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‘J. Edgar’ trailer

Posted by · 5:07 pm · September 19th, 2011

One of the great unknowns of the season (as I’ll get into momentarily with today’s Off the Carpet column) is Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar.” Well today, we finally get a glimpse of the film via the trailer at Apple. The first thing of note, naturally, is Leonardo DiCaprio’s accent, which seems to come in and […]

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‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ trailer

Posted by · 4:26 pm · September 15th, 2011

John Madden’s latest, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” is set for release. Contrary to rumor, it will stay on its March 9, 2012 release date (especially now that Fox Searchlight has filled its awards boat), but it nevertheless looks like the sort of film that could be a lighthearted awards play next year if they […]

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‘Barrymore’ trailer

Posted by · 9:40 am · September 15th, 2011

It’s been a bit slow on the whole for acquisitions at Toronto, but one film I’ve kept an eye on is “Barrymore” (which we pointed to over the weekend as a potential Oscar play for Christopher Plummer). It absolutely seems like a powerhouse performance, but man, it’ll be hard to sell a one-man show. I […]

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‘Oranges & Sunshine’ trailer

Posted by · 8:10 am · September 15th, 2011

I feel like Guy was talking up Emily Watson’s performance in “Oranges & Sunshine” earlier in the year. I can’t remember. But the film tells the true story of the 300-year practice of sending poor or orphaned children to British settler colonies to help alleviate the shortage of labor. It’s the other pony in Cohen […]

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ trailer

Posted by · 11:38 am · September 14th, 2011

Just in time to capitalize on Scarlett Johansson’s nude photo scandal (that was low, sorry), the trailer for Cameron Crowe’s latest, “We Bought a Zoo,” hits the web. The first half of this early glimpse really makes it look like a return to character study form for Crowe, while the second half lays on the […]

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‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ US trailer

Posted by · 11:49 am · September 12th, 2011

I’m hoping to see Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” soon-ish. It has a solid track out of Venice for a spot as the thinking man’s Best Picture play (especially considering the British vote). The US trailer sets up the intrigue nicely for those on these shores, nevertheless opting to go back to the international […]

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‘Margaret’ trailer

Posted by · 10:45 pm · September 1st, 2011

If it seems like we’ve been waiting forever to see Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret,” that’s because we’ve been waiting forever to see Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret.” Featuring a pre-“True Blood” Anna Paquin and Matt Damon, among an eclectic cast, the film has sat on a shelf for, what, six years? It’s finally getting a release this year […]

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‘The Artist’ trailer

Posted by · 12:47 pm · August 25th, 2011

Guy offered up the new poster for Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” yesterday. Today we get a look at the trailer for the film, which played at Cannes, is set for Toronto and will more than likely pop up in Telluride, too. The first Gurus chart of the year had it very much in contention for […]

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‘Blackthorn’ trailer

Posted by · 5:49 pm · August 24th, 2011

Things were looking up for the western after “True Grit” pulled in solid bank last year. But after “Cowboys & Aliens” took a massive dump at the box office this summer, well…I’m trying to keep the faith. We have a few projects on the way, others still percolating. One of them is Mateo Gil’s “Blackthorn,” […]

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‘Carnage’ trailer

Posted by · 12:11 pm · August 19th, 2011

I’ve been somewhat reserved on Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” for a while now, mainly because the cast doesn’t really seem all that right to me. I caught the play on Broadway a few years back, and it’s an amazing piece of work. You might recall I was particularly impressed with (and totally crushing on) Hope Davis […]

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‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ UK trailer

Posted by · 3:16 pm · August 13th, 2011

Okay, so we featured the decent French trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s blinding comeback feature only a few days ago, but this excellent one from UK distributor Artificial Eye does a better job of distilling the film’s complicated essence: it captures a measure of the film’s cruel wit, as well as Ramsay’s typically off-kilter sensory details. […]

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French trailer and poster for ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

Posted by · 10:39 am · August 8th, 2011

As some you will remember, I flipped for Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin” back in May, and the film has yet to work its way out from under my skin. The film is heading into its second festival phase, build on its Cannes buzz at Toronto and perhaps Telluride. (It’s sure to […]

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‘Twixt’ trailer

Posted by · 11:33 am · August 2nd, 2011

Now that Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental film “Twixt” has been announced for a Toronto premiere, the trailer has hit the web (via TIFF’s You Tube page). It’s largely composed of the footage we saw at Comic-Con, which was lived-edited into two different assemblages during the panel there. That’s Tom Waits narrating, by the way. Check […]

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‘Like Crazy’ trailer

Posted by · 11:32 am · August 1st, 2011

One film Paramount is high on for the awards season (and is surely a breath of fresh air for the awards team, given its indie sheen) is Drake Doremus’s “Like Crazy.” The film already played Sundance and was a big hit there, so perhaps a slow burn through the season will get it some more […]

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‘The Ides of March’ trailer

Posted by · 8:47 pm · July 27th, 2011

George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” is set for a Venice premiere in September. It may or may not make it to Telluride, but in any case, I’ve been hearing lately that Evan Rachel Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman are killer in the film. (Marisa Tomei, I’m told, doesn’t figure in as much.) Anyway, judging […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Haywire’ trailer

Posted by · 4:00 pm · July 24th, 2011

I missed Relativity’s panel featuring Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and the John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe flick “The Raven.” This was very much a bummer, seeing as “Haywire” star Gina Carano has been a personal crush ever since she suited up as, well, Crush, in the rebooted American Gladiators. So the trailer, released via Apple, is the first of the […]

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‘Drive’ red-band trailer

Posted by · 5:50 am · July 22nd, 2011

As you can see from the previous post, Kris is every bit as punch-drunk on Nicolas Winding Refn’s electric throwback thriller “Drive” as I was at Cannes — read my review here — where it deservedly won the Best Director prize. It stands as my favourite narrative feature of the year so far; the rest […]

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ trailer

Posted by · 10:09 am · July 20th, 2011

One more treat before I head down the coast: the trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” I’d like to be excited for this, but even with the tonal shift to the incredibly sincere, the whole enterprise just feels so painfully redundant. That’s what happens when you leach on to a proven property so you […]

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