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CyberTeaser City: Ghost In The Shell!

Despite the fact that manga characters were generally designed as round-eyed and pale of skin (originally to attract a North American and European audience – everyone wants a global audience), much has been made (and complained) about the casting of Scarlett Johannson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the live-action Ghost In The Shell.

Paramount has released five, count ’em five(!), very brief teasers for Ghost In The Shell, and they look crazy intriguing. See the other four after the break.

Ghost In The Shell opens on March 31st, 2017.

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Ben-Hur Is Efficient But Unmoving!

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

I went in to the advance screening of Ben-Hur expecting a disaster. While the trailers weren’t brilliant, they showed both some promise and the possibility of a total bleep-up.

Instead, it was neither the film of that promise nor the Golden Raspberry contender it could have been.

It was a technically proficient film that had some decent performances and some good ideas, but it left me curiously unmoved.

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Proper Introduction Trailer: Arrival!

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Louise Banks is one of the top translators in America which doesn’t sound like the most exciting of jobs until twelve giant, egg-shaped alien craft take up positions over different parts of the globe – including one in Montana.

Now she’s drafted to help figure out who the aliens are and what they want – as pressure builds a round the world – possibly leading to war.

If you thought the tester for the trailer for Arrival was intriguing, wit ’til you get a load of this! The first official trailer – and a gallery of posters for each of the twelve UFOs – for Arrival follows the break. It opens on November 11th.

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Florence Foster Jenkins Sings – Even If She Can’t!

(L-R) Hugh Grant as St Clair Bayfield, Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins and Simon Helberg as Cosme McMoon in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS by Paramount Pictures, Pathé and BBC Films
(L-R) Hugh Grant as St Clair Bayfield, Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins and Simon Helberg as Cosme McMoon in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS by Paramount Pictures, Pathé, BBC Films and eOne

Florence Foster Jenkins is a film that is based on the last few months of the title character’s life. Jenkins was a fierce music lover – she supported the music scene in New York and eventually decided that she had to sing.

It was not the smartest move she could have made – she is considered to be one of the all-time worst singers.

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Testing Trailer: Allied!

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Robert Zemeckis directed one of last year’s the best films, the criminally under seen The Walk. This year, he moves from the heights of the World Trade Center to the tension of the Frech Resistance in WWII.

Allied stars Brad Pitt as intelligence officer Max Vatta and Marion Cotillard as French Resistance member Marianne Beausejour – who meet on a deadly operation then re-encounter each other later during the war.

Paramount Pictures has just released the first trailer for Allied and you can find it after the break. Allied opens on November 23rd.

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Big Mistake Trailer: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back!

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Every time I see a trailer or TV spot for the new Jack Reacher film, Never Go Back, I’m reminded of Dustin Hoffman’s out of work actor in Tootsie, who – after not getting a role because he’s too short, responds, ‘I can act tall!’

Despite looking nothing like the descriptions of Reacher in the books, the more I see of Cruise in the role, the more I’m buying him in the role.

In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Reacher is contacted by the woman who has his old job commanding MPs. When he visits DC to see her, he’s told she’s under arrest for treason. Reacher, of course, doubts that – finds it highly problematic, in fact.

A new 60-second TV spot dropped today – with some cool new footage. Check it out after the break. Jack Reacher: Never go back will premiere on October 21st.

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After the Carnage Trailer: Office Party!

L-R: Courtney B. Vance as Walter, T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone in OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Reliance Entertainment
L-R: Courtney B. Vance as Walter, T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone in OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Reliance Entertainment

‘It’s Christmas. We should celebrate, they said. Just a little get together for the employees…’ intones a weary voice over a scene of destruction that could have come from an after-the-apocalypse movie.

Then we go back in time…

Off ice Party stars (among others): Justin Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon, and will be in theaters on December 9th. Check out the carnage after the break.

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Star Trek Beyond is the New Crew’s Best Work!

Left to right: Simon Pegg plays Scotty, Sofia Boutella plays Jaylah and Chris Pine plays Kirk in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm Entertainment
Left to right: Simon Pegg plays Scotty, Sofia Boutella plays Jaylah and Chris Pine plays Kirk in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm Entertainment

Star Trek Beyond beats the curse of the odd numbered Trek films with a stick.

With plenty of the kind of pace you expect from director Justin Lin, the film wins praise for the way he integrates the character moments into the action.

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