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“Zero Dark Thirty” Tops the Box Office

January 14, 2013

zero-dark-thirty-releases-a-uk-poster-121641-00-1000-100On a weekend when its star Jessica Chastain won her first and much deserved Golden Globe Award and in its first weekend in national release, the controversial but brilliant thriller Zero Dark Thirty hit the top of the box office chart with $24 million. That brings the film’s total to $29 million with much more to come for this Oscar contender that I gave a “A” grade to…. Zero easily beat the two newcomers as the new horror spoof A Haunted House took in $ 18 million while the star-studded action drama Gangster Squad with Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin opened to an ok $16 million… The Oscar noms gave nice boosts to Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook while Globe winner Les Miserables topped $119 million and became the fifth biggest musical film in history surpassing Hairspray… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 16 Zero Dark Thirty Sony $24,000,000 +790.2% 2,937 +2,877 $8,172 $29,481,000 $40 4
2 N A Haunted House ORF $18,817,000 – 2,160 – $8,712 $18,817,000 $2.5 1
3 N Gangster Squad WB $16,710,000 – 3,103 – $5,385 $16,710,000 – 1
4 2 Django Unchained Wein. $11,065,000 -44.7% 3,012 +2 $3,674 $125,399,000 $100 3
5 4 Les Miserables (2012) Uni. $10,127,000 -36.8% 2,927 +23 $3,460 $119,206,000 $61 3
6 3 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $9,080,000 -48.2% 3,012 -743 $3,015 $278,124,000 – 5
7 8 Lincoln BV $6,314,000 +16.6% 2,027 +126 $3,115 $152,579,000 $65 10
8 5 Parental Guidance Fox $6,100,000 -37.1% 2,957 -411 $2,063 $60,650,000 $25 3
9 1 Texas Chainsaw 3D LGF $5,150,000 -76.3% 2,659 +5 $1,937 $30,752,000 – 2
10 12 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $5,000,000 +38.2% 810 +65 $6,173 $41,306,000 $21 9


“Spiderman” is Pretty Great but not totally “Amazing” at the Box Office

July 9, 2012

While it missed the lofty box office heights of its predecessors, the latest comic book reboot, The Amazing Spiderman, still did pretty darn good at the box office in its opening weekend. Spiderman took in $65 million over the weekend and a total of $140 million since opening on Tuesday for the 4th of July holiday. That’s good for a rebirth of the saga, along the lines of the grosses for Batman Begins and X-Men First Class, as Box Office Mojo notes. However, it was below the last trilogy’s opening numbers. The new film stars Golden Globe nominees Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone along with Oscar winner Sally Field, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen and Emmy nominee Denis Leary in some fantastic performances in a very solid film. I gave Spiderman an A- grade and I think it could hold up very well in the weeks ahead…. As for the other new films, Oliver Stone’s Savages took in a lackluster $16 million (continuing Taylor Kitsch‘s 2012 losing streak) while Katy Perry‘s concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me was a disappointment with only $7 million and $10 million total since Thursday. Also tumbling this week was Magic Mike which took an expected giant drop of 60%. However, that film is already massively profitable… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N The Amazing Spider-Man Sony $65,000,000 – 4,318 – $15,053 $140,000,000 $230 1
2 1 Ted Uni. $32,593,000 -40.1% 3,256 +17 $10,010 $120,240,000 $50 2
3 3 Brave BV $20,162,000 -40.9% 3,891 -273 $5,182 $174,519,000 $185 3
4 N Savages (2012) Uni. $16,162,000 – 2,628 – $6,150 $16,162,000 $45 1
5 2 Magic Mike WB $15,610,000 -60.1% 3,120 +190 $5,003 $72,797,000 $7 2
6 4 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection LGF $10,200,000 -59.8% 2,161 – $4,720 $45,846,000 $20 2
7 5 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted P/DW $7,700,000 -35.0% 2,861 -854 $2,691 $196,020,000 $145 5
8 N Katy Perry: Part of Me Par. $7,150,000 – 2,730 – $2,619 $10,250,000 $12 1
9 7 Moonrise Kingdom Focus $4,642,000 -5.8% 884 +30 $5,251 $26,893,000 $16 7
10 17 To Rome with Love SPC $3,502,000 +405.9% 806 +777 $4,345 $5,621,000 – 3

