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 thrill at the pairing of some Coronas and luchadores, uncover a sinister family secret, I opine about my unnatural and abject love of This Old House, give Jessie Owens his due and pray it’s not a Disneyfied version of it, and get serious about families and what happens when the patriarch isn’t there.

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Race trailer

Amid the usual fall crush of biopics comes a trailer for an especially promising one that’s opening next year. Focus Features has just put out the first promo for Race, starring Selma‘s Stephan James as Olympic athlete Jesse Owens.

Still considered one of the greatest track and field stars in history, Owens struck a blow to the notion of Aryan supremacy when he dominated at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Jeremy IronsJason Sudekis, and William Hurt also star, and Stephen Hopkins directed. Watch the Race trailer after the jump. Read More »

John Boyega in Attack the Block

Attack the Block star John Boyega will go from battling aliens in South London to racing Olympians in Nazi Germany. The British actor is set to lead Race, a biopic of legendary athlete Jesse Owens. Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Showtime’s House of Lies) will direct.

Owens is most famous for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The African-American track and field star won four gold medals at the Games, which Adolf Hitler had intended to be a showcase of Aryan superiority. More details on the movie after the jump.

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Whether it be Johnny Depp, Matthew Modine or Walter Matthau, we’ve become accustomed to seeing pirates on the big screen. However, hot off the financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it seems as if those peg-legged, eye-patched, parrot-shouldered scoundrels could be soon making it to the small screen too. Fox is in negotiations for the rights to a mini-series tentatively called Pyrates, created by Barry Schindel (Law and Order, Numbers) with 24 director Stephen Hopkins attached to do an episode. The show is conceived as a 10-13 episode mini-series with Ridley and Tony Scott‘s Scott Free Productions set to produce. Read about the plot, when it could air and more after the break. Read More »

Last month a friend of mine was telling me about this comic book series titled Chew, which he thought could make a great premium cable television series. And it looks like it might actually happen. The comics follow a cop who gets secret psychic impressions from whatever he eats (for example, if he eats a piece of the corpse of a murder victim to help figure out whodunit). It sounds like it has the potential to be a dark comedy series in the same category as Dexter. Deadline is reporting that Showtime has acquired the rights for a small screen adaptation of Rob Guillory’s bestselling comic book Chew.

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