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October 30, 2012

Lucasfilm sells, Star Wars VII in 2015

In a surprising move George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm to Disney, stepping away from the idea that there might be more Star Wars films to follow the existing six, although he's not stepping away that far. While Lucas has sold Lucasfilm he's not exactly walking away as he'll remain on...

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters new trailer

A new rather gory and rather fun trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has arrived online, this is the film that features Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner as the aforementioned all grown up and rather lovely looking Hansel and Gretel fairytale characters, however they've grown up just like that...

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New John Dies at the End trailer

A new trailer for John Dies at the End has arrived online and it's looking rather good although I have to say I'm still very confused about the story that it's going to be telling, still, at least there's a monster made out of meat. Thankfully there's a strong blurb...

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Hoffman's Quartet trailer

Dustin Hoffman has directed a film believe it or not, a film called Quartet which is about a group of retired opera singers fighting for the retirement home that the live in. Sounds incredibly twee and the trailer does look that way as well but it also looks like it...

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Edinburgh and Glasgow big Independent Cinemas to screen online

There are a number of great independent cinemas in Edinburgh and Glasgow but there are two big names, one associated with the Glasgow Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, both great festivals and both great cinemas, the Glasgow Film Theatre and the Edinburgh Filmhouse. Despite the image that...

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October 29, 2012

Skyfall sequel is a two part story

Early news on the next Bond film, or rather films, as we hear that a writer has been given the task of writing the next Bond film and the one after that. It seems that the next Bond writer will deliver a two part story across two films which match...

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Should Arnie return to Conan?

It seems amazing that there's going to be a new Conan film, currently called The Legend of Conan, or rather it seems amazing that there's going to be a new Conan film that will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic role of Conan. There's no denying he's not the bodybuilder...

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October 28, 2012

Skyfall

Film Four Stars
Bond is back and with each film he's been bringing with him the old Bond a tiny bit at a time. This time he's bringing back a number of changes that will bring us even closer to that old Bond, some of them welcome, some surprising, and some shocking. To...

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October 26, 2012

X-Men: First Class sequel without Vaughn?

Back in August we heard about the story for the new X-Men film to follow X-Men: First Class and then we thought that Matthew Vaughn would be in the directing chair, well now we hear that he won't be directing X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Yes it is a silly...

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Logan's Run remake losing lead?

Let's face it we know that the Logan's Run remake has been dead for a while, whichever incarnation you look at. Bryan Singer has had a shot at it; Carl Rinsch was on it for a short time and then Nicolas Winding Refn took up the flag along with Ryan...

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A Good Day to Die Hard trailer online

The trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard has arrived online and it looks great for the build up and the action, the father-son part I'm not so sure about. I've never been sure about the idea to be honest but it does look better and work better than...

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New Love Crime trailer promises great thriller

While the original French thriller Love Crime awaits the Brian De Palma remake Passion which is due out in a number of countries next year and none of them the UK or the US, the original from Alain Corneau starring Ludivine Sagnier and the wonderful Kristin Scott Thomas is still...

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October 25, 2012

Theron's Viking versus Scots drama?

Charlize Theron has just delivered a little bit of a surprise with a project entitled The Clan. Her company Denver and Delilah have just sold the project to ABC, but that's not the interesting bit, it's the fact that it's going to be a Scottish story set in the Highlands...

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Evil Dead adults only trailer

This is the first official point that the Evil Dead remake can stand up for itself, the official release of the official trailer, boy that's a lot of officials in there. I say that because we've already seen a bootlegged copy of the video which I think was a little...

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October 24, 2012

Iron Man 3 trailer arrives along with plot reveals

The trailer for Iron Man 3 has arrived and with it comes great excitement as well as a distinct change of pace for Iron Man. It looks like his battles aren't just going to be with the enemy this time but with the identity of who he is and perhaps...

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Thor: The Dark World plot reveals

The plot for Thor: The Dark World has been revealed, or rather specifics about what will happen in the film have. The most positive part of it all is that it seems as though the film is going to be developing the characters and the relationships instead of just relying...

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BAFTA Scotland 2012 Nominees

The nominees for the BAFTA Scotland 2012 awards have arrived and there are some expected names in the film categories as well as a few newcomers, however it does highlight that there aren't enough Scottish names getting mentioned and it's not for the lack of Scottish talent in film and...

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Django Unchained, best trailer yet

Another new trailer for Django Unchained has arrived and, unlikely as it may seem, it's even less Quentin Tarantino than the previous one, in fact there's not a lot of Tarantino in it until the end titles and so I wonder if this is marketing to try and attract a...

