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A Slightly Revised 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer Focuses On The 13 Dwarves

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 5, 2012 8:30 AM
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"I cannot guarantee his safety, nor will I be responsible for his fate," Richard Armitage's Thorin Oakenshield says to Ian McKellen's Gandalf The Grey about Martin Freeman's diminutive Bilbo Baggins in the latest trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Hey, I have a great idea, let's bring a small hobbit on a perilous journey that he may not survive!

Want To Watch The "Greatest Films Of All Time" From The Sight & Sound Poll? Here's How

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 4, 2012 12:46 PM
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With summer's blockbuster season in full swing, films like "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Men in Black 3," and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" are wielding the usual tentpole-like hegemony over the box-office. However, the conversation about cinema this week has been fully dominated by looking back into the rear-view mirror thanks to Sight & Sound's "The Greatest Films Of All Time" poll.

America's Under Siege (Again): First-Look Footage At Long-Delayed 'Red Dawn' Remake

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 4, 2012 11:19 AM
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The past couple of years have seen more than a few long-delayed films finally being released, including last year’s “The Tree of Life” and “Margaret” and this year’s “Cabin in the Woods.” And now we have the first footage from the remake of the '80s America-under-siege film, “Red Dawn,” albeit in butchered form from Entertainment Tonight.

Paul Thomas Anderson Secretly Premieres 'The Master' In Santa Monica; First Reactions Are Largely Wildly Positive

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 4, 2012 8:39 AM
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You have to hand it to Paul Thomas Anderson. Five years ago, the director unveiled his last film, "There Will Be Blood," as a surprise at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, skipping the established festival circuit entirely for a film that turned out to be the best received of 2007. It seemed, briefly, that his follow-up, "The Master," might have a more conventional release strategy for an awards-type film, with news leaking out that the film was set to premiere at Venice before going on to TIFF, perhaps suggesting a more conventional type of marketing push from distributors The Weinstein Company.

Sony Pictures Classics Acquire Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' With Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 7:24 PM
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Of all the director/actor pairings of the year, the one between the acclaimed, but so far firmly arthouse-y Ramin Bahrani, the helmer of "Man Push Cart" and "Goodbye Solo," and Zac Efron, fresh-faced star of the "High School Musical" franchise, is one of the most curious. But after festival plaudits and rave reviews, Bahrani seems ready to break out to a wider audience, while Efron, to his credit, is looking to be taken seriously as an adult leading man, showing up at Cannes with (the admittedly badly received) "The Paperboy," and attaching himself to the remake of "Easy Money" and the Nicholas Stoller/Seth Rogen comedy "Townies," among others.

Soundtrack For 'For A Good Time Call' Features Los Campesinos!, Operator Please, Timber Timbre, More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 3, 2012 6:58 PM
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Frenemies that become phone-sex besties. That's the premise of the Sundance indie comedy "For a Good Time, Call..." Starring Ari Graynor ("The Sitter") and Lauren Miller with appearances by Seth Rogen, Justin Long, Mimi Rogers, James Wolk, Mark Webber, Nia Vardalos and more, Focus Features is releasing the film on August 31.

Is Paul Thomas Anderson Having Difficulties Getting 'The Master' Exhibited In 70mm Format?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 6:39 PM
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Much to everyone's surprise, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is almost upon us. One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, many months of silence went by until a few brief teaser clips were revealed to whet appetites. And out of nowhere, a spectacular full trailer for the film arrived, swiftly followed by reports that "The Master" would play at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals this fall. And suddenly, a big bump up in release dates occurred that meant the film was only six weeks away, set to start rolling out in limited release in the middle of September, soon after the end of TIFF.

More Images Of Toby Jones As Hitchcock And Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren in 'The Girl'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 5:19 PM
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In the red corner! Four-time Academy Award nominee, one-time Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins! In the blue corner! You've seen him in everything from "The Hunger Games" to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," but you've never seen him like this... It's Toby Jones! Yes, the battle of the biopics is gearing up, and the favorite is certainly "Hitchcock," which sees Hopkins play the great director in a film set against the making of "Psycho." But while we wait to see if it'll make it to theaters in time for Oscars qualification, the underdog is sneaking up.

Christian Bale In Talks To Star In Todd Field's 'The Creed Of Violence'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 4:11 PM
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It's now nearly six years since we last saw a film from director Todd Field. And you would think that there wouldn't be such a gap from the filmmaker, given that his directorial debut was the Oscar-nominated "In The Bedroom" (which saw him pick up nods for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay), and his follow-up was the equally acclaimed "Little Children" (which got three Oscar noms, including another for Screenplay for Field).

Watch: Trailer For Lena Dunham-Penned Indie 'Nobody Walks' With John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 3:15 PM
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Just as night follows day, so trailers generally follow posters, and hot on the heels of our exclusive premiere of the one-sheet for Ry Russo-Young's acclaimed Sundance hit "Nobody Walks" yesterday, Apple have premiered the first trailer for the film. And it looks pretty good, all in all. Co-written by "Girls" sensation Lena Dunham, the film follows Martine, a 23-year-old artist from New York City, who stays in the pool house of a Los Angeles family to complete work on her art film. But the characters' worlds are quickly upheaved as lust, desire and deception come creeping into the seemingly idyllic setting.

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