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I think what we’ve got below is a way more accurate title.
You know a movie is gonna be bad when the commercials don’t even highlight the supposed lead star in the movie. From what I’ve seen, this looks more like a Jason Segel vehicle. Oh yea, and Cameron Diaz will wash your car for you.
With Segel and Timberlake sharing the screen, how disappointing that this movie isn’t “I Love You, Man: 2”; because I bet the two of them are funny as hell together.
Caught this information card at the end of the most recent 127 Hours commercials (the one praising Franco and listing all of the recent award nominations that the film has received). I thought it was weird, since it looked like the legalese that you usually only find at the end of car commercials. All praise the mighty Pause button on the remote control! And let’s not forget about our dear friend Rewind (be kind).
The quote is literally on screen for 2 seconds, so it seems like a lot of effort to flash this looong quote at the end of a national commercial, during awards season no less, and then thank a television director/producer for (I suppose) allowing you to mimic his style. I wonder who else other than me even caught a glimpse of it?
The bottom line “Thank You Mr. Lorre” refers to the vanity cards that appears at the end of most Chuck Lorre shows (Dharma and Greg, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory). What confuses me though, is, WHO is thanking Lorre? Is it Timothy Gray, from Variety, who wrote the quote, or is it the person(s) who grabbed the quote and threw it in at the end of the commercial?
Well, for inquiring minds, I’ve captured the quote and am including it here. Not as intriguing as getting to the bottom of a JJ Abrams puzzle, but entertaining all the same.
What’s ironic is, the quote begins: TO RELIEVE STRESS, GO TO THE MOVIES.
I guess to INDUCE stress, try reading this quote in its original format: at the end of the 127 Hours commercial.
I was starting to worry/wonder about all of the end-of-year Oscar-worthy releases. Other than Black Swan I’m not seeing many films out there (yet) that seem like a *must* for me (like Crazy Heart, The Wrestler, The Hurt Locker, etc. from previous fall seasons). I realize that it’s only October, and most studios wait until about mid-November to start pushing their awards fodder, but to not yet see even a few good trailers has been a little disconcerting.
Holy Ess, this is one great trailer (and not just because it uses an awesome song by the group Broken Bells to set the tone). If the trailer alone can pull you in and start to reduce you to a teary-eyed mess, then I can only imagine what the full film will be like (sadly, I missed this show when it was on Broadway, starring the always great Cynthia Nixon and the amazing silver fox himself, John Slattery. Wow, yes- I am truly miffed that I didn’t go see this play!) Instead, we get to watch Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart pick up the pieces of their fractured life. Not two of my favorite actors, but in this trailer alone, they seem to pull it off for me.
Release date is scheduled for Dec. 17.
I loved, loved, loved The Wrestler. It was my favorite movie of the year. I tend to really like all of Aranofsky’s movies, and based on the trailer below for the upcoming “Black Swan,” (Opens December 1) I think I can already say with some certainty that it will not fail to impress.
It is probably also good to note here that I loved, loved, loved Crazy Heart. While NOT directed by Aronofsky, both films WERE released by the excellent Fox Searchlight Pictures. They release great films. Period.
Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Check out the trailer here and let me know your thoughts!
The plot to “Buried,” due out this September is very simple: “Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.” And the movie runs a cool 95 minutes (which is probably the maximum attention-span limit for a film whose action pretty much all takes place inside a coffin).
You may watch this trailer and feel like not much is happening here/ wonder if the filmmakers never saw Uma Thuman’s heroic escape from a coffin in “Kill Bill”/ be suffering from too much Reynolds (I’ve heard that’s *possible*)/ ask yourself why he doesn’t use the powers of his Green Lantern ring or Deadpool’s swords to claw his way out.
Personally, I’m intrigued. Fueled by the fact this was a huge hit in Sundance this past year, the script was a finalist in 2009 on Hollywood’s coveted screenwriters’ Black List (an insider-y listing of a year’s best unproduced scripts), and a lot of movie blogs that I read (like /Film) on a daily basis had nothing but great things to say about “Buried”.
Those of you unfamiliar with The Black List should know that previous finalists that have gone on to be optioned, produced, (and in many cases, award-winning) films have included: Lars and the Real Girl, Juno, There Will Be Blood, 500 Days of Summer, Inglorious Basterds, Up in the Air… I think you see my point.
Upcoming films that were culled from the most-recent list of finalists include: The Social Network, Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley writer/dir.), Due Date (Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis), Water for Elephants, the ill-fated (thanks, Mad Mel!) The Beaver (I think Steve Carell was originally attached to this one), and apparently “Arthur” (the remake, with Russell Bland) made it to this list. Which is weird, since it’s a REMAKE. Which goes to show how much the script must have changed. It may also prove that no one knew Brand was involved at the time of script review, or else perhaps no one would have given it the thumb’s up.
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