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Trailer Watch: Burlesque Stars Cher, Tucci, Aguilera

Never underestimate Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper. More than most studio execs, he gets to put together an eclectic range of projects under Sony's low-budget Screen Gems label because he's got that magic gut instinct for what audiences want and how to sell it to them. Since 1999, Culpepper has figured out which pictures to make without stepping on the toes of big Columbia and little Sony Pictures Classics: horror, urban and teen flicks like the Underworld, Hostel and Resident Evil franchises and Dear John.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2010 4:51 AM
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Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!
M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending downward with both critics and more important, audiences. And movie sites have not hesitated to catalogue everything wrong with the director, and to offer constructive advice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 5:01 AM
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Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 4:29 AM
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Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet

Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet
It's deja vu all over again at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:45 AM
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Comic-Con: Like Inception, Snyder's Sucker Punch Lets the Mind Run Wild

From Inception to Sucker Punch, the mind is the new cinematic landscape, where anything can happen, a realm of infinite possibility, where you can play with logic. What better place for Zack Snyder to go wild?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:05 AM
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Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer

Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer
One of the more impressive show-reels at Comic-Con was for the vampire thriller Let Me In (the remake of Let the Right One In) directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves. Overture Films will open the film October 1, and thanks to new owner Relativity Media, marketing chief Peter Adee assures me, the film will get a proper release. With proper handling it could become a mainstream hit, judging from the reaction in Hall H. The new Red Band trailer is posted below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2010 11:04 AM
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Scott Pilgrim Rules the Con: Wright Talks

Scott Pilgrim Rules the Con: Wright Talks
The big question for Universal--which has certainly reached fans of Eisner-award-winning Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comics with its multiple promo activities at Comic-Con this weekend-- is whether this movie will cross over to a wider audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2010 6:18 AM
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Trailer Watch: De Niro and Norton Star in Stone

Writer-director John Curran (The Painted Veil, writer of The Killer Inside Me) has directed the new thriller Stone, which is is set for an October 2010 release. Edward Norton, who starred in The Painted Veil, co-stars with Robert De Niro. This is yet another Overture film which may or may not get the support it needs. Originally set for wide release, the film will go out October 8 in limited situations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 5:04 AM
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Trailer Watch: Pinto Stars in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral

Trailer Watch: Pinto Stars in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto turns up in two upcoming films: Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which premiered modestly well at Cannes (Sony Pictures Classics opens it stateside September 22, presumably after the Toronto Film Fest), and Julian Schnabel's Miral, which is set to debut at Venice before its December release, and could kick up some controversy for Weinstein Co., due to its pro-Palestinian subject. (The French trailer is below.) Rula Jebreal adapted her novel about a Jerusalem orphanage run by a Palestinian (Hiam Abbass); Pinto plays one of her teen orphans.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2010 9:00 AM
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Girl With Dragon Tattoo: Final Five for Lisbeth Salander

Forget those other names for the much sought-after American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sony, producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher are zeroing in on who will play bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander. They are screen-testing five young up-and-comers, all relative unknowns.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2010 12:14 PM
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