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First Look: Depp, Pfeiffer, Bonham Carter in Burton's Unearthly Dark Shadows Ensemble

With Johnny Depp background and center as a centuries-old vampire, this "family photo" from the upcoming Dark Shadows film, directed by Tim Burton, reveals an unearthly ensemble. Dark Shadows will revamp the ABC 1966-1971 soap opera, which focused on the lives of supernatural siblings and their extended family, including witches, ghosts, and all manners of gothic horrors.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 23, 2011 3:16 AM
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Trailer Watch: Beauty and the Mexican Drug Beast in Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala

Check out the trailer for Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, from exec producers Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The film stars Stephanie Sigman in a breakout role, and has been gaining positive word of mouth since its debut at Cannes. ThePlaylist calls it "visceral and layered" in their stellar review. Fox will release the film in the US in January.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 12, 2011 3:45 AM
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TIFF: Pariah Gets Release Date and Poignant Poster

Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was "Subway," a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself--an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:25 AM
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Unsettling The Patron Saints Looks at Life in Nursing Home

Unsettling The Patron Saints Looks at Life in Nursing Home
The Patron Saints provides an unsettling glimpse inside the disquieting and often disturbing life at a nursing home (trailer posted below). In this documentary, which will debut at the Toronto Film Festival, filmmakers Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky use a storytelling approach to provide a cinematic narrative to this often-ignored subject.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 5:15 AM
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Hunger Games Teaser: Thrilling or Disappointing?

Reaction has been tepid to this Hunger Games teaser, introduced on video by a low-key Jennifer Lawrence at the Video Music Awards Sunday night, which reaches the film's teen demo. Here's more on the upcoming franchise: details, cast, pictures.Get More: 2011 VMA, Music
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 29, 2011 3:56 AM
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Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes

Biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life captures the compelling saga of one of France's great characters, the infamous, influential, and hugely talented Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosino). See the trailer (posted below); New York Vulture posts an enchanting exclusive clip of Brigitte Bardot and Gainsbourg singing the Bonny and Clyde theme.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 12:57 PM
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Trailer Watch: Johnny Depp Reunites with Hunter S. Thompson

One of the movies that is not hitting the fall fest circuit this year is The Rum Diary, Bruce Robinson's long-delayed film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel. The new trailer (below, which will be attached to new release Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) begins with a burp. FilmDistrict opens the film October 28.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 4:40 AM
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Luc Besson's Toronto Bound The Lady: Teaser Trailer and Shepard Fairey Design Poster

Luc Besson's Toronto Bound The Lady: Teaser Trailer and Shepard Fairey Design Poster
EuropaCorp mogul/filmmaker Luc Besson takes a turn away from action with his indie labor of love The Lady. The true romance starring global action star Michelle Yeoh and Brit thespian David Thewlis will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is the true love story of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and writer Michael Aris.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:26 AM
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Hello, Gorgeous: Michelle Williams & Eddie Redmayne Grace My Week with Marilyn Poster

Hello, Gorgeous: Michelle Williams & Eddie Redmayne Grace My Week with Marilyn Poster
Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn will have a limited release through the Weinsteins November 4 after its premiere at the New York Film Festival October 9. The film stars a delicious cast including Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Emma Watson, Toby Jones and Dominic Cooper. Here are more details. Full poster after the jump:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:14 AM
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More Sneak Peaks: Dragon Tattoo's Elevator Scene Probably Not as Cool as Drive's

We know Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) is meant to look intimidating in this picture, but it will be tough for even David Fincher to top the romantic and horrific elevator scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's yet-to-be released Drive. With four months to go until the December 21 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're hoping Sony saves a few of the best images for the big screen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 4:46 AM
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