franchise. Starring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek Pinault, it follows the titular “Magic” Mike Lane, who is taking to the stage again “after a lengthy hiatus following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse… and an agenda all her own,” according to Warner Bros. Watch the trailer here:
Bones and All Snack Report: Cannibal movie co-Taylor Russell told SlashFilm that when she and Timothée Chalamet are supposed to look like they’re eating real human flesh in Bones and All, what they were really eating was maraschino cherries, dark chocolate, and fruit rollups. “If that sounds good to you, cool. If it doesn’t, fair enough. But it was very sweet and tasty than anything else maybe you could imagine,” Russell said.
Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies: The trailer for Peacock’s Casey Anthony docuseries is out, and it’s the first time many of us have heard from Casey Anthony since the 2011 murder trial in which she was accused — and acquitted — of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008. Now, she’s telling her story in full for the first time since then. A lot of people on Twitter are not stoked about it, but we can all decide for ourselves when Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies begins streaming on Nov. 29 on Peacock. Watch the trailer below:
Main Image: Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek Pinault in Magic Mike’s Last Dance courtesy of Warner Bros.