The Hunger Games wins Big at a Boring MTV Movie Awards

June 4, 2012

I almost forgot the MTV Movie Awards were on tonight as I really don’t watch anything on MTV anymore. Add that to the fact that the show is always ridiculously predictable (hello, the winners are notified before hand) and it has become the annual Twilight awards for the past few years. Luckily these fan-voted awards mixed it up a bit giving the far superior film The Hunger Games several awards. However, the awful latest Twilight installment still won Best Movie and the most annoying and terrible actress on Earth Kristen Stewart was there to accept the award and make me want to jump off a cliff…. She was only one bad part of this boring and not particularly funny show hosted by a lazy Russell Brand… The two saviors were the preview of the awesome The Dark Knight Rises and the welcome presence of the always lovely, funny, and gracious Emma Stone who won the “Trailblazer” award… For all the deets on the show, head to MTV here and check out the winners below…

2012 MTV Movie Award Winners:

Movie of the Year

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1

Best Male Performance
Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Mellark) – The Hunger Games

Best Female Performance
Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss Everdeen) – The Hunger Games

Breakthrough Performance
Shailene Woodley (as Alex King) – The Descendants

Best On-Screen Transformation
Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games

Best Kiss
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1

Best Fight
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games

Best Cast
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton)

Best On-Screen Dirt Bag
Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses

Best Hero
Daniel Radcliffe (as Harry Potter) – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

Best Music
“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO (21 Jump Street)

MTV Generation Award
Johnny Depp

MTV Trailblazer Award
Emma Stone

Harry Potter casts as Spell at the People’s Choice Awards

January 12, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not only the biggest movie of 2011, but it’s also the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Film. In fact, the movie won 4 awards at last nights kudosfest hosted by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco. It was a deserving winner and one of several that made me happy. Usually this show, voted on by the fans online, is a wash honoring several blah choices like Taylor Swift and Adam Sandler. However, this year, along with Potter, I was thrilled to see wins for Hot in Cleveland, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Degeneres, Bridesmaids, Lea Michelle and Emma Stone. Check out all the winners below and for more on what the people love, head to their website here.

2012 People’s Choice Award Winners:
Favorite Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Drama Movie: “Water for Elephants”
Favorite Comedy Movie: “Bridesmaids”
Favorite Action Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman
Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Grace Moretz
Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Book Adaptation: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Superhero: “The Green Lantern”
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp, “Rango”

Favorite Network TV Drama: “Supernatural”
Favorite Cable TV Drama: “Pretty Little Liars”
Favorite Network TV Comedy: “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: “Hot in Cleveland”
Favorite TV Crime Drama: “Castle”
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: “Supernatural”
Favorite TV Competition Show: “American Idol”
Favorite New TV Drama: “Person of Interest”
Favorite New TV Comedy: “2 Broke Girls”
Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Lea Michele, “Glee”
Favorite TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion, “Castle”
Favorite TV Drama Actress: Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Late-Night TV Host: Jimmy Fallon
Favorite TV Guest Star: Katy Perry, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Celebreality Star: Kim Kardashian

Favorite Album: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
Favorite Song of the Year: “E.T.,” Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
Favorite Music Video: Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night”
Favorite Tour Headliner: Katy Perry
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Pop Artist: Demi Lovato
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

2011’s Acting Overachievers

December 31, 2011

It seemed everywhere you turned in 2011, there was a gorgeous new actress tearing up the screen. Whether playing a dim bulb Southern belle, a long-suffering wife, a young Mossad agent or a Shakespearean muse, Jessica Chastain was pretty much flawless. And it’s likely she’ll grab an Oscar nomination for her role in The Help (though some have championed her work in The Tree of Life). Regardless, Chastain is 2011’s biggest overachiever with roles in 7 films…. However, she’s not alone. Take a look at this list of the year’s biggest stars and their multiple film roles.

