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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Super Troopers

Fans of Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers will be glad to know that things are moving along nicely for a sequel. According to Movie Cultists, they have independent financing and are looking to make a deal with Fox as well. Steve Lemme describes the situation as follows:

We’re like, three drafts into it. It’s funny, because we have an independent financier — we have a lot of independent financiers — who are like, ‘Give us that fucking movie.’  And we’re like, ‘We will, we will but we have to go through a studio first.’  But it’s a great thing to go to a studio and say, ‘We have the money.’

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Slammin Salmon

/Film photo scooper Christopher M sent us a bunch of photos from the set of Broken Lizard’s Slammin’ Salmon. I’m not a big fan of the improvised comedy style, but i understand that a lot of /Film readers love Broken Lizard, so I’m posting the photos. The film tells the story of a former heavyweight boxing champion named Cleon “Slammin'” Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), who is now the owner of a Miami restaurant. Salmon institutes a competition to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night. The winner will earn $10,000, while the loser will endure a beating at the hands of the champ. Check out the photos after the jump.

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