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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trailer

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the raise-your-hand-if-you-brought-your-towel dept.

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Rakkis writes "A new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trailer is available on the frontpage of Amazon.com. From IMDb: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy follows the travels of Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), who is saved from the demolition of the Earth by his pal Ford Prefect (Mos Def). Ford is really an alien doing research for an updated edition of the universe's ultimate travel companion, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." -- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy opens April 29th.""

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Direct link to the movie (4, Informative)

alanw (1822) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689778)

All I can see on the front page (Firefox 1.0) is the plain text
Now Playing on Amazon.com: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Download the Flash Player.
A quick look at the html with w3m shows the direct link to the flash movie [amazon.com]

[anti-slash] help celebrate the firing of Michael (0, Flamebait)

jihadi_celebration (859737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689811)

For public distribution (13 Feb 2005):

Anti-slash [anti-slash.org] confirms: Slashdot's editors are dying.

In another devistating blow to slashdot's editors, it was learned that Michael was fired as an editor on slashdot. We at anti-slash are proud to have brought about this partial victory by our unrelenting jihad of bringing their injustices to light.

The specifics of this case are documented in this post: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=138099&cid=115 70041 [slashdot.org]
Quote:
I got this from a verified source who's in the know:

Long story short, michael was canned for his abusive and egotistical personality.

Rob's been building a list of complaints by users about michael's abusive patterns but he never acted on it. Well, michael managed to bitchslap one of Rob's old college buddies' accounts along with a couple of paid accounts, word eventually filtered down to Rob, and he had kittens. He convinced michael's OSTG manager to track him down and drag him into a conference call.

Rob laid down the law and started reading off complaints and michael raised his voice, saying that if Rob had a personal problem with him that he didn't need to go over his head and involve his manager in it.

During the shouting match, michael's editor flag was revoked. He was in the admin area at the time and he noticed.

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michael's manager ducked out of the call to page (read: wake up) Hemos (overseas on business) to three-way him into the call, to try and calm everyone down.

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michael just hung up, and that was the end of the call as well as michael's employment with OSTG.

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Re:Direct link to the movie (2, Informative)

Folmer (827037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689852)

It looks like my adblock filterset.G blocked it.
Now when i have disabled adblock it plays, but at random places in the trailer it just stops playing. I can't remember when i last went to this much trouble to see a trailer, but i'm about to give up now...

complete? (2, Interesting)

moz25 (262020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689791)

Cool. Does the final movie include the entire series?

Re:complete? (5, Insightful)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689845)

I sure hope not. Generally trying to force even one novel into a movie results in lots being cut (See also: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), trying to fit a whole series would be disastrous.

Re:complete? (1)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690016)

People I've spoken to that went to the screeners said that it's only the first book. Hopefully this does well enough to justify sequels.

Can't see it (0, Redundant)

fixmyship (802069) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689795)

Apparantly the trailer won't show in firefox. Might be my adblock filter though.

Re:Can't see it (1)

Sardak (773761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689913)

Worked fine for me. Firefox 1.0, Fedora Core 3, KDE. No adblock installed, so you may be right.

Re:Can't see it (1)

fixmyship (802069) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689971)

Yeah, it's my adblock filter: /ads/ which works most of the time, but when they put the flash movie in their ad directory you know what happens.

Re:Can't see it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689915)

works for me - Debian unstable Firefox + mplayer plugin

make sure you have mplayer plugin installed

Re:Can't see it (1, Informative)

glpierce (731733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689961)

The object is located in a folder names "ads", and is therefore blocked by just about any ad-filtering solution. It is not a false positive, however, as it is an ad (it just happens to be an ad that you want to see).

Re:Can't see it (1, Offtopic)

pudding7 (584715) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689987)

Golly. Wonder why so many people still use that bug-ridden, security nightmare called IE.

I like it. (1, Interesting)

Mach5 (3371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689799)

I've read the whole series of books multiple times, and I'd have to say, after seeing the trailer and reading reviews on AICN, it looks like its gonna be good.

