A lot of new posters have hit the web in the last 24 hours. Cinematical has the final US poster for Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, which shows the life size replica of New York City that the main character builds in a warehouse. I think its cool but I actually prefer the international poster which featured Philip Seymour Hoffman in front of the tables of index cards. Ropes of Silicon has the poster for Bryan Singer’s WWII movie Valkyrie. It seems oddly stylistic, maybe because they are trying to appeal to younger audiences. The MPAA recently announced that the film is rated PG-13. A PG-13 Nazi movie?

ComingSoon has the final poster for Quantum of Solace, which seems kinda stock compared to the other two theatrical posters for the film which featured Daniel Craig walking down the street with his huge gun. And lastly there is the poster for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. The one-sheet is even worse than the film’s title, who woulda thought?

The /Filmcast: After Dark – Ep. 13

The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Peter, Devindra, and Adam, discuss the possibility of another Superman film with Bryan Singer, find even more things to debate about The Dark Knight, and discuss some geeky tidbits about the making of Back to the Future. Also, Dave laments the thrashing that was “The Yamato Affair.”

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Valkyrie on December 26th 2008

When Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie was moved back to 2009, everyone interpreted the move to mean the film was not good enough for Academy Award consideration. Well MGM has announced that they are moving the Tom Cruise Hitler Assassination thriller up to December 26th, a prime date at the close of Awards season. But the studio claims they made the move not because of award consideration, but instead because they believe the film will play better to audiences in the holiday release, instead of in mid February.

I find it a bit strange that the film is being released on the 26th, when a boat load of films are being released one day earlier for Christmas. That line-up includes Frank Miller’s The Spirit, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Bedtime Stories, Marley & Me, and the limited release of Gran Torino. Also, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button hits theaters one week earlier. Seems like a crowded week to release the film, and if MGM isn’t doing it for award consideration, then why did they make the move at all?

New Valkyrie Photos

Filmz.ru has found a batch of new photos from Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie. Yes, the movie where Tom Cruise plays a Nazi Colonel who attempts to assassinate Hitler. Trust me, after the world sees Cruise’s hillarious appearance in Topic Thunder, I’m convinced everyone might forget about all the weirdness.

Valkyrie is scheduled to hit theaters on February 13th 2009.

/Filmcast Episode 3 – Kung Fu Panda


Kung Fu PandaIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David, Devindra, and Adam debate how good the Religulous trailer really is, remember the good old days when Eddie Murphy used to say “Fuck,” try to ignore the hype/hate behind the Valkyrie trailer, and geek out about Kung Fu Panda. Special guest bloggers Mike Sonders joins us from Great White Snark and Myles McNutt joins us from Cultural Learnings. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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Valkyrie Movie Trailer


The bad buzz for Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie has been building over the last few months. additional photography, added with a complete release date shift to February (after Awards Season), resulted in the release of negativity in Hollywood. It also doesn’t help that Crusie’s last film Lions For Lambs bombed. But so far everything I’ve seen about this film has been very impressive. From the screenplay, to the first production photos which included a comparison shot of Tom Cruise against the real life Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, to the teaser trailer that was released a few months back. Even bitter, angry Variety editors have recently written “several people I trust have seen VALKYRIE and testify that it’s a superb thriller. ‘Bryan Singer is back in form,’ says one source.”

The desire for this film to be a failure is massive. Everyone has purchased a pair of hater pants from the anti-Tom Cruise store (metaphorically speaking, I hope). I think everyone needs to watch the Valkyrie movie trailer below (note: it’s not new), and form an opinion based on what is shown. Forget what you’ve read about the production, and put your passive aggressive Cruise-bashing feelings away. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Official Plot Synopsis: The “July 20 Plot” on Hitler’s life is one of the most heroic but least known episodes of World War Two. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler’s once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation’s government… He must kill Hitler himself.

Valkyrie hits theaters on February 13th 2009.


“Slide to the left, now slide to the right.”

The Internets today: Tom Cruise‘s career is on life support, yadda yadda. Is the Internets correct? I’m not fond of talking about Tom Cruise around the water cooler, but I’d say the Internets are wrong. Does that make me a relevant revolutionary? United Artists, which is headed up by Cruise and Paula Wagner, has pushed back the release date for Bryan Singer‘s expensive kill-Hitler flick, Valkyrie, from October ’08 to February 13th, 2009. Yes, that means Tom Cruise will battle Jason Voorhees. Amazing.

