Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cloverfield Trailer, Title with Beowulf?

According to Coming Soon, the November 16th release of Beowulf could have the official trailer for Cloverfield attached to it. Since the point of the trailer would be to promote the movie coming out two months later, its not a reach to assume the official title of the movie would be revealed. This has not been confirmed officially but it wouldn't suprise me if something gets leaked before the 16th.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Another new website has popped up to enter the online marketing campaign for Cloverfield / 01-18-08. The site is which involves a character from the film, Jamie Rascano (she was one of the identified myspace profiles). The password to enter the site is jllovesth (all lower case, password is case sensitive) and so far the only content on the site is three videos, which have been mirrored on YouTube (see below).

Video 1 is a short little hi and I love you to her boyfriend Teddy Hanssen with the ironic ending of "don't show this to anyone on the Internet." Followed about how she is getting a bladder infection.
Video 2 covers a gift that Jamie received from Teddy and told not to open until 12/9 and she loves her man.
Video 3 discusses Jamie meeting the dreaded ex-girlfriend, who threatens to create lies to break Jamie and Teddy up. Apparently a bad day for her all around and the long distance relationship is stressing her.

Jamie and Teddy Video 1

Jamie and Teddy Video 2

Jamie and Teddy Video 3

Overall, the videos do nothing in regards to the Cloverfield mystery. So far its seems designed mostly to get you to know the character and her long distance boyfriend back story. Information and password provided by Cloverfield Clues.

Friday, October 5, 2007

New Abram's Project: Fringe

Variety is reporting that the Mission Impossible III team of JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are getting together to create a new series for Fox called Fringe. Orci and Kurtzman are currently working on Star Trek XI with Abrams, wrote Transformers and currently in negotiations for Transformers 2.

The 3 will executive produce the show and wrote the spec script and are working on getting together a showrunner (and one assumes writers) for the program.

From Variety, ""Fringe" mixes elements of "The X-Files" and Paddy Chayefsky's "Altered States" with what Abrams calls "a slight 'Twilight Zone' vibe." It will focus on brilliant but possibly crazy research scientist Walter Bishop [think House but more so], his estranged son and a female FBI agent who brings them together. Episodes will explore self-contained mysteries of the paranormal, as well as the relationships between the three leads."

The full article can be found here.

Why am I writing about this here? Well, the blog is Once Cloverfield has come and gone, I intend to cover Abram's other projects in some form or fashion. Since the script is done, the hard part is finished since the show runners will handle most of the day to day details while they just handle the approval of larger issues such as leads and the like so doubt this will interfere with their various current and future projects.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Cloverfield Related Site

A new site that may be part of the official online "canon" of Cloverfield / 1-18-08 has been discovered. The site is for the Tagruato Corp joining Slusho and 1-18-08 in this odd trinity of sites for the movies viral marketing campaign.

Tagruto Corp is a deep sea drilling company (for oil) which ties in nicely to the oceanic origins of Slusho (of which Tagruto is the parent company) and the probably deep sea birthplace of the Cloverfield monster.

Clicking around the site brings up the usual company info, statements and press releases but nothing that reveals details on the movie. Other subsidiaries include Bold Futura, Yoshida Medical Research, and ParafFun! Wax Distributors, none of which have seperate sites, so far anyway.

One thing to note is the CEO of the company - Ganu Yoshida. The son of the creator of Slusho was named Ganu and is also the one that "discovered a deep sea ingredient" on the ocean floor. An ingredient that seems to fuel the various company subsidiaries. In the Slusho description no last names where given but safe to say the two are one and the same.

The company also has a deep sea drilling station called "Chuai Station" in the Pacific probably a few hundred miles from New York that opened in September. Perhaps the monster comes from there?

As for as using WHOIS information for the site, it copies the Slusho's to a tee with same e-mail address, street address and phone number (all fake). The site was registered on 7/25/07 by Daiske Kagashima (same last name as Slusho's registrant Satoshi Kagashima).

Official Site Update

The official site had a small update with a new picture of a chef with a recipe written in japanese on the back. What it means is beyond me.

Translation from
Thank you for checking us out! We are introducing this week's tasty one dish. Make sure you eat it cold!

* Skinless chicken breast - 2, cut in halves
* Sŭen noodles - 10 oz.
* Watercress - 1/2 cup cut into small strips
* Turnip - 1/2 cup, thinly sliced
* Shiitake Mushrooms - 1/2 cup
* Chicken stock - 1/3 cup
* Sake - 2 tbsp.
* Sugar - 1/2 tsp.
* Deep Sea Nectar - 1 pinch

In a small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup water, chicken stock, sake, and sugar. Chill it until it becomes cold. Grill the chicken breast on both sides for about 8 minutes, and then chill. Boil the noodles for about 3 minutes, and then run under cold water until chilled. Mix the watercress, radish, and mushrooms into the sŭen. Slice the chicken thinly and arrange on top of the sŭen mix. Just before you serve, put the deep sea nectar in the sauce and pour over the noodles generously.

Go Go Delicious Chef!

In addition to the official site update, a new site was discovered Tagruato Corp (details here). As Dave's Movie Corner discovered, doing a google search of Tagruato brings up an interesting resturant review hit for Garbanzo's in Norway. The writing is a bit full of it and boring but there is one part that reminds me of Slusho's origins as an ocean floor secret ingredient found by Slusho's founders' son Ganu (Tagruato Corp's CEO).

I called Chef Nakamura to my side, clapped him upon the back, and demanded an explanation. I quickly realized my mistake, as Nakamura is a somewhat long-winded fellow. The recipe, he blabbered, was sent to him by his brother, a fellow chef working in Tokyo, where it had been gaining favor in some of Japan’s most well-renowned restaurants. It contained the finest ingredients money can buy, from fresh bay leaves imported by a company called Fotopoulos Herb Gardens in Crete, to something the Japanese call “kaitei no mitsu”, or “Seabed’s Nectar”, shipped in dry ice by a company out of Honshu called Tagruato. I feigned interest in the chef’s incessant prattle, distracted by the unveiling of desert. A chilled strawberry white wine soup, the highlight of the meal. I felt like I could destroy the cosmos using only the patch of flesh where my pinkie toe used to live.