First Clip from Susanne Bier’s Long-Delayed SERENA Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

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Magnolia has released the first Serena clip online, and it gives a bit of a hint as to why the movie has sat on a shelf for so long despite starring two of Hollywood’s hottest actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  They play Serena and George Pemberton, newlyweds trying to build a timber empire.  The business takes off thanks to Serena’s ability and ambition, but when she uncovers the truth of George’s past, it threatens the stability of their marriage and business.  While I enjoy hearing Bradley Cooper talk about mahogany as the next guy, this clip is passionate scene without much passion, except when they kiss and the handheld camera swooshes around like it’s trying to get a better shot.

Hit the jump to check out the Serena clip.  The movie also stars Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, and Sean Harris, and will premiere at the London Film Festival before opening in the U.K. on October 24th.  Serena hits VOD in the U.S. on February 26, 2015 and will open in theaters on March 27th

Jennifer Garner Polices Her Daughter’s Facebook in New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Clip

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children clip from director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age, and having seen the film at TIFF, I can attest that it’s a moving and dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another.  While the film is really about larger issues than technology, it does use our tech-obsessed culture as a conduit through which to dig into bigger themes, and this new clip shows Jennifer Garner’s over-protective mother casually perusing through her daughter’s (Short Term 12’s Kaitlyn Dever) Facebook page.  Garner’s character is one of the more disturbing in the film, offering a glimpse at the kinds of parents that think it’s their duty to monitor each and every interaction their child has with another human being.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children clip and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release today and expands wide on October 17th.

THE BABADOOK Clip: Hi, This is Mister Babadook. Is Amelia There?

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I just cannot wait until everyone’s running around saying, “Ba-ba dook, dook, dook.”  (In Mister Babadook voice, of course.)  Jennifer Kent’s feature directorial debut is making its way towards a November 28th release and IFC Midnight is paving the way with some must-see promo material.  The film’s most recent trailer rocks a wicked build and now this brand new clip manages to make your skin crawl via one actor, one shot and zero action.

The Babadook stars Essie Davis as a single mother named Amelia.  Not only is she still having a tough time coping with the loss of her husband, but she also can’t get a good night sleep thanks to her son’s fear that there’s a monster lurking in their house.  Amelia brushes it off as best she can, but when a book called Mister Babadook just happens to appear in her son’s room, she starts to wonder if there really is a bogeyman in their home.  Hit the jump to check out the new The Babadook clip.

Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic Opposite Robert Duvall in 8 Clips from THE JUDGE

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor.

Watch the Judge clips after the jump.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Viral Video Teases Quicksilver’s Parentage

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The viral marketing for the DVD and Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past continues today with another social media post from “Peter Maximoff” aka Quicksilver.  The character as played by Evan Peters was an undeniable highlight of the X-Men sequel earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox is capitalizing on his popularity with a series of viral videos that tease the home video release of Days of Future Past.  While I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the film again and thumbing through the extras, Fox has already announced that an extended cut of the movie will hit home video next summer.  The question then becomes, to double dip or not to double dip?

Watch the new X-Men: Days of Future Past viral video after the film, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-rayDays of Future Past will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 14th and is currently available on Digital HD.

New GONE GIRL Clip: Ben Affleck is Brought in for Questioning

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I should know my own blood type, right?  Thanks to this new Gone Girl clip, I might actually look into that.  David Fincher’s latest is just days away from its October 3rd wide release, so we’ve got promotional material pouring in.  In this latest clip from the film, Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne doesn’t know if his wife’s got friends, he doesn’t know what she does during the day and he doesn’t know her blood type either, and the cops (Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens) interrogating him aren’t happy about it.

Gone Girl just had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival Friday night and soon thereafter, the web was flooded with high praise so this one really might live up to all the hype.  Hit the jump to check out that new Gone Girl clip.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris.

First SON OF A GUN Clip: Brenton Thwaites Teaches Ewan McGregor Chess in Prison

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Entertainment One has released the first Son of a Gun clip.  The Australian thriller follows a young man (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes the apprentice of a calculating crime boss (Ewan McGregor).  The clip shows what looks like the meet-cute between the two in prison, where the apprentice walks by and shows the boss where he went wrong in his chess game.  McGregor is more intimidating than I expected.

Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom Budge also star in the feature directorial debut of Julius Avery.  There is no U.S. release date yet, but Son of a Gun opens October 14 in Australia.  Watch the Son of a Gun clip after the break.

Exclusive EXISTS Clip: Find Out What Eduardo Sanchez’s Sasquatch is Capable Of

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Eduardo Sanchez’s latest won so many over at SXSW 2014 that it went home with the Midnighters Audience Award and come October 24th, we’ll all get to find out why.  Exists stars Chris Osborn and Samuel Davis as Brian and Matt, brothers who opt to take their friends out to their uncle’s abandoned cabin in East Texas for a weekend of partying.  Little do they know, their getaway is in Sasquatch territory.

