Remember when hotshot director Ron Howard was Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, or when Bill Murray was one of Saturday Night Live's Not Ready For Primetime Players? Lots of movie actors got their break on television, and we're saluting that tradition. This week on Trailer Park, we're looking at Graduates of the Small Screen.

Fay Grim
Back in 1991 Parker Posey was playing Tess Shelby on the daytime drama As the World Turns, and she also did a made for TV movie that year called First Love, Fatal Love. Now, the always interesting Ms. Posey is starring with Jeff Goldblum in Fay Grim, a sequel to 1997's Henry Fool. Goldblum is a CIA agent who wants a set of notebooks belonging to the husband of Posey's character. The books carry information that may be detrimental to U.S. national security. The trailer shows Posey as a single mom being drawn into a web of international intrigue, and it looks awesome. Perhaps just as intriguing as the film itself is that the movie will be released theatrically and on HDnet Movies on May 18, with the DVD release coming on May 22, which is the following Tuesday. Cinematical's Kim Voynar posted a review of the film here.

Superbad
Michael Cera has an impressive number of television credits for a guy who's only 18. While it wasn't his first appearance, Cera is probably best known for playing George-Michael Bluth on Arrested Development. Superbad is about a pair of dorky best friends (one played by Cera, the other by Jonah Hill) who will be going their separate ways after graduation, and the scene in which the two drunkenly proclaim their fondness for each other while lying in sleeping bags looks like a Brokeback Mountain joke in the offing. Along the way we see our heroes trying to do what high school guys always try to do in teen comedies: get drunk and get lucky. There are a few laughs here, but the teen sex romp has been done to death, so I'll be skipping this one. Scott Weinberg had this to say about the trailer. Check out the trailer yourself:
Numb
Has enough time passed that Matthew Perry can make a film without the audience saying, "hey, that's Chandler from Friends?" Doubtful, but this one looks like it might have breakout potential. Perry plays a chronically depressed man who is desperate to speed up his recovery because he has found the woman he believes to be the love of his life. A dark comedy with lots of potential. Martha Fischer first mentioned Numb here on Cinematical last April.

Hairspray
Yes, he was once the leader of the Sweathogs on TV's Welcome Back Kotter, and now John Travolta is playing an obese woman, which gives a whole new meaning to the idea of stretching as an actor. I was pretty disappointed when the original teaser trailer for Hairspray carried zilch for footage, but now this full length trailer corrects the situation. I haven't seen John Waters' original film or the stage musical on which this version is based, but the cast (which includes Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Queen Latifa), and the 60's-style look of the film are enough to catch my interest. Here's Scott Weinberg's take on it.

Death at a Funeral
The earliest Frank Oz performance I can remember is Grover on Sesame Street, but the IMDB tells us he was playing the muppet Rowlf the Dog on The Jimmy Dean Show as far back as 1963. Oz is the director of Death at a Funeral, a comedy about the merry mix-ups that can happen at a funeral, like the wrong body showing up, some rather unexpected revelations about the deceased's sexual preference and one of the bereaved taking what he thinks is a valium but is in fact a powerful hallucinogen. Most of the cast is British, so the wit is as dry as a good martini. Dying to see this one. This film was first mentioned here on Cinematical about a year ago.

And don't forget to check out these new trailers at AOL's Moviefone:

  • Bug - A psychological thriller starring Ashley Judd. Check out the trailer right here:


  • Civic Duty - A man believes his neighbor to be a terrorist.
  • Casting About - Documentary about the casting of actors.
  • Gracie - A teenage girl overcomes the loss of her brother and struggles to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer.
  • Hairspray - Film adaptation of the hit musical that was in turn based on the John Waters film of the same name.
  • Super Bad - Teen comedy about two high school nerds.
  • I Don't Want To Sleep Alone - A romantic triangle set in Kuala Lumpur