In August, Focus Features surprised many Oscar prognosticators by setting “Promised Land” for release on Dec. 28. The decision could make the new drama a major awards player, if only because of its pedigree: Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the screenplay (from a story by Dave Eggers) and Gus Van Sant directs. The first film co-written by Damon and a fellow actor that Van Sant directed was “Good Will Hunting.” (The pair, along with Casey Affleck, also collaborated on “Gerry,” but you can forget about that one for now.)
For those still not convinced of “Promised Land’s” Oscar bona fides, Focus has released a new trailer for the film that manages to both highlight the human drama and timeliness of its story. Damon stars as a natural gas company salesman who tries to convince the denizens of a rural town to sell their farms for the purposes of fracking. Some agree, but not Krasinski, playing a well-meaning farmer, nor Hal Holbrook’s wizened town elder, a role that many are marking for an Oscar nomination.
Whether “Promised Land” makes a big push for Oscar is obviously to be determined, but the film — which combines elements of “Good Will Hunting,” “Michael Clayton” and “Erin Brockovich” — should certainly be an audience favorite, especially if this new trailer is any indication. Watch above, or head over to Apple to check out “Promised Land” in HD.
Directed by Cameron Crowe, based on a true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.
The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church.
“Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Remember George Miller? Dr. (as in physician) George Miller, the director who brought you ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Babe,’ ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ and ‘Happy Feet’? Well, five years after he introduced dancing penguins to the world, he’s back with a ‘Happy Feet’ sequel titled, appropriately enough, ‘Happy Feet 2 in 3D.’ Set for a November 18 release, the film uses the voice talent of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (Pink) and Sofia Vergara. ‘Happy Feet’ charmed audiences of all ages with its story about the world of the Emperor Penguins — who find their soul mates through song — into which a penguin is born who cannot sing … But he could tap dance something fierce. The sequel takes the next logical step — the hero of the first film has a son who is dance shy. Warner Bros. has just released a teaser trailer — to coincide with the release of ‘Kung Fu Panda 2.’
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning hit Happy Feet Two finds tap-dancing penguin Mumble and his pals using their smooth moves to save the penguin nation. Mumble and Gloria (voice of Pink) have started a family of their own. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because tiny son Erik is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven — a penguin who can fly!! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures — from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right.
‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ starring Matt Damon as a congressman named David, is a sci-fi romantic drama based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. His co-star Emily Blunt plays a ballerina trying to get closer to David, but a secret organization behind the forces of time and space keep driving them apart.
On Feb. 11, both stars will be in the Moviefone Unscripted studio to answer your questions, as well as ask each other what they’ve been wondering.
Ask Damon how he prepared for playing a congressman, or if he enjoys big-budget action movies more than smaller, indie movies. Ask Blunt what the best part about working with Damon was and whether she did anything special to prepare for playing a ballerina. Ask them whatever you’d like!
Leave your question in the comments below, including your name and location. Then, check back here on Monday, Feb. 28, to see if Damon or Blunt answered your question!
‘The Adjustment Bureau’ premieres on March 4, 2011.
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