I’m not sure if this trailer for Trade, about the international sex slave trade starring Kevin Kline, is new or if it’s the same one I watched a while ago, but it’s great and deserving of a look either for the first time or again.
The trailer for Great World of Sound is quite funny as it skewers the “get famous and spruce up your life” entertainment phenomenon.
You absolutely need to watch this trailer for Quiet City, about a young girl who’s lost in New York and the guy she bumps into and the connection that forms between them.
This trailer the The Mist, an adaptation of a Stephen King book, is pretty good right up until the time the guy is trying to beat the miniature flying dinosaur thing with a broom handle.
It might be possible for this trailer for One Missed Call to look sillier but I’m not sure how.
Everyone knows that the announcement of Hulu as the name for the NBC/News Corp video outlet, an outlet devoted to the TV and movie content from those two media companies, and NBC Universal’s decision to pull their TV episodes from iTunes at the end of December are completely related, right?
Just want to make sure.
Quote of the Day via C&L:
When conservatives gush about how macho Fred Thompson and President Bush are, we do sound a little bit like Village People fans.“
If I turn 40 and feel the need to buy something fancy for my virtual avatar, am I having a Second Life crisis?
My latest column is up over at Brandweek. This one is just kind of a fun piece where I talk about how some of the mid-tier films of the summer were able to achieve success with marketing efforts that didn’t just included MySpace pages and massive TV ad buys. These are movies that, for the most part, did not have familiar characters and huge franchising opportunities to fall back on and so had to carve out brand identities (there’s that concept again) for themselves in order to compete against the big boys of the summer. Check it out if you like. Continue reading
There have been a number of stories written in the last few days about Owen Wilson and how the rough times he’s going through personally are affecting the movie’s that are either coming out shortly or had planned to have a role in. I was asked for my thoughts on this issue, specifically as it relates to the marketing of The Darjeeling Limited, for a piece in Newsweek and you can read that story, complete with a quote from me, right here.
The quote that was selected was probably the best one I made in the 20 minutes or so the writer and I chatted. The larger point is that Wilson is very much tied with director Wes Anderson in terms of press coverage and fan perception. The two – along with brother Luke Wilson – have become known as such a team that what happens to one of them has ripple effects on the others. That’s what I mean when I say the removal of Wilson from the publicity mix can impact the “brand identity” of the movie. He and Anderson make up the movie’s brand image and play integral parts in its perpetuation.
I fully acknowledge that it’s a little crass to be talking about such matters when someone is going through something obviously serious. We may not know yet what the real problem is but I hope that Wilson is given the opportunity to heal both his body and his soul in the weeks and months ahead. But the reality of the situation is that he’s got movies that he was/is expected to promote and that’s going to be an issue.