In purely practical terms, it’s unlikely that Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake will live up to the marketing promise that it’s “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” But even if it fails to meet that high bar, it’s clearly trying its hardest to push that envelope.

The first red-band trailer was packed end to end with disturbing, blood-drenched images, to the point that it made Sam Raimi‘s 1981 original look mild and mellow in comparison. The green-band trailer, for obvious reasons, is far tamer, but it’s still pretty spooky. And because it can’t show off the really shocking moments, it gives away much less about the film. Check it out after the jump.

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After an early snag that saw Lily Collins landing the lead and then dropping out three weeks later due to scheduling issues, casting on Fede Alvarez‘s The Evil Dead is now rolling along smoothly. Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners) boarded the project last month, as Jane Levy (Suburgatory) stepped up to replace Collins.

Now the newest addition to the roster is Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), while Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place) has entered talks. The actresses will play two more pals who get wrapped up in the horrors released by the Necromonicon. More details after the jump.

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The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]

After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »

‘The Music Never Stopped’ Trailer

One of the films at Sundance was The Music Never Stopped, which boasts a rare leading performance from beloved character actor J.K. Simmons. The story is based on a case documented by Oliver Sacks in the story The Last Hippie (published in An Anthropologist on Mars) in which a man suffers a massive brain tumor that prevents him from remembering anything that took place after the ’60s. J.K. Simmons plays the father of the man (Lou Taylor Pucci) and the film chronicles their ongoing rehabilitation through music. Read More »

I’m still extremely behind on Sundance reviews. After the jump you will find my mini-reviews for Adam, Arlen Faber and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Enjoy.

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Fantastic Fest Review: Fanboys

I’ve heard many stories about the behind the scenes problems which pushed the release of Fanboys back again and agin, but having just left a screening of the finished version, a director’s cut by Kyle Newman, I can assure you that the problems have been greatly exaggerated. You have a very marketable cast, and a film which seems like an extremely easy sell to the target demographic. I think the problem is that The Weinsteins were hoping for an American Pie type film with mainstream appeal, but they instead have a movie aimed at a very targeted niche. But lets not forget, George Lucas has been able to make tons of money off this targeted group of fans.

After high school, Eric (Sam Huntington) ditched his Star Wars fanboy friends for a job as a car salesman, and now finds himself ready to take over his father’s franchise of car dealerships. When he learns that one of his former best friends Linus (Chris Marquette) has been diagnosed with Cancer and only has months to live, he convinces his former friends (Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel) to go on a road trip to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, so that Linus could watch Star Wars: Episode I before he dies.

The film is your typical teen road trip film, laced with so many Star Wars references you’ll probably want to see it twice to take them all in. There are conversations about how Boba Fett is like Michael Bay, style but no substance, and arguments about if Luke really had a thing for his sister. The series of adventures include a stop in Riverside Iowa (the future birthplace of Captain Kirk) to fuck with Trekkies. Kristen Bell plays Zoe, a girl with feisty Princess Leia-like attitude who works at a comic book store, and is well versed in everything from Star Wars to video games. Basically, she’s a fanboys wet dream.

Seth Rogen has triple duty, playing a trekkie (who seems perfectly modeled after Gabriel Köerner from Trekkies), a Star Wars tattooed pimp, and a Star Trek alien who they run into while in Las Vegas. At one point in the film, one version of Seth Rogen fights another version of Seth Rogen on the big screen. Epic! Ethan Suplee plays Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles, and there is a bevy of other cameos which include Billy Dee Williams, Danny Trejo, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Carrie Fisher, Danny McBride, and William Shatner playing himself. Ray Park (Darth Maul) even has a cameo as a THX security guard.

The film is not perfect, nor is it even on par with the best the teen comedy genre has to offer. Some of the problems include a kid dying of cancer who shows very little (if any) signs of sickness, a poorly developed romantic subplot, and a scene in a gay biker bar which should have been completely exorcised from the completed film. Oh, and Dan Fogler is painfully annoying. If only they had cast Jonah Hill or Tyler Labine instead. But the target audience of Star Wars fanboys and comic book geeks will surely eat it up. In it’s best moments it is a love letter to fandom and friendship.

/Film Rating: 7 out of 10

The Go-Getter Movie Trailer

The Go-Getter PosterOne of my favorite films of 2007 was never released. You see, The Go-Getter premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival up against Son of Rambow, and most of the big movie buyers missed it. But finally Peach Arch Entertainment will be releasing the movie in limited theaters on June 6th 2008. Check out the film’s official movie trailer below, and tell me what you think in the comments.

Martin Hynes, best known for his role as George Lucas in George Lucas in Love, directed a wonderful coming of age road trip story featuring Lou Taylor Pucci as a young man who steals a car and sets off on a journey to connect with his brother after the traumatic loss of their mother. But this is really a story about a telephonic relationship Mercer develops with the “forgiving and mysterious girl owner of the stolen car (played by the wonderful Zooey Deschanel). Jena Malone also stars.

Using a mix of fantastic yet experimental cinematography, a great soundtrack featuring M. Ward, Elliott Smith and The Replacements, The Go-Getter is Garden State meets Into The Wild. Like Garden State, this film is very generational in appeal, and will likely find a big audience later on DVD. It’s really too bad that Peach Arch won’t open this in more theaters, as it is the type of film, like Garden State, to have huge break-out appeal with the niche generational audience for which it aims.

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Discuss: What do you think of the movie trailer for The Go-Getter?

The Go-GetterThe best movie of 2007 that you haven’t seen is finally going to get a theatrical release. The Go-Getter premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival up against Son of Rambow, and most of the big movie buyers missed it. The Playlist has confirmed that the film will see its first official release from Peach Arch Entertainment (the same guys who are distributing Chapter 27) in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on June 6th 2008. Hopefully people will find this gem of a film, which might lead to an expansion. I’m also hearing that a DVD release is planned for late Summer.

Martin Hynes, best known for his role as George Lucas in George Lucas in Love, directed a wonderful coming of age road trip story featuring Lou Taylor Pucci as a young man who steals a car and sets off on a journey to connect with his brother after the traumatic loss of their mother. But this is really a story about a telephonic relationship Mercer develops with the “forgiving and mysterious girl owner of the stolen car (played by the wonderful Zooey Deschanel). Jena Malone also stars.

Using a mix of fantastic yet experimental cinematography, a great soundtrack featuring M. Ward, Elliott Smith and The Replacements, The Go-Getter is Garden State meets Into The Wild. Like Garden State, this film is very generational in appeal, and will likely find a big audience later on DVD. It’s really too bad that Peach Arch won’t open this in more theaters, as it is the type of film, like Garden State, to have huge break-out appeal with the niche generational audience for which it aims.

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