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Universal Buys Novel Manuscript 'Demonologist' For Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 23, 2012 1:20 PM
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In a preemptive bid sure to send any number of struggling novelists scrambling back to their word processors, Deadline notes that Universal has acquired an unpublished manuscript by Andrew Pyper called "Demonologist," which is set to be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

Pixar Releases New, Beautiful Poster for 'Brave' While First Look at DreamWorks' 'Turbo' Doesn't Quite Rev Our Engines

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 23, 2012 12:37 PM
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A brand new poster for Disney/Pixar's forthcoming feminist fairy tale "Brave," debuted over at the film's official iTunes trailer page (via Coming Soon). It's a brilliant combination of various aspects of the film that have been teased via various promotional images – our heroine, Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a tangle of red hair atop her head, virtuously clutching her bow, a string of mystical glowing stones, and a fearsome bear in the background (keep in mind the movie was originally, more creatively called "The Bear and the Bow"). It's a moody and fierce image and it's enough to keep us excited (while we try to forget about all that creative in-fighting that went on during the film's rocky production). On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, however, is a teaser image for DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" (via First Showing).
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Watch: New Teaser For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Has Same Fight, New Blood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 12:30 PM
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And just like that, out of nowhere, comes another new look at Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmasters." Twitch has unveiled a new, Russian teaser trailer for the highly anticipated, mysterious, continually delayed film. It's pretty much what we saw in the teaser last summer, albeit with a few different angles and some very red drops of blood.

Watch: Eerie NSFW Trailer For Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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To say that director Bruno Dumont is divisive would be an understatement, but the two-time Cannes Jury Prize winner ("Flanders," "L'humanité") certainly has his fans, but even they might be tested with his latest effort "Hors Satan" ("Outside Satan"). Premiering at Cannes last year, it's a ridiculously minimal and frustratingly enigmatic film that we didn't care for that much as we found it mysterious nature dull rather than compelling.
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New Images From Zal Batmanglij's 'Sound Of My Voice' Starring Brit Marling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 11:57 AM
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It's one thing for Fox Searchlight to take on a drama about cults from a first time feature filmmaker with no major stars. But it's entirely another thing for the studio to drop a generous helping of the first twelve minutes of the film online, before even a standard trailer has arrived. But that's just what they did earlier this month in a smart move that for anyone who watched (and you should) hooked viewers right into the movie, with the preview ending just at the moment you want to know more.

Watch: Trailer For Abel Ferrara's '4:44 Last Day On Earth' Starring Willem Dafoe

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 23, 2012 11:42 AM
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Someone, somewhere deserves some credit when you watch a trailer for a film that you've already read negative reviews for, yet the trailer still makes you want to see it. That was the case for this writer when watching the trailer for Abel Ferrara's apocalyptic "4:44: Last Day On Earth." Our reviewer saw the film at NYFF last year and found that "for all its arty posturing, there's something anticlimactic and ultimately unfulfilling about the film." If that's the case then that's a real shame, because this is a fairly promising preview.

Watch: French NSFW Trailer & 2 Clips From 'Farewell, My Queen' Starring Diane Kruger & Lea Seydoux

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 23, 2012 11:22 AM
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You can imagine the boardroom pitch can't you? "It's the story of Marie Antoinette...but with some girl on girl action." Well, according to our review at Berlinale 2012, the introduction of lesbianism into the tale of France's tragic queen is to no great effect. In fact, the verdict was that it was "overwrought and strangely lacking in drama, staggering under the deadening weight of an uninvolving central character." Well now comes the chance to start forming your own opinions after taking a look at a NSFW trailer and two clips from the film starring Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen.

It's 'Pain And Gain' For Anthony Mackie As He Joins Michael Bay's Crime Caper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 11:08 AM
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While Anthony Mackie might not be a household name just yet, should his star continue to rise, it won't be long before that happens. The talented actor broke through with "The Hurt Locker," but savvy filmgoers already knew he was something special if they caught him in "8 Mile" or "Half Nelson." Since then, he's become one of those actors who elevates a film by his mere presence (he's pretty much the only thing worth watching in "Real Steel") and it's no suprise he's getting snapped up for films left and right. With "Ten Year," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Gangster Squad" on the way this year, Mackie has added another gig to his plate.

New Looks At Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson & Jude Law In Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 10:45 AM
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Don't expect the usual costume drama routine from Joe Wright's experimental take on "Anna Karenina." Yes, it has been adapted for the big screen before, but if early word on this project is any indication, it's going to be unlike anything we've seen before.

Watch: Trailer For Morgan Spurlock's 'Comic-Con Episode IV - A Fan's Hope'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 23, 2012 10:45 AM
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Love him or hate him, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve found the often antagonizing but occasionally thought provoking “Super Size Me” documentarian Morgan Spurlock to be of interest at some point in his career. From his revealing take on the McDonald’s menu to his recent look at product placement and promotion in our culture with “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Spurlock has covered much ground in his effort to satirize (and investigate) many elements of everyday American life.

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