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Worth Watching - Feb 5: Beatles Filled 'Across the Universe' Trailer

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February 5, 2007

Across the Universe

I'm a huge Beatles fan… are you? Even if you aren't, this trailer is a must see. This movie looks beautiful. In the same way that the first trailer for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was just as amazing and exciting. It's a musical, drama, and romance that uses Beatles songs to tell the story. I know this is going to open in limited release and is very independent, but I'll be damned if it still doesn't look fantastic. I was initially shown this by my friend Peter at SlashFilm, so thank him for introducing you to this movie. Check out the Quicktime trailer right ahead.

Across the Universe is directed by Julie Taymor (of Frida and Titus previously) and stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. It's currently planned for release on September 28th (much too far away).

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  • Evan
    It would have been a lot better if they didn't use covers. Oh well, the film still looks pretty good and full of life.
  • Covers?! What... it's the same songs but still... I even like the version of "Girl" that he sings at the beginning way better than the actual Beatles original. Should be good either way!
  • I completely understand the desire to have the original recordings in the film. The problem is that it's pretty much impossible to get them cleared and even if it were possible, I would imagine that it would cost so much it would hinder the production of the film. I can't be positive, but I seem to recall that Wes Anderson wanted to use a Beatles song in either Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, but couldn't clear it. He decided to use another song, and it still worked ok. I think that if the covers are good, it won't hurt this film very much, if at all.
  • Evan Ray
    Yeah I figured it was a budget issue. I'm just a really big stickler when it comes to Beatles covers because IMO none can hold a candle to the original.
  • Justin Bohley
    This movie is going to be absolutley amazing. Its a musical set to Beatles covers. The Beatles are my life so I feel this is only another step for them. A good step, One towards introducing kids today to the music that has enriched our lives for the last 40 somthing years.
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  • Who is singing the cover of "Girl" ? I am dying to know? e-mail me acelancin@hotmail.com
  • John Phoenix
    Anyone with film knowledge read on, and the rest of you just rattle your wallets. The trailer is a nauseating mixture of "Hair" and the Bee Gee's cinematic high colonic "Sgt. Pepper". Maybe someone owning the Beatle's music catalog (Sony/Michael Jackson?) needs a little extra cash; hence this cinematic tripe/rip-off. The only thing Beatle in this mess is the music, and The Beatles sang it better.
  • Lost Child Red Bank
    I second John Phoenix... Original? Tell Jim Rado , Gerome Ragni, and . Galt McDermot and the thousands of people who have been in HAIR that this is original. Its the same concept. 1960's, goodlooking new guys from " england", war protesters, the draft, free love, wild imaginitive 'trip' scenes. need i say more? and p.s. is this john phoenix as in " gramps"?
  • Saguaro
    Whether they are covers or they are the originals. I imagine that they would cost the same. They still have to pay the Beatles or Jacko for the rights to use the songs. I think it is a great idea, something I've always dreamed of myself, using songs to tell the story. I think this is also a good opportunity to introduce the Beatles to a new generation. I know that I am in the minority but I love hearing other bands take on songs that I love, and apparently so does Paul.
  • Stewart
    The new version of GIRL better than the Beatles's (John Lennon) version? Not a chance.
  • Matthew Dykstra
    I hope an album is released alongside the film, these covers sound amazing. It's nice to hear great songs that can be reintroduced into a new era through the power of film. Anyone with in formation on these covers, email me at matthew_dykstra@hotmail.com thnx
  • Steph
    This is a peice of art, regardless if it disappoints or impresses. Hashing the trailer sounds a bit jealous, don't you think? I could fall in love with the trailer alone. Infact, maybe I shouldn't even see the movie. Just the trailer. Film knowledge,....lets keep in mind that the creators already acknowledged all the various facets in creating their trailer. Phoenix, I think someone needs some sunshine.
  • KayJay
    What are the songs in order that play during the trailer? I know all but one of them...
  • Renbo
    The songs are Girl, With Little Help from my Friends, All You Need is Love, Helter Skelter, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Hey Jude, Across the Universe. It's way too expensive to get the actual recordings for anything, even Target can't afford the originals for their commercials, and they have money to burn! I'm interested in this only because Julie Taymor directed. If anything, it will be visually interesting.
  • Tim
    The trip scenes look pretty spectacular, and I bet the film is visually stunning, but hearing other people sing Beatles songs makes me die inside.
  • Marsha
    It was fun to catch the John Lennon look-alike in the background of various scenes; opening a window of a NY apt building, in the window of the house the bus took them to and walking the streets of NY at dawn. I want to see the movie again just to catch more glimpes of him. (Kind of scary cause it looks just like him!)
  • anne-marie
    i loved this movie. it is my new favorite movie! i'm so glad i saw the trailer, by chance online (i have a feeling it was actually this site!!). It wasn't advertised at all and was only on for a very short time at the cinemas... such a shame!! this may be one of the most underrated movies of the year. I am telling everyone i know that appreciates art and life to see this film, it is superb.

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