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Exclusive Clip from Manhattan Undying Threatens to Go for the Jugular

When a vampire wants information, they have a few different ways to acquire it—some of them more sinister than others. With Manhattan Undying coming out on VOD, DVD, and digital platforms beginning June 6th, Momentum Pictures has provided us with an exclusive clip from the film in which Vivian (Sarah Roemer) uses her chilling charms as a vampire to find out what she desires, while almost taking more than just information from her potential victim.

"Max is a talented young painter with a cult following for his hyper-realist style. Frustrated, he is squandering his life with drugs and excess until he learns that he has only weeks to live with advanced lung cancer. He decides to work on one last masterpiece instead of clinging to life with rigorous medical treatment. Vivian is a beautiful vampire preying on men who objectify women. She yearns to see her herself and understand the infatuation of her victims.
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Horror Highlights: House On Willow Street Blu-ray / DVD, Pitchfork DVD Contest, Manhattan Undying

They thought they knew the score, but a group of thieves get more than they bargained for when they kidnap a girl possessed by a demon in House on Willow Street, coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Scream Factory this August. Today's Horror Highlights also includes a DVD contest for Glenn Douglas Packard's Pitchfork and release details and a trailer for Manhattan Undying.

House on Willow Street Blu-ray & DVD: From Scream Factory: "We are pleased to announce that we have a new IFC Midnight film planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this August!

The House On Willow Street – The perfect kidnapping goes gruesomely awry in this shock-a-minute, supernatural wild ride. When a band of desperate criminals, led by the tough-as nails Hazel (Sharni Vinson, You're Next), abduct Katherine (Carlyn Burchell), the daughter of an ultra-wealthy family, they are certain they've found themselves an easy target for ransom. What
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You Have 1 Day to Watch These Movies Before They Disappear From Netflix

Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Although September will yield a ton of fun additions to the streaming platform, there are quite a few titles that will go away throughout the month. So if you're not done sobbing over A Walk to Remember or quoting Zoolander, you better get cracking. Time is ticking. Expiring Sept. 1 2 Fast 2 Furious A Walk to Remember Anywhere but Here Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher The Bridge on the River Kwai Call Me Crazy: A Five Film The Color Purple Crocodile Dundee Days of Thunder Defending Your Life Double Jeopardy Everybody Loves Raymond, seasons one to nine Exporting Raymond Flight of the Intruder Girl Rising Hachi: A Dog's Tale Hardball The Haunting Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz Our Man in Tehran Primal Fear Roboshark Roman Holiday S.W.A.T. Sins of My Father Spanglish Traffic The Weather Man The Wood Zoolander Expiring Sept. 4 Melissa and Joey,
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Discover 'A Dog's Purpose' in Trailer for Lasse Hallström's New Movie

"If I can get you licking and loving, I have my purpose." Aw, this looks adorable. Universal has debuted a trailer for the movie called A Dog's Purpose, directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström (who also made the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale ). Told from a dog's perspective, which is provided a voice by Josh Gad, the film does indeed attempt to show what a dog's purpose is - especially in connection with humans. The family film also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. There's more than one dog and they all look so friendly. As a huge dog lover, I have to say, this plays right to my emotions. Bring on the doggie love, can't wait to see this. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Lasse Hallström's A Dog's Purpose, direct from YouTube: Based on
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Richard Gere, the tough guy

Richard Gere, the tough guy
Los Angeles, July 15: Actor Richard Gere says he behaves like a tough guy whenever he is on the movie sets and everybody has to listen to him.

The 63-year-old, who has given hits like "Pretty Woman", "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" and "Arbitrage", only lets his wife Carey Lowell dominate him when they are at home.

"I'm kind of a tough guy at work and I guess because I'm a big shot on set, everyone has to listen to me," Total Film magazine quoted Gere as saying.

"But I live with a very strong woman! Believe me, she doesn't say 'yes' very often. I'm the one that says 'yes'. I say, 'Yes, dear.' I don't even argue," he added.

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Safe Haven: 5 Things to Swoon Over in the Movie Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel

Safe Haven: 5 Things to Swoon Over in the Movie Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel
Bestselling romance author Nicholas Sparks is the king of damsels in distress fare. His latest flick to hit the big screen follows incognito Katie (Julianne Hough) who flees an abusive spouse to hideout in a small North Carolina town. She tries to forget her past, start anew  and be relationship-free. Check out her transformation from downer brunette to can-do blonde! Then shopkeeper Alex (Josh Duhamel) appears: a widower, with two kids, who fixes things, like bicycles and...broken hearts. Katie won't be able to resist for long. Obviously. We tease, but we fell for this old-fashioned romantic thriller. Director Lasse Hallström (Hachi: A Dog's Tale) pushes every emotional button, every warmly lit shot to...
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Watch: Swedish Trailer For Lasse Hallström's Thriller 'The Hypnotist'

Well, here's something we haven't really seen before from Lasse Hallström. The director, who has mostly been coasting on edgeless, forgettable, feel good fare for the past decade or longer ("Dear John," "Salmon Fishing In Yemen," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale," "The Hoax" etc.) has shifted gears considerably, getting behind the camera for the thriller "The Hypnotist," his first Swedish language film in 24 years. Starring Mikael Persbrandt ("In A Better World," "The Hobbit") and Lena Olin ("The Unbearable Lightness Of Being," "Chocolat"), the film is an adaptation of Lars Kepler's novel of the same name. The first in a trilogy -- the books are the second most successful crime series in Sweden following Stieg Larsson's 'Dragon Tattoo' novels -- the story follows Detective Joona Linna, who in this installment, investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only...
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Darling Companion? Try dogged by a sense of impending doom

It's the immutable law of the serious dog movie: the canine always carks it in the end. Will Darling Companion be different?

