Monday, November 24, 2014

TRAILERS & NEWS: Pitch Perfect 2, Cinderella, Age Of Adeline, The Peanuts

THIS POST HAD TO BE DELAYED UNTIL SOME NEWS COULD BE CONFIRMED AND IT HAS: There have been several trailers that have been released, but what's most interesting are the three about to be released: this Thanksgiving weekend will see the release of the first Jurassic World trailer during NBC football (Penguins Of Madagascar opens Wednesday the 26--Internet Movie Database wrongly had Dec 3 up as the release date--so it's possible, but not certain, that Jurassic World is attached to that film).
Chris Pratt (Guardians Of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) star in the latest installment of Jurassic World, which has gone to considerable length to build up an online "back story" about the latest multi-billionaire to take an interest in the park. I am rather confident, without even seeing the trailer, that the film will be anti-capitalist, because it's so easy to make the really rich people look really stupid, and sum that up as the reason they got their money, rather like Fifty Shades Of Grey. Jurassic World comes out this summer.
What's even more interesting is that Star Wars VII, which has concluded production, is ready to release its first trailer!!! Speculation has been rampant, and I mean rampant, as reports and more reports have been spread, but it appears Disney is going all out for the trailer and doing something unprecedented this holiday weekend,...
I'm not the only one frustrated with what Disney has done in allowing a certain elite group see a trailer that they might not care about seeing at all, as opposed to those who are genuinely excited about the film who are being shut out. Additionally, there is the obvious reality that someone will record the trailer with their smart phone, then post it online, and for the vast majority of people, myself included, their fist exposure to this highly anticipated film will be the shaky, blurry, small-screen pirated version with some idiot talking in the row in front and people getting back to their seat with huge containers of popcorn and pops . Besides Star Wars, we are seeing an increasingly sophisticated--and competitive--marketing scheme being employed by companies wanting to give their films a lead start with smart advertising. What does that consist of? First, it's making bloggers, like myself, excited about footage so we write about it and get people to get excited about a film they probably wouldn't have been excited about previously. That's all free. In real value terms, however, film fans have received more than they have ever received in the age of the internet with extra posters, film footage, featurettes, interviews and behind-the-scenes material (then throw in stars posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and it's not hard to see how the film industry has made itself a huge part of our culture. For Americans, Hollywood and the films are to us what the Louvre and painting is to the French: it's the concentration of our identity, our understanding of ourselves and the ability to understand ourselves because film is the dominant art form in America (it's not the best art form, but it has the widest audience base).  So, is it ridiculous to get worked-up over something like a Star Wars trailer? No, because it has proven to be one of the most successful franchises (meaning, lots of people identify with it) and high-quality artists, such as JJ Abrams, have been assigned to the work to insure it's an incredible film, so putting Abrams on par with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack is no superficial compliment because of Abrams' influence and proven record.
"Sources" have announced that the first trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens will be shown in 9 Regal theaters, attached to each showing film, starting Friday; originally, this was going to be across the nation, then those theaters, in order to qualify, have to show Big Hero 6 as their earliest opening show; now it's just 9 Regal theaters, the list is at the bottom of this post; so, like, this really sucks for the rest of us, and isn't a good publicity move at all, because now I am resentful that THEY get to see it and I don't (please see caption above for more discussion).
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llweyn Davis) has won the role of villain in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse. In the end credits scene for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, we saw a young Apocalypse holding his hands up, being worshiped, as he telepathically moved huge stones to build the pyramids, the Four Horseman in the distance. According to Singer, his next film will be the most destructive of the entire series because of the way Apocalypse is. Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays Mystique, has commented that she is in hiding and that the X-Men: Apocalypse will focus more on her relationship with Magneto and take place in the early 1980s.
Again, theaters, just this last summer, put "laws" into effect that the earliest a film could debut its trailer was six months ahead of its release date (SWVII won't be released until next December, so it's just over a year ahead) and the number of trailers a film can release, and how long those trailers can be, have been regulated; so it seems that those laws were made so that "Big Films" could break them and attain a special status, or the "laws" were not seriously meant to be enforced anyway. The third trailer is for Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, of course, attached to The Hobbit 3, and it hasn't even finished production yet (it still has about a month to go filming in Detroit), but it's first trailer is coming out a year and a half before the film. This signals some highly important cultural developments, not just business models. All right, onto the first trailer for the day:
