20th Century Fox has announced that they are moving the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy 27 Dresses back a week from January 11th to 1-18-08. So now 27 Dresses is set to go head to head with Cloverfield. I’m guessing that Fox wants to take advantage of the 4-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend.
New Line has announced that they have canceled the March 19th release of the Brendan Fraser family adventure film Inkheart. The studio is looking for a better date for the film, which will hit theaters in 2008. The trailer for this film looks horrendous, even with the recent string of bad family fantasy films.
Meanwhile, the Michel Gondry comedy Be Kind Rewind, which will premiere later this month at Sundance, has been pushed back a month for a February 22nd 2008 release. I’ve seen this movie and LOVED IT. Don’t listen to the negative buzz.
Michel Gondry‘s upcoming film Be Kind Rewind is anything but conventional, and the upcoming marketing efforts are anything but normal.
Gondry will be taking over downtown New York’s Deitch Projects, transforming the Soho art gallery into a “Sweeding movie studio” from January 24th to March 1st.
“Groups of people walk in and will have access to a workshop,” Gondry explained to the LA Times. “There is a very simple protocol: You shoot in camera, edit while you shoot — which means you stop the camera when you want to go to the next scene, you don’t edit. Story lines last five to 10 minutes. And most of the exhibition will be a mini back lot with 15 little sets. In two hours, you can walk in, create a story, shoot a movie, watch it in the screening movie. Then you leave and take a copy.”
How cool is that?
For the exhibition, Michel Gondry will be recreating the video store in the gallery, where all videos created in the gallery can be viewed and rented. About the project, Gondry states, “I don’t intend nor have the pretension to teach how to make films. Quite the contrary. I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it. Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.”
The comedy will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where Gondry plans to perform music from the film’s soundtrack, backed by Mos Def and Jean-Michel Bernard. New Line will also transform a house near Main St into the Be Kind Rewind video store from the movie. Festival goers will be able to stop by this “Sweding suite” and participate in Sweding by inserting themselves into photos from the film.
The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was announced earlier this week. I just got my hands on a boat load of photos from the films in this year’s festival. We actually have too many photos to feature in just one posting, so we have divided this feature into a few parts.
Our first segment in the series takes a look at the films in the Premiere category, which includes: Assassination of a High School President, Be Kind Rewind, CSNY Deja Vu, The Deal, Death In Love, Diminished Capacity, The Escapist, The Great Buck Howard, The Guitar, Henry Poole Is Here, In Bruges, Incendiary, The Merry Gentleman, A Raisin In The Sun, Savage Grace, Sleepwalking, Smart People, Towelhead, Transsiberian, U2 3D, The Visitor, What Just Happened?, The Year of Getting To Know Us, and The Yellow Handkerchief.
Also be sure to check out our Sundance 2008 Photo Previews for the Spectrum and U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.
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If I had to make a list of the top 10 movies I’m excited about for 2008 (note: I once tried, but came up with 55 movies instead), Be Kind Rewind would be front and center.
Michel Gondry’s film captures the magic of movies and filmmaking, and a weird, quirky and totally original comic plot starring Jack Black and Mos Def. This week it was announced that Gondry will premiere the film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. I’m very excited to see it. Check out the new theatrical poster after the jump.
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Yesterday Sundance announced the competition films for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Today the Institute has released the rest of the line-up, which will play out-of-competition sections of Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight. Highlights include:
- The previously announced opening night film In Bruges starring Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell.
- The Great Buck Howard starring Colin Hanks as a law school dropout who answers an advertisement to be a a washed up illusionist’s (played by John Malkovich) personal assistant. Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks also star.
- Visionary director Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, about a man (Jack Black) whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s (Mos Def) video store. The pair set out to remake the lost films in a film about the magic of movies and filmmaking.
- Bill Maher’s directorial debut, Sleepwalking, about a young man who is faced with the prospect of losing his abandoned young niece to a foster home. Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, and Woody Harrelson, star.
- Morgan Spurlock’s follow-up to 2004’s Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? follows Spurlock’s quest to fint the world’s most wanted man.
- Smart People, a romantic dramedy about a a widowed professor who gets an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page star.
- American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Towel Head. The film follows the life of a 13-year-old Arab-American girl who is forced to live with her father. I saw this film at Toronto and it has the same underlying energy of American Beauty. Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Toni Collette, and Summer Bishil star.
