Category: Movie Trailers

Trailer for Rod Lurie’s Remake of Straw Dogs

The trailer for Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs has gone online. The remake transplants the story from rural England to the deep South where a screenwriter (James Marsden) and his wife (Kate Bosworth) relocate to her hometown. Like in the original, they encounter hostility from the locals and matters get increasingly worse for the couple from there.

Scriptwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife, actress Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth), move to where Amy grew up, in rural Mississippi, to rebuild the house of Amy’s recently deceased father and so David can finish a script. David meets Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie Venner (Alexander Skarsgård) and his friends Norman (Rhys Coiro), Chris (Billy Lush), and Bic (Drew Powell), whom he hires to fix a roof.

David also meets former football coach Tom Heddon (James Woods), whose 15-year-old daughter Janice (Willa Holland) is attracted to a local man with an intellectual disability, Jeremy Niles (Dominic Purcell). Heddon often bullies Jeremy and believes Jeremy is stalking his daughter.

Trailer for Rod Lurie’s Remake of Straw Dogs

Charlie and his friends begin taunting David. The taunting escalates into harassment as they make crude remarks towards Amy and play loud music to annoy David and impede his work on his screenplay. After a jog, Amy goes upstairs to take a bath, then opens the bathroom window and disrobes provocatively in clear view of the workmen.

Someone enters the house and strangles the couple’s cat. David is hesitant about confronting the workmen about the cat, but attempts to question the men. Charlie and his friends deny everything.

While David is out in the forest in order to hunt deer together with the workmen, Charlie forces his way into the house and rapes Amy. Afterwards, Norman rapes Amy while Charlie watches reluctantly.

When David returns, Amy says nothing about the rapes. David fires the men the next day. At Amy’s insistence, they go to a local football game. Janice persuades Jeremy to enter an empty locker room and attempts to give him oral sex. Heddon has noticed her absence and begins looking for her, and as he approaches, Jeremy, scared of Heddon discovering them, holds his hand over Janice’s mouth to silence her, accidentally smothering her to death. He runs away just as Heddon informs Charlie and his friends of Janice’s disappearance and guesses that Jeremy has done something to her.

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In Time Movie Trailer

20th Century Fox has released an international trailer for the upcoming sci-fi tale In Time, which debuts in theaters nationwide on October 28. Take a look at the video below which offers new footage from this futuristic drama starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake): Rich with bravado and courage but running out of time, Will is constantly in motion, running, searching, and working for every minute and second he can scrape up. After Will helplessly watches a family member’s clock tick down to zero (and a sudden death), he embarks on a journey that will forever change him, his beautiful accomplice and the world around them.

Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried): Rich with bravado and courage but running out of time, Will is constantly in motion, running, searching, and working for every minute and second he can scrape up. After Will helplessly watches a family member’s clock tick down to zero (and a sudden death), he embarks on a journey that will forever change him, his beautiful accomplice and the world around them.

In Time comes to theaters October 28th, 2011 and stars Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer. The film is directed by Andrew Niccol.

In Time Movie Trailer - Amanda Seyfried - Justin Timberlake

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Suprising facts about ‘Thelma and Louise’

The celebrated 1991 film’s iconic, freeze-frame ending wasn’t the original choice.

Tuesday, May 24 marks the twentieth anniversary of the day “Thelma & Louise” first rolled into movie theaters. It actually opened modestly, coming in at fourth place in the box office for its first weekend — Bruce Willis’ notorious bomb “Hudson Hawk” actually out-earned it for third place. But the word of mouth on the movie was so strong that “Thelma” became a sleeper hit, earning over $45 million in the U.S., about three times its budget. And it was a critical favorite, earning six Oscar nominations and winning the award for Best Original Screenplay. Of course, it also launched a little-known actor named Brad Pitt into the realm of superstardom.

“Thelma & Louise” is one of those rare films that didn’t just bring people into a movie theater, but kept them talking after it was over. Its story of average women who become fugitives sparked nationwide discussions about the changing nature of feminism in the new decade of the 1990s. Mostly, though, the film sparked debate with its ending. Cornered by the police at the rim of the Grand Canyon, Thelma (Geena Davis) tells Louise (Susan Sarandon) “Let’s not get caught; let’s keep going.” Louise hits the gas, the women hold hands, and their 1966 Thunderbird convertible goes sailing off a cliff. The picture freezes with the car in midair and then fades to white. It’s an iconic moment, but it’s not how the movie was originally going to end.

The original ending went on longer than theatrical version. In it, the shot followed the car’s trajectory off the cliff past where the picture freezes now. There is a cut to another angle which shows just how far they plunge. You don’t actually see the car crash; it just drops out of sight. Afterwards, Hal (Harvey Keitel), the sympathetic detective who has been chasing the pair, runs to the edge of the canyon and stares down. A helicopter swoops down into the ravine, and Hal turns back to rejoin the massive police force waiting there.

