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TIFF Trailer: Jean Dujardin Goes After Drug Dealers In 'The Connection'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 10:25 AM
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The Connection
There are few films about the battle between Johnny Law and drug dealers that can measure up to "The French Connection," so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be Cédric Jimenez's operating principle, as his forthcoming "The Connection" is a Euro flavored take on William Friedkin's classic. The movie is headed to the Toronto International Film Festival for its world premiere, and the first international teaser trailer is here.

Watch: Go Inside The Shady Operation Of Thriller 'Möbius' Starring Jean Dujardin In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 3:13 PM
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While the initial, "Inception"-y trailer for "Möbius" was pretty exciting, it was a disappointment to find out that the resulting thriller ultimately wasn't so hot. Our review out of the Tribeca Flim Festival last year called the picture "story-heavy" and "nakedly superficial," which is a bummer considering the international ensemble pulled together for this one. But if you want to see for yourself, the movie is coming to home video and a new trailer is here to set it all up for you.

Review: 'The Monuments Men' Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Monuments Men
"The Monuments Men" always felt like a worthwhile (if dicey) proposition: it's the true-life tale of a band of Allied art historians and curators who are dropped into occupied territory during the frenzied final moments of World War II, and their goal was simple and seemingly insurmountable. In the words of one character, they were to "protect what's left and find what's missing." Or, secure all of the bridges, artwork, and architectural treasures, while also locating notable works of art that had been stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. Considering how well traveled World War II movies are, it stood to reason that a different take would be welcome and somewhat tricky. Turns out it was even trickier than originally imagined and that for all of its best efforts, "The Monuments Men" remains an unwieldy, overtly sentimental (but still emotionally distant) epic.

Check Out 13 Iconic & Fake Life Magazine Covers From 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Plus 3 Clips

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 12:32 PM
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
With Ben Stiller's ambitious, big-budget romance/adventure/fantasy/remake "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" now in theaters, it's kind of curious that one of the central components of the film has gone somewhat undiscussed: Life magazine. The once iconic weekly news magazine was a major force in photojournalism and reporting, bringing Americans images and stories from the around the world they might not have seen elsewhere, all while maintaining a pulse on the culture at home. In the film, the transition from Life from print to digital plays a crucial part, and throughout the movie, viewers are shown artwork from past issues, but here's the thing: they're all fake.

Watch: Newsreel Trailer, TV Spot, Soundtrack Details & New Images From 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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The Monuments Men
While the woulda/shoulda/coulda conversation about the awards potential for "The Monuments Men" will likely pop up again once reviews for the film start coming in, the bottom line is that it simply wasn't ready. Originally slated to arrive this month, George Clooney's WWII caper was pushed a couple of months so editing, effects and even the score could be finished in time without compromising quality. So with that caveat out of the way, and the production on schedule for a February release, a lot more is being shown off from the movie.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Steals Stolen Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 7:14 AM
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While it won't be in the Oscar mix both because it won't be ready and for the fact that it's, as George Clooney calls it, "a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," "Monuments Men" still has the kind of star power to attract a red carpet. Indeed, it will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in just a couple of months. And with that in mind, a brand new overseas trailer has arrived.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Makes A Case For Oscar Contention

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:22 PM
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Monuments Men
The conversation until now has positioned George Clooney's "Monuments Men" as an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque WWII caper, but not a serious Oscar contender. But that talk will likely change with the arrival of the newest trailer for the film, one that still has the lighter tone of the first teaser, but imbues with some serious elements.

First Official Images Of 'The Artist' Star Jean Dujardin In George Clooney's 'Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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The great George Clooney Hang Out With His Pals And Maybe Get Some Awards movie "Monuments Men" is still a couple of months off, but the big question for Oscar types is whether or not it'll be a piece of popcorn entertainment, a wild WWII adventure or something in between. We'd wager the latter, if only because this cast looks like it's impervious to not having fun.

Casting: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Jean Dujardin & More Sign Up For New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's been a flurry of actors signing onto projects in recent days, with indie projects, tentpoles and European productions all in the mix, here's a quick rundown of who signed onto what.

Tribeca Review: 'Möbius' Spins Off In Too Many Directions You Won't Want To Follow

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2013 8:00 PM
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Who can you trust? It’s the question posed by the international spies at the heart of “Mobius,” all of whom spend their time so deep undercover that they might as well be double-crossing themselves. Of course, as this film proudly, defiantly jumps deep into the pool of international finance trading (which may actually be a thing, or might just be three buzzwords slammed together given the rapid-fire patter of this film), the question audiences will likely be asking is, who can we avoid trusting so we aren’t a part of this whole mess?

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