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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The good news is that you’re going to be able to see the Sundance Film Festival sensation 500 Days of Summer one week earlier. The bad news is that Fox Searchlight has decided to release the film on Friday, July 17th 2009, the same day that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters. But don’t worry, chances are the initial release will be limited, possibly only Los Angeles and New York, expanding slowly nationwide in the weeks that follow.
Also, according to Box Office Mojo, Richard Kelly‘s Twilight Zone-ish scifi thriller The Box has been moved back from November 6th to November 25th. Probably a good move considering it was originally set to go up against Universal’s The Wolf Man, the Wes Anderson animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox and Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol. The film is now set to go head to head with Nine and Old Dogs, but its worth mentioning that the Twilight sequel New Moon is scheduled to hit theaters five days earlier.
At Sundance every year, there are at least a few films released with killer soundtracks. 500 Days of Summer is one of this year’s musically talked about films. I have done the detective work and have the complete track listing for you after the jump.
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500 Days of Summer seems to be the big buzz film of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Yesterday I got a chance to sit down with director Marc Webb (full interview will be posted later in the week), who slipped a bit of news regarding his possible follow-up. Marc revealed that his is developing a big screen adaptation of Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, which is being written by 500 Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber:
“Neustadter and Weber are adapting a book called The Spectacular Now for Fox Searchlight,” Webb told /Film. “It’s a really fantastic novel about a 17 year old charm monger who drinks too much. And its about how he’s negotiating the world of growing up. It’s a very realistic portrayl of what it’s like to be a kid. And it has a very frank depiction of sex, alcohol and that sort of thing.”
Webb was clear to mention that it’s currently being written, and there is nothing “locked and loaded” for his next project, despite the Hollywood trade papers announcement that he will be making a film called Age of Rage, which was described as “Children of Men meets Lord of the Flies”.
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Last week we posted two video clips from Mark Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, which premieres later tonight at the Sundance Film Festival (check back for our take). Fox Searchlight has now released an official teaser trailer, which you can watch after the jump.
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