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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we hate on the Nazi party, get weird with Stephen Chow’s latest, think globally but act locally buying organic, get confused with my inability to decipher what Tim Roth is saying, pick up a sixer of talent, and get all emotional with a movie that took five years to make. 

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There was no small amount of anticipation for One Day, the new film from An Education director Lone Scherfig, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. But the first trailer was, let’s say, uninspiring. Now there is a second trailer, cut for the UK, and it is a definite improvement. It doesn’t make the film look like any sort of modern classic in the making, but it does sell it as a salvageable romance with an interesting angle. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Focus Features has dropped new images from two of the company’s more promising 2011 films: Lone Scherfig‘s One Day and Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre.

That’s the new Jane Eyre image, above, showing Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender as the lead characters of Charlotte Brontë‘s famous novel. We’ve seen one trailer already (and it was pretty wonderful, check it if you missed that post) but this image is notable for showing the characters in a serene, even tender moment.

Get more info on Jane Eyre and see the images from One Day, after the break. Read More »

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Mario Van Peebles is currently directing Curtis Jackson in Things Fall Apart and, based on Jackson’s past thespian efforts, that’s not terribly exciting. But now Ray Liotta is joining the cast, so that’s a positive turn. Jackson is playing “a star football running back…who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college.” Liotta will now play his doctor, which will make a nice change from playing intimidating cops and the like, which Liotta gets all too often.  [Variety]

After the break, Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Madonna get new talent for their next films. Read More »

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Earlier today a rumor broke that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 4 as the anti-hero/love conflict Black Cat. We didn’t know if this was true, or just another one of the countless internet superhero rumors. I still can’t confirm the validity of the story, but a /Film reader named Ambrose H forwarded me a link that at least confirms two parts of the story:

  1. Sam Raimi and Co are already casting the feature
  2. They are looking for a new female lead

Not only that, but Romola Garai has auditioned for the role. Garai is a 27-year-old British actress who starred in Amazing Grace, The Other Man and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

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