Re:I like it. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11690029)

Yeah, I've read the books to. But I don't remember the "Buffereing 20%" part from the books. This seems to be a prominent part of the trailer though.

Humma Kavula (4, Insightful)

LittleGuernica (736577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689800)

Where does this Humma Kavula charachter come from?, played by Malkovich.. Was it created especially for the movie? I like the trailer tho, I think Martin Freeman is great as Arthur, the look on his face when he hears that Zaphod and Prefect are related is brilliant.

Re:Humma Kavula (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689900)

Zaphod and Prefect are related

Sounds like some serious liberties have been taken with the books. Malkovich could be a cameo, but if he has more than two lines you can expect the usual hollywood treatment has occured.

Re:Humma Kavula (4, Informative)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689945)

No, the book (or radio series, or tv, or any combination of the above) says they're distant cousins, and IIRC share several of the same mothers...

Re:Humma Kavula (3, Insightful)

mikey_boy (125590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689988)

this is actually one of those movies where trying to be a purist is going to be nigh on impossible - what do you consider to be the original source material, the books, or the radio plays?! Given that DNA is also credited with the bulk of what has made it into the movie, so I don't think it can be dismissed in the same way.

and the trailer looks pretty damn cool ...

Re:Humma Kavula (-1, Redundant)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690013)

Adams himself wrote the screenplay. He was famous for saying that he didn't want any of the incarnations of the story to ever be the same (hence why the book is different than the radio drama, etc. and so on).

Everything in the movie has Adams' sanction, which means it may be a bit hoopy, and certainly froody, but damn good. I'd like to sass it right now.

Re:Humma Kavula (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690076)

Who cares. It's not like the books didn't take any liberties with the original story. The TV series changed stuff as well.

Re:Humma Kavula (4, Informative)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689921)

According to the IMDB entry for the movie, this character was added specifically for the movie by Adams, who has credits as the screenwriter. So, any changes to the story line are most likely of his own doing.

Re:Humma Kavula (2, Informative)

Wylfing (144940) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690006)

Where does this Humma Kavula charachter come from?, played by Malkovich.. Was it created especially for the movie?

According to IMDB:

John Malkovich's character, a religious leader, was created especially for the movie by Douglas Adams.

Leave it to Disney... (4, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689801)

to screw the fans over by forcing a site like Aint-It-Cool to shut down their download of the trailer just so that Amazon can have non-downloadable, lower resolution, crappier version up "exclusively."

Bite me, Eisner.

Hollywood ... (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689959)

... does have a tendency to make lousy remakes of great originals. I wonder if they will manage to make a hash of 'The Hitchikers Guide'? That being said mucking this up should be impossible. That book is just so damn funny even an idiot should be able to make a at least a mildly funny film from it.

Re:Leave it to Disney... (1)

javaxman (705658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690050)

Oh, it's DISNEY, that explains why Zaphod is missing a head, the trailer doesn't even look remotely funny, and the whole thing in so many other ways seems to completely disrespect and miss the point of the original work.

Too bad. I might get it on Netflix 4 years from now... but probably not. Why oh why couldn't such a project have been handed to Pixar- or anyone but Disney for that matter...

Re:Leave it to Disney... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11690064)

You fuckin' kidding me?!

Someone like Amazon writes me a check for the EXCLUSIVE rights to premiere the trailer online, it's MY responsibility to take action against other sites who *illegally* offer that same content.

Fuck harry in his fat ass. I am tired of people appropriating content that they don't own only to have dipshits like you come along and blame the studio for protecting their intellectual property.

Erm (1, Insightful)

Jethro (14165) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689812)

Is it me, or did that trailer have very, very little showing that might've actually come from the books/radio show?

I mean, yeah, the intro was pretty much the books, but what the heck was all that stuff afterwards?

Re:Erm (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689930)

It's lots of explosiions and 'saving the universe' crap they've grafted in.

That trailer alone has put me off... I'll wait until the proper reviews are in & go and see if if it's any good.

