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Trailer Watch: Charlie St. Cloud Stars Zac Efron

Universal has released the trailer for weepie Charlie St. Cloud (below), due in theaters July 30.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 11:17 AM
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Trailer Watch: More Harry Potter

A new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer shipped with the collector's edition of LEGO videogame, Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Revealed scenes include Daniel Radcliffe suffering from chest pain in downtown London, and aerial shots of the intrepid gang running across mountain ridges, reminiscent of LOTR. HP7 fever rages unabated. Trailer after the jump:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 2, 2010 7:36 AM
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Trailer Watch: Harry Potter Finale Looks Very Lord of the Rings

The trailer (below) pushing Warner Bros.' November 19 release of the Harry Potter finale Deathly Hallows: Part I (Part II comes July 15, 2011) looks dark, dangerous and epic: Lord of the Rings scale. (It looks even more expensive than the last one, which was $250 million.) Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort chills my spine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2010 11:09 AM
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Vanity Fair Cover Girl Jolie Talks Home vs. Career, Bier Teases Haevnen, Kick-Ass Power Petites

- Angelina Jolie graces the cover of August's Vanity Fair, amping up for the release of Salt on July 23rd. The mag posted a taste of the interview today. It's not the first time she's said it, but Jolie was clear about acting not being the most important thing to her, and she does not anticipate doing it much longer, even though it helped her to learn about herself while growing up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2010 3:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: David Fincher's The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin. David Fincher. Jesse Eisenberg. Mark Zuckerberg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2010 12:01 PM
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Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly

Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly
Big-budget Bollywood adventure Raavan, starring the golden couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai--from writer-director Mani Ratnam, director of Guru, with a rousing score by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman--is a big overwrought dud. It's one of those dead-serious over-scale extravaganzas that boasts lavish resources--visual effects, swirling cameras, stunning scenery and lavish musical numbers--and comes up short. It's basically India's Robin Hood in more ways than one--all that money can buy in the way of production value and star power, but a big so-what? In some ways, Bachchan is playing chest-beating primitive King Kong to Rai's lovely Fay Wray.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2010 5:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts

Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts
Fox Searchlight is releasing the online trailer for Tony Goldwyn's R-rated Conviction today (below). This trailer will debut on E.T. tonight and hit theaters attached to the Duplass brothers' summer comedy Cyrus on Friday. The movie opens October 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 11:08 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works
No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 3:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far my favorite of C.S. Lewis's Narnia books. I read it over and over. A trailer is scheduled to run before Toy Story 3 on June 18. This foreign one does not show Eustace, a great surly character who falls into a picture and accidentally joins Lucy and Edmund Pevensie on a sea journey to the edge of the world. Along the way Eustace has a character-changing encounter with a dragon. I have not been a fan of these movies, but I have a good feeling about this one--because it's a rip-roaring adventure yarn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 2:48 AM
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Trailer Watch: Luke Wilson Porn Dramedy Middle Men Opens August 6

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 16, 2010 8:54 AM
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