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'In a World...': Lake Bell on creating her comedy dream team -- POSTER EXCLUSIVE

It’s impossible to read the title of Lake Bell’s feature directorial debut In a World… without mimicking the iconic voice of Don LaFontaine, the godfather of movie trailers. While trailers have moved from in-theater events to online exclusives, Bell says in our short-attention span culture they serve as a way to get people excited and engaged.

“A good trailer is a good trailer, there’s no arguing that, whether you’ve seen it online, whether you’ve seen it in the theater,” Bell told EW from the set of the upcoming comedy Million Dollar Arm. “We culturally are very in tune to trailers and turned on by them because they are like mini movies and they satisfy even the shortest attention span.”

The film follows the story of Carol Solomon (played by Bell), a struggling vocal coach who happens into a string of voiceover successes — something the voiceover experts, including her father, Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed, A Serious Man), the presumed king of the voiceover after the passing of LaFontaine, deem impossible for a woman. The father-daughter competition is surrounded by a host of supporting cast, including Carol’s sister Dani (SNL regular Michaela Watkins) and brother-in-law (Rob Corddry).

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Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in 'Prince Avalanche' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

There’s nothing like spending a summer painting road lines on a desolate Texas road to really get to know someone. In Prince Avalanche, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Emile Hirsch) do just that. It’s the summer of 1988 and the mismatched pair are on the job out in the middle of nowhere for the duration.

Directed by David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was adapted from the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way. Though Green started his career making lyrical odes to the overlooked classes and places with films like George Washington and All the Real Girls, more recently, Green has found success (and failure) with star-studded broad comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Based on the trailers and early reviews, Prince Avalanche promises both poignancy and comedy and seems to be an amalgam of Green’s diverse tastes.

Click below to take a look at the new poster for the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on August 9.

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'The Way, Way Back': Behind the scenes of the summertime coming-of-age comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Steve Carell has made you cringe before, but usually it’s in service of being awkwardly funny.

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Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play two mothers who 'Adore' their sons -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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With a title like Adore, this movie with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright might be about anything. But when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was known by another, much more provocative title, Two Mothers, that boldly announced its raison d’être. Watts and Wright play lifelong best friends who grow up and raise children near each other on an Australian beachfront paradise. Their hunky sons (Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville) are best friends too, spending their idle summer days on surfboards and working on their tans. They’re not your typical momma’s boys… well, until they romantically pair up with each other’s mother.

This is not a Saturday Night Live, Lonely Island sketch; it’s a very sensual, very French drama from director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Channel) and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) that is based on a 2003 novella from an 85-year-old grandmother, British author Doris Lessing. “I thought it was powerful that there was no answer at the end,” Fontaine said in January. “Each one can think what they want to think. No morality.”

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'In A World ...' with Lake Bell gets new trailer

Lake Bell (Black Rock, What Happens in Vegas) just wants to be a voiceover actor, and In A World … where she wrote, directed and starred in her own film there is a good chance her dreams might come true.

Bell’s character in the film, Carol, wants to follow in her father’s (Fred Melamed) footsteps, and become a the voice of a generation of movie trailers. Although he is encouraging of her voice work, he thinks movie trailers are the big leagues where only the boys can play. He even appears to be coaching her nemesis, who is played by Ken Marino with sexist bravado. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman, and Demetri Martin.

To quote Bell’s father in the film. “I love that. It’s just so random.”

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award, the film was lauded at the Sundance Film Festival for its loud humor and social commentary. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints': Casey Affleck isn't about to let Rooney Mara go -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Casey Affleck stars as an escaped convict who sets out for home to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara) — who is also his former partner in crime — and meet their daughter, who was born while he was in prison. Promising writer/director David Lowery won accolades at the Sundance Film Festival, where his movie received winning comparisons to the early work of Terrence Malick.

Saints is getting a special critics screening this week at the Cannes Film Festival, and will open in U.S. theaters on Aug. 16.

In an exclusive video from the movie, Affleck’s Bob chases down Mara’s stubborn — and apparently insecure — Ruth. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Sundance winner 'Fruitvale Station' starring Michael B. Jordan debuts trailer -- VIDEO

The minds behind Fruitvale Station — winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — are giving the public a sneak peek at the acclaimed film with the first trailer, released today. The film stars Friday Night Lights‘ Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man whose 2009 shooting by Oakland BART police sparked outrage and protests in the city.

The Weinstein Co. bought Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut from the festival for $2 million. Fruitvale Station — a candidate to win big during the upcoming awards season — will be released July 26. Watch the trailer here:

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'Twenty Feet From Stardom': 'The Voice's Judith Hill sheds some light on music's unsung heroes -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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With Twenty Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville wanted to direct his documentary cameras on the brilliant backup vocalists who’ve toiled in anonymity while supporting music’s most popular artists, like Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger. But in the time since the movie premiered to wide acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of those “no-names” has stepped into the spotlight. Judith Hill, who’s worked with Michael Jackson and Elton John, is currently one of the stars on The Voice, where she’s one of Adam Levine’s prize pupils.

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Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch walk the line in 'Prince Avalanche' trailer -- VIDEO

Prince Avalanche looks like a movie for anyone who has ever wondered who paints the lines on country roads. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as road workers in a desolate area of Texas that leaves them increasingly getting on each other’s nerves. In the trailer, Rudd writes to the unseen Madison about how he doesn’t miss city life and how he is pretty sure there’s something wrong with her brother (Hirsch). Writer/director David Gordon Green directed bro-comedies like Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, but judging from this trailer, Avalanche is going to be quieter, subtler, and more indie, like Green’s All The Real Girls and Snow Angels.

Avalanche premiered at Sundance and was quickly scooped up by Magnolia Pictures. The film also screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released Aug. 9.

Enjoy the fishing, hammock-sitting, and contemplative voice over below:
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'Shadow Dancer': Clive Owen gives his number to a terrorist in gritty Northern Ireland thriller -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

How far would you go to protect your child? Would you betray your beliefs? Your people? Your own family?

That’s the question director James Marsh examines in Shadow Dancer, which stars Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) as a reluctant Irish terrorist facing 25 years in an English prison if she doesn’t betray her family to MI5. Clive Owen plays her British handler, who presents her with an unthinkable choice if she wants to ever see her young son again.

Owen still has a vivid memory of the Troubles, the decades-old friction between Catholic republicans and Protestant unionists in Northern Ireland that is depicted in the film during a particularly violent spike of violence in the early 1990s. “You look at pictures from that time and Belfast was like a war zone,” Owen told EW last year at Sundance, where the movie premiered. “I just thought the script was politically very interesting because all the characters in the film, to some extent, are kind of trapped in their positions. It’s not about rights and wrongs, and good guys and bad guys. … I think [my character] really believes it when he says to her, ‘We’re in this together. I’m going to be watching your back. You do this and we do it together.’ I think he genuinely believes that, but very quickly the rock is pulled from under him because he realizes she’s very quickly going to be compromised.”

Watch an exclusive clip from the taut thriller, as Owen’s agent explains the rules of the game to his new asset. She wants to know just one thing: his name. READ FULL STORY

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