Trailer Blazer: 'Factory Girl,' 'Rocky Balboa,' 'Zodiac'

93449__girl_lFactory Girl (Dec. 29) Is this a Guy Pearce movie (pictured, right, as Andy Warhol) or a Sienna Miller movie (left, as Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick)? From the title, I’m thinking it’s supposed to be Miller’s, but I find Pearce’s transformation utterly disturbing captivating. Hayden Christensen is looking rather yummy as the folk singer who comes between them. And wait, is that Jimmy Fallon? Yes! He’s alive! One gripe: you gotta be careful when you’re dealing with actors using accents. I’m sure Hayden sounds fine in the context of the film, but when you slice together quick jabs of dialogue for the trailer — "You’re a prop to him. You’re disposable. Baby, he’s gonna kill you!" — he sounds kinda sucky.

Rocky Balboa (Dec. 22) I’ve already established myself as a fan, so unlike most of you, I only laugh during this when we’re actually supposed to. Yes, it would’ve been better if this film had been made 10 years ago, when Rocky could’ve just been 20 years older than his opponent, Mason "The Line" Dixon, rather than 30. But come on, don’t we all want something, anything, to erase the memory of Rocky V? (Anyone else catch Spike TV’s "Rocky Bal-Blowout" last Sunday? Even they only showed I through IV.)

Zodiac (March 2, 2007) I know nothing about the Zodiac killer, but I do know that this movie isn’t going to be your typical, dark, whodunit fare because a) it costars Robert Downey, Jr. and b) three quarters of the way through the trailer, the music turns almost happy (?), which strongly implies that this is a character-driven film. The character going for the ride is apparently a cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who tries to aid in the investigation. On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Dermot Mulroney (who we only see in the credits) for scoring outside of the chick-flick arena. And welcome back, Anthony Edwards. Nice to see you.

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  • Lora

    Is Christensen supposed to be Bob Dylan?

  • Ceballos

    I love Guy Pearce, and he looks like he’s great in this.
    On a related note, I’m believe I’ll go ahead and start my new mission of integrating the phrase “You’re the boss, apple sauce” into my every day interactions with people

  • Ep Sato

    As much as the Contender brought back interest in boxing, it just doesn’t feel like Sylvester’s got the eye of the tiger anymore. Maybe it’s because he’s almost 60?

  • Jack Fear

    The Christensen character is pretty clearly a stand-in for Bob Dylan, but according to the IMDb he’s called “Billy Quinn” in the film (as in “Quinn The Eskimo”?), presumably to avoid a lawsuit.

  • GML

    Hayden Christensen’s line delivery of that scene, even for those few seconds, conveyed a sense of fear in losing a loved one and the hopelessness in not being able to avoid it. It was intense without being over the top. I liked it.

  • Brian

    I am looking forward to Rocky. It is Stallone doing what he does best. Hopefully the studio stays out of it. They butchered what Stallone wanted. He thought to kill of Rocky, instead the studios killed off the franchise.
    Plus knowing that the fights were shot for real and not special effects makes me want to see it that much more.

  • Brian

    Oh, and that apple sauce line is great.

  • Ender

    I had the good fortune of working on Rocky Balboa in Philly (as a stand-in for Burt Young… and no, I’m not ugly) and the whole shoot had a relaxed, indie vibe to it. Got to work one on one with Sly a few times (a career highlight) as he directed a few scenes we did together (with me as Fake Paulie). I felt from the beginning (Jan. and Feb.) that this was going to be better than most Rocky fans thought it would be and way beyond the expectations of most regular moviegoers. Go Rocky! Rule Xmas weekend!

  • Nicole

    I am extremely excited for Zodiac. David Fincher is one of my favourite directors and the cast is unbelievable. I cannot express how much I’ve been anticipating this movie, and the trailer was fantastic!! Thanks so much for posting this.

  • Lori

    I can’t wait for Rocky! Mandi, my friends all make fun of me because I love Sly, but this clip looks great. And I think it’ll be all the more poignant because he is so old – that’s the point! How can he lose with that great old riff behind him??

  • JT

    I am looking forward to this movie although hesitant that it will revolve too much around a love story and avoid scrutinizing Guy Pearce’s (apparently) brilliant performance emmulating Warhol.
    What a waste if the former….

  • Joel

    Rocky looks hilariously bad but I may watch it. I like the look of Factory Girl, but I’m going to wait for the DVD.

  • Mike

    Hey, I just got the Factory Girl DVD on imoovie dot com for a cheap price and free shipping too! It’s totally worth checking out!

  • Charborg

    hey I lovvvee factory girl I think its amazing. but i was wondering if anyone knows the song playing during the credits with the interviews and pictures showing? please let me know if you do.

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