Trailers: Analog nostalgia! Watch the trailer for Garth Jennings’ "Son of Rambow" here (and here‘s our review of the film from last year’s Sundance Film Festival). Then watch the trailer for "Be Kind Rewind" here. Then watch Michel Gondry’s "sweded" version of that trailer, starring the director and his adorably incomprehensible accent in all of the parts, here. We enjoyed both films, though there are aspects of "Be Kind Rewind" that indicate that if it is somehow Gondry’s idea of a mainstream film, he’s even stranger than we’d ever have suspected.
One more â€” here, a trailer for Cao Hamburger’s "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," Brazil’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film and one of the nine on this year’s scandalous shortlist, though it didn’t get a nomination.
In the works: It’s now official â€” Guillermo del Toro is doing the "Hobbit"s. [Guardian]
Two days ago director Mark Romanek walked away from "The Wolfman," Universal’s remake of the iconic Lon Chaney film, only weeks before it was due to start shooting. [Hollywood Reporter] Now Harry Knowles is rumoring that the dreaded bogeyman of all message-board frequenting fanboys, Brett Ratner, will replace him. [Ain’t It Cool] Of the seven directors whose innovative short form work has been enshrined in the Directors Label DVDs, five have completed at least one feature. Romanek’s offering, "One Hour Photo," is the weakest. It’s also, visually, pretty impressive, and it’s a shame that he won’t be working on a larger-scale project with, presumably, a less irritating premise.
The next film from "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess will be "Gentlemen Broncos," and will star, in an eerie bit of slack-jawed partnership, "Flight of the Concords"’ Jemaine Clement (too easy, you say? We don’t cast ’em, we just report) as well as Michael Angarano and Sam Rockwell. The film, written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha, "follows a high school outcast who attends a camp for writers where his story gets ripped off by a legendary fantasy novelist." [Hollywood Reporter]
"The Last King of Scotland"’s Kevin Macdonald will direct biopic "Bobby Fischer Goes to War," about the prodigy’s 1972 victory World Chess Championship over Boris Spassky. [Variety]
Acquired: Because "Cassandra’s Dream" is doing so awesomely (?), the Weinstein Company has now also picked up Woody Allen’s next film, "Vicky Christina Barcelona." [Variety]
Nina Davenport’s documentary "Operation Filmmaker," about how Liev Schreiber brings an Iraqi film student onto the set of "Everything is Illuminated," and how things go wrong in all kinds of interesting ways, has been acquired by First Run/Icarus Films for a June 4th release. [indieWIRE]
+ Trailer: "Son of Rambow" (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: "Be Kind Rewind" (Apple)
+ Be Kind Rewind sweded trailer by Michel Gondry (YouTube)
+ Trailer: "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" (Yahoo)
+ Del Toro to take charge of The Hobbit (Guardian)
+ Director Romanek departs ‘Wolfman’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ UNIVERSAL – IF YOU LET RATNER DIRECT THE WOLF MAN YOU’LL DESERVE THE TURD YOU’LL END UP RELEASING ON SCREEN!!! (Ain’t It Cool)
+ Cast saddles up for ‘Broncos’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Macdonald to direct ‘Bobby Fischer’ (Variety)
+ TWC nabs rights to ‘Barcelona’ (Variety)
+ First Run/Icarus Takes on "Operation Filmmaker" (indieWIRE)