The latest trailer for Danny Boyle‘s Trance can’t beat the earlier red-band one in terms of sex and violence, but it doesn’t need to. It looks plenty dark and twisted and bizarre as is.

The trippy thriller centers on Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer who assists in the theft of a stolen painting. When he can’t remember where he stashed the stolen loot, the gang leader (Vincent Cassel) hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. As she delves deeper and deeper into his mind, reality begins to unravel. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

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In just a few weeks we’ll get to see a new Danny Boyle movie, and that’s pretty great. The film is Trance, and as the slice of art above suggests, it leaves the psyche of a man, played by James McAvoy, in less than perfect shape.

This new red-band trailer shows more of Boyle’s heavily-stylized return to all-out genre fare. It also give a taste of some of the more unpleasant moments in the film, and a hint or two of a couple of the more pleasurable moments, too.

And McAvoy’s character isn’t the only one who has his head messed with. There’s a payoff shot in this trailer that had me gobsmacked for a moment, before the gorehound in me took over and started giggling like mad. Check it out below — this one is definitely not safe for work, even if those unsafe flashes are fairly brief.  Read More »

This is essentially a big retweet, but it’s a good one, as Fox Searchlight has announced the US release date for Danny Boyle‘s new film Trance. The picture stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell in a story about an art thief (McAvoy) who is injured while stealing a painting. He claims that amnesia prevents him from remembering where he stashed the loot, and so a crime boss (Cassell) employs a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to get the info out of the thief’s head.

The studio has announced an April 5 release for the film. More info, and a poster that ably captures what appears to be the very fragmented condition of McAvoy’s mind, follows after the break. Read More »

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a Danny Boyle movie (his last was 2010’s 127 Hours), but the Brit filmmaker’s been very busy in the meantime. He shot the art-heist thriller Trance in late 2011, took a break to direct the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, and is now back at work putting the finishing touches on Trance.

James McAvoy stars as an art auctioneer who helps a gang of thieves (led by Vincent Cassel‘s Franck) steal a Goya masterpiece. After a blow to the head gives him amnesia, Franck hires a therapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. The first stills and a new synopsis have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Just over ten years ago, French director Christophe Gans got a lot of attention for helping raise global awareness of Monica Bellucci when he cast her in his movie The Brotherhood of the Wolf, inspired by centuries-old stories of beasts raiding the French countryside. He has only made one film since: Silent Hill, which received a much more chilly reception than did Brotherhood.

Now Gans is one of several people trying to revive the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. We’ve just seen the 3D re-release of Disney’s version, and there was the horrible tween take called Beastly released last year. Two new TV version are in the works, at ABC and the CW. Now Gans has written and will direct his own, starring Vincent Cassel (The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Read More »

Oh, I can’t wait for this. Here’s the second trailer we’ve seen for David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, which tells the story of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who both fall into a web tethered by Jung’s patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

The previous trailer was just a bit more explicit — as you’d expect from the intersection of Cronenberg and early psychoanalysis, there is some kink ahead. So this trailer is much the same as the international one that arrived in June, only with a handful of shots swapped out for tamer stuff. But there’s a proper HD version now, and it is lovely. Read More »

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Danny Boyle just bolstered the cast of his new thriller Trance, which will shoot later this year, then go dormant until late 2012 while the director works on the London Olympics, before finally being completed next fall for release sometime in 2013. James McAvoy is already set to play an accomplice in a botched art heist, and now he will likely be joined by Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Read More »

When Keira Knightley or Natalie Portman stars in a luxury fragrance commercial, she gets one gorgeous love interest. But when Vincent Cassel appears in one, he gets three. As part of his duties as the “face” of Yves Saint Laurent’s La Nuit de L’Homme cologne, Cassel recently reteamed with his Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky to shoot this ad, in which Cassel goes on the prowl on one eventful night in Paris. Watch it after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 129 – True Grit and Black Swan


This week, David ChenDevindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley deliver their thoughts on two of this year’s most critically acclaimed films, debate whether or not the Coens have ever done a “straight genre exercise” before, plus offer a crazy theory about the real meaning of Black Swan and speculate on where Aronofsky’s career might be headed next. Thanks to all our listeners, sponsors, donors, and subscribers for an exciting 2010! Check back in a few days for our Top 10 Movies of 2010 in this week’s /Filmcast: After Dark.

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