In the States, Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with turkey. Any mention of the holiday automatically conjures images of a big, juicy, oven-roasted bird, and vice versa. Even vegetarians aren’t immune to the association — plenty of them nod to tradition with products like Tofurkey.
But as pleasant as it is for us humans to gorge ourselves on tryptophan-laced poultry, you can’t blame turkeys for wishing they could remove themselves from the menu. In Relativity’s Free Birds, two of them finally get the chance to do just that. Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) find a time machine to take them back to the very first Thanksgiving, where they attempt to save their kind once and for all. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.
Don’t worry — though the groan-inducing title and involvement of Brendan Fraser suggest the worst, Whole Lotta Sole is not a stupider sequel to 2010’s Furry Vengeance. Instead, it’s an uncharacteristically lighthearted dramedy from Terry George, the writer/director behind such serious-minded works as Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road.
Martin McCann (The Pacific) stars as Jimbo, a young father who’s in heavy debt to local crime boss Mad Dog Flynn (David O’Hara, The Departed). Desperate, Jimbo decides to hold up the local fish market (called Whole Lotta Sole, hence the title) but finds himself in even deeper trouble than before. In an attempt to break free, he takes hostage an American antiques shop manager Joe (Fraser) and his new girlfriend Sophie (Yaya DaCosta). Colm Meaney also stars, as the policeman detective on the case. Watch the trailer after the jump.
In the past year there have been more than a few trailers for Bel Ami, the story set in late 1800s Paris in which Robert Pattinson plays a guy who sleeps and seduces his way into wealth. The film has played some festivals to middling reviews, but now that the first official US trailer has arrived, it’s worth having a look. The cast is appealing, at least, as Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Philip Glenister, and Holliday Grainger join Pattinson in the film directed by Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod.
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
It took Robert Pattinson three and a half movies to getting around to bedding his lady love as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga (oh, um, spoilers), but as the lead of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod‘s Bel Ami, Pattinson more than makes up for lost time. Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, the drama follows a poor young man who climbs the ranks of 1890s Parisian society by calculatedly seducing its wealthiest and most influential women. Among his conquests, apparently, are Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Our last couple editions of TV Bits have been filled with mostly good news, but today’s is more of a downer, what with shows getting axed, a guy getting hurt, and, well, do you consider a Fred Durst sitcom bad news? At least AMC has some nice things to offer, including a new trailer for Hell on Wheels and some intriguing dramas in the works.
Though the territory was already covered to some extent in Almost Famous, Zooey Deschanel will star in a half-hour dramedy pilot for HBO based on I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, the memoir by famous band-aide Pamela Des Barres.
Famous for sleeping her way through a succession of rock and screen stars in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Des Barres chronicles her exploits and the frequent depression that followed when her interludes with famous dudes didn’t turn into anything meaningful. Almost Famous fictionalized the story, and it sounds like this will be based in reality. Which means, if the series is picked up, we could potentially enjoy a parade of ‘stars of the week’ playing famous rockers and actors. Which would be amusing, if nothing else. [DHD]
After the break, Danny Glover fights dragons (finally!) and Christina Ricci joins Robert Pattinson. Read More »
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?
The Damned United Trailer
The one name I will always remember from the trip I took to Ireland in 2002 is Roy Keane. Part of Ireland’s soccer team, he caused quite a kerfuffle when he spoke out about Irish players being treated unfairly during their run for the 2002 World Cup. It led newscasts, it was on every paper and it was the subject people most wanted talk about. I learned a lot about football/soccer on that holiday as I saw people’s home adorned in green, white, and orange bunting as if Christmas really was coming in June.
I know how this sport can grip an entire country and this trailer gets that passion down on film. Read More »