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Latest trailer of Ben Stiller&#39;s <i>The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty</i>


The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is tentatively scheduled to open on Christmas Day.

The Secret Life Of Walter MittyThe latest trailer for this Ben Stiller project, tentatively scheduled to open on Christmas Day, gives us more clues as to who Walter Mitty is. The earlier trailer was brilliant as it had no dialogue except right at the end.

Besides new visuals, this new one has all the bits that appeared in the first trailer only this time we get the conversations. With Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott in the cast – Stiller is also the director – it's not surprising that the film promises to both tickle our funnybone and inspire us. Also, from both trailers, it's very hard not to like an underdog like Walter.

Based on a short story by James Thurber, it introduces us to Walter – an office worker who is letting life pass him by. He is the first to admit that he might as well just blend into the background.

There is a heartbreaking scene in this 168-second trailer when a female colleague (Wiig), whom he is a little in love with, throws a question in his direction. He starts to answer only to realise, a tad too late, that she isn't talking to him at all but to the girl behind him. (Oops. We all hate when that happens to us.) Walter also works for a real douchebag (Scott), a guy who takes every opportunity to belittle him.

No wonder Walter zones out from time to time, imagining he is doing something fantastic – including pushing his boss out the window in a tall building.

But that is not what this film is about. As the trailer progresses, we learn that Walter steps out of his imaginary world to have the greatest adventure of his life. Awww. Let's hope the film lives up to these two very good trailers.

Screening in Tokyo


Nine-day film festival in Japan opens with Hong Kong horror flick Rigor Mortis.

Hollywood glitz descends on the Japanese capital this week as Tom Hanks, Robert de Niro and Francis Ford Coppola arrive for one of Asia's largest movie celebrations.

A US$50,000 (RM157,000) top prize is up for grabs at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), where movies from around the globe will be competing for recognition.

The international film section will award the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix and carries with it a US$50,000 (RM157,000) pay-cheque, while the new Best Asian Future Film Award section, aimed at showcasing Asian and Middle Eastern films, offers a US$10,000 (RM31,000) purse.

The nine-day event begins on Thursday with the screening of Hong Kong horror flick Rigor Mortis directed by Juno Mak, which is in the running for the Asian Future award.

US heavyweight father-and-daughter pairing Francis and Sofia Ford Coppola are likely to be a big draw for punters, with Sofia's latest directorial offering The Bling Ring being shown in the special screening section for high-profile films.

"Since the very first TIFF in 1985 ... (it) has been a platform for talented young filmmakers to win international recognition and find inspiration," organisers said in a statement.

Past award winners include Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, whose film, Babel won the Prix de la Mise en Scene, (Best Director Award) at Cannes in 2006, and Michel Hazanavicius, whose film, The Artist won five Academy Awards in 2012.

Chief judge, Chinese director Chen Kaige, said in a video message: "We all understand that good films require talent. Without talent nothing can be done. But sometimes I feel like... there is something even more important than the talent, which is the unique personal understanding of the world.

"But strange(ly) enough ... most of (the) time we could only find this kind of unique understanding of the world in the early age of a filmmaker's career. So that's why we want to pay very close attention to young filmmakers' works," he said.

Last year, 1,332 films from 91 countries and regions were nominated in the international competition, according to organisers.

Previous highlights of the festival include the French film Untouchable, the 2011 winner of the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix. It later set a world record for attendance for a French language film and was a long-running hit in Japan.

The film festival is also aimed at introducing high-profile international films that have not been released in Japan and promoting Japanese independent movies to the international industry. – AFP RelaxNews

<i>Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit</i> trailer


Check out the brand new international trailer from Kenneth Branagh's upcoming crime drama.

One of author Tom Clancy's famous characters, Jack Ryan, is coming to the big screen.

The character was last played by Ben Affleck in The Sum Of All Fears (2002); prior to that, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin have also carried the role in The Hunt For Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992) and Clear And Present Danger (1994). This time around, Ryan is played by Star Trek (2009) actor Chris Pine.

In the latest instalment – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Ryan is a young CIA agent who uncovers a plan by the Russians to cripple the United States government and launch an attack. To make matters worse, his wife is also somehow involved in the whole thing.

The movie, from United International Pictures, is set to open on Dec 31 in Malaysia and stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Colm Feore and Kenneth Branagh, who also directed it.

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