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WATCH: First Trailer for Dazzling Festival Smash 'Whiplash,' Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 24, 2014 at 3:09PM

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get an awards push later this year -- so, if all goes well, "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this Fall.
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get awards mentions later this year -- so "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this fall.

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star for writer-director Damien Chazelle ("Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" and scribe behind this year's "Grand Piano"), playing respective 19-year-old drummer-protégé and tough-as-nails mentor locked up at a Manhattan music academy, pitted against one another in the attempt to become a percussion legend.

This intense, high-anxiety film has been described as "'Full Metal Jacket' with drums," with ferocious lead performances and a fine visual palette. Amidst the fare that typically comes with a fall season, Sony will give "Whiplash" a release on October 10. 

Watch our exclusive video interview with Miles Teller here, and read our Sundance review here.

This article is related to: Whiplash, Miles Teller, Trailers, Toronto International Film Festival

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.