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Watch the Trailer for Lee Daniels' Sweaty Southern Gothic, 'The Paperboy'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2012 at 2:24PM

Check out the new trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," the Cannes reviews for which inspired our sweaty found poem. It's been called everything from "Lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid" to "Southern pulp trash," with one critic declaring that the "stench will always linger on the filmographies of everyone involved"...
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Nicole Kidman in 'The Paperboy'
Nicole Kidman in 'The Paperboy'

Check out the new trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," the Cannes reviews for which inspired our sweaty found poem. It's been called everything from "Lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid" to "Southern pulp trash," with one critic declaring that the "stench will always linger on the filmographies of everyone involved." With that, here's the trailer and synopsis:

Millenium will present the film to theaters October 5.

Synopsis: From Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) comes a provocative, sexually-charged tale of desire, ambition, prejudice and crime set in the 1960s swamplands of South Florida. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, THE PAPERBOY dips into the gritty human underside of a murder investigation, as a compelling cast of characters confront obsession, deception and their own dark, dark demons on the muddy road towards retribution.



It all begins in the steamy rural backwater of Moat County, Florida, where things have been done the same way for decades, yet change is bubbling beneath the surface.  Boyish Jack Jansen (Efron), son of the local newspaper publisher, has just returned home after being kicked out of college, only to take the lowly job of paperboy.  But that too changes when his idolized journalist brother Ward (McConaughey) comes to town from Miami on the trail of a story that could make his career.



Bringing in tow his hotshot writing partner Yardley (Oyelowo) and the alluring death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Kidman), Ward plans to prove that an innocent man has been railroaded on his way to the electric chair. With Jack as their driver, the quartet arranges to meet Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), the seedy alligator hunter hastily convicted of killing the local sheriff, at the prison.  But what erupts between them all is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts that will set off not only a search for the truth but a chain reaction of passion and violence. Observing it all is Jack’s only real confidante -- the disregarded family maid Anita (Gray) – who watches in dismay as his innocence is turned inside out.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.