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Trailer Watch: Chris Evans as a Drug Addict Lawyer in Puncture

Marvel star Chris Evans (Captain America, Fantastic Four) is taking on a somewhat weightier role in the upcoming lawyer drama Puncture. But if the film's new trailer is any indication, Evans's bad-boy persona is still part of his appeal. Evans plays Mike Weiss, an unconventional but successful Houston lawyer who is a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (played by Mark Kassen, who served as a producer and director of the film along with his brother Adam), is his by-the-book, responsible foil and the other partner in their small personal injury firm.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 19, 2011 2:45 AM
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Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?

Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?
Poor Nic Cage can't get a break from Millennium Entertainment. He co-stars with Nicole Kidman as husband and wife in Joel Schumacher's R-rated heist thriller Trespass, which is making its debut at the Toronto Film Festival (trailer below). The movie is scheduled to be released by Millennium Entertainment (formerly First Look) on October 14 in theaters and on VOD, followed a bit too swiftly by a Blu-ray release on November 1. "Millennium Entertainment will release TRESPASS on October 14, 2011 in theaters and at home – rent it with your remote control," invites the press release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2011 10:31 AM
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Fall Fest Trailer Watch: From Hysteria and Dangerous Method to Anonymous and Scorsese's Harrison

We're collecting trailers from films coming up on the fall fest circuit. A smattering is below.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 6:38 AM
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Weekend Preview: Fright Night, One Day, Conan the Barbarian; Momoa: "Drogo would kick Conan's Ass"

Weekend Preview: Fright Night, One Day, Conan the Barbarian; Momoa: "Drogo would kick Conan's Ass"
As Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help do torrid business, the dog days of August are now upon us. This is the traditional dumping ground for movies that Hollywood deems neither robust enough to compete in the summer fray nor able to earn quality reviews during the more demanding adult fall season.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 18, 2011 5:30 AM
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Join the Hunt for Martha Marcy May Marlene Trailers; Exclusive Preview and Photo

Join the Hunt for Martha Marcy May Marlene Trailers; Exclusive Preview and Photo
Fox Searchlight is releasing two chilling new trailers for writer-director Sean Durkin's Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene--which will be screened at this fall's Toronto and New York Film Festivals before its opening October 21--but it will be tough to find them. Searchlight isn't presenting these trailers via your standard online portal premiere. Their access codes will be embedded in unusual ways that have not been tried before--keep your eyes peeled Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Daniel Radcliffe in Upcoming Thriller The Woman in Black

Creepy children (in the pinafore-dress style of the twins from The Shining), innocent yet terrifying. Creaking Victorian House, dusty mechanical toys with minds of their own, and blood-splattered wall-paper--oh my!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 17, 2011 11:36 AM
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Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz

Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz
Lynne Ramsay's tough adaptation of Brit bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin (December 2), one of my favorite Cannes competition films, has a new poster and two new trailers, one domestic, one foreign (below). Oscilloscope is releasing, and PR ace Cynthia Swartz, who is currently negotiating her split from PR firm 42West--she was a founding partner--will be handling PR chores at the Venice and Toronto festivals en route to an Oscar shot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2011 8:23 AM
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Oscar Watch on Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy Coriolanus (trailer below). Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. Fiennes plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2011 2:49 AM
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Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral "Three Act Drama"

Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral "Three Act Drama"
Sundance doc audience-award-winner Senna has been wowing fest crowds and European moviegoers in advance of its August 12 opening (via indie PDA). And motors are gunning on Peter Morgan's Formula 1 race car movie Rush, because low-budget indie doc Senna shows that the sky's the limit on what you could do with a fiction film and a big budget. With new technology, lightweight digital cameras put you inside the action and the visceral danger that this kind of racing is all about. It's inherently dramatic. Thus Ron Howard is chasing Rush, about three-time Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda, who crashed in 1976 but weeks later returned to the track, covered with burns, to compete.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 5:15 AM
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Weekend Preview: The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Must-See is Formula 1 Doc Senna

Girl of summer Emma Stone leads a strong cast in The Help, destined to please mainstream crowds but not necessarily critics and the Academy. Meanwhile, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the big screen for the first time since his Oscar-nominated role in 2010's The Social Network with what is meant to be lighter comedy fare--30 Minutes or Less--but the film is now mired in controversy. Working Title's racing doc Senna is a must-see, while The Last Circus is a "one-of-a-kind experience that will confound, befuddle and amaze," and Littlerock is a "little gem." Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and Final Destination 5 should pull younger audiences. Details, trailers and reviews for these films and more are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2011 4:50 AM
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