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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Terry Gilliam's 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'

Box Office Busts! week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Terry Gilliam's wonderfully wacky "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams and a very young Sarah Polley.
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  • August 21, 2013 11:27 AM
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WATCH: Triple Threat Lake Bell Talks Feminist Comedy 'In a World'

I had the pleasure and privilege last week to host a Q&A with Lake Bell -- the writer, director and star of the hugely entertaining "In a World..." -- after a screening of her film in Downtown H-Town at the Sundance Cinemas.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • August 20, 2013 6:39 PM
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WATCH: Terrific New Trailer for Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

A terrific international trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, has landed. In this new spot for the neo-noir thriller, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men," "The Road"), we get more of a glimpse into the kinetic plot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 11:49 AM
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WATCH: Early Trailer for Timur Bekmambetov's 'Squirrels,' a la 'The Birds,' 'Piranha' and 'Jaws'

Director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") has released a pre-production trailer online for a new horror comedy project he's working on: "Squirrels." Yes, it's like "The Birds," with the humor of the "Piranha" franchise, but featuring terrifying, bushy-tailed tree-climbing rodents. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 19, 2013 2:47 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Cinema's Great Troubled Production, 'Cleopatra,' Starring Taylor and Burton

Box Office Busts! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing the most notorious budget-ballooning debacle in film history, Joseph L. Mankiewicz' "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
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  • August 19, 2013 11:42 AM
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WATCH: Trailer for 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' Palme d'Or Winning Lesbian Romance (FRENCH)

Check out this French trailer for Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," which was picked up for stateside release by IFC's Sundance Selects, which is likely screening the film at Telluride as well as Toronto before its opening October 25. The three hour film about a lesbian romance isn't eligible to be France's Oscar submission, but the distributor plans an Oscar campaign for newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos as Best Actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2013 4:29 PM
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WATCH: Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller Will Ruin Your Life If You Don't Turn Off the Phone In New Alamo Drafthouse Spot

The Alamo Drafthouse continues its ever-persistent and comic assault on talkers and texters in movie theaters, with a new spot featuring "The Spectacular Now" stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. If you use your phone while in a darkened theater, Teller wants you to ask yourself: "Am I being a dick?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 2:07 PM
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Werner Herzog on "Soldiers of Cinema," Eating His Shoe and More for Viral Don't Text While Driving Doc (WATCH VIDEO)

Werner Herzog has hit the media for his viral Don't Text While Driving 35-minute documentary "From One Second to the Next" (watch below), being interviewed on NPR this morning, and by the Hollywood Reporter yesterday as the 70-year-old director accepted a Lifetime Achievement award at the Locarno International Film Festival. As is to be expected, the legendary German auteur is providing plenty of fascinating, poetic and eccentric quotes. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Steve Senski on 1971 Horror Film 'Let's Scare Jessica to Death'

TFH Fan Week with Steve Senski! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with Kickstarter backer Senski introducing John Hancock's "Let's Scare Jessica to Death," starring the mercurial Zohra Lampert as a former medical patient terrified she's losing her mind when she sees apparitions at a Connecticut farmhouse -- or does she?
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  • August 16, 2013 11:35 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Quietly Unnerving Beltway Sniper Drama 'Blue Caprice'

Alexandre Moors' "Blue Caprice," which premiered earlier this year in the Sundance NEXT section, is a quiet, dread-inducing film following the man and young teen responsible for the Beltway sniper attacks in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area in 2002. It stars a very good, creepily focused Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond in the lead roles. Watch the new trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 2:39 PM
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