Last night was the one thousandth episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, but evidently interns backstage failed to inform the ever-emo Dracula of the celebration. And not helping to curb his Transylmania-prolonged depression was the fact that Ferguson’s Wavy the Alligator attempted to chomp his hand-puppet thunder as the ep’s defacto host. The upside? Drac was there alongside beanied actor/songwriter Jason Segel to perform “Dracula’s Lament,their hit moody ballad that first appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Watch the concert and more, below.

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Update: Entertainment Weekly reports that this story is false.

Emily Blunt won’t be the Black Widow, but she will be co-starring in the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy,  Get Him to the Greek. Most of you will remember that this film is actually a semi-sequel/spin-off of Nicholas Stoller‘s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Russell Russell reprises his role as British rock star Aidous Snow, who has fallen off the waggon. According to Moviehole , Blunt will co-star as a “pop musician: who “may duet” with Snow. I’m sure the relationship runs deeper than that. In the movie, Jonah Hill plays a young music executive who bullshits his way into accompanying Aidous (or babysitting the rockstar) from London to Los Angeles, where he has a big performance at the Greek Theatre.

Russell Brand Talks Sarah Marshall Spin-Off

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The other night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand appeared to promote his new book. During the appearance, he talked briefly about the announced Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off film Get Him to the Greek, where Russell reprises his role as British rock star Aidous Snow.

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Usually we’d put this sort of thing in VOTD, but honestly, we just don’t want to wait until Monday to share this with you. At a Chicago screening of I Love You Man, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd were asked during the Q & A to perform “Dracula’s Lament”, the puppet musical song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Watch the video after the jump.
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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

IRON MAN
(Available as single-disc and Ultimate 2-Disc Editions)
While every other comic book movie keeps on edging closer and closer into “dark and gloomy” territory, Iron Man is here to maintain that there’s still some good old-fashioned fun to be had with the superheroes of the cinema world. It’s not flawless by any means, but it is incredibly entertaining, in many ways even exceeding the source material. Plus, Robert Downey, Jr. is such an unconventional casting choice for a superhero that he actually ends up being one of the more interesting action heroes to come around in a very long while.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, seven-part making of documentary (‘I Am Iron Man’), six-part comic book featurette (‘The Invincible Iron Man’), visual effects featurette, Robert Downey, Jr. screen test, and a scene rehearsal with director Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jeff Bridges.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $13.99
Amazon – $14.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive mask packaging and additional bonus footage.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Limited Edition DVD Gift Set ($39.99) includes Ultimate 2-Disc Edition movie, Iron Man mask mini bust and $50 Gift Card to sideshowcollectibles.com.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Access 6 free digital Iron Man comic with art by Adi Granov.
Where? Circuit City.

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
(Available as single-disc and Three-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition)
Praise the movie gods for Judd Apatow. Not only has he revived the R-rated comedy genre with modern classics like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, but he’s also managed to pass off his good will to his friends, allowing for them to be recognized in ways they probably never would have otherwise. It happened first with Seth Rogen, which eventually extended beyond just acting to writing as well (Superbad, Pineapple Express and next up there’s The Green Hornet). Now we have Jason Segel doing the same thing with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in turn bringing us one of the funniest movies of the past year (and also showing he can lead a movie to boot). If that weren’t enough, the DVD (in classic Apatow fashion) is full-on stacked with special features.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc DVD will include both theatrical and extended versions of the film, cast/crew commentaries on each version, deleted/extended/alternate scenes, a gag reel, Line-O-Rama, ‘Dracula’s Lament’ table read, ‘A Taste for Love’ featurette, raw footage (‘Video Chat’), full ‘We’ve Got to Do Something’ music video featured in the film, and the red band trailer. The 3-disc DVD will include all of this, plus (more) deleted/extended scenes, ‘Dracula’s Lament’ mixed version, ‘Puppet Break-Up’ featurette, Sex-O-Rama, Drunk-O-Rama, ‘Russell Brand: Aldous Snow’ featurette, ‘The Letter ‘U’ with Aldous Snow’ featurette, raw footage, ‘Crime Scene’ special features (alternate scenes, ‘Hunter Rush Line-o-Rama’, ‘Sarah’s New Show: Alts’), audition footage, a ‘Cinemax: The Final Cut’ promotional piece, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (excluding Amazon, where it costs $19.99).

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
A startling and eye-opening examination on torture practices of the U.S. in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Taxi to the Dark Side tells the story of a young, innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002. Winning the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007 and currently holding a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this documentary looks to be a must-see for just about everyone.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary track (with director Alex Gibney), an interview with director Alex Gibney’s father, outtakes (with brief intros), and two TV interviews.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$24.99 $19.99
Amazon – $19.99

BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER*
Lauded by critics and audiences alike as being both informative and entertaining, this documentary presents an in-depth look at the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S. and acts as an indictment of the twisted American perspective that anything less than the best is not good enough. It holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.0 out of 10 on IMDB.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $21.99 $19.99
Amazon – $16.99

