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What the earlier Despicable Me 2 teaser trailers lacked in information, they made up for in cuteness. The puffy yellow minions were all over those, performing “Barbara Ann” and investigating otherworldly visitors. Now a full-length trailer has arrived, and while it’s not quite as adorable (that’s just what happens when you shift focus away from the minions), it tells us far more about what this movie actually is.

Steve Carell is back as the voice of supervillain Gru, who’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new baddie. Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong also lend their voices. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return as directors. Check out the new trailer and poster after the jump.

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If you guessed the moment David Mamet cast Al Pacino as the lead of HBO Films’ Phil Spector that the movie would essentially be Pacino at his nuttiest under an increasingly bizarre series of wigs, well, you were right on the mark. The first trailer shows just that, along with his Helen Mirren as his competent but uneasy defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden. Watch it after the jump.

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Twenty years after Carlito’s Way and thirty years after Scarface, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are reuniting to tell the tale of a very complicated man. The pair have just signed on for Happy Valley, a drama about late, disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Dave McKenna (American History X) is nearing a deal to write a script based on the bestselling biography Paterno, by Joe Posnanski. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film release scheduling tends to get tricky around the end of the year. Not only do studios have to weigh all the usual concerns, they also need to keep an eye on the December 31 cutoff date for Academy Award qualification, and so they devise strategies to work around it or use it to their benefit.

Lionsgate is giving Stand Up Guys an awards season push, moving its release date up to December for New York and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sony is looking to take advantage of all-but-inevitable Oscar buzz for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty by scaling back the wide release originally planned for the end of this year. Read more about both decisions after the jump.

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Under most circumstances, a movie about Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin indulging in an all-night bender complete with hard drugs, pretty girls, and grand theft auto would sound like a hoot. But along comes Hector Salamanca Mark Margolis to make it sad.

Fisher StevensStand Up Guys starts with Val’s (Pacino) release from prison after nearly three decades. He reconvenes with his old pals Doc (Walken) and Hirsch (Arkin) for a wild night on the town, and on the surface it seems their bond is as strong as ever. In truth, however, Doc is under strict orders to take Val out. As morning approaches, so does his moment of truth. Julianna Margulies also stars. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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To say 2011 and 2012 haven’t been good years for the Penn State University football program would be a gross understatement. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused, and later convicted, of serial child molesting. During the scandal it was revealed that his boss, head coach Joe Paterno – the winningest coach in the history of Division I college football – had an idea about it but turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s acts. Paterno’s mistake cost him and the school several years of wins and, subsequently, that incredible record. Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Paterno passed away this past January as the scandal still raged.

Currently sitting atop the New York Times Best Seller List is Paterno, a biography of the coach by Joe Posnanski, and a film adaptation of that book is now being shopped around Hollywood with none other than Oscar-winner Al Pacino attached to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: As spoof awards go, The Razzies are pretty rote. Calling out films like Battlefield Earth and Sex and the City 2 for being terrible doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. Sure, those movies suck, but they’re not interesting failures, just things to be ignored. Maybe their terrible qualities are good for a chuckle, but that’s about it. So seeing that the Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill is the first-ever film to take all ten ‘major’ golden raspberry awards doesn’t mean much, I think, other than doling out all the awards to one film is an attempt at comedy worthy of, well, Jack and Jill.

For the record, the film’s ‘awards’ were: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Screen Ensemble, Worst Director, Worst Remake Rip-Off or Sequel (for emulating Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda), Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Screenplay. Adam Sandler is involved in almost all of those categories, though Al Pacino and David Spade scored the supporting jabs. A couple of those categories were split between Jack and Jill and another Sandler picture, Just Go With It. And yet, amid all that, there was no award given for the fact that Jack and Jill somehow cost $80 million. The Razzies: not yet comprehensive.

The latest actor to join Christian Bale in Scott Cooper‘s Out of the Furnace is likely to be Zoe Saldana. She’s in early talks for the film that Cooper is rewriting (based on Brad Ingelsby‘s The Low Dweller script) and will direct as his follow-up to Crazy Heart.

Bale will be an ex-con who is determined to avenge the death of his younger brother after being released from prison. Various actors have been mentioned as possible choices for the brother (Casey Affleck, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum) and Robert Duvall is nearly set to play the main character’s helpful uncle, while Viggo Mortensen could end up being the villain.

Out of the Furnace could shoot this spring if the cast comes together and Relativity gives it the final green light. As we’ve heard before, that green light will primarily be based on the finalization of a deal with Bale, which hasn’t yet happened. [Variety]

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