Most of you have yet to see Like Crazy, a beautiful and frightening tale of lost distance love starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and got several rave reviews, including one by yours truly. Paramount will be releasing the film later this year and it’s bound to get a ton of Oscar buzz. The team behind the film, director Drake Doremus (who previously directed Douchebag), co-writer Ben York Jones and producer Jonathan Schwartz, are already using that buzz to their advantage and have just lined up their next project. They’ll be making an adaptation of the upcoming young adult sci-fi romance novel Through to You by Emily Hainsworth which is about a teenager who tragically loses his girlfriend but finds that she still exists in a parallel universe. Read more about the project and the book after the break. Read More »

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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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