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The Heat trailer: A new brand of buddy-cop movie has arrived

(Video link) Sandra Bullock. Melissa McCarthy. From the director of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig. A buddy-cop comedy, and the cops are chicks. Goodbye and good riddance to at least one glass ceiling. And some of my money. (via Splitsider)

Documentary about 1970s northern California Star Trek conventions

Apropos yesterday's post about 1970s science fiction convention costumes, Strephon Taylor sez, "I just saw your post on the 1970's science fiction costumes. I made a documentary on the early northern California Star Trek conventions called "Back to Space-Con", it has a ton of costume footage, I think you will dig it. We have some of the earliest full sound film on the subject. We got contacted by the producers of Trek Nation for our convention footage! "

This feature-length documentary film tells the story of the 1970's Bay Area Sci-Fi conventions called Space-Con. Told by the original organizers and fans. Includes celebrity interviews, costume contests and over 40 minutes of rare convention footage. See the Federation Trading Post in Berkeley and very first Star Trek convention in San Francisco. A real treat for any Star Trek or Star Wars fan. Film stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, and many more.

BACK TO SPACE-CON Trailer B

Trailer for Tim Burton's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Here's a trailer for Tim Burton's forthcoming adaptation of the satirical horror novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Hard to tell how Burton will play it -- it will be tricky to maintain the relevance of the fact that the action hero is also Honest Abe without obliterating suspension of disbelief, since each reminder of this fact is a bit jarring in the context of a fun/funny horror romp.

Here's the Onion's Sean O'Neal's thoughts:

Adapted from the monster mash-up novel from Seth Grahame-Smith, the forthcoming film from Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton obviously gets fairly tongue-in-cheek with its alternate U.S. history—the kind the liberal-run schools are too afraid to teach you—but it's not like you’d necessarily know it from this teaser.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Trailer for Pixar's "Brave"

Pixar has posted the trailer for its next feature, "Brave," which opens in June 2012. I had a bit of a meh reaction to this, though I can't put my finger on why, precisely. I'm generally very fond of Pixar movies, for what it's worth (though "Cars" left me cold, and I never seemed to be able to enjoy "Wall-E" as much as other people). In any event, I'm sure I'll be seeing this, if only to bring Poesy out to a movie, something we both love.

Brave Trailer

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede - update on the movie

I wrote back in 2009 about the wonderful news that Bradley Denton's world-beatingly awesome comic novel Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede was to be adapted as a big-budget science fiction movie. I hadn't heard much since then, but today Brad wrote to say "now there's a revamped website as well as the just-released teaser trailer. It was produced by Molly Mayeux for Dahlia Street Films, written & directed by Robert Rugan, and stars Jon Heder as Oliver Vale."

For those of you unfamiliar with the book, the premise is a simple one: Oliver Vale (whose recently deceased mother instilled in him a healthy respect for Buddy Holly) is about to watch a John Wayne movie pulled in by his satellite dish when the transmission is interrupted by a shot of a young Bully Holly, standing in a bubble on an airless rock, holding a guitar. Holly reads a sign hanging from the camera in front of him, and it says, "For assistance, contact Oliver Vale." And then he reads out Oliver's home address.

That's weird, but what's weirder is that the Buddy Holly transmission (which, it transpires, is originating from the Jovian moon of Ganymede) is playing on every terrestrial, cable and satellite TV and radio station in the world. And lots of people are very upset with Oliver.

So he does what any self-respecting satellite repairman/Buddy Holly fan would do: he gets on his vintage motorcycle and sets off to Lubbock, Texas, where he plans on exhuming Holly's grave to ensure that his body is still mouldering in Earth's soil, not playing guitar in orbit around Jupiter. On the way, Oliver is pursued by all manner of bad guys: evangelicals, aliens, G-men and local law. It's a road-trip novel like no other, and it remains one of my all-time favorite books.

The paperback is long out of print (though there are many reasonably priced used copies on Amazon), but Denton was generous enough to Creative Commons license the text and stick it online.

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede

The Legend of Zelda: the 80s teen movie

Truly, words can not justify what you are about to witness, but I'll give it a whack anyway: A brilliant mashup trailer of 80s teen movie moments all smoothly tied together into a video game character love story. You're going to nostalgia so hard, you have no idea.

The details make it. And it's weighted down with them. Enjoy!

[Video link] Thanks for making me cry tears of joy, Dannel!

Wonderful trailers for B-movies that never existed

Jason sends us, "my former supervisor and friend Michael S. Deak's series of faux 50's and 60's trailers. He has worked in Special Makeup Effects for 30+ years and has appeared in many cheesy 80's horror classics as monsters/creatures. These trailers are his pet projects that he conceived and made on his own. They feature friends and colleagues, are made with lots of love and reflect his unique view of the entertainment industry and film appreciation."

Michael S Deak's YouTube channel (Thanks, Jason!)

Jane Austen + Fight Club = Regency excitement!

The answer to the tedium of Regency drawing rooms? Jane Austen's Fight Club, natch! "The first rule of fight club is one never mentions fight club."

Sara sez, "Made by my best friends, a bunch of mormon girls in Los Angeles, this film trailer is exactly what it sounds like. And it sounds like awesome."

Jane Austen's Fight Club (Thanks, Sara!)

Amazing student created trailer for Rendezvous with Rama

In 2001 Aaron Ross created a beautiful short film for Arthur C. Clarke's book Rendezvous with Rama, complete with stunning sound design by Andrew Halasz. Last year Vancouver Film School student Philip Mahoney took the film and added his own sound design to the film -- including a fantastic voice over -- to turn it into a trailer for a film. A film I would now really really like to see based on this trailer. Both versions are awesome and you can see them below. Philip Mahoney's remixed version: Aaron Ross's original version: Must Watch: Fan Made Rendezvous with Rama Movie Trailer!

Scott Pilgrim trailer

w00t! The first Scott Pilgrim movie trailer is online! I loved Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic (and can't wait for the final installments!), about a slacker who has to fight his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends. All the action is set in Toronto, my hometown, and they shot there too. The movie looks pretty faithful to the original material -- really looking forward to this.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (via Warren Ellis)

Luc Besson's steampunk movie

Here's the latest trailer for Luc Besson's forthcoming steampunk movie, "Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec." That's some heady stuff.

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec - 2nd teaser (Thanks, Xeni!)

Kick-Ass comic movie adaptation, with adolescent ninja girl

In this trailer for the film adaptation of the comic Kick-Ass (about a kid who decides to become a vigilante and hooks up with a superhero-crime-fighter Dad and his adolescent ninja daughter), the most balletic martial-arts gunplay is enacted by a small child. It's pretty odd watching, but the up-beat cover of the Banana Splits theme really makes it, if you ask me.

Kick-Ass-Red Band Hit Girl Teaser Trailer (via JWZ)