Mar 6, 2011

The Weekly Round-up: SXSW, Potter, and Trailers

Pegg can see his own face. Frost can see Chris Evans in his Captain America suit.
Now that everyone's recovered from the self-congratulatory pat on the back that was the Oscars 2011 (and Joan Collins, from the clutches of her Oscar party dress) we can all get back to more important things like cringing at the minute-by-minute Charlie Sheen Twitter updates and playing tether-ball.

In all seriousness, there's a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. 

                                    SXSW Film Festival gets superbad 
Bridesmaids, the newest (and from the looks of it, the freshest) Apatow produced vehicle, directed by the creator of seminal teen comedy Freaks and Geeks Paul Feig, has been added to the closing night line-up. Check out the hilarious trailer here:

Along with the other majors being screened this year, including Super (Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler), The Beaver (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster), Win Win (Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan), The King of Luck (Billy Bob Thornton), and Paul (Brit-duo Pegg and Frost are at it again), the 2011 SXSW Film Festival looks like it will outshine some of the other more indie festivals this year in terms of originality and entertainment value. The festivities kick off on March 11.

                               Warner Bros. to Open Potter Studio Attraction
© 2004 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
For fans of the books and films, there is perhaps no better place to visit than the site of all the action for the past decade: Leavesden studios. Warner Bros. purchased the studios late last year, which have played home to all eight Potter films, as well as numerous other productions such as The Dark Knight and Sherlock Holmes. The official web site states that while it will initially be a Harry Potter-only attraction, that the scope of this could expand in years to come. Opening in Spring 2012 (approximately one year from now), the official press release states:

"Featuring the authentic sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects used in the production of all eight Harry Potter movies, the tour will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing this beloved film series to life.
Among a series of never‐before‐seen exhibits on the three hour long tour, visitors will be able to walk onto some of the most memorable sets from all of the films in the Harry Potter series including the iconic Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and many others to be announced at a later date."

                                                  Trailer Watch
Along with these announcements, there have also been a slew of new trailers released this week. First up, the highly unnecessary and only mildly amusing Shrek spin-off, Puss in Boots. Won't someone think of the children?

The little hyped Peep World, starring America's #2 comedy darling Sarah Silverman (though we suspect she'd cuss anyone out for calling her 'darling') and Dexter's Michael C. Hall in a dramedy about what happens when a family member uses your lives for their work of 'fiction'. It's difficult to tell from the trailer what level of quality we can expect, but it's definitely one to keep an eye on.

The official teaser trailer for The Hangover 2 is out. What a snooze. Who'd have though a slow motion reveal of three douchebags walking with a monkey (one in mandals, might we add) wouldn't set the world alight. There had better be a bad-ass cameo in the actual film, or why bother paying 20 bucks for a ticket?


tonile.helena said...

That Harry Potter idea sounds so incredible. A stroll down the Great Hall? Yes please! In other news, I've heard that the cameo will be Bill Clinton... Mel Gibson would have been a far better choice imo.

tonile.helena said...

That Harry Potter thing sounds amazing! A stroll down the Great Hall? Yes please! Ps. I've heard that the cameo will be none other than Bill Clinton. Mel Gibson would have been a better choice.