Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Amanda Seyfried Gets Double-Promotion Before 'New Moon'

When I went to see New Moon in the movie theater last week, there were a ton of trailers for love stories, angsty teen tales of affection, stories where the lovers have been kept apart for one reason or another, which makes sense, given the subject matter of the latest Twilight film and the fact that New Moon references the star-crossed Romeo and Juliet so much.

However it did surprise me to see Amanda Seyfried, who plays the eldest daughter on HBO's Big Love and starred opposite Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, featured in two trailers prior to the New Moon showing. It's going to be a big year for her apparently.

The first trailer was for Letters to Juliet, a film where Seyfried, while in Verona (home of the fictional Romeo and Juliet tale), helps an older woman (Vanessa Redgrave) track down an old lover whom she'd blown off decades earlier. With Taylor Swift's Love Story playing over the tail-end of the trailer, the film appears as though it'll be a sweet confection. Wonder if it'll be any good?

The second Seyfried-centric trailer was for a movie based on the Nicholas Sparks book, Dear John, about a young woman who meets a solider who's on leave, they fall in love during a two-week period and then, after he returns to duty the couple takes it old school and writes letters to one another, actually putting pen to paper. This film, which is slated for a February release, seems heavier that the Juliet fare but, ironically, also involves writing letters. Hmm, will the two films will spark a trend, make it cool to write letters again?

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