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October 23, 2012

Stones' Crossfire Hurricane trailer online

The upcoming Rolling Stones documentary hasn't been getting the amount of press I expected it would have especially since it has the backing of all the band members and includes plenty of footage and access boasting that it's perhaps the most comprehensive documentary of the band there has been. It...

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McCarthy to direct Catholic sex scandal film

It looks as though the film that is loosely based on the birth of the organised religion, or you might prefer the word cult, of Scientology is not going to be the only dramatic look at an organised religion, or again you might prefer the word cult, as word has...

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Halo 4 trailer shows what a Halo film could be

Halo 4 is coming. Although I mainly play my PlayStation 3 because of the type of games and features available the XBox 360 is there for a couple of reasons and Halo is one of them. I've enjoyed playing all the Halo games and I was sorely disappointed when Hollywood...

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Serkis directing new take Animal Farm

Andy Serkis is really making a meal out of this motion capture shenanigans. Not only is he cornering every major motion capture role there is but he's also now started making them through his company called The Imaginarium, a studio specialising in performance capture. The latest project he's lined up...

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Oldboy remake gets a familiar write-up

There isn't a lot coming out about the remake of Oldboy from director Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson, in fact apart from that information we've heard nothing about it. Now though we know when the film is expected to be released and...

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Sugar Ray Robinson film gains lead

Sugar Ray Robinson is regarded as the greatest boxer of all time, I'll give you some of the stats later but for now trust what I say, he was an amazing boxer and iconic to boot. His life is about to make it to the big screen and there's a...

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Theatrical Skyfall trailer looks fantastic

The latest Skyfall trailer is worth highlighting not just because it's longer and contains the tiniest amount of new footage and not because it splices the two trailers together but because it just looks and feels so damned good. I'm even almost over the idea of bringing back Q and...

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October 19, 2012

Nymphomaniac gains strong cast

You should have already heard about Lars von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac as it's gaining a lot of press just now but it's also gaining a lot of cast too, and an impressive cast for that. For a two part film that's set to have two versions, one meeting the...

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Second Mama trailer gives more away

I thought the first trailer for Mama gave too much away, the second gives away even more. I wonder why the film-makers, including producer Guillermo del Toro, didn't decide to re-edit the trailer and take out some of the moments that give away a little too much? Of course, del...

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October 18, 2012

September Morn to give conspiracy theorists their 9/11 say

A new film is in early production called September Morn which will look at the events of September 11th in America with conspiracy theorists eyes. Tied to the film already are three Hollywood actors who have apparently voiced similar conspiracy theories themselves, Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner and...

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New Jack Reacher trailer offers fun and action

I have to admit that I haven't read the Jack Reacher novels and I wasn't overly sold on the previous moody trailer for Jack Reacher although at least he did have a good car and the fight scenes looked pretty real. Now though there's a second trailer and it has...

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LEGO Batman: The Movie beats Justice League and the LEGO movie

When I first saw the story about a trailer for a LEGO animated film I wasn't that interested but something piqued my interest enough to watch it, and I'm glad I did for the trailer for LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite looks like it's going to...

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October 17, 2012

Evil Dead remake trailer leaked online

Well I don't know how long this trailer will be left online, although as usual I think it's a great piece of marketing to leak a poorly filmed version of a trailer and then release the full thing although I might have made sure this was a little rougher around...

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Scarface remake gets a rewrite

You would have thought that a David Ayer written script for a Scarface remake would have been good enough to move forward with but apparently not and there's a new writer pulled into the project to have another crack at it. I'm still not sure anything new could be brought...

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Tarzan animated film trailer online

If you didn't know there's been a new treatment of Tarzan in the works, one that would appear to be going back to the original story and not trying to do something overly fancy with a modern remake, and what's more is that it's going to be an animated film...

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October 16, 2012

Poltergeist remake moves forward

The road to a Poltergeist remake has been bumpy and when it finally happens the many bumps will no doubt be attributed to some made up, never seen, imaginary force which has nothing better to do than throw things about and mess very poorly with the odd human life. None...

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Carrie remake teaser trailer online

A teaser trailer for the remake of Carrie has arrived online and it looks like her powers have been upped Resident Evil style for not only has she destroyed a building, it looks like she's set the entire town on fire. There isn't much to the teaser and I have...

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Reykjavik gains its Gorbachev

The idea of a film for Reykjavik has been talked about for a while and back in January 2008 we had heard that Ridley Scott was going to direct a film about the meeting between the two superpowers that lead to the end of the Cold War and the signing...

