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Watch: Brand New Trailer For J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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There are few directors at the blockbuster level who are as engaged in the marketing of their films than J.J. Abrams. The director understands how word travels around the web and uses it both to his advantage and control. He's been behind viral campaigns for his previous films, and even though he gamely showed a select group of movie folks the 9 minute preview for "Star Trek Into Darkness" that's now playing in front of IMAX screenings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," he asked they not reveal too much (though we just saw it in the theater and broke it down a bit more in detail here). But it's purity of experience he's hoping to achieve, which brings us to this new teaser trailer.

First Look At January Jones & Elisabeth Moss In Sundance Pics 'Sweetwater' & 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 11:38 AM
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This Christmas holidays are nearly upon us (damn, that was fast) and while Hollywood will take a brief breather, come January everyone will be packing their bags and kicking off 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival. It's as pretty stellar lineup this year, and in particular, two projects with female leads -- hailing from the same hit TV show -- are ones we'll be keeping our eye on.

Oscar Isaac & Max Minghella Get Together On 'Memorial Day' For Kieran Darcy-Smith

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 11:17 AM
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There is nothing better to have in Hollywood than options, and Aussie helmer and Blue Tongue Films collective member Kieran Darcy-Smith is learning that lesson. The actor arrived at Sundance earlier this year with his debut feature, "Wish You Were Here," and while not exactly a breakout hit, it seems to have provided more than enough momentum to get some projects set up. He's already slated to helm a segment of the omnibus "Sydney Unplugged," this fall he lined up the thriller "By Way Of Helena" and he's got an untitled romance kicking around as well. Now comes another project and should all the chips fall into place, it will be his next.

John Boorman Talks Almost Making 'Lord Of The Rings,' Working With Marcello Mastroianni, What He's Doing Next & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 17, 2012 11:02 AM
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Veteran director John Boorman, president of the Jury at the Marrakech International Film Festival last week, has had an interestingly checkered career of era-defining highs ("Deliverance," "Point Blank") and baffling, outlandish lows ("Zardoz,""Exorcist II") and all points in between. Now nearing 80, the director, in addition to his presidential duties, was the subject of a "Conversation with…" evening, during which time he reminisced and curmudgeoned in a profane, often hilarious manner, following a showing of his daughter Katrine's documentary about him, "Me and Me Dad." Unfortunately we missed the film, but heard good things about it, and the “Conversation with...” went a long way to making up for that in sheer entertainment value.  Essentially as often in his career, Boorman gave the audience exactly what they wanted: lots of gossipy anecdotes about the people he's worked with, and plenty of Billy Wilder quotes. Here are a few choice findings from the evening.

All The Songs In 'This Is 40' Including Paul Simon, Missy Elliot, Van Halen, The Pixies & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:36 AM
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While turning 40 in Judd Apatow's latest might not be pretty, the writer/director/producer knows that of the many things that mark mid-life, music is a big one. And perhaps more than any other of his films to date, "This Is 40" is stacked with music. The official soundtrack boasts 17 songs, including new tunes from Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Graham Parker, and Lindsey Buckingham. The movie itself features even more, including a handful of unlikely surprises.

Watch: 30-Minute Conversation With Martin Scorsese From Jon Favreau's 'Dinner For Five'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:25 AM
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If you were a film fan and had the Independent Film Channel in the early aughts, there was no doubt you were watching "Dinner For Five." Jon Favreau led the unscripted show that found him sitting down each week for a meal with four actors, directors, writers etc. to talk about film. The format was simple, and rarely deviated from its conversational tone, except when it came to the legendary Martin Scorsese.

'Barbara' Director Christian Petzold Talks The Influence Of 'Klute' & Reveals What He Plans To Do Next

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 17, 2012 10:02 AM
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When the wall came down, German filmmakers found themselves ushered into two clusters: those that concentrated on the country’s fascist past and the others that shined light on anything else. The latter clique was hailed as pushing the medium forward; they often dabbled in social-realism with little dialogue and snail-like pacing -- and though their box office receipts were low in comparison to their brother faction, they seduced international audiences and held their ground at many of the world’s foremost film festivals. As the first and second generation of directors emerging after the split, the media dubbed their movement the “Berlin School” (a moniker they’re not thrilled over) and the team pressed on making films, a trio of them even coming together to shoot a “Red Riding”-esque trilogy in “Dreileben.”

Aubrey Plaza & John C. Reilly To Star In Zombie Comedy 'Life After Beth'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 17, 2012 9:44 AM
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Ever since the 2009 premiere of “Parks and Recreation,” Aubrey Plaza has proved to be an interesting comedic presence that has impressed the likes of Judd Apatow and Edgar Wright, who cast her in “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” respectively. With her first lead role in “The To Do List” hitting next year, the deadpan actress is also gearing up to star opposite John C. Reilly in the zombie comedy “Life After Beth.”

Watch: Sam Worthington Gets Wet In Trailer For Surfing Drama 'Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 9:24 AM
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The world of surfing movies isn't really all that big, and "Point Break" aside, it isn't all that popular either. Remember this fall's "Chasing Mavericks"? Yeah, we nearly forgot it hit theaters and like most things involving Gerard Butler these days, audiences didn't seem to care about it at all. But can an unshaven and shaggy Sam Worthington change the tide?

Watch: New Trailer & Pics From 'Broken City' Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 9:04 AM
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It's going to be a big 2013 for Mark Wahlberg, with at least three movies on the way, and possibly four (depending on where Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" lands). But before he pumps iron in Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain," or gets set up by the mob with Denzel Washington in "2 Guns," Wahlberg will starting off the year in the grimy "Broken City."

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