2011’s Big Screen Overachievers:

1. Jessica Chastain: She’s the undisputed breakthrough star of the year and is being hailed as the heir to the Meryl Streep/Cate Blanchett throne.
Her output this year~ The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, The Debt, Corolianus, Texas Killing Fields, Wild Salome

2. Michael Fassbender: this sexy star first turned our heads in Inglorious Basterds. Now, he has three potential Oscar contenders and should grab his first nomination for his soul and body baring role in Shame.
His films: Shame, A Dangerous Method, X Men: First Class, Jane Eyre

3. Robin Wright: the critically respected actress finally parted ways with Sean Penn a while back and has been working nonstop in critically respected films big and small turning out amazing work this year, especially in Rampart as a conflicted boozy litigator and as the stoic woman being held responsible in the assassination of Lincoln in The Conspirator.
Wrights films: The Conspirator, Rampart, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

4. Daniel Craig: Mr. James Bond had a rather roller coaster year with a big summer bomb (Cowboys & Aliens) and a smash end of the year hit (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Craig’s films: Cowboys & Aliens, Dream House, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

5. Matt Damon: the guy just never stops working and he’s always good even when the movies are bad…
Damon’s films: The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, Margaret, Happy Feet 2, We Bought a Zoo

And some honorable mentions go to these busy actors over the past year…

Kate Winslet: Carnage, Contagion and the epic miniseries Mildred Pierce
Ryan Reynolds: poor guy was bomb central with The Green Lantern, Fireflies in the Garden (what?) and The Change Up
Emma Stone: The Help, Friends with Benefits, Crazy Stupid Love
Chris Evans: Puncture, What’s Your Number, Captain America: The First Avenger
Dame Judi Dench: Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, J. Edgar

And I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few, so if you want to add to the list, hit me up in the comments. And who do you think will be 2012’s overachiever?

“The Help” is the Best Movie of 2011 and Sure to be a Big Oscar Player

August 16, 2011

Watching the beautiful and brilliant film The Help this weekend, I was a sniveling crying mess. That is when I wasn’t laughing like a crazy person or entranced by the luminous and fantastic performances. You see this film based on the best seller by Kathryn Stockett is a must see and by far the best movie of 2011 thus far. Sure this year hasn’t given us too many awards worthy films (aside from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Beginners and Crazy Stupid Love), but irregardless, The Help is bound to be a big Oscar player at year’s end.
The film follows Skeeter (Emma Stone) as she travels home from college to Jackson Mississippi in the early 60’s hoping to become a writer. She sets out to write a book on the experiences of the black maids of her town and the white families they work for. Through the stories of the stoic Aibileene (Viola Davis) and the sassy Minny (Octavia Spencer) and their peers, the film explores what it was really like in the South during the volatile Civil Rights era. And boy does the film deliver. It’s at times hilarious and heartfelt while also harrowing and heartbreaking. The cast is extraordinary led by the Oscar worthy performances of Davis and Spencer who breathe hard worn life into these three-dimensional brave and determined women who are fighting for a better life for their children and themselves. Davis is simply awe-inspiring. With the subtlest of reactions, she could move you to tears. Her strength and conviction are unparalleled and Spencer is a revelation. While she throws off many of the films best one liners (along with a hysterical Sissy Spacek as an older Southern woman fighting dementia and her daughter played with an extreme villainy that is simply horrifying and perfectly executed by Bryce Dallas Howard), she also embodies the abuse that was so unfortunately common at the time. However, she does it with grace and dignity. The other revelatory performance comes from 2011 “It Girl” Jessica Chastain (Tree Of Life, Coriolanus, The Debt) who plays a shunned white trash wife who battles for her own standing in the community. Simply incredible… In fact, I’ll say it again the whole cast was just wonderful with Emma Stone giving her most fully realized performance to date and Allison Janney as her mother delivering a tricky role with ease. (I don’t want to spoil anything for you there). Plus Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson is tremendous in it as well. In fact, you could fill up the whole Oscar Supporting Actress category with women from this film and clearly it will be a front-runner for the SAG Ensemble Award.
So, just where will it stand at the Oscars? Here’s where I think it will be recognized….

