Trailer Blazer: 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Did the dazzling faux-Robert Altman dialogue between Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep, as they presented the director with his honorary Oscar on Sunday, whet your appetite for Altman’s new film? Check out the actual trailer for the movie, A Prairie Home Companion, due in June. The premise — Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show stages what may be its last broadcast — is ripe for a backstage farce featuring one of Altman’s trademark mega-ensembles, this one featuring Tomlin, Streep, Lindsay Lohan (!), Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Maya Rudolph (!!), and Virginia Madsen. All of them get face time in the trailer, with pride of place going to Streep and Harrelson as on-air performers. Altman has a real hit-and-miss track record with comedies (M*A*S*H and The Player: terrific; Ready-to-Wear: feh; Beyond Therapy: unwatchable), and there’s not enough in the clip to assure me that this one will actually be funny. Cross your fingers.

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  • Marc

    Can we get Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin to host the Oscars next year?

  • Todd

    Despite his less stellar movies, I will go see anything Robert Altman does. “The Long Goodbye” is one of my favorite movies and “Gosford Park” is absolutely amazing. Plus, if Streep and Tomlin are half as good as they were at the Oscars, it should be a winner.

  • jojo

    oh, boo! unless i totally missed it, i didn’t see Tommy Lee Jones in there at all!
    i think it looks fun! count me in!

  • mike

    I’ll wait for the reviews. The quality gap between Nashville and Short Cuts vs. Ready-to-wear is enormous.

  • Delon

    Who can afford to miss the opportunity to watch a stellar cast like this?!? Besides i love movies about the radio and i thought the trailer looked fun. I’ll see it on the opening day!

  • Jay

    Robert Altman is the best, but it absolutely pains me to think that I’ll actually be going to a movie that Linsay Lohan is in. Can any sane person honestly tell me that she deserves to share the screen with the likes of Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, John C. Reily, Lily Tomlin, etc? UGHHHHHHHHH.

  • Jay

    This is weird, but I just thought of something else. Linsay Lohan in this movie is like a weird looking scab on an otherwise beautiful piece of skin. Sorry.

  • Josh

    Jay, I am sane, and I say yes, give her a chance. If she sucks at a serious project, then we can bash her. But she may just surprise us once given a fair shot

  • Fatima

    SO Excited! I’m also upset that my friend and I were deemed, “Too young” to be extras in it when it filmed in minnesota this summer. Probably true though, not that many young people in the audience for that.

  • Amelia

    I’m so excited for this movie. I’m a little biased because I was an extra and have a wide array of stories from the filming. I hope the movie will be as fun as my experiences with it.

  • Jay

    Fair enough, I may have spoken too soon. I just won’t be holding my breath.

  • mack

    i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chelsi

    Hilarious movie and great jokes, but Meril Streep’s Minnesota accent was overdrawn and jolting. The true Minnesotans, Garrison Keilor and his regular crew (who played background roles), sounded natural, but Streep sounded like an East-Coaster immitating a Minnesota accent. Several other character attempted it too. I’m from Minnesota and we simply don’t sound like that. The Minnesota “accent” is over-rated in this movie

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