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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Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore has told the The Sun last week that he would make a sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
“I will make a sequel to the 2006 documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and despite earths ‘rising fever’, I am hopeful for a happy ending,” said Gore. “I have to say the situation has not improved since I made the movie in 2006. Sure, awareness has grown and more people are concerned since scientists said we had just ten years to take action to halt rising sea levels. But the situation has got worse. The entire North Polar ice cap is melting and could be gone in some areas in as little as five years.”
However, Alison Lehrer, a spokeswoman for Paramount, told the Business & Media Institute that no movie sequel is in the works.
“There are no plans for a sequel,” Lehrer said. “That is the official word.”
Gore’s book sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, The Path to Survival, will be released in Spring 2009. The book was originally set to debut on Earth Day 2008. The publisher of the book, Rodale Books doesn’t rule out the possibility of a sequel happening at another movie studio, but says that no plans are underway right now.”
Discuss: Do we need a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth?
What if Zack Snyder’s 300 were a NES video game? It would probably look and sound something like this.
What do you get when you mash up Superman Returns and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth? You get An Inconvenienced Superman, a short trailer for a movie that will never be.
Someone reedited The Departed into a two minute F’n video.
Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and Disturbia will make their European premieres next month at the 25th annual Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film.
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner want to redo the United Artists Logo.
Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling. Scripted by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), the story is based on true events in 1920s Los Angeles. A woman whose son is abducted, but when he is returned, she suspects that the returned child is not her kid. The woman must then confront corruption in the LAPD.
Borat Censored: USA Network have won the right to air Borat for a five year term, beginning in April 2009. But what’s the point? The film will be cut to pieces.
Disney are reportedly considering legal action against Sinful Comics after they produced a raunchy strip featuring Pirates of the Caribbean actors. But wouldn’t the comic strip be protected under parody?
Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel have signed on to star in the Ben Stiller-helmed comedy Tropic Thunder for DreamWorks. The Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen penned screenplay is about a big-budget war movie gone wrong. I wonder if this means Tom Cruise is out?
A new Spider-Man 3 clip will be shown on the March 5th episode of Heroes.
National Treasure 2 starts filming next week.
A new online poll shows that over 85% of people have cried at the movies. Wow, and I thought I was the only one. Did I just write that for the while world to read? Uh-oh.
Oliver Stone says “Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut” DVD is the “richest and fullest version” of his 2004 film and promises this third cut is the last. Someone should tell Stone that’s three cuts too many. Edward Platt played the character in the original 1965 TV series.
Apparently only 300 people voted on the Academy Award for documentary. This means that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth could have won the Oscar with as little as 61 votes. And what’s even sadder, the Academy typically has only 200 documentary ballots. Change needs to happen. More people need to see these films and vote. The Academy should require certain groups to watch and vote on the docs as a membership requirement. This makes me angry. I wonder how many people voted on the Foreign Best Picture award. Anyone know?
Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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If someone told me a five years ago that Al Gore would somehow become a universally liked personality (ie non-robot), in line for an Academy Award, Nobel Peace Prize, and another run for president, I probably would have laughed in your face. But it appears the world has changed their opinion on the former Vice President.
So the question becomes: Will Gore announce his presidential run at the Academy Awards?
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In what appears to be an savvy marketing gimmick to promote The Simpsons Movie, Fox has released Homer Simpson’s Academy Award picks. You can check out the picks after the jump, but be forewarned, the list contains spoilers for Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed)
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