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 get excited about a typewriter, hunt down a killer for a little dough, feel dirty looking at the screen, watch some cops cry and watch a play in action. Read More »

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As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.

Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.

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In the decade since producer Scott Rudin snapped up the rights to Michael Chabon‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, the project’s seen Sydney Pollack and Jude Law come and go, and Tobey Maguire, Jamie Bell, Natalie Portman, Andrew Garfield, and Ryan Gosling all floated as potential stars — but in truth, we’re no closer to seeing a big-screen adaptation now than we were back in 2000. If director Stephen Daldry has his way, though, we may just be getting a small-screen version of it. Specifically, an HBO miniseries version of it. Well, maybe.

Set mostly in ’30s and ’40s New York, Chabon’s book follows the lives of two cousins — Brooklynite Sam Clay and Czech refugee Joe Kavalier — who find fame and fortune in the Golden Age of the comic book industry. More on Daldry’s ideas for the property after the jump.

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The first trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tried to live in the area between quirky, endearing and sentimental. The balance didn’t work for me, especially thanks to the reliance on U2 as the score for the trailer. As a result I think that first look at the movie pegged it as little more than cloying Oscar bait.

Now there is a new trailer that goes straight for the sentiment by opening with the character played by Tom Hanks calling his wife, played by Sandra Bullock, from one of the high floors of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. From there, the trailer swirls into minor portraits of some of the film’s characters and situations as it follows that couple’s son (newcomer Thomas Horn) through the turbulent days that follow 9/11, but there still isn’t much explanation of the story. See for yourself below. Read More »

‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ Trailer

Here’s the trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on a script by Eric Roth. The movie has been a curiosity for me for months in part because the book is a piece of post-modernism that doesn’t lend itself easily to adaptation, and in part because Daldry chose a non-actor, Thomas Horn, to play the central role of 11-year old Oskar Schell. Sure, he’s got established stars like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as buffers, but that’s still a ballsy move. Get the first taste of what came of that big risk-taking, after the break. Read More »

Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.

I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »

Warner Bros. is going for some Oscar gold this year, and not only with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which the studio is hoping might turn into a Return of the King-style contender. The studio also has a couple of possible prestige pictures in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Info on those, plus the date for Alfonso Cuaron‘s new sci-fi thriller Gravity, is after the break. Read More »

When you see the names Richard Curtis (screenwriter, Bridget Jones, Love Actually, War Horse)and Stephen Daldry (director, The Hours, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) together, you’ll might well think that a mannered but quirky award-season film is forthcoming.

But in this particular case, they’re teaming to adapt Trash, an adventure novel by Andy Mulligan that was originally aimed at kids that features three third-world trash-picking kids who find something that changes their lives in dramatic ways. Read More »

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