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Limitations of the modern movie trailer

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

Film trailers have to be loud, aggressive and exciting. But what if the movie itself is neither?

Bwooommmm. Honk! Ratatatatat. A hushed voice: “You don’t know what’s coming”. Ominous silence. Bwoommmmm. Honk! Brahhmmm.

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By now, the conventions of the modern movie trailer - all rapid-fire editing, loud whooshing and parping noises and ominous portent - have become as established as the oft-lampooned ones we used to get back in the 1980s. The ones that always began, “He was a man on the edge...”, or “In a world...", or a variant thereof.

In fact, trailers for mainstream movies are now so standardised and formulaic that Red Letter Media was able to put together an eight-minute video made of nothing but cliched shots from blockbuster movie promos, and it looked almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

In the 21st century, film trailers
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Interview: Lake Bell Discusses the Joys & Challenges of Making Films

"I feel very proud to put something out there that is kind-spirited." Lake Bell has a new movie hitting theaters this week and it's worth a watch whenever you have the time. Many people know Lake Bell as an actress, from shows like "Boston Legal" and "How to Make It in America" and movies like Million Dollar Arm, What Happens in Vegas, and Man Up. But Lake is also a talented filmmaker, writing and directing original feature films. Her feature directorial debut, In a World..., a charming comedy about voice-over actors, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. She has followed that up with a romantic comedy titled I Do... Until I Don't about marriage that is opening in theaters soon. Lake stars in I Do... Until I Don't as one of the lead characters, and she also produced, wrote & directed it, which is an impressive feat. I have been
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Full Trailer for Lake Bell's New Film 'I Do... Until I Don't' with Ed Helms

"Will you accept that marriage is dead?" The Film Arcade has unveiled an official trailer for the new film written/directed by Lake Bell (of the excellent In a World... previously) titled I Do... Until I Don't. The film is an ensemble comedy following three couples "stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew." Lake Bell stars, along with Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Wyatt Cenac, Amber Heard, and Dolly Wells. I've been waiting to see another film directed by Lake Bell, and I'm so happy to have another one out this year! This looks entertaining, if not a bit depressing, but I'm just excited to see Bell directing again. Fire this up below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Lake Bell's I Do... Until I Don't, direct from YouTube: An ensemble
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Lake Bell To Direct And Star In 'What's The Point?'

A couple years back, the multi-talented Lake Bell made her feature directorial debut with "In A World..." The comedy earned positive notices, and put the actress on the map as a writer/director with a distinct voice, and now she's gearing up her second effort behind the camera, and it promises to be another compelling picture. Read More: L.A. Film Fest Review: 'In A World...' Directed By & Starring Lake Bell Bell will write, direct and star in "What’s the Point? (And Other Fair Questions About Marriage)." Co-starring Ed Helms, the ensemble comedy investigates the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew. Sounds like a fun concept, and one that will hopefully stand in contrast to standard rom-com fare. Production on 'What's The Point?' kicks off next month. See you at Sundance?
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Lake Bell, Ed Helms to Star in Comedy 'What's the Point?'

Lake Bell, Ed Helms to Star in Comedy 'What's the Point?'
Lake Bell, the writer-director-actress behind In a World..., has set her next project. The multi-hyphenate will star alongside The Hangover's Ed Helms in What’s the Point?, which she also wrote and will direct. The film, which is set to begin production next month in Los Angeles, centers on the theory that marriage should be a seven year contract with an option to renew. Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade will finance the film while Bell, Jett Steiger, Miranda Bailey, and Amanda Marshall will produce with Jason Beck and Andy Bohn acting as executive producers. Bell's acting credits include

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New Batman V Superman Trailer Is So Much More Badass With A Korean Narrator

