The best of this week’s trailer offerings cover all media platforms. Director Stephen Frears’ new film, Lay the Favorite, opens in limited release in Los Angeles today, but the rest of us can catch it on demand or download it off iTunes. And Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed HBO series, Girls, premieres its season two trailer this week on YouTube, prepping audiences for more of the same, sublime awkwardness of its first.
Frears’ latest flick is a “heartfelt comedy”. It might be easy to scoff at such press release terminology, but this is from the man who made High Fidelity (2000), a fan favorite that really is both funny, and poignantly touching. So here’s a “heartfelt comedy” about Beth Raymer, a stripper that dreams big – she wants to be a cocktail waitress at a fancy Las Vegas casino. Sounds promising, right? Things don’t quite work out on the cocktailing front, and instead, she gets in deep with Dink: a professional gambler who discovers Beth’s own prodigious gambling talents. Of course, Dink’s wife doesn’t care too much for the mentoring arrangement, and Vegas-style hijinks ensue.
Based on a true story, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) as Raymer, Bruce Willis (Looper) as Dink and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as his wife. Rounding out the big-name cast are Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Watch the trailer, then catch it on the big screen tonight at Sundance Sunset Cinema in L.A. (That’s 8000 W. Sunset Blvd. for those of you in the area). Those of us in the Midwest and on the other coast will have to settle for a screening in our own living rooms – or hope for the possibility of a slightly wider release.
If you’d rather get excited about next year’s television offerings, the trailer for the next season of Girls is up on YouTube. Starring writer/director/actress Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) as a sometimes painfully realistic and relatable twenty-something, the New York City set comedy continues to put Sex and the City to shame. Check out the trailer for a few good jokes, the promise of continuing story lines for all the girls’ love lives, and plenty of hipster-goodness (you either love it or hate it – i’d say, just embrace it). The HBO series also stars Allison Williams (American Dreams), Adam Driver (Lincoln), Jemima Kirke (Tiny Furniture) and Zosia Mamet (Mad Men). Season Two premieres on HBO on Sunday, January 13, 2013.