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'Cheap Thrills' trailer asks, 'How much for a pinkie finger?' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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How much money would you require to have a pinkie finger cut off? $22,000? $19,000? $15,000? Those are some of the — rapidly — declining bids featured in the new trailer for the black comedy Cheap Thrills.

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2': Marc Webb talks new approach for super-sequel

As the release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 approaches, the anticipation among fans is nearing a fever pitch. Factor in the release of the so-called “final trailer” on Wednesday, and you have an added layer of excitement for a comic book franchise whose fans always have something to say.

So director Marc Webb — fresh off the announcement that he won’t be directing the fourth installment of the series — hosted a Q&A in New York City for journalists and revealed the top five things fans really, really need to know before heading to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hits theaters May 2.

This film reflects a new approach. “I didn’t want to be bound,” Webb said of revamping his approach for the sequel. The first film was emotional and origin-driven, but this time around the 39-year-old said he embraced the “12-year-old-kid in me, the one who thinks ‘this is awesome!’” and opened up the sequel to everything that he enjoyed while reading comic books. “There were things I wanted to try, like moving the camera around for the big Electro sequence,” Webb said. “But I wanted to keep the characters.”

Pay attention to the soundtrack — seriously. Webb paired up with Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six — which includes Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr — to make music an integral part of the film’s experience beyond just a soundtrack. “They were incredible,” Webb said, “really committed to the process of understanding the film.” And that applies to character development too. In fact, Pharrell and Webb worked extensively to “create a balance between Electro’s psychosis and his pathos.”

“He came up with the idea of voices in his head,” Webb said of Pharrell’s contribution. “There’s a scene in Times Square where I had to have Electro switch against Spider-Man and those voices become dominant yo help signal that. … The music literally became part of the character. It’s a way to connect the audience to the thought process of the character.”

Hello, multiple bad guys. This film offers so much more than the first movie in the way of pricey special effects, punchy lines, and expertly choreographed action sequences. Fans will get not one, but three villains in the upcoming film — completing a roster of bad guys who lend extra dimension to the superhero otherwise known as Peter Parker. “Different parts of the character are challenged by different villains, different adversaries,” Webb said of the cast. “One of the great things about the Marvel universe is the complexity of the villains. There’s often a pre-existing, domestic relationship, like with Harry Osborn, that makes those conflicts more emotional and endearing.”

Electro will shock audiences. Shaping the look and dialogue for Electro (Jamie Foxx) was a particular challenge for Webb, who strove to create a parallel between the Oscorp employee-turned-blue bad guy and Spider-Man — with loads of extra-cool special effects, of course. “The cinematic possibilities of that character, I think, were extraordinary,” Webb said about Electro. “I had to explore that, in thinking of the nature of this villain.” Foxx delivered complexity to a character who “wants to be seen,” said Webb, so fans: Make sure to take note of how the hero and villain “react to their situations in a way that defines their characters.”

Gwen and Aunt Mary get a bumped-up storyline. The ladies of The Amazing Spider-Man — Emma Stone and Sally Field — are back for round two. But there’s an extra character (no spoilers!) who adds some extra dimension (and sheds some extra light) on who Peter Parker really is. It’s no mistake that girl power is central to the storyline, Webb said, joking that his mom was his inspiration for the film’s pumped-up female presence. “We’re surrounded by really wonderful women,” Webb noted of the women on his production staff. “It’s just important for the universe…the [women] are a crucial part of Peter’s life.”

Producer Antony I. Ginnane talks classic Ozploitation Blu-ray rereleases

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If you’ve seen the fabulously entertaining Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood – which tracks the rise of Down Under genre films in the ’70s and ’80s — then you will be familiar with producer and Quentin Tarantino favorite Antony I. Ginnane, the so-called “Roger Corman of Australia” whose output includes the horror movies Patrick, Dead Kids, and Thirst. “But how can I learn more about these films?” I pretend to hear you cry. Well, good news! This month, Severin Films is releasing all three terror flicks in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs (as well as the self-explanatory DVD, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion) which seemed an excellent excuse to call Ginnane and have him talk about them.

