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The trailer for an upcoming crime thriller called Dead Man Down is out, directed by Niels Arden Oplev who directed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The film stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace (who played the lead in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and is set in New York City where a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution.

Farrell is the one who plays Victor, the right hand man to an underground New York crime lord, played by the amazing Terrence Howard. Victor is spotted killing on the job by Beatrice and she reaches out to him to help her get revenge on what Terrance’s character did to her – “Blood demands blood,” they say in the trailer.

The film also stars Dominic Cooper and hits theatres on March 8. Check out the trailer below!

Trailer after the jump…

The trailer for a creepy and intriguing new erotic thriller called Passion has just debuted starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. The short description of the film is: “A young businesswoman plots murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.” Yikes!

Writer and director Brian De Palma tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Christine (McAdams) experienced, ruthless, and emotionally sadistic business woman who loves to manipulate and betray people for her own enjoyment. Much more naive and easily exploited, her admiring protege Isabelle (Rapace) has many great cutting-edge ideas that Christine has no issues with stealing and taking credit for. Justifying this is Christine’s logic that they do work for the same company and are thus on the same team. Things get cray cray when Isabelle ends up sleeping with one of Christine’s lovers.

As soon as I watched the trailer, I thought that the film seemed very familiar, and that’s because it’s a remake of a French film called Love Crime starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Christine and Ludivine Sagnier as Isabelle. Watch the trailer below.

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Vanity Fair’s 2011 Hollywood Issue

In: Donovan, Movies

One of the magazine covers I look forward to most during Awards Season, is Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue. Since 1995, the cover has highlighted Hollywood and the big players, fresh new faces or the “It” actors currently generating buzz. For their 17th annual issue, Vanity Fair has gone back to basics and to old school glamor. To be specific, the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, an era of smoky, alluring elegance.

“We had the gentlemen looking dashing in black tie, whilst the ladies were radiant in spring’s gowns—from Gucci to Yves Saint Laurent—and glittering with diamonds from Chanel and other arbiters of glamour.” – Style director Jessica Diehl

In the past, they’ve sometimes featured teenagers, nudity and even penguins. Yup. penguins made it in 2007. This year, they’ve focused on the most exciting actors and actresses of the moment. Taking stage front and center (or in this case the left side) are Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Joining them on the coveted section are Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Traditionally, Annie Leibovitz has taken the group picture, but this year photographer Norman Jean Roy shot the cover. The whole process took two days and was shot in New York and Los Angeles.

Others included on the cover include Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund, Noomi Rapace and Robert Duvall. WTF? What is he doing there? On a side note, I’m glad Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Mila Kunis made the cut. Check out the full cover, along with all previous Hollywood Issue covers below.

see past covers and full 2011 cover after the jump

3 More Thrillers to Rock Your Screen With

In: Adam, Movies
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(All these films ARE findable online if you know what you’re doing- with English subtitles where required- and are rentable at your nearest video store that knows what it’s doing)

Inspired wholly by the actually POSITIVE response I got from my last tri-film review, I’ve got a few new ones for you boys and girls to try out :) Today, we’re staying on the vague theme of thrillers. I’ve got a brand new one, a year-old film festival under-exposed success and a sadly overlooked 90s gem that I’ve never seen on any “fav movie list” except of course for mine ;)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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Take one part beautiful Swedish millionairess’ disappearance at the possible hands of her various and nefarious family members, add in a litigiously victimized star newspaper reporter and top it off with an updated and sickeningly Nordic looking version of Veronica Mars and you have the making for an original and thrilling whodunit.

The story starts in Stockholm: technologically savvy and media-obsessed, the urbane backdrop introduces us to the troubled lives of the two protagonists as their intellect and ambition is thwarted by the powers that be in their respective lives. Intertwined but without ever actually meeting, the two find their way to the juxtaposing rural yet abundantly wealthy countryside where microfiche and magnifying glasses still solve crimes. Typically I loathe all things pre-80s (except of course for men), but there’s just something about a spectral shape in the background of a black n’ white “home video” that begs to be solved.

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