With Exists making its way to select theaters and VOD on October 24th courtesy of Lionsgate, we’ve got the opportunity to debut a brand new clip from the film.  Hit the jump to check out what happens when you’re within the beast’s reach in our exclusive Exists clip.  The film also stars Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Brian Steele and Denise Williamson.

Exclusive Look at THE GUEST and the Transformation of DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens

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The Guest opened in limited release last week and, after performing well, is platforming out into more theaters this weekend.  The new film from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S/2, A Horrible Way to Die) is a lot of fun (as evidenced by this insanely cool trailer) and a big part of that is the swagger and southern charm that former Downton Abbey standout Dan Stevens brings to his role.  He’s an absolute badass here.  You can get a glimpse of that in this exclusive clip of him talking about his approach to the part.

Hit the jump to check out our exclusive clip for The Guest (and be sure to read Matt’s review along with my interview with Wingard and Barrett).  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick.  The Guest is now playing and expands to additional cities this Friday, September 27th.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Gag Reel Has Dancing, Flubs, and Good Times All Around

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out on Blu-ray/DVD in a few weeks, so naturally the special features are starting to leak online.  The first piece of bonus material is the five-minute gag reel, which is fairly entertaining.  It has the its fair share of flubs and mugging into the camera, but it’s still charming.  More importantly, it has actual jokes, and perhaps to no one’s surprise, the best one comes from Sir Patrick Stewart.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past gag reel, and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD, which will be released on October 14th.

Update: The video has been removed from Vimeo. When it’s back online we’ll re-post.

3 New STRETCH Clips Remind Patrick Wilson not to Hassle The Hoff

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As I’ve said on multiple occasions, I’m a big Joe Carnahan fan, and I can’t wait to see his latest film, Stretch.  The movie stars Patrick Wilson as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”  These three clips show off the film’s delightful lunacy, and I’m reminded of how well he utilized Chris Pine in Smokin’ Aces by getting him to play against type.  But the real scene-stealer could be David Hasselhoff, who, as we can see from one of these clips, does not like to be kept waiting.

Hit the jump to check out the Stretch clips.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Norman Reedus, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta, and Shaun Toub.  Hopefully, we’ll get a release date soon.

Check out Two Clips from Yann Demange’s Exhilarating ’71 Starring Jack O’Connell

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Two ’71 clips have gone online, and they both do a great job at highlighting director Yann Demange‘s ability to build tension and create thrilling action.  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and centers on a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s been abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home while the locals battle for supremacy.  These clips showcase the lead-up to the riot and O’Connell’s character, Private Gary Hook, on the run from Irish nationalists.  From these two brief clips, you can tell that Demange is a serious talent, and big things could be ahead for him if this movie is even a modest hit.

Hit the jump for the ’71 clips, click here for my review from TIFF, and click here for Steve’s interview with O’Connell from the Berlin Film Festival.  ’71 opens in the U.K. on October 10th; no U.S. release date has been announced.

Watch: POPEYE Footage Offers First Look at CG Character in Action

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Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled some test footage from its upcoming Popeye CG movie, giving us our first look at the computer generated character in action.  Hotel Transylvania helmer Genndy Tartakovsky directs this feature film adaptation of the popular comics strip character, and while we still don’t necessarily know what the story will entail, this test footage gives us a strong idea of how the character moves in the 3D realm.  I’m happy to see that the character designs are quite stylized, refraining from becoming generic CG transfers of these classic characters.  While this isn’t footage from the actual film, it is very slapstick-heavy and shows Olive Oyl defying any and all laws of both physics and biology with her movements.  It’s too early to say how the actual film will stack up, but this first footage is certainly interesting.

Hit the jump to watch the Popeye CG movie footage, which is introduced by Tartakovsky himself who also shows off a bit of concept artwork.  Sony Animation will release the film in 3D sometimes in 2015.

Exclusive Clip from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Goes Behind the Famous Hook Scene

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most formative films from my childhood.  I of course didn’t get to see it until I was in my early teens, but the box was always taunting me from the shelf of my local Blockbuster, “I dare you to watch this.”  Once I watched, I wasn’t disappointed.  And the film still holds up wonderfully today.  When you break it down it’s actually far less gory than its title implies, but it’s shot in such a visceral manner that you think you’re seeing things you actually aren’t. Even if director Tobe Hooper never made another film (and he’s made several great ones since), his mark on cinema history would have been complete.

Dark Sky Films has done a truly stunning job on the 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for its 40th Anniversary Release.  Their Blu-ray also has a bevy of bonus features, including a through making-of documentary.  The clip we’re sharing with you today comes from that doc and explores the famous meat-hook scene.  Hit the jump to check it out.

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