Haha. Two Slashfilm readers have already informed me that they wouldn’t be commenting on this poster before it was even posted. Wow. Mirroring his brilliant take on comedy, auteur/brand Tyler Perry has put a modern spin on the Rorschach Test with this new teaser for September’s The Family That Preys. The film stars Kathy Bates and KaDee Strickland. I don’t think Madea appears at the end, so $50 million theatrical seems questionable. The poster’s polite mantra: “Follow your heart. But watch your back.”
Our friends at Cinematical got first dibbs. They report, “the art sorta plays tricks with your head if you stare at it long enough.” If this kind of optical “trick” appeared in Mallrats, the film would have been 50 minutes shorter.
Discuss: Art, dancing, The New Yorker, $15 Cabernet, Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys
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I have just confirmed that the movie trailer for Scott Derrickson‘s The Day the Earth Stood Still remake will be attached to prints of Hancock, which hits theaters next week.
The contemporary re-imagining of the 1951 science fiction classic stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson (Jaden Smith) get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.” Kathy Bates also stars. The Day the Earth Stood Still scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th 2008.
Due in December, nothing substantial or even trivial has leaked from 20th Century Fox’s big budget remake of sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves, John Cleese, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates. Reeves, who will next be seen in Aprils’s LAPD actioner Street Kings and plays the alien Klaatu in the holiday tent pole, talked to MTV about the enigmatic project and how it will differ from the 1951 original. While the movie’s premise will still revolve around aliens telling Earthlings to figure out world peace (and pronto!), director Scott Derrickson’s (Exorcism of Emily Rose) take will be updated for the Prius and metal water bottle set…
“The first one was borne out of the cold war and nuclear dÃ©tente. Klaatu came and was saying cease and desist with your violence. If you can’t do it yourselves we’re going to do it. That was the film of that day,” Reeves explained. “The version I was just working on, instead of being man against man, it’s more about man against nature. My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth. …what we are doing and who we are as a species. We’re trying to reach beyond the idea of [just] environmentalism.”
Yeah, that’s cool Keanu, but what about the film’s signature robot Gort? Will it still look like a trophy statuette for “Greatest Rave Act 2002″?
“Hey man, don’t put that tin man down! That was iconoclastic!” Reeves protested. “[But] yes, we have another version of the [robot].”
Discuss: Can a sci-fi film doubling as an After School Special connect big in 2008?
I’m not sure who exactly is excited about The Day The Earth Stood Still remake. Maybe Keanu Reeves, who will be taking home another huge paycheck for another lackluster sci-fi film. And now it has been announced that Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates have joined the Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) remake. Connelly and Bates are both great oscar-winning actresses, who will surely bring a new level to this project. But we also must remember that Connelly was involved in that horrible American remake of Dark Water, and Bates now makes 5 movies a year (4 of which usually aren’t good).
Connelly will play Helen Benson (played by Patricia Neal in the original), an employee of the United States Department of Commerce who meets Klaatu (Reeves), an alien who arrives on Earth with a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by aliens watching from far away.
The original 1951 Robert Wise film was considered one of the best Science Fiction films of all time (#7 on Arthur C Clarke’s List) and was debated for it’s religious symbolism and many interpretations. Bernard Herrmann score is also notable, partly because of its use of two theremins. The film is currently ranked #187 of all time on IMDb, with a 8.1 rating.
Production begins December in Vancouver. The Day The Earth Stood Still will hit theaters on December 12th 2008.
Last month we reported that Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet would reunite in Revolutionary Road. But what first seemed like a coincidence (Winslet’s husband Sam Mendes is directing which explains her casting) now seems to be a big marketing gimmick as Titanic co-star Kathy Bates is also set to board the project.
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Yes, that’s Steven Spielberg talking to Jerry Seinfeld dressed in a Bee suit.
Last year the first teaser trailer was released for Jerry Seinfeld’s computer animated film The Bee Movie. Many people were angry that the teaser was false advertising, as it was done in live action. A second trailer has finally been released, and it also contains live action footage, but cleverly transitions into the actual computer animation. See that after the jump.
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