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Movie Media: Death at a Funeral, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Hitman, Beowulf, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Dan in Real Life, The Spiderwick Chronicles

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Welcome to Movie Media – 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 brings trailers and posters for new films from a couple of fantasy adaptations, a video game adaptation, a Brit import, a new one from Steve Carell, and a motion-captured animated take on one of the oldest known writings.

Death at a Funeral – Poster, Trailer

This looks hilarious. A funeral brings a family together, only to have a secret regarding the deceased patriarch come to light which puts a twist on the whole proceeding. Death at a Funeral looks to have a blend of super dry humor and off the wall zaniness. I watch the trailer and cannot help but laugh, from the initial casket opening, to the secret revelation. It also doesn’t hurt to have Alan Tudyk and Peter Dinklage in the cast, a couple of familiar faces who know how to work the camera. Frank Oz (Yoda) directs from Dean Craig’s script.

Mr. Bean’s Holiday – Poster, Stills, Trailer

Rowan Atkinson’s Bean is coming back to America in a new film. This time around Mr. Bean wins a vacation at a French beach. Half the fun is going to be getting there. I never saw the first film, but generally, whatever Bean I do see I find to be pretty funny. It should be noted that the film has already opened in the UK, and proven to be a hit there, with hopes to do likewise when it opens in the US on August 24. Below are the poster, some stills, and the trailer to help get you ready for its arrival.

Hitman – Poster, Trailer

This fall will see another video game adapted to the big screen. These translations are a highly iffy proposition. Sure, Mortal Kombat was fun, Silent Hill was creepy, and the Resident Evil series is doing well, but what about Doom, Mortal Kombat II, and Super Mario Bros.? This could prove to be a hardcore action flick, as it centers on a top hitman, known as Agent 47, going out and killing while wearing a snazzy black suit. The trailer looks pretty good, and the poster is downright cool. What could go wrong? Well, the director is a first-time feature director named Xavier Gens, and so is unproven talent. Secondly, it stars Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard). He does not look right for the part, he looks kind of goofy. All I can think is that Jason Statham was unavailable. If you have seen the Transporter movies, you would see that he was really the only man for the job.

Beowulf – Posters, Trailer

This fall will see the release of Robert Zemeckis’ latest, a motion-captured CGI take on the Beowulf saga called, naturally, Beowulf. This will be the first version of the story since last year’s Gerard Butler reimagining, Beowulf & Grendel. The trailer looks absolutely wild, with all of the recognizable stars rendered in CG. It is also being treated with a new 3D process, and will be screened in 3D at IMAX and Digital 3D equipped theaters. The stars include Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Robin Wright, and Anthony Hopkins. In addition to the trailer, four character based posters have come out.

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising – Trailer

I had previously published the poster for this film, and in the meantime the film has had a minor title change. Originally it was called The Dark Is Rising, but now they have added The Seeker onto the beginning. It is the latest fantasy tale to be translated to the big screen, and is sure to raise the ire of book fans. It is my understanding that it has been changed considerably in the adaptation process, and to the fans it is not for the better. I have no bias one way or the other, other than to say the trailer does not impress me all that much. There does not appear to be anything terribly special about it. Though it does look better than Eragon.

Dan in Real Life – Poster, Trailer

Steve Carell will be following up his downturn in Evan Almighty with a film that is much smaller in scope, and costars such disparate faces as Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche. Carell players Dan, an author and widower raising three daughters on his own. During a family get-together, he meets an intriguing woman (Binoche), who turns out to be dating his brother (Cook). The film looks funny, sweet, and touching. I can only hope that it pays off. Other stars include John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest. Peter Hedges directs and co-wrote the script. His last film was the very good 2003 indie Pieces of April.

The Spiderwick Chronicles – Poster, Trailer

With the release of Stardust this past weekend, two more fantasy films had their trailers debut on the big screen, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising and The Spiderwick Chronicles, two films adapted from popular novels that seek big screen success over the next few months. Spiderwick is due in February. To my eyes, Spiderwick looks to be the better of the two on the basis of the trailer alone. The feel reminds me of Bridge to Terabithia (with more fantasy) and The Neverending Story (with more reality). On top of that, it stars Freddie Highmore, a very promising young actor who has already made a splash in Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and will be appearing in the upcoming August Rush. The trailer has a sense of wonder and magic that I hope pays off in the feature.

That is all for this week!

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