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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.