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WATCH: Spike Lee Gets Heated About Crowdfunding Criticism, Says "I Was Kick-Starting Before There Was Kickstarter"

In a recent interview with Bloomberg's "Street Smart" host Trish Regan, director Spike Lee loses his cool about the inevitable controversy that arises when a well-known filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for funding -- as Lee has for his upcoming project on blood addiction. "I was kick-starting before there was Kickstarter," Lee says. Also: "You don't know how much money I have. For you to assume what my financial state is, that's wrong." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 12:37 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' Starring Bale, Cooper, Lawrence, Adams and Renner

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has landed. Starring a knockout cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on the true story of the '70s ABSCAM operation where a con man (Bale) and his mistress (Adams) team up with a loose-cannon federal agent (Cooper) to, well, scam the scammers. Watch below, plus new images from the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 12:02 PM
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Trailer Watch: Hannah Fidell's Buzzy Fest Favorite 'A Teacher,' Starring Lindsay Burdge

Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher" debuted in the Sundance NEXT section at the beginning of the year, going on to play SXSW and the LA Film Fest. Centered by a startlingly complex performance by Lindsay Burdge, it follows a young high school teacher in Texas whose taboo romance with a student (Will Brittain) turns into an out-of-control obsession. Watch the new trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 11:46 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Oddball Brit Cult Comedy 'Withnail and I'

Bad Relationships! week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Bruce Robinson's "Withnail and I," centering on two down-and-out '60s actors driving each other crazy at a country cottage.
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  • July 31, 2013 11:20 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Ben Stiller's Oscar Hopeful 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

The first trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," in which he also stars, has landed. In the whimsical teaser, we see Stiller's Life Magazine journalist Mitty leading an alternate fantasy life of mountain scaling, building jumping and helicopter riding. Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig (as Mitty's love interest) and Adam Scott also make appearances. Watch below, along with new images from the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2013 1:50 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Adrian Lyne's Mega-Hit Psychosexual Thriller 'Fatal Attraction,' Starring Douglas and Close

Trailers from Hell starts the week with director Allan Arkush introducing the trailer to Adrian Lyne's well-made yet wildly sexist thriller "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas as a philandering husband who becomes terrorized by an unstable fling (in the form of Glenn Close).
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  • July 29, 2013 1:34 PM
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WATCH: John Williams Describes How He'll Score J.J. Abrams' Upcoming 'Stars Wars'

Composer John Williams is set to score the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Episode VII," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Williams has scored all six entries in the series. Watch a video below of the Oscar-winning composer explaining how he'll score the upcoming film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 12:15 PM
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WATCH: Jane Fonda Portrays Nancy Reagan in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (TRAILER)

A new clip from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," as it is now known, shows Jane Fonda stealing a scene as Nancy Reagan alongside Forest Whitaker, who plays a White House butler.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2013 4:09 PM
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WATCH: Shia Labeouf Gets Devious in New Clip from Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Check out this humorous new "appetizer" clip from Lars Von Trier's upcoming two-part film "Nymphomaniac," starring Shia Labeouf and Charlotte Gainsbourg. No, we don't yet get any peeks at Labeouf's nether regions (though they're freely on display in Sigur Ros' "Fjogur piano"), but we do hear him try out a Brit accent, and see his character Jerome's rather devious attempt at getting a comely new employee alone in an elevator.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 1:43 PM
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WATCH: Matt Damon Does Droid Battle in New Clip from 'Elysium'

Check out this new clip from Neill Blomkamp's futuristic sci-fi entry "Elysium," starring Matt Damon as a terminally ill man who hatches a plan to break into the wealthy, illness-free satellite society of the title. In the clip, Damon faces off against droids owned by William Fichtner (most recently seen as another enjoyable baddie in "The Lone Ranger").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 12:52 PM
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