What happened to American trailers? They all used to start with that epic "In a world..." intro that we all loved so very much. Somewhere along the line, though, studios must have decided that they were too good to have a badass narration over all of the action. Luckily, the Koreans haven.t forgotten that lost art, and as a result we now have one of the coolest Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers to date. Check it out below to see for yourself.   We can.t understand a word of the narration in that trailer, but that really doesn.t matter; it.s about as badass as it gets. Much of the action shown in the one-minute preview comes from sequences we have either seen, or already know about; that being said, it offers much clearer context into each of those scenes. The whole thing starts with Batman
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Lake Bell Says Directing Studio Movies Is "Just Not As Sexy As Making What You Want With The People You Want"

Late last week, and over the weekend, "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow became the center of a mini storm of controversy when, on the subject of the lack of female directors operating in the tentpole space, he tweeted: “Many of the top female directors in our industry are not interested in doing a piece of studio business for its own sake. These filmmakers have clear voices and stories to tell that don’t necessarily involve superheroes or spaceships or dinosaurs.” He later expanded on his thoughts, acknowledging his awareness of the problem, and what it means for how he operates in the business (read it here in full). However, comments from Lake Bell, director of "In A World..." and the upcoming "The Emperor's Children," provide an example to Trevorrow's thesis that some women aren't interested in blockbuster pictures. Read More: Why Female Directors Almost Never Get Blockbuster Gigs "If I campaign to direct some.
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Tig Notaro to Team Up With Diablo Cody on Semi-Autobiographical Amazon Pilot

Tig Notaro to Team Up With Diablo Cody on Semi-Autobiographical Amazon Pilot
After being the subject of a Netflix documentary and releasing her own HBO stand-up special (out August 22), Tig Notaro will star in an Amazon series based in part on her (recently turbulent) life. The semi-autobiographical comedy, which has received a pilot order from Amazon, will be written by Notaro and Diablo Cody. The two women, with Louis Ck, will executive produce the single-cam sitcom. Notaro previously wrote 10 episodes of "Inside Amy Schumer." In addition to "Inside," she has also appeared in "Transparent," "In a World..." and "The Sarah Silverman Program." Here's a description of the show: "Tig Notaro has just recovered from an abdominal disease that has left her gaunt, wasted, exhausted and pretty much stripped of everything except her finely honed sense of the absurd. Abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Mississippi, to take her ailing mother off life support, Tig finds herself dealing with her...

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Man Up review: Simon Pegg and Lake Bell's rom-com is a winner

Director: Ben Palmer; Screenwriter: Tess Morris; Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Olivia Williams; Rory Kinnear; Running time: 88 mins; Certificate: 15

Cupid's arrow takes a circuitous route before finding its mark in Man Up, a truly rib-tickling rom-com that delivers the heady buzz of a great first date. But it's American actress Lake Bell (doing a fine English accent, here) who looks set to win viewers' hearts, more so than leading man Simon Pegg who generously acts as her 'straight man' - albeit slightly dizzied by the whirlwind of weird that Bell creates around him.

Bell, who also impressed with her 2013 writing/directing debut In a World..., stars as Nancy, vaguely depressed at still being single and incorrigibly goofy at 34 years old. However, judging by the way she tucks into a baguette on a crowded train, simultaneously complaining about her love life, she's not overly self-consciousness either. Sharon Horgan (recently seen in
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Tribeca: Lake Bell on Going Full-On British for 'Man Up' and Fooling the Film's Crew

Tribeca: Lake Bell on Going Full-On British for 'Man Up' and Fooling the Film's Crew
Read More: Interview: Lake Bell Wants to Vanquish 'Sexy Baby Talk' Via Her Directorial Debut 'In a World...' Lake Bell proved she's a pro at accents in her directorial debut "In a World...," which won her the Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and made her one of the most promising new filmmakers on the scene. In that winning comedy, Bell played an aspiring voiceover artist struggling to make a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. She's back showing off her impressive vocal range in the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "Man Up," a romantic comedy in which she's tasked with playing a British lass who thinks she's done with dating until she meets a man (Simon Pegg) who mistakes her for his blind date. The film is directed by Ben Palmer, who made "The Inbetweeners Movie," and written by first-time screenwriter Tess Morris. Indiewire sat down
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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director,
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The Rom-Com Is Dead: 11 Offensive Cliches we'll be glad to see expire

