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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we take a ride on a pirate ship, soak ourselves in some William Fichtner/melty face goodness, gaze into the alopecia smoothness of Matt Lucas, and say su-su-sussidio to a very annoyed Phil Collins.  

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In the coming weeks, you’re going to be reading a lot about Sundance movies. Many of them will be films you’ve have never heard of and others are things you might get super excited about. But with the huge barrage of new movies being discussed, a few gems are bound to slip through the cracks. Last year, Mark Webber‘s The End of Love was one of those films.

You know Webber. He played Stephen Stills in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But instead of focusing on acting, he turned his eye to writing and directing. The End of Love is the intensely personal story of a young man struggling with growing up once the mother of his child passes away. It co-stars Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Seyfried and will hit iTunes January 21 before opening in theaters March 1. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

Lizzy Caplan‘s already starred in one wedding comedy this year — the enjoyably acerbic Bachelorette — and Alison Brie got to help Emily Blunt to the altar in The Five-Year Engagement earlier this spring. Now Caplan and Brie are teaming up with one another for yet another marriage-themed romcom, playing sisters in Michael Mohan‘s bittersweet Save the Date.

Caplan plays commitment-phobic artist Sarah, who dumps her boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) after a public proposal gone spectacularly wrong. She rebounds with sweet Jonathan (Mark Webber). In contrast, Brie’s Beth is happily preparing to spend the rest of her life with Andrew (Martin Starr) — but he seems somewhat more ambivalent about their future. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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It can be tough to wrangle a truly good performance out of a child actor, for pretty obvious reasons. So it may help if the kid in question has no idea he’s even acting. For his sophomore directorial effort End of Love, actor/filmmaker Mark Webber (you may recognize him as Stephen Stills from Scott Pilgrim) cast his two-year-old son Isaac without explaining to the boy that they were making a movie, and then hired some of his better known actor pals to improvise around Isaac’s blissfully oblivious “performance.”

Webber leads as a youngish father struggling to take care of his son as he grieves the death of his wife (Frankie Shaw, who is also Isaac’s real, non-dead mom). Among the activities he engages in while trying to pull himself together are an audition with Amanda Seyfried, a party at Michael Cera‘s, and an awkward affair with Lydia (Shannyn Sossamon). Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Offerings for raunchy but smart comedy have been thin this year, and just as Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy hits theaters, it’s a good time to throw out the Sundance phone sex comedy For A Good Time, Call… as a possible option for anyone who wants some dirty laughs.

The film stars Lauren Anne Miller (who co-wrote) as a straightlaced yougn woman who settles into an amazing NYC apartment with a much more free-spirited girl played by Ari Graynor. Turns out that Graynor is running a phone sex line, because she scores a dollar per minute for taking girlishly while guys breathe heavy into the other end of the line.

Soon enough Miller is joining in, and the comedy writes itself from there. The new red-band trailer for Jamie Travis‘ film proves that there’s no shortage of raunch here; whether there’s anything more than that is open to question. Check it out below, and wait for the guest appearance at the end of the trailer. Read More »

Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are in talks to join Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in James Wan‘s upcoming thriller, formerly called The Conjuring. The film, which is now going by the working title Untitled Warren Files Project, centers around a husband and wife paranormal investigation team (Wilson and Farmiga) dealing with spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor would play a couple that moves into the farmhouse with their children, and are terrorized by the supernatural beings who reside there. The story is inspired by the real-life tale of the Perron family and paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s.

Livingston will next appear in HBO Films’ Game Change, which premieres March 10, and this summer’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Taylor co-stars in Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn, which opens March 2. The Conjuring is scheduled to enter production in North Carolina in March. [THR]

After the jump, Stephen Dorff goes down in ’80s Beirut, while Mark Webber and Chloë Sevigny get hitched.

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Rising French stars Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) are set to lead Grand Central, a France-set contemporary romantic drama by Rebecca Zlotowski. Rahim will play a danger-addicted man whose nuclear facility job exposes him to deadly radiation levels. He’s transformed by a forbidden affair with a woman he meets at the plant (Seydoux).

Grand Central marks a reunion for Seydoux and Zlotowski, who previously worked together in Zlotowski’s directorial debut Belle Épine. Seydoux was also recently cast in Michel Gondry’s The Foam of the Days, and will next appear opposite Diane Kruger in March’s Farewell, My Queen. Rahim starred last year in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, and has just wrapped Joachim Lafosse’s Loving Without Reason. Grand Central is expected to begin filming this summer. [Variety]

After the jump, Riddick adds to its cast and Sex Bob-omb frontman Stephen Stills boards an indie.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

We’ve seen a teaser and a full trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Now there’s an international trailer that sells the tale of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) a bass player and sorta-slacker who falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary-Elizabeth Winstead) but must defeat her seven evil exes before they can truly be together. Lots of new footage in this one, including a good look at Brandon Routh. Read More »

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