Trailer Debut for Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock
by Alex Billington
March 26, 2009
After tackling martial arts, big green superheroes, gay cowboys, and WWII spies, Ang Lee decided to tackle hippies and Woodstock next. The first trailer for Taking Woodstock debuted earlier tonight on "Important Things with Demetri Martin" and thanks to SlashFilm, we've got it for your viewing pleasure below. Based on a true story, Taking Woodstock stars Demetri Martin as Elliot Tiber, a boy working at his parents' motel in the Catskills who agrees to host Woodstock in their backyard and inadvertently sets into motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. Check this out, as it looks quite fun.
Watch the first trailer for Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock:
Taking Woodstock is directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Ang Lee, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, and Lust, Caution previously. The screenplay was written by Lee's writing partner James Schamus, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, and Lust, Caution previously. This is based on Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte's book of the same name. In addition to Demetri Martin, this stars Eugene Levy, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and a whole boat load of other actors. Focus Features will be bringing Taking Woodstock to limited theaters on August 14th.
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
as much as i love Demetri Martin and classic rock....this trailer makes the movie look mediocre at best
swisschez on Mar 26, 2009
As much as I love Ang Lee and classic rock... this looks boring. Hopefully other press material will change my mind.
Ryderup on Mar 26, 2009
Maybe it's an american thing, but I really don't get Demetri Martin. He's a deadpan comic with rubbish jokes, it just doesn't work. He looks like a poor actor too. I'll be skipping this one.
Jon on Mar 26, 2009
Are you sure Ang Lee directed this?
Derek on Mar 26, 2009
I liked it! A very simple concept for a movie and it looks like a lot of fun.
K on Mar 26, 2009
Would have been better if the guy didn't introduce it. But you can't fault the trailer it looks good, reminds me of Rock the boat, or something to that effect for whatever reason. Equally feel good, and similar visual style.
Orangutang on Mar 26, 2009
Is Demetri Martin's character having an affair with Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character?
Nick on Mar 26, 2009
Huh, I thought we were just about done with the whole Demetri Martin experiment. That kid wore out his welcome with that lame show of his and now I long for the days in the future when we look back at clips of him and go wtf was that all about?
normf on Mar 26, 2009
I saw this on IMDB and I was so happy that Emilie Hirsch was going to be the star and Martin was just a cameo/background character. I'm not so happy now. Is it too late to switch the two?
KMils on Mar 26, 2009
Dan W on Mar 26, 2009
Wow, lots of hate for Demetri Martin. I had no idea so many people hated his show. I actually like it, it's definitely hit and miss, but there's lots of funny stuff in there. I think this film looks pretty good. Great cast, good director, interesting subject matter. What's not to like?
The Hornet King on Mar 26, 2009
i love this trailer, i saw it during his show last night. that show is hilarious
Darrin on Mar 26, 2009
Demitri Martin embodies everything i hate about young NYC and his comedy show is absolutely miserable. I have faith in Ang Lee, but not this idiot Martin. I am conflicted. . .and ultimately uninterested.
Voice of Reason on Mar 26, 2009
Who the fuck is Demetri Martin?
AbercrombieAndBitch on Mar 26, 2009
Voice of Reason wtf did young ppl in NYC do to you? It's not that serious don't hurt yourself over there lol...
kindbuddy on Mar 26, 2009
He's Ang Lee. You wouldn't like him when he's Ang Lee. He had a dentist appointment at 2:30. Stewart Lee jokes aside, this should be good.
chris on Mar 26, 2009
Liev Schreiber got near Woodstock once before in Walk On The Moon. For people interested in the era, that movie really captures a feel of it.
zubzwank on Mar 26, 2009
That looks really good. I think it'll be a hit.
Brian on Mar 26, 2009
in my opinion the movie looks so bland. 1. i don't think Demetri Martin should be acting, he is a HILARIOUS comic but when it comes to acting (as he proves on his show when he does sketch comedy) hes just not good at it. 2. i have never thought Ang Lee was a good director, yes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was amazing but other then that his directing style for his other flicks has been so so average. the thing i will say about this movie is that i love Emile Hirsch Liev Schreiber Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Eugene Levy
DoomCanoe on Mar 26, 2009
If there is a clip of Jimi Hendrix, video or audio or just some scene with him. Then i shall watch this film to the fullest.
Nikhil Hariharan on Mar 26, 2009
i saw this movie at a preview screening. martin was excellent and while it features a lot of music and liev schrieber as a crossdresser, they completely avoided the actual fake performances for good reason.
Joe S. on Mar 26, 2009
When I think of the horrible movies or directors this kid COULD have been paired with, it make s me realize thi sisn't really all that bad. It doesn't make it particularly interesting, but I liked some of his sketches. My opinion is the opposite of some others - I can't stand his stand up, but think his sketches are unique, so long as other more talented people are acting against him. Yes, he's a bland, boring actor - but so was Jerry Seinfeld at first, in comparison to the people he was cast alongside. I'll say this much - whatever new generation of hippies this movie inspires, perhaps they'll be slightly more intelligent than those inspired by "Dazed and Confused". (which shouldn't be a hard thing to accomplish at all)
Django on Mar 27, 2009
I think this looks great! I love demetri martin and emile hirsch so I'm in for sure.
Janet on Mar 27, 2009
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Fisherr on Mar 27, 2009
i played the nun giving the peace sign!!! funnest couple of days i had in a long time...Demetri Martin was right for the role.. you'll eat your words when it comes out.. he'll be around a while!
kelly on Mar 27, 2009
"I'll say this much - whatever new generation of hippies this movie inspires, perhaps they'll be slightly more intelligent than those inspired by "Dazed and Confused". (which shouldn't be a hard thing to accomplish at all)" 22, what in the Hell does that mean, your not even close to knowing anything about hippies. THERE WERE NO HIPPIES IN DAZED AND CONFUSED! What in the Hell??!!!! And for the record: Martin is a far better performer that the horrible Seth Rogen!
feohatestheworld on Mar 27, 2009
um, can we post a new trailer already so it can bump the disturbing face of demetri martin down a bit?
normf on Mar 30, 2009
a masterpiece. As a huge fan of psychodelic rock i am highly anticipating the release of this film.
joel on Aug 7, 2009
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