You can now watch the Year One Super Bowl television advertisement in 3D. No, Year One wasn’t part of the 3D block of Super Bowl ads, and no, Columbia Pictures did not decide to re-render the trailer in 3-D. /Film Reader Demi Adejuyigbe decided to convert the advertisement into 3D himself. Here is the email from Demi to explain:
Hey Mr. Sciretta, I’m a big /Film fan!
I had no part in making Year One, but I saw the Super Bowl commercial yesterday, and I figured- wouldn’t it be cool (and headache-inducing) if all of the trailers were in 3D? So I’m starting to do just that, the first of the trailers being Year One because it was easiest to finish. Why? The sake of novelty of course. They only work with the free disposable glasses from the Super Bowl, even though it would be much easier to make it work with your standard red/blue stereoscopic 3D glasses. Nothing actually pops out at you, but it does have a 3D sense to it. Sure, the 3D’s not perfect, and it doesn’t work as well in places, but it’s the best I can do, as the convergence rates for the yellow/blue layers change with every frame. Enjoy! (Note; It was in HD, but when I converted it to suit Vimeo’s uploading requirements, that kind of just went out the window.)
Not having a paid of 3D glasses on hand myself (I couldn’t find them anywhere), I enlisted Alex Billington from FirstShowing to verify that the 3D actually works and he says it barely does (I’m not sure what that means). Watch the Year One trailer in 3D after the jump.
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I really want the Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One to be this generation’s Life of Brian, but it seems to be too low brow to achieve any level of cleverness. Overall, I’m just very disappointed with that I’ve seen thus far. I just didn’t find it funny.
I haven’t started watching The Office, but I’ve always heard unbelievable praise from everyone I talk to. Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg penned this film, and are also working on the new Ghostbusters script. I’m usually an optimist when it comes to sequels, but after seeing this and the extended Year One clip, I must admit, I’m a little bit worried. Hopefully the movie is a lot better than the little footage we’ve seen thus far. ishzendejas on Twitter saw a preview screening of Year One, and says “it has potential but needs some serious editing tightening up.” Check out the Super Bowl television spot after the jump.
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Columbia Pictures has released a sneak preview of the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, as a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. Directed by National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day helmer Harold Ramis, and written by Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (you know, the guys working on the new Ghostbusters script).
The Super Bowl sneak preview clip shows Black and Cera’s characters trying to hunt for food, when they run into a bunch of farmers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Watch the clip after the jump.
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We’re still trying to catch up on some of the photos that were released in last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Above is your first look at the upcoming Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day) biblical comedy The Year One (I’ve heard it has in fact been retitled from Year One to The Year One). When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers named Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.
The film also features Paul Rudd and David Cross, who play Cain and Abel, Hank Azaria as Abraham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) as Isaac, and Oliver Platt as a High Priest. Based on an original idea by Ramis, and a screenplay by The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (yes, the guys who are writing the new Ghostbusters movie), The Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
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, Hunter, Devindra, and Adam chat with actor/comedian Paul Scheer about playing Lieutenant Buttocks in Eddie Murphy’s Meet Dave, the most controversial Human Giant sketches, and the intensity of working with Vinnie Jones on Harold Ramis’s new film, Year One.
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Tonight on the /Filmcast, we are stoked to be joined by Paul Scheer from MTV’s Human Giant, VH1’s Best Week Ever and the 2009 summer comedy Year One. Tune in live, 10 p.m. EST!!!
Welcome to another edition of the Slashfilm Playlist. This is where we ask writers, directors and stars we dig about their favorite movies and taste in film. This week we have comedian and actor Paul Scheer, whose work on the hit MTV sketch comedy show, Human Giant, is embedded in genre movie culture. Whether he’s sending up Superman 2‘s General Zod with his cast-mates, Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel, as the omnipotent idiots the “Space Lords,”or playing an actor whose dedication to playing a Worf-knockoff culminates in a permanent (and totally effed) surgical procedure, Scheer makes us do spit-takes. This Playlist proved to be suitably epic.
/Film: Hi Paul. So, why are you nervous about appearing on the /Filmcast?
Paul Scheer: Since Slashfilm’s podcasts are getting so popular on iTunes, Terry Gross from NPR is getting worried you might usurp her throne for most downloads. I heard a rumor that she’s personally executing anyone who appears on the show…I heard Stephen Toblowsky narrowly escaped her death grip, so I’m afraid for my life.
/Film: As soon as we’re finished here, I’ll alert Peter Chen. Both seasons of Human Giant make lemonade out of September 11th, with your huge box office failure, Lil’ 9/11, and the proposed TV series Osama bin Diesel. What is your fave 9/11 movie that does or does not star Nicolas Cage…
Paul: My favorite September 11th film has to be High School Musical, which takes the focus off the events and acts more as an allegory of that day. Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) is clearly Osama bin Laden, and her attempts to take over the “musical” clearly parallel Al Qaeda’s attacks on America. Tisdale’s fights with Zac Efron (George W. Bush) and Vanessa Hudgens (Mayor Giuliani) teach us an important lesson. No matter what happens to the musical (America), the show must go on. It did and so do we. Thank you Disney Channel for painting a clear and succinct tribute to that day.
/Film: So clear. Among your TV show’s many superlatives is its insurmountable kid death toll. I counted 108 murdered kids in one “Kidtentiary” skit alone. Modern films like Tropic Thunder tend to cop out. Human Giant also has a soft spot for kid villains, including Gage from Pet Semetary. Mr. Paul Scheer, you’re the coach. Who do you draft for your Kid Villain All-Star Team?
