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Movie Websites Launches for October 2 - October 9

October 9th, 2003

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here’s a list of highlights, plus one last look at websites for films opening this week. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.

This will be an abridged version due previously mentioned scheduling conflict. But you can't really tell.

The Alamo
Current Content: The full trailer is up, along with the old teaser trailer.

Barbershop 2
Current Content: A placeholder site so far with just the teaser trailer.

Big Fish
Current Content: Typical Sony placeholder site with just the synopsis and trailer.

Broken Lizard's Club Dread
Current Content: Typical Fox Searchlight placeholder site with just the synopsis so far.

Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind
Current Content: The site is based on the company Lacuna from the movie. Right now its just a commercial for that company, but it says to check back tomorrow for further updates.

The Dreamers
Current Content: Typical Fox Searchlight placeholder site with just the synopsis so far.

Current Content: Simple site without sound or animation. There's some interesting content, including some on the role of Dopamine in the brain. But overall there's not enough to keep a surfer's attention for too long.

Current Content: Another game was added, Stocking Stuffer. But that background music is getting to me something awful. And to think, I've got to listen to every week to check for updates.

Girls Will Be Girls
Current Content: The format is the same as most IFC sites, but there is more content than most of their sites. Trailer, synopsis and cast and crew bios are all there, so are a few clips, image gallery and even sites for the three girls from the film.

Good Boy
Current Content: Another game was added to the site, this one a variation on concentration. Overall, this is a good site especially for its target audience.

House of the Dead
Current Content: The original site was removed due its graphic nature. The new site is toned down, but relatively unchanged.

Intolerable Cruelty
Current Content: Two TV spots and four clips were added just in time for the movie's release.

Kill Bill
Current Content: No changes from last week, and with Volume 1 opening tomorrow I doubt the remaining three character intros will be added till Volume 2 is nearing its release date.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Current Content: The second blog was added to the site, which adds a bit more background information.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Current Content: Did they really need the whole name in the URL? I don't think so. A large portion of the site is called The Journey, which alternates between entries in the Captain's Log and information about life on a ship from the sails to meals. There are also regulars features, but so far much of this is marked coming soon. Synopsis, Cast and Crew Bios, Production Notes and Featurettes are all marked coming soon. That does leave the trailer, images, interviews with three consultants (in .pdf format) and something called The Broadband Experience. The last feature is for Internet Explorer users only, so I can't review it. There are also several international sites, but they are all marked coming soon. The only complaint is the URL, but to deny it an award based on that would be petty, so it wins this week's nugatory Weekly Website Award.

The Matrix Revolutions
Current Content: As expected, there were more updates this week. This time it was information on The Matrix Reloaded's DVD release and a couple more posters, one just for international sites.

Mystic River
Current Content: There were no new additions since the last update. It is still an understated yet compelling website.

Shark Tale
Current Content: New name, new URL, same intro.

The Singing Detective
Current Content: The flash site launched and while it takes a little advantage of the animation flash allows, there is no sound outside the trailer and a clip from E.T. The site does have synopsis and cast and crew bios, but I was looking forward to for some behind the scenes info.

Spider-Man 2
Current Content: Quite a big update this week. A new webisode was added with director Sam Raimi and costume designer James Acheson that is about the changes to Spider-man's costume. The character section was added with brief bios and connections between the characters. In addition, the Ultimate Quiz will quickly show how much time you spent reading Spider-man comics as a kid (for me it was obviously too much.) There were also some more behind the scenes images and another wallpaper added.

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Filed under: Spider-Man 2, Elf, Shark Tale, The Matrix Revolutions, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Big Fish, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Good Boy!, Intolerable Cruelty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Alamo, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The House of the Dead, Club Dread, The Dreamers, The Singing Detective