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October 15, 2012

Avengers Assemble

Film Four Stars
What could possibly be wrong with Avengers Assemble? It had the superheroes that have been working so well for Marvel, Iron Man and Thor, and even one who hasn't been doing so well in the Hulk but came back with a new actor for the role who was a surprisingly...

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Let Me In

Blu-ray Four Stars
I had seen Let the Right One In and was scared of what a remake could do to the story as I really loved the way the original delivered itself, the restraint and subtlety and the complete lack of cliché. When I'd read the book my thoughts changed on the...

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De Niro and Stallone parody their best films in boxing comedy

I do get frustrated at times when talking about Robert De Niro who were once great and have turned in a series of lacklustre performances on similarly backed films and even turned to terribly poor comedy in order to keep their name on screen and the pay coming in. These...

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The Big Picture trailer shows intense thriller

The Big Picture, or L'Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie, looks like a strong French thriller that is set to provide a powerful lead performance from Romain Duris as well as an exciting film that we could well see hitting a Hollywood remake in the future should the rest of...

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Woman in Black sequel gains director

Having a writer assigned to the Woman in Black sequel, the wonderfully titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death and a script produced it wasn't long before we were going to hear about a director on the film and it is good to hear that it's going to be...

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New trailer for tsunami film The Impossible

A new trailer has arrived for the film The Impossible the film that is based on the true story of a family caught in the middle of the horrifying Tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters of our time and one that provided those frightening images of unstoppable waves of...

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October 12, 2012

Hitchcock trailer has Hopkins and Mirren

You all knew that The Girl was a film about Alfred Hitchcock and his relationship with the actress Tippi Hedren who led The Birds well did you know that there was another Hitchcock film on the go, one that told the story of his making of Psycho? Well there is,...

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Gangster Squad new trailer looks superb

Sean Penn looks glorious in this new trailer for Gangster Squad, the trailer that has that scene in the cinema now removed and indeed should have it removed from the main film itself. I wonder how that will affect the complete piece when we finally see it released? No matter...

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Stunning new Flight trailer

Wow, there are a good few trailers I'm carrying today that are surprisingly strong and Flight is another one that hits home hard, not least because of the stunning plane crash footage that we're treated to which is just the beginning of the story. The film is loosely based on...

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Zero Dark Thirty theatrical trailer

There's also a new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty out today, and that would usually be something that would get everyone excited, after all the film has raised a lot of controversy already and it's from Kathryn Bigelow with Mark Boal having written a screenplay that seems to have drawn...

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Silver Linings Playbook trailer looks interesting

On the surface the idea for Silver Linings Playbook seems a little, well samey, but then when you dig into it and watch the trailer then it starts to excite. The film is adapted from the novel by David O. Russell who also directs, so there's your first reason, the...

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[REC] 4 Apocalypse teaser trailer gives nothing

I haven't seen [REC] 3 Génesis yet and I'm rather annoyed about that but already we're starting to hear about [REC] 4 Apocalypse and there's a teaser out to celebrate the fact that this is going to be the last one in the series. This is an early teaser though,...

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Django Unchained trailer is far less Tarantino

Django Unchained has gained a new trailer and Quentin Tarantino fans will be wetting themselves, and to be honest everyone should be because this is a damn good trailer. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio all look like they're going to be delivering strong performances, Foxx especially. The best...

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Filmstalker Films for October 2012

Quite a bit behind this month with the films to watch but then I was off on a nice hot island away from computers, apart from my Kindle that is! So what's been happening and what films are there to look forward to for the rest of the month? Well...

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October 10, 2012

Gears of War film gets another chance

The list of epic videogames that have failed to get made by Hollywood studios is growing; we've seen Halo and Bioshock monumentally added to that list, although I don't think that we've seen the last of Halo as a film, and now it could well be that Gears of War...

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Microsoft testing way for Halo film?

Get ready for Halo 4, it's coming to an XBox near you, if you have one of course, but more than that Microsoft are doing something rather different with this version of Halo, they're releasing episodic content for the multiplayer side of the game, five missions and cinematics over ten...

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In Their Skin trailer shows evil D'Arcy

The trailer for In Their Skin doesn't really kick off for a while but when it does it will begin to pique your interest especially as it shows James D'Arcy as a pretty evil shotgun wielding psychopath, which is a nice chance of character for him. The film also stars...

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel gains new director

The torch of the rebirth of the Planet of the Apes franchise has been passed on from the man who was at the helm of the surprisingly successful and cleverly done reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and while that might raise concern with fans of the Rise...

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October 9, 2012

Does female Expendables miss the point?

