George Lucaschanges to the Star Wars Blu-ray set have drawn some ire as of late, but let’s be real — these things are still gonna sell like hotcakes. While Lucas’ alterations really will turn off some of his fans, it’s probably a safe bet that many more will shell out for them anyway, even if they’re grumbling as they do so. With that in mind, here are six ads for the Blu-ray that try to put you in a more positive state of mind about the updated releases.

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Director Brad Anderson is responsible for some of the best low budget thrillers of the past few years. Films like The Machinist and Session 9 have set a pretty high standard and now he’s back with his most ambitious film to date. Vanishing on 7th Street played at the Toronto Film Festival this year and was picked up by Magnet. It stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo in a world where almost everyone has disappeared into thin air and the survivors begin to fear the shadows. Reviews out of Toronto were mixed (check out Peter’s video review here) but this latest trailer is definitely more effective than a similar one that was released before the festival. The film will be On Demand January 7th and hit theaters on February 18. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Doug Liman’s Jumper debuted in 2008 to a tepid critical response and didn’t exactly do gangbusters at the box office either, taking in only $80 million on an $85 million budget (although its worldwide total did reach $222 million). Nonetheless, the film did well enough that several of the people involved with it, including Liman himself, have speculated about a possible sequel.

Recently, Hayden Christensen (star of Jumper) hinted that the possibility of a sequel was still being discussed, and threw out some clues as to where the plot might go. Hit the jump for the details. Note that the following includes spoilers for the threadbare plot of the original Jumpers.

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Movie Trailer: Vanishing on 7th Street

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Brad Anderson‘s new film Vanishing on 7th Street was just added to the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now we’ve got a trailer for the horror / suspense film that stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore. Read More »

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We’ve seen images from Brad Anderson‘s new film Vanishing on 7th Street, and knew that it stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo. But we haven’t known much about the film. Now there’s a little set of behind the scenes interviews that give a few tiny details away, as well as a new poster and some other materials, including clips of much of the film’s score, by Lucas Vidal. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: Takers

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Before this trailer, the most memorable thing about Takers was the photoshop abortion that passed for the film’s first one-sheet. After this new trailer, that poster remains the most memorable thing about Takers, which still looks like an abandoned MTV Movie Awards tribute to Heat. Read More »

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Brad Anderson is a filmmaker I keep expecting to break out at any time. He’s made some great smaller thrillers with cultish appeal (Session 9, The Machinist) and built a good parallel career directing episodes of well-loved television shows: The Shield, The Wire, Treme and Fringe. But he hasn’t had the crossover movie yet.

Now Anderson is finishing up Vanishing on 7th Street, a thriller that stars Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo. The full official synopsis and some first images are after the break. Read More »

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Hayden Christensen has signed on to star in Snakes of a Plane/Cellular/The Final Destination director David R. Ellis‘ big screen adaptation of John Case‘s thriller novel The Genesis Code. Kevin Bernhardt, who wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Peaceful Warrior, penned the adaptation.

The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.

Read the full press release after the jump.

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I’d love to know what the people at Screen Gems have on Matt Dillon. Photos of him naked with a shaved bear and a jar of Vaseline? Maybe a webcam video of him going all out dancing to ‘A Stroke of Genie-us‘? Could it be Dillon making the image above in Photoshop? It’s got to be intense. How else to explain his presence in Takers, the heist movie that’s a little bit Armored and a little bit Heat. We’ve seen one trailer already; now there’s an international version that shows off a bit more of Dillon’s presence in the film, but doesn’t do a better job of selling it. Read More »

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This is what happens when the Ed Hardies of the world demand a contemporary, made-for-BET version of Heat that stars lawless idiots like Chris Brown, T.I., and…Hayden Christensen thugged out in a $300 fedora and bowtie. Elegantly entitled to the chagrin of Bryan Mills, Takers, the film opens early next year. To add further insult to injury (and Michael Scott’s DVD collection), The Wire‘s Idris Elba appears to be playing the De Niro mastermind in this $20 million bank robber thriller, hence no room on the poster for co-star Matt Dillon, taking on Pacino detective duties. Take the time to see the brilliance for yourself below and then Spinja-it-out with Chris Brown defenders in the comments…

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