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Sneak peeks of “The Fighter” and “Scream 4” arrive online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s alien ensemble comedy “Paul” isn’t the only upcoming release that decided to sneak peek select footage for fans.

During last night’s season finale of “Mad Men” on AMC, audiences received an exclusive look at David O. Russell’s “The Fighter.” YouTube has the embed clip here.

I love the way this clip is edited together. It takes the clichéd elements of the boxing soap opera and amplifies them into a jumbled, nervous, antagonistic stew. The strings layered beneath the clip add the right tension, while a wiry Bale looks like he’s going to pummel each scene into the ground (a compliment, believe me). “The Fighter” opens in select cities on Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, a teaser for “Scream 4” aired during this weekend’s Scream Awards. And while an official version likely will be online later this week, a version has leaked to the Internet (and can be seen here, courtesy of ComingSoon).

The sequel, directed by Wes Craven, is earning headlines for reuniting original “Scream” stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette. That’s going to make for an uncomfortable press push next year, given that Cox and Arquette just split. But they won’t have to do all of the heavy publicity lifting, as the cast is brimming with celebrities and talent. Looks for Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Marley Shelton, Alison Brie, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell when “Scream 4” opens next spring.

And watch the Scream Awards tomorrow, Oct. 19, when they air on Spike TV.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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