We’ve seen a few trailers for Studio Ghibli‘s 2010 film, known in some territories as The Borrower Arrietty, and in the US as The Secret World of Arrietty. But we haven’t seen much from the film that features English-language dialogue. Not that it really matters with a Studio Ghibli film, as the animation is pretty enough to carry us through a trailer in Japanese.

Now Disney has released the first trailer for the US release of The Secret World of Arrietty. It looks like a good version of Mary Norton‘s young adult fantasy novel The Borrowers. This one is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. See the trailer, featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias, below. Read More »

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‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ Trailer

Most days, I love my job. Other days, I’m forced to watch the trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Yep, the squeaky-voiced CGI hellions are back for a third installment of their regrettably successful film franchise. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney return as the Chipmunks, along with Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes and Jason Lee and David Cross as human beings. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Sad as I am to see summer go, there is something I’m really looking forward to about the coming months, and that is the advent of the television’s regular season. After a long summer away from my imaginary friends in Pawnee, Greendale, and Lima, I’m eager to check back in and see what the new premieres have to offer. Hit the jump to see:

  • The beginnings of a triple-Tammy drink-off in a preview for Parks & Recreation Season 4
  • Greendale Community College literally dancing for joy in the promo for Community Season 3
  • Those crazy New Directions kids up to their usual tricks again in a spot for Glee Season 3

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It’s the first official day of summer, and therefore the longest day of the year, and a withering 95 degrees outside my window. (But it ain’t the heat; it’s the humidity.) So what better time to talk about one of the best summer comedies? David Wain‘s Wet Hot American Summer was made on a relatively small budget and greeted by a seemingly disinterested audience in 2001. But the film has found an enthusiastic cult audience, and one of the tenets of cult movie enthusiasm is holding out hope for a sequel, no matter how unlikely.

In this case, blame the film itself for some of the sequel dreams — it actively advances the idea of a sequel by having the characters end the movie joking about organizing a ten-year reunion. And so, almost every time David Wain gives an interview the question comes up: where’s the sequel? But the movie didn’t do well ten years ago and Universal doesn’t seem to think it will do well now. (Don’t expect a feature-laden anniversary DVD release.)

That doesn’t mean the idea of another movie with the characters (played by Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, and Bradley Cooper) is 100% out of the realm of possibility, however. It’s probably only about 98% impossible. Read More »

UPDATE: As co-writer/director Matt Besser has explained in the comments below, the trailer went public prematurely and it’s been taken down until a release date has been secured. We’ll update when it’s live again.

For all those who have grown weary from the constant surge of spoofs that rely more on topicality than actual jokes, this could be the antidote. From the creators of the Upright Citizens Brigade comes Freak Dance, a self-described “hilarious, in-your-face major motion picture musical about good, evil, dance, saving dance from evil for good, and the greatest love story ever told…about dancers”.

If the film bears any similarity to the Wayans brothers’ latest spoof Dance Flick, pay no mind. The UCB — a frequently hilarious improv and sketch comedy group whose TV show ran for three seasons on Comedy Central in the late ’90s — first developed Freak Dance as a live show well before that movie existed, and it played so well that now they’ve made it into a movie. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

2009 MTV Movie Awards Winners

2009 MTV Movie Awards

There are a lot of Award shows in Hollywood. Some of them are serious presentations, awarding accomplishment and talent: the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes..etc. Other award shows are nothing more than pure spectacle. The MTV Movie Awards falls into the latter category. Every year we post the award winners, and every year we complain about how some tween heartthrob, this year – Zac Efron, beats out some insanely talented actor, this year Robert Downey Jr, for Best Male Performance. Or how Twilight beat out both The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire to win Best Movie.

But truth is, we love to bitch about the MTV Movie Awards, which explains why I’m posting these results. It’s certainly not that we give credence to this list of winners. Any award show which gives out five statues to Twilight can’t be taken seriously. So leave your comments below. Be smart, clever, funny, and biting.

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Last Saturday Night—as countless unseen choppers flew overhead—a pair of maracas suddenly appeared in the capable hands of host Will Ferrell. Like magic. They gathered: Tom Hanks (on sax!), Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Peggy and fellow SNL vets like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Norm MacDonald (!), and Artie Lange (in jeans. Wait, wth?). Not to mention, a band best known for “Longview.”

Ferrell, knee-deep in a yuppie’s faux-VietNam flashback, lead one and all in a touching rendition of Billy Joel‘s wartime classic “Goodnight Saigon.” The meaning behind the lyrics, “Yes, we would all go down together,” in terms of the show’s legacy, its cast future and past, and our shaky times is subjective. But most everyone will agree that the sketch ended the 34th season on a categorically awesome note. Ferrell was in the zone. At this point, he probably bathes there.

One request from /Film for the 35th season: Hire more guys who have to shave. At least once a week. Enough with the good private school genes already. Also, a poll pitting Ferrell’s “Goodnight Saigon” against 3o Rock‘s lame shark-ramp “Kidney, Now!”? Boo.

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First Look: Baby Mama

Baby Mama

Universal has sent us the first photo from the new comedy Baby Mama, which stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, and Sigourney Weaver. Writer turned director Michael McCullers‘ (Austin Powers 2 and 3) feature film debut tells the story of “two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives.” Yeah, doesnt sound that interesting to me either.

Tina Fey is funny, and good to look at on screen, but her true talents are behind a computer keyboard. Her work writing SNL was a highlight of the show, and Fey wrote (er adapted) one of the best teen comedies in the last 10 years: Mean Girls (remember when Lindsay Lohan was still “family friendly”?). If Fey was attached as writer, than I’d have a lot more faith. But truth be told, Baby Mama was penned by the same guy who wrote both the 2004 big screen adaptation of Thunderbirds and Undercover Brother.

I received an email last month from someone who claimed to have seen a test screening of the film. This is what he said: “It’s an average, decent comedy. Like Knocked Up but nowhere near as good.” Take that for whatever it is worth. Check out the full photo and newly released plot synopsis after the jump.

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