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Red Band Trailer for Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Feel Bad Movie of Christmas

Columbia, with its red band trailer of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which has not been removed from YouTube, below), is selling edgy: "The feel bad movie of Christmas." Meanwhile, the trailer cuts together tantalizing glimpses of everyone in the movie--especially heroic leading man Daniel Craig-- but precious little of the girl we want to see and her dragon tattoo. Yes, there's a skinny naked torso as Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) takes off her shirt, and shots in the dark of a speeding cycle. At trailer's end, we get "she's coming," which cops to the fact that Salander is the draw here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, Get Your Fluffy On

Warner Bros.'s Happy Feet 2 in 3-D arrives November 18. Check out the trailer, complete with singing and dancing:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2011 3:31 AM
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Academy Unspools Summer of Silents, Starring Keaton, Chaplin, Oliver & Hardy

On the heels of one the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival this year --the silent film The Artist, made in Hollywood by the French, which earned Jean Dujardin the best actor Palme d'Or--the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is presenting a wondrous program, Summer of Silents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2011 12:19 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office

BOX OFFICE
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 8:00 AM
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Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life
This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 5:30 AM
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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

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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