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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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Trailers from Hell: Darren Bousman on Dario Argento's 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'

Dario Argento Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Darren Bousman introducing Argento's directorial debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage."
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  • March 8, 2013 11:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: Joss Whedon's Jazzy, Pared-Down 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Check out the new first trailer for Joss Whedon's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," shot in crisp black-and-white and set to St. Germain's "Rose Rouge." The low-budget film stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese as Claudio and Hero.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 3:11 PM
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Watch: SXSW World Premiere 'Snap' Teaser Traps Jake Hoffman and Nikki Reed in a Malevolent Dubstep Underworld

"Snap" stars Jake Hoffman (son of Dustin Hoffman) as a mentally unstable dubstep savant who becomes obsessed with social worker Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and quickly unravels to menacing proportions. The psychological thriller is co-directed by Youssef Delara ("Filly Brown") and Victor Teran, and has its world premiere at SXSW on March 11. Watch a pulsing, enigmatic teaser below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 12:17 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW World Premiere 'The Retrieval' Follows a Budding Friendship Set Against Civil War Bounty Hunting

Check out this clip from "The Retrieval," an African-American Civil War drama having its world premiere in the SXSW Narrative Competition section on March 11. The film is directed by Texan helmer Chris Eska, whose "August Evening" took home the John Cassavetes Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 11:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Craig Robinson Has an Unholy Crush on Anna Kendrick in Apocalypse Raunchfest 'Rapturepalooza'

Check out the crude new trailer for upcoming comedy "Rapturepalooza," starring Anna Kendrick as a young woman who gets left behind in suburban Seattle when the Apocalypse strikes and raptures a billion people up to heaven.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2013 2:12 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sarah Polley's Lovely 'Stories We Tell' Pushes the Line Between Truth and Mythology

"Stories We Tell"
One of the best films to hit the fall 2012 festival circuit, Sarah Polley's documentary memoir "The Stories We Tell," is a portrait of the Canadian writer-director-actress's family history and secrets, and a personal exploration into the smudged line between truth and mythology. Watch the new trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2013 12:18 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Dario Argento's Seminal Giallo 'Deep Red'

Dario Argento Week! is rolling right along at Trailers from Hell, today with director Karyn Kusama introducing Argento's seminal giallo, "Deep Red."
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  • March 6, 2013 11:20 AM
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