The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a 1941 short story by James Thurber has been adapted on the big screen before with the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo.
Now, Ben Stiller wants to capture the good, old Walter Mitty magic with the new adaptation coming to theaters near you this Christmas Day!
I love the new trailer (see below) and I love that they used Of Monsters and Men's "Dirty Paws." The film tells the tale of a day dreamer (that would be Stiller) who works at LIFE magazine with Kristen Wiig. Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, and Shirley Maclaine co-star.
Here's the new, official trailer for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" from our friends at where else, TIME Magazine, which shares a parent company with the online version of LIFE! (For more information on the short story, scroll below)
Here's more info on the short story from Wikipedia:
The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes. The first is as a pilot of a U.S. Navy flying boat in a storm, then he is a magnificent surgeon performing a one-of-a-kind surgery, then as a cool assassin testifying in a courtroom, and then as a Royal Air Force pilot volunteering for a daring, secret suicide mission to bomb an ammunition dump. As the story ends, Mitty imagines himself facing a firing squad, "inscrutable to the last." Each of the fantasies is inspired by some detail of Mitty's mundane surroundings:
The powering up of the "Navy hydroplane" in the opening scene is followed by Mrs. Mitty's complaint that Mitty is "driving too fast", which suggests that his driving was what led to the daydream.
Mitty's turn as a brilliant surgeon immediately follows his taking off and putting on his gloves (as a surgeon dons surgical gloves) and driving past a hospital.
The courtroom drama cliché "Perhaps this will refresh your memory," which begins the third fantasy, follows Mitty's attempt to remember what his wife told him to buy, when he hears a newsboy shouting about "the Waterbury Trial" ("You miserable cur" are the last words mentioned in the fantasy. Mitty was supposed to buy puppy biscuits.)
Mitty's fourth daydream comes as he waits for his wife and picks up an old copy of Liberty, reading "Can Germany Conquer the World Through the Air?", and envisions himself fighting Germany while volunteering to pilot a plane normally piloted by two people.
The closing firing-squad scene comes when Mitty is standing against a wall, smoking.
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"After Tiller," the new documentary that was an official selection for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is going to stir up debates due to its highly controversial subject.
The film follows the lives of the only four doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions. They are LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson. This is what happened after the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion activist.
Oscilloscope will release "After Tiller" in New York on Sept. 20 and Los Angeles on Oct. 4.
Here's the trailer for "After Tiller" and a clip from the movie:
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Hugh Jackman returns for the seventh time as Logan/Wolverine in Marvel’s “The Wolverine,” a superhero movie that is really more about being a hero than being super. This time, the adventure takes our hero to Japan to say goodbye to a dying billionaire named Yashida. But it’s not just a friendly visit. Joining Jackman in the cast are Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova. Famke Janssen also returns to the franchise as Jean Grey, the love of Logan’s life.
And pssst, two characters from the “X-Men” franchise also return for “The Wolverine” Easter Egg found mid-credits.
Directed by James Mangold (“Walk the Line,” “3:10 to Yuma”), is “The Wolverine” worth all the hype? Take a look at my review below:
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I love “Fruitvale Station.” The Sundance and Cannes Film Festival darling deserves all the accolades in the world. The film tells the true-life story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Oakland, California resident who was fatally shot by BART police officers in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.
We will be seeing more of “Fruitvale Station” once the Oscar season is upon us! Mark my words! Writer/director Ryan Coogler created a thought-provoking, deeply emotional movie with a strong performance by Michael B. Jordan as its centerpiece.
I was fortunate enough to interview Jordan live via satellite and we talked about:
*** How “Fruitvale Station” came about? Did Coogler write the script with Jordan in mind? And how did he come across the unbelievable story of Grant?
*** Did they know that they were making a very special movie that would win the top prize at Sundance?
*** Jordan’s great choices in acting – from NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” to “Chronicle” and “Red Tails.” What about the rumor that he was going to star as Johnny Storm in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot?
*** What about the talk of the week – the “Rocky” spinoff known as “Creed” where Jordan will team up with Coogler once again to play Apollo Creed’s grandson? (Sylvester Stallone will be his trainer)
Jordan is a very down-to-earth actor who deserves all the recognition he’s getting for “Fruitvale Station.” And yes, we’ll see him at the Oscars!
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Impressive! Second Trailer for "Gravity" and the Single-Shot Scene! All the Floating Astronauts You Need to See in One Sitting!
Warner Bros. is banking heavily on their Oscar hopeful, "Gravity," from writer/director Alfonso Cuaron starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock even made her very first appearance at Comic-Con last weekend to help promote the movie which many are saying it's not just an Oscar hopeful, it will be a contender!
And now, you can see the single-shot scene of "Gravity" which validates the reports that the movie's opening is one continuous, 17-minute take according to the Huffington Post.
Here's the single-shot scene:
And here's the second trailer of "Gravity" called "Drifting" which is set to open on Oct. 4th! I can't wait!
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