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Archive for July, 2011


Trailer Watch: George Lucas’s Red Tails

It’s been over two years since Red Tails started filming, and finally, we have a trailer. If you’re fine with all the CGI dogfighting (and I am), I think you’ll agree it’s a strong trailer, and it should make for a fun flick.

This fictionalized story of the Tuskegee Airmen is directed by Anthony Hemingway, from a screenplay by John Ridley (based on a story by executive producer George Lucas), and stars Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daniela Rush, and Michael B. Jordan.

Here’s the official synopsis (via Twitch):

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

The film is currently targetting a January 2012 release.

Trailer Watch: George Clooney’s The Ides of March

Via Yahoo! Movies comes the trailer for writer, director and star George Clooney’s The Ides of March, an adaptation of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North. Set in “the last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.” (Clooney plays the candidate, naturally.)

Not only do we have two of the best leading men in Hollywood together for (I think) the first time, but what a supporting cast! Marisa Tomei, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright?! I’d like to buy that casting director a drink.

The last time Clooney got political, we got the fantastic Good Night, and Good Luck. And while the trailer doesn’t necessarily hint at a whole lot of political substance in the film, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t more than the usual toothless, Hollywood fluff on the subject. (Wag the Dog, I’m looking at you. Bad dog.) In any case, Clooney is a solid director and writes terrific dialogue. This should be good.

Watch for it this October 7th.

Trailer Watch: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders

Courtesy Yahoo! Movies comes the full trailer for 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo supernatural thriller, Intruders. The film stars Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Bruhl, Pilar Lopez de Ayala and Kerry Fox and centers around “two families whose lives are disrupted by menacing apparitions: in Spain, a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless stranger, while in Britain, a young girl has terrifying dreams of a demon who becomes a real danger to her and her family.”

Intruders premieres at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 16th and will be released in the US, the UK, Spain and Ireland on October 7th.

Trailer Watch: Knights of Badassdom

Joe Lynch, the director of the straight-to-DVD Wrong Turn 2: Dead End,

Knights of Badassdom stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau (Firefly), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Margarita Levieva, Jimmi Simpson and Danny Pudi (Community) and a group of LARPers who accidentally summon a succubus whilst on a campaign, or whatever you call them. (Think: the last 30 minutes of Role Models crossed with Army of Darkness.)

The film doesn’t seem to have a release date (beyond “2011,”) so there’s no telling when any of us will get to see it, but… methinks the trailer looks pretty funny. What dost thou say?

(Thanks to Twitch for the heads up.)