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Trailers from Hell: Ernest Dickerson on Hammer's 'The Creeping Unknown' (aka 'The Quartermass Xperiment')

Keep Watching the Skies! continues at Trailers from Hell with Ernest Dickerson introducing Hammer's "The Creeping Unknown," starring Brian Donlevy and Jack Warren as a professor and inspector trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious rocket crash, which has left two crew members missing and one mutating into a monster.
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  • October 9, 2013 12:53 PM
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Affleck Tried to Save 'Runner Runner' with His 'Argo' Editor, but Audiences Avoided Timberlake

William Goldenberg took home the editing Oscar for "Argo" and was nominated for "Zero Dark Thirty" in the same year. So when Ben Affleck, back in actor-for-hire mode, saw that his new movie "Runner Runner" needed an overhaul, he called in the best to try and salvage the wreck. Why? It's in any star's interest to make the movie as good as possible. But Justin Timberlake has yet to prove himself as a star who can put butts in seats; he's better as a well-cast supporting player.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 12:50 PM
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Trailer Watch: Shia Labeouf's Euro Trip Goes Haywire in 'Charlie Countryman,' with Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen

A first trailer arrived yesterday for "Charlie Countryman." The film, which is the feature debut of commercials director Fredrik Bond, centers on a young man (Shia Labeouf) who while on a European vacation falls in love and trouble simultaneously when he meets Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood, playing a heavily accented cellist) and discovers she's already attracted the attentions of a vicious Romanian gangster (Mads Mikkelsen).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 12:36 PM
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First Annual SpectreFest Announced, 'An American Werewolf in London,' 'Metropolis' and More at LA's Cinefamily

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SpectreVision, founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has announced their first annual SpectreFest in partnership with Cinefamily. It will be held in Hollywood, running October 19-31.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 12:09 PM
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Review: James Franco's 'As I Lay Directing' (TRAILER)

As the ever prolific James Franco's Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child of God" continues to win strong reviews at NYFF (having premiered at Venice), his Cannes William Faulkner adaptation "As I Lay Dying" has a limited theatrical release October 11. Check out our review, below.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • October 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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In the Works: Alexander Payne Finds Next Project in 'The Judge's Will'

After heading to the black-and-white prairies of "Nebraska," Alexander Payne is next eyeing India. The director and Fox Searchlight are in talks to team on "The Judge's Will."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 11:57 AM
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NYFF: James Gray Talks 'The Immigrant,' Joaquin Phoenix Doesn't (Q & A VIDEO)

James Gray's "The Immigrants" is one of those films where you feel that all the energy went into slavishly recreating the period; you leave humming the sets. At the press conference (see video below), Gray had to do all the talking, as Joaquin Phoenix was there to lend moral support but not much else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 8:01 PM
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Nifty 'Carrie' Promo Stunt (VIDEO)

They dumped red slushies on the Homecoming Queen in "Glee," referencing "Carrie," the Stephen King classic and Brian de Palma movie, which has now been remade by Kimberly Peirce with Chloe Grace Moretz in the Sissy Spacek role and Julianne Moore in for Piper Laurie. Check out this cleverly viral way to market the latest flick about an angry teenager with telekinetic powers:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 7:27 PM
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NYFF: Acting with Non-Actors is the Key to 'Nebraska,' Says Bruce Dern

It was the League of Extraordinarily Mature Gentlemen Day at the New York Film Festival, with two 77-year-old Oscar rivals holding forth in turn, first at the Tuesday morning press conference (Robert Redford for “All is Lost”) and later in the afternoon, with Bruce Dern –whose performance in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” already won him a best actor prize at Cannes – taking the stage, and immediately trying to divert attention away from himself and onto his director.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 8, 2013 6:49 PM
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NYFF: Redford Eventually Does Show for 'All Is Lost' Press Conference (TRAILER)

There’s a running gag among the media regarding Robert Redford’s lack of punctuality – he’s always seemed to take a perverse pleasure in letting the press cool its collective heels. So there wasn’t a lot of surprise in the room at the New York Film Festival Tuesday morning when critic Amy Taubin and director J.C. Chandor were left by their lonesomes, on stage at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, waiting for Redford to appear at the post-screening press conference for Chandor’s “All Is Lost” -- the one-man-Redford show about a sailor lost at sea, and which could – could – be the film that earns the actor his late-inning Oscar.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 8, 2013 6:28 PM
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