Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in ‘Cloud Atlas’/Image © Warner Bros.
The five-minute “Cloud Atlas” trailer (below) that has hit the internet contains every reassurance you might have needed about the Wachowskis’ vision for the David Mitchell novel. And it’s brilliant marketing — abandoning the typical trailer format is one of the only ways to communicate what’s so special and challenging about this movie. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon … count us in!
Hearts were broken all over San Francisco by the news that author Armistead Maupin, whose Tales of the City novels sought to capture the magical spirit of the city in the 1970s, is selling his home and moving out of state (Maupin and his partner will be taking up residence in Santa Fe). His stories were adapted into a miniseries in 1993 that starred Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and a pre-”Party Girl” Parker Posey, but obviously we’re overdue for a proper film version. Maybe the Wachowskis would like to tackle this one next?
Design geeks will get a kick out of this chart of superhero typography classifications, using faces familiar from comics and movies to illustrate the properties that give fonts a certain character. (Comic Sans isn’t featured, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that it should be represented by the evil Joker.)
The AVClub’s “Random Roles” feature has produced some of the best interviews I’ve ever read. Their latest installment invites Wayne Knight to discuss everything from being Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis to becoming dinosaur food in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park adaptation: “Apparently, [Spielberg]’d seen me in ‘Basic Instinct’ and said, ‘I see him in close-ups, sweating, only instead of open legs, it’s a dinosaur.’”