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3D Sized 'Star Wars: Episode II' and 'III' Get Release Date Arrive Back-To-Back In Fall 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 2:17 PM
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It's easy to forget, but earlier this year, George Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, re-released cosmic disappointment "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" into theaters, this time converted to snazzy 3D. Because, you know, everyone wanted Jar Jar Binks up in their shit. While it didn't hang around in theaters for very long, this new version of 'Phantom Menace' did eek out a pretty healthy profit (almost $45 million), which doesn't come close to touching the haul that "The Lion King" made last year in a similar 3D run, it's still pretty damn good, especially because, at this point, it's just printing its own money. Well, Lucas will be returning to that well for the remainder of the prequel trilogy, with the official Lucas Twitter account announcing September and October 2013 releases for 3D versions of "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." Start charging your movie-quality lightsabers now.

Watch: First Teaser Debuts For Michael Winterbottom's Toronto-Bound 'Everyday'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 12:43 PM
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Michael Winterbottom is a predictably unpredictable filmmaker – always zigging when you think he's going to zag, and taking on material that is uniform only in the sense that it's always very different and very challenging. Everything from his hardcore sex romp "9 Songs" to his sci-fi-ish "Code 39" to a bunch of movies that don't have numbers in the title (like his terrific Southern noir "The Killer Inside Me" and his ridiculously funny "The Trip"), Winterbottom constantly surprises and even if they aren't all classics (like his revisionist literary take "Trishna" from earlier this year), they're all interesting. And with the release of the teaser for his new film "Everyday," set to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, his trend for eclecticism seems to have continued unabated.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Django Unchained' Offers Up A Bit More Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 12:25 PM
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"The production was just out of control, over-budget, it was everywhere," Anthony LaPaglia recently shared about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which he was compelled to drop out of as his shooting schedule got pushed further and further back. And with the film only wrapping at the end of July, it's going to be a race to reach its December release. And while some folks will recall Tarantino was under a similiar time crunch with "Inglorious Basterds" in order to make its Cannes Film Festival premiere in 2009, he also had the luxury of being able to go in and edit before it hit theaters. Can he get 'Django' in under the wire? Our guess is yes, and certainly, the marketing team believes so as well.

Watch: Second Teaser For HBO's 'The Girl' Sees Hitchcock Play Villain To Tippi Hedren's Victim

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:44 AM
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Following the first limerick-driven glimpse last week of HBO's Alfred Hitchcock/Tippi Hedren dramatization, “The Girl” -- promising a mysterious and even mannered look into the director (Toby Jones) and star's (Sienna Miller) tumultuous relationship -- a second teaser trailer has now appeared to establish even more of the film's tone prior to its fall showing.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Girl' With Toby Jones As Alfred Hitchock & Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 4:52 PM
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Last time around, Toby Jones was playing second fiddle to Philip Seymour Hoffman when the latter's Truman Capote movie, "Capote," arrived before "Infamous." One went on to win an Oscar, the other didn't. This time around, Jones will get a leg up in his portrayal of another famous figure, Alfred Hitchcock, in "The Girl," beating Anthony Hopkins' turn in "Hitchcock," which won't arrive until next spring. And now we have our first taste.

How Do You Plead? New 'Dredd' TV Spot Offers Up More Futuristic Action

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Well, we'll say this about "Dredd" -- it's not going to tax your brain with plot. Two judges, one villain, one building, lotsa explosions. At the very least, it's a far cry from the '90s Sylvester Stallone flick, right?

Watch: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry & More Spread New 'Butter' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:17 PM
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At one time kicked around as a potential awards contender last fall, when it emerged that the politically charged, quirky indie comedy "Butter" didn't quite have the same juice as something like "Little Miss Sunshine," The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to their 2012 calendar. And now, almost a full year since it debuted on the festival circuit, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has dropped. And you know what? It looks pretty delightful.

Watch: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Get Kinky & Creepy In Trailer For Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 11:34 AM
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Depending on which side of the fence you're on, Brian De Palma hasn't made a good movie since the '90s, or he hasn't lost his touch. For everyone who dislikes a certain film, particularly recent pictures like "Femme Fatale" or "The Black Dahlia," there are just as many ready to find the merit and pleasures in the work. And judging by the first trailer for "Passion," that will probably be the case here.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena Patrol The Streets In New 'End Of Watch' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 10:42 AM
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So, is "End Of Watch" yet another familiar cop drama from David Ayer just dressed up in POV/found footage aesthetics or does it truly have something new to say about being a cop in Los Angeles? We'll find out soon enough, but as this new trailer bears out, it certainly won't be lacking energy.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Lawless' Plus 3 Clips From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 6:48 PM
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Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clark are the Bondurant boys in the upcoming "Lawless." And as the trio sling moonshine as prohibition winds to a close, shifting tides of power put their operation and very lives at risk in John Hillcoat's both beautiful and brutal new film where blood and alcohol flow freely.

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