Archive for the ‘Family’ 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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The Trailer Guide — 7/7/07

July 7, 2007

casey-affleck.gifIt’s time again, folks. Time to showcase a random assortment of this weeks trailers that you may have missed. These are picked based mostly on what I think you might find interesting and, selfishly, what I think looks interesting. In any case, enjoy.

Gone Baby Gone
This film marks the directorial debut of Ben Affleck. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, the story is about a two detectives who risk everything by searching for a 4 year old girl that has been abducted from one of the harshest parts of Boston.

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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.

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.

Review — Ratatouille

June 30, 2007

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It’s hard not to be excited whenever this Pixar brings a new feature film to theaters. The company has been an animation powerhouse ever since their very first feature, Toy Story, and they’ve continued with that same amount of momentum without losing any steam along the way. (And no, I’m not counting Cars. I know a lot of people didn’t like it but I don’t count it only because I haven’t seen it.) That brings us to the present day and the release of their 8th feature Ratatouille. It’s only a matter of time before the mighty fall, but today is not that day and I’m wondering if it ever come will for Pixar. To put it simply, this film is good. (more…)

The Quick News — 6/29/07

June 29, 2007

jim-carrey.gifWhether you believe it or not, there is actually a lot of stuff I don’t get around to posting. It’s a time issue mostly, but sometimes I’m overly picky about what I post. I’m starting this new daily rundown of the casting news and movie news I don’t always get a chance to report on.

-Jim Carrey is set to star in Sober Buddies, a comedy about a software executive assigned a court-appointed Sober Buddy accompany him on a business trip and things start to get interesting when the Sober Buddy falls off the wagon.

-Cameron Diaz will be starring in Richard Kelly’s The Box, about a young woman who is given a strange box with buttons on it and is told different things will happen depending on which button she presses.

-Disney has picked up Pool Rats a family comedy that will star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The film, a semi-autobiographical story inspired by one of the movie’s writers, is about the wild times he had coaching a neighborhood league swim team during a summer that he says changed both his life and his swimmers.

-Megan Fox has signed on to join the cast of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People the adaptation of the Toby Young memoir. Fox will play a “a young Hollywood starlet getting her first taste of fame.” The film also stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, Danny Glover, and Jeff Bridges.

-Marc Forester is teaming back up with Mandate Pictures to direct Land of Roses. Forester previously worked with Mandate on Stranger Than Fiction. The film is inspired by real-life events in post-9/11 America. A group of people try work to get an Middle Eastern father freed from prison after he is wrongfully accused of being a terrorist.

Movie Poster Paradise

June 29, 2007

horton-thumb.gifOver in Amsterdam, an event know as Cinema Expo took place this week and with it came a plethora of brand new movie posters.  Some of the movies include: Horton Hears a Who, Stardust, Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Beowulf just to name a few.

If you’re interested in checking them out, click here (they are seperated by studio so there are pages).