My Cousin Rachel Trailer

I’d be lying if I said I was familiar with the work of Daphne du Maurier, the English author and playwright who wrote the book upon which director Roger Michell‘s new film My Cousin Rachel is based. However, I am familiar with several film adaptations of her work and it’s quite the track record – her novels and stories have been adapted by master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock (the Best Picture-winning Rebecca, the under-seen Jamaica Inn, and the bonafide horror classic The Birds) and Nicolas Roeg (the endlessly creepy Don’t Look Now). So as you watch the My Cousin Rachel trailer, it’s easy to think “Hey, no pressure, guys.”

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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 take aim at the NFL and head injuries, head back to the arcade, get old together in Paris, get our racism on against the Muslims, drink some fine wine in China, and close down crap schools.    
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I have no idea whether or not Hyde Park on Hudson actually conforms to any factual truth, but seeing Bill Murray romp, in stately fashion, as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt could prove to be quite a joy.

The first trailer for the film, which was directed  by Roger Michell (Morning Glory, Notting Hill), introduces Murray’s take on FDR, as the President hosts the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) at a retreat in upstate New York prior to the outbreak of World War II. There is a minor clash of cultures as the royals meet FDR and his staff, but also a bit of potential scandal as the President attends to Daisy (Laura Linney) rather than his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams).

Above all, however, is Murray and his warmth and charm as FDR. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Forget Ghostbusters IIIBill Murray has some potentially great stuff coming out. He shot a part in the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and will have a role in Roman Coppola’s second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. And in between those, he played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson.

That’s the first look at Murray as FDR, above, and unfortunately it’s all we’ve got right now. But hit the jump to have another look at the details of the movie, in the event you passed over it the couple times we’ve reported on it in the past. Read More »