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The Box: Does It Smell Like A Turkey?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2009 at 4:32AM

You tell me.
Thompson on Hollywood

You tell me.

Richard Kelly has gone from Donnie Darko to the execrable Southland Tales to studio movie The Box. The thriller stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a suburban couple with a young kid who receive a wooden box. Frank Langella drops by to tell them they can win $1 million by pushing a button--but they should know someone else will die if they do. It's based on the Richard Matheson short story, “Button, Button."

I was unimpressed by the footage Warners screened at Comic-Con. The trailer is below. What do you think? Early word on the street is pretty negative. We will see:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.