Will We Have Rainbows, Day After Day? Five Trailers You May Not Have Seen This Week
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Will We Have Rainbows, Day After Day? Five Trailers You May Not Have Seen This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | December 16, 2012 | Comments ()


I find the Important Stuff so you don't have to.

5. AMC Released a Moody "Bates Motel" Trailer/Featurette.

I wasn't sure from the description whether this new series--a look at who Psycho's Norman Bates might have been during his childhood and teenaged years--would be worth a look; this preview has done its job of piquing my curiosity. After the sufficiently creepy music and a few scenes, the trailer morphs to a behind the scenes look with some of the actors: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Mike Vogel and Olivia Cooke, along with co-showrunner, Carlton Cuse ("Lost"). Just a note--it might be a little much to watch if you're still reeling from Friday's events.

4. Follow that Darkness with a Hearty Laugh at Stephen Colbert's "Breaking Abbey."

Just brilliant. I don't know how Colbert managed it, but he got cast members Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Rob James-Collier to star in this "Downton Abbey/Breaking Bad" mash-up, which features a surprisingly funny Mark Consuelos. There's nothing more to be said, except "Watch it!" And then, "Again!"

3. From Pedro Almodóvar, Here's the First I'm So Excited Teaser.



Almodóvar is following up his dark and twisted The Skin I Live In (if you haven't watched that yet, kick yourself very hard, and then get to it!) with "light comedy"--a very wise move. I'm So Excited stars the director's muse, Penelope Cruz, as well as Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Aré­valo, Car­los Are­ces, Anto­nio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Ángel Sil­vestre, and Blanca Suárez. Why so many people, you may wonder? Well, the only information we have about the film is that most of it takes place on a plane, just after an emergency landing. Que sera, sera--I love Almodóvar.

2. To Satisfy Your British RomCom Fetish, Here's the I Give It a Year Trailer.

From Sacha Baron Cohen's writing partner, Dan Mazer (Borat, Brüno), comes this comedic study of a newlywed couple's first year. Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne play "mismatched pair" Nat and Josh, who are surrounded by helpful friends: Stephen Merchant, Anna Farris, Minnie Driver, Simon Baker and Jason Flemyng. If you're going to take a chance on comedy, I say, make it a Brit(ish one).

1. And Back Down the Rabbit Hole We Go: Here's the Final Zero Dark Thirty Trailer.

When first I heard of this film story behind the capture of Bin Laden, I couldn't imagine wanting to see it--but the magic of Kathryn Bigelow has changed my mind. With each trailer, I'm more intrigued. I still have my copy of Vanity Fair's account of the final hours before capture to read before I see it, and then off I shall go. Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton and Kyle Chandler; it's out in limited release December 19th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is watching "Breaking Abbey" on a loop.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Bodhi

    I laughed so hard at Breaking Abbey that I woke up my son in the other room. And it was SO worth having to settle the kid back down

  • Amanda

    I Give It a Year looks brilliant! When Driver says, "I'd RUIN Bieber.", I howled. :)

  • duckandcover

    "Soon, Downton will be kicking it with mad bitches and Benjamins."


    * = this is not to say that The Colbert Report isn't flawless as well.

  • Strand

    His mother addresses him as 'Norman Bates'?

    Is there any reason why I shouldn't write this off as a wannabe Dexter? I was under the impression that it was set in the 50s or something so it would have the retro thing in its favour but no... 2012. It's essentially a high school reboot of Psycho.

  • BlackRabbit

    You've never had your mom use the "full name so you know you're in trouble" bit?

  • Strand

    If it was used in that context, I wouldn't have even noticed. Instead, it's some weird "that's our hotel, Norman Bates!" which just comes off as weird.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oh man, if she used our middle names, we would start cowering in anticipation.

  • Oh holy everything that Breaking Abbey thing had me in tears. I had to rewind and hear him say "YOU MOTHERFUCKER!" about 5 times in a row. Genius!

  • PDamian

    I kept replaying the part where Thomas blows the tea off the tray when Carson comes in. Too cute!

  • duckandcover

    That was the cherry on that flawless sundae.

    Also, Rob James-Collier for Christmas pls.

  • e jerry powell

    I am reading so much gay in the I'm So Excited trailer that I think I caught wood.

    I love it when Pedro makes even brief moments of over-the-top gay. I only wish that Rossy de Palma was still hanging around with the gang.

  • Three_nineteen

    Everyone should have already seen "Breaking Abbey", because everyone should be watching The Colbert Report. That episode also included a lively interview with Sister Simone Campbell about the human condition. At the end, Mavis Staples and Sean Lennon sang "Happy Xmas", which should help clear the minds of anyone who sat through "Wonderful Christmastime" on SNL. In fact, every show this week had great music - my favorite was Colbert singing "Good King Wenceslas" with Michael Stipe and Mandy Patinkin.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Wencelas was my favorite of the carols too...have to download that one. And I love Colbert for having Sr. Campbell on the show again - what a delightful woman.

  • Scottieboy

    I'm So Excited looks incredible. And when did Javier Camara get so hot? He was the fat creepy one in Talk to Her, and now he's definitely do-able.

  • Natallica

    That salt and pepper beard works wonders. He also played the doofus sidekick in "Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley", and he wasn't precisely a looker there either: http://www.galeon.com/javierca...

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