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Trailer Watch: I Don't Know How She Does It: Carrie Bradshaw in Boston, with A Job, Husband & Kids

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and Jane Curtin. The comedy might look like a variation on Sex and the City, but it is actually based on Allison Pearson's 2003 novel (adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna), and directed by Douglas McGrath. The synopsis is below, in case the trailer doesn't make the entire plot clear enough. The Weinstein Co. releases the film September 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Descendants: George Clooney Has Feelings, Too!

Writer-director Alexander Payne has a thing for dealing with middle-aged men in crisis -- Paul Giamatti in Sideways, Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt --and now, it's George Clooney in The Descendants. Payne co-adapted the story from Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2008 novel. The story explains itself in the trailer below. Fox Searchlight will release the film December 16 after a run on the fall fest circuit, from Venice to Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 3:26 AM
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Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz

Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz
This year at Cannes, fest veteran Lars von Trier picked a hell of a way to became a household name. In the days following the notorious Cannes Film Festival Melancholia press conference during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody (except the Iranian culture minister) by calling himself a Nazi, he apologized repeatedly for his "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival and insisted, "I am not a Nazi."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 2:24 AM
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Sundance Selects Takes Cannes Critics' Week Opener, The "Live Affirming" Declaration of War

Sundance Selects Takes Cannes Critics' Week Opener, The "Live Affirming" Declaration of War
Declarations of War (La guerre est déclarée), which opened Cannes Critics' Week, has gone to Sundance Selects for U.S. distribution. Valérie Donzelli wrote, directed and stars in the film alongside Jérémie Elkaïm (who also co-wrote). Based on their own true love story, the movie follows Romeo and Juliette, a couple battling against their child's illness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 7:24 AM
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Sony Launches Dragon Tattoo Red Band Teaser Trailers, Review, Plummer Talks Mara as Salander

It may seem early for Sony to be releasing two teaser trailers of David Fincher's American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. The red band version launched overseas, starting in Sweden (where the film is set and was filmed) and France, and then widens to other countries, including the U.S. this weekend. The green band version goes out wide in theaters and online on Thursday, June 2. One trailer was attached to one exhibitor's print of The Hangover Part II.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:35 AM
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Trailer Watch: Torchwood Fans Rejoice! Starz Debuts Spin-Off Series Miracle Day July 8

Starz has a new ten-episode spin-off series premiering July 8: Torchwood: Miracle Day, produced by BBC Worldwide. The BBC launched Torchwood back in 2006. Its stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen now join new headliners Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins. Check it out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan

Salvation Boulevard premiered at Sundance--one of the funnier pictures on display there-- and was picked up by IFC. Check out the new trailer below. George Ratliff directs and co-wrote the adaptation based on Larry Beinhart's 2009 book (Beinhart also wrote American Hero, upon which 1997's Wag the Dog is based). Here is IFC's trailer for the religious comedy, starring Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:03 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Muppets: Wait, Are Amy Adams And Jason Segel In This Movie?

Disney's The Muppets, directed by James Bobins and produced by Mandeville Films, comes out November 23. The film stars Amy Adams, Jason Segel, and the voices of many familiar faces, including Zach Galifianakis, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms, Jack Black and Ricky Gervais.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 9:13 AM
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Downfall Video: Hitler Reacts to Von Trier

Herewith the inevitable Lars von Trier meets Bruno Gantz's Hitler in Downfall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 1:26 AM
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Teaser Trailer: Super 8 Preview

Well, I finally saw, here at the Star Cinema in Cannes, the 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (June 10) Paramount had screened to media in New York and exhibitors at CinemaCon. The footage looks very Spielbergian, and serves to set up the film's characters, a group of teen guys and one girl (Elle Fanning) as they film a super 8 movie at a train station, when a truck veers onto the tracks and causes a stupendous train crash that lets out something wicked and alien into the area.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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