‘The Soloist’ poster and behind-the-scenes featurette

Posted by · 7:58 am · September 14th, 2008

Lots of stuff happening on the promotion front this week.  Posters and trailers galore.  More on all of that in tomorrow’s “Off the Carpet” column, but for now, it looks like Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” has landed a one-sheet:

DreamWorks SKG's The Soloist

Meh.  Shades of “Brokeback Mountain.”  And I’m not crazy about the tagline either.  I like the scribbling along the edges, though.

Additionally, Apple has released a behind-the-scenes featurette of the film.  Have a look:

The offical website for “The Soloist” went up this weekend as well, and as always, you can keep track of the latest over at the film’s buzz page.

While I’m on the topic, I should point out that Steve Lopez is one of the coolest cats in town, bar none.  I met him a few months back at Vroman’s in Pasadena.  He spoke at length to a crowd of eager bookworms about his encounters with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers on the streets of Los Angeles, which of course led to numerous articles in the paper and the inevitable book.

(I’ve always thought the best part of that audio recording from Vroman’s was when Lopez talks about how he and Ayers call each other Mr.s Lopez and Mr. Ayers.  No one tells a story like Lopez.)

As for the film version, I think Robert Downey Jr. has really nailed Lopez’s look.  I half-expected there to be no particular interest in mimicking it, so thank God for small miracles.

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  • 1 9-14-2008 at 8:18 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Much as I like Downey Jr, and interesting as the source material is, I can’t get excited about this film — something about it seems too safe and on-the-nose to me. That awful poster pretty much represents the film I’m imagining.

    I really want be wrong in this case.

  • 2 9-14-2008 at 8:26 am

    Chad said...

    This film looks like it’s one Robin Williams cameo away from being “August Rush”

  • 3 9-14-2008 at 8:33 am

    Casey said...

    I’m with Guy. the only thing they could’ve done to lower my anticipation for this film was let out a poster like that. and i’m a big fan of RDJ

  • 4 9-14-2008 at 8:57 am

    JAB said...

    i think Downey will get a nomination for this film though, as recognition for his year as a whole.

  • 5 9-14-2008 at 10:49 am

    Casey said...

    ya i wouldnt doubt it

  • 6 9-14-2008 at 11:25 am

    JAB said...

    this is way off topic, but I just read an interview with Michelle Williams, and I think think she might be a dark horse for “Wendy & Lucy” apparently she’s in every shot of the film, if she delivers a dominant performance that could be the role to beat.

  • 7 9-14-2008 at 11:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Totally JAB. Big campaign in the works for Williams (who’s been on our chart for a few weeks now). But the competition is tough in the lead actress category this year, so it’ll be tough.

  • 8 9-14-2008 at 11:58 am

    JAB said...

    maybe she’s this year’s Maggie Gyllenhaal in “SherryBaby”, but hopefully Michelle get’s the nod!

  • 9 9-14-2008 at 1:30 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I guess I’m the only one, but I went to see “Burn After Reading” today and I saw the trailer for “The Soloist,” and it doesn’t look half-bad if done right. I like the poster as well.

    Whatever. Oh and “Burn After Reading” is f(cking phenomenal.

  • 10 9-14-2008 at 2:26 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, I’m keeping an eye on Williams too — looking forward to seeing “Wendy and Lucy” at the LFF.

    It will help her cause that she also give a stunning performance in “Incendiary” (a quite problematic film otherwise). Plus there’s “Synecdoche, New York” — the Academy likes hard workers. And there’s obviously a lot of goodwill towards her lately.

  • 11 9-14-2008 at 3:12 pm

    JAB said...

    does wendy & lucy have a distributor/release date yet?

  • 12 9-14-2008 at 3:24 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I know 42 West is planning an actress push for Williams. But I’m not sure if there is a distrib. yet.

  • 13 9-15-2008 at 7:22 am

    BJT said...

    Is it me or do the yellow sketchy bits on the cello make it look like Foxx is wearing a huge earring?