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The War on Women is Real in 'The Dictator' Red Band Trailer

Wow, they went there. The war on women is real in the new red band trailer for "The Dictator." Only Sacha Baron Cohen could be this offensively hilarious. Here's our review from CinemaCon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 2:37 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gyllenhaal & Peña Tug on the Tail of A Cartel Snake in Handheld 'End of Watch'

The trailer for "End of Watch" puts Los Angeles cops Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in the line of fire on gritty LA streets. Written and directed by David Ayer ("Street Kings," "Harsh Times," "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film was shot entirely through handheld HD cameras
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 12:26 PM
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EXCLUSIVE CLIPS: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Sets Brit Seniors in India

Fox Searchlight is cheered indeed by the unexpected global performance of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," starring a cast of high-end Brits, from Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. John Madden ("Doubt") brings a rag tag band of retirees together in a broken-down hotel in India.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 7:23 PM
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BFI Takes on Alfred Hitchcock in Snappy, Vivid Trailer

The British Film Institute just issued a graphic-heavy trailer as a way to promote their upcoming celebration of master auteur Alfred Hitchcock from June to October. The short is an unexpected twist on Saul Bass-influenced credits -- clever and pert. In semi-related news, check out our update of Gervasi's upcoming "Hitchcock" feature.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 5:32 PM
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Johnny Carson Honored as 'King of Late Night' in American Masters PBS Documentary

In the mood to look backwards to the early days of late night TV? To mark the the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over the 'Tonight Show' from Jack Paar, as well as the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement from television, this coming Monday, PBS will honor Johnny Carson as the "King of Late Night" in an American Masters documentary.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 2:13 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sony Targets Adults with 'Hope Springs' and Streep, Carell, and Jones

One of the movies that popped at the theater owners' convention CinemaCon was Sony August release "Hope Springs," starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a middle-aged couple married for 30 years who are utterly bored with each other. They are running on fumes. So Streep drags reluctant Jones to relationship guru Steve Carell, who tries to reignite their sex life and their lives.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 2:10 PM
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Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia Launch Web Series and Shorts to Explore 'Female Characters'

Producer-director Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes," "Up Close and Personal") and filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "In Treatment") have launched a YouTube digital channel, WIGS, to showcase original series and scripted dramatic shorts. And they've lined up a strong acting roster:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 1:44 PM
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Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Rises' Trailer

Selina Kyle: "There's a storm coming." Bruce Wayne: "You sound like you're looking forward to it."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 3:23 AM
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'Avengers' Video Prep: A Super Mash-Up of 182 Super Hero Movies

Before "Marvel's The Avengers" premieres May 4, here's a superior super-hero mash-up to remind you of its predecessors and help you to judge whether the upcoming genre-fest will be "the best super hero movie of all time."  Glossing over 182 films by our count, this Sleepy Skunk production also has a fantastically detailed roster in the description that catalogues the featured films. 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2012 4:13 PM
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Ridley Scott is Charlize Theron's Fantasy Director: See Why in 'Prometheus' Featurette

June 8 is fast approaching, which means the "Prometheus" marketing is amping up to make the wait unbearable. Check out this new making-of featurette, with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce singing the praises of director Ridley Scott and his vision:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2012 1:25 PM
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