Fans of serious dog movies have endured a lean few years since Marley & Me broke everyone's heart in 2008. Yes, there was Bolt, but that doesn't count because it was a cartoon. Yes, there was Hachi: A Dog's Tale, but that doesn't count because nobody actually paid to see it. And, yes, there was Marley & Me: the Puppy Years, but that doesn't count because you're not an idiot.

But with Darling Companion, the serious dog movie might be about to make a comeback. It's named after a Johnny Cash song. It's directed by the man behind The Bodyguard. It stars a brace of surprisingly big-name actors. Everything about it suggests that you'll spend the entire third act crying and blowing snot up and down your sleeve. But what actually happens in Darling Companion?
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Go 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' (Trailer) With Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

Welcome to the first trailer for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," a British comedy about journalism, politics, love, and introducing non-native species into ecosystems.

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star as a stodgy scientist and U.K. government representative, respectively, who are at odds over a sort of goodwill plan that, as you might guess from the title, involves fly-fishing in Yemen. Specifically, as a goodwill gesture of sorts, the Prime Minister's spokesperson (Kristin Scott Thomas) decides that one Sheikh's desire to enjoy his hobby closer to home would be a great human interest story during a time of turmoil.

Naturally, the dry riverbeds (a.k.a. wadis) of Yemen are not very hospitable to salmon, so Dr. Jones (McGregor) has to figure out how the heck to do that. He becomes buddies with the Sheikh (Amr Waked) and eventually succumbs to the charms of Harriet (Blunt), as well as the fish themselves.
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Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

When we saw that "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen," the latest from director Lasse Hallstrom had been added to the Tiff slate, we didn't go out of our way to find time to see it. The director, who impressed with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" has long settled into helming a string of increasingly mediocre films like "An Unfinished Life," "The Hoax," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" and last year's intolerable "Dear John." So can you blame us if we didn't carve out time to see it in Toronto? Turns out the joke was on us, as…
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Inferno Ent.

You can brand them as peddlers of Brad Pitt, as U.S based Inferno Entertainment have got some highly anticipated titles in their sales line-up and one matches Pitt with Andrew Dominik in Cogan's Trade (they worked together on Jesse James) and James Gray should be rolling out the cameras one of these days for The Lost City of Z with Pitt attached in the lead. Joe Carnahan's The Grey is on the map as well. Killer Elite by Gary McKendry - Post-Production The Grey by Joe Carnahan - Post-Production Cogan's Trade by Andrew Dominik - Post-Production The Entitled by Aaron Woodley - Completed Arabian Nights by Chuck Russell - Pre-Production Cane Toads: The Conquest by Mark Lewis - Completed Five Star Day by Danny Buday - Completed Hachiko: A Dog's Story by Lasse HALLSTRÖM - Completed Happy Tears by Mitchell Lichtenstein - Completed How To Make Love Like
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Horror movies I can deal with, but sentimental ones can reduce me to jelly | Anne Billson

If I can sit through the Saw movies or The Human Centipede without my pulse missing a beat, it just means the tipping points have shifted

Back in 1976, when Taxi Driver first opened, I trotted off to see it with no idea what I was in for. Imagine that. I'd never heard of Martin Scorsese or Robert de Niro, and I hadn't read the reviews. It was my date's choice of movie; I was more of a Night of the Living Dead kind of girl. So I sat in the front row of the Leicester Square theatre, feeling slightly underwhelmed by the absence of zombies, until near the end. And then, suddenly, everything turned yellow, Bernard Herrmann's music was drilling into my skull, blood was dripping off De Niro's finger and I had to lean forward to stop myself fainting.

Incredibly, my date didn't notice anything amiss and I
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Richard Gere set for business movie Arbitrage

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Richard Gere is close to signing a deal to appear in drama 'Arbitrage'. The 61-year-old star - best known for his roles in 'Pretty Woman' and 'An Officer and a Gentleman' - will star alongside Eva Green and Susan Sarandon in the Nicholas Jarecki-directed movie. The film tells the tale of a hedge fund magnate who is desperate to finish the sale of his business and winds up making an error forcing him to search for assistance from an unlikely source. Shooting is expected to start in New York in mid-April, with Laura Bickford, Kevin Turen, Bob Salerno and Justin Nappi producing. Mohammed al Turki and Brian Young will be executive producers on the project. Richard has been taken a short break from movies since 2009, where he was last seen in 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'. He has a number of films coming up soon, including comedy project
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Brooklyn's Finest; Black Death; Frozen; The Collector; South of the Border

Being a diehard Richard Gere fan can be tough (Hachi: A Dog's Tale anyone?), but occasionally he reminds us why we fell in love with him. In Brooklyn's Finest (2009, Momentum, 18), Gere returns to form as one of three troubled cops, each facing a personal and professional crisis. He plays Eddie Dugan, disillusioned and days away from retirement, but suddenly saddled with a rookie to whom he must show the ropes. "Don't you want to do something good with your last few days?" asks his superior, to which Dugan replies: "No, not really."

