A good chunk of Hollywood will spend the next several weeks praying to the Oscar gods, but as prestigious as the award is, it’s important to remember that it’s hardly a guarantee of smooth sailing. Halle Berry is living proof of that. Since picking up her statuette in 2002, she’s starred in a few decent films and a whole lot of bad ones. There’s still a chance she could turn it around, but based on this first trailer it’s tough to say which side of that divide The Call falls on.

Berry stars as Jordan, a 911 operator who picks up a call from a kidnapped teenager (Abigail Breslin, just about all grown up). Jordan soon realizes that the abduction has ties to an incident from her past, and that she must face her demons if the girl is to get out alive. The film was directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), who, come to think of it, hasn’t had a solid win in a while either. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Lovely Bones

Paramount Pictures has released the first five minutes of Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones online. I had a chance to see this film at the Butt-num-a-thon, and was actually quite shocked at how terrible it is. It’s a complete mess with a few moments of brilliance. However, you won’t notice this in the first five minutes, before Peter Jackson takes us to “heaven”, the in-between, or whatever you want to call it. I’m telling you this because I want you to know that this opening sequence is not a good indicator of the rest of the movie.

The film begins really strong, which probably explains why Paramount has released the first five minutes online. There is a suspenseful sequence later in the film which is also quite brilliant. But the rest of the film jumps rapidly from the ridiculous, to the laughable, to the melodramatic, to the WTF. But you can watch the opening five minutes, embedded after the jump.

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New Photos: The Lovely Bones and Up in The Air

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new images previewing their fall film line-up: Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Lovely Bones and Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of Up in the Air. Yes, you have seen some of these photos previously, be it in an MTV Fall preview, Empire Magazine, but some of these are brand spanking new. Plus, all of the photos are high res (click to enlarge) and without pesky watermarks.

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Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones Movie Trailer

The Lovely Bones

Dreamworks Pictures has released the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones . The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. But you can watch it on your small screen at home right now. The film looks beautifully shot and visually stunning. There are many hints of possible Award nominations, which may come year end. Stanley Tucci looks creepy, and Saoirse Ronan looks the exact opposite. Overall, I feel like the story is not an easy sell, and in an effort to get audiences excited, may have given a lot of the movie away. I haven’t read the book, so I could be completely wrong.

Update: I’ve been informed by Elisabeth Rappe that the trailer shows the first chapter and a “dash of the middle” with “some major twists in the book that aren’t even hinted at.” For those concerned that the mystery of whodunit is revealed in the trailer, it is revealed at the beginning of the story. The movie is not a whodunit mystery.

Watch the trailer now linked after the jump. And as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Entertainment Tonight will be premiering the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones on Tuesday, August 4th. The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. On Monday, ET ran one of those 30-second first look sneak previews, complete with loud blabbering annoying voice over. If it wasn’t an anticipated film, I’d tell you to skip it, but I just got done watching it three times in a row.

The preview gives you a first look at the very surreal look of “heaven,” which doesn’t look much like the heaven we normally imagine. While at Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to see an extended trailer/promo reel that was put together for studio people and exhibitors. Unfortunately, I screened the trailer on the hectic first day of Comic Con, in-between seeing District 9 and running to a screening of Ninja Assassin, and really don’t remember much about it — other than the footage looked beautiful.

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The Sopranos: The Movie in the Works?

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Do you remember where you were and who you were with last June when The Sopranos went out with a (non) bang? Might one of the all time quizzical endings lead to a new beginning (perhaps an even greater one?), as rumors are coming in today that a theatrical movie is in the works. One Nick D’Urso, manager of the Satin Dolls strip club in North Jersey, which served as the infamous Bada Bing strip club in the show, says he received a call, possibly from HBO, telling him not to do any renovations to the club in lieu of an upcoming Sopranos movie.

“I got an inside tip that they’re going to do a movie, so I don’t want to make any major changes,” D’Urso said Wednesday. “I’m not going to reveal my sources, but we got a call from somebody (working) on the script.”

HBO apparently had no comment regarding D’Urso’s claim. Supporting the possibility of a movie is arguably the show’s most well known fan, Soprano Sue, who had this to say…

“As soon as the finale ended, I got a call from somebody on the crew who said, ‘We’re going to make a movie,’” she said, adding, “You can tell just by looking at the series finale.”

Gotta love her. I understand why naysayers don’t want a continuance to the series. The ending was pretty, well, beautiful and right, and remains so. It made grown men cry to the sounds of Journey in front of their gals. Television shows like AMC’s Breaking Bad (which is excellent) and Showtime’s Weeds (which is pretty good, if bi-polar) have respectably taken up the lonely realism of David Chase’s legendary, landmark series, and an epic movie runs the risk of being The Godfather 3, but I’ll take that risk. In hectic times, we need these hectic characters and awesome relationships to return.

Discuss: Would Big T on the big screen betray the finale? Can David Chase reinvent the movie like he did with TV?

via Gawker

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