Back in 2009, the Polish Brothers, Mark and Michael, released two films on the festival circuit: The Smell of Success premiered at Sundance, while Stay Cool opened at Tribeca. Now, two years later, both films are finally getting released in theaters. The Smell of Success just got a very limited opening this month, and Stay Cool will be hitting theaters September 16. A new trailer’s just been released for the latter, and… well, I can see why no one was in a hurry to rush this out.

Stay Cool follows a successful writer named Henry McCarthy (Mark Polish) who returns to his high school as a commencement speaker at the request of Principal Marshall (Chevy Chase). Once Henry arrives, Marshall encourages him to “connect” with the graduating class, which apparently means sitting in on classes and passing notes with students. (I don’t know about you, but I have never had a commencement speaker that did this.) Winona Ryder plays Henry’s high school crush, who’s now a local pharmacist, while Hilary Duff plays a current student who’s got her eye on Henry. Sean Astin, Josh Holloway, and Jon Cryer also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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It’s been a couple months since it seemed like we couldn’t go two days without an announcement of a new James Franco project. And with the reception of his Oscar hosting gig, Your Highness and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer, it might not be a stretch to say that the guy’s heat has cooled just a bit. Even so, he’s still one of the most ambitious guys working right now, and he seems to be consistently working toward a balance between mainstream and more personal work.

So he’s still working away, and is now set to co-star with Winona Ryder in the psychological thriller The Stare, which starts shooting next month. Yep, it looks like this James Franco film is actually happening, and will be in the can before he starts working with Sam Raimi on Oz the Great and Powerful. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures have released the official plot synopsis for Tim Burton‘s big screen adaptation of his earlier short film Frankenweenie.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

They have also released a set of facts about the production. For example, over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film. Read the complete one-pager after the jump.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 (!?!) different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

Offensive, or just offensively unfunny?

The former, according to GLAAD, and the latter, according to me. This is the line that opens the first trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, and it’s caused some controversy amongst those trying to fight against the use of the word ‘gay’ as an openly accepted pejorative. (The new trailer, meanwhile, can be found after the break.) Read More »

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie 3D Gets a Voice Cast

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Fitting for a film that finds Tim Burton returning to where his career first began, the Hot Topic-favorite director has a voice cast in place for Frankenweenie 3D that will reunite him with some familiar faces. To recap: the film is a stop-motion Disney animated feature, based on his ’80s black-and-white short about a boy named Victor who reanimates his dog after its hit by a car.

So who has Burton lined up for the film? Well, in case you can’t put the names to the faces in the pic above: Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. More details on the casting after the break. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: Ron Howard’s The Dilemma

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Universal has released a movie trailer for Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him (with a guy played by Channing Tatum) and is unsure how he should break the news. And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that. Jennifer Connelly also plays the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. The comedy is written by Allan Loeb, the screenwriter of 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Switch. Looks a bit too generic for my tastes. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Update: we’ve updated the post with more reviews.

Darren Aronofsky‘s ballet thriller Black Swan premiers tonight at the Venice Film Festival. The first press screening just got out and I can’t express how jealous I am of everyone who has seen it. The initial buzz is now online, and is available below. Hit the jump to read excerpts from the reviews and tweets from the festival-goers and critics in Venice.

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Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)

The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.

Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.