Trailer: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

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[Update: 7:45 pm PT]

(above) Trailer: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo
“Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick’s award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this magical tale is Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D.” (Apple)

[Update: 1:30 pm PT]

Tom Hardy attached to Al Capone origin pic Cicero
This nugget is buried in a larger Vulture piece speculating what Warner Bros. might do with itself once the Harry Potter gravy train comes to a halt. Peter Yates is developing the pic from a script by Wild Bunch screenwriter Walon Green. (Vulture)

Jaume Collet-Serra gets the Akira gig
The film adaptation that won’t die. Collet-Serra has made some money for Warner Bros. on the cheap with Orphan and Unknown. (Variety)

Julia Stiles and America Ferrera team up for indie comedy It’s a Disaster

[Update: 11:45 am PT]

Trailer: The Thing
The galling thing about this prequel is that I don’t care what happened to the Norwegians before John Carpenter’s film began. The mystery is part of what makes that movie compelling. Inferring what happened to them is exactly the point. Having it all spelled out for you 25 years later is completely pointless. On top of that, this looks like a complete rip-off with a few modern horror tropes added in. It’s a redo disguised as a new story and that’s clearly bullshit. Coming October 14. (MSN)

Melanie Laurent officially joins Jesse Eisenberg in magician heist pic Now You See Me
She was in negotiations along with Jake Gyllenhaal back in June. Louis Leterrier directs. (Variety)

Kim Dickens joins Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in Heartland
She was Joanie Stubbs in the fantastic HBO series Deadwood. More recently she was in Treme and Friday Night Lights. (Deadline)

Ethan Hawke signs on to untitled horror pic
Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directs. (THR)

[Update: 10:45 am PT]

Trailer: John Carter
Well, it gives you a better idea than the poster did. Here’s the blurb: “From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.” (Apple)

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9 Responses to “News du Jour: 7/14/11”

  1. John Carter looks good. surprised to say I’m really looking forward to it. I thought it would be another CG heavy fantasy movie, but it looks like a good mix of fx work.

  2. I’m hoping they hand-picked the most cornball dialogue for the trailer. The rest of it looks fairly promising. Mr. Jennybee has been geeking out over this project for years and apparently wishing for a movie adaptation of the books for decades, so I’m sure I’ll be there opening night, for better or worse

  3. the trailer for the 3d Scorsese film is up.

    I guess I’ll see it, because I support him no matter what, but it’s hard to believe he made it based on that trailer. maybe it’ll be the big surprise of the year. I mean, I never thought a Wachowski kids movie would be a good idea and that worked out really well for me, so maybe Scorsese will do it too.

  4. Yeah…. Hugo. Hmmm. I kept waiting for that Scorsese spark and it never came, but then they’re trying to sell this thing to families, not to Scorsese nerds.

    I’d been losing confidence in John Carter, but this trailer didn’t look half bad.

  5. I don’t hate the trailer–it’s got Scorsese’s signature lush production design at least–but it’s not getting me jazzed yet either. Funny how they use the Potter-like jumbled-alignment fonts on everything except “By Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese”–guess the “kids movie” fonts just didn’t work with his name.

    Think I might like it better with the full title, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, or even just Hugo Cabret. Just plain Hugo sounds more like the name of a Dreamworks film about a cartoon platypus or something. Apparently they thought everyone would be pronouncing it Cab-rett.

  6. Yeah, JB, I agree with you and I agree with Craig. This trailer is the basterd child of Chris Columbus. I want the Scorsese nerd in me to take solace in this, but that nerd is sorely disappointed. Great cast, but….consider me unimpressed.

  7. I’m going to find it spectacularly difficult to get rid of my skepticism for “John Carter”. The trailer has a nice polish to it, but most of what we’re seeing has a kind of vague, generic design to it. It’s the sort of thing we’ve seen in plenty of other space-operas before, and yeah, I get that the Burroughs books are where a lot of this stuff comes from originally, but still. I feel like I’ve seen this before in any given “Star Wars”, in “Dune”, in “Avatar”, etc. It’s also plain that they’ve had to sanitize and change certain elements for a Disney crowd– no naked Princess of Mars, etc. So some of the pulpy stuff that makes the original work is being lost in translation.

    The one thing that I really do think will be a big bone to pick, however, is something that isn’t mentioned in this trailer. The fact that John Carter is a veteran of the Confederacy. Sorry, but my sympathy is pretty much non-existant right from the get go. Yeah, I know something like “Gone With the Wind” is a big hit (ugh), and that you still have plenty of people who make a distinction between the slave-holders and soldiers of the South (also ugh), but really, we live in a different time, and I’m none too excited to line up for “Johnny Reb Goes to Mars”.

    “Hugo” looks okay, though I don’t really care about it. Did Scorsese shoot this in 3D? If so, maybe you need to be in a theater to appreciate the trailer.

    “The Thing” looks promising, I think. It’s staying within the lines set down by the Carpenter “original”. I never bothered to think much about what happened to the Norwegians either, but that’s probably a good thing. Looks like fun. Plus– it has Mr. Eko and that guy from “The International” who looks kinda like Sting!

  8. The children’s book sure is a charming and affectionate homage to the mystery and magic of Georges Méliès. I hoped to see more visual nods to his style but this is clearly a more conventional Hollywood adaptation. Hope Scorsese makes it one of the better ones.

  9. Bob, the trailer for the Thing just makes me want to rewatch Carpenter’s film. There’s absolutely nothing about the new one except maybe the cast that is compelling.

    As for the confederacy angle of John Carter, I wouldn’t be shocked to learn if Disney just jettisons that part.

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