It’s not always a bad sign when a film gets shelved. Sometimes a perfectly good film gets tangled in legal woes, or becomes the casualty of a studio’s financial setback. Other times, though, the delay is exactly the vote of “no confidence” it appears to be.

I don’t know precisely why The Weinstein Co. decided to delay Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein‘s horror thriller 6 Souls indefinitely in the U.S., but the new trailer suggests it may be in the latter category. Julianne Moore stars as a psychiatrist whose patient Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) suffers from multiple personality disorder. But his case is unusual in that his extra personalities are people who actually existed — murder victims, to be exact. Watch the video after the jump.

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Lots to see in today’s Sequel Bits, including a DVD featurette, a blooper reel, a TV spot, posters, and a (not at all revealing) set photo. After the jump:

  • Another new TV spot debuts for Men in Black 3
  • Gary Busey goes nuts in Piranha 3DD outtakes
  • Watch a featurette from the Underworld: Awakening DVD
  • Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto tweet wrapping Star Trek 2
  • Check out the Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters
  • Donnie Yen is set to return for Ip Man 3D
  • Who wants to be an extra on Atlas Shrugged Part 2?

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‘Underworld: Awakening’ Trailer

Yep, it’s another one. Three years after the last installment, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the vampire/werewolf film series not penned by Stephenie Meyer is back for a fourth round with the generically titled Underworld: Awakening. After sitting out most of the last entry, Kate Beckinsale has poured herself back into her skintight leather bodysuit to reprise her role as sexy vampire warrior Selene.

Upon emerging from a lengthy imprisonment in a coma-like state, Selene learns that 1) she has a teenage vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter named Eve (played by India Eisley) — the only one of her kind; and 2) vampires and Lycans are now being hunted by humans. Cue explosions, ass-kicking, many shades of blue, and all the other things we’ve come to expect from the Underworld franchise. Watch the new theatrical trailer after the jump.

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I’m mystified by the continued existence of the Resident Evil and Underworld movies. The parade of sequels for each franchise seems, to me, to just be the same stuff presented over and over again. But good-looking women kicking ass is something that evidently crosses all sorts of boundaries.

So there’s an audience that loves them, and Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein are here to present Underworld: Awakening, the fourth film in the series and the return of Kate Beckinsale. She took a break from the third movie, which told an origin tale to fill in backstory leading up to the original 2003 film. But now Beckinsale is back as Seline, the leather-clad vampire who shoots things in both slo-mo and ultra-fast action. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Who? You may not know the names Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein if you’re not (a) Swedish or (b) in the UK. The pair have made, among other things, the Swedish thriller Storm (2005), and the thriller Shelter (2009) with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, which has hit territories including the UK and Japan, but not the US.

Now the pair are negotiating a deal to direct what is being referred to in trades as Underworld 4. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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