Definite Oscar nominations:
Best Actress: Viola Davis (she could go Supporting though)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Best Costume Design
Best Original Song: “The Living Proof”- Mary J. Blige & Thomas Newman (performed by Blige)

Likely Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Original Score
Best Adapted Screenplay

Possible Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain

Best Art Direction

Dark Horse but Deserving Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney
Best Actress: Emma Stone
Best Director: Tate Taylor

I cant recommend this uplifting and empowering and educational film enough. If you have a heart, you will love it. Go see it today and watch for the Awards to start rolling in. Grade: A+

And here’s the trailer for The Help:

Box Office~ “The Help” is a big ole Hit!

August 14, 2011

The Help needed no helping hand at the box office this weekend as it over-performed most expectations pulling in $$25.5 million on top of the $10 million it earned since opening Wednesday. That’s a total of $35 million for the film which only cost $25 million and it should have strong legs in the weeks ahead. It helps that The Help, starring the brilliant Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer, is getting rave reviews from audience members and strong notices from critics. (I give the film an “A+”~ the best movie of the year so far!). In fact, I see such a great road ahead for the movie that it could get a boost months down the road from likely Oscar nominations…. Also needing no help was Rise of the Planet of the Apes which narrowly won the weekend with a strong $27 million for a two-week tally of $104 million. It’s the surprise action smash of the summer…. With the good news for those films and strong holds for Crazy Stupid Love and Captain America came disappointing news for three other new films. Final Destination 5 arrived way under expectations to an ok $18.4 million while the new comedy 30 Minutes or Less opened poorly to $13 million making it the second R rated bomb comedy in a row following the mess that is The Change Up. Finally, I’m sad to say Glee Live 3D Concert Movie fared poorly as well barely registering with $5.7 million and that’s a shame because it’s an incredibly moving and entertaining film. (I give it an “A” grade.) Perhaps the gleeks have already spent enough on the tour and music downloads that they didn’t see the need to head to the cinemas, not to mention the show returns for another season next month….. For more on these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top eleven (yes I had to stretch it this weekend) below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Fox $27,500,000 -49.8% 3,691 +43 $7,451 $104,876,000 $93 2
2 N The Help BV $25,525,000 – 2,534 – $10,073 $35,399,000 – 1
3 N Final Destination 5 WB (NL) $18,400,000 – 3,155 – $5,832 $18,400,000 – 1
4 2 The Smurfs Sony $13,500,000 -34.8% 3,427 +32 $3,939 $101,546,000 $110 3
5 N 30 Minutes or Less Sony $13,000,000 – 2,888 – $4,501 $13,000,000 – 1
6 3 Cowboys & Aliens Uni. $7,613,000 -51.6% 3,310 -444 $2,300 $81,476,000 $163 3
7 5 Captain America: The First Avenger Par. $7,125,000 -45.3% 2,835 -785 $2,513 $156,885,000 $140 4
8 7 Crazy, Stupid, Love. WB $6,930,000 -42.3% 2,635 -385 $2,630 $55,402,000 $50 3
9 6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $6,875,000 -44.8% 2,414 -761 $2,848 $356,961,000 – 5
10 4 The Change-Up Uni. $6,219,000 -54.0% 2,913 – $2,135 $25,751,000 $52 2
11 N Glee The 3D Concert Movie Fox $5,700,000 – 2,040 – $2,794 $5,700,000 – 1

An Underperforming “Cowboys” eecks out a win over “The Smurfs”

