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Watch: Haunting, Moving Trailer For 'The Impossible' With Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 6:03 PM
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We've seen a few Spanish language spots for Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible" but none have landed with quite the impact (forgive the pun) for the latest domestic spot, one that makes a serious case that we could be looking at an Oscar contender here. Certainly, Summit hopes so.

Watch: James Franco Directs Samsung Galaxy Note Ad Starring James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:47 PM
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Well, you gotta give the folks over at advertising firm Cheil USA a hand, because if you're going to come up with a campaign around the Samsung Galaxy Note touting its multitasking capabalities, there are few celebrities more equipped to deliver that message than James Franco. Hell, in the past week or so alone we've seen a pretty shitty trailer for the indie flick "The Letter" (quantity isn't always quality), and learned that he's casting up his feature film adapatation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and producing some kind of art project about fame riffing on himself and Lindsay Lohan.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says You'll Only See Smaug's Eye In The First 'The Hobbit' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:20 PM
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...and then there were three. With everything official for "The Hobbit" to be turned into a trilogy, it looks like we're going to be talking about Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth for a lot longer than we expected. And we can also start picking apart when various members of the massive cast will appear across the span of the three pictures. And for those of you who are fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, you won't be seeing much of his Smaug until at least "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" (or whatever the second entry winds up being called).

First Official Image Of Forest Whitaker As 'The Butler' In Lee Daniels' Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 4:45 PM
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Well, after spending the better part of the spring and summer assembling its massive ensemble cast, Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is now rolling and perhaps in preparation for sales at TIFF next month, the first official image from the film has dropped. And it's a silhouette.

Ridley Scott Halts Production On 'The Counselor' In Wake Of Tony Scott's Death

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:57 PM
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Today, Hollywood continues to reel from the tragic news that director Tony Scott took his own life over the weekend. While he shared collaborations with many of Hollywood's brightest talents and biggest stars, none were as close, creative or deeply meaningful as those with this brother Ridley Scott. The pair put their names behind Scott Free, a production shingle responsible for dozens of TV shows and films, allowing the brothers to develop and manage projects they were both passionate about. Tony's absence is undoubtedly a great loss, and understandably, Ridley is taking some time to grieve.

New Images From 'Jack Reacher,' 'Anna Karenina' And 'Violet & Daisy' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:16 PM
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Over the weekend, this writer finished reading "Persuader," one of Lee Child's dozen plus books centering on ex-military man turned drifter/problem solver Jack Reacher, and it only underscores how divisive the casting of Tom Cruise is in "Jack Reacher," based on "One Shot." In the books, Reacher is a six foot something, larger than life bruiser whose sheer physical size can be intimdating to those who cross his path -- not exactly the kind of image you get from the 5'7" Cruise. But with a new image now landing, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is ready to address the doubters. 

First Look: Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand Gearing Up For Their 'Guilt Trip'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 20, 2012 2:42 PM
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Awww, now that's one delightful duo. Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand aren't exactly two names you'd expect to see share top billing on any feature but the pair play mother and son in Anne Fletcher's upcoming road-trip comedy "The Guilt Trip."

Paramount's Post-DreamWorks Animation Slate Includes 'SpongeBob' Sequel, 'Dora The Explorer' Movie & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2012 2:18 PM
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It's an interesting time for animation at Paramount. For many years they were the sole distributor of DreamWorks Animation's animated product. After this fall's "Rise of the Guardians" though, that will no longer be the case, leaving DreamWorks to fend for itself (the studio is still figuring out what it's going to do but it's looking like Sony will probably distribute, starting with Chris Sanders' caveman romp "The Croods") and Paramount to look for fresh animated product, following its Best Animated Feature win for last year's "Rango." Well, the studio is releasing more details about its next phase of animation. Oh, and DreamWorks released a new photo from its movie about an F-1 racing snail. Whew.

Unused Scenes From 'There Will Be Blood' Reworked For 'The Master' & More From Paul Thomas Anderson About The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 1:50 PM
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While for most prestigious movies, audiences have to wait until after their high-falutin' red carpet festival premieres before they can see it for themselves, with "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson is changing the game. The film had its first surprise public screening Santa Monica at the beginning of the month, had a last minute fundraising showing in Chicago last week (see our review here), and over the weekend, had two more unannounced unveilings in New York City. But even so, the curtain has been somewhat closed on the movie from the filmmaker himself, but in his first interview about the film, Paul Thomas Anderson shares his inspirations and frustrations about getting the movie out there.

Watch: Deleted Scene From 'The Avengers' Featuring Mark Ruffalo & Harry Dean Stanton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 1:16 PM
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With the summer movie season fading, "The Avengers" will emerge as the biggest hit of the blockbuster months with a $1.4 billion and change haul from the box office. But Marvel's money train for the movie won't end as next month, the movie hits Blu-ray and, with die hard fans already guaranteed to buy the home video release, the studio is hoping the extras will entice everyone else.

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