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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005, Disney)

Post by Sascha (sab) » Jul 29th 2004, 5:55 pm

Buena Vista is currently shooting the new Hollywood adaptation of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". You know, "Don't Panic!", Ford Perfect, Babelfish, "42" and all that ;-)

Hopefully Disney won't mess this up, the casting of Mos Def as Ford Perfect seems a bit strange to me. But Zooey Deschanel as Trillian sounds very promising -- I liked her in "Elf".

Anyway, Buena Vista released the first Teaser during last weeks ComicCon - you can download it here. Shiny! :-)

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Post by Nothingman » Jul 29th 2004, 6:19 pm

I think the part where the rockets turn in to a whale and the whale contemplates the meaning of his life as he falls to the planets surface has to be one funniest things I have ever read.
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Post by fnordboy » Jul 29th 2004, 11:47 pm

:: sigh :: The teaser didn't make me feel good about this. I think it is going to be way too stylish. I am a big fan of the books and the BBC adaptations (radio and TV). I don't think it will get any better than the TV version, that is nearly perfect IMO. It fits the book just as it should.

That said, I think Martin Freeman cast as Arthur Dent is perfect. He is a perfect Arthur Dent IMO. Now, I like Mos Def, but I don't like that he was cast as Ford Prefect, it just reeks of them trying to be PC. I just can't see him doing Ford "correctly"...but I guess I will see. Ah :: swooooon :: :oops: my Zooey Deschanel cast as Trillian is great. She is a good Trillian choice and she is absolutely beautiful. :P Sam Rockwell is a good Zaphod too...I fear how they will do his second head though.

I guess I will just have to wait and see, I will actually go to the theater to see this one though, so that says something.

Oh and the "42" in the stars was cheesy IMO.

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Post by emmie » Jul 30th 2004, 12:34 am

fnordboy wrote::: swooooon :: :oops: my Zooey Deschanel cast as Trillian is great. She is a good Trillian choice and she is absolutely beautiful. :P
have you seen her in All the Real Girls? that movie really brought her to my attention. she captured such a large range of emotions. plus the writing in that movie is very realistic for a simple love story.

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Post by fnordboy » Jul 30th 2004, 12:47 am

emmie wrote:Have you seen her in All the Real Girls? that movie really brought her to my attention. she captured such a large range of emotions. plus the writing in that movie is very realistic for a simple love story.
I have yet to see the whole movie, but I have watched a large portion of it. I will need to tivo it when it is next on. She is stunning in that movie though.

I first noticed her in Mumford, but Almost Famous is what made me look her up online. I was surprised to see she already had a fairly big cult following :shock:. I have yet to see Elf, but I really want too.

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Post by starbug » Jul 30th 2004, 4:56 am

My initial reaction to this thread was 'noooooooooooooooooo not a disney remake of one of the funniest books I have ever read! noooooooooooo'.

But now I've calmed down a bit and I see some good casting (with the exception of Mos Def. I'm with you Fnord; it reeks of an internal disney-panic over PC).

I love love love Sam Rockwell as Zaphod though, and Martin Freeman will be fab. He can do that 'confused' look like nobody else. Wonder who they'll get to play Slartibartfast... :?:

I watched the teaser and i've got to say I hate the soundtrack. Now it might be that they're spoofing the 'hollywood blockbuster' style (I certainly hope so) but I still hate it.

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Post by Sascha (sab) » Jul 30th 2004, 9:46 am

fnordboy wrote:I first noticed her in Mumford, but Almost Famous is what made me look her up online. I was surprised to see she already had a fairly big cult following :shock:. I have yet to see Elf, but I really want too.
She also appears as a geeky band leader/singer in "The New Guy" (with DJ Qualls) - a teenage movie which is so bad that's it's good again. Eliza Dushku has a major role in it. And in case you haven't seen it yet, her 2002 short movie "Sweet Friggin' Daisies" is online (legally) at http://www.hollywooddigitalimaging.com/clips3.html (Warning: 219 MB!! QT)

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Post by fnordboy » Jul 30th 2004, 10:00 am

Sascha (sab) wrote:And in case you haven't seen it yet, her 2002 short movie "Sweet Friggin' Daisies" is online (legally) at http://www.hollywooddigitalimaging.com/clips3.html (Warning: 219 MB!! QT)
DLing it now :) I didn't know about this. Thanks.

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Post by Nostradamus » Aug 3rd 2004, 11:38 pm

Loved the trailer! I'll have to reread the books, it's been ages...

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Post by MonicaG » Aug 23rd 2004, 5:24 pm

I think Martin Freeman is BRILLIANT casting. Absolutely brilliant. I heard it was supposed to be Hugh Grant (whom I do like) but I'm much more excited to see Martin get his big break & I think he'll be just as good.
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Post by Nothingman » Feb 16th 2005, 1:09 pm

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Post by Sascha (sab) » Feb 16th 2005, 2:35 pm

Looks cool. The special effects are promising and the cast seems to work (even Mos Def). I don't think the film can get close to the book in any way, but it's still a must-see. I guess the same goes for Spielberg's upcoming "War of the Worlds".
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Post by lance » Feb 16th 2005, 9:08 pm

Sascha (sab) wrote:
Looks cool. The special effects are promising and the cast seems to work (even Mos Def). I don't think the film can get close to the book in any way, but it's still a must-see. I guess the same goes for Spielberg's upcoming "War of the Worlds".
Looks decent, looking forward to seeing it.

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Post by starbug » May 10th 2005, 4:45 am

I saw this when it first came out, but I'm just catching up...

I thought it was OK. A 7/10 rating would be generous though. The thing that most bugged me was Mos Def. It was like he couldn't articulate his words clearly at all. I don't know if he was trying to be clever or what, but the sound in my cinema isn't soupy - everyone else was crystal clear. I found myself straining to understand Mos Def and missing roughly 1/3 of his dialogue altogether. He also wasn't British enough. I know that probably sounds like an irrelevance, but his casting just didn't fit, for me.

Sam Rockwell was great, but I didn't like how they changed the second head to be underneath. The highlight of the movie for me was Alan Rickman doing Marvin - pure brilliance! The Vogons were well done too.

Unfortunately it wasn't a patch on the BBC TV series.

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