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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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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.
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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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