Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Assuming that the majority of this information is valid, there are going to be about two dozen worth of news stories crammed in one here, so brace yourselves.

According to a leaked email exposing Paramount’s upcoming movie slate, they’re going to be pretty busy over the next few years, working on a slew of potentially promising projects that are either set to go ahead or awaiting further script developments. Find out which of their films you have to look forward to after the break. Read More »

Peter Jackson

As you know, Guillermo del Toro recently stepped down from directing the big screen adaptation of The Hobbit, leaving the project in complete limbo. Warner Bros has been searching for a replacement, talking to directors David Yates (Harry Potter), David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus), and Brett Ratner about the job, but rumor had it that Warner Bros and MGM were still trying to talk Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to return to the series to helm the two prequels.

It was later reported that Jackson was in fact negotiating a deal to direct the two halves himself, and that the filmmaker has been busy extracting himself from other obligations. But Jackson using a fake pen name, has downplayed the development to AICN. And the latest we’ve heard is that the production delay could cost the film some prominent actors such as Sir Ian McKellen. But now we have learned that Jackson has been quietly meeting with actors in Los Angeles this week about the upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel.

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Die Hard 24/7 and Fantastic Four Reborn?

Die Hard

Ain’t It Cool has heard from their sources (which I assume must be embedded in 20th Century Fox) that the upcoming Die Hard 5 will be titled Die Hard 24/7 and the in development Fantastic Four reboot might be titled Fantastic Four Reborn. And if the title wasn’t completely clear, Harry also confirms that the Fantastic Four movie will be a “complete reboot”.  Two horrible titles if you ask me, but they could very well change (lets hope so). What do you think?

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Cinderella

Deadline is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures has made a 7-figure pitch deal for a live action re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, to be written by The Devil Wears Prada/27 Dresses scribe Aline Brosh McKenna.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

Read More »

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies that offer proof. Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a New York premiere for a provocative indie, a mini review or an interview.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

Read More »

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