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'Cesar Chavez' targets Latino moviegoers with new translation app

Pantelion Films is partnering with the makers of the new smart phone translation app myLingo to provide a Spanish audio track for tech-savvy Spanish-speaking moviegoers who plan to see the biopic César Chávez when it opens in theaters March 28. The movie — about Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor rights leader César Chávez — was filmed almost entirely in English with lead actors Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson. But rather than risk missing out on ticket sales among a core audience of Spanish-speaking moviegoers, Pantelion seized the chance to roll out its first-ever tech partnership in order to provide real-time film translation services with use of a smart phone and earbuds.

“We tried it internally, and it’s so interesting,” says Pantelion director of publicity Jose Rodriguez of the app, which will charge users $1.99 to download a Spanish-language audio track that will play in sync with the onscreen film. “It’s a great way for the Spanish-speaking audience to watch César Chávez. We don’t want language to be a barrier — this way, a moviegoer can take their abuelita to the movie and the entire family can enjoy it.” READ FULL STORY

'Leprechaun: Origins': First clip from horror reboot -- VIDEO

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Will you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by hoisting a Guinness? Or will you instead check out the first clip from Leprechaun: Origins, the out-this-summer horror reboot starring Dylan Postl (aka WWE wrestler Hornswoggle)?

Actually, thinking about it, this isn’t really an “either/or” situation. So may we suggest you order up a pint of the black nectar and, while you’re waiting for the sucker to settle, check out the Hornswoggle-introduced footage below.

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Check out the new poster for 'The Raid 2' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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Filmmaker Gareth Evans has been responsible for some of the most jaw-dropping images to appear on movie screens over the past few years, thanks to his directing of 2011′s extraordinary action movie The Raid and his co-directing (with Timo Tjahjanto) of the insane “Safe Haven” segment of horror anthology V/H/S/2. So what’s next for the Welsh-born, Indonesia-based auteur? That would be The Raid 2, which expands the universe of the first movie well beyond its one-building locale as rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) reluctantly goes undercover, and into prison, to take down a criminal empire — and beat the crap out of a whole lot of people.

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Elijah Wood talks about his new thriller 'Grand Piano'

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In the new thriller Grand Piano, a stage-fright-stricken classical pianist (Elijah Wood) is informed he must perform his comeback recital perfectly or get shot to death. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and costarring John Cusack and Alex Winter, the film opens theatrically in New York and Austin, Tx., today. To mark the film’s release, we spoke to Wood about tickling the ivories — and why it pays to hang out in Austin bars.

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SXSW: Tobe Hooper talks about the new, restored version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

On Monday, March 10, a forty-year-old terror will return to Austin, Tx., when a newly restored version of horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is screened at the SXSW Festival ahead of the movie’s theatrical rerelease this summer. “It’s great on the big screen,” says filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who cowrote and directed the infamous 1974 film in the countryside outside of Austin, and also worked on the restoration. “It’s in 7.1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K [resolution]. The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did.”

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SXSW: Nick Damici on his new horror-drama 'Late Phases' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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Over the past few years, actor Nick Damici has faced off against bloodthirsty virus victims (Mulberry Street), vampires (Stake Land), and cannibals (last year’s terrific  We Are What We Are). So what’s next on the agenda for the New York-based thespian and excellent cook? That would be werewolves.

In acclaimed director Adrián García Bogliano’s new horror-drama Late Phases, Damici is a war veteran whose son (Ethan Embry) forces him to move into a retirement community beset deadly animal attacks. “I play a blind 70-year-old guy who moves into a retirement community upstate,” elaborates the actor. “First night he’s there, a werewolf attacks him. And then it’s war — the blind guy against the werewolves.” READ FULL STORY

Check out the trailer for found footage horror film 'Afflicted' -- VIDEO

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In the new horror film Afflicted, a vacationing American contracts a disease in Paris which seems to gift him superpowers — including the ability to run at 60 kilometers per hour. Well, that’s one way to beat the traffic snarl around the Arc de Triomphe.

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