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Hitchhiker's Guide Movie Teaser!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 4:08 PM

STIZO


Just found this:
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/topnews.php?id=7180

Now I have another release I have to agonizingly wait for. May 6,2005.

(y'know...the first time I watched it, I didn't even notice the giant "42" made out of stars at the top left of the screen)
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Saturday, November 13, 2004 5:05 PM

EMBERS


OMG! THAT is one hell of a trailer!

I hope Universal makes something equally outrageously over-the-top for 'Serenity'!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:42 PM

QUICKSAND


For those of you keeping score at home, that's:

04.22.05 -- Serenity

05.06.05 -- Hitchhiker's

05.19.05 -- Star Wars: Episode III

...................... so since there's no way I can start waiting in 3 lines at once, today, I'll just have to go about my business until April and hope for the best!!

*crosses fingers*




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Sunday, November 14, 2004 1:40 AM

MIDORI


Where in Hades is OUR TEASER??????!?!!!

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Monday, November 15, 2004 9:47 AM

BEENWITHAWARRIORWOMAN


Anyone else concerned by the giant stick of DISNEY coming off this project?

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Monday, November 15, 2004 12:09 PM

PRISCELLIE


Don't be so quick to judge! After all, Disney gave us "Pirates of the Caribbean."

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Monday, November 15, 2004 12:32 PM

BEENWITHAWARRIORWOMAN


Oooh! An excellent point. I forgot about that one.
All the same, it does worry me. It's kinda like Nickleback covering Stairway to Heaven... makes me nervous.
Benefit of doubt: check.

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Monday, November 15, 2004 2:03 PM

VETERAN

Don't squat with your spurs on.


I can't wait. If only Douglas Adams were still here to see it. Perhaps he's somewhere in a lounge with The King, viewing all of this on a big screen.

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Monday, November 15, 2004 2:17 PM

BARCLAY


We are keeping score at home, and just like Ralph Nader, we're keeping Episode III off the ballot for the sake of humanity... besides, who's going to have money left at that point anyways?

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 6:08 AM

UNCHARTEDOUTLAW


Awww, hell yeah!

-Taylor

The Uncharted Outlaw!
"You can get a lot further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word."
See my Firefly Store: http://www.cafepress.com/NorCalRiviera

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 11:05 AM

PHOENIXSHIP


Hate to be a Mr. Crabbybones here, but I don't know if I like the Hollywoodization coming through this teaser.

Personally, I have a real distaste for one-line promos (e.g. Armageddon, Die Hard, etc.) that are designed to catch the mediocre moviegoer's eye and "jazz up" a movie that is based on some extremely thoughtful and detailed books. It's going to mean a sanitized, generic version designed for the masses. Who's going to be in it? Mel Gibson as Zaphod, Josh Hartnell as Marvin, Madonna as Trillian?

I can't believe I'm saying this, because a bigscreen treatment has always sounded gratifying, but I think I'm going to end up preferring the shoestring PBS production, if only because it was so wacky and true to the tone of Douglas Adams' work.

I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt that Mr. Adams would have liked this turn of events, although I'm not sure why I think that...

"Why're you arguin' what's already been decided?"
Mal to Jayne, "Jaynestown"

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 12:09 PM

ZELDA


For what it's worth, the cast looks pretty darn exciting; check it out at IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371724/

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 12:34 PM

PHOENIXSHIP


Okay, that's cool. I am so out of the movie loop anymore. I don't know who any of these folks are, and I don't recognize any of their projects. Suddenly, I'm one of those people living under a rock.

I worked at a movie theater up until 1996, and I have not liked more than a few movies since then. I think I'm a little burned out, eh?

"Why're you arguin' what's already been decided?"
Mal to Jayne, "Jaynestown"

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 1:47 PM

STIZO


Quote:


I can't believe I'm saying this, because a bigscreen treatment has always sounded gratifying, but I think I'm going to end up preferring the shoestring PBS production, if only because it was so wacky and true to the tone of Douglas Adams' work.

