Trailer Fix: Gnomeo and Juliet

I hadn’t heard of Gnomeo and Juliet, which opens this weekend, until today. It is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, where our favorite Montagues and Capulets are gnomes. I’m not surprised that there is an animated film adaptation of a Shakespearean drama or that there is now going to be an animated film featuring gnomes. But something strikes me as odd about this movie.

Gnomes are generally creepy and there doesn’t seem to be a ton of gnome humor. (Unless Emma Stone is delivering the punchline.) Seems like Gnomeo and Juliet will hit some roadblocks pretty quickly.

Watch the trailer and I ask you: cute or creepy?

One last thing. When will animators learn that you cannot tack on an Elton John song to sell your movie? It gets old.

MTV’s Skins Trailer Has Arrived

MTV has released the trailer for its version of the British teen drama, Skins. If this is the networks feeble attempt to launch and promote a new and exciting American version of Skins, then they have failed miserably. At least they have with this trailer.

In the trailer (embedded below) we are given a brief introduction to the pilot episode, premiering January 2011. The characters and the plot are exactly the same as the original pilot, which just screams boring and trite. I don’t want to see the same episode except with American accents. No, I want the same Skins-flavor but with new characters and new story lines. I want an edgy advertising campaign not something that is clearly afraid of the censors and the Parents Television Committee. Instead we have been given… this?

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Here’s hoping episode two of the U.S. Skins gives us something different, exciting, and original to enjoy.

Update: I just watched the extended sneak peek and I am still skeptical at best. The extended sneak peek aims to show off that edgy advertising I am hoping for, except because it recreates scenes from the original series, this trailer comes off as a cheap and kitschy imitation of the original series that I love so much.

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Your thoughts?

Trailer Fix: How Do You Know

The trailer for the upcoming James L. Brooks film, How Do You Know, has hit the web. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as a professional softball player who is caught in a love triangle with a corporate executive (Paul Rudd) and a major-league pitcher (Owen Wilson). Jack Nicholson also co-stars.

Brooks began production on How Do You Know five years ago when Brooks became interested in making a film about a female athlete. With Reese Witherspoon cast as the lead, How Do You Know is stands out because it is an expensive, star-driven vehicle.

How Do You Know hits theaters December 17.

Trailer Fix: Up in the Air

George Clooney stars in Jason Reitman’s latest film Up in the Air as Ryan Bingham who travels around the world firing corporate employees. He lives out of his suitcase and relishes annomity during his travels. When Bingham’s company grounds him at the corporate headquarters in Omaha, this solitary man has to navigate an once unheard of personal life.

The film premiered at TIFF and is already receiving critical praise. It looks like a movie I can enjoy (more so than the very problematic Juno).