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REVIEW: Danny Boyle Plays Mind Games With Moviegoers In Beyond-Belief 'Trance'

REVIEW: Danny Boyle Plays Mind Games With Moviegoers In Beyond-Belief 'Trance'

“Everyone knows amnesia is bollocks,” snarls one of the thugs in Trance. Hypnotism, on the other hand, is fair game in this brash, beyond-belief psychothriller from director Danny Boyle, who seizes on a script co-written by Joe Ahearne and longtime Boyle collaborator John Hodge as a chance to play elaborate mind games with fans of his early work. A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what auds think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care. The pic’s flashy style, plus its stark violence and nudity, ought to transfix male genre auds. more »

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WATCH: 'Trance' Trailer Shows How James McAvoy's Dreamy Eyes Cons Criminals

WATCH: 'Trance' Trailer Shows How James McAvoy's Dreamy Eyes Cons Criminals

Awesome; Danny Boyle is back with his first new film since 2010, and what it lacks in James Franco amputations, his latest, Trance more than makes up for in James McAvoy, and a reunion with writer John Hodge for the first time since 2000's The Beach.
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Dorothy's 'Oz' Dress Goes For $480K; James McAvoy Eyes WikiLeaks Pic: Biz Break

WIZARD OF OZ, THE 
Index #: 18191
Date Released: 1939-08-25
Description: Medium shot of Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, holding basket, standing in front of cornfield. Special art work done for the 60th anniversary re-release.
Personalities: GARLAND, JUDY   
Source: TURNER THEATRICAL LIBRARY 	Episode: 
Category: COLOR SELECTION 	Reference #: 4166 Dorothy in Cornfield 
Copyright: (c) 1939 Turner Entertainment Co., An AOL Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.

Also in Monday's early round-up of news briefs: Cloud Atlas may have had a slow start in North America, but it is possibly proving to be a big hit overseas; The Weinstein Company is grabbing a thriller starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer for theaters; And Chasing Ice tops out the Specialty Box Office over the weekend.
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Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer Team for Mafia Pic; James McAvoy Takes a Punch in the U.S.: Biz Break

Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer Team for Mafia Pic; James McAvoy Takes a Punch in the U.S.: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Amy Adams re-teams with David O. Russell on a pic; the Academy ups exec in newly-created post; Sundance Institute adds 10 titles to new initiative; And Bollywood's first superstar dies.
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Will Ferrell Injured in Million-Dollar Soccer Match of the Stars

Will Ferrell Injured in Million-Dollar Soccer Match of the Stars

With $6.4 million at stake for UNICEF, some of the world's best footballers faced off in England over the weekend with some of the sport's most enthusiastic celebrity hobbyists. The good news: Charity won big! The bad news: Celebrities did not, with one even landing in the hospital.
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Sony Classics Says Oui to No, Django Unchained Peek: Biz Break

Sony Classics Says Oui to No, Django Unchained Peek: Biz Break

Also in Tuesday morning's news round up: Icon will produce Lee Daniels' next project, James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain team for a double-feature, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen will pair for a new project, and more...
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Rose Byrne on Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class Sequels, and the Films That Made Her Career

Rose Byrne on Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class Sequels, and the Films That Made Her Career

How did Rose Byrne become the most unexpected comedic actress of her generation? After 15 years of acting, the Aussie native broke out of her dramatic shell with a fearless turn as Aldous Snow's pop star ex in Get Him to the Greek, and this week's Bridesmaids continues the streak: Byrne plays Helen, the rich and beautiful new BFF who tries to steal Maya Rudolph away from maid of honor Kristen Wiig. As director Paul Feig insisted to Movieline, "That woman should always be doing comedy."

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X-Men: First Class Sequels Could Explore Hippie-Era '60s, '70s and '80s

X-Men: First Class Sequels Could Explore Hippie-Era '60s, '70s and '80s

Everyone seems to love the retro '60s vibe of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. But do we really want to see Professor Xavier, Magneto, and Co. slogging through the not-quite-as-fashionable 1970s and 1980s in potential sequel story lines? (Think hard about this. On the one hand: Magneto in bellbottoms doing lines with Emma Frost at Studio 54. On the other: Dazzler.)

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