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Dax Shepard Talks DIY Road Movie 'Hit and Run,' Co-Starring Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper

Actor-writer-director Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") delivers a populist crowd-pleaser with his second film "Hit and Run," which debuted in July at Comic-Con. We sat down for an interview at the Hard Rock. While he admires director Steven Soderbergh's run-and-gun filmmaking, Shepard's role model as actor-director is Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" mode.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 2:17 PM
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Trailer Watch: Quiet, Melancholic 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Looks to Be a Strong Studio Ghibli Entry

The trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," has landed. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro, this quiet coming-of-age drama recalls one of Ghibli's best films, 1995's "Whisper of the Heart."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 1:40 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Trouble with the Curve' Shows Off Eastwood's Comedic Chops -- His Last Starring Role?

Check out the new trailer for Clint Eastwood-starrer "Trouble with the Curve," about an aging Atlanta Braves scout (Eastwood), who despite his failing eyesight remains determined to take one last recruiting trip. Eastwood's longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz, directs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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Trailer Watch: Judd Apatow's Fear-Mongering 'This Is 40'

It's hard to determine whether we are meant to be depressed or uplifted watching the trailer for Judd Apatow's "This Is 40." Regardless, the film goes back to the "Knocked Up" characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann, the best part of "Knocked Up" by a mile) as they descend into the fearful decade of being 40-something. Joining them are "Bridesmaids" star Melissa McCarthy, token hot girl Megan Fox and someone who has actually survived their forties, John Lithgow.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 3:20 PM
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Trailers from Hell: 'Point Break' is First Up for Kathryn Bigelow Week

It's Kathryn Bigelow week at Trailers from Hell! First up, it's Karyn Kusama discussing the trailer for 1991's "Point Break."
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  • August 6, 2012 1:54 PM
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Teaser for Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Lands; The Story You Think You Know

Take a look at the teaser for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the folllow-up to her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker." The film, written by "Locker" scribe Mark Boal, follows the Navy SEAL Team Six that tracks down and kills terrorist Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Stars include Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton and Ricky Sekhon (as bin Laden).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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Mars Curiosity Rover Lands on Red Planet FIRST IMAGE, Seven Minutes of Terror Video

Check out this NASA video, "Seven Minutes of Terror," that details how the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. It was on its own for the rapid seven-minute landing on the surface of the red planet because it takes 14 minutes for the the Rover to communicate with Earth--it all happened Sunday night at 10:30 Pacific Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 12:35 AM
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Trailers from Hell: John Landis Talks Naughty Shakespeare Adaptation 'Kiss Me Kate'

"Don't Knock the Music!" week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing George Sidney's 3-D "Kiss Me Kate," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by way of Broadway song-and-dance.
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  • August 3, 2012 12:34 PM
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'In America You're On Your Own': New Trailer for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" was not universally well-received in Cannes, but with a hoard of fine actors like Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Monsters") and Dominik's history of under-appreciation...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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'Imposter' Bourdin Has Storied Past with Hoodwinked Journalists, Turns to YouTube (VIDEO)

Bart Layton's "The Imposter," which has been doing solid business in New York and opens in Los Angeles on August 3, follows the unbelievable deceptions of one Frederic Bourdin, who impersonated missing Texan child Nicholas Barclay in the mid-'90s, and was taken in by Barclay's family as their abducted son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 6:10 PM
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