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Fall brings no shortage of star-studded prestige pics, but even in that crowd August: Osage County stands out. The John Wells-directed film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin (plus half a dozen others) which means we’re all but guaranteed to see it making waves during awards season.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.

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August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony award winning play, is hoping to become a multiple Oscar-winning film. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), the film has one of the most impressive dramatic casts in recent memory: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregorBenedict Cumberbatch,Margot MartindaleChris Cooper, Dermot MulroneyJuliette LewisAbigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard. They’ll bring to life a story about a group of young women forced to go home and deal with their parents. A simple story to be sure, but a powder keg for emotion and drama.

Don’t believe me, though. Check out the trailer and poster for the November 8 release.  Read More »

While I haven’t loved most of the marketing for Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror, Mirror so far, one element that’s actually drawn a few laughs out of me is Armie Hammer‘s performance as Prince Andrew Alcott. He’s clearly having so much fun with the character that it’s tough not to be won over, and now a new featurette takes advantage of that appeal by focusing on Hammer and his well-intentioned but ditzy charcter.

But it seems I’m not the only one that hasn’t been such a fan of the kiddie comedy’s trailers. In a recent interview, Singh noted his own displeasure at the way his film was being sold. Could this mean that Mirror, Mirror won’t quite be the the cringe-inducing hamfest we’ve been led to expect? Watch the featurette and read Singh’s comments after the jump.

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I can’t tell whether it’s that the footage of Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror is truly getting better, or whether I’m just developing some weird cinematic version of Stockholm Syndrome. But after kind of hating the first trailer, the film started to grow on me with yesterday’s featurette, and now this new international trailer has me kind of, sort of, actually looking forward to seeing it.

The new video offers up a bit more than the previous one did in terms of plot, and serves up some fresh jokes as well. Lily Collins stars as the fairytale princess, while Armie Hammer plays the handsome prince, Julia Roberts the evil queen, and Nathan Lane her pitiable sycophant. Watch the video after the jump.

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The Great Snow White Showdown of 2012 has been brewing for about a year and a half now, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a tiny bit longer to see how things shake out. Mirror Mirror has pushed its release date back by two weeks from March 16 to March 30, the better to take advantage of spring break and the Easter holiday. Snow White and the Huntsman is still scheduled to open June 1.

In the meantime, though, we have a couple of new looks at both in the form of a behind-the-scenes video from Mirror Mirror and a just-released photo of Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. The more we see of each, the clearer it’s becoming that whatever their respective strengths or weaknesses, the two movies are very different beasts. Hit the jump for more.

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Ryan Murphy is best known as the co-creator of such unusual TV hits as Glee, American Horror Story, and Nip/Tuck, but he’s slowly been building up a big-screen career as well. Though 2006’s Running with Scissors wasn’t quite a box office smash, 2010’s Eat Pray Love pulled in $200 million worldwide despite mediocre reviews.

Murphy is now gearing up for his third feature, the HIV/AIDS drama The Normal Heart. Mark Ruffalo boarded the project a couple of years ago and was the only star attached for a while, but the project’s now landed four more high-profile stars in Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, and is said to be eyeing Viggo Mortensen as well.

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Briefly: The career of Julia Roberts has become a less predictable thing than it once was. The actress was once among Hollywood’s most highly-paid talents, but as the cycle of concept versus star has swung economic power into the hands of ‘concept,’ Roberts has been one of many actors to be somewhat diminished.

Roberts has averaged only one film a year for the last few years, and after this year’s relatively disappointing Larry Crowne she has shot only one role for 2012, in Tarsem’s Mirror Mirror. Now Roberts has set up a new starring vehicle for herself, and it sounds like one not too different from Larry Crowne: she’ll produce and star in Second Act, a workplace comedy.

THR reports that the film is just in concept stage at this point, and follows “a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.” There is no writer or director set at this point, .

Trailer for Tarsem Singh’s ‘Mirror, Mirror’

After months of hearing all about Tarsem Singh‘s “sickeningly kiddie” Snow White project Mirror, Mirror and glimpsing the bright, colorful images from the set, we finally have our first look at some actual footage from the film. The very first official trailer has now hit the web, and it looks… well, see for yourself.

Mirror, Mirror features Lily Collins as the classic fairy tale princess, with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Sean Bean as the King, Armie Hammer as the handsome prince, and Nathan Lane as some guy named Brighton that I don’t remember from my childhood storybooks. Watch the video after the jump.

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After months and months of being referred to as “Relativity Media’s untitled Snow White project,” Tarsem Singh‘s take on the classic fairy tale finally has a title. The name they’re going with is Mirror, Mirror, which seems like a pretty obvious pick in retrospect.

Interestingly, the news comes just a few days after director Singh said in an interview that if it were up to him, he’d simply call it Snow. At the time, he said the decision wasn’t his to make, and that one of the reasons the movie took so long to get a title had to do with “legal stuff being sorted out.” In the same conversation, he described his own film as “sickeningly kiddie” and explained why his interest in creating a children’s film isn’t so surprising after all. Read more after the jump.

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