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'Harmontown' trailer shows good, bad, nerdy parts of Dan Harmon's life

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For many fans of Community, the show seems incomplete without its creator, Dan Harmon. The backlash to season four, before which Harmon was fired, is just one of many examples of that sentiment. But, if anything, Harmon’s one-season departure from the sitcom—he’s since been hired back—created a groundswell of support and devotion for Harmon.

The writer used his hiatus to tour the country with his podcast, and filmmaker Neil Berkeley recorded everything along the way. Harmontown the podcast became Harmontown the movie, and a new trailer gives Harmenians, the nickname for Harmon’s devotees, a taste of what to expect when the film debuts.

“I want to be the guy that makes people happy,” Harmon declares at the end of the trailer, which sets up the nerdiest road trip film many audiences will have ever seen. Harmontown follows the beloved showrunner and his friends as they play Dungeons and Dragons with some celebrity guests along the way. The trailer intersperses talking-head interviews with castmembers of Community and other comedians who have worked with Harmon, like Jack Black and Sarah Silverman, as the film looks to investigate Harmon himself and the impressive following he’s garnered over the years.

Harmontown will receive a limited theatrical release on Oct. 3 and will be available on VOD nationwide the same day. This may not be the “movie” Community fans had in mind when they began the “six seasons and a movie” campaign, but it will hopefully satisfy them for now.

Meet Pixar's singing volcano in 'Lava' short

It’s a rare off year for Pixar, with no full-length feature in theaters until next summer. But Disney recently shared an adorable clip from Lava, the short that was slated to debut in front of The Good Dinosaur—before that movie was delayed from May 2014 to November 2015. As you can see, Lava is the story of a singing Hawaiian volcano, named Uku, who is looking for love.

The name Uku evokes the ukelele—the popular Hawaiian guitar-like instrument that practically scores the state’s sunsets and seduces millions of mainland tourists every year. The late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s strummed a uke, and Lava director James Murphy told Yahoo that his short was in part inspired by the singer’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”“I thought that if I could marry the rich imagery and with the power and emotion of music, then I could really make something cool,” he told the site.

Singer Kuana Torres Kahele provides Uku’s voice, and one-third of the inspiration for the volcano’s face. The other two-thirds: Jackie Gleeson, and the cartoon bulldog in the Looney Tunes short, “Feed the Kitty.” READ FULL STORY

'The Maze Runner' will be shown in three-screen panoramic format

Some movies are just too big for the big screen. That’s the thinking behind Escape, a three-screen digital panoramic setup that audiences will be able to experience for the first time in showings of The Maze Runner starting on Sept. 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Box office preview: Summer 2014 goes out with a sigh

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The lackluster 2014 summer season comes to an end this Labor Day weekend with the release of the spy thriller November Man and the found-footage horror pic As Above/So Below. This holiday is always a slow one at theaters, and in all likelihood, Guardians of the Galaxy will once again claim the top spot to bid farewell to a season that is looking like it will net out at an eight-year low.

Here’s how things might play out.

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Watch a 'Downton Abbey' star get into a bar fight in 'The Guest'

What has actor Dan Stevens been doing since he left Downton Abbey? Beating up high school kids! That, at least, is what the actor formerly known as Matthew Crawley is doing in a new clip from his film The Guest, which arrives in cinemas September 17.

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Is Joaquin Phoenix the prescription for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'?

Marvel Studios is trying to bring Joaquin Phoenix in-network as Doctor Strange, the surgeon turned wizard warrior, whose existence was teased in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.

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The Dowdle brothers talk about shooting their horror-thriller 'As Above So Below' in the Paris catacombs

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Ah, Paris. City of love, romance—and a terrifying network of skull-filled catacombs where filmmaking brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle shot their new horror-thriller As Above So Below. “It is an extremely creepy place,” says director John Erick (Quarantine, Devil). “It really tweaks at the mind. You go down there and your pulse slows. It’s really weird.”

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Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka to star in horror thriller 'February'

If you think being alone on Valentine’s Day is scary, the second month of the year just got a lot worse for you.

Emma Roberts and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka are set to star together in the horror/thriller film February. Osgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins who himself appeared in Legally Blonde and Star Trek, will write and direct. The story centers on Rose and Kat, two girls mysteriously left alone by their parents at their all-girls prep school during winter break when one becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.

Roberts is no stranger to the genre after appearing on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Coven and on the next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Watch the first trailer for Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater'

Last summer, Jon Stewart left his post on The Daily Show to shoot his debut film, Rosewater. Now, Stewart and Open World Films are giving viewers a look at his take on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me with the film’s first trailer.

In the trailer, the London-based Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal, leaves his pregnant fiancée to cover the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Bahari is then captured and tortured for 118 days, believed to be a spy by his interrogator. The film’s name comes from Bahari’s statement that the only distinctive feature of his captor, who kept him blindfolded, was that he smelled of rosewater. In an ironic twist, Bahari’s real-life interview on Stewart’s show was used as evidence by his captors of Bahari’s guilt, though the film looks to be too serious in tone to play up that plot point.

From the trailer, it seems Stewart’s directorial debut will use real-life news footage to ground the scenes Stewart shot, which were filmed in Jordan. Much of the trailer showcases snippets of Bahari’s introduction into the country and the torture he suffered.

Rosewater opens on Nov. 7, but will first be screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.

Steve Carell gives America hope in new 'Foxcatcher' trailer

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Yet another unnerving trailer for Oscar hopeful Foxcatcher has arrived, and this time it focuses primarily on Steve Carell’s John du Pont and the lofty goals he has for wrestler Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum. Bennett Miller’s already acclaimed film hones in on the relationship between the wealthy du Pont and Schultz, whose brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo, in the film) du Pont would ultimately murder. Given the real life outcome of du Pont’s story, the defiant dialogue in this trailer has an eerie quality. “I am leading men, I am training them, I am teaching them, I am giving them a dream, and I am giving America hope,” du Pont says as a militaristic drumbeat plays.

Both Carell and Tatum, who buck public perceptions of their respective images in the movie, wowed critics when the film premiered at Cannes, and both have choruses of Oscar buzz that will likely only grow as the films screens at more festivals. It will hit Telluride, Toronto and New York in the coming months.

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