Little Miss Sunshine poster

Despite the cloudy weather in NYC, there were two big rays of sunshine in the movie world today. Appropriately, the first came courtesy of the brand new trailer for the indie flick 'Little Miss Sunshine,' starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin and the kid who played Klitz in 'The Girl Next Door' (Paul Dano). For those who aren't familiar with the film, it's about an utterly dysfunctional family road-tripping to a beauty pageant, and it was the hit of the Sundance Film Festival this winter. Besides being utterly hilarious, the trailer kicks of with the Flaming Lips feel-good anthem 'Yeah Yeah Yeah Song' and goes out on a high note with the Sufjan Stevens wanderlust epic 'Chicago.' Any trailer with such fine musical taste has got to be amazing. Admittedly, I'm a little biased -- I saw the movie at Sundance and loved the hell out of it. But after watching this two-minute-and-30-second slice of 'Sunshine,' I want to see it again right now. Unfortunately, it doesn't come out until July 26. Until then, I'll just have to tide myself over by watching this clip ad nauseam. Feel free to join me ...
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Kiefer Sutherland

For the second ray of sun in my day, I have to give thanks to Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from '24.' Like the entire population of the United States, I'm already indebted to Jack for saving my life on numerous occasions; now, I also owe him for selflessly sacrificing his hiatus between seasons six and seven of the hit show to shoot a '24' movie. I am not lying here. Today, Variety reported that 20th Century Fox has struck a deal with show creators Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow to pen the script. The movie will most likely abandon the 24-hours-in-real-time format (not that it wouldn't be fun to see the first 24-hour long movie ever made). No deals are in place with the cast yet, including Sutherland. But shooting a '24' movie minus Kiefer would be like shooting 'Die Hard 4' without Bruce Willis or a 'Snow Dogs 2' without Cuba Gooding Jr. It'll never happen. One last side note before I go: When asked how he felt about the new '24' movie and the rumors that Jack Bauer could kick his butt, the notoriously tight-lipped Superman replied, "No comment." Supes did, however, answer the door wearing his Jack Bauer pajamas.

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