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Trailer Tracker: The Rum Diary, The Hunger Games and more

It may be the last official day of blockbuster season, but 2011 still has five more months to release more films. Our featured trailer this week, The Rum Diary stars Johnny Depp in an adaptation of the best-seller of the same name.

The Hunger
shows Jennifer Lawrence at her arrow-slinging best, followed by
acclaimed director Roman Polanski’s latest
starring four exceedingly talented individuals: Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz,
John C. Reilly
and Jodie Foster. Spy thriller The Double stars Richard Gere and Topher Grace as veteran and rookie agents tasked with bringing
down an assassin; a killer that may be closer than they think. There is double
the everything on Player Affinity —especially fun. It’s Trailer Tracker.

New clips this week:
The Rum Diary
The Hunger Games
The Double

The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp returns to the world of Hunter S. Thompson in the adaptation of The Rum Diary.  Depp plays Paul Kemp, a journalist sent to Puerto Rico to write for a newspaper. He discovers a fondness for rum, struggles with reaching middle age and falls for a
young beauty played by Amber Heard. Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and actor Richard Jenki
ns also star in this lavish and
star-studded endeavour. 


Hunter S. Thompson wrote
the 1961 novel 
The Rum Diary. Published in 1998, it drew attention from filmmakers in the early 2000s. Bruce Robertson
Jennifer Eight) directs and writes the film. A recovering alcoholic, Robertson fell under the influence once again after being struck
with writers block before eventually completing the script and returning to
sobriety; perhaps his state at the time of inception will give us a unique
insight into the mind of a boozer.
Rum Diary
 is in theatres October 28.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games also debuts this week. It is the first in a trilogy of books centering on a dystopian society where children from different districts in the
country Panem (formerly North America) are forced to compete in a gladiator-style death match. Jennifer Lawrence,
Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley
Tucci star among others in this Lionsgate pr
oduction. The setting is in
North Carolina. During the first part of the movie, we see Lawrence’s Katiniss charging through a besieged
forest before coolly firing an arrow. The first scene does not tell us much about the movie’s potential, however the cast and source material is enough to stay put.


Exiled auteur Roman Polanski assembles a cast of four in a modern adaptation of
stage play God of Carnage by French
playwright Yasmina Reza. Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster portray couples who discuss their
children’s recent scuffle on the playground with disastrous —but darkly
comedic — results. It is always difficult to turn one’s nose at a Polanski film. This has awards potential. Let’s see how it fares after its Venice Film Festival debut.

The Double

Richard Gere and Topher
Grace evoke the veteran/protégé subplot seen in In the Line of Fire, however The Double does do something different in saturating the trailer
with ample spoilers. I suspect there are a number of sub-twists in this
assassin-on-the-run tale. What appears to be the biggest turn is shown
mid-way through the clip. because I interested I am particularly interested in seeing this film because I like the cast. The Double will be released September 23.

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