Re:Erm (4, Insightful)

ptlis (772434) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689998)

That trailer alone has put me off...
I have to say the same - I know that the original Radioplay, Books, TV-series & now the film are all distint variations on the same plot but this does not seem to gel with the whole... It is, I hate to say it, painfully Americanised and looks to be heading towards being a Men In Black clone :(.

Re:Erm (0)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689954)

All I saw was an exploding planet with no explanation.

They could have at least put in a Vogon spaceship, have it hover over the planet, then do the destruction thing. Some irony could have been added as well, add a marketing slogan on the side of the ship; "Vogon Intergalactic Highway Construction - building a better future for everyone".

Re:Erm (2, Informative)

EEBaum (520514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690020)

Did you see the same trailer? This one is new and does indeed show Vogon Constructor Ships.

Re:Erm (1)

Jethro (14165) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690021)

Actually, uh, that part they did have in. They had lots of vogon ships and they showed the vogon commander actually explaining the hyperspace bypass thing.

Ford's Thumb? (4, Interesting)

teiresias (101481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689814)

I have mixed feelings about this. I mean every new adaptation of DNA's work is open to interpretation but....

when did Ford's thumb become a magic hitchhiking device?!?

Beyond that, It's not as bad as I feared although not as good as I hoped. I think Marvin looks kinda neat, different from the comic book version. Arthur looks about right although Zaphod I think is gonna kill me. I think they're also gonna play up a Arthur, Trillian romance more which I think will hurt it.

My bum will definitly be in a theater seat the moment this hits theaters though.

Arthur, Trillian romance could work in the film. (2, Funny)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689851)

As long as she continues to treat him as a twit, I think it could work.

Re:Ford's Thumb? (1)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689863)

Wasn't there a sub ethermatic thingummy in the previous versions? That was basically an electronic thumb.

Re:Ford's Thumb? (3, Interesting)

anakin876 (612770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689944)

it looks like the Thumb has become a ring on his finger. I don't think it was ever stated in the books that it was not a ring. I may be wrong though,

Re:Ford's Thumb? (4, Insightful)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689947)

I remember seeing something on the making of X-Men, and one of the designers said yellow spandex looks great in a comic book, but it looks stupid on screen.

If you stick to the original at every instance, your final product might follow the rules perfectly, but not work as well. That's why they did the thumb thing... it looks good (IMO) and drives the story quickly. Anyone watching that will know that the thumb is a communication tool for hitchhicking, even if they don't know the books. It's an OK addition in my book.

I await fanboy flames.

Re:Ford's Thumb? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11690073)

It's probably the sub-etha sens-o-matic thingy that Ford uses to hitch a ride. In the book, he does not put it on his thumb (I think it sits in his carry-all bag), but it makes sense.

Accents (2)

haluness (219661) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689833)

After watching the TV series, Mos Def as Ford Prefect is a bit wierd. From the few scenes in the trailer, Prefect seems a little too, ..., in focus. Whereas in the book and TV series, he also seemed a little out of it.

But then I just saw 5 seconds of Prefect. Can't wait for the movie

I find it slightly worrying... (5, Funny)

al_fruitbat (617734) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689857)

...That they appear to be running around a quarry. This has not yet proven successful for British SF ;-)

Ford? (0, Troll)

arch17c7 (708577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689858)

Mos Def?? MOS DEF?? Who is this guy, and what did he do with Ford Prefect??? Where's a Vogon when you need them?

Re:Ford? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689981)

Oh Christ, I'm just going to call you out right now...are you one of those people that complain when a black guy gets a role for a character you expected to be white? The book does not describe Ford's skin color.

Re:Ford? (2, Interesting)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690030)

No but the book does describe ford as a misfit.. he never quite understood the earth - even his earth name shows some of that misunderstanding.

A streetwise rapper just doesn't fit.

Re:Ford? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11690051)

He's meant to have ginger hair, isn't he? That's a bit of a hint...

Re:Ford? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11690066)

Is race always the first thing you think about? Get past that.

Mos Def (4, Insightful)

eseiat (650560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689995)

Mos Def is an extremely gifted musician and skilled actor. He was recently nominated for an Emmy as a lead actor in a mini-series for his work on Something the Lord Made [imdb.com] on HBO. He has also been in numerous other films which you can look at here [imdb.com].

