The Son of No One will close the Sundance Film Festival next week; we had the poster a couple days ago, and now here’s the first very serious trailer. Channing Tatum stars as a cop whose relatively calm life with his wife (Katie Holmes) is threatened by the spectre of an unsolved murder from years in the past. Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Tracy Morgan are all on board, too, with Dito Montiel directing. See the trailer after the break. Read More »

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Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, The Romantics) and Al Pacino are in talks to join Adam Sandler‘s latest shitty romantic comedy feature, Jack and Jill. The storyline follows Jack, a family man, who must deal with his twin sister Jill, who visits for Thanksgiving and won’t leave.

Steven Koren (Evan Almighty, Click) wrote the screenplay, and Sandler comedy director Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Benchwarmers) is directing. Sandler will be playing both the titular Jack and his twin sister Jill. According to THR, Holmes will play Sandler’s wife, while Pacino will play himself. An actor making a cameo as himself in a Sandler comedy…. but, that would be too obvious. This doesn’t sound good. And yes, I chose the above photo of Holmes with a handfull of money specifically because this sounds nothing more than a paycheck film.

Movie Trailer: The Romantics

Paramount Famous Productions has released the first movie trailer for The Romantics. Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer has adapted her own novel, The Romantics, a “zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding.” The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

At Comic-Con, Miramax Films premiered the movie trailer for the Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film remake co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The trailer (and additional footage) went over big in San Diego, and now MySpace has the trailer online for everyone to check out. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Briefly: When Disney shuttered Miramax last year, one of the handful of films left in limbo was Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the 1973 TV movie of the same name. The remake was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey. It’s a good sign that Disney likes the movie enough to keep it in house and release it, and given that this is an R-rated horror film I’m not going to be too worried about the January 21 release date. THR says the film will actually carry the Miramax banner.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Director Nixey is a former comic book artist and, based on his short Latchkey’s Lament, a promising filmmaker. I’m excited to see the trailer (at Comic Con, hopefully) and am thrilled that his movie won’t be lost in the Miramax morass.

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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Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”

Rogen’s character is married to Williams;  Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]

After the break, the Kennedys come to life (again) and Richard Gere partners up with Topher Grace. Read More »

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Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.

Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]

After the break, Sean Bean and Danny Dyer join a sorta-Ian Fleming biopic and Kate Hudson joins a romance. Read More »

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