MCN Film Docket - Archives for June, 2011

Horrible Bosses: Enter for a chance to win!

For everyone who ever dreamed of how much better life would be without a horrible boss.

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The Immortals Trailer

Greeks. Titans. Tarsem Singh.

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Trailering War Horse

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse … WWI through the journey of a horse — the sorrows, the joys, the passionate friendships and high adventures.

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Teasing Brave

Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish.

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Cowboys, Aliens & Posters

The beauty of a good poster!

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A Trailer for Griff the Invisible

There’s a superhero in all of us .. Griff, a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody, a cute but unconventional daydreamer. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue Griff …

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Captain America’s New Poster

Not a bad look for a superhero!

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Captain America: The First Avenger

The second trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger

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Puss in Boots Theatrical Trailer

His name will become legend ….

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The Footloose Trailer

A new take on an 80s classic … Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

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The Muppets: The Official Trailer

When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary and Mary discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

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Enter to Win Your Own Green Lantern Ring!

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. But Hal Jordan’s humanity is one weapon no member of the Corps has ever had … Win your own Green Lantern ring and other great prizes! One entry per day – remember, you gotta’ play to win!

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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with a Trailer

The English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling crime novel .. the first of the trilogy.

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Postering The Ward

John Carpenter’s The Ward – 1966. Night. As a storm approaches the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital, something unseen walks the halls …

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook