Trailer Blazer: Clooney, Theron, Bacon
ComingSoon.net has links to several new trailers for heavy, issue-oriented, Oscar-baiting fall movies. They include:
– Good Night, and Good Luck (Oct. 7). After watching this trailer, I still can’t tell whether George Clooney’s recounting of the battle between CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn, left) and Sen. Joseph McCarthy is going to be genuinely dramatic or merely self-congratulatory agitprop, but the black-and-white photography certainly looks handsome.
– North Country (Oct. 14). Monster meets Norma Rae meets Fargo. Charlize Theron de-glams and smudges up again to play a female miner who files a pioneering sexual harassment lawsuit against the company where chauvinist goons have mistreated her. Frances McDormand slips back into her Minnesota accent as Theron’s friend.
– Where the Truth Lies (Oct. 14). This film could still get an NC-17 rating (over a threesome scene involving Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, and Rachel Blanchard), and this steamy clip will give you a good idea why. Alison Lohman plays a young reporter who gets way too close to her two subjects (Bacon and Firth), former partners in a successful Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis-like showbiz duo, whose careers ended when a woman (Blanchard) was found dead in their bathtub.
– Grandma’s Boy (Jan. 6, 2006). Okay, there’s actually nothing at all heavy or Oscar-worthy in this movie, but after watching these other clips, you’ll want the comic relief/palate cleanser of this Adam Sandler-produced comedy. This time, Sandler’s longtime movie sidekick Allen Covert steps out on his own, playing a 35-year-old forced to move in with his grandma (Doris Roberts) and her roommates (Shirley Jones and Shirley Knight). Covert seems to live up to his name; he’s not brazen enough to be the lead in this kind of movie, and I predict all his scenes will be stolen by Roberts and Jones. Nice to see Marie Barone and Mrs. Partridge keeping busy, though.