There is a lot of scuttlebutt going on about Rob Marshall's "Nine." Some positive, some negative, but much of it is tied to the seemingly never ending soap opera of the Weinsteins and their publicly noted financial troubles.  And yet, so far, the ultra-experienced Harvey has been smooth and steady as the movie musical's Oscar campaign heats up.

One of the main reasons the film became an immediate Oscar contender when it was announced in 2008 (i.e., "Oscar bait") is because the cast includes a laundry list of past winners and nominees including Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Judie Dench, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson.  With those lovely ladies (and gent) you get your VOGUE cover and can easily push the buttons for Vanity Fair, EW, NY Times Magazine -- shoot maybe even ESPN the Magazine down the road (we kid...maybe).  All prime locales to help open your movie to an upscale audience and hit some Academy members at the same time.

While a teaser trailer was released months ago, there's been no hint of a complete trailer arriving anytime soon.  To pique interest the Weinstein Company recently released this fantastic piece which can only be described as a sophisticated edit of new footage and behind-the-scenes sneaks.  It may not represent the quality of ""Nine overall, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch.  Check it out embedded in this post to the left or watch a larger version of the footage here.

"Nine" opens in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 18.  It expands nationwide on Dec. 25.

What do you think of the new "Nine" montage? Can the movie live up to expectations? Share your thoughts below.


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