While The Sessions earned film festival staple John Hawkes a lot of critical acclaim last year, another of his indie performances flew mostly under the radar. In Julia Dyer‘s The Sessions, he and his former Deadwood co-star Molly Parker play a dysfunctional couple in ’70s suburbia. The pair are in the habit of inviting the neighbors over for grown-up get-togethers that get more sexually charged the more freely the booze flows.

But the film isn’t really about them so much as it is their four children, tucked away in the attic for the evening. Newcomer Olivia Harris plays the responsible oldest sibling, who’s old enough to be disappointed in her parents’ decisions but not quite ready to forge her own path into adulthood. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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Showtime’s Dexter keeps rolling, and the channel promises that this upcoming sixth season will bring the character, played once again by Michael C. Hall, back to his roots. There are new cast members like Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, and the recently cast Molly Parker (Deadwood) to add a little extra flavor, too. Now we’ve got some new info on the show. After the break you’ll find:

  • An enjoyably creepy teaser clip in which Dexter explains just what to expect this season.
  • The nature of Molly Parker’s role.
  • And, perhaps more interesting, the possible nature of the character played by Edward James Olmos.

Some of what follows is potentially spoilerish, so if you want to let the show deliver the surprises, just watch the teaser and move on. Read More »

A new trailer has been released for WWE Studios’ That’s What I Am, starring Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Molly Parker — and professional wrestler Randy Orton. Yup, it’s that WWE. The gargantuan sports entertainment corporation has been producing features through its filmmaking arm since 2002, including The Scorpion King (as co-producers), The Marine, and last year’s Legendary. That’s What I Am looks like a bit of a departure from the company’s earlier projects, in that it doesn’t seem to feature much in the way of action or wrestling. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Anything that puts John Hawkes in more movies is OK by me. And the great, until recently underrated actor has just bagged two new roles, so here’s a pair of films to put on your watch list. First up is Chronicle, about which we’ve got little info. Looks like Justin Long will appear alongside Mr. Hawkes and Ryan Philippe, with possible additions that include Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Mara, Danny Masterson and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Jay Alaimo directs, and the plot reportedly features “two childhood friends reunite to launch the biggest marijuana-dealing operation in New York City.” As long as one of those friends is John Hawkes, we’re in good shape. [The Playlist]

After the break, info about The Playroom, in which the actor reunites with his Deadwood co-star Molly Parker. Read More »

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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