This Week in Trailers

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 hang with the pinochle crowd, lose our minds to a virus, remember what it was like to discover the internet for the first time, solve a mystery down south, and bring peace to the Middle East.
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Photos have surfaced from the set of The Human Factor, the Nelson Mandella biopic directed by Clint Eastwood that is currently shooting on location in South Africa. The pics show co-star Matt Damon outfitted as Francois Pienaar, captain of the 1995 South African rugby team that took the World Cup and “capped Mandela’s miraculous 10-year effort to bring 43 million South Africans together in an enduring bond.” Morgan Freeman, who is co-producing with Eastwood, will play Mandella primarily during the years following his 23-year imprisonment, in which he served a term as president after the fall of apartheid. Set for release in December, the film is based on the book Playing the Enemy by John Carlin. Photos via TB&U. One more after the jump.

Also of note, Eastwood’s previous directorial effort (and possibly his last as an actor), 2008’s Gran Torino, continues to hold at the box office in lieu of being blatantly shut-out of the Academy Awards and dividing /Film’s staff. As of yesterday, it has taken in a massive $142 million plus, the biggest domestic gross of his career.

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Clint Eastwood to Direct and Star in Gran Torino

Not satisfied with having one movie due this year as a director, Clint Eastwood will follow-up November’s Changeling starring Angelina Jolie with a mystery project entitled Gran Torino that is being fast tracked by Warner Bros. for a release in December. I like how the Hollywood legend habitually and quietly moves in for the Oscar kill before I can even argue with the sun. Eastwood is also set to star in the film, which will mark his first performance since 2004’s Best Picture/Best Director winner Million Dollar Baby.

Based on the title alone, there is already speculation that the classic Ford Turino automobile will figure into the plot. I can only hope that this is Dirty Harry’s Death Proof. Eastwood is also attached to direct Morgan Freeman in the Nelson Mandela biopic The Human Factor, with Matt Damon also attached (and Oscar).

Discuss: What is Eastwood’s best film as a director after Unforgiven? Not a popular choice at all, but I’ve always been partial to 1993’s A Perfect World. 

via Variety