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'Lotus Eaters' Exclusive Trailer Watch: The Young, the Restless, the British

In a scene that alternates between elegiac and cheeky, a striking young man strums his guitar and serenades his sweetheart. Domestic bliss, though, this is not: he's actually her ex and bearing his own burden as he struggles with addiction. This is "Lotus Eaters," the feature debut of Dublin-born, London-based director Alexandra McGuinness, a film about a group of glamorous young Londoners who romp through the city, keeping their discontent and wanderlust at bay by relying on sex, cigarettes and drugs.
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  • March 20, 2013 2:32 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on "a weak trailer for a fine film," Stanley Kramer's 'Inherit the Wind'

Monkeyshines! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Stanley Kramer's multiple Oscar nominee "Inherit the Wind," starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly verbally duking it out during a fictionalized account of the Scopes monkey trial.
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  • March 20, 2013 2:16 PM
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Trailer Watch: Phillip Noyce's Malaria Drama 'Mary and Martha,' Starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn UPDATE

UPDATE: A new teaser trailer has landed for Australian director Phillip Noyce's "Mary and Martha," starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn as mothers who form a bond over the loss of their sons to malaria. Watch below.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 2:30 PM
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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on 3-D Oddity 'Gorilla at Large'

Monkeyshines! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing "Gorilla at Large," notable as one of three 3-D productions released by Twentieth Century Fox in the 1950s, and the only film of its kind where objects are thrown away from the camera.
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  • March 18, 2013 11:12 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on 'The Actress,' Starring Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Allan Arkush introducing George Cukor's "The Actress," starring Tracy and Jean Simmons.
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  • March 15, 2013 11:16 AM
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Watch: Tribeca Programmers Talk Their Selections for the 2013 Film Festival

Check out this video chat, live-streamed on March 12, between Slate film critic Dana Stevens and Tribeca Film Festival chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore, and head fest programmers Genna Terranova, Sharon Badal and Frederic Boyer as they discuss their programming process and selections for the 2013 fest, which runs April 17-28 in New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on 'Captains Courageous,' Starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew

Spencer Tracy Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Victor Fleming's 1937 tearjerker "Captains Courageous," starring Tracy as fisherman Manuel and young Freddie Bartholomew as the spoiled ward aboard a New England cod boat.
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  • March 13, 2013 9:32 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on World War II Drama 'The Seventh Cross,' Starring Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Fred Zinnemann's "The Seventh Cross," starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.
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  • March 11, 2013 9:10 AM
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Whither M. Night Shyamalan's Name in New 'After Earth' Trailer?

One notable thing about the new trailer for "After Earth" (June 7), starring look-alike father-son duo Jaden and Will Smith, is the absence of director M. Night Shyamalan's name. Following the disastrously reviewed, 3-D retrofitted "The Last Airbender," not to mention "The Lady in the Water" and "The Happening," Sony is choosing not to remind audiences of Shyamalan's involvement in the movie. Does this mean that Shyamalan is an actual negative as a selling tool? On some level, Sony might as well make "After Earth" an Alan Smithee film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2013 2:11 PM
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Trailer Watch: Emma Watson Behaving Badly in Teaser for Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring'

Check out the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (Vera's little sister), Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Claire Julien as a real-life group of LA teens who invaded and looted celebrity homes. This first glimpse has Coppola's signature rocker-meets-upper-class-malaise vibe, set to the Brooklyn band Sleigh Bells, and featuring the beautiful young stars grinding at clubs and playing dress-up in stolen bling.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2013 11:49 AM
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