In this special episode of the /Filmcast, Director Marc Webb joins David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley for their review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They also praise Paper Heart, Moon, In The Loop, and chat about Futurama’s precious voice actors, as well as the wisdom of a potential Aquaman film. 500 Days of Summer is out in select cities now and will expand wider in the weeks to come.
There will be no /Filmcast next week, but follow everyone on Twitter (Dave, Devindra, and Adam) to keep up with all the happenings at Comic Con this week!
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If you read the site regularly, than you know that we fell in love with this film at Sundance called 500 Days of Summer. It’s a wonderful indie comedy about falling in love and breaking up. It’s a Fox Searchlight release, which means they are doing their patented platform roll-out, which means that it may not hit your neck of the woods the same time that it hits some of the larger cities. I thought I’d pass along this release schedule for those interested, which gives you a good idea of when 500 Days might be hitting a screen near you.
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One of the many reasons I loved 500 Days of Summer is the clever screenwriting. And by clever writing I don’t mean overwritten dialogue ala Diablo Cody, but fantastic story beats that take full advantage of the film medium. Fox Searchlight has released a new clip which perfectly illustrates what I’m talking about. As you might already know, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, who is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him (this is how the movie begins), he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” (hence the title) to try to figure out where things went wrong.
The video clip after the jump takes place after Tom and Summer reconnect after the breakup, and Tom is invited to a party at his ex-girlfriend’s house. Tom, of course, thinks this is an opportunity to rekindle their relationship, but as you might expect, expectations and reality diverge. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have expertly crafted a scene that I believe is so brilliant, that it makes you wonder why no one had come up with this concept prior. Everyone has encountered this situation at one point in their life, and everyone knows how it feels – yet I’ve never seen a movie portray the feeling so accurately, visually, without employing a ton of exposition before hand. The scene in the movie goes on a bit longer, and has more of a dramatic effect on the story (as you might expect, reality gets worse). The sequence works better in the context of the film, but you’ll get the point. Watch the clip embedded after the jump.
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Orange UK has released an international trailer for 500 Days of Summer, which presents the movie as a much more traditional romantic comedy about a couple falling in love. And I’m not saying that the film isn’t a love story, it is, but if anything it isn’t traditional.
The movie is told in flashbacks and flash forwards, the film begins with Summer and Tom’s break up, and the story is also largely about Tom trying to figure out what went wrong, trying to reestablish a connection, trying to get over the break-up…etc. And that story seems to be completely absent from this new trailer. That said, its not a bad trailer, its just a bit misleading. Fox Searchlight is releasing the film in the US starting on July 17th, I highly recommend it! Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Fox Searchlight will be holding a bunch of advance word of mouth promo screenings for (500) Days of Summer. This is the film I really fell in love with this year at Sundance. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, who is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong.
Searchlight is holding screenings in New Orleans, Memphis, Denver, Houston, Austin, Kansas City, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Seattle, San Antonio, Minneapolis and Chicago. Head on over to FoxSearchlight.com to RSVP. And remember, an RSVP is not as good as a normal ticket. You need to show up early to ensure you get in.
Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from 500 Days of Summer. This is the film I really fell in love with this year at Sundance. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, who is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong. This clip is from a sequence early on in their relationship as they visit an IKEA furniture store. Watch the clip after the jump.
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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.
We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first two parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here and part two here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of July 2009: Public Enemies, Bruno, I Love You Beth Cooper, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Funny People, 500 Days of Summer. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of July 2009 in the comments below.
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Our friends at Fox Searchlight are trying to figure out what the poster for (500) Days of Summer should look like. They have asked us to poll /Film readers to find out which poster you guys like better. So please head on over to FoxSearchlight.com to get a better look at the four choices and to place your vote. Personally, I like the one of the top right the best, but that’s just me.
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Fox Searchlight has finally released a full length movie trailer for Marc Webb‘s indie post-modern romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer. The Sundance Film Festival sensation tells the story of a love story, in a way you’ve never seen it before. When a greeting card copywriter named Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is dumped by the love of his life, a magical girl named Summer (Zooey Deschanel), he takes a look back at their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong. I gushed all over this movie at Sundance (read my review here).
The trailer begins much like the movie begins, with fairy tale like narration. You’ll get brief glimpse at some of the more non-traditional visual storytelling techniques that Webb employs (dream sequences, split screens, and even a dance number) and also gives you a brief listen to the film’s incredibly hip soundtrack (track listing here). The trailer comes off as a little cliche (which is strange since the film is the opposite of generic) and I still don’t think it plays up the aspect of the film that makes it so unique – the fact that the movie jumps between the past and the future to help explain how the couple fell in love and what, if anything, went wrong. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.
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