Inevitably, the assignment leads to tragedy and chaos, with the possibility of redemption. "Instead of thinking 'B cop movie'," says a straight-faced Gere, practising his blinking in the behind-the-scenes extras, "we were thinking Othello and Richard III – big themes being played out with guys in uniform." Elsewhere,
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Marmaduke | Film review

There ought to be a prize for the worst dog movie of the year. In 2009, it would have gone to the mirthless, sentimental Marley & Me starring Owen Wilson as a Florida journalist writing a popular column about rearing a labrador. This year, Lasse Hallström's Hachiko: A Dog's Story seemed likely to take the biscuit until the arrival of Marmaduke, the ingratiatingly cute tale of a Kansas family relocating to California with their great dane, apparently based on a newspaper comic strip that appears in 600 newspapers in more than 20 countries.

In this film, instead of owning the dog, Owen Wilson plays the lovable beast, or at least provides its voice. So expect this year's Lousy Lassie Award to go to Marmaduke.

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TV spot and set interviews with cast and director for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Picture the scene. Hordes of eleven and twelve year-olds are arriving for that terrifying first day at a new secondary school and, like all the others, Greg Heffley is nervous about fitting in.

It doesn't start well. His mother shrieks: "Have a great day, sweetie pie' as she drops him off. Totally embarrassing.

And then Greg's uncool best friend Rowley Jefferson makes it worse by calling out: 'Do you want to come and play?' Middle school kids 'hang out'. They do Not play. More humiliation for poor Greg.

But this is not real life, it's the Vancouver set of the new comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the book by Jeff Kinney and released in the UK on August 25.

We are at a suburban elementary school in a leafy suburb, which has been transformed into Westmore Middle School for the shoot.

After a long search for the
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up: Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief; Youth in Revolt; Hachi: A Dog's Life; Battle for Terra

Having directed the first two Harry Potter movies (and been executive producer for the entire franchise) Chris Columbus once again takes to the director's chair for a tale of a misfit schoolboy who discovers that he is actually the heir to a magical kingdom and is swiftly dispatched to superhero school where similarly gifted kids learn to fight dragons etc. Sadly, this is not the latest Jk Rowling adaptation, but the second-rate, sub-Hogwarts knock-off Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief in which the earthbound offspring of Poseidon must visit Heaven and Hell in search of Zeus's missing fiery bolt – with the help of his stalwart new school-friends.

Even the publicity images look like dodgy Potter offcuts, with three teens (two boys, one girl) striking Potteresque poses against stormy skies which hide lurking beasties illuminated by Hammeresque gothic flashes.

The studio clearly thought that this adaptation of Rick Riordan's bestselling novel
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"Hachiko," "Cyrus" Headline First Ever Aruba Film Festival

The inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (Aiff) has announced details of its program. The fest - which takes place June 4-11, 2010 - will showcase 28 films from 18 different countries, featuring several international premieres and many Caribbean/South American premieres. The lineup was announced by Aiff Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founders Giuseppe Ciocarrelli and Jonathan Vieira. The fest will open with Lasse Hallstrom's "Hachiko: A Dog's Story," which ...
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Overlooked on DVD: 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'

Overlooked on DVD: 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
Supposedly, thrillers involving airplanes are not shown as in-flight movies, so as to avoid causing anxiety. There should be a similar rule that movies like Hachi: A Dog's Tale are not to be shown on airplanes, so as to avoid causing embarrassment. I'm not sure that my bawling my eyes out in the middle of a trans-Pacific flight really helped anyone. If you choked up at Marley & Me last year, you may want to keep an ambulance on stand-by for Hachi, which was unceremoniously dumped onto DVD a couple of weeks ago.

Which is not to say that the movie is cruel in any way, or harsh. It is emphatically G-rated, and contains not a single instance of violence, against human or dog. Rather, the reason for the tears is simply that, even with that awkward title, Hachi: A Dog's Tale is one of the most shamelessly effective movies I've
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Nanny McPhee sends Alice to the naughty step at the UK box office

In a fight for family film faces, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang joined previews of How to Train Your Dragon in knocking off Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland from the top UK box office spot

The family face-off

Easter is still a few days away, but the contest for the seasonal family box office is already well under way. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang opened on more than 500 screens, knocking off Alice in Wonderland from the top spot in its fourth weekend of play. But it was a close-run thing, Nanny's £2.59m comparing with Alice's £2.50m. Both films might have been stronger had they not faced additional competition on Saturday and Sunday from paid previews of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon.

The Nanny McPhee result compares with an almost-identical opening of £2.60m for the original film in 2005. Given the brand recognition established by the original film,
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