Reel Projections, Monday December 15

Over the Moon: Chris Weitz to direct Twilight sequel, New Moon. Who is Chris Weitz? He helmed About a Boy and The Golden Compass. In a press release, it was noted that

Weitz, an Academy Award-nominated writer, director and producer, has a proven track record working with a broad range of material dealing with youth-oriented characters, fantasy and action.

True, he did direct Hugh Grant.

Yawn, more remakes and sequels: Comic-strip hero The Phantom to film sequel in Australia; Stephen Norrington, who made the atrocious League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is back from purgatory with a retelling of cult fave The Crow, and a fifth Terminator film is in the works, with the unpretentiously monikered McG (Charlie's Angels) tapped to direct.

The Force of nostalgia: Luke's lightsaber from the original Star Wars sells for $240,000.

(Due to a rather busy movie news day on Friday, the Cranky Copy Editor's weekly trailer review was overlooked. Our sincerest apologies.) Take it away, CCE:

This week's trailer is Dead Snow. I was fully prepared to hate this, seeing how it is both a horror movie and an official Sundance Film Festival selection, the latter of which is usually code for "you're about to spend 100 minutes with psychologically damaged misfits who worm their way into your heart." I work with people like that; I don't need to watch movies about them (though the idea of watching quirky assholes get sliced and diced has a certain appeal. Read into that what you will).

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. From its self-consciously moronical tagline (Ein! Zwei! Die!) to the stock footage of Hitler and his officers going over their evil plans, the Dead Snow trailer is two and a half minutes of gleeful trash that ends in an orgy of young vacationers ripping apart Nazi zombies to the tune of Beethoven's bombastic "Ode to Joy." Whenever the Cranky Copy Editor gets pushed too far and has to throw down, you'll hear him operatically belting "Ode to Joy" with each haymaker he lands.

First things first: The Guardian lists its top 8 most ridiculous plots of 2008. A fun read, and you should have quite a chuckle at numbers 1 and 2.

It's a tie! Boston Society of Film Critics puss out and give Best Picture honors to both Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire. Read the rest of the winners here.

First trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine: After watching it, you can head over to your favorite message board and write things like, "Cool! I can't wait for this movie! Wolverine RULEZ!!"

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