On Monday, we bemoaned the rise of the “teaser” trailer: mini-commercials for this generation’s A.D.D.-addled youth that market specifically in hype, not products. As an example, we pointed to the mysterious new J.J. Abrams trailer for something called Stranger: clocking on on YouTube at just over a minute long, the flurry of speculation about which of the famed Star Trek‘s directors many, many projects this could possibly be a commercial for–his upcoming Star Wars film, perhaps?–was disportioniate to the amount of effort put into the (very) short preview.
It would have been bad enough if this had turned out to be part of a larger marketing campaign for a movie, or television show. But several sites have made the connection between the alternate title of the video–S.–and the name of an interactive novel that will Abrams will be releasing in conjunction with Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and his production company Bad Robot on October 29th.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s sixth film, The Master, is set to be released September 14, and its final trailer has dropped (via Vulture). It is as cryptic as any thus far released, though once again depicting Philip Seymour Hoffman as an enigmatic and powerful man of God. Per Anderson information dispensary Cigarettes and Red Vines, Read More
Critically-beloved David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, with multiple storylines all set in different centuries and locations but retaining consistent characters and motifs, seemed unfilmable. And it may very well have been! We’ll have to wait until October 26 to find out, when the film adaptation is released in the U.S.
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The screen adaptation of Broadway smash Les Miserables has its first trailer, wherein but one cast member–Anne Hathaway as prostitute Fantine–is heard to sing. She’s a little squeaky on the high notes, but we’re reserving judgment! A lot of slightly askew camera angles here thanks to unique stylist Tom Hooper, whose last film, The King’s Read More
We know it must be hard for Sacha Baron Cohen to top his Academy Award red carpet stunt, when he showed up in-character as General Aladeen of the Republic of Wadiya. After dumping Kim Jong Il’s ashes all over Ryan Seacrest he was escorted off the scene by security guards who may or may not have been in on the viral marketing hoax for his film The Dictator.
Still, we were hoping for a little more from the actual trailer for the film, released yesterday. With both Borat and Bruno, Mr. Cohen proved he could shock audiences with his mockumentary format. But bottle his genius into a scripted comedy, and you end up with a trailer that looks like You Don’t Mess with the Zohan but with more jokes about blowing up the Empire State State building.
Look, we couldn’t be more psyched about the new Muppets movie. Everything we’ve seen so far about the film looks great — Jason Segel, musical numbers, tons of cameos and pop culture nods — it’s all there. But with the Muppets long history of pop culture parodies, we’re baffled as to why they chose The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to spoof in the latest trailer for The Muppets.
The more this trailer–for the forthcoming The Adjustment Bureau, marching forth on March 4–airs, the more we wonder just how realistic it aims to be. The plot, about shadowy figures attempting to maintain control over one man’s perceptions of the world, is taken from a Philip K. Dick short story. The specific provenance Read More