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March 13, 2014 |
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
March 13, 2014 |
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire. "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase . Regardless, Douglas was a classic. He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
March 13, 2014 |
Hal Douglas, a voice-over artist whose husky intonations provided the backdrop to thousands of movie trailers, has died at age 89, according to the New York Times. Douglas' daughter, Sarah, said the cause was complications of pancreatic cancer. In a career spanning five decades, Douglas narrated trailers for serious dramas ("Philadelphia") comedies ("Meet the Parents," "Men in Black"), action movies ("Lethal Weapon," "Con Air") and everything in between. His demo reel, which you can watch above, further demonstrates his range and prolificacy.
January 30, 2014 |
On Wednesday, the trailer for the film "The Fault In Our Stars" was posted online. On Thursday, the novel was on top of Amazon's bestseller list . The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a girl who meets Gus, a guy (Ansel Elgot) in a cancer support group for teens. Excitement about the film has sent lots of new readers to buy a copy of the book online. John Green's young adult novel "The Fault in Our Stars" was published in January 2012. Since then, it's had plenty of time at the top of bestseller lists, including 68 weeks on our own hardcover list.
January 28, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before getting in State of the Union mode. The Skinny: I've watched the first two episodes of Fox's "The Following," and while the producers have done a good job coming up with compelling and creepy new characters, I'm not sure I'm up for another season of murder and mayhem. It's very draining. Tuesday's headlines include the latest twist in Charter's efforts to buy Time Warner Cable. Also, movie theater owners want shorter trailers and media pundits are busy analyzing Jay Leno's final interviews.
January 27, 2014 |
Cinema owners have long complained about the length of movie trailers. Now they're clamping down. New guidelines issued Monday by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners call for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes. The guidelines, which the trade group said were designed to "maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the industry's marketing efforts," also call for restricting marketing time for trailers to 150 days prior to the release date of the film, and 120 days for all other in-theater marketing materials.