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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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Funny People Red Band Movie Trailer

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It’s trailer madness Wednesday here on /Film. Earlier today we posted the awesome full trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and now Universal Pictures has premiered a new red band movie trailer for Judd Apatow‘s Funny People. The new uncensored trailer features some of Adam Sandler‘s NSFW stand-up routine, more of an emphasis on Eric Bana‘s character, Ira’s hilarious video game rant, a better look at Aubrey Plaza‘s role in the story, and even a quick look at some of the film’s many cameos. But overall the trailer feels more PG-13 than R-rated. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and as always, leave your thought sin the comments below.
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Funny People

Judd Apatow‘s new movie Funny People hits theaters on July 31st, and Universal Pictures has begun airing television spots for the film. There is a lot of new footage to be seen, giving us a good taste of the comedy/drama tightrope act Apatow is attempting to walk with this film. I like how they even made a joke about Rogen’s recent weight loss, and it’s also worth noting some of the clever t-shirts worn throughout.

I’m very excited to see this film. I’ve heard very good things from people who have seen test screenings. The only minor quibble some people have had is the film’s run time, which in some screenings stretched over 2 and a half hours. I’ve heard that the final cut is tighter, more closer to the 2 hour and 15 minute mark. Watch the new television spot after the jump.

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part Three

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Here’s the third and final part of /Film’s Star Trek press conference coverage from Smoky Old Londinium. As I sat listening to JJ Abrams and his lead cast chew over just how to hype the film to the assembled Brits, outside stalked Jack the Ripper through a real pea souper off in search of jellied eels. Or maybe not. Maybe London’s not like that at all and its all mods and miniskirts. I forget now.

Why not read part one or part two, or both parts, of my conference transcript in preparation for this epic finale? Reading is good for you.

After the break, the last marathon run of questions and answers. This is where you’ll get to read the inevitable discussions of the next Trek film and plenty more besides.

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part Two

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On the afternoon of the UK Star Trek premiere, Paramount laid on a press conference in the Mirror room of Claridges to pit JJ Abrams and lead cast against (as conference referee Mark Dolan had it) “the members of Her Majesty’s Press.” We have already started coverage of the event (read part one here), but here is the next juicy installment. Particularly fun: this is the bit where /Film’s question is put forward (and, for the record, it received the two most animated responses of the afternoon).

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part One

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The London press conference for JJ AbramsStar Trek took place today, and I was there to take part. I did manage to get a question in, to which Abrams, and Pegg gave their answers. Everybody at the table gave their responses not only to the inquiries of the assembled press, but also questions submitted by viewers of Sky Movies.

Present were John Cho, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban. This is the first section of our coverage – touching on Simon Pegg’s childhood, Pine’s studies of Shatner, Quinto’s career plan and more… with extra installments to come soon. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

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Star Trek Gets PG-13 Rating, New Photos Released

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I’m trying to catch up on some of the news I missed while I was running around the Las Vegas casinos at ShoWest. While I was in Vegas, Paramount Pictures has announced that JJ AbramsStar Trek has been rated PG-13 for “sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content”. The rating isn’t much of a shock. I don’t think anyone was expecting an R-Rated movie. The studio has also released three new production photos, two of which can be seen after the jump.

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Robert Schwentke‘s big screen adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife has been sitting on the shelf for over a year. To give you an idea of how long that has been, The Time Traveler’s Wife went into post production before the non-canceled television series Journeyman even premiered. I mention Journeyman because many people accused the show of borrowing conceptual elements from the Audrey Niffenegger novel. The film is a romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Eric Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Rachel McAdams and Ron Livingston co-star.

Tonight we have a bit of good news, Warner Bros has finally announced that they will release the movie on August 14th 2009, up against Final Destination: Death Trip 3D and Neil Blomkamp’s Cloverfield-like sci-fi film District 9. Now does anyone have any idea when The Weinstein Brothers intend on releasing The Road?

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