Book of Eli - Trailer (Hughes Brothers)

The 2nd trailer of The Book of Eli. In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone hero, Eli (Denzel Washington), guards the Book of Eli, which provides knowledge that could redeem society. The despot (Gary Oldman) of a small, makeshift town plans to take possession of the book. Directed by the Hughes Brothers.

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Comment by MARC on January 15, 2010 at 9:30pm
Denzel great! Hughes Brothers not so great. Here's to hoping they pull one out.
Comment by Djeli on January 14, 2010 at 2:56pm
possible SPOILER- Was watching an HBO "making of" and found out the Book of Eli is...the Bible. No disrespect meant, but for a sci fi flick, that's actually kind of lackluster for me. and the Hughes Bros and Denzel were sounded really...kinda preachy. Not saying the premise can't be done right, but I was admittedly hoping for a different more groundbreaking angle. Will still see if of course--to support the project. And hopefully, I'll enjoy it all the same.
Comment by PurpleZoe on January 10, 2010 at 9:36am
My son wants to see this so badly. I love Denzel, and Gary Oldman, but will probably wait for the rental if he doesn't drag me out to the theatre with him *_^

Cosign also: Lady Valjeanne's comment about the lack of Sistah casting in Hollywood. It's 2010. Something concrete needs to be done about the colorism in mainstream media.
Comment by Oz Wilson on January 5, 2010 at 12:04pm
The last part of my tirade didn't make it on the previous posting. I can ramble on when something is near and dear to my heart. In a nutshell, you should also live in Hollywood in order to become part of the system. Unless you find independent success, that is the only way that they will come looking for you, and like Tyler Perry you'll have exclusive control over your projects.
Comment by Oz Wilson on January 5, 2010 at 11:57am
Thanks Valjeanne you have opened the flood gates of my soul, Beware the torrent that follows.
1. Although the "West Coast" claims to be a bastion of liberal political ideology, the studios still fall under the same vestigial remnants of racist philosophies that they so earnestly try to publicly avoid.
(To all of those who think I'm pulling the old race card I would submit as exhibit A I know of which I speak after a decade of attempting to get my projects to them.

2. Their excuse and unfortunately has a lot to do with, but not the only factor is D.K.'s statement on "our" participation at different levels of the industry.

I have actually had this following phrase spoken to me by several actual studio personnel. "The studio isn't going to fund a film with a black hero unless of course it's one of the big "4." Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and my man Samuel Jackson.

Others on this list but with a little less pull include Jamie Foxx, Terence Howard, and Don Cheadle.

3. Let's go back to D.K.'s statement for a moment. Put yourself in the studio's shoes. You invest 20 million dollars for a production, ( which is a small budget considering current industry standards). Now once that movie is made, enter the dreaded "Bootleg Beast."

Some low life with a digital camera sneaks in and copies the debut, or in some cases actual studio personnel pulls a "dub" after final production and thanks to computer technology, the film is on the streets and the studio loses the chance for potential profits due to illegal copies.

Unfortunately, who are the most ardent purchasers of such ill gotten gains? We are. So from the studio's standpoint why should they make films geared towards or featuring more of us?

In addition that statement please let me add this little tidbit, when our children are young, what are the most glamorous images force fed to them? Rappers, singers, and Athletes. Far further down the list are occupations that require excessive intellect, I.E. Doctors, lawyers and in our case 'Writers."

Except in rare cases we members of the B.S.F.S. are self-created entities inspired by a genre that we worship and adore. Which is the only reason we continue to self mutilate our emotion stability by writing and offering our wares to the public at large to be either heralded or tossed aside.

4. My final point is what type of films are the most successful and thus insure their continued production by the system.

Tyler Perry has proved that his "faith based" genre is easy and most importantly "cheap" to produce and has guaranteed R.O.I. ( Return On Investment). Like any good business that is the model that Hollywood lives by.

Now let's talk about the particular "bone that's in my throat." I write Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories and then turn them into scripts.

"Avatar," James Cameron's sci-fi epic cost 300 million to make and has already recouped it's production cost and it's still early in it's theatrical run. (By the way, again the only way black or ethnic actors were featured was through "voice-over" not actually seen on the screen, I.E Zoe Saldana, CCH Pounder, Laz Alonso, Peter Mensah (all Black or African) and Wes Studi ( Native American,) the remaining cast "on screen" was Caucasian.

Now if you have a product that fits all of the requirements of their biggest blockbusters and they still won't to even look at it, even if you consider the sheer overwhelming heap of crap that the studios for some reason will accept (option) then don't actually green-light. Simply on the basis that the audience won't fill the seats in the theaters because of the "color" of the protagonist, then there are some major flaws in that system.

I forgot about the competition aspect. The millions of writers living there and trying to eek out a meager living are mostly white and thus write characters that they're familiar with, I.E. more white people. Lastly location, those of us who live
Comment by Ronald T. Jones on January 5, 2010 at 11:27am
This movie is partially based on my secret history.
Comment by Vidal Montgomery on January 5, 2010 at 10:39am
YEEEEEEEEEESSS! COME ON!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Comment by Dan Tres Omi on January 5, 2010 at 10:15am
ah, he trained with Dan Inosanto (his workshops ARE THE BEST... inexpensive too). and Jeff Amada did the choreography (Fight Club, Last Samurai, and the Bourne series)
Comment by Dan Tres Omi on January 5, 2010 at 10:11am
I wonder who denzel trained with...
Comment by D K Gaston on December 31, 2009 at 11:37am
This is one of the movies I'm looking forward to in 2010.

@ Valjeanne: Because a segment of America would not go to see the movie. Denzel is one of the few black actors who appeal to a wider audience. So the directors had to give in to the demands of the guys in the suits. Until we make and distribute (and more importantly support) our own movies, we won't see it in the theatres.

Either that, or black women didn't survive the apocalypse. LOL

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