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Trailers From Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on 'Daughters of Darkness'

Starting Monday, toh! is proud to broaden your horizons by offering three Trailers from Hell a week for your viewing pleasure. Filmmaker Joe Dante and his partner Elizabeth Stanley have been nurturing this site for a few years now and have built up a sizable collection of trailers complete with voice-over narration. Erudite film fan and collector Dante of "Gremlins" fame often contributes himself, and pulls in other filmmakers such as Allan Arkush and John Badham and screenwriters such as Josh Olson and Larry Karaszewski to provide their commentary. It works!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 12:45 PM
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Columbia's Women Filmmakers, from Holofcener to Cholodenko: Not as Easy As It Looks (Video)

The elephant in the room at last week's oddly titled Columbia University Film Festival panel "What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia's Women Filmmakers," showcasing filmmakers Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener, Shari Springer Berman and Cherien Dabis was how tough it is for these indie filmmakers to be successful at all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 6:42 AM
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EL James Does 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Promo Tour (Video)

Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a promo tour as her three Vintage books have sold 3 million digital and print copies in less than a month and top the New York Times bestseller list. They are also bestsellers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Translated books are about to hit other countries too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2012 2:36 PM
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Trailer Watch: Pixar's 'Brave' Will Be One of the Summer's Top Performers

Why isn't "Brave" showing at Cannes? Because it's set to open the Edinburgh Film Festival instead just after its June 22 stateside release. Pixar's 13th film and first fairy tale, "Brave," is sure to be yet another top box office performer by summer's end,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2012 2:03 PM
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Watch An Exclusive Clip from Maïwenn's Gripping Cannes Winner 'Polisse'

This time last year, Maïwenn's "Polisse" was days away from winning the Cannes Jury prize. It would go on to travel the global festival circuit and pick up a pair of Césars along the way (it was nominated for thirteen). Sundance Selects releases the film May 18, and adult audiences should treat themselves to this very human drama. Writer-director and co-star Maïwenn leads her ensemble cast (including Emmanuelle Bercot, who co-wrote) through the aches, pains and necessary-to-survive humor of her French police officers working within Paris' Child Protection Unit.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 12:05 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Gangster Squad' Stars Penn, Gosling and Brolin as Cops and Mobsters

The trailer for Ruben Fleischer's based-on-a-true-story "Gangster Squad" (which was rumored to be heading to Cannes), reveals a starry ensemble of A-listers playing cops and mobsters, led by heavily accented scene-chewers Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 11:57 AM
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Oscar-Winner Joins Reality TV Lunacy with 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company': We Ask Why

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is the reality show starring Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood, their two daughters, and the all-male vocal ensemble from South Africa that lives with them. It premieres May 20th on E! "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is a half hour, 10 episode series. Those are there facts. Here are the questions: Why?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:21 PM
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Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 3:32 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Features Sarcasm, Hollywood Fakes, Aerosmith & '70s Hair

The trailer for Ben Affleck's third film as director, "Argo," has arrived. Based on the true story of the CIA pretending to make a movie in order to rescue diplomats from Tehran following the 1979 Iranian revolution, the film stars Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Clea DuVall, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling. Check out the trailer (and compare it to Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town") below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 12:28 PM
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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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