The Weinstein Co has released an early international teaser trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven, a romantic dramedy from director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, The Closer, Cold Case). The film stars Kate Hudson as “a guarded woman who finds out she’s dying of cancer, but when she meets her match, the threat of falling in love is scarier than death.” The film co-stars Gael García Bernal, Romany Malco, Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucy Punch, Rosemarie DeWitt, Steven Weber, and Johann Urb. Looks too generic and by the numbers for me, and the musical selections used in the trailer are beyond horrible. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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20th Century Fox has released a movie trailer for the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels. Directed by Rob Letterman (co-director of Monsters vs Aliens) and co-starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Romany Malco, Billy Connolly, T.J. Miller, and Amanda Peet. Based on the book by Jonathan Swift, this adventure comedy tells the story of “travel writer Lemuel Gulliver who takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.”
While this movie definitely doesn’t look good, it certainly doesn’t look as horrible as I thought it was going to be — especially judging from the posters and billboard which made it look like a fake movie in Funny People or Tropic Thunder. But yes, Emily Blunt was forced to turn down a role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2/Avengers to be in this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Posted on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 by Brendon Connelly
Now playing in NY and LA is St. John of Las Vegas, the debut feature of writer-director Hue Rhodes. The picture gives Steve Buscemi a too-rare leading role as John Alighieri, a man with a gambling problem who is sent to investigate an insurance claim on the outskirts of the Nevada casino capital. Also amongst the cast are Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman and Peter Dinklage.
The film is pricked with references to Dante’s Inferno, though certainly has it’s own narrative which requires no knowledge of the Divine Comedy to understand – think how the Coen Bros. and Homer blended into O Brother Where Art Thou. And whereas the Coens’ film stood on the shoulders of Preston Sturgess, the equivalent influence on St. John would appear likely to be Ozu or Milos Forman.
After the break you can read my edited transcript of some of what Hue has said to me in our conversations over the last few weeks, sharing some of his thoughts on both this movie specifically and films and filmmaking in general.
This Week In Trailers: What’s Up Lovely, Blood Creek, Seven Days (Les 7 Jours De Talion), Obselidia, ALiCE
Posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 by Christopher Stipp
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?
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Steve Buscemi has been doing a lot of indie films recently, and his latest is no different. Saint John of Las Vegas is a dramedy directed by another first time feature film director Hue Rhodes. The film follows “the wild and funny trip a guy has to take to discover there’s more than one way to hit the jackpot in life.”
After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets. When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car “accident” near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion , though he’s concerned about returning to the gambling game. Before leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship. Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters. Through the journey, John’s confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it—it will follow him wherever he goes. It’s only when he returns to Vegas and his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.
The movie also co-stars Emmanuelle Chirqui, Tim Blake Nelson and John Cho. The film played at Cinevegas and the Starz Denver Film Festival and was met with mixed reviews. Watch the trailer now after the jump, and as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Okay, on three, now push it, push it real good. Last year’s trend of “I’m pregnant!” laffs continues into 2008 with a twist called Baby Mama. See, Tina Fey‘s character can’t get pregnant, so she hires an uneducated chick from South Philly to be her surrogate, or as some might loosely refer to on “the streets”: a “baby mama”! Fey’s homegirl from the SNL “Weekend Update” years, Amy Poehler, gets her baby mama on, squatting in a sink, eating junk, watching monster truck rallies, giving delayed response, and possibly using PAM spray to deliver. Sigourney Weaver and Dax Shepard (still in Idiocracy mode) also appear, ranking about a 4 and a 5 on the laugh-o-meter, respectively. And that guy from Weeds and Blades of Glory, Romany Malco, stops by as a door man to do a pretty nice infantile DMX-imitation.
Poehler and Fey have just the amount of smarty-pants chemistry to pull this off, but it’s borderline. It also looks incredibly safe for two of the strongest comic female voices at this level. I am glad to see that Poehler’s not rocking cornrows and a Bugs Bunny-as-drug dealer t-shirt, because that would be obnoxious and way predictable. Also, it’s like both of them have a mega-watt “glow” in the trailer that screams healthy. Girls love to see that. You know what I would have liked to see? Tracy Morgan. I mean, this guy majors in preggo comedy and makes Fey’s 30 Rock run full blast. Maybe he was busy with the real thing. Here’s the trailer, which glows radiantly to The Cars’ “Just What I Needed.”
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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on AOL.com. Baby Mama hits theaters on April 25th 2008.