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'The Giver': Black and white footage and a word from Lois Lowry -- VIDEO

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Remember when we all freaked out that the first trailer for The Giver was in color? Well, a new featurette reveals that we may have jumped to conclusions too quickly.

“I began to think about how important memory is – what would happen if we could manipulate human memory,” author Lois Lowry explains in the video which goes a long way in helping to calm the nerves of longtime fans of her 1993 classic.

Then, we get the money shot of Jeff Bridges as The Giver in black and white preparing to give Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) all the memories of humanity. “You can take comfort in knowing you are completely helpless,” he says.

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'Need for Speed': Michael Keaton gets psyched for the 'race before the race' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

“This is gettin’ good,” Michael Keaton’s ominously named Need for Speed character Monarch says to Aaron Paul’s Tobey Marshall in his signature manic gruff.

Monarch, it seems, has just gotten on board with the romance of Tobey’s quest. He’s speeding across the country (from New York to California in 48 hours, to be precise) with Imogen Poots’ Julia to compete in another race where he hopes to get revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), a lifelong rival who landed him in jail, hurt someone close to him, and stole his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as cutting down on pit stops. Tobey is dodging parole and a bounty that Dino put on his head.

Still, Keaton’s Monarch is about as excited as we are to see him back in a scene-chewing supporting role. Check out the exclusive clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

The Criterion Collection's Wes Anderson-approved 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- VIDEO

The folks at The Criterion Collection are sorcerers.

Sure, we rely on them to restore and pen beautiful essays about rare or long forgotten triumphs of cinema, but even their work with new releases can leave us awestruck. They have a way of making the already transcendent that much more special, and their upcoming release of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion charmer Fantastic Mr. Fox looks no different.

The three-disc release (out Feb. 18) features a gallery of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts, an audio recording of him reading his book, puppet animation tests, and the somewhat standard, but no less fascinating, behind the scenes footage of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and the rest of the cast who helped bring the story to life.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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'Winter's Tale' trailer: Colin Farrell rides a white horse, Russell Crowe growls -- VIDEO

A common thief falls in love with a tuberculosis-stricken beauty in the supernatural drama Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell as said thief, and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil!) as the object of his affection. Set in a mythic, Edwardian-style New York City, Russell Crowe brings out a devilish Irish growl to play a malevolent gangster.

Based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, the adaptation marks Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s (A Beautiful Mind) directorial debut. Winter’s Tale also boasts an impressive supporting cast including Will Smith, Eva Marie Saint, Matt Bomer, and Jennifer Connelly. Check out the trailer after the jump, and don’t blink or you might miss Smith.

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'Enemy' trailer: Things get menacing when Jake Gyllenhaal meets Jake Gyllenhaal

What starts as a simple vanity quest turns sinister when a low-key history professor spots his mirror image in a film and eventually tracks him down. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on double duty as the actor and professor in director Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Based on Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s novel The Double, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini round out Villeneuve’s cast as the women in the lives of the lookalikes.

Check out Jeff Labrecque’s interview with Villeneuve, and watch the hypnotizing, minimalist trailer after the jump.

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'Rosemary's Baby'-inspired 'Devil's Due' is 'every new couple's worst nightmare,' Eli Roth says -- VIDEO

The filmmakers behind Devil’s Due will always be the first to admit that Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic Rosemary’s Baby inspired their film, a found-footage horror movie about a young newlywed who has the misfortune of being impregnated with a satanic being.

“We wanted to own it from the start. We didn’t want to pretend that it wasn’t that and hide it and make you wait. The scene where she gets impregnated is about 15 minutes into the movie,” said Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, who co-directed the film with his Radio Silence collective and V/H/S directing team Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, and Chad Villella. She might not realize what’s going on, but the audience is never left in the dark.

