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Funny People Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 20/03/2009 @ 18:09
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 74
Films seen last week: Coraline, The Life Before Her Eyes, Management, Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Four Random Things
Here's a random selection of amusing or interesting film-related things I've found on the internets this week.

1. Willy Wonka, re-imagined as an I Know What You Did Last Summer-style teens-in-peril horror movie, called Gobstopper. I won't spoil it, but the casting for Wonka is utterly inspired. Someone should make Gobstopper into a real movie – I'd watch it. (Note: this isn't a mash-up, but a specially filmed spoof trailer for the very funny Funny Or Die site).

2. Way back in one of the very first View London film blogs, I posted about Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are and whether we'd ever get to see it. Well, there's no official UK release date yet, but it does at least have a poster, which you can see here.

3. This excellent and weirdly titled photo blog, which specialises in unusual, frequently film-related photographs. I especially like their When Legends Gather series, such as this picture of Gene Kelly and Yul Brynner, this picture of Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret and Tuesday Weld or this one of an incredibly young Steven Spielberg and Carrie Fisher.

4. The news that Mickey Rourke is apparently going to be playing costumed villain Whiplash in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 and, hilariously, has apparently spent time visiting a Russian prison in preparation for the role. It has also been reported that Scarlett Johansson will be playing one of my favourite characters, the Black Widow, after Emily Blunt dropped out. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that yet.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Funny People
This looks like it could be a lot of fun: Adam Sandler in a Judd Apatow movie, alongside Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and, hilariously, Eric Bana, getting a chance to actually play an Australian for once. The plot seems to be as follows: Sandler plays a famous movie comedian / stand-up who discovers he has cancer and decides to make the most of what life he has left. This involves taking a young, budding comedian (Rogen) under his wing and also trying to win back the love of his life (Leslie Mann - aka Mrs Judd Apatow - who's now married to Eric Bana's character). The Funny People trailer has several very funny lines (“He's going to kill us! He's from Australia – they just kill things there!”) and Sandler and Rogen seem like a perfect onscreen duo. I know I say this every week, but I can't wait. Opens 28th August - check out the Funny People trailer below.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new film this week, as the top ten is currently pretty strong, but there's just room for Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy's enjoyable con trick flick Duplicity in 10th place. Also, since I've got a bit of space to fill, check out our exclusive interview with Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley.

1. Watchmen
2. Wendy and Lucy
3. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
4. In The City of Sylvia
5. Slumdog Millionaire
6. Not Quite Hollywood
7. The Class
8. The Burning Plain
9. Bronson
10. Duplicity

DVD of the Week: Quantum of Solace (two-disc edition, released 23rd March, RRP £24.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig's second film as James Bond, in which Bond seeks revenge for the death of Vesper Lynd, aided by the beautiful Camille (my good friend Olga Kurylenko – check out our interview here), who has a vendetta of her own. This is a hugely enjoyable Bond movie, with strong performances, a hard-edged script and terrific action sequences, even if the film-makers do appear to have a serious case of Bourne Envy (especially in the rooftop chase scenes and fight scenes).

However, it has to be said that for a two-disc DVD, the extras are pretty disappointing. They include: the music video, a couple of trailers and six featurettes (one 25 minutes, the rest all 2 minutes long), though there is also a rather sweet feature called Crew Files, which gives 34 different crew members (from make-up to casting directors to bit-part
actors) their own couple of minutes in the spotlight. But still, no commentary, no lengthy interviews, no gag reel and no deleted scenes. Poor show, Bond people. I was at least hoping for a few more Gemma Arterton scenes or an explanation as to why her screen time was cut down.

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