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?
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Isn’t this a nicely ironic move by the tween-happy Summit Entertainment?

There was a shade of doubt about the future of The Ghost, Roman Polanski‘s latest film, when the director was arrested in Switzerland at the end of September. The mostly-completed film needed a sound mix and a few other tweaks, and Polanski worked on the film from his Swiss prison. Now Summit Entertainment has picked up the film for distribution in the US. It also has a slightly altered title: The Ghost Writer. Read More »

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We don’t know a lot about Roman Polanski‘s currently unfinished film The Ghost. And though current comments from Ewan McGregor, who stars in the film, don’t do a lot to illuminate the project, they do add some context to the current conversation about Polanski in general. As Polanski faces a denial of bail in Switzerland (and some medical situation that saw him removed from jail for a short time) I enjoy the contrast between positive statements about Polanski the artist and the harsh reality of Polanski the fugitive. Read More »

Some rather surprising news has come on down today from a Deauville, France conference for cinema exhibitors. Jerome Seydoux, the chairmen of Pathe, announced that Roman Polanski‘s political thriller The Ghost, which they will be distributing in France, will be finished and released to cinemas whether or not the director is extradited to the US or even incarcerated. Does Polanski know this decision has been made? Has the director been given any say in this matter? Are we seeing the first admission that his film will be taken away from him and completed without his input to serve the distributor’s wishes?

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When Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich on Sunday his nearly completed film The Ghost was potentially orphaned. Though fully shot and mostly edited, significant post-production work remains on the film, which adapts the Robert Harris novel in which a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) and uncovers dangerous secrets in the process. Read More »

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Teaser Trailer

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FirstShowing has discovered a short 15 second teaser trailer for Roman Polanski‘s mystery thriller The Ghost. Based on the Robert Harris novel, the film tells the story of a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) who is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister, and somehow uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. The film also stars Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, James Belushi, and Tom Wilkinson. Watch the short teaser embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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There a bunch of stories that broke tonight in the Hollywood trade newspapers, and I just don’t have time to cover them at length, so I thought I’d do a quick trade news run-down.

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In perhaps the most bizarre casting combination announcement ever, we’ve now learned that Roman Polanski’s The Ghost has added Tom Wilkinson and Jim Belushi to its cast (Never did I think those two people’s names would ever be used in one sentence in conjunction with a film). The two join Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams. This completes major casting and makes the film ready to start shooting in Berlin on February 4th.
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