Trailer Weekend: Fockers, RED, Social Network, more

There was so much to put into Trailer Wednesday this week that I decided to hold it all for the weekend and blow your minds with TRAILER WEEKEND, which will feature SIX movie trailers for upcoming films, most of which we won’t see until this fall.

Little Fockers

You’ve met the parents, you’ve met the Fockers; now it’s time to meet the Focker children. Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller are back as the eternally incompatible father and son-in-law. This time it’s Gaylord’s (Stiller) parenting skills that are being called into question by his retired CIA father-in-law Jack Byrnes in this minute-long half-teaser half-trailer. The in-laws are in for Christmas and there’s bound to be some shenanigans, two of which are revealed in the trailer. Joining the cast are Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel and Jessica Alba as a rep for an erectile dysfunction drug that ends up in the wrong hands.


Name me one thing sexier than Helen Mirren with a machine gun. Boom, you’re stumped. “RED” aka Retired Extremely Dangerous is based on the DC comic and stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren as ex-CIA agents with varying degrees of success adjusting to retirement. The film looks to be the most promising film Summit Entertainment has ever made for non-Twilight fans and the premise will welcome in audiences of all (appropriate) ages. Mark this one down for October.

The Social Network

If this movie already has a built-in fan base by virtue of the fact that people on Facebook will be interested in it, you could be looking at one of the highest-grossing plain old dramas in a long time. This teaser is just enough to get even the most casual Facebook users interested. As far as socially relevant, accessible material goes, this “Facebook movie” can’t be beat. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, Academy Award nominee David Fincher directs with a script by esteemed writer Aaron Sorkin. Jesse Eisenberg stars.

Paranormal Activity 2

You may not have seen the last scene coming in the first movie, but you had to see this sequel coming. Last year’s low-budget horror phenomenon made such a box office splash for costing next to nothing, so a sequel was bound to find its way to theaters in short order. Such is the case in this teaser which features footage from the first film and some shots of the new one. A dog and a baby are involved this time, which I suppose is a natural step forward considering this film wouldn’t ever have gotten a sequel if it didn’t become a hit.

Let Me In

I tend to both cringe and smile when Hollywood remakes a critically acclaimed foreign film. “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves is in charge of this remake of the Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In.” The film stars child actors Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) and all-the-rage actress Chloe Moretz (“Kick-Ass”). Richard Jenkins also stars. The reason for both emotions is a.) they’re bound to change something in the original thinking it will “appeal more to American audiences” which is not true, yet b.) at least ignorant Americans who don’t watch foreign films will be exposed to a great film concept that might not otherwise have seen. From the looks of the trailer, it looks like Reeves has at least captured the mood of the original.


We brought you the abstract teaser trailer for this animated film from Pirates of the Caribbean films director Gore Verbinski a couple weeks back, but the full one is finally out as we have a look at the lizard himself played by Johnny Depp. He kind of looks inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, but that could just be the fact that this takes place in the desert. Desert animals have thus far been ignored in the animation world, so I welcome this try from Verbinski’s Blind Wink and Nickelodeon Films. The animation looks pretty unique and this could be the most artsy animated film not attached to Pixar.


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