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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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Trailer Watch: The Town

Ben Affleck wrote and directed this new Bean Town crime drama, adapted from Chuck Hogan's Prince of Thieves. The Town depicts the struggles of ruthless robber Doug MacRay (Affleck) and the unexpected complications of falling for his former hostage, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). The robber scenes recall the professionalized intensity of Heat and the masks in Point Break.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 16, 2010 9:18 AM
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Clip Exclusive: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Here's an exclusive preview from the new British thriller, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which is set for an August 6 theatrical and VOD release from Anchor Bay. The film from rookie director J Blakeson follows kidnappers Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan) as they try to ransom Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Creed is determined to break free, and capitalizes on the tenuous relationship between her two captors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2010 8:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Biutiful, A Film of Inarritu

Will Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's long-awaited follow-up to Babel (which scored seven Oscar nominations in 2007 including best picture) find a stateside home? Word is, CAA is on the verge of making a deal for the Spanish-language Biutiful, which earned divided reaction in Cannes, although Javier Bardem shared the best actor prize. (The actor just wed lady love Penelope Cruz in the Bahamas.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2010 1:29 AM
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Trailer Watch: Eat Pray Love and Salt Star Roberts and Jolie

Two leading ladies, two very different films. One puts Angelina Jolie through an identity crisis in Salt's neo-cold war atmosphere, the other stars Julia Roberts in a big-budget adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love. Jolie and Roberts are two of the highest-earning, name-brand A-listers in the business. See the trailers below for these summer movies. Eat Pray Love could prove welcome summer programming for adults, especially women, while Jolie could inject an element of the unexpected in Salt, which was originally set to star Tom Cruise.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 7, 2010 9:15 AM
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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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