Trailer Blazer: 'Charlotte's Web,' 'Ant Bully,' and more

95051__web_lThe Ant Bully (July 28): Anybody else feeling like they’ve seen one too many animated movie ads in the last couple months? (Don’t all answer at once!) Nonetheless, I’ve got to admit Ant Bully looks a little more intriguing than the competition. Not sure if it’s the presence of Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, and Julia Roberts, or just the fact that, well, ants are inherently fascinating.

The Night Listener (Aug. 4): In all honesty, I’d probably have gone to see Just My Luck if it had counted Toni Collette, Bobby Canavale, and Sandra Oh, among its cast, but thankfully, all three ended up in this big-screen adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s best-seller instead. This Robin Williams vehicle looks like an intelligent chiller, and its DJ-in-peril theme conjures up the night terrors I got watching 1971”s Play Misty for Me on cable as a kid. (Who knew Lucille Bluth could be so scary?)

The Groomsmen (TBD): Call me a meany, but the trailer for Ed Burns’ latest macho-dudes-have-feelings-too flick makes me wonder if I could get away with writing the same blog item over and over and over, and just giving it a different title. Then again, maybe Burns could pique my interest by hiring costar Brittany Murphy to cut the soundtrack. It couldn’t hurt.

Charlotte’s Web (Christmas) Yeah, Babe‘s been here and done this, but having grown up with E. B. White’s classic, and seeing that the film stars the most powerful woman in Hollywood (Dakota Fanning, pictured), I think we can make room for the new piglet on the block. In other words, I’m already choked up. You?

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  • Zack

    Charlotte’s Web with Dakota Fanning as Fern will be T-double-e-double-r-double-i-double-f-double-i-double-c-c-c.

  • Will

    I recently reread Charlotte’s Web and was moved all over again by its quiet, profound lessons on friendship and selflessness.
    And I go to thinking about the upcoming screen version. And I thought, “This story is timeless. Please, please, let the creative team have the wisdom to do right by the source material. Please, PLEASE no f a r t jokes.”
    And here we have the film’s first trailer. And here we have our first Charlotte’s Web f a r t joke. Right out of the barnyard gate.
    In the name of E.B. White, why?

  • tara

    That trailer for Charlotte’s Web was awesome. I got a little misty.

  • Josh

    So Ant Bully might end up hilarious, but what is it with ants? The leads in A Bug’s Life are ants, and then there was Antz….

  • Eric

    Doesn’t anyone else think the spider is just a little too creepy? I mean in a book you don’t have to actually see it, and in an animated film you can make it all pink and eyelashes. But in a live action that thing was just too big and to freakin spidery!

  • Joe C

    If I go to see Charlotte’s Web in the theater, I am going to want my own row so no one can see this not-so-young-dude bawling when, ah if you read the book/saw the movie, you know.

  • Martha

    Very excited to take my little girl to see Charlotte’s Web at Christmas…doubly so if it doesn’t include any catchy songs that lodge in her head for months afterward, and the spider doesn’t give me nightmares for months afterward.

  • allan

    hmmmm….”this christmas help is coming from above” and a narrator cooing “what if it was your purpose in life to save another?” featuring a character who devotes her life to ensuring that another will never die. tell me if that doesn’t smack you over the head with christian morals and ideals. oh mel, what hast thou wrought?

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