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New trailer and featurette for Jackie Robinson biopic 42, starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman

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Director Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, has a new trailer and featurette, highlighting the illustrious career of the famed baseball player who became the first African-American to join a major league team, breaking the color barrier and changing the game forever. Helgeland has been a reliable writer for a while now, but with only a handful of pics under his directing belt. However, some of those were pretty slick, including PAYBACK and A KNIGHT'S TALE, so his involvement on this could very well be another win.

Harrison Ford looks to be "acting his age" these days and this role fits perfectly with the next evolution of his career. It's nice to see the actor switching it up and jumping into roles we never would've seen him in 15-20 years ago. Overall, this looks engaging, but not necessarily a must-see. It's going to have to really "knock it out of the park" to lure me into a dark theater, but I never say never. Except for SMURFS. Never. Ever.

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Here's the synopsis:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are teaming up with director Brian Helgeland for “42,” the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42″ will star Academy Award(R) nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as the innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.

42, starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk, John C. McGinley, and Kelley Jackle is slated to play ball on April 12, 2013.

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10:42PM on 01/10/2013

ummm. . .

I don't know. . .I'd love to see a movie about Robinson but this just . . . doesn't feel right. Hopefully it's just bad marketing.
I don't know. . .I'd love to see a movie about Robinson but this just . . . doesn't feel right. Hopefully it's just bad marketing.
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8:58PM on 01/10/2013

Dem Bums!

I've waited for years for a movie about one of the greatest teams, franchises and dynasties of modern time...the Dodgers! I'm glad to see a movie about Jackie Robinson and has superb accomplishments, but am a little saddened that the movie doesn't focus a little more on the team itself. I'll reserve more judgement for the release date, and I am looking forward to this one. Just kind of bitter sweet at the moment.

God bless you Jack.
I've waited for years for a movie about one of the greatest teams, franchises and dynasties of modern time...the Dodgers! I'm glad to see a movie about Jackie Robinson and has superb accomplishments, but am a little saddened that the movie doesn't focus a little more on the team itself. I'll reserve more judgement for the release date, and I am looking forward to this one. Just kind of bitter sweet at the moment.

God bless you Jack.
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5:57PM on 01/10/2013

Helgeland!

Brian Helgeland, one of the unsung heroes of modern day screenwriting! Honestly one of the best in the business!
And now, from the looks of this trailer, after the great PAYBACK and A KNIGHT'S TALE, it looks like he's finally hit his directorial stride! Cannot wait for this one!
Brian Helgeland, one of the unsung heroes of modern day screenwriting! Honestly one of the best in the business!
And now, from the looks of this trailer, after the great PAYBACK and A KNIGHT'S TALE, it looks like he's finally hit his directorial stride! Cannot wait for this one!
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4:15PM on 01/10/2013

Filming

A lot of the filming of baseball scenes was done in my hometown Chattanooga, TN at Engel Stadium. It was built in 1930 and had some minor changes to make it look more like Ebbets field. Had a bunch of friends go and be "fans" in the crowd. Sadly I was working that day and couldn't get off.
A lot of the filming of baseball scenes was done in my hometown Chattanooga, TN at Engel Stadium. It was built in 1930 and had some minor changes to make it look more like Ebbets field. Had a bunch of friends go and be "fans" in the crowd. Sadly I was working that day and couldn't get off.
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3:53PM on 01/10/2013

I like this trailer a lot more than the first

Good use of music in the trailer (Woodkid's "Run Boy Run" in the beginning and I feel the Jay-Z track fits). Boseman as Robinson appears to have the part down pat. I am probably most fascinated by Chris Meloni as Dodgers' manager Leo Durocher. Great actor and fascinating player.

To answer the tidbit, I'd love to see dramatic retelling of the Baltimore Colts. Perhaps about their rise and fall in the city, culminating in their tenebrious Mayflower retreat.
Good use of music in the trailer (Woodkid's "Run Boy Run" in the beginning and I feel the Jay-Z track fits). Boseman as Robinson appears to have the part down pat. I am probably most fascinated by Chris Meloni as Dodgers' manager Leo Durocher. Great actor and fascinating player.

To answer the tidbit, I'd love to see dramatic retelling of the Baltimore Colts. Perhaps about their rise and fall in the city, culminating in their tenebrious Mayflower retreat.
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3:20PM on 01/10/2013
Was an entertaining trailer but quite literally stopped watching when Jay-Z started playing.
Was an entertaining trailer but quite literally stopped watching when Jay-Z started playing.
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8:55PM on 01/10/2013
When he syllables out the name "Rob-is-son" instead of Jackie's real name "Robinson" I cringe. Where's the respect and why didn't the producers/director of the movie demand it?
When he syllables out the name "Rob-is-son" instead of Jackie's real name "Robinson" I cringe. Where's the respect and why didn't the producers/director of the movie demand it?
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