“It was a really fun thing to watch Rosemary’s Baby and then get to borrow things that felt right for this version,” added Gillett.
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'Nebraska' standout June Squibb pays her respects -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you have Midwestern roots, you probably know a Kate Grant. She’s hard-as-nails. She doesn’t suffer bullsh–. And, most importantly, she doesn’t have a filter.

In Nebraska, Descendants director Alexander Payne’s black-and-white ode to the heartland, June Squibb gives life to this archetype through the feisty Kate. The matriarch of the Grant family will just as soon call a long-deceased woman a whore as she’ll tell her son fairly explicit details about who fancied her in her youth.

“When I read this script I just thought, ‘I know this lady,’” Squibb told EW. “I’m from Illinois. I see her in my mother and my grandmother. Nothing surprised me.” According to Squibb, screenwriter Bob Nelson based the part on his mother-in-law.

The 84-year-old actress had worked with Payne in About Schmidt, which actually worked against her in the beginning. “In Alexander’s mind, I was that sweet lady that Jack was married to,” she says. But, despite his reservations, he gave her a shot. “Her audition knocked my socks off,” Payne said Monday at the AFI Fest screening of Nebraska. “I didn’t have a second-place gal to play that part.”
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'Black Nativity': Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker talk Harlem-set holiday musical -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK VIDEO

It’s been a long time since there’s been a truly great Christmas musical on the big screen, and Black Nativity is hoping to change that this holiday season.

Director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) discusses the tale of reconnection, opening Nov. 27, in an exclusive First Look featurette. Nativity centers on a Baltimore teen named Langston (breakout Jacob Latimore, whose name pays homage to the film’s source material: a 1961 stage musical by poet Langston Hughes), who is sent by his down-on-her-luck mother mother (Jennifer Hudson) to spend the holidays in Harlem with her estranged parents — her Reverend father (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) and his church choir-leading wife (Oscar nominee Angela Bassett).

Despite having her own Oscar on her mantle, Hudson admits to being blown away by the star-studded cast, which also includes R&B powerhouses Mary J. Blige, Tyrese, and Luke James: “Some of my favorite artists are here,” says the triple threat. “It makes such a fun project and a fun cast.” For his part Tyrese, was drawn to Black Nativity because “this is a film that everybody in the family can go and see together. What makes this movie powerful is that you can relate and identify with somebody in this movie.”

Below, Whitaker talks overcoming nerves before stepping into the recording studio, Blige sings Latimore’s praises, Hudson talks working with Grammy winner Raphael Saadiq (who composed new gospel and R&B music for the film), and more cast members give insight to the production. READ FULL STORY

New 'Veronica Mars' movie footage: Logan vs. Piz -- VIDEO

Veronica Mars fans know of Piz as the guy who got in the way of LoVe. On the other hand, Piz is a much more reasonable option for our girl detective than the tortured soul that is Logan Echolls. Then again…LOGAN.

In new footage from the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Chris Lowell (along with other VM favorites) discuss their love triangle and who should come out on top. We learn that at the start of the movie, Veronica is — wait for it — DATING PIZ. I was not expecting that, but then again, there has to be some way to explain why Lowell’s character attends the Neptune High 10-year reunion. Logan, meanwhile, is accused of murder — you know, classic bad-boy stuff.

“Logan’s pull is too much for her, always,” Bell admits of Veronica, but she clearly picked Piz — for now. Check out the four-minute clip below:
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'Diana' clip: The Princess and the heart surgeon -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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How does an ordinary guy ask out a Princess?

Movies love to posit scenarios where that might happen. Most of the time it’s just a storytelling fantasy (à la Roman Holiday), but in the new Princess Diana biopic (out Nov. 1), we actually get a chance to see an interpretation of how the late Princess of Wales met Dr. Hasnat Khan, the heart surgeon she fell in love with in the final years of her life.

Check out the exclusive clip of their second meeting below, when Khan (played by Lost‘s Naveen Andrews) gets up the nerve to ask out Diana (Naomi Watts).

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