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'God's Pocket' trailer: Philip Seymour Hoffman drops a body out of a meat truck

The first trailer has been released for dark comedy God’s Pocket, about a murder in a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, which stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, and Richard Jenkins. God’s Pocket was screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year, marking one of Hoffman’s last appearances before his passing.

John Slattery (Mad Men’s Roger Sterling) takes his first stab at directing and writing a feature film – he adapted the script from Peter Dexter’s novel of the same name. Dexter also wrote The Paperboy, which was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. (Yes, the one where Nicole peed on Zac.) You won’t see anything as emotionally scarring as some of the scenes in The Paperboy, but you do get to watch Hoffman drop his stepson’s dead body out of a refrigerated meat truck. Watch the trailer below:

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John Slattery on 'Mad Men,' Philip Seymour Hoffman, and 'God's Pocket' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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John Slattery thought the Mad Men pilot was brilliant, but it wasn’t until the show was well into its first season that he began to realize that he might be part of something truly great. “You shoot the thing very quickly, so it’s about a week-and-half and then you’re onto another story and then another,” says the actor. “I think it was Elisabeth Moss that I asked, ‘Is it me or do these scripts keep getting better?’ Week to week, with a rushed schedule, this thing just kept getting better and better and better — and year after year, I think it got better. I’ve never seen any show do that.”

Like Roger Sterling, Slattery has evolved during his six-plus seasons on Mad Men. He’s directed five episodes, including the Bobby Kennedy assassination episode “Man With a Plan.” The experience gave him the confidence to direct his first feature, God’s Pocket, based on the Pete Dexter novel about a Philadelphia man caught between a rock and hard place when he has to dispose of his crazy stepson’s body after a construction-site “accident” — without his wife knowing the truth. “Mickey I found a very endearing character,” says Slattery. “A guy who doesn’t feel sorry for himself, who doesn’t have the easiest row to hoe. And just tries to do the right thing for his wife, and can’t seem to get it to go his way.” READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cut each other up once more in 'The Trip to Italy'

Fifty years ago (on Feb. 7, 1964, to be precise), the Beatles came to America with a sound so blissful and spangly and new that it would have seemed — still seems — counterintuitive to think how much that sound was influenced by America. The four magical mop tops seemed to relish our rock & roll even more than we did (though, of course, they gave it their own incandescent spin). Mind you, I’m not comparing Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the two brilliantly funny quipster cynics who portray themselves going on a culinary road adventure in The Trip to Italy, to the Beatles (though the barbed cheekiness of these two goes right back to the spirit of the banter in A Hard Day’s Night). But if I can at least make an analogy between comedy and music, Coogan and Brydon, who spend a lot of the film doing their slashing impersonations of Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, and others, appear to be driven by a heightened fixation on the personalities of Hollywood stars that seems at once peculiar to Britain and, just possibly, even more obsessive than our own. READ FULL STORY

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