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Trailer Blazer: 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People'

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Judging by the trailer embedded below, this October’s How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, based on Toby Young’s memoir of his disastrous stint as a writer at Vanity Fair, looks awfully broad. Simon Pegg’s presence as the Young character (here renamed Sidney Young, perhaps to keep the author from suing himself) makes the picture look like the Hot Fuzz version of The Devil Wears Prada. That may or may not be a good thing. The most amusing element of the clip is Jeff Bridges’ performance as the Graydon Carter figure. Not just for his memorably shaggy-yet-aerodynamic hairdo (though it hardly does justice to the Vanity Fair editor’s actual coif), but also for what Gawker accurately describes as the Lebowski-esque vibe of his Dude-ish line readings; he seems to be acting in a subtler, much cooler satire than everyone else here.

How does the trailer make you feel, PopWatchers? Friendly, alienated, or lost?

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