- U2 3D: A 3-D presentation of U2’s global “Vertigo” tour.
- Barry Levinson’s adaptation of What Just Happened? stars Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, and Robin Wright Penn. The movie follows two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer (De Niro) who’s having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.
- XX/XY director Austin Chick’s new film August, about two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attack. Josh Hartnett and Adam Scott star.
- The Duplass Brothers return to Sundance following their acclaimed 2005 low budget indie film The Puffy Chair. Baghead explores “the minutiae of relationship dynamics in this in-depth study of a group of desperate actor friends. And a bag. And a head.”
- Cashback director Sean Ellis’s horror thriller The BrÃ¸ken starring Lena Headey (300) as a woman who sees herself driving by in her own car on a busy London street. Stunned, she trails the mystery woman as events take an eerie turn into a living nightmare.
- Michael Haneke’s American remake of Funny Games starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt..
- Quentin Tarantino presents Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride, a “bloody, sexy tale of motorcycle revenge” starring Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, and Michael Madsen
- Otto; or Up With Dead People, a movie about a lonely gay zombie searches for love and meaning in contemporary Berlin.
- Spainish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes follows a man accidentally travels back to the past, only to meet himself there and encounters a series of mysteries that all lead to an unthinkable crime. I’m a sucker for Time Travel.
Check out the full announcement/line-up after the jump.
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On Friday we showed you a “Sweded Trailer” for the classic film Ghostbusters, from the parody of the movie within the movie of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. On Saturday, we brought you the Jack Black and Mos Def’s Rush Hour 2. Today we bring you the trailer for Robocop, only available at Be Kind Rewind. Read More »
Yesterday we showed you a “Sweded Trailer” for the classic film Ghostbusters, from the parody of the movie within the movie of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. Today we bring you Jack Black and Mos Def’s Rush Hour 2. Can’t be worse than Brett Ratner’s film, can it?
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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s been an extremely slow news day. Check out this “Sweded Trailer” for the classic film Ghostbusters, from the parody of the movie within the movie of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind.
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We promised you yesterday, and now here it is. The official version of Michel Gondry’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) Be Kind Rewind movie trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure. Check it out after the jump, followed by seven new production photos
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I don’t exactly understand how I missed it, but the trailer for Michel Gondry’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) new comedy Be Kind Rewind premiered at Comic-Con last weekend. Someone taped the screen and uploaded the video to YouTube, but I could never recommend watching a handheld video taped version (although, I personally couldn’t resist). [Please read my mini-rant about this at the end of this posting]
BEFORE you start searching for it, keep on READING…
You won’t have to wait much longer, the trailer is set to premiere in front of Rush Hour 3 this Friday. But fear not, you won’t have to pay for a crappy Brett Ratner movie just to see this very cool trailer. I’ve been told it will premiere online tomorrow or Thursday.
Be Kind Rewind follows Jerry (Jack Black), a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant he suspects of causing his headaches. But he inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the movies in his friend’s (Mos Def) store. In order to keep the store’s one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair re-create a long line of films including The Lion King, Rush Hour, Ghostbusters, When We Were Kings, Back to the Future, Driving Miss Daisy, and Robocop , putting themselves and their townspeople into it. They become the biggest stars in their neighborhood.
Be Kind Rewind hits theaters on December 21st 2007 in limited markets.
Peter’s Mini-Rant Against Trailer Piracy
There should not be a such thing as “Movie Trailer Piracy.” It’s a ridiculous concept in the first place – people stealing advertisements. Studios should be happy that movie-goers are interested in their product. It’s illegal yet, I understand that consumer demand will always result in an bootleg offering. This is something that more movie studios also need to learn, as I’m sure nobody involved with the films want people to view a trailer in this trashy format. So why not offer an official online release to feed the demand?
It’s not like a trailer that debuts in front of 7,000 screaming fanboys at Comic-Con isn’t ready for mass consumption. Paramount did a good job releasing the Beowulf trailer, preventing many megabytes of pirated cellphone videos from cropping up online. I can also understand the argument that Comic-Con is a “special event,” and that releasing footage online during or soon after the convention could devalue panel attendance. However, I waited in line for hours to get into Hall H, and saw hundreds or maybe even thousands of people turned away at the door. The fans will come regardless of if the footage will be uploaded to Apple or Yahoo on Monday.
So Paramount, where is the Iron Man footage/trailer? We’re all sick of watching the crappy versions on YouTube.