I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt that Mr. Adams would have liked this turn of events, although I'm not sure why I think that...




Actually, the movie script/story was written by Adams before his death, and they apparently have made no major changes to it, so the tone of the movie will be in true Adams style. The movie will be what he intended.

More info can be found here:
http://douglasadams.se/movie/

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 2:01 PM

PHOENIXSHIP


That's great... I remember reading some stuff written about him after his last book in the series (which I won't spoil here). It was pretty (spoiler), so I guess I got the opinion that Douglas was (spoiler) about the whole series. Had you heard any of that?

"Why're you arguin' what's already been decided?"
Mal to Jayne, "Jaynestown"

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 3:33 PM

QUICKSAND


I have one nitpicky thing about the Hitchhikers Teaser: the words "Don't Panic."

Would you describe these letters as "large and friendly?" I wouldn't. It's a recurring theme in the book. And I will re-read the book many times, regardless of whether or not the movie is good.

Hope: the movie is directed by Garth Jennings, who has directed some of the more interesting music videos you may or may not have seen (also commercials). R.E.M's video for "Imitation of Life" always sticks out in my head, if only because I know this means Jennings knows how to place actors, not just point the camera at them and fill in effects later, like every other Hollywood director.

I also read the blog of the guy who finished up the screenplay (I forget his name, but he wrote "Chicken Run"), and I'm optimistic. Which is good, because if they had gone with the director of "Austin Powers" for this thing, I'd have killed people.

Party on, Garth.


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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 3:34 PM

QUICKSAND


Quote:

Originally posted by Barclay:
We are keeping score at home, and just like Ralph Nader, we're keeping Episode III off the ballot for the sake of humanity... besides, who's going to have money left at that point anyways?



So, um, would that make George W. Bush a "Phantom Menace" or an "Attack of the Clones?"

XOXO
(qs)

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Thursday, November 18, 2004 7:06 AM

PHOENIXSHIP


Quote:

Originally posted by Quicksand:
I have one nitpicky thing about the Hitchhikers Teaser: the words "Don't Panic."

Would you describe these letters as "large and friendly?" I wouldn't. It's a recurring theme in the book. And I will re-read the book many times, regardless of whether or not the movie is good.



That's something I hadn't thought of (nice catch!), but it does support the point that fine details and subtleties are often lost in a big production. Can you imagine a movie executive saying: "That's a good trailer, but let's make it a little less dramatic. Those words should be friendlier."?

And I don't know much about Garth Jennings, but is a director known for 30 second commercials and ADD music videos (maybe I'm not being completely fair here...) really going to be able to tell a two hour saga?

"Why're you arguin' what's already been decided?"
Mal to Jayne, "Jaynestown"

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Thursday, November 18, 2004 6:47 PM

QUICKSAND


Well, it IS an unfair presumption to use the phrase "ADD Music Videos," as if they're all the equivalent of People Magazine. Sure, most of them aren't very good, but the truly groundbreaking ones hopefully knocked you out of your chair they way they did me-- Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," and definitely Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity." That's some damn clever stuff, as opposed to the glorified photo shoots we're used to seeing (see: every Britney video, ever)

Does this mean a music video director can make the transition to film? Not generally-- for every Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry, there are 20 guys/girls out there who just plain suck (Bulletproof Monk, anyone?). But the ones who DO make it through, tend to rock my socks. Jonze, Gondry, Fincher, and apparently Jonathon Glazer (Virtual Insanity, then later "Sexy Beast" and now "Birth") is effing loco as well. Good stuff.

Visual creativity, understanding of the script, how to tell a STORY (which most music videos don't do), and what to do with actors. If a director can pull that off, we're in good shape.

Unfortunately, I'm not media savvy enough to figure out how to do a search for "Hammer and Tongs," Jennings' music video nom de plume. But it was all good stuff. Really. He never even stooped to doing a Britney video or anything.

/qs/

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Friday, November 19, 2004 2:33 AM

FIREFLOOZYSUZIE


OK, I'm looking forward to the movie but I have to admit that the tone of the trailer isn't what I expected. Took me awhile to track down a photo of the guy who's playing Arthur Dent also.

