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 see what that redhead from BMX Bandits has been up to, follow a deaf mute through his trials, tribulations and sexual conquests, understand how a forest can be a living organism, get weird in France, and figure out the horrific fate of some random strangers.

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Oliver Stone is quickly locking down the cast for Savages, the adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel about two pot dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) whose mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively) is kidnapped by a drug cartel (Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro) in an effort to coerce the guys into bowing to the cartel’s will. John Travolta and Uma Thurman also signed on, with that casting announced just hours ago.

Now Emile Hirsch, the great young(ish) actor who seems to do a spate of films then drop off the radar for a while, is in the film playing a role that is yet to be announced. That makes quite a cast so far — while it is difficult to get excited about John Travolta of late, the collection of people is a pretty serious lineup. Is this going to be the movie where Oliver Stone really roars back to life? [Variety]

After the break, while Ralph Fiennes remains a possible addition to the next James Bond film, he’s also in line for a part in Mike Newell’s new version of Great Expectations. Read More »

Rowan Joffe, screenwriter of the underrated The American and of 28 Weeks Later, is now working with director Mike Newell on an adaption of the WWII double-agent story Agent Zigzag, based on the book of the same name by Ben MacIntyre.

The subject of the book and the film is Eddie Chapman, dashing and charming criminal, conman and spy. He’s the classic image of the fast-living spy. Recruited by the German Secret Service at the outset of WWII, he was a major asset for the Nazis, but was also secretly working for Britain, as Agent Zigzag. His story sounds like perfect movie material.

A bit of info on the book is after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Brighton Rock’

Optimum Releasing have released the movie trailer for 28 Weeks Later and The American screenwriter Rowan Joffe‘s directorial debut, an adaptation of Graham Greene‘s 1938 novel Brighton Rock. The book was first adapted to the screen in 1947 in a movie starring Richard Attenborough. This time around Joffe has updated the setting to the 1960′s. The story follows “the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.” The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to mixed response. Sam Riley (Control) stars as Pinkie, and the film co-stars Helen Mirren (The Queen), John Hurt, Andy Serkis, and Andrea Riseborough.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Be warned the trailer is on autoplay and we are unable to prevent this, so when you click through it will begin playing automatically. Adjust your speakers accordingly.
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