The music which plays under the scene is different: in the theatrical version, there is the mournful, wordless score composed by Hans Zimmer, but in the original features the song “Better Not Look Down” by B.B. King. Also, the theatrical ending was followed by a montage of Thelma and Louise in happier times playing under the credits. The first version had a more metaphoric long shot of their car driving off into the desert (reportedly, some test audiences took this to mean they landed safely and they got away).

The full original ending can be seen on the recently released 20th anniversary Blu-ray. On it, director Ridley Scott provides commentary on why he changed the ending from what he shot. He said that giving the final moment to Harvey Keitel’s character instead of Thelma and Louise, “eclipsed what their decision was… I wanted the ending to be on them.” He also thought it was important to hold on the car in the air, rather than watch it fall. He said, “I didn’t want to bring [the ending] down. I wanted to go out on the high of the car, in control.”

Susan Sarandon also talks about how she viewed the ending in their commentary on the Blu-ray. Sarandon said that before she agreed to do the movie she grilled Ridley Scott on her character’s fate: “I said, ‘I have to go over the cliff. You’re not going to test it and save me.’ He said, ‘I don’t know about her. You might push her out the door at the last minute. But you’ll definitely go over.'” Ultimately, it was decided that both would perish together. Sarandon also revealed that the moment where Louise kisses Thelma right before they drive off wasn’t in the script: “I had mentioned to Geena [Davis] that I was going to kiss her but I don’t think Ridley knew.”

The film’s uncompromising ending helped solidify its place in movie history. Thelma and Louise were included in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 50 heroes in cinema, and the film is one of Yahoo!’s 100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics. And critics who have seen the original ending tend to agree that the film wouldn’t have been the same with it included. Dana Stevens of Slate.com wrote that ending with the freeze-frame of the car “allows ‘Thelma & Louise’ to dwell forever at that odd moment in movie history when women won the right to be just as crazy as men.”

Source: Yahoo Movies

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4’ sneak peek

'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' sneak peek

Captain Jack Sparrow pursues the fountain of youth in the “Stranger Tides” trailer premiere.

Captain Jack Sparrow has been betrayed, marooned, imprisoned, cursed, sentenced to hang, and eaten by a giant sea monster. And each time he still came out on top. So you didn’t think he’d stop at just three movies, did you?

Walt Disney Pictures just released the first trailer for Capt. Jack’s fourth adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” And while several of the elements that made the original three films one of the top five trilogies of all time are the same, much has changed.

Johnny Depp is back, of course, as Jack, along with Geoffrey Rush as his old nemesis, Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as his first mate, Gibbs. But Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do not appear in this installment. Instead, Jack confronts new threats, including a legendary pirate, and a woman from his past that reignites an old flame. Jack will have to face them all as he pursues the ultimate hidden treasure: finding the Fountain of Youth.

Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for “On Stranger Tides” below, and then scroll down to see what changes are in store for Jack in the new movie.

Jack Takes London
Captain Jack is out of his element as he finds himself on dry land in England and a captive of the British Crown. Richard Griffiths — who plays Harry Potter’s uncle Vernon Dursley — appears as King George II.

Barbossa Switches Sides
Captain Barbossa, last seen at the end of “At World’s End” running off with the Black Pearl, is back, but he’s out of his pirate gear and in a naval uniform. And with that pegleg it looks like he lost a limb somewhere along the way.

Meet Angelica
Penelope Cruz plays Angelica, who has a history with Jack and her own agenda. She’s Spanish, like the actress playing her, and she’s obviously capable with a sword and not afraid to stand up for herself. She must get that from her father, Blackbeard.

The Pirate All Pirates Fear
Ian McShane is Blackbeard, the real-life pirate (born Edward Teach) who terrorized the seas in the early 18th century aboard his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. He’ll stop anyone who tries to get to the Fountain before him.

Beautiful Threats
Mythological creatures don’t have to be ugly to be treacherous. To reach the Fountain, Jack will sail through “mermaid waters.” And these aren’t like Disney’s other little mermaids. They tempt sailors to their soggy deaths.

Supernatural Dangers
Every “Pirates” movie has some sort of paranormal adversary, like the cursed crew of the Black Pearl and Davy Jones’ fishy fiends. The last movie even had a goddess, th vengeful Calypso. In this one, Jack faces the walking undead — zombies.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Trailer

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The film begins at the conclusion of the The Girl Who Played with Fire. Salander is airlifted to a hospital in Gothenburg, to recover from gunshot wounds inflicted by her father, Zala. She is cared for by Dr. Anders Jonasson, who prevents anyone except Annika Giannini, her lawyer, from visiting.

