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Trailer Trash: New preview for Ben Affleck's 'Argo' [Video]

May 25, 2012 | 12:40 pm

Affleck's next movie, "Argo," scheduled for Oct. 12, presents the hardest test yet of his expertise behind the camera, as he steps into a genre -- Middle Eastern conflict -- that has felled any number of skilled filmmakers
Ben Affleck isn't off to a bad start as a movie director.

His directorial debut, 2007's "Gone Baby Gone," received overwhelmingly positive reviews, while 2010's "The Town" earned equally great marks and grossed more than $154 million globally.

Affleck's next movie, "Argo," scheduled for Oct. 12, presents the hardest test yet of his expertise behind the camera, as he steps into a genre -- Middle Eastern conflict -- that has felled any number of skilled filmmakers. 

Based on the true story of an Iranian rescue operation that feels more like "Tropic Thunder" than anything military intelligence could dream up, "Argo" stars Affleck as the architect of the mission. 

Here's a look at the latest trailer, complete with our Trailer Trash commentary:

 

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Photo: Ben Affleck in "Argo." Credit: Claire Folger / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / GK Films


Trailer Trash: Sony's new spot for 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

May 23, 2012 | 12:28 pm

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a reboot of a reboot.

Ten years ago, Sony Pictures reintroduced “Spider-Man” with amazing results. The three Peter Parker films grossed a combined $2.5 billion around the globe.

But Sony grew worried that the movies were getting too expensive and needed a fresh start. So the studio replaced original director Sam Raimi with Marc Webb, the 37-year-old maker of 2009's popular independent romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer.” Star Tobey Maguire was switched out for Andrew Garfield, the star of “The Social Network,” who is eight years younger than Maguire.

The resulting movie, called “The Amazing Spider-Man,” arrives in theaters July 3.

So far, it's been a great year for superheroes. "The Avengers" just crossed $400 million in domestic theaters after just two weeks. In North America, "The Avengers" is now the sixth highest-grossing release of all time, passing "Toy Story 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Later this summer, Batman is back (maybe for the last time?) in "The Dark Knight Rises."

In our new 24 Frames video feature above, we take a look at the latest "Spider-Man" trailer, and assess the film's ambition and obstacles.

 

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Video: "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer. Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment


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