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Leave it to Jim Jarmusch to take a tired trend — vampires — and give it new life. Only Lovers Left Alive landed on my top 10 of 2013 list, as well as Russ’ most anticipated of 2014 list, and the latest trailer from the U.K. may offer some clues as to why.

I’ll be honest: There’s not much in the way of new footage here. But it’s been a couple of months since the last promo, and there are certainly worse ways to spend 30 seconds than basking in the cool glow of Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as shot by Jarmusch. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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When Paul Walker passed away late last year, he was at a very busy point in his career. His Hours was on the verge of opening, he’d already wrapped Brick Mansions, and he was in the middle of shooting Fast & Furious 7. He also had a few more projects lined up beyond that. One, Agent 47, went to Homeland star Rupert Friend yesterday. Now another, The Best of Me, could be taken over by James Marsden.

Michael Hoffman (most recently of the Coens-scripted Gambit) is directing the romance, based on a novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Shailene Woodley has two highly anticipated YA adaptations out this year, one of which (Divergent) is being touted as the next Hunger Games. And indeed, it has everything an on-trend teen flick needs right now: a dystopian setting, a kickass heroine, and plenty of action.

But for my money, the far more promising one is The Fault in Our Stars. Woodley plays Hazel Grace, who meets and falls for a boy (Ansel Elgort) in her cancer support group. While the premise has the potential to get real sappy real fast, the source material by John Green gained lots of fans, of all ages, for its honesty and wit.

If director Josh Boone manages to retain that vibe, this could be 2014′s The Spectacular Now. It certainly helps that he’s got the writers of The Spectacular Now, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, working with him here. Check out the first image from the movie after the jump.

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Endless Love

Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be complete without a movie romance, and this year we’re getting three. One is Winter’s Tale, a romantic fantasy starring Colin Farrell as a handsome thief. Another is About Last Night, a cheeky comedy about singles in the big city. And the third is Endless Love, a Romeo and Juliet-flavored drama about a prim-and-proper gal (Gabriella Wilde) and the bad boy (Alex Pettyfer) she falls for.

Based on just those descriptions, you’ve probably already made up your mind about which one is best for you and your date. But if you need a little more information, maybe this final trailer for Endless Love will help. Check it out after the jump.

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A Promise

It’s not unheard of for fantasy geeks to debate the merits of Diagon Alley versus King’s Landing, Hermione Granger versus Daenerys Targaryen. But French filmmaker Patrice Leconte may be the first to wonder whether Severus Snape or Robb Stark would emerge triumphant in a battle for the heart of Iron Man 3 star Rebecca Hall.

Okay, so that probably wasn’t really Leconte’s aim in making the pre-WWI romance A Promise. But it’s more fun if you imagine it was. Alan Rickman plays a successful factory owner, whose health problems force him to increasingly rely on his assistant (Richard Madden). Meanwhile, said protege is falling for the older man’s wife, played by Hall. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

After a triumphant premiere at Cannes this spring, Blue Is the Warmest Color got some negative attention this fall when stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos told press that working with director Abdellatif Kechiche was a “horrible” experience and that they’d never work for him again.

The question of whether Kechiche pushed his stars too hard is still open, and based on the director’s statements may even be headed to court. But it can’t be argued that his methods, however brutal, got results. Overnight, Blue Is the Warmest Color transformed Exarchopoulos from a virtual unknown (at least in the States) into an international sensation.

And IFC Films would very much like you to remember that. The U.S. distributor for the French film has just released a red-band For Your Consideration trailer highlighting Exarchopoulos’ stunningly raw, tender performance. Check it out after the jump.

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Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky in Pacific Rim

If Herc and Chuck were your favorite Jaeger pilot duo, Pacific Rim star Max Martini might have some good news for you. Also after the jump:

  • Dermot Mulroney wants another My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Here’s why Steven Seagal isn’t in The Expendables 3
  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead unveils a new poster
  • It’s Rodrigo Santoro‘s turn to get a 300 character sheet
  • Watch a teaser for the live-action Ruroni Kenshin sequels

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The Spectacular Now at Sundance

In an age when the phrase “teen drama” suggests hardscrabble dystopias or lovelorn werewolves, what’s extraordinary about The Spectacular Now is how ordinary it is. The leads are two kids that could be from any town in America, and their romance is neither epic nor star-crossed. Stories like this one surely play out dozens of times a day all over the world.

But despite that ordinariness, or more likely because of it, The Spectacular Now is also one of the best teen dramas of recent years. Under the direction of James Ponsoldt (Smashed), The Spectacular Now is a pitch-perfect depiction of adolescence, warm and funny and sad without ever veering into forced sentimentality.

It’s a tough balance to pull off, and during a recent press stop in New York I got the opportunity to ask him how he managed to get it right. We also talked about why the kids in The Spectacular Now drink so much, how he took advantage of Kyle Chandler‘s Coach Taylor image, and which Arrested Development star he’d love to work with. Hit the jump to read the full interview. (Some spoilers for The Spectacular Now follow.)

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