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The Aw Factor December 11, 2009

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If you, like so many others, found yourself tearing up during March of the Penguins then expect to do the same when you see Babies.

The film, set to be released next year and directed by Thomas Balmes, follows the first year in the lives of four infants growing up in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo.

The trailer unleashes ridiculous amounts of cuteness on us, from the babies banging their rocks and getting into a fight over a bottle, to the Tokyo baby’s bath being invaded by a goat.

And it scores bonus points for using The Perpetual Self, Or ‘What Would Saul Alinsky Do?’ by Sufjan Stevens as its soundtrack.

Check out the trailer below.

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Clear eyes, full hearts, CAN'T LOSE! October 18, 2009

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Friday Night Lights Season 4 Promo

Friday Night Lights, one of the most underappreciated and best television shows on air at the moment, kicks off its fourth season kicks off in the US on DirecTV on October 28th and a batch of promo videos and photos have surfaced online. After last season’s game-changing finale I’m eager to see where the producers will go with the new season, which will likely split its time between East Dillon High and Dillon High.

Executive producer Jason Katims says, “This season opener is practically a pilot in itself. It puts Coach Taylor at the center of the action in a new school, with a new team, and many new challenges. In addition to the returning cast, we are introducing a host of new characters who will become integral to the fourth and fifth season of the show.”

Sadly some of my favourite characters, like Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) and Tyra Colette (Adrianne Padalecki), will not be back this year (at least as regulars). Former seniors Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) will, however, be returning full time.

Below is a pretty amazing and special effects heavy trailer for the new season, playing pretty heavily on the whole ‘town divided’ idea. The song featured on the trailer is Come Undone by Greg Laswell.

Click ‘more‘ for a ‘making of’ video including interviews with the cast and a few teases about what’s coming up and a download link for Come Undone.

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Thinking Outside The Box October 6, 2009

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What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars…but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences?

…That is the bizarre question that forthcoming film The Box asks. Starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as the cash-strapped couple who are offered this box by a stranger (played by Frost/Nixon‘s Frank Langella) with, from the looks of the trailer, half of his face missing.

I’m going to bet right here right now that things aren’t going to turn out too well for the couple, who are obviously going to take this not-so-handsome stranger up on his offer. Aside from that, things don’t seem too predictable, and with horrors and thrillers becoming so formulaic these days, I’m intrigued to see where this one goes.

Adding to that, it’s directed by Richard Kelly of Donnie Darko fame. I concede that his last film Southland Tales was a bit of a disaster, but maybe he’ll hit the right note again time.

The fact that it has attracted high profile stars like Diaz (I’m not saying she’s an indication of a high quality film – What Happens in Vegas is still fresh in my mind) and Academy Award Nominee Langella make me think that this might be one to watch. Remember I said might. Don’t blame me if it’s shit.