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Trailer Tracker: Captain America, Mr Popper’s Penguins and more

Our featured trailer this
week is the energetic new clip for the next entry in Marvel’s “Avengers”
ramp-up, Captain America: The First
. Also, Jim Carrey waddles his way back onto screen accompanied by six
flightless birds in the adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins and then Tom Hanks gets a little quirky in
his second directorial outing with Larry
in which he also stars. Super
Size Me
documentarian Morgan Spurlock continues to go in interesting
directions with The Greatest Movie Ever
which was financed entirely with product placement and finally, fresh
Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo tries his hand in directing with Sympathy for Delicious. You know what
else is tasty? Trailer Tracker.

 New trailers this week:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Mr. Poppers Penguins
Larry Crowne
The Greatest Movie Every Sold
Sympathy for Delicious


Captain America: The First Avenger

Right on the heels of news
that Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The
First Avenger
may undergo reshoots almost exactly four months before
release on July 22, is the feature trailer for the period origin story of the
titular superhero. What you make of the news regarding the film going back to production
notwithstanding, this full-length clip has certainly amped up this jaded
writer. Beginning with a scrawny, CGI altered Chris Evans being rejected for
military service to his eventual transformation to elite super soldier thanks
to some nifty top secret military tech, “Captain America” certainly seems to
offer some thrills. Of course there are nerd Easter eggs galore including a
mention of “Mr. Stark” (that would be Howard, not Tony), the first avenger
tossing his iconic shield and a brief appearance of Hugo Weaving as the
villainous Red Skull.


What seems to make this
superhero entry stand at least somewhat alone from others in the genre is its
WWII setting and overall period-piece feel. How for The Avengers Steve Rodgers will make it to present day remains to
be revealed but I’m simply thankful we’re headed in a different direction. In
addition to Weaving in the supporting cast, we also get first looks at Tommy Lee
Jones as
Chester Phillips and Stanley Tucci as scientist Abraham Erskine so that boost
of class should be cause for at least some level of confidence. Writers have
already been hired for a proposed sequel even before this films actual release,
so the studio must have at least some level of confidence behind their product.
And of course, expect a cameo appearance by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson),
though that would make him one old man come his present appearances in Iron Man and its sequel.


Mr. Popper’s Penguins

A plethora of big-name
comedians have passed through this adaptation of the kids book of the same
name since the project was proposed including Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Jack
Black. Jim Carrey ultimately stars in this tale about a businessman who
inherits six penguins that subsequently turn his professional life upside-down.
I am not familiar with the source material, nor am I sold on the trailer scene
featuring dancing CGI penguins, but I am
sold in the lead. Like his last name suggests, the funnyman is more than
capable of bolstering subpar material with his inherent gifts and the
interesting combination of director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday)
and raunchy writer Sean Anders (Sex Drive,
Hot Tub Time Machine) gives reason to
be optimistic at a minimum.

Larry Crowne

Not since 1996`s well-received That Thing You Do! Has Tom
Hanks sat in the director’s chair for a feature film, but now he’s back 15 years later with Larry Crowne, the
tale of a recently terminated man (Hanks) who goes back to college and
unexpectedly bonds with his fellow students and falls for his teacher played by
Julia Roberts. This film also marks the second collaboration between Hanks and
actress and writer Nia Vardalos after the former served as producer on the
mammothly successful My Big Fat Greek
. Vardalos is a writer here and is supposed to also have a small
role, though it has not yet been revealed. Overall, Larry Crowne looks like a pleasant enough tale about an oddball who
finds his way, and frankly, Hanks is always a pleasure to watch in dramatic

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Since the McDonald’s
expose´ Super Size Me made waves at the
awards and box office in 2004, documentarian Morgan Spurlock has more of less
been off the radar, at least prominently. The
Greatest Movie Ever Sold
brings the man back to the limelight after gaining
raves at Sundance in January.  “Sold,,
which takes its shots at product placement and advertising in film, is in
itself financed through such means (the film’s full title is Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie
Ever Sold
) and marks a continuation of the pseudo-documentary started by
films such as Exit through the Gift Shop.
I love this trailer and the premise looks hilarious so count this as one doc I
will actively seek out ASAP.

Sympathy for Delicious

Mark Ruffalo makes his direting debut in this somewhat spiritual film written by and starring Christopher Thornton, who is wheelchair bound. Thornton plays a paralyzed DJ who discovers that he has the power to heal all other but himself. Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis co-star. The subject matter of Sympathy for Delicious doesn’t exactly
spur me to sprint to the nearest theatre, but the talent involved is intriguing
and I’m interested in following the career of the rising star that is Ruffalo.


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