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    YouTube - Across the Universe Trailer

    Check out the trailer.

    I definitely will be seeing this one

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    Wow! Looks great. Love the music already.
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    I don't know how I feel about this. I'm not a fan of Julie Taymor, I'm pretty unimpressed by her over the top visuals (she's the woman who directed Lion King on Broadway for Disney), but it looks interesting. I'll probably wait til closer to the release date to decide if I want to see it.

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    I can't wait for this to come out. After seeing the preview I actually went home and whipped out my Rufus Wainwright cd so I could hear his cover of "across the universe"
    "Give me your love and I'll give you--the Perfect Love Song!"

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    I love Rufus' version of the song! I saw the previews for this today. Is this the movie where Bono plays Lemmy from Motorhead?

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    I'm really excited to see this. I saw the trailer before Spiderman 3, which was odd because it was wedged between a bunch of summer blockbusters, but it looked gorgeous on the screen.

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    Here's the soundtrack list for those still interested. Whoever let Bono sing two songs (let alone "I Am The Walrus" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds") should be punished.

    Source: Interscope

    "Girl"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess (cast member)

    "Helter Skelter"
    Performed by Dana Fuchs (cast member)

    "Hold Me Tight"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Lisa Hogg (cast members)

    "All My Loving"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess (cast members)

    "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
    Performed by TV Carpio (cast member)

    "With A Little Help From My Friends"
    Performed by Joe Anderson, Jim Sturgess & Dorm Buddies (cast members)

    "It Won't Be Long"
    Performed by Evan Rachel Wood (cast member)

    "I've Just Seen A Face"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess (cast member)

    "Let It Be"
    Performed by Carol Woods, Timothy T. Mitchum (cast members)

    "Come Together"
    Perfomed by Joe Cocker, Martin Luther (cast members)

    "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"
    Performed by Dana Fuchs (cast member)

    "If I Fell"
    Performed by Evan Rachel Wood (cast member)

    "I Want You"
    Performed by Joe Anderson (cast)

    "Dear Prudence"
    Performed by Dana Fuchs, Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, TV Carpio (cast members)

    "Flying"
    Performed by The Secret Machines (not cast members)
    Produced by Elliot Goldenthal & The Secret Machines

    "Blue Jay Way"
    Performed by The Secret Machines (not cast members)
    Produced by Elliot Goldenthal & The Secret Machines

    "I Am The Walrus"
    Performed by Bono (cast member)
    Produced by Elliot Goldenthal & The Secret Machines

    "The Benefit Of Mr. Kite"
    Performed by Eddie Izzard (cast member)

    "Because"
    Performed by Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, TV Carpio, Martin Luther

    "Something"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess (cast member)

    "Oh Darling"
    Performed by Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther (cast members)

    "Strawberry Fields"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson (cast members)

    "Revolution"
    Perfomed by Jim Sturgess (cast members)

    "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
    Performed by Martin Luther (cast member)

    "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"
    Performed by Joe Anderson (cast member)

    "Blackbird"
    Performed by Evan Rachel Wood (cast member)

    "Hey Jude"
    Performed by Joe Anderson (cast member)

    "Don't Let Me Down"
    Performed by Dana Fuchs (cast member)

    "All You Need Is Love"
    Performed by Jim Sturgess, Dana Fuchs (cast members)

    "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
    Performed by Bono (this is an end title song and is not performed on camera as a character of the movie)

    Oddly enough, "Across The Universe" isn't here. I wonder why they featured it in the trailer.
    There's also another trailer floating around, attached to select showings of both "Transformers" and "Harry Potter": I've Just Seen A Face Trailer
    I saw a film today, oh boy.

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    I've seen the trailer a few times and I can't wait to see it.
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    i just saw the trailer at the movies tonight and i am so pumped. this looks like the most visually interesting film! that plus beatles, i'm in. i can't wait.

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    Hey, guys. Thought I'd update the thread now that I've seen the movie! I took my entire family downtown yesterday to see it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we all loved it! I was so worried I'd walk out disappointed because that is what usually happens when I anticipate a film for this long. Fortunately, I can say that it was fantastic. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to love it.

    I really enjoyed it, even though it's a very mixed bag. There are definitely glaring flaws in terms of plot and character development, but almost every single performance (I really didn't need "Don't Let Me Down" performed on a rooftop) was remarkable, especially Jim Sturgess's selection. His renditions of "I've Just Seen A Face", "Something" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" were some of the best in the entire film. "Something" has actually been haunting me since walking out of the theatre - it's one of the most touching moments in the film. Anyway, I think the majority of Beatles fans will at least enjoy it, but I suspect some of the "trippy" sequences or more theatrical performances ("I Want You", "Come Together", "Mr. Kite" and even "Happiness Is A Warm Gun") might turn some viewers away. My father, THE Beatles fan, actually really liked the film - I was sure he would hate it - but even he said that the aforementioned songs didn't need the jazzy dance sequences. From what I've heard, those scenes are precisely what the producers wanted cut. I personally loved them all, even "Mr. Kite", but I can see where he's coming from.

    I'd highly recommend it, but only to a select group of people who would understand the music and the in-jokes, namely Beatles fans. I would really love to take my friends to see it with me for a second time, but they have never listened to an album before. All three leads are extremely likable and can sing their hearts out. The direction, visuals and cinematography are all excellent. It just won't appeal to a lot of people because it's so wacky and different.

    Overall, I'd say it's a solid flick. I really enjoyed the covers (Strugess' voice is by far the best), the visuals and the flow of the "storyline". The visuals during "I Want You", "Because", "I Am The Walrus" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" in particular were jaw-dropping. I was really impressed with how the director was able to separate the lyrics from the songs to tell the story. As much as I loved Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite (hilarious improvisations, see here), it felt really disjointed and was the only segment I felt they could do without.

    Also, just thought I'd note that there was a Q&A with director Julie Taymor herself afterwards, and she mentioned that 90% of the vocals in the film were done live on-set. Evan Rachel Wood's "If I Fell" was done live on her first take, and this is what was put into the final cut. It was very impressive - she made my mother and sister cry.

    If anyone is interested, the soundtrack is (illegally) available online, but it officially comes out on Friday with the film's limited release.
    The Soundtrack
    I saw a film today, oh boy.

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    I am dying to see this moving. I live in a small place in Canada so I will have to wait forever.

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    Evan has a really good voice.

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    The cast (minus Joe Anderson) and the director were on Oprah last week. It's such a cute interview - they just keep crying every time they show a clip!

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3

    They were also on Good Morning America last week:

    Good Morning America Performance
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    I saw it today and walked out confused. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I think there were a few very good scenes, the acting and singing were wonderful and most characters very likeable but the movie its self just didn't do it for me. I don't really know what I was expecting, but that wasn't it. Does anyone else who has seen it know what I mean? I can't explain it but something about the movie really turned me off.

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    Hm, I'm hoping to see it by next week, since IT IS NOT at the local hick theatres over here.

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