This is not a commercial. Well, it is. It’s not a commercial for a burger chain, but it is a commercial for a film called Branded. The movie is the product of a couple of ad guys, Alexander Doulerain and Jamie Bradshaw, who have drawn some conclusions about the nature of marketing. The prime conclusion seems to be that marketing is part of a takeover of the human race, and one masterminded by something inhuman.
A few weeks ago we saw a version of this trailer for Branded, but it was dubbed in Russian. Now the English-language version is here, so you can actually tell what’s going on; you won’t just have to look at the faces of Jeffrey Tambor, Max von Sydow, Leelee Sobieski, and Ed Stoppard. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Maybe Mad Man Michael Ginsberg wasn’t joking about being from Mars after all. The dystopian thriller Branded (a.k.a. Moscow 2017) takes as its premise the idea that corporate marketing is actually part of an evil plot to keep citizens dull and passive. And I don’t mean “evil” as in simply greedy or dishonest a la Wall Street — I mean “evil” as in sinister, possibly alien, and probably even capable of literally demolishing the world.
Adding to the intrigue of this enjoyably cheesy-sounding film is its cast, which includes Jeffrey Tambor, Max von Sydow, and Leelee Sobieski, plus Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs) as the tenacious protagonist who seeks to uncover the truth. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Update: EW has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries.
Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what’s more, he’s now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
Looks like Colin Hanks and Dexter may have a few things to talk about when the actor joins the hit series this season. A new trailer has been released for Gil Cates, Jr.‘s indie comedy Lucky, which stars Hanks as a seemingly ordinary guy who’s secretly a serial killer. When he wins the lottery, he finds all of his dreams coming true — he even snags the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, his win also draws the attention of a detective (Jeffrey Tambor) who’s trying to solve a string of murders. Ari Graynor and Ann-Margret also star. Watch the trailer after he jump.
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Editor’s Note: This review of Win Win originally ran in January when we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival. Since the film opens in limited release today, we decided to republish it.
A movie like Win Win is why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Tom McCarthy, it stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor in the hilarious, heartwarming story of a happy, but financially troubled family, who find themselves taking care of a 16-year-old boy . That boy, played by newcomer Alex Shaffer, just so happens to be a champion wrestler and Giamatti’s character just so happens to be a wrestling coach. However, the film is much more than just a simple sports movie or family drama. It integrates the two in a way that’s both organic and accessible.
McCarthy has made a winning film that’s very easy to love. And I do. Read my review and see a video blog about it featuring myself and Peter after the jump. Read More »
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Win Win is the latest film from The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy, and it got some stellar reviews out of Sundance. Watching this new trailer it is easy to see why. There’s the cast (Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale) for one, and a story about redemption and family that looks like it has been handled in a way that will work perfectly. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released the an extended movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). The teaser trailer, released on October (watch it here), was met with mixed response. That said, I’m a huge fan of Mottola’s previous films, the cast is pretty stacked, and the geek-focused plot seems up my alley. I’ve heard nothing but good buzz coming out of test screenings of the film.
Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.
After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »
Director Todd Phillips has been trying to keep plot details for The Hangover: Part II under wraps, but it seems every day more little bits leak out. Be it the Bangkok-location, the cameos that did happen and didn’t happen. On Tuesday, Warner Bros released their official 2011 preview kit, which is where that Sherlock Holmes II image came from. As part of the preview kit, they have released the first official plot synopsis for the comedy sequel. Hit the jump to check it out. Oh, and you can also click the image above to see the previously released production photo in high resolution.
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