A trailer for the upcoming coming-of-age comedy Cemetery Junction has popped up online. Written and directed by The Office and Extras creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it’s hard to locate their style of comedy in the trailer. Perhaps that’s because the film isn’t shot documentary-style or Gervais and Merchant aren’t the stars. But the writing and one-liners still lack that subtle bite of Gervais/Merchant comedy. I’m not really sure what to make of this trailer since it’s hard to get any sense of the characters or plot beyond Christian Cooke’s character wanting to run away with his girlfriend and the importance of getting out of a small town. Oh, and the movie takes place in the 60s. I’m sure Gervais and Merchant’s stamp is on the film, but it’s hard to find it within this one minute and forty-four seconds.
Hit the jump to see the trailer and along with the official synopsis. Cemetery Junction opens on April 7th in the UK.
Thanks to rickygervais.com, Facebook and sky movies, a ton of new images from Cemetery Junction have hit the net. If you aren’t excited for this film…you should be. The reason is it’s the first film to be written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras). If you’ve seen either show, you know what I’m talking about.
When I spoke to Gervais when he was out promoting The Invention of Lying, he said Cemetery Junction is “set in the early 70′s and it’s about a group of twenty something’s that try to escape that stifling small town sort of mentality.” He also called the movie his Saturday Night Fever.
While the main characters in the film are played by unknowns, they’ve cast Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, and Felicity Jones in supporting roles. Hit the jump to see the first teaser trailer, a set visit by Sky News, and all the images that have hit the net so far.
Every once in awhile you do an interview that just comes out awesome. Today is one of those days.
I recently got to speak with Matthew Goode and while some actors are guarded and careful with their answers and opinions, what I love about Matthew Goode is his honesty and his willingness to talk about anything and everything. Also, he was willing to light up and smoke on camera and not apologize for it. Trust me when I say most Hollywood actors would never do this.
The reason I got to speak to Goode was for his recent work in Tom Ford’s great debut film A Single Man. But with Goode also in Ricky Gervais upcoming Cemetary Junction and the romantic comedy Leap Year, we also covered those films. And for fans of Watchmen, we discussed that film at length as he played Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias.
If you’re a fan of Matthew Goode, trust me when I say this is a must see interview. Hit the jump to watch it.
A few days ago, I attended the press conference for Ricky Gervais’ new film “The Invention of Lying” at the Toronto Film Festival. While you usually have to wait for the stars to arrive, Ricky showed up a few minutes early and when I went to put my recorder down, I managed to ask him a number of questions about his next project with Stephen Merchant called “Cemetery Junction”. If you’re a fan of “Extras” or the British version of “The Office”, Ricky and Stephen Merchant created the shows together and “Cemetery Junction” is the first film they’ve written and directed together.
Anyway, he told me while filming only recently finished, they’ve already done a friends and family screening and it turned out quite well. He also called the movie his “Saturday Night Fever”. For more on the project and his new HBO animated series “The Ricky Gervais Show”, it’s after the jump:
While this brief promo for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s upcoming film “Cemetery Junction” tells you absolutely nothing about the film and is slightly misleading because it doesn’t actually star Gervais or Merchant (it stars Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, and Jack Doolan as three blue-collar friends in a coming-of-age comedy), it does feature Ralph Fiennes. As Gervais notes, Fiennes–not exactly known for his comedy. Known more for dramas. No amusing anecdotes from the set of “Schindler’s List”, sadly. Nobody putting a little “Hook” lunchbox in the background of one of the concentration camps. That’s a shame. I guess “Schindler’s List” isn’t just missing subtlety, but easter eggs as well.
Hit the jump to check out the promo. “Cemetery Junction” is slated to hit theatres some time next year.
From his official website, writer/director/actor Ricky Gervais has released details about his upcoming film, “Cemetery Junction” which began filming last Tuesday in London. Co-written and co-directed by Gervais and Stephen Merchant (who also collaborated with Gervais on “The Office” and “Extras”), “Junction” tells the story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape.
In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends, Freddie (Christian Cooke), Bruce (Tom Hughes), and Snork (Jack Doolan), spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives for ever. The lesson of the film: never ever bump into old school sweethearts. Avoid them at all costs. In fact, just to be on the safe side, go and shut down your Facebook page.
“Cemetery Junction” also stars Gervais, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Matthew Goode. It’s set to hit theatres sometime in 2010.