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Video: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Boyhood' in 'Potterhood' mock trailer

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Boys, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

About a week ago, Nelson Carvajal released Apehood, a mock trailer that essentially follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar, showing glimpses of him over the course of 18 years, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood trailer. In traditional mock trailer fashion, it borrows everything from the original: Family of the Year’s “Hero” as background music, the same style opening line (adjusted from human to ape), and even critical praise, quoting the same film critics’ reviews throughout the trailer.

Upon the release of Apehood, film writer David Ehrlich tweeted that this idea would have been better applied to the Harry Potter series.

Ehrlich’s wish is Slate‘s command. Taking a cue from The A.V. Club writer, Slate made Potterhood (below). It similarly uses the same music, opening line (if only slightly adjusted), and quotes from critics, all presented in a montage of Harry, Ron, and Hermione growing up onscreen. It all makes much more sense as Daniel Radcliffe & Co. literally grew up onscreen, just as Boyhood‘s Ellar Coltrane. So thank you, Ehrlich.

Potterhood ends with Mad Eye Moody saying, “It’s all very touching,” poking fun at the sentimental nature of the trailer. Perhaps it is, but you can’t deny it’s clever.


We need to talk about the jeans: Dissecting the 'Fifty Shades' trailer

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Turning E. L. James’ bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie has been 50 shades of complicated, with issues ranging from trying to find the perfect Christian Grey—Matt Bomer? Charlie Hunnam?—to deciding what the film should be rated. But after a large amount of teasing (which would infuriate Christian), the first trailer for the highly anticipated film has finally arrived. Starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as Christian, the trailer takes us into the couple’s first meeting, first kiss, and first, well, you know. So what do you say we dissect every inch of this trailer like we’re the dominant and it’s the submissive? (Too far?)

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'Veronica Mars' trailer: A closer look at the new faces, old friends... and Madison

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Ever since Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas put the Veronica Mars movie on Kickstarter last year, the fan reaction has been deafening. The duo set out to raise $2 million for the film and ended up with nearly triple that amount.

But what about the people who missed out on the three seasons of Veronica Mars in the first place? Will they need to binge-watch before the movie hits theaters on March 14, or can they go in blind and just enjoy the standalone story?

Thomas told Kickstarter backers in an October email that he was very encouraged by the reaction from non-VM fans at the film’s first test screening, and the brand-new trailer that arrived Thursday seems to have a good balance of inside jokes and crowd-pleasing action/suspense. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the TV show who needs a refresher (it has been seven years) or a newbie who doesn’t know Don Lamb from Dan Lamb, here is a closer look at all the non-Veronica faces that pop up in the trailer, in order of appearance:
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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Misleading trailers

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched Side Effects or Flight and don’t want them to be spoiled for you, stop reading now!

Not too long ago, my roommate and I decided to enjoy a Friday night in with nothing but some microwave popcorn and whatever we could find on On Demand. And after flipping through On Demand’s entire library, it seemed we would be spending the evening with Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law in Side Effects, which looked like some sort of psychological thriller. Let me refresh your memory. Here’s the trailer:

After watching the trailer, we felt sufficiently prepared for a psychological puzzle/love story. Too bad it actually ended up being less of a psychological puzzle and more of an average hoax movie. Not only did Tatum’s character die like 20 minutes into the movie — there goes my eye candy (Sorry, Jude) — but the thriller aspect of the film had nothing to do with drugs or anyone’s psychological problems but rather with super manipulative women. And to top it all off, the love story I ended up getting was between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rooney Mara? I don’t understand!

Maybe I wouldn’t have disliked the movie so much if going into it I had watched a trailer that adequately prepared me for what I was about to see. Let’s face it: A misleading trailer can ruin a movie, or, as was the case with Flight, it can just really throw you off.

Let me start by saying that I loved Flight. It was a great film. But, going into it, I expected a story about a respected pilot who was being falsely accused of alcohol abuse after he landed a plane that just about any other pilot would have crashed. Or perhaps he wasn’t being falsely accused at all, but regardless, I expected to be on his side. I was ready to cheer him on and scream “How dare they!” and “Show some respect! He was the only one who could’ve landed that plane!” at the screen. It also didn’t help that Denzel Washington played the pilot — how could you not root for Denzel?!

Instead, what I got was one of the most in-depth, frustrating, and powerful stories about addiction I had ever seen. I spent the entire film with my fists clinched as I watched Washington’s character give in to his addiction, therefore ruining his life. I did want to scream at the screen, but it had nothing to do with defending the man in front of me. I was in for much more of an emotional roller coaster than I had expected, all because the trailer hadn’t properly prepared me. Thanks a lot.

These are both pretty big examples of misleading trailers. Most of the time, the misleading elements are just one aspect of the trailer: It presents something as a comedy that is really a drama, or it shows every funny scene in the entire movie in the trailer, so you’re left with a not-very-funny film. Or, in my case, you’re left screaming at the man you came prepared to love, or you’re left with a lot of Jude Law when you were hoping for a lot of Channing Tatum.

Now it’s your turn! What are your trailer pet peeves? Have you ever been completely mislead by a film’s trailer?

About that surprise teaser at the end of 'The Wolverine'...

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Warning: Spoilers ahead!

If you have not seen The Wolverine and don’t want to ruin one of its best surprises, read no further…

Okay, now let’s get into it.
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'The Conjuring' commercials are freaking me out!

The incessant TV spots for The Conjuring (out July 19, if you can stay alive ’til then, which is not likely) have infiltrated my brain so thoroughly that I never want to sleep, light candles, or hang laundry again. And two out of three of those are major pastimes of mine! This is VERY inconvenient. I used to be so full of hope.

The evil geniuses promoting the movie seem to only air these at night — all night, on every channel — with the express purpose of freaking us the f— out. In case you’ve managed to escape these commercials (which would mean you haven’t turned on your TV this month — congrats), allow me to answer your burning questions.

What’s in my bed? Mosquitoes, plus “a dark force — something inhuman — which has latched itself to your family.”

Will I sleep tonight? No. There’s a “lady in a dirty nightgown” that you, too, will see in your dreams. She will likely “conjure” you out of the bed at 3, 4, and 6 a.m. so it might be best to just not. READ FULL STORY

'Austenland' trailer: Keri Russell hunts for her Mr. Darcy -- VIDEO

Jane Austen fans, rejoice. No longer must you watch countless film adaptations of the author’s work (even though Joe Wright got it … well, right). If you find yourself dreaming of inhabiting Austen’s worlds, then Austenland is the movie for you.

Instead of taking place in the 19th century, Austenland stars Keri Russell as a modern-day singleton looking for love at an Austen-themed resort. Also starring Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour, Austenland hearkens back to the golden age of rom-coms, when the genre was both romantic and comedic.

Check out the trailer for the Sundance hit, and make sure to share your thoughts below:
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'The Butler': The new trailer showcases Oscar-winning actors tackling history -- VIDEO

In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.

The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes the new trailer impossible not to make some snap judgements about the casting: Robin Williams as Ike! John Cusack as Tricky Dick! READ FULL STORY

Trailers often reveal too much about a movie. But what happens when they don't?

“Well, now I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie,” is an increasingly common complaint about movie trailers. Studios’ marketing strategy is frequently to lure viewers into the theater with a peek at a movie’s biggest fight sequence or most compelling twist, a promise of what people will see if they buy a ticket. But there are some trailers in recent years that have mastered the art of creating a sense of mystery and avoiding spoiling key surprise moments.

Speaking of spoilers, WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD for Oblivion, Looper, and Moon. READ FULL STORY

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