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Idiosycratic Trailer: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs!

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) – Photo courtesy of Netflix.

The new film by the unique Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has its first trailer and it is most definitely the idiosyncratic and weirdly delightful trailer you would expect for a Coen Brothers anthology film.

Counting James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson among its cast for the six western tales it tells, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on November 16th.

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Timely Behind The Scenes Video: Hulu’s 11.22.63!

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We’re less than a week away from the premiere of Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation, 11.22.63 – the story of a man who travels back in time to try to prevent John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

In a cool behind the scenes video, J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, James Franco and Sarah Gadon talk about the event sereis. Check it out after the break.

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Out of the Closet Trailer: 11.22.63

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Hulu’s 11.22.63 – based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King – finds an ordinary guy traveling back through time to prevent the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy – by stepping through a closet.

11.22.63 stars James Franco, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber – and premieres on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15th. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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True Story: A Distillation of Evil From A Slight Remove!

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True Story is, oddly enough, based on a true story – Christian Longo murdered his family and disappeared. When he was captured, in Mexico, he was posing as a journalist named Mike Finkel. Mike Finkel was a New York Times reporter who was fired for fabricating the subject of an important story – and became the only person Longo would talk to.

Finkel’s book, True Story, detailed those conversations and was a bestseller. The film adapted from the book is intriguing, occasionally compelling but creates a distance between itself and its audience that it almost but not quite earns back.

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The Color of Time – A Student Film That Feels Like It!

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The Color of Time was made by the members of a class James Franco taught at NYU – a peculiar mix of poetry and biography based on the poems by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. The film’s content is a collection of vignettes composed of memories, poetry and Williams’ struggle to write new material as he prepares for an appearance to read his work.

The reason I say that The Color of Time feels like a student film is not because of any lack of polish, but because it looks and feels free of the need to be commercial; to fit into a specific niche. Franco’s students have clearly been taught well when it comes to both technique and thinking for themselves.

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The Interview Is Much Ado About Barely More Than Nothing!

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Well, I’ve finally seen The Interview and, let me just tell you, it’s a pretty decent little comedy. Cause for international furor? Not really. More like a modern Rat Pack kind of thing where a bunch of guys get together and make a movie for the hell of it.

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Off Kilter Trailer: True Story!

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Jonah Hill and James Franco star in True Story, based on the story of journalist Mike Finkel and Christian Longo – the murderer who lived in Europe for years under his name.

Also starring Felicity Jones and  Ethan Suplee, True Story will be in theaters in January. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Homefront: Darker Than The Usual Jason Statham Movie!

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Jason Statham has become the king of the mid-range budget action flicks. He’s a better actor than Arnold and a better fighter than Sly (or, at least, capable of executing more complex choreography). With every movie, he shows a few more colors as his range continues to expand – a nastier edge here; a bit more vulnerability there. Homefront gives Statham fans the action they’ve come to expect and a slightly more complex story than usual.

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