Paul: Here’s my team. Michael Oliver from Problem Child. He’s like an evil version of Sam from Different Strokes; Vicki the Robot from Small Wonder (Tiffany Brissette). Although she’s technically good, she’s one malfunction away from being a T-1000; The Grady Daughters from The Shining. Pure Double Trouble. Plus, they are snazzy dressers; Haley Joel Osment in anything, he creeps me out. He’s too in touch with otherworldly phenomena.
Of course, the team’s leader would be the baddest of the bad. Technically he’s not a kid, but he loves teaching kids to be bad: enter Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) from The Karate Kid.
/Film: Nice draft picks. At this very moment, what are your three favorite films of all time? And what movie have you watched more than any other?
Paul: This is always a tough question, but I’m basing my list solely on pure enjoyment and re-watchability. So, basically these are the movies that if they came on TV, I’d stop and watch them no matter what: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. My alternates: Die Hard, Point Break, Goonies, Bad Boys 2, Magnolia, The Jerk and Cool Hand Luke. The movie I’ve probably watched the most…it’s a tie between The Empire Strikes Back and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. The latter is just because my parents had HBO and I think they played Remo Williams every day after school for about two years. Sadly, Remo Williams’s adventure began and ended all in one film.
More Playlist after the jump, including Paul’s popcorn-and-M&M’s recipe and Bruce Willis’s sex scenes in Color of Night.
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The dystopian future imagined by Trent Reznor is synergy-friendly. Some have argued that it’s cliche. The savvy Nine Inch Nails frontman tells the LA Times that he recently met with HBO about adapting the themes of his Year One concept album (and cultish alternate reality game) into an ambitious sci-fi series…
“I just pitched it to HBO two weeks ago in L.A. It went great. Ideally, we’re trying to get them to do a two-year limited series. I prefer that over a film. We would have a second ARG tying into the second album and ties into the series and they all happen together with a budget needed to pull that all off. There would be a tour down the road. The record completes the story, the ending that no one knows. I know what happens. I knew when I started it. And it’s not what people think. “
Reznor’s anti-Bush vision takes place in 2022, or as a totes-screwed America has labeled it, Year One. The government has brainwashed its citizens, done away with civil liberties and much of the landscape is in shambles. There’s also a lot of well-designed propaganda. The idea of a feature film or a TV show was conceptualized near the beginning according to Reznor, who says that writers are already attached. According to the NY Times, producer Lawrence Bender is seeing the series through.
Discuss: Reznor sounds pretty focused on this. Would you like to see a Year Zero series from HBO?
Details have have been kept tightly under wraps involving the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day) comedy Year One. All that has been revealed thus far is the cast and creative list behind the film, which includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jack Black, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, and Oliver Platt. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Oh, and the story is “set in biblical times”. Jack Black talked to Collider while promoting his upcoming film Be Kind Rewind, and spilled the beans:
“Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.”
It appears we might have a new controversial comedy that takes aim at religion (ala Monty Python’s Life of Brian), which may explain why details have been kept hush hush. Black also confirmed that the script was finished before the strike, and the project is plowing ahead without the constant rewrites that he is accustomed to. Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
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Christopher Mintz-Plasse will forever be known as McLovin. In the way that Seann William Scott will probably always be referred to as Stiffler. Plasse would probably be better off changing his name officially to McLovin.
Judd Apatow is trying to get Mintz-Plasse some more work in Hollywood, casting the SuperBad star in the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One (no relation to the Frank Miller Batman graphic novel) starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.
Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Wellâ€¦ ummm its about the first year ofâ€¦ okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). All we know is it’s a comedy “set in biblical times” and that Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon.
With Judd Apatow on such a roll as of late, we have to keep a close eye on all his upcoming projects. And Ramis has directed some of the best comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Anaylze This (we’ll try to forget about Bedazzled, Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity). With an early Summer 09 release date, this is definitely one to watch out for.
Year One will hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
I’m in LA La Land covering junkets, and the news is pretty thin, so I’ve decided to run with some of the interesting release date change announcements.
First up is Vin Diesel’s sci-fi film Babylon A.D. We mentioned this film last night because the teaser poster premiered at ShowEast. Mathieu Kassovitz’s film was scheduled to hit theaters on February 29th, but is now being pushed back to August 29th 2008. One could look at this change in one of two ways: either the film is having huge problems and they need they need more time to fix up the mess or the studio has gotten more faith in the film and has decided to release it during Summer. However, the late late late Summer release date makes me believe there is a mess that needs fixing.
The film follows Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman (MÃ©lanie Thierry)Â from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. Based on the French novel by Maurice G. Dantec, who was strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick and punk rock. The film also co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine) as a nun.
Anywhere is possible, and even sooner than expected. Doug Liman’s sci-fi adaptation of Jumper has been moved up one day for a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th) release, hoping to get a jump (pun intended) on The Spiderwick Chronicles, Warner Indie’s remake of Funny Games, and Vantage Point. It should be noted that the Ryan Reynolds/Isla Fisher romantic comedy Definitely Maybe and Step Up 2 the Streets will also debut on the big screen on V-day 08. Check out the new poster seen right.
Columbia Pictures has announced a June 19th 2009 release date for the Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis comedy Year One. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Wellâ€¦ ummm its about the first year ofâ€¦ okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. This project was announced this Summer.
Carter Smith’s adaptation of A Simple Plan author Scott B Smith’s novel The Ruins has been pushed back one week to April 11th 2008. There is no obvious reason for this change sine the original April 4th release date posed no competition. The new date puts the horror/thriller head to head with Screen Gems remake of Prom Night. The Ruins follows a group of friends (Jena Malone, Joe Anderson and Shawn Ashmore included) whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.