Get Smart: Five New TV Spots

Get Smart

Warner Bros has released five new television spots for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Get Smart. I grew up on a steady diet of Nick at Nite: Get Smart, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Mr. Ed. The Mel Brooks created spy comedy series was always my favorite of the bunch, so understandably I’ve been excited about for this movie since day one. I’ve heard a bunch of good things from a couple friends who have seen the film at test screenings. I’m just wondering if it looks too stupid to people who are unfamiliar with the series it is based on. Watch the five new television spots below.
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New Photos: Get Smart

Get Smart

Warner Bros has released two new images from Get Smart. Basically, Steve Carell stands in the phone booth as Maxwell Smart, a super spy waiting to enter the super secret CONTROL offices. And below we see the super hot Anne Hathaway, looking ever so super hot, as Agent 99 while Carell does something goofy. As always, click to enlarge. This is actually one of the film’s I’m quietly looking forward to seeing this Summer. I grew up watching the original Mel Brooks television series on Nick at Nite, and I think this has the potential to be the next Austin Powers.

Get Smart

The new official plot synopsis follows: Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). Given little field experience and even less time, Smart-armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm-must foil the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried (Terence Stamp).

Get Smart Movie Trailer #2

Get Smart

The new trailer for Peter Segal’s big screen adaptation of Get Smart is now online. Warner Bros premiered the trailer at WonderCon in San Frnacisco this past weekend, and the crowd seemed to love it. A few of the people I talked to had next to no interest in the film until they saw this new trailer. It’s becoming more clear that they have captured the comic tone of the original series, which was created by Mel Brooks. You can watch the new trailer below (or the previously released trailer at this link).

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You can also watch the new trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. Get Smart hits theaters on June 20th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of this new trailer? Could Get Smart be the new Austin Powers?

WonderCon: Get Smart

Get Smart

Wonder-Con premiered the newly minted trailer for Get Smart, the big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry that starred Don Adams and Barbara Feldman. It looked good, better than good. Now this is how you make you a trailer: mixing verbal humor, physical comedy, and large-scale action, along with callbacks to the original series, including multiple callbacks (e.g., repeated lines of dialogue).

Director Peter Segal (The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger Management) was on hand to talk about Get Smart. He started off the panel by saying he wanted to embrace the spirit of the original TV series and bring it up to date for contemporary audiences. Segal then introduced the co-stars, Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell to raucous cheers from the Wonder-Con audience. The Q&A started almost immediately.

One of the first questioners Carell asked whether he was writing anything new (he’s written several episodes of his television series, The Office). Carell said he’s not working on anything right now. As he’s just completed two weeks of jury duty in Los Angeles, he’s going to write or co-write an episode of the Office in which his character gets called on to serve on a jury. Given Carell’s track record, it promises to be hilarious.

Another Wonder-Con attendee asked Carell about whether he’d change or modulate his voice to match Don Adams’ easily recognizable delivery, especially the iconic sentences or phrases that have become synonymous with the character and the series. Hard not to do it like him, stands alone, but hard to get Adams’ voice out of his head. From what we saw and heard in the trailer, Carell’s delivery sounded like a mix between his voice and Adams’ iconic voice.

Another attendee asked about Carell’s start in improv comedy. Carell jokingly said he didn’t want to learn any lines, so improv seemed like the right way to go, but it also just started out as fun, extracurricular activity that eventually segued into comedy and acting.

Another questioner asked Carell thought about doing trying different roles? Answer: Boston Strangler. As long as I get paid, I’m fine, said Carell, but he’ll take whatever might be good or entertaining. Hathaway chimed in with Little Miss Sunshine.

Another attendee asked Hathaway what it was like to work with Carell on Get Smart. She said it was terrible, but quickly corrected herself to say she loved working with him (she was kidding, of course), generously calling Steve one of the comedic masters of our time and it was a pleasure and an honor to work with him. She did say that she was nervous improvising with Carell at first, but eventually got over it.

The next questioner asked about the for the possibility of a sequel, Segal said, “In case you like the movie, I’d like to come back for a sequel.” Segal said was a fun set, great cast., and he’d love to work with them again.