Where have we just seen this? Interstellar. Cooper (Matthew McConnaughey) returns to his senior citizen daughter Murphy (Ellen Burstyn) as a thirty-year old man, the same age as when he had left them to "save the world." In Interstellar, Cooper symbolizes a "founding father" of America, that even though he's old, he's always young, always relevant to what is going on in today's world. Without Cooper, Murphy couldn't have accomplished what she did. In Age Of Adeline, there is the same element, Adeline never ages, and embraces her elderly daughter, who is also portrayed by Ellen Burstyn in Age of Adeline, but Adeline--unlike Cooper--wants her ageless existence to end; what does she symbolize?
The motherland of America.
Adaline was born in January 1, 1908, the day the Nimrod Exploration by the British set off to for Antarctica to discover the south magnetic pole, and 1908 was a great year for exploration in general. Her accident takes place in winter, 1935, so she could have had her car accident (almost exactly like the limo sliding off the icy bridge in Olympus Has Fallen, and the First Lady dying) in February, the month that Adolf Hitler ordered a new German air force in violation of the Treaty of Versailles which forbade Germany from having an air force so another World War could not be started. Adaline's "accident" being tied to Hitler's decisions to re-instate the Luftwaffe could be a metaphor for how America became "forever young" in fighting socialism, the point was certainly made in the first The Hunger Games with the date of the Games starting in a active year for Hitler. It could be, however, the exact opposite, and Adaline symbolizes socialism always trying to stay young and be adventuresome and take root somewhere but not being able to. We will have to wait for another trailer. 
I could be absolutely wrong, it's possible that Adaline symbolizes socialism, and socialism itself needs to finally let go because it has "never grown up" and been adaptable to the real world, like Adaline herself. This is possible, but given the dates that are mentioned in the trailer (please see caption above for more details) I just have a feeling that it's not going to take that path, but I could be wrong. On the other end, however, is the new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, and I am excited about this:
The way this trailer is shaping up mirrors last year's film that (sadly) failed at the box office, Battle Of the Year about the B-Boys who do the most amazing dance moves in the history of gravity-defiance. And this is a good thing. Remember, patterns of repeated issues are more important than "originality." If you have seen Battle Of the Year, and I highly recommend it (I bought the film myself), you'll remember how the biggest issue for America going into the competition was "Everyone hates America," but they managed, with creativity and incredible moves, to win the audience over and make it to the championship (which was the segment for a second film that sadly doesn't look like it's going to take place). So, we have the glorification of competition, and on the international scale. Speaking of competition, here's Snoopy taking on the Red Baron:
The first trailer for Kenneth Branaugh's Cinderella has been released, and it's everything I was expecting; but you kind of get the idea that you've seen the whole film by the time the trailer is over:
You can do this on your own: why is she wearing a blue dress? Why does the fairy god mother wear white? Why do we see "Madame," wearing green? Why is the slipper made of glass? You can do this, take it one piece at a time, and we will discuss it later. On a different note, the first trailer for Strange Magic has come out, and it is very much like Maleficent, but I think--and this could just be hopeful--that it will be pro-capitalist, and the reason is one, single word:
At 0:58-9, we are told the "potion" destroys "order," and that is the magic word. I could be wrong, but the "Mysterious" world is probably that of the Soviet Union (or North Korea) hidden by the "Iron Curtain," that no one could see beyond. The villain trying to get the potion so he can destroy order is exactly what Obama is doing, each and every time he has "crossed the line" of violating the Constitution and "revealing" (the ugly monster's nakedness) himself to be a socialist dictator. Again, I could be wrong, as always.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner,

The locations screening the “Star Wars” trailer are:
Irvine, CA – Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego, CA – Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx
Atlanta, Ga – Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx
Chicago, Il – Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & Rpx
New York, NY – Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Warrington, Pa – Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville, Tn – Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx
Houston, TX – Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & Rpx
Seattle, Wa – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX