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Watch the Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice

The film marks the first-ever movie adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel

Film and literature buffs alike can rejoice: the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice is here at last.

The film marks both Anderson’s seventh film and the first movie adaptation of a Pynchon novel. And judging from the trailer (above), the end result is a delightfully bonkers comedy. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Martin Short, the film follows private investigator Doc Sportello (Phoenix) on a bizarre investigation during the “tail end of the psychedelic ’60s” in Los Angeles.

The film will make its world premiere on Oct. 4 at the New York Film Festival, before opening across the U.S. on Dec. 12.

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Reunite in the Serena Trailer

Hey — it worked the last time!

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are starring in a movie together — again. After striking award-season gold in David O. Russell’s last two films, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle (both were nominated for a host of Academy Awards; Lawrence won a best actress Oscar for the former), the two actors are playing a Depression-era couple in the upcoming Serena.

Based on a book by Ron Rash, the movie follows a couple whose timber empire comes into jeopardy when the wife, Serena, realizes she cannot bear children. Susanne Bier-directed pic is set to hit theaters on Nov. 27.

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Watch the Latest Teaser for AMC’s Better Call Saul

This preview of the Breaking Bad spinoff has even less new footage than the first one — but it does provide some context for Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman

As a general rule, more information about Better Call Saul — however sparse — is better than less. Two weeks ago, AMC released a nine-second clip from the show; now we have a 30-second teaser of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould discussing Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

Though there’s only a few seconds of actual footage in the clip, it’s fairly clear that life as Jimmy wasn’t working out all that well for the future Saul. Still, it seems unlikely that he would have completed his transformation knowing how things would turn out once Walter White walked into his life.

“I don’t go looking for guilty people to represent,” McGill explains in a not-so-subtle wink to a couple of prospective clients. “Who needs that aggravation, right?”

Better Call Saul is scheduled for a February 2015 premiere on AMC.

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Watch the First Teaser for Better Call Saul

It's very brief — but it's better than nothing

AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul doesn’t debut until February 2015, but die-hard fans who tuned in to the network’s Breaking Bad marathon last night got a nine-second taste of what’s to come.

In the very brief clip, a younger-looking, more hair-wealthy Saul Goodman (likely known as Jimmy McGill at the time) explains to a prospective client, “Lawyers: we’re like health insurance. You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not having it? No, phew.” It’s a good tease — since that basically describes Goodman’s business philosophy.

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Watch: This Trailer for the Final Hobbit Movie Is Ready for Battle

Welcome back, Bilbo

After a relatively last-minute title change that took the final installment of the Hobbit series from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptation is living up to its title with a suitably bellicose first teaser trailer, which premiered for a live audience at Comic-Con over the weekend. (Fun fact: the panel at which the trailer was shown was moderated by Stephen Colbert, who has a cameo in the movie, according to HitFix’s liveblog of the event.)

“Will you have peace or war?” the trailer asks — and even if Thorin weren’t there to tell us the answer (hint: war), it would be easy to guess, as the trailer is chockablock with archers, armor and dramatic music.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is due in theaters on Dec. 17, 2014.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Third Season of Arrow

The trailer reveals that Oliver's next nemesis will be a familiar one to those who know their way around the DC Comics universe

Though there will be contenders this fall both new (Gotham, The Flash) and old (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), CW’s Arrow currently holds the crown for television’s best superhero series. The show’s Comic-Con panel over the weekend did little to diminish the belief that it’s a title that showrunners Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are keen to hold on to through next year and beyond (though the latter two will also be helming The Flash).

The first step in that direction was to introduce a villain worthy of the legacy that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) had established in Arrow’s first two seasons. Guggenheim, Berlanti and Kreisberg certainly did that, teasing Ra’s al Ghul — name-checked frequently in Season 2 and perhaps best known to audiences as Liam Neeson’s villainous character in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins — at the conclusion of the Season 3 trailer. Whether Ra’s will immediately establish himself as the season’s big bad villain is unclear. Mention has been made of his bad blood with Oliver Queen’s nemesis Malcolm Merlyn, but it remains to be seen which of the two villains is a greater threat to Starling City. (Ra’s introduction also makes it likely we’ll see more of his daughter, Nyssa, as well as the recently departed Sara Lance.)

A little closer to home, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver, says much of his focus for this season will be figuring out whether Oliver is able to balance his job as The Arrow with his life as Oliver. That’s been a struggle since the show’s first episode, but Oliver has yet to be put in a position where he really must choose between the two. Even if that moment doesn’t arrive in Season 3, it’s clear that the producers intend it to be a constant struggle at the forefront of the audience’s minds.

Oliver’s sister, Thea (Willa Holland), will also face some hurdles of her own. When we last saw her, she was riding off in a limo with Malcolm, her biological father, and appeared none too eager to return to Starling City in the immediate future. Of course she’ll have to come back eventually, because that’s how things work, but Holland indicated there would be some changes apparent in the youngest Queen upon her return: “The Thea that you guys saw in Season 1 and Season 2 is not the girl coming back in Season 3.”

Also arriving in Starling City this season is The Atom, played by Brandon Routh, who many will recognize as Superman from Bryan Singer’s 2006 version. Though his alter ego, Ray Palmer, will be a bidder for Queen Consolidated, it’s not yet apparent how The Atom will factor into the season’s developments.

A few other moments of note from the trailer: Roy (Colton Haynes) has a cool new outfit and seems to be doing just fine without the mirakuru; Oliver doesn’t seem to want Diggle (David Ramsey) in the field anymore for some as-yet-revealed reason; and Oliver will be taking Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) on a date (spoiler alert from Amell: it goes “horribly.”)

Perhaps most intriguingly, producers also revealed that this season will feature a double-crossover episode between Arrow and The Flash (the former airs Wednesdays, the latter Tuesdays), and that Oliver will appear in The Flash pilot.

Arrow returns on Oct. 8 on the CW.

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Watch: J-Law Finally Shows Up in a Mockingjay Trailer

The trailer is finally available for those who didn't make it to Comic-Con

After two teasers featuring the ever-creepy President Snow, the upcoming Hunger Games installment Mockingjay Part 1 has finally given fans a glimpse of Katniss Everdeen.

The latest teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated movie, dubbed “Our Leader the Mockingjay,” deviates from the PSA format of the previous two to show a more typical cut of scenes from the actual movie, culminating in what appears to be Katniss’ arrival in District 13. That comes complete with Plutarch and Gale, plus new cast members Julianne Moore as President Coin and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones‘ Margaery) as Cressida.

Prior to showing up online, the trailer debuted on Friday for audiences willing to wait in line at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The movie comes out Nov. 21, 2014.

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5 Things to Do While You’re Waiting for 50 Shades of Grey to Come Out

Unleash your inner goddess with these recipes, books and vacations

The trailer for the new Fifty Shades of Grey film dropped Thursday, leaving fans to count the days until it’s released on Valentine’s Day 2015. For those who can’t possibly wait that long, here are five ways to get your 50 Shades fix before next February:

Try on some Grey-inspired lingerie

Designed in part by 50 Shades author E.L. James, this collection of bras, briefs, negligées and stockings comes in a variety of colors: Black, red and (of course) gray. Customers can also purchase the title-inspiring gray tie that Christian wears in the book and a black mask to take things to the 50 Shades of Grey level.

Drink a glass of 50 Shades of Grey wine

E.L. James has created an entire industry around tiding over her impatient fans. The business-savvy author (who has already made an estimated $100 million from the trilogy) teamed up with California winemakers to blend a collection of wines specific to 50 Shades of Grey. The collection has both red and white, and the red “has flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice.” Leather? Well, at least one flavor stays true to the book.

Cook up a recipe from 50 Shades of Kale

“What’s the sexiest handful of foliage? A fistful of Kale battles cancer, inflammation, and low moods,” the 50 Shades-inspired cookbook’s website reads. It features 50 recipes centered around the sensual vegetable, fit for vegans and gluten-free fans alike. And for those fans worried that a cookbook won’t help them get their 50 Shades of sexy fix, the authors assure, “50 SHADES OF KALE is a fun and sexy romp powered by kale.”

Take a 50 Shades of Grey vacation

Seattle is so beautiful this time of year. Why not enjoy the city by staying at the Hotel Max, which previously offered guests a special package featuring perks from billionaire Christian Grey’s lavish lifestyle? Don’t forget to drink a bottle of Bollinger Rosé (Anastasia Steele’s drink of choice) before taking a helicopter tour around the city (unfortunately not piloted by Christian Grey).

Just reread the books

It never gets old reading a dozen different descriptions for Christian’s copper-colored hair while Anastasia continually insists that she isn’t pretty. You should have a refresher on which sex scenes come when anyway, so you’re ready to critique the film for its accuracy. After all, there’s a pretty high standard to uphold.

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Watch the Trailer for 50 Shades of Grey

The film, based on E.L. James' novel, releases Valentine's Day 2015

The buzzy film adaptation of the blockbuster novel 50 Shades of Grey doesn’t hit screens until next year, but the trailer for upcoming film has already arrived. Those curious to see more about Anastasia Steele’s tumultuous love affair with billionaire Christian Grey have plenty to enjoy from this brief promo.

The movie will star Dakota Johnson as Steele and Jamie Dornan (of ABC’s Once Upon a Time) as Grey, with the novel’s author E.L. James working as a producer for the hotly anticipated film.

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Troubling Times for Chalky White in the New Boardwalk Empire Teaser

Things seem to have gone from bad to worse for the once-powerful leader of Atlantic City's north side

When Michael K. Williams revealed that Boardwalk Empire would jump forward to 1931 for the HBO drama’s final season, the time-jump brought with it the possibility that Williams’ Chalky White may have improved upon his diminished circumstances from Season 4’s finale. If the new “St. James” teaser that HBO released last night is any indication, however, Mr. White seems to be in even worse conditions than when we last saw him.

Though the teaser isn’t totally explicit, it seems Mr. White has spent — or is currently spending — some time in prison. Also in a bad way is Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol), who appears trapped in some sort of straightjacket/bathtub contraption. We also get quick glimpses of Nucky (Steve Buscemi), Margaret (Kelly MacDonald), Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon), Dr. Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), Al Capone (Stephen Graham) and Charlie Luciano (Vincent Piazza), but the brief 53-second clip doesn’t hint much about what they’ll be up to in Season 5.

Boardwalk Empire returns on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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