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Uh, no…

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It’s fanmade trailer posted to YouTube on October 19, 2007… which you wouldn’t know if you just looked at the embed on The Wrap website. Internet 101, guys.
Of course, compared to Bill Wyman catching one of Nikki Finke’s infamously self-serving overwrites… I guess dumb is better than malicious.

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21 Responses to “Uh, no…”

  1. mutinyco says:

    – “…and when there was no meat, we ate fowl and when there was no fowl, we ate crawdad, and when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand.”
    – “You ate what?”
    – “We ate sand.”
    – “You ate sand?”
    – “That’s right.”

  2. Biscuits says:

    Wait a minute, am I reading that right? Are you calling Wyman malicious for going after Finke? I thought the enemies of your enemies were supposed to be your friends…

  3. David Poland says:

    No… saying that Finke, in changing her content to continue to press the case that she was right and Patrick was wrong – over fucking nothing, right? – was malicious… and the mistake at The Wrap was just dumb.

  4. Biscuits says:

    Assumed that was the case. Not to get all subject/predicate on you but the “compared to Bill Wyman” wording threw me off. But you are right of course — malicious is exponentially worse than dumb.

  5. bluelouboyle says:

    So when are we going to see a trailer for Avatar??

  6. Monco says:

    I hope pretty soon. This is my most anticipated movie of the year. This movie is seven months away, I think we should have at least some moving frames of footage by now. Since this movie’s 3D is suppose to change the world, Cameron will probably want the trailer to be in front of a 3D feature, Up would make sense in that case.

  7. hcat says:

    I still think they will end up pushing back the release date.

  8. Wrecktum says:

    Who the hell is Sam Worthington and why is he suddenly a giant star starring in all these giant movies? Terminator 4, Avatar, Clash of the Titans…never even heard of him and now he’s an A-lister????

  9. storymark says:

    I saw Worthington is some giant Crockodile movie, and that’s it. He was decent in it, but I would have pegged him as the next media-created star.

  10. Wrecktum says:

    I preferred it when he used to hang with his dog Spot.

  11. LexG says:

    Sam Worthington also was in the running for James Bond, apparently. Yeah, no idea what he’s “famous” for or how he captured the attention of all these A-list directors and projects… I’m assuming he’s some British TV star that NO ONE in the states knows.
    To me he’s just like a duller version of Jim Sturgess.
    Though he has a long way to go before matching James McAvoy or our very own Bradley Cooper as the most unsolicited, “somebody really wants this guy to be a star but audiences don’t know who he even is” *movie star.*

  12. Wrecktum says:

    It’s like Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell all over again. Stop the madness.

  13. Dr Wally says:

    “I still think they will end up pushing back the release date.”
    Me too, the longer we go without seeing any images or a trailer, the more i think that this will be bumped to Summer’10. One factor that no-one has commented on yet is that Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol will have a lock on the IMAX screens over the festive weeks.
    “It’s like Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell all over again. Stop the madness.”
    Colin Farrell actually has the chops, though. And Mcconaughey used to before he grasped the romantic comedy dollar.

  14. Wrecktum says:

    Yeah, a move to summer ain’t a bad idea. Fox only has one film dated for summer ’10 right now: The A-Team. Two others, Gulliver’s Travels (with Jack Black) and Predators (sigh) are pencilled in. Looks like they need a tentpole, stat!

  15. hcat says:

    and thats if they can even get the A-Team off the ground, they have been trying to get that property made for the last decade. Has a cast been announced? I used to look forward to Fox movies especially their summer action movies, but I think the Simpson’s movie was the last one of theirs I saw.

  16. *insert Aussie patriotism*
    Worthington is quite a decent actor in from movies such as Somersault (with Abbie Cornish for which he won an “Australian Oscar”) and Bootmen (nominated). He was cast in Avatar and Cameron then suggested him to McG for Terminator 4.
    “It’s like Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell all over again. Stop the madness.”
    I think Avatar is a bit different to SWAT, right?

  17. hcat says:

    Bootmen was the dancing- lets put on a show- movie right? I can’t beleive that was nominated for anything, it was one of the most ridiculous movies I have ever seen. They put on this big dance show for the town but the stage is located on the floor, noone but the first two rows would have been able to see any of the dancing.
    This is not to put down Aussie filmmaking, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Somersault and it is on my rental to do list (Abbie Cornish is a cute little thing and I would love to see her in more stuff).

  18. leahnz says:

    barring a major meltdown ‘avatar’ will release on time, a small army working all day, every day is seeing to it. can’t you hear the CPUs humming?
    re: worthington, i think his appeal at the mo is that he’s an unknown but gifted actor with presence and intensity, but he’s also quite nondescript and plain, perfect for playing that ‘every man’ convincingly (i don’t quite see how this theory translates for perseus in ‘titans’, tho, perhaps they’re going a different route from the ‘pretty hamlin perseus’ of my girlhood)

  19. Stella's Boy says:

    Rogue is a fun Saturday night flick and Worthington is fine in it, though the role is one-dimensional. I think he’s great in Somersault though, as is Cornish, and it’s a good little movie.

  20. Spoilers for Rogue if you even care:
    Considering Worthington’s character dies quite early on and that the movie itself is about a killer crocodile I think it’s safe to say that multi-dimensional characters were not at the forefront of his mind.
    Er, end spoilers.
    Somersault is quite good though and it’s proof that there is a reason why Cornish and Worthington have had these “next big thing” tags thrust upon them like so.

  21. Stella's Boy says:

    I thought his role was small in Rogue, but I wasn’t positive. It’s one of those movies I enjoyed for what it is and then pretty much totally forgot by the next day.

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