Another questioner asked about the challenges involved in remaking/adapting such a well known, well-liked TV show. Segal reiterated that he wanted to bring the Get Smart characters and their universe to new audiences, but he also wanted to include enough callbacks to the series for fans (so he didn’t really answer the question).

Someone else followed about Barbara Feldman and whether she’d make a cameo in the film, but apparently the answer is no. Other cameos from actors associated with the series have been promised, however. Segal seemed to dance around the question by saying that she never appeared on set, but perhaps she filmed her cameo separately (or not). Hathaway chimed in to say that she considers Feldman an idol and that it was daunting to step into her shoes. She described Feldman’s portrayal of Agent 99 as kind, sophisticated, smart, and elegantly sexy.

Inevitably the question about Segal would do after Get Smart. Shazam, the big screen adaptation of DC’s Captain Marvel (a.k.a., The Big Red Cheese), is still slated at his next project, but the start date has been delayed due to the writer’s strike. Screenwriter John August is back working on the script, however. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is still pegged for the role of Captain Marvel’s nemesis, Black Adam, but Segal didn’t mention any other casting decisions. Given Segal’s track record (comedies), a big-budget, effects-laden film doesn’t seem like his thing, but maybe he’ll surprise us. Hopefully, he won’t make it so kid-friendly that he’ll alienate adults and fans of the character.

Someone asked the panel what movies inspired them to get into filmmaking. Hathaway said Auntie Mame. Segal said Young Frankenstein remake. For Carell, Dr. Strangelove. Seriously. And with that, the Get Smart panel gave way to Disney (e.g., The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Wall-E).

Get Smart Movie Trailer

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Worst trailer, ever. Get smart, trailer. What has happened to us as a people? Steve Carell is a genuinely funny dude. Anne Hathaway is such a babe she can make guys who chop down trees for a living enjoy a movie about the dying publishing industry, and almost cry. How do you eff this up? Why can’t Warner Bros. print cool with this movie? I didn’t laugh inside once until the naked guy from Borat showed up. This is Get Smart, are we really relying on Madea-like Kazakh cameos to push it over $100 million at the box office?

As soon as this pathetic trailer ended, I clicked away to the original TV show’s intro. There’s your blueprint. Carell can do a good Don Adams, but it’s not here. Adams’s comedy was genius: his Maxwell Smart was a smooth, unaware, carefree guy who made it out beyond okay everytime, thanks to a hot, witty sidekick. That premise remains what all guys want in life. What happened here? Why do movies have to include so many beautiful unfunny friggin’ people? This isn’t a supermarket in Miami at 8 p.m., it’s a comedy. I am so glad they didn’t show Bill Murray, who’s in the movie, in this trailer.

This is Get Smart with botox and it sucks. This trailer is a 0.0. I had to listen to a botched theme song from the very unrelated Spy Hunter arcade game on YouTube three times to repress it. Is it harder to re-spoof a ’60s James Bond film with minor updates than it is to reinvent it? Judging from this trailer, this is Carell’s second Almighty big budget bomb.

Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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New Get Smart Photos

Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell in Get Smart

Warner Bros sent us two new photos from the upcoming big screen adaptation of Get Smart, starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Steve Carell in Get Smart

I’m sold on the trailer, and believe this could be the next Austin Powers. The few people I have spoken to who have seen the movie liked it a lot. I hear it’s filled with slapstick humor, which might be too much for some (I’m a little weary). The modern day take also features a bunch of Bush jokes, which might not play in Middle America.

Official Plot Synopsis: Action Comedy.  Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS.  When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson).  Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway).  Given little field experience and even less time, Smart-armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm-must thwart the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried (Terance Stamp). The movie also features: Terry Crews, David Koechner, James Caan, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence and Kenneth Davitian.

Get Smart opens nationwide on June 20th, 2008.

Get Smart Poster

While I was in New Mexico, I missed out on a couple movie poster premiere. So let’s make up for lost time, and take a look at a few of them. First up is the teaser poster via cinematical for Get Smart starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. I’m really looking forward to this one, being a big fan of the Mel Brooks series as a kid. Also the footage shown at Comic Con showed major promise.
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The Most Anticipated Movie of the Next Year

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What is the most anticipated movie scheduled for release in the next year?

The Dark Knight… nope.

Iron Man? Nah uh.

I Am Legend? Will Smith wishes.

The answer to the question and more after the jump.
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