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The Trailer For SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, From The Writer of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and ETERNAL SUNSHINE, Alights Upon The Web!!

I am – Hercules!!
This is the directorial debut from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich,” “Human Nature,” “Adaptation,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). It stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a platoon of hot actresses, among them Hope Davis, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Emily Watson, Catherine Keener and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It looks hilarious.

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  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    first?

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    ..and now my life has meaning.

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Looks fascinating

    by Zeegloo

    I can't wait!

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Catherine Keener...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ....mmmmmmm. She's a great actress, and totally smokin hot!!! That scene where she's fucking John Malkovich in Being J.M., is definitly a slow-mo worthy moment. Oh yeah, this movie looks really good too.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    brett ratner in talks for conan remakeboot

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/4ac5lt

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    it will be interesting to see

    by prunkhaft

    if Kaufman is as good a director as he is a writer. The trailer confused me a little, but I'd imagine it's difficult to streamline a Kaufman story into an effective trailer.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    when is it in theatres?

    by MrSundayNight

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    hilarious? really?

    by bluebottle

    "charming", "humorous", "whimsical" but "hilarious?"... maybe i'm on the wrong side of high right now, but it doesn't look "hilarious".

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    prunkhaft

    by mattvideo

    in this case, any confusion in the trailer is because the movie itself is by its purposeful nature confusing. I'd say that that's an excellent 2.5 minute version of what you're going to be in for when you see it. Synecdoche can't be pinned down by conventional narrative. It's a masterpiece, because of its confusing and confounding brilliance.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Poor Tom Noonan.

    by JediRob

    Gets the shaft on the cast list.<br> Tom Noonan rocks.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Charlie Kaufman rules all.

    by DarthCorleone

    Sort of sad that his lack of name-recognition still demands "from the writer of..."

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Synecdoche and metonymy

    by Octaveaeon

    Ha ha, now I think I get why Kaufman is so neurotic. And I totally understand. Existence, or the experience of 'being', IS the result of rhetorical tropes. Which is kinda confronting when you're a writer.<p> [Tropes — Rhetorical figures of thought that change meaning by changing the way something is named or identified. Opposed to schemes, which rearrange the order of words, tropes change the meaning of words, often creating new meanings. Metaphor, the trope in which one thing is substituted for another, is considered the master trope. Other tropes include hyperbole (exaggeration), synecdoche (substituting the part for the whole or the whole for the part), metonymy (replacing an object with one of its attributes), and periphrasis (circumlocution).]

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    CK quips: "I'd be happy to get half the Dark Knight's audience"

    by BrandLoyalist

    (Heh heh) He said that in the Wired interview Beaks posted the other day. Have listened to the 1st hour so far. <br><br> Tantalizing tidbit from the interview: he said that the ending of Being John Malkovich was not what he originally had in mind, and that the scene where the Captain explains the portal to Lotte was pretty much written to enable that ending. Must be talking about the concept of going in too early and ending up a helpless passenger... I would really like to know what the original idea was (he didn't mention it).

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    That doesn't look funny at all....

    by The Dum Guy

    Mildly amusing, and interesting, yes. Funny... I don't think so.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    re:: BrandLoyalist

    by The Dum Guy

    I'm not sure what draft I read, but when I read the script to Malkovich, it ended with Cusak's character having a duel with Satan using huge (I think 50 ft tall) marienettes (sp?) to see who was the better puppeteer.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Yuppy Yup

    by Maceox

    I there day one. Bring on the Trope.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Had NO interest reading about this...

    by MetalMickey

    ..the past several months. After seeing that, it looks to be one the first classics of the 21st century. Tom Noonan! Dianne Wiest! Good on ya, Charlie.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    TY The Dum Guy

    by BrandLoyalist

    Pretty crazy. He did offhandedly refer to "the guy who controlled Lester, the devil" during that part of the interview. It was Spike Jonez who wanted to change the ending, but as long as I'm posting about this, I think I should point out that it's not like Kaufmann sounded bitter or angry about it; he spoke of their collaborative process, and indeed he said he liked a lot of the stuff that happened at the end of the movie.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    "Well...my uncle thought he was St. Jerome..."

    by BadMrWonka

    anybody? anybody?