At the same time Evert Gullberg and Fredrik Clinton, old colleagues from the “Section”, a group within the Swedish Security Service, reconnect and decide that they must silence Zalachenko and Salander to preserve cold war secrets. Zalachenko is still alive, in a hospital room down the hall from Salander. Gullberg arrives at the hospital at the same time as Giannini, proceeds to Zalachenko’s room, and shoots him dead.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Trailer

Giannini saves Salander by barricading the door to Salander’s room. Gullberg, unable to reach Salander, shoots himself. Clinton visits psychiatrist Dr. Peter Teleborian, and explains his plan to silence Salander by having her committed to St. Stephen’s mental hospital again. Dr. Teleborian tries to meet with Salander to conduct a psychological evaluation but is obstructed by her doctor, Dr. Jonasson.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Swedish: Luftslottet som sprängdes) is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson. It is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the third and final entry in his Millennium series. The film was also the last film for veteran actor Per Oscarsson, who died in a house fire on 31 December 2010.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Mirja Turestedt, Ewa Fröling, Marika Lagercrantz
Screenplay by: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson, Ulf Ryberg, Tanja Lorentzon
Production Design by: Niels Sejer
Cinematography by: Eric Kress
Film Editing by: Anne Østerud
Costume Design by: Cilla Rörby
Music by: Jacob Groth
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some sexual material and brief violence.
Studio: Music Box Films
Release Date: October 29, 2010

Related Link: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Full Production Notes

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In Theaters: Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Nicolas Cage

Inception

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Related Link: Inception Full Production Notes

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Related Link: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Full Production Notes

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The Last Airbender Trailer by M. Night Shyamalan

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother Sokka to restore balance.

Starting in 2005, Nickelodeon began airing an original animated series called “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The show struck a chord with a wide range of viewers. Soon, “Avatar’ fever had spread to become an international phenomenon (the show now airs in more than 120 countries). It soon came to the attention of one of Hollywood’s best storytellers—M. Night Shyamalan. The double-Oscar-nominated filmmaker comments, “Avatar: The Last Airbender’ fell into my lap. It hit me like an epiphany.”

Shyamalan’s daughters had fallen in love with the series, particularly the character of the young female waterbender Katara. Intrigued by their unprecedented fan loyalty, Shyamalan decided to watch the television show alongside them, and then he too was hooked.

Clearly, there was cinematic potential in the series. Yet to adapt the 30-some hours of stories into a feature film would not be a task without significant challenge— including the filmmaker’s entry into a genre he had yet to explore in his previous work. “I knew from the moment I put the first words on the page, that to do a movie of this complexity, you have to put work into it. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who created the ˜Avatar’ series, spent six years constructing the mythology.

“It has been a real eye-opener and interesting learning curve for me to do something of this scale, while still wanting to maintain a level of perfection,’ continues Shyamalan. “I was scared to death every day of shooting, as it could be so overwhelming, and there were so many unknowns. This movie is two-and-a-half times bigger than anything I have ever done.”

Since the filmmakers of “The Last Airbender” are devoted fans of the original series, they have one ultimate goal that they hope to achieve. “We want to create a film that will not only live up to the fans’ expectations, but also expand it to a worldwide audience in ways that only a full length live-action motion picture can offer,” says Shyamalan.

“Avatar” creators DiMartino and Konietzko were extremely helpful with the development of the screenplay for Shyamalan, helping to scale down the many stories to feature film size. “I can’t tell you how comforting it was to have them only a phone call or email away when I got in a jam. Their ‘Avatar’ mythology is so well thought out that they had an answer and a back story for all my questions.”

Shyamalan had toyed with the idea of doing a franchise type of movie for many years, but never connected with any material. But “The Last Airbender” seemed to have all of the elements that fascinated the filmmaker since he was young, when he first saw “Star Wars”—epic fantasy, fueled by an inherent spirituality, and featuring martial arts at its core.

Says producer Frank Marshall, who collaborated with Shyamalan previously on “The Sixth Senseâ’ and “Signs,” “Night has such a signature filmmaking style and a unique way of telling a story. He has the ability to touch an audience in a way that is very broad. In this film he is expanding his talent and range, which is an incredibly exciting prospect.”

Adds producer Sam Mercer, “Night had been interested in and offered other franchise pictures before in his career, but until ‘The Last Airbender,’ he did not find one that he could make his own—organically, from the first words he put on the page.”

Related Link: The Last Airbender Movie Full Production Notes

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Opening This Week: Knight and Day Trailer

June Havens was just an unassuming, wholesome Midwestern gal. Then she got on the same plane as Roy Milner, international super-spy. There’s a shootout on board, and the plane has to make a crash landing. Then things really get out of control.

Agents from the government tell June that Roy has had a mental breakdown and is dangerous. His behavior makes it seem like they’re telling the truth. But as the two of them are hunted around the world, June is going to have to trust Roy if they’re going to make it out alive.

Three Good Reasons

It’s the first time that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have starred together on-screen since “Vanilla Sky” in 2001, but this time it’s in the sort of action-comedy-romance they’re both so great at playing…

It’s from James Mangold, the director of such acclaimed films as “Cop Land,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Walk the Line,” and “3:10 to Yuma.”

Cruise passed up several other movies (including this summer’s “Salt”) for this one because he liked that it blended humor with action. After his gut-busting role in “Tropic Thunder,” we know he can still bring the laughs.

Related Link: Knight and Day Movie Full Production Notes

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