Thursday, April 19, 2007

THIS DOES NOT STOP THE BEAT: The trailer for Hairspray: The Movie Musical is now up, and they're clearly going for a HSM-esque vibe (surely sensible from a marketing point of view). Two interesting choices they've made:
  • Travolta is barely in the trailer, and I don't believe you hear him sing a note. Especially since he's one of the leads, has top billing, and is coming off a highly successful flick pitched to a similar demo in Wild Hogs, seems like rather an odd choice.
  • Almost a third of the trailer seems to be full screen credit names. Do they honestly believe James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Elijah Kelley, and Allison Janney are going to sell tons of tickets on their own? (OK, Janney's certainly a plus.)

Also, for some reason, we get Motormouth Maybelle (rather than Tracy) leading the ensemble in "You Can't Stop The Beat" as music for the trailer. The good news is that Michelle Pfeffer looks like she's going to work out well, and Christopher Walken doing "Timeless To Me" should be a blast. I'll still see it, but something has to be done to calm doubts about Travolta.

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