No sound at work.. (3, Funny)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689880)

without hearing anything, it looks great. If worse comes to worse, I can just go to see it with a good pair if earplugs in.

Looks cool. (1)

JossiRossi (840900) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689881)

Performing the primary job of a trailer, it looks cool. The visuals seem rather impressive actually. I suppose this might be worth checking out in the theatres. I know it can't BE the novel. The book being too amazing. But perhaps it can at the very least do an ok job of entertaining me for a while.

huh? (0, Offtopic)

toby (759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689884)

It looks much like the "old" trailer. Nothing to see here, move along...

Date Movie? (-1, Offtopic)

SavoWood (650474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689894)

Would you consider this a date movie? If so, which Linux distro does your date prefer? =-)

Strangely enough, my girlfriend (real live person; not a blow-up doll) likes H2G2 enough to sit through the movie. She also prefers Windows although the virus that infected her computer the other day might change that perception.

Researcher (5, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689899)

Ford is really an alien doing research for an updated edition of the universe's ultimate travel companion, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Belgium, my cover's blown. That's it, I'm off home. Your planet sucked anyway, monkeymen!

Except for the ale, of course. And the cheese biscuits, you know those octagonal ones with the sesame seeds on, they were quite nice too. Still, anyway, I'm back to Betelgeuse...

Bring a Towel (3, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689901)

If I go to this film in the theater, and I see anyone sans towel, I'm going to be very depressed, and I will probably panic as a result.

Mos Def and Martin Freeman? (0, Troll)

jwcorder (776512) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689910)

My god man. Anytime your movie headlines a rapper as the main star you are in trouble. Won't be seeing this one.

Do they mention 42 in the movie? (5, Interesting)

nganju (821034) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689914)


I'd hate to have our inside geek joke be revealed to the world. It's always been sort of a secret code, if you knew what it meant, then you belonged to the tribe. Now every avid moviegoer in the world will know what it means.

Re:Do they mention 42 in the movie? (1)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690078)

That's a good point. Why can't we keep 42 as an inside joke and unleash the Goatse guy on the normals?

looks good (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689917)

Looks good, and I'm optimistic.

As a plus, this can legitimately deviate from the books/etc... the books were different from the original radio series, the BBC miniseries was different from both the book and the radio versions.... I'd expect nothing less than a movie that's different from all three previous versions.

wtf this teaser has been out for months (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689922)

what about a new trailer? hmmm?

Slashdot editors are DYING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689926)

For public distribution (13 Feb 2005):

Anti-slash [anti-slash.org] confirms: Slashdot's editors are dying.

In another devistating blow to slashdot's editors, it was learned that Michael was fired as an editor on slashdot. We at anti-slash are proud to have brought about this partial victory by our unrelenting jihad of bringing their injustices to light.

The specifics of this case are documented in this post:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=138099&cid=1 15 70041

Quote:
I got this from a verified source who's in the know:

Long story short, michael was canned for his abusive and egotistical personality.

Rob's been building a list of complaints by users about michael's abusive patterns but he never acted on it. Well, michael managed to bitchslap one of Rob's old college buddies' accounts along with a couple of paid accounts, word eventually filtered down to Rob, and he had kittens. He convinced michael's OSTG manager to track him down and drag him into a conference call.

Rob laid down the law and started reading off complaints and michael raised his voice, saying that if Rob had a personal problem with him that he didn't need to go over his head and involve his manager in it.

During the shouting match, michael's editor flag was revoked. He was in the admin area at the time and he noticed.

At this point he went totally ballistic and started screaming about how this was why he moved, to get away from "arrogant elitist bullshit". (this is a direct quote.. michael actually did move from New York to Canada to protest George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001. Andover kept him on since it was only an all-remote job anyway.)

michael's manager ducked out of the call to page (read: wake up) Hemos (overseas on business) to three-way him into the call, to try and calm everyone down.

