For his third film, French genre director Xavier Gens has locked a bunch of New Yorkers in the basement of a building as they wait out the end of the world. But it turns out these people aren’t the only survivors, and interactions with people who didn’t make it to shelter set off a chain of events that probably won’t end well.

The film is The Divide, and those who’ve seen Gens’ first film, Frontier(s), will immediately recognize some common energy and tension. Anchor Bay has released the first full trailer for the film. It builds on the teaser we saw months ago, beginning with more or less the same setup before moving into a montage of action that suggests things get pretty crazy as this group awaits rescue. Check it out below. Read More »

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One of the films premiering in the Midnighters section of SXSW this weekend is Xavier GensThe Divide, about a group of eight strangers who find shelter in a basement when a huge explosion demolishes New York. It’s a fun premise for a psychological thriller, if not exactly an original one, and the first teaser had me curious see how the film would turn out. I still have no idea, of course. But the first 97 seconds of the film have just been released, and so far, it’s looking good. Watch it after the jump.

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MI4 - Actresses

We now know that Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner will play the two primary agents in Paramount’s upcoming Mission: Impossible 4. (Until we know what the final title of this new Mission: Impossible film will be, we’re just going to call it Mission: Impossible 4. Hopefully that’ll avoid confusion for the time being.)

There are obviously quite a few other parts to cast. As the studio gears up towards a fall shoot, we should soon start hearing a lot of other names being thrown around. For instance, there’s also a female operative in the film and Deadline now reports that Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) are testing for the role. If I had to put money down I’d go with Paula Patton, but since we don’t know anything about the role other than ‘female operative’ (the easy guess: she dies) it’s too early to make any realistic call on who’ll get hired. [Deadline]

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