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Call-In Commentary: Watch the “On The Road” trailer with director Walter Salles

Kristen Stewart in On The Road

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American novelist Jack Kerouac is a hero of the beat generation, so it’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken more than fifty years to translate his classic title “On the Road” to film. But alas that moment has now arrived courtesy of director Walter Salles, who tapped a trio of young stars — Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund and Sam Riley — for the iconic tale of a grand cross-country road trip.

To get first-hand insight into the making of the film, we recruited Salles for our Call-In Commentary series, where filmmakers provide narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, Salles takes you inside the picture and its star cast. Check it out below; “On The Road” hits theaters Friday, December 21.

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Art of the Spoof

Watch Johnny Depp, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt and More in Funny or Die’s Donald Trump Biopic

Johnny Depp just got very classy.

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We’re barely halfway through February, but this year’s Too Many Cooks Award for the most bizarre comedy project is already a lock. Blindsiding the world with greatness without any warning, Funny or Die released a 50-minute Donald Trump parody starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as Donny.

Ron Howard introduces this “lost” 1988 TV movie adaptation of Trump’s how-to manual The Art of the Deal produced with the retro quality of a Wendy’s training video. Along for the big hair and shoulder pads flashback are Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Todd Margaret‘s Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana — as well as many Reagan-era surprises like a cameo from that loveable cat eater ALF and a theme song by Kenny Loggins.

Much like Eric Jonrosh of The Spoils Before Dying and The Spoils of Babylon fame, “Trump” writes, directs, and narrates his own epic tale of real estate wheelings-and-dealings. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Funny or Die to watch the full Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal movie before the real Donald sics his army of lawyers on Will Ferrell and company. (For more bizarro Johnny Depp characters, be sure to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this month on IFC.)

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Flight” trailer with screenwriter John Gatins

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“Flight” is more than just the much-heralded return of director Robert Zemeckis to live-action films, it’s also a soaring drama with one of the most emotionally charged performances from Denzel Washington in years. The story follows a veteran airline pilot (Washington) who miraculously crash-lands a passenger jet, only it happens while he’s high on cocaine and drunk, something the FAA tends to frown upon. Co-starring Don Cheadle as Washington’s lawyer, Melissa Leo as a hard-charging government investigator and John Goodman as the easy-going drug supplier, “Flight” is a near-certain Oscar contender and an exhilarating theatrical experience.

“Flight” sprang from the mind of screenwriter John Gatins, who remained very much invested with the project during its filming. So it was a particular thrill to recruit him for our Call-In Commentary series, where directors, writers and actors record narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, Gatins touches on the filming, working with the cast and offers general insight into this fascinating project. “Flight” is currently in theaters.

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MORE CALL-IN COMMENTARIES:

Watch the “Starlet” trailer with writer-director Sean Baker
Watch the “Fat Kid Rules the World” trailer with director Matthew Lillard
Watch the “House at the End of the Street” trailer with director Mark Tonderai
Watch the “Looper” trailer with writer-director Rian Johnson
Watch the “For a Good Time, Call…” trailer with writer-director Jamie Travis
Watch the “Robot & Frank” trailer with director Jake Schreier

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Will you be checking out “Flight”? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Starlet” trailer with writer-director Sean Baker

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In Sean Baker’s new indie “Starlet,” a young Californian (played by Dree Hemingway — Ernest’s granddaughter — in her feature film debut) crosses paths with an elderly widow (Besedka Johnson) at a yard sale, where she finds a stash of cash from the older woman’s past. The resulting relationship, as these two cross-generational characters begin spending time together, is the focal point of the movie which has been hailed at such festivals as SXSW.

To get the inside take on the picture, we asked Sean to participate in our Call-In Commentary series, where filmmakers provide narration to their trailers. In the video below, the director takes you through the movie, introducing his leads and swearing there are no spoilers. Check it out, and catch “Starlet” in theaters November 9th.

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MORE CALL-IN COMMENTARIES:

Watch the “Fat Kid Rules the World” trailer with director Matthew Lillard
Watch the “House at the End of the Street” trailer with director Mark Tonderai
Watch the “Looper” trailer with writer-director Rian Johnson
Watch the “For a Good Time, Call…” trailer with writer-director Jamie Travis
Watch “The Babymakers” trailer with director Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard
Watch the “Robot & Frank” trailer with director Jake Schreier

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Will you be checking out “Starlet”? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Exclusive Premiere: Glen Hansard “You Will Become”

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Glen Hansard has done a lot of incredible things during his long and storied career as a musician. He’s made a name for himself with his work with the influential Irish band The Frames. He’s developed a devoted following with his duo The Swell Season. He even won an Academy Award for his song “Falling Slowly” from the movie “Once.” But the one thing Hansard hasn’t done is release a solo album. Until now.

After twenty years in the business, Hansard finally achieved that goal and released his first solo album, “Rhythm and Repose.” The album is filled with Hansard’s renowned emotive lyrics, there are songs about unrequited love, desperate longing, mistakes made again and again, and the pursuit of happiness. The songs are quiet, but powerful, with Hansard channeling his humble angst through a filter of maturity and well-earned wisdom. While fans of The Frames may find Hansard’s usual intensity muted on his solo work, the album is a solid slow burner.

Watch the exclusive premiere of the video, directed by Hedi Rose, for Glen Hansard’s track “You Will Become”:

GLEN HANSARD TOUR DATES
*Eddie Vedder tour

October 31-November 1 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Pearl at the Palms*
November 4 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Comerica Theatre*
November 6 /// Albuquerque, NM /// Kiva Auditorium*
November 7 /// El Paso, TX /// Plaza Theatre*
November 9-11 /// Austin, TX /// Bass Concert Hall*
November 12-13 /// Houston, TX /// Jones Hall for the Performing Arts*
November 15 /// Dallas, TX /// Music Hall at Fair Park*
November 16 /// San Antonio, TX /// Lila Cockrell Theatre*
November 18-19 /// Tulsa, OK /// The Brady Theater*
November 21 /// Memphis, TN /// Orpheum Theatre*
November 24-25 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Moran Theater*
November 27-28 /// Orlando, FL /// Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre*
November 30-December 1 /// Ft. Lauderdale, FL /// Broward Center*
December 3-4 /// Clearwater, FL /// Ruth Eckerd Hall*

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Exclusive Premiere: Sassparilla “All The Way In”

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When it comes to bringing the sound of Americana to life, it’s hard to top Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla. Whether you call them folk-punk or psychobilly or just rockabilly with a seriously Portland twist, Sassparilla makes modern music drenched in a vintage feel. Whatever you dub their sound, the band — Kevin Blackwell (vocals, lead guitar, national resonator guitar), father-son combo Ross Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin Macdonald (bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), Justin Burkhart (drums), and Ben Stewart (bass) –makes undeniably fun bluesy-folk rock with a punk-sensibility. Their rollicking music evokes bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys, The Pogues, and Mumford and Sons, and like their forebears and contemporaries, Sassparilla lends itself to dancing, whether fueled by moonshine or just a burning desire to move to the punk-tinged bluesy folk.

Their new 9-track collection of rockabilly roots-pop, “Magpie,” was released yesterday on Portland-based independent record label Fluff & Gravy Records. Accompanying the new album, the band has created a video for their song “All The Way In.” Watch it now:

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