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'Aftershock' teaser: Introducing Eli Roth's violent post-earthquake tale

Ah, Chile — land of unspoiled natural beauty, perfect weather, and gorgeous locals wearing little but bathing suits. Nothing could ever go wrong here… right?

Well, unless you’re horror virtuoso Eli Roth, and you’re co-writing and starring in a new thriller set within its borders. In that case, Chile isn’t just the “indie station of Latin America,” whatever that means — it’s a place where a devastating earthquake is just a preamble to the violence committed by the quake’s victims. Call it a disaster movie meets Lord of the Flies, encapsulated by this line from the film’s new teaser: “The only thing more terrifying than mother nature is… human nature.”

Watch a lovely, sun-soaked vacation devolve into a horrific, fire-filled, ax-wielding nightmare in the clip below. Shades of Hostel, anyone?


'The Impossible': Check out the eye-popping trailer for tsunami disaster film

Director Juan Antonio Bayona earned some good notices a few years ago for his Spanish horror film The Orphanage, but his next movie could turn him from a cult figure into a household name. (At least in cool households.) In The Impossible, Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play happy parents on a happy vacation with their happy children in Thailand. Sounds pretty happy, right? Mother Nature has other ideas.

The Impossible is based on the true story of a family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and a new trailer for the movie evokes a frightening sense of paradise suddenly beset by the apocalypse. In the words of EW editor Jeff Labrecque: “Take that, new-agey Clint Eastwood/Matt Damon tidal wave movie!” Watch the video — it’s in Spanish, but believe me, you’ll get the gist: READ FULL STORY

Paramount and New Regency team up for director Darren Aronofsky's Noah's Ark epic

For the past few years, Darren Aronofsky has been hoping to make an ambitious big-screen version of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, and now the Black Swan director has found the backing to set his big-budget project afloat.

Paramount and New Regency jointly announced today that the two companies will team up to produce Aronofsky’s Noah, and have brought John Logan (Gladiator) on board to rewrite the script Aronofsky co-wrote with Ari Handel. “Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey,” Aronofsky said in a statement. “The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”

No casting has been announced yet, but Aronofsky — who dropped out of directing the Wolverine sequel this past March, citing family reasons — was reported earlier this year to be in talks with Christian Bale about playing Noah. Filming is slated to begin next spring.

'Contagion' ticket sales strong, despite 9/11 anniversary

It might seem strange that Warner Bros. decided to release Contagion, a film that chronicles the outbreak of a worldwide pandemic, on the same weekend as the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Understandably, as Americans have reflected on that awful day, a reverent, melancholy atmosphere has fallen upon the country this week. Typically, that wouldn’t bode well for a film like Contagion.

As we’ve seen over the last decade, war dramas have seriously struggled at the box office. READ FULL STORY

Is Hollywood recession proof? Yo-Yo economy brings unwelcome real-life drama

With so many random twists and turns making everyone want to take their money back, it feels like the stock market is being directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Fears of a double-dip recession accelerated this week due to the downgrading of American credit and wild fluctuations on Wall Street, and businesses everywhere are on edge, waiting to see whether the hardships that hit in 2008 will strike again. Hollywood is no different, though the traditional view is that entertainment is recession proof. People still want to be entertained, perhaps more so in tough times… um, right? READ FULL STORY

Chilean mining disaster to get big-screen treatment

Since their rescue from the San Jose Mine disaster last year, the 33 heroic Chilean miners have been a movie waiting to happen. Finally, it’s official. Producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan) and his Phoenix Pictures have come to an agreement with the miners to turn their ordeal into a motion picture, according to a joint statement. Though no studio is yet involved, screenwriter José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) is working on the script, recounting the 69 days the miners were trapped half a mile under the ground. READ FULL STORY

'Contagion' trailer: Oh my God, Steven Soderbergh killed Gwynnie!


You bastards!

All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!”  READ FULL STORY

Russia will get first look at 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens on June 29, but some lucky Muscovites will get a first look on June 23 when the Michael Bay action film has its world premiere on the first night of the Moscow International Film Festival. To celebrate the event, Linkin Park, which has contributed a hit single to each of the Transformers films, will perform a concert live in Moscow’s Red Square.

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'Titanic' in 3-D gets release date


A 3-D re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic will sail in to theaters April 6, 2012. The release celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ship’s historic first and last voyage. “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen,” Cameron said in a statement. “And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”

“This new presentation of Paramount’s top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio,” said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of Titanic.”

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Apocalypse now: Keira Knightley and Steve Carell doomsday romance begins shooting

What happens when it’s the end of the world as we know it and you don’t feel fine?

Keira Knightley and Steve Carell find out today as production begins on their “pre-apocalyptic” romantic-comedy Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, one of Hollywood’s more unusual approaches to the well-trod disaster epic genre.

Knightley plays Penny and Carell stars as Dodge, two lonely hearts who find they don’t have time to procrastinate anymore in the search for romance. While the movies have ended the world many times over, rarely has that concept been used to tell a love story. “And it’s funny,” James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, tells EW. “It’s one of the most audacious conceits.”

Here is the world-killing scenario that drives them together: READ FULL STORY

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