Trailer: Game Change

The first trailer has landed for the upcoming HBO movie about John McCain’s ill-fated recruitment of Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign.

I’m sure Julianne Moore will be fine but there is a small part of me that’s disappointed that Tina Fey isn’t playing Palin.

Game Change premieres on HBO on March 10th

> Game Change at HBO
> More on the 2008 US election at Wikipedia


Trailer: War Horse

War Horse is the upcoming Steven Spielberg film based on the 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Set during World War I, it tells the story of a horse who ends up being sold into the army and serving both British and German forces in the battlefields of France.

After being turned into a hugely successful stage adaptation in 2007, Spielberg chose to direct it and the film stars David ThewlisBenedict CumberbatchJeremy IrvineEmily WatsonTom Hiddleston and Peter Mullan.

It’s released in the US on December 25th and in the United Kingdom on January 13th 2012.

(Quick fact: a key sequence was filmed just a few miles from where I’m typing this post)

> Official US site and UK site
> More about War Horse at Wikipedia



Trailer: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

This is the latest trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which opens on December 21st.

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Note the electronic score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and the digital cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.

For some reason Sony have given the exclusive to MSN but if the above embed is giving you problems then just check it out at Apple Trailers or YouTube.


Spider-Man Trailers Side by Side

The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has just been released and bears interesting comparison to the previous 2002 blockbuster version.

YouTube Doubler is a website that allows you to play two videos at the same time and compare them side-by-side.

The two Spider-Man trailers make an interesting case study as they reveal the similarities and differences of the respective films.

The 2002 trailer is snappier and has no problem featuring Peter Parker as Spider-Man, whereas as the 2012 one doesn’t really reveal the iconic suit until the very end in an extended POV epilogue, which appears to be a showcase for the film’s 3D visuals (the CGI looks like it needs to be refined).

Notice how the lengths are almost identical.

YouTube Doubler

For the record, I think the trailer for the 2002 film is much stronger, although it’s hard to fully judge until the new film comes out.

The Amazing Spider-Man is out on July 3rd 2012, just 9 days ahead of The Dark Knight Rises, which suggests Sony are pretty bullish about this film having a massive opening weekend.

> Watch the two trailers side by side at YouTube Doubler
> The Amazing Spider-Man official site
> More on the Spider-Man character at Wikipedia

News Trailers

Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight Rises was officially released today.

It will be released on July 20th next year and as the film is currently shooting, there is only a couple of new bits of footage mixed in with clips from Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Interestingly, Warner Bros released it on the official Facebook page for the film (the official site links directly to it), which is a clever move as it allows them to track ‘likes’ and comments from fans, as opposed to an embedded trailer which merely tracks page views and plays.

Obviously this is one of the most anticipated films in years, so how does a studio like Warner Bros go about releasing the first teaser?

They decided to attach it to cinema prints of the latest Harry Potter film (thus tapping in to a huge audience) but part of the problem is that these days people just film it on their smart phone and upload it to YouTube.

That meant that although some got taken down, it wasn’t hard to see one on the popular video site and, if you were really keen, /Film even posted a detailed description.

The official trailer in HD finally dropped on Facebook at around 5pm London time and predictably was linked all over the place.

But it raises the question – shouldn’t studios just premiere big trailers like this on YouTube?

As for the content, we get a glimpse of what the story might involve, the main villain, a brief new clip of Batman and that weird chant music which was playing on the official website until recently.

Also, freeze frame the trailer at 1:24 and you’ll notice a blurry figure in the background who some are already speculating about.

Finally AndrewSS7 has created this wonderful montage of the posters from the three Batman films (Warner Bros should hire this guy).

> The Dark Knight Rises official site
> More information on The Dark Knight Rises filming in London
> Batman logos in early Christopher Nolan films