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Taylor Lautner‘s action film Abduction, to be directed by John Singleton, just got an extra dose of class. Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast as “a psychiatrist to Lautner’s character, who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” Also in the supporting cast are Lily Collins and Alfred Molina. [Variety]

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Patrick Dempsey and Jamie Kennedy

It appears that Michael Bay‘s Transformers 3 is begining to gear up as the casting news has begun to leak, including the possible new additions of Patrick Dempsey and Jamie Kennedy.

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Valentine’s Day Movie Trailer

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Perhaps the least surprising thing about the new trailer for Valentine’s Day is the final card that tells us the film will be released in February. That’s going some, though, because there’s absolutely nothing in the whole thing that will catch you off guard in any way. Judge for yourself, because we have it embedded below the break.

Is this familiarity a crippling thing though? The movie is certainly a star studded affair and seems to have lots of comic situations and broad scope for complex romantic entanglements. Those are the generic requirements for a picture like this aren’t they? Perhaps the truly clever twists and plot surprises are being kept back for when you’re actually watching the film. That was certainly the case with He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Actually and Feast of Love, the three films this one most closely resembles. I know that Joe Jonas is credited as providing the voice of a dog so that’s… something different, anyway.

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are all thankful for movies, new and old, that offer proof. After the jump, we’ll examine trailers stuffed with images and ideas so nuts they could make a turkey turn crimson. For example, one for the new independent film, Black Devil Doll, about a murderous black power enthusiast who is deep-fried in prison, only to return by way of Quija Board in the shape of an anthropomorphic, horny dummy. I’ve seen the film. It exists and belongs behind bars. Also discussed are Gone With the Pope (horribly awesome trailer of oh nine?), the new in-flight, creature feature Altitude, and Hausu, the wacky Japanese cat-horror classic being blessed by Janus Film/Criterion.

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Valentine’s Day Movie Trailer

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Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman) has returned with a new romantic comedy – Valentine’s Day, which, you guessed it, will be released on Valentine’s Day weekend. Warner Bros has released a movie trailer for, what appears to be yet another paint-by-numbers glossy romcom. The film tells the story of intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles as they break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.

The catch? This film features a strong ensemble cast of actors and actresses that your girlfriend probably loves – Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Biel, Emma Roberts, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace. A film like this is sure to make a ton of money based on that cast alone.

After watching this trailer, you’re probably wondering if you have any other movie options to take a date to on Valentine’s Day weekend? The Robert Pattinson romantic drama Remember Me opens the same date. Fox’s adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as well. But I would vote for the 3D rerelease of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast.
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Disney’s Enchanted Movie Poster

Enchanted Movie PosterCinematical has gotten a first look at the poster art for Disney’s half animated / live-action crossover Enchanted (movie trailer). Sure, we did post some of the early poster art back in March, and the official poster isn’t too far off from the conceptual art. You can click on the image to the right to enlarge.

In an animated fairy tale world, a young girl meets and falls in love with the handsome prince of her dreams. News of this romance upsets the prince’s mother, the evil queen, who uses her black magic to send the girl hurtling out of the animated world into the one place in the universe where there is no true love: modern day Manhattan. The now-real girl has to survive in New York City and find her way home again to her true love. Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon star.

The online reception to the movie trailer has been for the most part negative, but I still think this film has potential as a family comic fantasy film.

Enchanted hits theaters on November 21st 2007.

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Enchanted Promotional Poster Art Revealed

EnchantedEarlier this month we published the first photos from Kevin Lima’s (Tarzan) half animated / live-action crossover Enchanted. Thanks to AICN, we have the first batch of promotional poster art.

The one to the left is my favorite. It’s the best mixture of Disney fairy tale and live action. Lets hope they don’t use the “Still Waiting for a Prince? Girl-Get Real” tagline. Check out all five designs over at AICN.

In an animated fairy tale world, a young girl meets and falls in love with the handsome prince of her dreams. News of this romance upsets the prince’s mother, the evil queen, who uses her black magic to send the girl hurtling out of the animated world into the one place in the universe where there is no true love: modern day Manhattan. The now-real girl has to survive in New York City and find her way home again to her true love. Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon star.
Enchanted hits theaters on November 21st 2007.

Prince of Persia

Thanks to the recent Disney Investor Relations release, we have new logo and production art for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. Check it out below. As always, left click for a higher res version.

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Patrick Dempsey will star in the romantic comedy Made of Honor, for the British director behind Mr. Bean and City Slickers II, Paul Weiland. Written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardy Wait, A Very Brady Sequel) the story follows Tom Bailey (Dempsey), who is in love with his best friend Claire, but is unwilling to admit it. When a rich Scotsman sweeps Claire off her feet and proposes, he’s chosen to be her Maid Of Honor. Sounds like it might be funny. Dempsey started his career by looking pretty,

Floor and desk advertisements for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have started to appear in bookstores.

IGN has a look at The Hoax Movie Poster. Blah!

Steven Spielberg’s filmmaking reality television show On The Lot will premiere May 16th 2007 on Fox.

IFC Films will start selling movies on iTunes for $9.99.

Looks like someone forgot to re-register DonnieDarko.com. That sucks. But most of that material fell into the sucky directors cut, so maybe they felt the online experience was no longer needed?

If you’re in San Francisco on Sunday, why not crash an Oscar Party?
The Hollywood Reporter: “The high risk of a “real or de facto” strike by Hollywood unions means film industry employment could drop substantially in 2008, according to a new forecast by a regional economic group.” No duh. That’s like saying ‘If the Police cracked down on the hotels in California for hiring mexican workers, the hotel industry would lose a lot of workers.’