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Twilight Saga: New Moon Clip: Lautner Turns into Wolf

It's hard to resist the lure of a new Twilight Saga: New Moon clip. The marketing folks at Summit are trying to turn Taylor Lautner into the next Rob Pattinson. He's the new romantic interest for depressed Bella (Kristen Stewart) while her vampire lover has fled the scene (to save her life, natch). Well, while Lautner worked out like crazy to give himself some physical heft for his role as a werewolf, and has developed a following--he's no Pattinson. The sequel opens November 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2009 5:32 AM
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Interviews with Hitchcock, Cassavetes; Trailers for Japanese Sideways, Cardboard Animation

In this collection of strange videos:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2009 8:04 AM
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Film of Anne Frank

In case you missed it, here's the only known footage of Anne Frank, looking out the window at a young married couple. It's Amsterdam, July, 1941. In July 1942, as the Nazis occupied The Netherlands, the family went into hiding in the hidden rooms of her father Otto Frank's office building. After two years, when she wrote her widely published diary, Frank was transported first to Auschwitz and then the Bergen-Belson concentration camp, where she died of typhus in early March 1945.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2009 7:39 AM
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The Messenger: Oscar Contender?

The Messenger: Oscar Contender?
Rookie director Oren Moverman's The Messenger faces the same obstacle in the fall awards season as the Michelle Monaghan star vehicle Trucker. It's one of many marginal outsider films that has to get seen before it has a chance. The movie is a stark portrait of two soldiers (Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster) who have to deliver news to families that their loved ones have died in Iraq. Not only do they have to handle their assignment delicately, but they must also absorb the shock, pain and grief of the bereaved.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2009 8:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?

Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?
I'll be showing Mira Nair's Amelia at Sneak Previews this week. I've seen the biopic of the vanished aviatrix Amelia Earhart, which stars Oscar magnet Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, and look forward to grilling the screenwriters, Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). The question at hand: how do you tackle a movie biography these days, when authenticity is at such a premium?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2009 6:33 AM
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Chaos Reigns: Antichrist vs. Fantastic Mr. Fox

What's with all the foxes in movies these days? My Variety colleague Peter Debruge couldn't resist mashing-up the The Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer with the "chaos reigns" clip from Lars von Trier's Antichrist, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2009 11:03 AM
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Mel Gibson Stars in Edge of Darkness

Mel Gibson acting in a movie again is big news. So here's a trailer for the revenge flick Edge of Darkness, his first starring gig since Signs in 2002.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2009 6:48 AM
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Weekend Read: 2012 Clips, FIND Conference, FTC Blog Rules, Polanski Culture Clash

Filmmaker Magazine reports from this weekend's FIND conference. So does Screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2009 5:13 AM
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Trailer Watch: Shutter Island, Two

In case you missed it, here's the second trailer for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the Dennis Lehane mystery and starring Leonardo DiCaprio:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 7:38 AM
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Birthday Suit: Funny or Die Spoofs Mumblecore

Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg plays along with this Funny or Die spoof:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 5:26 AM
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