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Happy Valentine's Day, single people! Isn't it depressing? And we all have the demented romantic comedy genre to thank for our feeling of unfulfillment (along with, you know, assorted other factors). But good news! The traditional rom-com has been dying a protracted death for the last five or six years. Sure, the genre still exists. An argument could be made that the genre lives on in its purest form with the recent spate of rom-coms starring African-American actors ("Think Like a Man," "About Last Night," etc.) Recent films like Jenny Slate's "Obvious Child," Lake Bell's "In A World...," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon," "Silver Linings Playbook" and even the zom-com flick "Warm Bodies" could also certainly be categorized as such -- and yet what they all have in common is their failure to follow the once tried-and-true template of their star-driven predecessors. The conventional, old-fashioned studio romantic comedy,
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The 31 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.

Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)

1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13

Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.

2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG

Walter Matthau is a grumpy hoot as a reluctant little league coach, Tatum O'Neal is great as the tomboy pitcher and the Bears (including a young Jackie Earle Haley) are perfectly, awfully bad.

3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13

Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends
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What to Watch This Week: 'Chef,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'In A World...'

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Chef"

Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.

"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"

This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras,
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Here's What's New on Netflix for October 2014

Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.

We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.

Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.

Available October 1

"Annie" (1982)

Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."

"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)

Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls,
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In a World... director Lake Bell takes over The Emperor's Children

Lake Bell has signed on to direct The Emperor's Children.

The In a World... director has replaced Noah Baumbach on the adaptation of Claire Messud's novel.

The Emperor's Children centres around three entitled but struggling young people orbiting the career of a successful journalist in the months surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

The introduction of two more members of their circle threatens their delicate equilibrium.

Baumbach wrote the screenplay and was formerly attached to direct the film.

Bell also wrote and starred in her 2013 directorial debut, voiceover comedy In a World...

Imagine Entertainment's The Emperor's Children is yet to announce any castings.
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Lake Bell Will Direct 'The Emperor's Children'

Lake Bell Will Direct 'The Emperor's Children'
Actress Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut last year with the hit indie comedy In a World..., has signed on to direct The Emperor's Children for Imagine Entertainment. It isn't known if Lake Bell has plans on starring in the film as well.

Noah Baumbach wrote the screenplay adaptation back in March 2010, when he was attached to direct. Before that, Ron Howard was circling the project in July 2007.

The story is based on Claire Messud's novel that follows an educated but unsuccessful group of friends in their late 20s, who follow the life of a successful journalist, in the months leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The inclusion of two more members threatens the group's stability.

Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine Entertainment, although it isn't known when production will begin.

As an actress, Lake Bell most recently starred in Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Million Dollar Arm,
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Lake Bell to Direct ‘The Emperor's Children’ for Brian Grazer, Imagine

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Lake Bell to Direct ‘The Emperor's Children’ for Brian Grazer, Imagine
A year after her directorial debut “In a World…” debuted to strong reviews, Lake Bell has landed a plum assignment behind the camera, as she's set to direct “The Emperor's Children” for Imagine Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Noah Baumbach adapted Claire Messud's bestselling 2006 novel about a trio of Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30s with trepidation as they struggle to realize the lofty expectations held for their personal and professional lives. The novel was set in New York in the months leading up to and following 9/11. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing on behalf of Imagine.
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Albert Brooks & More to Voice Illumination's Animated Pets Project

Earlier this year, we got word that comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart would be lending their voices to an Untitled Pets Movie, an animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the same company behind Despicable Me. Now the voice cast has expanded with even more great comedic talent. The Wrap reports stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bobby Moynihan, In a World... lead Lake Bell and "The Office" regular Ellie Kemper will also voice characters in the film that Universal has slated to open on February 12th, 2016. But the real treat is Albert Brooks is in talks as well. For those who missed our initial report on this project, the story follows a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.) who gets agitated when his master brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But things get worse when the two dogs find themselves stuck in the streets of New York City,
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