Trailer Parked: I am Legend, Interview

Hello boys and girls, once again it's time we take a peek at everyone's favorite part of going to the movies: coming attractions.

I Am Legend

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Will Smith

I've been reading about this project since I was a toddler, sucking down a stogie in my stroller and reading the Wall Street Journal (yes, I was Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Okay, maybe it hasn't been that long, but it's been a long time. Back when Arnold was still a legitimate action star, he tried getting this baby off the ground a few times (at one point with Sir Ridley Scott set to helm) but the budget kept going haywire.

Technology has caught up with cost and the price is a Will Smith actioner sure to be a box office behemoth when it's released this winter. I'm guessing $200 million, easy. This is a pretty damn good teaser. It sells the concept and you know there's a heck of a lot more to come. It opens with a shot of Will Smith in a tub, with an automatic rifle and a dog (further proof that dogs will always survive an apocalypse).

I'm not sure if this film will be staying true to Richard Matheson's novel and feature infected humans-turned vampires ... or if it will go the Omega Man route with mutant albino cannibals, but I have to imagine the basic concept is the same.

Watch the trailer here

Interview

Directed by: Steve Buscemi

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller

Now here's a little indie movie that I'm looking forward to. The trailer does a pretty good job trying to sell a movie nobody will go see (bonus points for using Noonday Underground's "Boy Like a Time Bomb" as a mood-setter). Steve Buscemi plays a journalist who covers serious topics like wars and politics but is stuck interviewing an actress, as played by Sienna Miller. They get off on the wrong foot, but one thing leads to another and they end up staying up late together chatting, drinking, flirting and spilling a secret or two. Most importantly, Buscemi gets to ask her honest questions like, "Why do you choose the most commercial crap out there?" Just once I'd like to see that question in say, a Nicholas Cage Access Hollywood interview.

The film clearly has a screenplay built for the stage (it looks like 90% of the movie takes place in an apartment) but I've always liked "stagey" movies like Oleanna and Tape. Let the dialogue flow, I say, and the dynamic here appears to be interesting enough. Maybe this year's Lost In Translation?

There's the whiff of a slight romance as Miller's movie star seems to fall for Buscemi's toothy smile. Hey, that's why they say, "Only in the movies ... "

Watch the trailer here

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Dre writes three times a week for Film.com, covering Movies and DVD with his Floridian flare. Oddly enough, he still likes the New York Yankees, a team mired in third place with a $200m payroll. E-mail him!


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