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Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud Gets Closer with Second Trailer, Press Screenings

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 6, 2011 at 12:00PM

The message in the new trailer for Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is: "if things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding." Loss and grief are front and center after Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn's characters lose husband/father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The young son's need to understand what happened leads him on a journey through Manhattan to discover what the key his father left him means. We're partial to the first trailer, where U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and slick editing allude to the story's emotional core. "Extremely Loud" opens Christmas Day.
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close's Thomas Horn and Max Von Sydow
Warner Bros. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close's Thomas Horn and Max Von Sydow

The message in the new trailer for Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is: "if things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding." Loss and grief are front and center after Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn's characters lose husband/father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The young son's need to understand what happened leads him on a journey through Manhattan to discover what the key his father left him means. We're partial to the first trailer, where U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and slick editing allude to the story's emotional core. "Extremely Loud" opens Christmas Day.

UPDATE: Warners is finally screening the movie, which Daldry wasn't able to make available in time for the moved-up New York Film Critics Circle voting. The Hollywood Foreign Press has screened the film in advance of their December 7 Golden Globes deadline, and the LA press corps (including the AFI jury and LA Film Critics) is seeing the film Wednesday night at a special LACMA cocktail party, screening and Q & A with Daldry, Bullock, Horn, screenwriter Eric Roth and supporting actor candidate Max Von Sydow. (Hanks is currently filming "Cloud Atlas.")

Here's the synopsis:

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” tells the story of one young boy’s journey from heartbreaking loss to self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11.  Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist.  And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York.  As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a variety of individuals, all survivors in their own way.  Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: community.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.