August 1, 2011

So, I head out-of-town for a few days, and when I return, Hollywood has gone a little crazy. How else to explain The Smurfs almost overtaking the highly touted Cowboys & Aliens at the box office this weekend. Well, for one, audiences loved the Smurfs which surprisingly overperformed opening to $35.6 million.  And secondly, Cowboys couldn’t match expectations, got bad reviews and poor audience scores and just narrowly won the weekend with $36.4 million. (That was a full $10 million under most already low-balled projections). The road ahead for Cowboys looks very rough considering its ginormous price tag and will likely give Universal two stinkers in a row after Larry Crowne. At least they had the massive success of Bridesmaids and Fast Five earlier this summer. As for The Smurfs, watch for this family friendly film to hold up well in the weeks ahead. The same could be said for the other opening film this weekend, the lovely romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love with Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone that opened to a good $19.1 million…. Elsewhere at the box office, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 officially became the highest grossing film in the series this weekend both domestically and internationally. Holy Harry! … For more numbers and info, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Cowboys & Aliens Uni. $36,431,290 – 3,750 – $9,715 $36,431,290 $163 1
2 N The Smurfs Sony $35,611,637 – 3,395 – $10,489 $35,611,637 – 1
3 1 Captain America: The First Avenger Par. $25,554,303 -60.7% 3,715 – $6,879 $117,421,571 $140 2
4 2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $21,977,093 -53.7% 4,145 -230 $5,302 $318,511,602 – 3
5 N Crazy, Stupid, Love. WB $19,104,303 – 3,020 – $6,326 $19,104,303 – 1
6 3 Friends with Benefits SGem $9,275,692 -50.2% 2,926 – $3,170 $38,175,973 $35 2
7 5 Horrible Bosses WB (NL) $7,189,365 -39.5% 2,510 -594 $2,864 $96,290,917 $35 4
8 4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $6,086,311 -49.5% 2,604 -771 $2,337 $338,007,725 $195 5
9 6 Zookeeper Sony $4,301,893 -50.6% 2,418 -797 $1,779 $68,832,733 $80 4
10 7 Cars 2 BV $2,349,142 -58.5% 1,763 -905 $1,332 $182,118,690 $200 6

Today’s Oscar Contender~ “The Whistleblower” is Fascinating, Harrowing and Fantastic

July 27, 2011

Rarely do Oscar worthy films come out in August, but it’s not without precedent. Two years ago, Meryl Streep grabbed her 16th Oscar nomination for Julie & Julia that month and this year several films aim to replicate that success. Out at the end of the month is the thriller The Debt with Oscar winner Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) and Sam Worthington (Avatar), and August 8th, the highly anticipated film adaptation of the award-winning novel The Help hits theatres. This one stars Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, Oscar nominee Viola Davis, Emmy winner Allison Janney, Chastain (again), Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone and has awards written all over it… However, there is one small film opening on August 5th that deserves serious Oscar attention, The Whistleblower. This dark, compelling, and exceptionally done political thriller details the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac (played by Oscar winner Rachel Weisz) who served as a peacekeeper in post war Bosnia in the 90’s and worked to uncover a massive sex trafficking scandal. She fought different law enforcement officials from multiple countries, U.N. dignitaries, political policies and corrupt people of all stripes to bring these horrible crimes to light, and the film captures her struggle with unflinching integrity and honesty. It’s a disturbing picture to watch at times, but an important one that is wonderfully realized by first time writer/director Larysa Kondracki. It features an Award-worthy performance by Weisz who is given ample exemplary support by Moncia Belluci, Oscar nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck), Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) and a brilliant international cast. I highly recommend the film which I saw earlier this week. Check it out next week in Los Angeles and New York with other cities opening throughout the month, and hopefully Academy members will remember the film at the end of the year especially for Picture, Screenplay and Actress (Weisz). For more on the film (which I give an “A” grade to), head here and watch the trailer below.

The Whistleblower

First Look~ The Amazing Spiderman!

July 20, 2011

With the annual geekfest Comic Con in full effect in San Diego this week, the entertainment industry has swarmed over the city to pimp their newest and most prized projects. Along with panels for summer movies like Cowboys & Aliens and Fright Night, you’ll get confabs on TV shows like Glee, Dexter, Terra Nova and Fringe. But what may be most exciting is a glimpse at big movies heading our way over the next year and arguably the most anticipated is the rebooted Spiderman franchise pic, The Amazing Spiderman. The first in the new series features Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) taking over from Tobey Maguire as the titular character alongside a great cast including two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (Places in the Heart, Norma Rae) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as his Aunt and Uncle, Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone (Easy A) as his first love Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as the villain. They all work under the direction of Mark Webb who is best known for the fantastic indie romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, and judging from the first trailer that leaked at Comic Con, it looks pretty good. (However, the CGI scenes look a little too video-gamey for me). Take a peak for yourself below and watch as Spidey flies back into theatres July 3, 2012.

The Amazing Spiderman trailer