There's growing excitement that a female version of The Expendables is being gathered, already there are cast members signed and more in the sights of the producers, but isn't there a major ingredient missing from the female version that wasn't in the male, and I'm not talking about men. The...

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Assange biographical film narrows lead choice

I always find it strange when a real life story that is still shall we say in development is picked up by a studio to be made into a film. It sometimes suggests that they are leaping at a headline for press; sometimes that there's a genuinely interesting story to...

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October 7, 2012

Omar Killed Me (Omar m’a tuer)

Film Three Stars
Omar Killed Me intrigued me as I'm a big fan of European thrillers, in particular French thrillers, and what caught my eye in particular about this story was that it was based on actual events and the investigation of a murder of a wealthy French widow in 1991 who apparently...

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October 6, 2012

No Man's Land (Mujin Chitai)

Film Two Stars
There were a number of films about the Fukushima disaster that were being shown at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival and looking through them all I chose No Man's Land as the most interesting one. It was the one that sounded as though it was going to present the...

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The controversy around the trailer Innocence of Muslims

An extended trailer for a very low budget and low quality film called Innocence of Muslims has been causing some major problems around the world from political shouting to public protesting and stretching to threats, violence and even cold blooded murder. It's amazing that a film can cause such a...

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The Bourne Legacy

Film Four Stars
I was hopeful for The Bourne Legacy as I'm not one of these people who shout "Greengrass is gone" whenever people talk about what is to come from the franchise, I always remind people that he wasn't the director who delivered the first Bourne film or developed the style that...

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Do Universal understand piracy and how to combat it?

Catching a story last week, before I went off for a fantastic holiday relaxing in the sun, I saw this story about Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the yearly conference entitled USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the stars and film industry talent that appeared to talk on the...

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A Good Day to Die Hard trailer

Is it A Good Day to Die Hard? I have to admit I'm not overly fond of the title of the new Die Hard film, but perhaps those of us more east from Hollywoodland might see something similar as with Die Hard 4.0, a better title. Something that I'm not...

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Prometheus Blu-ray trailer offers us much more

I've talked about the DVD and Blu-ray release of Prometheus before with the hope that the additional footage that was being restored to the film was going to bring with it some more meaning, explanation and cover up some of the very poor aspects of the cinematic release of the...

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Broken City has Crowe and Wahlberg going at it

It's funny that IMDB has a credit for The Hughes Brothers both Allen and Albert and so the director of Broken City Allen Hughes, doesn't on the face of it appear to have a strong list of credits, until you see the "as The Hughes Brothers" link. Menace II Society,...

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Stoker trailer shows more

Stoker was getting people excited as soon as we knew who the man behind the camera was, Park Chan-wook, the man who brought us Thirst, I'm a Cyborg but that's OK (Filmstalker review), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, JSA: Joint Security Area, oh and of...

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The Lone Ranger trailer appears

It's hard to see in this trailer where all the money went for The Lone Ranger, but something is clear from it and that's the message that this isn't the Lone Ranger you might be expecting, well not from Tonto's viewpoint anyway. Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, features probably a...

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New dramatic Lincoln trailer

A new more powerful and dramatic trailer for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln has arrived online while I was on holiday and it's looking a lot better than the previous trailer as it now begins to appeal to the non-American audience, or at least the non-Lincoln audience. I did say before that...

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Parker trailer has Statham, Lopez and Chiklis

I love Jason Statham so even though I am getting tastes of his other films in here and a slight hint of Out of Sight I'm not really concerned because we know what we're getting here, a great action film with a lot more besides and Statham's usually very cool...

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Pablo has a star studded trailer and a mix of styles

You may not know who Pablo Ferro is, and frankly I don't have space to sit and list his film credits because there are just too many, but the man has been involved in a vast array of films and with a huge list of big name directors. His greatest...

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Crawlspace trailer looks good but breaks the golden rule

Here's an interesting trailer for a film called Crawlspace which is an Australian science fiction horror film that has some of the production team that were behind the Australian films Wolf Creek (Filmstalker review) and Red Hill. Of course just because there are similar producers doesn't mean that the film...

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Movie 43 trailer is really offensive

I'm not sold on Movie 43 although the idea does have me interested as I've liked films such as Amazon Women on the Moon which bring together a diverse cast of stars into a series of comedic sketches that are linked in some way, no matter how loosely linked! There...

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New Wreck-It Raplh trailer reveals story

Wreck-It Ralph looks like it's going to be a great fun film that will capture the imaginations of audiences including gamers with its inventive storyline and fantastically created characters. However so far the trailers haven't really told us the story, this new trailer fixes all that. There's a great list...

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