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Gran Torino BUZZ, What’s up with Benjamin Button’s marketing CAMPAIGN and an UPDATE on another Planet of Apes film over at FOX

grantorinoposter-405x600Reactions in early press screenings to Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO have been very positive. The reviewers have put the spotlight on Eastwood’s performance, which could result in a Best Actor nomination come Oscar time. While Clint has won Two Oscars for directing and two for producing, the legendary icon has never taken one home for acting. So far, two of the early frontrunners for acting nods are Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler and Sean Penn for Milk. Considering Eastwood has been acting for 53 years this certainly would be a great ‘icing on the cake’ story if he wins. If Eastwood, Rourke and Heath Ledger all get Oscar nominations the Academy Award telecast could be something very special indeed.

I find it interesting that Paramount keeps changing things up with their marketing campaign for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The film, which has received a lot of Oscar buzz, has a different feel every time I see a new trailer. There have been at least 5 different trailers cut, with a few of those having totally different music. It feels like the studio is nervous on how to sell it best. Brad Pitt stars as a man that ages backwards and David Fincher (Zodiac) directs but, going by the trailers, it feels like a Tim Burton movie.

planet-of-apes-1Fox production executive, Tom Rothman, confirmed during the PLANET OF THE APES movie marathon this Thanksgiving that the studio is developing a script for a new Apes film that will be set on earth in 2009. This would back up reports last month that some sort of re-imagining of the 4th apes film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, is planned. Personally I think the studio should leave well enough alone. The reason the original franchise worked so well was the element of surprise. Like all great sci-fi, the viewer needs to experience something they haven’t seen before. A few terrific twist and turns thrown in for good measure can’t hurt either. Since the original series did this in spades, it’s hard to justify remaking the same ideas because the audience will know what’s coming. While Tim Burton’s remake was watchable, it couldn’t hold a candle to the Charlton Heston classic as there was nothing new for the viewer to discover. The original 1968 film’s script, direction and star were also superior in every way to what Burton delivered to a new generation. It’s safe to say the same fate would fall on any new Apes film. Fans of the original movies will see what’s coming a mile a way and it’s doubtful it can be presented any better.

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November 28, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News |

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