The Average

MY NAME IS EARL (SEASON 3)
As a relatively big fan of the first season of My Name is Earl (and an even bigger fan of Jason Lee), I was disappointed to find that the show’s second season had started to run out of steam. Eventually, I just gave up watching it, only occasionally tuning in out of happenstance. While I may not have seen enough of season 3 to give an actual review, I can say the episodes I did catch certainly didn’t offer much incentive to start watching again. My biggest complaint relates to the treatment of Earl, in that the writers seemed like they were intentionally trying to make this character’s life miserable at every turn. This may just be me, but I just don’t find scenarios like that funny, especially when the character hasn’t done anything to deserve it. I’ve also heard the third season of the show suffered in more noticeable ways, specifically in regards to the writer’s strike and how certain subplots felt severely rushed toward the end. If you caught the whole season, maybe you could help elaborate on this in the comments. Season 3 includes 22 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Under The Shell: The Mr. Turtle Commentary, a ‘Those Guys From Those Episodes – Creating The Characters’ featurette, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$32.99 $31.99
Amazon – $34.99

The Bad

CHAPTER 27
If the scathingly negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are any indication, the only notable aspect of this film is Jared Leto’s dedicated performance, for which he gained 67 pounds to play. The rest, meanwhile, is apparently a massive bore, attempting and failing to give some insight into the mind of the man who assassinated John Lennon without taking the time to realize that the guy wasn’t interesting enough to warrant such an analysis.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A behind-the-scenes featurette.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $14.99
Amazon – $14.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Can’t Hardly Wait (Special Edition)Numbers (Season 4)Rest Stop: Don’t Look BackPulse 2: AfterlifeAn Autumn Afternoon (Criterion Collection)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive Retail: Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. ($14.99), 1998 TV movie starring David Hasslehoff and written by David S. Goyer.

$16.99 – Curb Your Enthusiasm (Seasons 1 – 7), Everybody Loves Ramond (Season 1 – 9), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Seasons 1 – 4)
$19.99 – Veronica Mars (Seasons 1 – 3), Supernatural (Seasons 1 – 2)


$4.99 – The Italian Job, Collateral, Minority Report, Top Gun, The Island, Sahara, The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut), Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Mission: Impossible, M:I-2, We Were Soldiers, and more…
$6.99 – The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Half Baked, American Pie 2, American Wedding, The Lost Boys, Smokin’ Aces, Friday Night Lights, Invincible, The Goonies, Goodfellas, King Kong, Full Metal Jacket, Wedding Crashers, Stripes, The Iron Giant (Special Edition), Bridge to Terabithia, Gremlins, Chicken Run, Antz, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, and more…

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“Me?!?”

Peter and I discussed doing an item on real life Sarah Marshalls who are angered and perplexed in the wake of ubiquitous Forgetting Sarah Marshall marketing, but instead we just waited for The Onion to blow it up like a sand castle. Alas, Zap2It has struck first, and even though the site seemingly only found three vocal Sarah Marshalls (we wanted 1,000 “No fair!”‘s) in the United States, the “over it” comments provided by these two unfortunate-named gals are unforgettable…

“They’re everywhere, and they’re so annoying,” says Sarah Marshall the Glendora student, who lives three blocks from one of the billboards. Adults called her parents to ask if she was the target of a hate campaign. “I wish they specified that it’s a movie.” – Sarah Marshall, high school senior, Glendora, California

And this pet rock of a gem…

“I got a lot of e-mails and phone calls asking if my boyfriend and I were OK.” – Sarah Marshall, advertising student, Fort Worth, Texas

And for every glum Sarah Marshall, there’s one Sarah Marshall who goes with it (though, she’s also an “Edmond”)…

“I’ll have to see it now.” – Sarah Marshall Edmond, special-ed teacher, Connecticut

Discuss: Everyone comment as an angry/sad/stupid Sarah Marshall and see how long it goes before a non-SM crashes the party…

A couple weeks ago I wrote about Universal’s genius viral marketing campaign for the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which had taken over San Francisco. Signs on buses, bus shelters and billboards with cryptic messages that read “I hate You Sarah Marshall”, “My Mom Always Hated You Sarah Marshall” and “You Don’t Look Fat in Those Jeans Sarah Marshall”, lead those who notice to the viral in movie site I hatesarahmarshall.com.

Love You Tree

It’s actually a very cool campaign, maybe too good. There are so many of these advertisements around San Francisco that a backlash has begun. Last week flyers that look like the Sarah Marshall advertisements have started appearing on trees around the city reading “I’m So Over You Tree”. Another person snapped the photo below of a tree-attached flyer which reads “You Do Look Fat in those jeans tree”.

Tree Jeans

And then graffiti has begun to appear on trees reading “I Love You!” (as seen in the photo below). Although, I’m not entirely sure this is related, but it’s hilarious none the less.

 

Love You Graffiti

Discuss: Is the Sarah Marshall viral campaign really that annoying? If an advertising campaign can spark this kind of response, than it must be working at least in respect to film awareness.

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Iron Man Standee

BadTaste.it offers us a look at this cool Iron Man promotional standee. I can’t quite tell if this is 3D or just a regular 2D stand-up. Either way it looks way cool.

My Blueberry Nights Poster

Cinematical has a look at the domestic poster for Wong Kar Wai’s English-language debut My Blueberry Nights, which stars Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and David Strathairn. The film finally hits theaters in the U.S. on April 4th 2008.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

The Movie Blog has a look at the international poster for Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I love the viral campaign stuff, but that aside, the rest of the marketing for this film is all over the place. It seems very clear that Universal has no idea how to market this film, which is a shame, because it’s a good one. At least with the international poster, the title of the movie is much larger than the combined titled of “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin”…

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