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    its not a comedy

    by kgerm

    the script has been online for almost a year. it's dark and bleak and just like every other kaufman film except the weirdness is way up. it'll be really cool to see though cos a lot of people won't be into this.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    i would not describe that trailer as

    by frankenfickle

    "hilarious". i would describe it as melancholy.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    He should get Seth Green

    by kikuchiyoboy

    to follow him around and play him. <br> <br> Anyways, can't wait.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Happy Gilmore's Grandma!

    by Crow3711

    Where's she been? I figured she was dead. Nice to see she isn't.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Original Malkovich Ending

    by mrbscribe

    Here you go Brand, I was at a writer's guild conference where Kaufman spoke a few yers back. Remember the orientation video Craig watches on his first day of work? The one with the midget? Well, remember the voiceover line-- "He would call this building the Mertin-Flemmer Building, after himself and someone else, who, local legend has it, was named Flemmer..." Well, it turns out Flemmer is the devil. Mr Lester made a deal with the devil for the portal. When the devil finds out it's being abused by Craig, he challengs him to a puppeteering duel (with the devil taking the form of The Great Mantini) where if Craig wins he gets to keep the portal but if the devil wins mankind will be enslaved. The devil wins. Mankind becomes enslaved. The end. You're welcome.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    re: Wonka

    by The Dum Guy

    Venkman?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    you're crazy

    by Jack D. Ripper

    if you think those actresses are hot. Davis is kinda cute, Keener has something about her despite being objectively ugly and Morton has a hot body, but to call any of them 'hot' is frankly ridiculous.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Saw this in Toronto

    by frozenhamster

    It really is great. It's basically Kaufman to the extreme. Very funny, but also very dark and often quite depressing. It's essentially the story of a man who spends his life always fearing the end instead of truly living it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    This was one bad trailer.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But I will watch it anyway, just because it'S Charlie Kaufman.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Dianne Weist!

    by dogstardude

    Awesome. She's definately one of most underrated actresses out there. Nobody has ever used her as well as Woody Allen...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    ooooohhh...how pretentious.

    by thelivingdoll

    This will play quite well to the head-up-their-own-ass crowd. Not so well to everyone else.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I WANT TO BANG CATHERINE KEENER

    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    And lick her cobwebbed snatcherino.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    AND OSCAR-BAIT MOVIES LICK MY BALLS

    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    Michael Bay FTW bitches!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Does who Charlie Kaufman is really need spelling out to us?

    by PaulSC

    I mean, I thought this was supposed to be a site aimed at film fans - what self-respecting film fan hasn't seen at least three of the movies he wrote?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    this may be the first

    by oisin5199

    non-superhero, scifi movie I'll pay money to see in the theatre in a long time. A few of those trailer moments almost made me gasp - especially the one about 'when are we going to get an audience' - as a former theatre practitioner who still (literally) dreams about the theatre, even though I haven't even seen a play in years, this got to me. Looks like an incredible script and cast. Looking forward to it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Oisin5199!

    by Octaveaeon

    Nice to see you here, and in this thread.<p> Guess what, I just finished reading Promethea, and you were right: I loved it. I knew that I would as soon as I saw in the beginning that Moore was using Hermes and Thoth to initiate the Promethea legend. And, as fate would have it, I've been reading Derrida's 'Plato's Pharmacy' where he also mentions the role of Hermes/Thoth as the <i>pharmakon</i> of writing underlying the Platonic dialogues. He even mentions that <i>pharmakos</i> also signifies 'magician', 'wizard', or 'poisoner', and that Plato even calls Socrates a <i>pharmakeus</i> (synonym of 'pharmakos') in his dialogues!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Dum Guy

    by BadMrWonka

    close...what's the link from Ghostbusters to this trailer though?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    how do pronounce Synecdoche?

    by Cap'n Jack

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    "Sinek-dohi" according to Wikipedia

    by The Dum Guy

    But, soon to be "Sin-eek-douche".<br><br>Wonka, I give up. Both take place in New York, and neither one has a lesbian sex scene featuring Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Even his radio play is awesome

    by fisheater

    Have a google for it, he wrote it about 1 or 2 yrs ago. It followed a Coen bros play as well. Adaptation was brilliant, Eternal was pretty good, commercial. Whatever he writes its funny, moving and confusing as all hell