Welcome to the largest Movie Media column yet – trailers, posters, and clips for upcoming films. Some are nice and fresh, some aren’t. However, they all have something in common – they caught my attention. If there is a poster or trailer you think I should check out, be sure to let me know, and I will see what I can do.
This week kicks off with something a little bit special, a charity auction sponsored by Lionsgate involving 3:10 to Yuma. Also this week we have trailers for a fog-based horror movie as well as one titled after a power tool, a new thriller from an Italian master, a lame looking spoof, a tear-inducing drama (and that’s just the trailer!), plus Bob Dylan, a fat boy, and more!
3:10 to Yuma Charity Poster Auction
With the remake of 3:10 to Yuma upon us, Lionsgate is holding a charity auction on Ebay. The proceeds will benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. This is very cool, big stars lending a hand to help a worthy charity. Now you know the beneficiary, you will likely want to know what you are bidding on. eBay Charitable Auctions has several exclusive 3:10 TO YUMA posters signed by Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, James Mangold, and Cathy Konrad. The winning bidders will receive studio certified posters signed by the cast and filmmakers along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity. Auctions begin today and will continue through the film’s opening weekend. There is more than one poster, but they are definitely limited, so head over to the auction and place your bid for charity! Also be sure to visit the film’s official website. See below for images of the poster.
Stephen King’s The Mist – Trailer
The Mist is a great short story from Stephen King; it has fantastic atmosphere and a suitably apocalyptic aura. I remember listening to it in “3-D Audio” on CD, another creepy experience. It is now being made into a full length film by Frank Darabont. Stars include Andre Braugher, Tom Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, and William Sadler. It looks good, although the trailer shows way too much. It starts off creepy enough, but later on… well, watch it if you want to.
Lust, Caution – Stills, Trailer
There has been a little bit of controversy surrounding Ang Lee’s latest, the first of which is the rating. The MPAA has bestowed the dreaded NC-17 rating upon it. Ang Lee has vowed to release it as such. This could be interesting. There was also the question regarding a steamy sex scene, which may involve actual sex. Lee danced around this question. Whatever the case, the trailer looks fantastic. Some stills have come out for the film, and they also look pretty good.
I’m Not There – Stills, Trailer
This could prove to be very interesting. It is a collection of stories looking into the various reinventions of Bob Dylan’s image. They take the stories and use a different actor for each iteration. Stars include Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Cate Blanchett.
Reservation Road – Poster, Trailer
This looks like it could go either way. The story looks good, but the trailer really plays up an overly dramatic feel. The story concerns an accident which claims the life of a young boy. The boy’s parents are played by Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly. The driver of the other vehicle, played by Mark Ruffalo, flees the scene and attempts to escape what happened. The two men’s lives become intertwined as one seeks the culprit, and the other runs from his responsibility. I have a feeling it is going to be a good one, despite my reservations about the trailer. Terry George directs from his script, co-written with John Burnham Schwartz. George’s last film was the Oscar nominated Hotel Rwanda.
Grace is Gone – Stills, Trailer
I first heard about this when it screened at Sundance, to great reviews. This fall, Grace is Gone will be arriving on the big screen. After watching the trailer, all I can say is to make sure you bring tissues. This is sure to be a tearjerker. John Cusack stars as Stanley Phillips, a man who dreamed of service in the military, but did not make the cut due to poor eyesight. Meanwhile, his wife is a sergeant serving in Iraq. One day he receives the news that she was killed. Desperate to avoid telling his two daughters, they head off on an impromptu trip to give them their last moments of innocence. I tell you, just watching the trailer brought tears to my eyes. James Strouse is the writer/director, making his big screen directorial debut.
Fierce People – Poster, Trailer
This looks like it could be fun, if a little weird. I also think it has the potential to go completely flying off the rails. As I watched the trailer it reminded me of a combination of The Nanny Diaries and Running With Scissors. It involves a young guy who goes off to meet his father, who’s doing an anthropological study of a tribe in South America, but ends up with a wealthy, eccentric family. The cast includes Donald Sutherland, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Chris Evans, and Anton Yelchin. The film has been making the rounds since 2005, but will finally see a theatrical release on September 14, 2007. It was directed by Griffin Dunne from a screenplay by Dirk Wittenborn, based off his novel.
Saw IV – Poster, Trailer
Yet another Saw IV poster has hit the web. This one is a bit closer to an official poster as it has the credit block and the release date. Saw IV will be arriving on October 26, 2007. As an added bonus, the teaser has been released. I cannot say that it is all that exciting, but I’ll still be up for a new Saw flick come October.
Moving McAllister – Poster, Trailer
A road comedy that could prove interesting. The trailer does not look like anything terribly special, but when you get a movie with Jon Heder and Rutger Hauer in it there has to be something worthwhile. Even if you get to write about how awful it is, that’s something. Ben Gourley plays McAllister, a guy trying to get ahead. His boss, Hauer, charges him with moving his niece (Mila Kunis) across the country. She brings Heder along and hijinks ensue. Andrew Black directs from a script by the star Ben Gourley.
The Comebacks – Poster, Trailer
Want to see something that looks absolutely awful? Take a look at this trailer for The Comebacks starring David Koechner. It looks to be right in line with Epic Movie and Date Movie. The poster says it is from the producers of The Wedding Crashers; if so, I would be embarrassed if I was them.
Run, Fat Boy, Run – Poster, Trailer
This looks funny, very funny. Based on the teaser trailer, which really doesn’t say much about the movie, I am sure going to laugh at this one. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead) stars as the title character for David Schwimmer (yes, that David Schwimmer). The former Friends star is making his big screen directorial debut. Pegg plays a guy who runs away from everything, including his wedding day, until years later he discovers that he still loves her. He then goes into training to finish a marathon. Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria co-star.
Mother of Tears – Poster, Trailer
Dario Argento’s latest film looks pretty darn good. He has made some seriously creepy films over the years. Mother of Tears could be a good antidote to the standard in-your-face horror by delivering something a little more atmospheric and surreal while still delivering some blood. Dario’s daughter, Asia Argento, stars in the film. The trailer looks pretty good too.
That’s it for this week!