Trailer: Moving Afghan war doc Where Soldiers Come From

News, nuggets and notables:

(above) Trailer: Moving Afghan war doc Where Soldiers Come From
I loved this documentary about a group of teens from northern Michigan who join the National Guard and get carted off to Afghanistan to hunt for IEDs and I’m glad it’s getting a theatrical release (September 9). It answers an important question that isn’t asked often enough. Here’s the blurb: “From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war. A documentary about growing up, Where Soldiers Come From, is an intimate look at the young men who fight our wars and the families and town they come from. Returning to her hometown, Director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary access following these young men as they grow and change from teenagers stuck in their town, to 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home.” (Apple)

Dumbest entertainment headline of the day
And the award goes to THR for “Sarah Jessica Parker Preps NYC Pad For Hurricane Irene”

Nikki Finke wouldn’t be so snotty about this Weinstein press release if she’d gotten it first
Or if it hadn’t been from the Weinsteins. Then it would’ve been an EXCLUSIVE. (Deadline)

Get your 1 second of Katniss Everdeen as MTV teases the teaser for Hunger Games
Yes, they’re running ads for ads of movies now. Ridiculous. How badly does everyone want this to be Twilight? (THR)

Trailers on the half shell
Paddy Considine’s directorial debut Tyrannosaur
Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in Michel Hazanavicius’ Cannes hit The Artist

Poster: Mark and Michael Polish Stay Cool
Starring Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Chevy Chase and Jon Cryer. Weird. (IMP Awards)

Rob Corddry in final talks for zombie pic Warm Bodies
How many freaking zombie pictures do we really need? (Variety)

Original Dragon Tattoo co-star joins indie drama Disconnect
Michael Nyqvist is the name. Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) is also on board. Murderball’s Henry-Alex Rubin directs. (Variety)

Giorgio Moroder’s Metropolis coming back to 20 cities and Blu-ray
I have a soft spot for Moroder’s rocked up music video treatment of Fritz Lang’s seminal sci-fi silent because that’s how I first saw it and in the early to mid-80s, it was the most accessible option for me. With the most recent restoration however, there’s no reason to see this beyond nostalgia. Like tuna, I prefer my Metropolis without Mercury. (THR)

Fox wants Shawn Levy for its Frankenstein flick
That would be great because then I could skip one of a half dozen or so planned Frankenstein movies and the latest from the guy responsible for Night at the Museum all in one blow. That would be a nice timer saver. Thanks Fox! (Deadline)

Christian Bale apparently no longer involved with Zack Snyder’s Last Photograph
Last I heard mention of Zack Snyder’s Afghan war project, Bale’s name was being tossed around with Sean Penn’s. In an otherwise pointless Variety bit of speculation yesterday about Bale’s post-Dark Knight future however, the once proud trade noted that Last Photograph was no longer in the… er… picture. Careful to note several times that Bale has no official post-Dark Knight attachments, Variety nevertheless links him as a candidate for Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star is Born, Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and to the previously reported Noah’s Ark epic from Darren Aronofsky. No mention of that Terrence Malick rumor. (Variety)

2 Responses to “News du Jour: 8/25/11”

  1. I gotta say, as silly as I think these teasers for teasers are – THE HUNGER GAMES is a lot better than TWILIGHT. I read all three of the HUNGER GAMES books and they’re very good. Really looking forward to the movie treatment. It’s got great potential.

  2. I have nothing against Hunger Games (or Twilight for that matter), but the level of manufactured hype leading up to it has been more than a little off-putting. It won’t stop me from seeing the movie or trying to enjoy it, but it’s going to be a long slog until the thing finally comes out.

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