Green Band Trailer

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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with Steve James to see what he’s turned his attention to now, steer clear of a woman who has created her own hit list, get caught in the teenage wake after the end of an affair with a teacher, silently watch drug addiction unfold, and find out what in the hell a food coop actually is. Read More »

Briefly: Here’s another example of the increasing, and sometimes increasingly weird, overlap between the US and Chinese film industries. Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody have been cast in a film that will chronicle the effects of a famine that devastated central China as war raged against Japan in 1942. That’s not quite the same as Zhang Yimou hiring Christian Bale for The Flowers of War, but it is the result of the same idea being put into play. That is: increase global distribution opportunities by bringing in American actors.

The film has no title as yet, and will be helmed by director/actor/writer Feng Xiaogang (A World Without Thieves). Variety says the film will be based on the novel Remembering 1942 by Liu Zhenyun. The book’s story is set in the Henan province in central China, where drought and the distraction of war against occupying Japan led to a deadly food shortage.

No word on what roles Robbins and Brody might play, or plans to distribute the eventual film.