Archive for the ‘Comedy’ category

The Trailer Guide — ‘Valley of Elah’, ‘Get Smart’, and ‘Fred Claus’

July 10, 2007

vallyofelah.gifI usually do ‘Trailer Guides’ at the end of the week, but who says I can’t change the rules? Plus there are several new trailers available online today, so it’s just easier.

In the Valley of Elah
Another emotionally driven movie from director Paul Haggis (Crash). In the Valley of Elah tells the story of a young soldier that goes AWOL shortly after he returns to the States. The boys father (Tommy Lee Jones) goes searching for him and enlists the aid of a police detective (Charlize Theron) in the place the boy was last seen. Susan Sarandon also stars. This movie looks good. The performances look solid and I already feel a bit invested in the characters despite having only seen the trailer. Be sure to look for this one September 21.

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‘Swing Vote’ Cast Gets Bigger

July 9, 2007

dennis-hopper.gifVariety is reporting some casting news for Swing Vote.  The film, which already had Kevin Cosner attached, has Cosner playing an apathetic working-class single dad who’s thrust on the world stage when the presidential election comes down to his vote.  It’s a comedy.  I like Cosner and the new additions are pretty good too:  Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and newcomer Madeline Carroll.

Hopper and Grammer will play the Democratic candidate and Republican incumbent, while Lane and Tucci will play their respective campaign managers.  Lopez will play the local TV station manager whose town is descended upon by the political machinery of both parties.

The premise is at least interesting and seems to be somewhat original, there could be a similar movie but I can’t think of one right now.  The cast seems potentially capable of producing laughs, but even though it starts shooting this month, we won’t see it until sometime next year.

Two Movies Get New Posters

July 9, 2007

the-comebacks.gifTime to start the day off with some poster exclusives.  Well, I guess they’re online exclusives anyway.  I’ve actually seen this first one at my local movie theater already.

The film is The Comebacks, which is about a football coach with the worst record in sports history, played by the hilarious David Koechner, as he vows to turn things around with a new group of recruits made up of losers and misfits.  It is more or less a spoof of all those feel good sports films.  I’m actually surprised Will Ferrell isn’t involved since he’s been all about sports comedys with several of his past works.  Anyway, if you want to check out the fill version of this poster, click on over to Coming Soon.

The next poster is for Australian release of a new horror film.  About a crocodile.  Again.  I don’t know really see the interest in these movies anymore.  I’m mean sure maybe the first few of its kind were scary, but you can only do so much with the subject before it becomes boring and lame.  This one is called Rogue and it’s basically about this American journalist, on assignment somewhere in the Australian outback, that encounters this ‘rogue’ crocodile.  The poster for it is here.  It’s got a very Jaws-esque feel to it.  It will premiere in the States in October of this year.

New Poster For ‘Mr. Magorium’

July 5, 2007

magoriums2.gifI told you about Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman, last week. The movie is about a magical toy shop, well there is more too it than that but in general the focus on the toy shop.

Now, Rope of Silicon has gotten a brand new poster for the movie, which you can see in larger form here. The poster looks to be geared more towards the kiddies, but the trailer has me interested. If you haven’t watched it, go and do so now.

The Quick News — 7/5/07

July 5, 2007
  • bradpitt.gifSources say that Brad Pitt is set to star in a remake of the 1968classic Bullitt. The original starred Steve McQueen as a San Francisco cop looking to find the person responsible for the murder of a witness he was protecting. Pitt has been attached to the project for a while, but just recently has it been green lit.
  • Film ick has gotten word, from a usually reliable source, that Michel Gondry is in talks to take over for Tim Burton as director for the upcoming Ripley’s Believe it or Not! with Jim Carrey as the lead.
  • The New Haven Register recently interviewed Producer Frank Marshall to talk about Indiana Jones 4 and his involvement. Marshall discussed the want to shoot the new sequel in the same style as the last three films: “Steven [Spielberg] is very aware of the process and we’re not cheating with CG at all. It keeps the B movie feel.”
  • Variety reports that HBO and New Line Cinema are teaming up to bring Sex and the City to the big screen. The film is looking to start production this fall, with the original [four] leads reprising their roles. I personally, don’t care.
  • I’ve updated my blog roll, so check it out. New to the list are Asymmetric’s Movie Reviews and Laser Sharks (tech info and opinions).  Let me know if you want to be added.

Another Childhood Cartoon Franchise To Ruin, Here’s ‘The Chipmunks’

July 3, 2007

alvinchipmunks.gifI really had no idea this movie was in the works, but it’s far enough along to have it’s own poster.  Dave Seville is coming to the big screen along with Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.  I realize some of you may be unfamiliar with these names so let me explain.

These are characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks a popular cartoon series from my youth.  Basically Dave played dad/manager to these three singing chipmunks.  I know that might sound kind of lame, but I actually liked the show when I was younger.  Anyway so they’re making a live action movie out of it and there’s now picture of the poster online(click for a bigger version over at Coming Soon).

Here’s my problem with it.  I can’t help but think about how terrible the Garfield movies were and the upcoming Underdog movie looks just as bad.  Underdog should look like this, not like this.   I actually don’t think the chipmunks look that bad in the poster, they aren’t too realistic but they still don’t look much like the originals.  They are using the original voice talent at least.

I am a fan of Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) so I hold on to some hope that this will turn out to be decent.  It’s due out December 14 of this year.

I know this kind of turned into a rant, so forgive me.

Trailer Guide — 7/01

July 1, 2007

sunshine.gifI decided to put together a weekly overview of trailers that you may have missed. I may or may not have already mentioned them during the week, but regardless I want to make sure you check them out.

Sunshine
In Danny Boyle’s latest film, the Sun is dying. In a last ditch effort to save the Earth, a group of astronauts is sent to reignite it with an explosive. However, the close they get to reaching their objective, the more that goes wrong. Stars Michelle Yeoh, Cillian Murphy, and Rose Byrne.  BE WARNED, this trailer has quite a few spoilers, I didn’t realize til after the fact but I want you to know before you watch. (more…)