This marks the second calendar move for the poorly buzzed and semi-mocked war film. Previously, Valkyrie was set for a release this June, but when the original trailer–which lacked the kinetic action of a summer blockbuster and memorably showed Cruise as an eye-patched Nazi who talks like a Santa Cruz sensimilla dealer–bombed the film suddenly became a “prestige picture.” Fall called. Now President’s Day Weekend calls. Here’s what MGM’s distribution president, Clark Woods, had to say to The Hollywood Reporter

“When an opening became available for Presidents Day weekend, we seized the opportunity. Having seen a lot of the film and how great it is going to play once it’s finished, moving into a big holiday weekend is the right move.”

Over at The Hot Blog, David Poland speculates that Cruise will rev up Mission: Impossible 4 for a start in September in order to get a sure thing in the basket. Poland doesn’t give specifics but says he’s 90% sure that M:I 4 will happen. Really? Given how poorly M:I 3 did domestically, I can’t imagine Cruise resorting to Ethan Hunt for the save. Peter disagrees, but I think Cruise should follow-up his cameo in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, which has great w.o.m., with another comedy. Hardy Men with Stiller needs to happen, stat. After Lions For Lambs (which cannot be blamed on The Cruise, it was a terribly marketed talk-fest war film) and Valkyrie (which clearly has identity issues), I really don’t think audiences want to see this guy in another serious role.

The only way for Cruise to avoid more stabs from Perez Hilton’s ilk, boisterous Scientology haters and the Net’s endless celebrity career strategizers is to take aim at the very notion that it’s getting to him. Showing American audiences how fast The Cruise can sprint from million-dollar missiles is not going to prove anything at this point.

As for Valkyrie‘s new date, I think it’s actually smart. It meets expectations for the film, and while February is considered a dead zone, The Wolf Man and The Pink Panther 2 were formerly parked there. When it comes to marketing, the main thing with Valkyrie is “what in the hell is it?” At this point, it just needs to be entertaining and not accidentally hilarious. If it flops during Valentine’s Day, there will be less eyes and less surprise.

Discuss: Do you think M:I 4 will happen? Would Cruise be better off following-up his Valley Nazi with Hardy Men or even Risky Business 2? Is it action film or bust at this point?

Valkyrie: Two New Photos


Yesterday I posted a new Behind the scenes photo from Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie. Turns out the Empire Magazine has two more, which can be seen above and below.


Valkyrie Pushed Back to October 2008

Tom Cruise in ValkyrieUnited Artists have decided to push Bryan Singer’s Tom Cruise starrer Valkyrie back from it’s planned summer release.

The film, which is based on actual events, and follows a plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 27th of next year, up against Pixar’s WALL-E, the comic book adaptation of Wanted, and Larry Charles Borat follow-up Religulous. In fact, the other day when Lionsgate announced that the Bill Maher documentary was earmarked for the last weekend in June, I commented on the overcrowding.

Valkyrie will now hit theaters three months later, on October 3rd, up against Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are, and the big screen adaptation of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. So why was the film moved back? It can’t be a good sign can it? Does the film need more work? Or does United Artists think a fall release will help their chance at Oscar gold?

Wanted vs. Wall-E vs. Valkyrie

Wanted Movie Trailer

The first Wanted movie trailer was greeted with much ridicule online. The film was being referred to as a cheap “Matrix rip-off”. Universal has now announced that they are moving back the release date from March 28th to June 27th 2008. The studio head is trying to spin this move as a bow of faith in the film property, saying “Having seen it, it is just the perfect summer property.” I’m not quite sure I buy this, especially as I re-watch the trailer.

The Mark Millar graphic novel adaptation will now go head to head with UA’s Valkyrie and Pixar’s Wall-E. It seems like a bad day to release the film. I know the Tom Cruise movie isn’t tracking well, but going head to head with a Pixar film (especially their first Sci-Fi effort) seems like a horrible idea.

Wanted follows a young man (James McAvoy) who finds out his long lost father is an assassin. And when his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father’s old organization and trained by a man named Sloan (Morgan Freeman) to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp and Common also star.