We’ve been anxiously awaiting HBO’s original movie Game Change, which is based on the tell-all book about the 2008 presidential campaign by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, ever since we first learned that Julianne Moore would be tackling the juicy role of Sarah Palin. While her version of the former governor of Alaska is far more subtle than Tina Fey’s wink-laden portrayal on Saturday Night Live (for obvious reasons), the end result is so much more powerful. She is fantastic here. In fact, we almost found ourselves feeling sorry for Palin — particularly in those scenes where she seems to be having a total emotional meltdown — while watching this trailer. Will that sentiment last? We’ll just have to wait until Game Change premieres on March 10th at 9pm to find out. … Read More
It has been way too long since we’ve been treated to a live action Wes Anderson movie — so long, in fact, that we’re going to jump the gun on tomorrow’s weekly “Trailer Park” feature to alert you that the teaser for the director’s Moonrise Kingdom arrived online this afternoon. And it looks pretty wonderful! Not only are we working with a stellar cast (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman), but the setting — a New England summer camp in the mid-60s — is the perfect match for Anderson’s nostalgic aesthetic. Does it look like we’re seeing anything new from the auteur here? Not really, but we don’t really mind. For our money, there’s no one who tells a twee coming-of-age story quite like he does. Even if the plot ends up being a totally bizarre mess, we’ll relish watching the film for the cinematography alone. Well that, and the scene with Bill Murray going to chop down a tree in his underwear. Click through to check out the trailer now, and let us know in the comments what you think of it. … Read More
MTV.com is premiering Ben Stiller’s Fake Trailer Project, which determines whether phony trailers can be made into hit movies. After all, the original trailers for Hobo With a Shotgun and Machete were bogus, but they both ended up being made into actual big-screen releases. With this in mind, we decided to pick a few of our own favorite fakes. Some are online classics while others are relatively new, but we think they all seriously deserve to be made into feature-length films. … Read More
Okay, so it’s in French. But we’re sure that many fans of Marjane Satrapi — the graphic novelist who told the story of her youth in Iran in the wonderful books-turned-film Persepolis – already know the story behind Chicken with Plums and will want to see the first trailer for the movie version regardless of the language barrier. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Satrapi’s 2006 graphic novel is set in ’50s Tehran and follows her great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, a musician who withdraws from the world and his family after his instrument is broken and he realizes he won’t be able to replace it. The Chicken with Plums film finds Satrapi reunited with her Persepolis partner Vincent Parronaud, and, judging from the beautiful look of the trailer, the decision to make a live-action, rather than animated, movie was a good one. Chicken with Plums will debut next month at both the Toronto and Venice film festivals. … Read More
The first trailer for the ambitious One Day on Earth project has hit the interwebs, and we have to say it’s breathtaking. The film, which will be a motion picture about our planet as a whole, was simultaneously shot by filmmakers in every country in the world all on one day, October 10, 2010. It’s an amazing idea of global unity and community exploration that is clearly coming together into a beautiful film. Click through to see the trailer, and make sure to check out the One Day on Earth website for more information or, if you’re feeling flush, help out with the project on Kickstarter. … Read More
Okay, we’ll say it: We’re tired of superhero movies. The saturation point has long passed. Thanks to the success of the Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and X-Men franchises, it now seems that any caped hero who ever appeared in the pages of a comic book is a worthwhile subject for a major motion picture — in spite of the fact that, with the exception of the films mentioned above (and not even all of them — how ya doin’, X-Men: The Last Stand) and a few scattered others, most comic book movies are downright putrid.
So please, please, bear that bias in mind when we tell you that, much to our chagrin, the new trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger looks awesome. Director Joe Johnston’s ’40s visual scheme is delicious (the trailer immediately brings The Rocketeer to mind — which, wouldn’t you know it, was directed by Joe Johnston), Chris Evans is looking more and more credible (pull this off, Chris, and you’re forgiven for those Fantastic Four movies), and how about this supporting cast? Tommy Lee Jones? Stanley Tucci? Hugo Weaving? Sign us up! Check out the full trailer after the jump, and let us know if you agree in the comments. … Read More
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks have a lot in common: They are two of Hollywood’s most likeable actors; their careers both peaked in the ’90s; and they’ve both previously starred in movies that make up romantic comedy canon (Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, and Notting Hill, if you’re feeling generous), but never together — until now. Larry Crowne, which is also directed by Hanks, tells the story of a guy who loses his job, buys himself a scooter, and decides to go back to college. Roberts plays the public-speaking professor who he ends up falling for. According to official synopsis her character is married, but we see no hints of that conflict (or any conflict really) in the trailer; while we understand that the film’s target demographic isn’t looking for something edgy, it seems insulting to everyone involved to serve up something so bland. Click through to check it out, and let us know in the comments what you think. … Read More
We’ve already seen plenty of teasers, but now the first official full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Steven Spielberg-homage Super 8 has hit the web, and without revealing any plot spoilers (like what’s inside of that container!), we’re finally getting a little context for a project that has been cloaked with mystery since it was announced. There are plenty of things to be excited about here: namely, the fact that our favorite Fanning (Elle!) and Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) are in the cast; the fact that this looks more like an adventure tale than a horror flick; the fact that there are lens flare-enhanced action sequences; the fact that we feel like we’re watching one of the classic ’80s films we grew up on. What remains to be seen is whether Abrams has taken the Spielberg love a little too far — which for certain people, will be a non-issue. Either way, from where we’re sitting, this looks to be the biggest film of the summer. Yep, we went there. Click through and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
There are many things that make us excited about the latest film adaptation of Jane Eyre: For starters, it has been way too long since there was a period romance in theaters — The Young Victoria? The director is indie filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature, Sin Nombre, we absolutely loved. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, and Sally Hawkins. There are beautiful shots of moody walks across even moodier moors. And most importantly, judging from the trailer, the film embraces the dark Gothic romanticism that always made us prefer Team Brontë over Team Austen.
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Yup, it’s time for another Comic-Con trailer. But don’t despair: This isn’t yet another tortured superhero deal. It’s our first peek at Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of a ’70s TV movie co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the renowned Mexican filmmaker responsible for the darkly gorgeous Spanish Civil War nightmare Pan’s Labyrinth. This first clip is all blackness and classic-horror suspense, with glimpses of gorgeous cinematography and the kind of children’s-world surrealism del Toro is known for. All of which is to say, we are excited. How about you? … Read More