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Trailer Tracker: Crazy, Stupid, Love, Anonymous and more

Our featured trailer this week is a crazy, stupid one: Crazy, Stupid, Love that is, a dramedy starring soon-to-be-leaving-The Office­ Steve Carell along with Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore. We also have a period thriller about the truth behind Shakespeare’s work directed by Rolland Emerich … wait, let me check that … yes, ok the man who directed The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 is indeed taking on a dramatic offering about the origins of the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship.

Then, rounding out the top five trailers this week is the UFC-themed Warrior headlined by rising superstar Tom Hardy, the king of crazy Lars Von Trier’s latest Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland and finally the teaser for the Daniel Radcliffe-starring horror flick The Woman in Black. It don’t matter if you’re black or white, it’s Trailer Tracker.

 
New clips this week:
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Anonymous
Warrior
Melancholia
The Woman in Black

  

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Steve Carell has been a solid comedic force in film dating back to 2003 with his supporting role in Bruce Almighty and excluding some forays into more independent territory, he has thus far starred in an astounding seven $100 million-plus movies, roughly one per year. With his wildly successful stint as the clueless Michael Scott on the American update of The Office coming to an end, we should no doubt see the former Daily Show correspondent in a lot more big-screen fare. First, we have Crazy, Stupid, Love where he stars with Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei in this dramedy directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa who previously scribed Bad Santa and wrote/directed the Jim Carrey dark comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris just last year.

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In “Crazy, Stupid,” Carell stars as Cal Weaver, a man whose life is shaken when his wife (Moore) announces their marriage will be coming to an end. Devastated, he sulks in bars where he happens to meet a bona fide lady’s man (Gosling) who takes him up as a wingman and shows him the life he had been missing. Love, however, is a funny force and begins to make a mess of things (though possibly a good mess) for all those involved. It is difficult not to be excited for this movie based on the cast alone, featuring any number of up-and-comers and big name stars. Ficarra and Requa are purveyors of black comedy, though they for once do not serve as screenwriters here, which will be an interesting change of pace. Carell is a master at playing the innocent screwball with a big heart and as far as I’m concerned his charms have not gotten close to wearing off. Crazy, Stupid, Love churns things up on July 29.



Anonymous

No, it’s not a fast-tracked sequel to Liam Neeson’s hit Unknown though that would likely have been less odd. Anonymous is directed by the lord of the disaster movie, Rolland Emmerich, who’s most famous past effort was the mammoth smash Independence Day. After working with budgets arching far over the $100-million mark, he scales things down considerably with this period thriller starring Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who according to a belief carried by a group of scholars was the real scribe behind the many works of William Shakespeare. Known as the Oxfordian Theory, it suggests that masterpieces such as Hamlet and Macbeth were actually produced under a pseudonym. Emmerich has owned the rights to the script for some eight years, so he is passionate about the product. The story is fascinating to be certain, though it will come down to if this action director can successfully keep excess to a minimum.



Warrior

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, has exploded in recent years and stands as one of the most popular sports operating today. It was only a matter of time before the good ol’ Hollywood treatment came to fruition and now that time has come with Warrior. What quickly sheds any groans one might have regarding a film about this sport is co-lead Tom Hardy, soon to appear as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He is an incredibly talented thespian and he is one of the few versatile actors who could make a real character out of this particular octagon-warrior. Another fresh face in the form of Australian Joel Edgerton joins the cast as the brother of Hardy’s character. You may remember the man from more prolific roles such as King Arthur and Smokin Aces thought outside of prestige fare from Down Under (see the Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom as an example) supporting roles is all this man has yet been a part. 



Melancholia

You need only glance at a few films in director Lars Von Trier’s filmography, which include Dancer in the Dark and Antichrist, to know the man is one seriously disturbed individual. After self-proclaiming to bethe greatest director of all time in recent years, he returns with Melancholia, a pseudo-disaster film centered on two sisters who become increasingly distant from one another as the end of the world nears courtesy of a Worlds Collide­-style impact between Earth and another planet. In a statement as bizarre as Von Trier’s filmography, he stated that he considers all of his previous films to end happily, and that this will be the first with an unhappy ending. Ok then.



The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black is an upcoming supernatural thriller based on Susan Hill's hit novel of the same name and is a “remake” of the 1989 film. Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, stars as lawyer Arthur Kipps, a young counsel who travels to a remote village to close an estate where he encounters a vengeful spirit in black with a terrible secret. Radcliffe has not had much opportunity to stretch his thespian legs outside of that aforementioned blockbuster franchise, though he is certainly a talented young man and I think he can hold is own in an atmospheric creeper, as long people can get past his role as the famed wizard and focus more on the performance.



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