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‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ trailer brings the spooky children’s book to the big screen

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Well, color me surprised: Universal Pictures released the first trailer for its upcoming adaptation of John Bellairs’ beloved children’s book The House with a Clock in Its Walls, directed by none other than Eli Roth, and it actually looks pretty damn delightful. Oh, and did we mention it also stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black in the lead roles? I’m sold.

According to the official synopsis, this magical adventure of a film follows 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his uncle (Black) in a creaky old house with an unusual tick-tocking heart. Byt his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. Miss Peregrine’s vibes, anyone?

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Say what you will, but I loved every moment of this trailer. While I initially wasn’t sure what to expect from a family-friendly gothic horror movie directed by the dude behind the Hostel franchise, Knock Knock, and this year’s Death Wish remake, it looks like Roth has put together something very special here and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls was written by Eric Kripke and co-stars Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo, and Sunny Suljic, and will open in theaters just in time for the Halloween season on September 21, 2018.

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The riveting new trailer for ‘First Man’ features an iconic speech from President John F. Kennedy

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Fresh off its premieres at Venice and Toronto in recent weeks, Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Damien Chazelle’s upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which finds the Oscar-winning director reteaming with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling for one of the biggest contenders of the awards season.

Based on James R. Hansen’s prizewinning 2005 book, First Man tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land on the moon, focusing on Armstrong’s life between the years of 1961 and 1969, and explores the sacrifices and the cost, on both Armstrong and on the nation, of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

What makes this new trailer so effective is that it doesn’t use any dialogue from the film (save for Gosling’s recreation of Armstrong’s famous first words on the moon at the very end), but rather President John F. Kennedy’s infamous 1962 “We choose to go to the moon” speech while it showcases some jaw-dropping imagery from the film.

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Also notable about our latest look at the film is the presence of the American flag, featured in several shots throughout the trailer, which is certainly not a coincidence after some in conservative media and politics manufactured outrage earlier this month spreading a false claim that the flag had been omitted from the movie.

Written by Spotlight and The Post scribe Josh Singer, First Man also stars Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Corey Stoll, and Kyle Chandler, and will open in theaters and IMAX on October 12. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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A new ‘Beautiful Boy’ trailer has Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell coming for their Oscars

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Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Felix Van Groeningen’s upcoming addiction drama Beautiful Boy, an adaptation of the best-selling pair of memoirs written by David and Nic Sheff. The film stars Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet and premiered to relatively positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

According to the film’s official synopsis, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, a meth-addicted young man, while Carell plays David Sheff, the father struggling to understand his son’s addiction.

Chalamet, who became the youngest Best Actor in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards for his outstanding performance in last year’s incredibly moving gay coming-of-age tale Call Me by Your Name, will undoubtedly earn another Oscar nomination next year for Beautiful Boy, as will Carell, as evidenced by the pull quotes that so frequently show up in the new trailer.

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“It will be different just by way of the subject matter, it’s heavy, heavy stuff in such a way that Call Me Your Name isn’t,” Chalamet told Josh Horowitz on an episode of MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast last December. “It’s not an upper of a film,” he added.

Beautiful Boy also stars Golden Globe-winner Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, who starred opposite Carell on the hit TV series The Office for a number of seasons, as Vicki Sheff, Nic’s mother. The film will hit theaters next month on October 12. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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A new trailer for ‘The Grinch’ has Benedict Cumberbatch plotting to steal Christmas from Whoville

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Illumination and Universal Pictures have released a new trailer for The Grinch, a new animated take on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The film features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular scrooge, Ariel Winter as Cindy Lou Hou, Angela Lansbury as the Mayor of Whoville, and Pharell Williams as the story’s narrator.

The latest trailer for the film further reveals how the Grinch and his band of misfits, which includes his loyal dog Max and a lackadaisical reindeer, plan to steal Christmas after the Whos declare they are going to make the holiday three times bigger this year. As you could probably imagine, though, things don’t exactly go according to plan.

The trailer for the film also offers a preview of “I am the Grinch,” the original song written and performed by Tyler, the Creator, who also collaborated with composer Danny Elfman for a new version of the classic Christmas song and iconic Grinch theme “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

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Written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow, The Grinch was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and also features the voices of Rashida Jones, Keenan Thompson, and Cameron Seely in unspecified roles. The film will open in theaters just in time for the holidays on November 9. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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