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Trailer Watch: Magnolia's 'Bel Ami' - Pattinson Seduces & The Women Swoon (Video)

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2012 at 3:40PM

Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in the US on June 8, with Sony Pictures handling all other US media. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters.
Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson "Bel Ami"
Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson "Bel Ami"

UPDATE: Check out the new US trailer below.

Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in US theaters on June 8 and on VOD May 4. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters. The synopsis and trailer are below. Less-than esctatic early reviews are here; it's currently at 45% Rotten with Pattinson's smoldering leaving critics unsatisfied. Here's our review from Berlin.

"Bel Ami" costars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney. Pattinson's appeal is largely to women and teen girls; he faces huge opening weekend competition from Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "Prometheus," starring Michael Fassbender, DreamWorks' "Madagascar 3," Sundance and SXSW hit "Safety Not Guaranteed" and Toronto's "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding." 


In this sexy retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, Pattinson stars as the young and very ambitious George Duroy, who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies (Ricci, Thurman, and Thomas), above-all, is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.

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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.