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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Before his career-changing turn in Sideways, most people knew Thomas Haden Church as a television actor on Wings, and Ned and Stacy. He’s not returning to television quite yet, but he is working on something in a series format. Haden Church is starring in a new FearNet web/on-demand series, Zombie Roadkill. He’ll play “a park ranger who partners with a teen (David Dorfman) to escape a portion of highway where roadkill is resurrected as flesh-eating zombie animals.” Don’t get too excited though — the series will only last six episodes, each of which will be four to five minutes each.
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Earlier this summer the casting news on John Carter of Mars, to be directed for Disney by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, starting pouring out. Now we’ve got three more great names for the cast — well, two more and one confirmation. Read More »
Suddenly the John Carter of Mars news is flowing like crazy. Thomas Haden Church said on Reel Talk with Jeffrey Lyons that he’d be joining the film, in what he calls a ‘very dramatic role’. He’ll work alongside Taylor Kitsch (as John Carter) and Lynn Collins (as Dejah Thoris, heir to the Martian kingdom). Andrew Stanton will make his live-action directing debut with the film, which is written by Stanton and Mark Andrews, with additional recent work by Michael Chabon. Read More »
Smart People is probably the first adopted pedophile incest comedy, although I wouldn’t really call it that (that’s really just the subplot). Here is the plot synopsis from my early review: Dennis Quaid plays Lawrence Wetherhold, a miserable and pompous college professor who suffers a head trauma while trying to jump the fence at a car impound lot. Unable to drive himself around, his screw-up adopted-brother Chuck (played by the incomparable Thomas Haden Church) moves in and becomes his personal chauffeur (if he can ever remember to pick his brother up). Chuck tries to expose Lawrence’s conservative daughter Vanessa (Ellen Page) to beer and drugs, and in the process, a complicated relationship develops. Meanwhile Lawrence falls for his Doctor Janet, played by the ever-so annoying Sarah Jessica Parker, and in the process, must find a way to cure himself of his unhealthy obsession with his deceased wife.
Check out the movie trailer for Smart People after the jump.
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Dennis Quaid plays Lawrence Wetherhold, a miserable and pompous college professor who suffers a head trauma while trying to jump the fence at a car impound lot. Unable to drive himself around, his screw-up adopted-brother Chuck (played by the incomparable Thomas Haden Church) moves in and becomes his personal chauffeur (if he can ever remember to pick his brother up). Chuck tries to expose Lawrence’s conservative daughter Vanessa (Ellen Page) to beer and drugs, and in the process, a complicated relationship develops. Meanwhile Lawrence falls for his Doctor Janet, played by the ever-so annoying Sarah Jessica Parker, and in the process, must find a way to cure himself of his unhealthy obsession with his deceased wife.
Page’s Vanessa is a snappy sarcastic smart aleck 17-year-old. Imagine if Juno were less indie/punk and more conservative / school smart. Page steals every scene she shares on screen. Church, also an attention hog (in a good way) is ever so charming as the lovable loser. Screenwriter Mark Poirier is all over Hollywood in a non-Diablo Cody way. Poirier is set to make his feature directing debut for Paramount with his script, Bong Hits 4 Jesus. Commercial turned Feature director Noam Murro makes a fantastic debut.
If there were one complaint about this film, it would be that the supporting storyline featuring the complicated relationship between Page and Church was far more interesting than the main romantic storyline. In fact, I would love to see a movie about those characters in that kind of situation, where more time could be devoted.
I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much from Smart People, but left the theater with a large grin in hand. This is a wonderful movie, not on the level of Juno, but up there next to Little Miss Sunshine.
/Film Rating: 8 out of 10
AICN has the first two reviews for Spider-Man 3. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a public screening of the film yet. I have reason to believe that the scoopers must be somehow connected to the upcoming Tokyo premiere (something is mentioned of the China censorship board).
The first review is mostly spoiler free, but does reveal that two major characters will die, and five major action scenes occur before the nearly two and a half hour film is done rolling. Of one of the deaths, the reviewer writes:
“I think it might piss off some fans but now that I think about it, I dont know how it could have ended differently.”
He says that Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock is the best of both worlds (Ultimate and Amazing), Gwen is a bit underused, Mary Jane is darker, and Harry’s plot has a Shakespearian arc: “you will love how it turns out, very emotional.”
It ends every major plot line and doesn’t leave much open, albeit it doesn’t really zip things shut either, but really this is a great ending. This is the most emotional, and epic entry in the series, and like its predecessors, it never loses sight that action is a bonus to the character drama, and not the main attraction, it really is amazing.
Another reviewer reveals way too much plot-wise. We’ll save you from the spoiler-filled details and give you the few opinionated bits:
Spider-man 3 is no doubt another visual feast, even more brilliant than the second film.
You’ll find it almost impossible to catch up with all the fantastic scenes.
So there you have it. From the look of it, Spider-Man 3 has outdone the last one, which I and many people consider to be the best superhero movie of all time. Spider-Man 3 hits theaters on May 4th 2007.
The final Spider-Man 3 Movie Trailer is now live on the Comcast website. Click here to watch it now (it’s rather hard to find in through the websites main menu.
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Thanks to the recent Disney Investor Relations release, we have new logo and production art for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. Check it out below. As always, left click for a higher res version.
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