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Trailers From Hell: John Landis on 'Mutiny on the Bounty'

The latest Trailers from Hell features director John Landis on the infamous 70 mm Marlon Brando "Mutiny on the Bounty."
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  • May 21, 2012 2:28 PM
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Video: Hugh Jackman Tributes Gene Kelly from 'Les Miserables' Set

The Academy did a tribute to great song-and-dance man Gene Kelly on May 17 with live testimonials from Justin Timberlake, Nastassja Kinski, Kenny Ortega, Penelope Ann Miller, and Harry Shum, Jr.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 5:28 AM
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Trailer Watch: Bill Murray is FDR in 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

Bill Murray stars as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Roger Michel's "Hyde Park on Hudson," about the true story of a the President's country retreat on the Hudson when he, his wife (Olivia Williams) and mistress (Laura Linney) were joined by King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman).
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  • May 18, 2012 6:27 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante Says 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' Features the Greatest Satanic Performance of All Time

Director Joe Dante ("Gremlins") and co-creator of Trailers from Hell guides us through today's Trailer From Hell feature: 1941's "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Dante claims this movie contains "probably one of the greatest satanic performances of all time."
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  • May 18, 2012 5:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: Bradley Cooper Plays Tortured Writer With Secrets in 'The Words'

A new trailer for "The Words" reveals yet another tortured writer plot (see a more whimsical take in the trailer for "Ruby Sparks"). In this version, Bradley Cooper stars as a writer who finally arrives as the next hot young American novelist. The twist is that he's living a lie, even from his wife (Zoe Saldana). He didn't write the book--he found it and loved it and submiitted it as his own. But the past bites him in the ass as he becomes a huge success. The movie within a movie stars Olivia Wilde and Dennis Quaid, who is telling the story about the young writer. "The Words" was an official 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection, where it was acquired by CBS Films, and opens in theaters September 21, 2012.
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  • May 18, 2012 11:49 AM
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Wes Anderson Talks 'Moonrise Kingdom' and Joining the Cannes Auteur Pantheon; "I'm not actually au courant"

Wes Anderson is a bit dazzled by the Cannes treatment. Having never come to the fest, he got word in Paris that "Moonrise Kingdom" was not only invited to the official selection, but for opening night. Sacre Bleu! And not just as an out-of-competition slot, but in the competition, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:53 AM
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EXCLUSIVE CANNES CLIP: Bronx Taggers in Adam Leon's 'Gimme the Loot'

I caught up with SXSW Narrative Grand Jury Prize-winner "Gimme the Loot" just before Cannes; it's playing in Un Certain Regard. What made this DIY film grab festival gatekeepers' attention? Well, it helps that director Adam Leon is the step-son of 42 West PR honcho Leslee Dart; but the guy's got chops. He has a good eye. Sundance Selects has acquired the film for summer release. See our exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:17 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Weird and Delirious "The Lair of the White Worm" Still Embarrasses Hugh Grant

In our second Trailers From Hell feature, Dan Ireland takes us on an exploration of weird and campy "The Lair of the White Worm." Ireland produced "The Lair of the White Worm" for Ken Russell for Best Run Pictures. It's a delirious adaptation of a Bram Stoker novel that pays heavy homage to Oscar Wilde.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 10:53 AM
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Watch Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes for Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Check out two featurettes from Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" that go behind the scenes with Bill Murray, Edward Norton and the rest of the cast. Cannes gets to see it first on Wednesday, followed by a May 25 release. More featurettes here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 16, 2012 8:30 AM
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Marvel's Kevin Feige Talks to Bloomberg About 'Avengers' and Marvel Future (Video)

In case you weren't aware, Hollywood's man of the hour is Marvel President and "The Avengers" producer Kevin Feige, who speaks to Bloomberg about what is now the summer's first $1 billion blockbuster and what's next. "I have a good job, I can't complain."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 1:32 PM
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