There was some more shouting, and michael's manager told him that things aren't working out well, and that he's going to recommend that his employment be terminated.

michael just hung up, and that was the end of the call as well as michael's employment with OSTG.


This can be confirmed by visiting http://slashdot.org/authors.pl [slashdot.org]. Michael is not listed.

Fact: Slashdot's editors are dying

w00t!! Mos Def!! (1)

de1orean (851146) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689935)

i had no idea he was playing Ford Prefect. i was mildly excited about this before, but now i can hardly contain myself.

-geeky fanboy x 2

so far not good ... (-1)

JSkills (69686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689936)

Ok so the trailer seemed to lack something the books all had - humor. Seemed like an action movie trailer or something. Can you imagine they make it into another Men In Black?

Where the hell is Zaphod's second head????

Did they change Trillian's name to Trisha?

Bad vibes already :-(

Re:so far not good ... (3, Informative)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689976)

When Arthur met Trillian on Earth (Islington) before she went off with Zaphod, she was still called Trisha McMillan.

I think Zaphod's second head is inside his nostril, or something like that.

Re:so far not good ... (1)

Cyphus (818873) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690005)

Zaphod's second head is what you see right before he presses the big blue button (p.s. its under his chin) Trillian's name has always been Trisha (Macmillan - hence Trillian).

Re:so far not good ... (1)

Lupulack (3988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690026)

>> Did they change Trillian's name to Trisha?

Her real name is Trisha McMillan , shortened by the non-ape descendants to Trillian. So no , it's not a Hollywood style liberty

Retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689948)

This looks retarded.

Movie wont be an adaption of books at all (5, Informative)

Miaomiao (618330) | more than 9 years ago | (#11689970)

It's a little hard to believe, but the movie is actually one of Douglous Adam's last works.

One thing the movie wont be is an adaption of the books and radio play all over again, it's something fresh new and different in the Hitchhiker universe. I'm looking forward to it very much.

If you're curious about what the plans for the movie were, and the process heading up to it you might want to check out "A Salmon of Doubt" which compiles Adam's final works, along with several letters and coorespondencies leading up to this movie amoung other things

I'm going to be forever wondering what the story behind half a cat and the rhino will be though...

MOST Definitely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689979)

MOS DEF? Ford Prefect? WTF?OMGLOL! That is the last person who I'd expect to be Ford Prefect.
Trillion had better be played by Dolly Parton in that case!

God damn people (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11689999)

When will you people give this damn thing a rest? It was a bad book and it will be a bad movie. I'm tired of hearing about it.

Straying too far from the path? (3, Interesting)

SethS (721867) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690063)

It looks like they're taking a LOT of creative liberties with the script. Too many perhaps?

For instance... in the preview, they show Ford introducing Arthur to Zaphod. In the book, the whole comedy of the scene is that they both play it cool. Not so in the preview.

It is my fear that Hollywood is going to ruin another perfectly good book. I'd like to go see it, but I'm going to be very sceptical.

A few thoughts (5, Insightful)

sprocketbox (636698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690070)

Douglas Adams, on a number of occasions, said that he never intended the film to be a direct adaptation of the book. And, in the introduction of at least one of the books, he talked about how the books were different from the TV show which was different from the radio play. I wasn't all that impressed with the trailer. It looks like the story, which was always for me very cerebral, has been dumbed down into an action flick. I like action flicks as much as the next guy, but not every movie has to be one. The trailer does make it come across as very, MIBish. A fun movie, but nothing to write home about. Right now, I'm thinking that Sideways is going to turn out to be a lot funnier than Hitchhiker.

no, no and no (1)

snakeplissken (559127) | more than 9 years ago | (#11690071)

assuming the trailer gives the sense of the film,
then from the macho voiceover announcing the film like it's some sort of action flick, via the sheer cowardice of zaphod's hidden second head, through slapstick, slapstick ffs!, onto the apparent absence of that which defines the h2g2 genre, the book, i don't mean the object in the hand, i mean the voice, the calm measured, well spoken voice that tells you that space is big, really big....
just,
no
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