We all know the beats of the typical rock star origin story — a talented, passionate young person finds his calling in life and overcomes adversity to achieve fame and success, etc. But what about the guy who didn’t make it? The guy who put in the same sweat and blood and tears but never quite managed to scrape together enough talent or luck to actually break into the big time?

We first showed you the trailer for Killing Bono back in December, but now a new, very similar trailer has been released for its U.S. premiere this fall. The reality-based tale follows two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who start a band to rival their school friend Paul’s (Martin McCann) group The Hype. But as The Hype gets bigger and bigger — and eventually changes their name to U2 — Neil and Ivan find their own dreams of rock n’ roll superstardom thwarted at every turn. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film also stars Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, and Pete Postlethwaite in his final performance. Watch the video after the jump.

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Actor Pete Postlethwaite Has Died at Age 64

Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away on Sunday due to complications from cancer. He was 64. A representative for Mr. Postlethwaite confirmed his passing in Shropshire, western England.

Mr. Postlethwaite earned an Oscar nomination for his work in In the Name of the Father, but may be best remembered for his role as Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects. Though cancer had caused him to work less frequently in recent months, this year he appeared in Clash of the Titans, Inception, and The Town, the latter (pictured above) being a particularly fierce turn. His weathered, craggy visage meant that he’d never be a leading man, but Postlethwaite’s amazing face, combined with great talent, allowed him to become one of the most recognizable and effective character actors in the business.

Pete Postlethwaite is survived by his wife Jacqui and two children Will, 21, and daughter Lily, 14.

Early Buzz: Ben Affleck’s The Town

Ben Affleck in The Town

The first reviews for The Town, the Ben Affleck-directed big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves, have hit the internet. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, and it looks like he may have stepped up his game with his The Town. So how is Affleck’s second feature? Find out what the first reviews are saying, after the jump.

I’ll be screening the film at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow and hope to have a review online by sometime in the afternoon. So please check back for my take.

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Movie Trailer: Ben Affleck’s The Town

Ben Affleck in The Town

Warner Bros has released the first trailer for the Ben Affleck-directed  big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves which is titled The Town. Affleck stars as a career thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank he robbed. I know that might not sound like an interesting concept for a movie, but the trailer presents it as a gripping dramatic thriller.

The film co-stars Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, and it looks like he may have stepped up his game with his The Town. And you can’t forget that he also won an academy award for co-writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Affleck worked on the screenplay with Peter Craig and Chuck Hogan.

The trailer will be attached to prints of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which hits theaters on Friday. But you don’t have to wait until then to see it. Watch it now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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