Now, do I have this straight: He's that sweet guy from Love Actually who stands in for a porn actor and ends up engaged to his female counterpart?

He seems a likely actor to play Dent. Okay.

But I am now rather worried that Hitchhiker will turn up in theaters all...Disneyfied

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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:36 AM

BERNADETTE


Suzie, Martin was also in The Office, a FANTASTIC british comedy on BBC America.

Bernie

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Friday, November 19, 2004 5:41 AM

FIREFLOOZYSUZIE


I've heard good things about The Office, but haven't yet seen it. Guess I can put it on my Netflix list these days, right?

(Is it anything like the American "Office Space" film?)

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Friday, November 19, 2004 10:51 AM

ZELDA


Only sort of. I've only seen the first couple of episodes of the Office, but it's done in a mockumentary style (think more Spinal Tap) - really painful, yet really funny. This guy plays one of two co-workers who are forced to share adjacent desks. The other guy is the insufferable office suck-up, and he's the person who's perfected the art of annoying the bejeezus out of said suck up without really doing anything you can call him on.

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Friday, November 19, 2004 12:17 PM

HJERMSTED


Quote:

Originally posted by Quicksand:
For those of you keeping score at home, that's:

04.22.05 -- Serenity

05.06.05 -- Hitchhiker's

05.19.05 -- Star Wars: Episode III

...................... so since there's no way I can start waiting in 3 lines at once, today, I'll just have to go about my business until April and hope for the best!!

*crosses fingers*




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Here's the "can't wait!" list that I have on my whiteboard here at work:

12.08.04 Blade: Trinity
01.05.05 Alias 4.0 season premiere
01.14.05 Elektra
02.01.05 Wonderfalls dvd release
04.01.05 Sin City
04.22.05 Serenity
05.06.05 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
??.??.05 Fantastic Four

2005 is going to be a fun year to geek out.

mattro

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Friday, November 19, 2004 4:44 PM

SERENITYVALLEY


YAY!

Look who's playing the hollogram!!!!!!
The REAL Arthur Dent, Simon Jones!
I tell you, this movie would not be as good without a cameo from Simon Jones. Whoohoo!

http://www.simple-assault.com/Firefly.htm

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Saturday, November 20, 2004 11:36 AM

QUICKSAND


Quote:

Originally posted by Hjermsted:
Here's the "can't wait!" list that I have on my whiteboard here at work:

12.08.04 Blade: Trinity
01.05.05 Alias 4.0 season premiere
01.14.05 Elektra
02.01.05 Wonderfalls dvd release
04.01.05 Sin City
04.22.05 Serenity
05.06.05 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
??.??.05 Fantastic Four

2005 is going to be a fun year to geek out.

mattro



Good list, but I think we can safely cross out "Elektra," unless you're only going to see it for the Serenity trailer. I mean, c'mon, "Daredevil" was awful enough.

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Saturday, November 20, 2004 12:19 PM

EBONEZER


Quote:

Originally posted by Quicksand:
I have one nitpicky thing about the Hitchhikers Teaser: the words "Don't Panic."

Would you describe these letters as "large and friendly?" I wouldn't. It's a recurring theme in the book. And I will re-read the book many times, regardless of whether or not the movie is good.




Hehe. Yeah, I think you're right. I also seem to remember mention of the letters being red.

I'm totaly excited about this movie, and I LOVE the books, I actually brought them up to make a worthwhile point in AP European History yesterday, and I really want to pull one of the "excerts" from the guide to use as a monologe for theater (I'm thinking the one about towels).



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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:35 PM

QUICKSAND


I think I actually did that back in high school-- I needed a non-movie scene for an assignment, and used the scene where Arthur and Ford first wake up on the Vogon ship. Arthur is terrified-- Ford is just hungover.

Of course, my high school class had NO idea what was going on, and I think my decision to use a tape-recorder to stand in for the Guide kind of brought the scene to a screeching halt.

STILL... it's funny, if you know your audience.

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