Nic Cage in “Witch,” Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s,” and “Battle: Los Angeles” trailers
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A recent feature we have had to roll out on a regular basis here has been the Trailer Park, a post that collects click-worthy trailers for you to view. Three hit the Web in the past few hours, and we’ve got them below.
Hoping to steal a little thunder from its fellow alien invasion thriller, “Skyline” (which opens today), the producers of “Battle: Los Angeles” dropped the first long trailer on Apple’s site. It has a mellow mood that contradicts all of the action happening on screen, as military forces around the world – but mostly in Santa Monica – combat extraterrestrial invaders. “Battle” hits theaters on March 11.
Then there’s a glimpse of Nicolas Cage as a sword-wielding warrior in Dominic Sena’s “Season of the Witch.” In the film, Cage plays a heroic Crusader who’s ordered to transport a strange girl – believed to be a witch — to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. Ron Perlman co-stars. The film opens on Jan. 7.
And for those tracking the Oscar race, pay attention to both Paul Giamatti and Rosamund Pike in the new trailer for Richard J. Lewis’ “Barney’s Version.” Giamatti plays a befuddled television producer who falls in love with his dream girl on his wedding day (he’s marrying a different woman), then spends years pursuing her. The film includes a murder mystery, a heartbreaking relationship story, and a winning performance by Dustin Hoffman as Barney’s father. It will begin playing in wide release on Jan. 14, but I’m thinking it has Oscar chances if Sony Pictures plays its cards right.
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