<p>Ben Stiller in &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.&quot;</p>

Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ben Stiller dreams big in first trailer for 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Also featuring Kristen Wiig and an unsettling photo of Sean Penn

Yesterday, I posted some new images from Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while noting that the film's more extravagant flights of fancy were clearly being saved or a later unveiling. Immediately, a few of you replied with your thoughts on the film's first trailer (which hit theaters with "The Wolverine" last weekend) and suggested that it could indeed be something special.

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<p>Ben Stiller in &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." 

Credit: 20th Century Fox

New images from Ben Stiller's 'Walter Mitty' remake keep the spectacle secret

The Christmas Day release might be a lurking awards player

Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a project I've been dimly aware of without ever really stopping to think about it -- and certainly not in an awards-season context. I take Stiller's directorial output more seriously than most, and can quote hefty chunks of "Zoolander" dialogue on command, but somehow imagined he was taking the popular 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle in a sketchier direction than that suggested by this breathless Empire preview of the fantasy, in which Stiller stars as a magazine employee escaping his mundane existence (and pursuing love) via lavish daydreams.

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tom Hanks thriller ‘Captain Phillips’ to open New York Film Festival

Paul Greengrass’ Oscar hopeful will have its world premiere on September 27

Well, consider this a major coup for the Big Apple. Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” a fact-based thriller about a hijacking at sea, was widely expected to make its festival debut in Toronto, or even Venice, ahead of its US release on October 11. Instead, however, it will have its world premiere as the Opening Film of the 51st New York Film Festival, which runs from September 27 to October 13.

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<p>Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in Woody Allen's &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Credit: Sony Classics

'Blue Jasmine's' $102,167 per screen sets 2013 record

A career best for Woody Allen

Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.

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<p>Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Andrew Dice Clay in &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Andrew Dice Clay in "Blue Jasmine"

Credit: Sony Classics

Tell us what you thought of 'Blue Jasmine'

Woody Allen's latest makes its way to theaters this weekend

Woody Allen's latest hits theaters this weekend. I'm a huge fan of it, particularly Cate Blanchett's searing performance (which I think even detractors can admit is an accomplishment, one that showed up on our list of the greatest performances in Woody Allen movies, in fact). We've also talked to Blanchett about working with Allen and digging in deep on the character. But now it's your turn to speak up. When and if you get around to seeing it, please give us your take in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll below. And, as always, if there are any other films you've seen recently that you want to discuss, have at it. Open thread.

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<p>Hugh Jackman in &quot;The Wolverine&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman in "The Wolverine"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tell us what you thought of 'The Wolverine'

James Mangold's take on the fiery mutant opens this weekend

For about 80% of James Mangold's "The Wolverine," I had a huge smile on my face. It was a pretty solid adaptation/re-imagination of the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries from 1982, it got the most out of a fresh environment for Hugh Jackman's eponymous mutant and you could tell, for a variety of reasons, that an actual filmmaker was at the helm. Then…that third act. I won't go into spoilers here (though assume the comments section will), but it was heartbreakingly awful and not in a nifty comic book way. It was more reminiscent of the dreadful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" than anything else in the film and that just bummed me out.

But that's me. Drew McWeeny had some forgiveness for it, and certainly I do, too, but I'd love to hear what you made of the film, which is kicking off midnight screenings on the east coast as we speak. So when/if you get to the movie this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts and feel free to vote in our poll below. (And remember to stay for the credits.) Or if there's anything else you've caught up with recently that you'd like to discuss, consider this an open thread to do just that.

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<p>Cate Blanchett in &quot;Blue&nbsp;Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

Credit: Sony Classics

Cate Blanchett on navigating the dark corners of a broken individual in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

The actress talks about compartmentalizing the residue of her tragic latest role

NEW YORK - The obvious question when you're talking to an actress who has just finished a collaboration with Woody Allen, an actress like "Blue Jasmine" star Cate Blanchett, for instance, is whether that specific collaboration an actor's dream. After all, so many performers have produced some of their best (in many cases, award-winning) work under the director's helm. But the answer isn't necessarily the one you might expect.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Enough&nbsp;Said&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Enough Said"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' with James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus set for Sept. release

One of Gandolfini's final roles will be seen at the Toronto Film Festival first

When James Gandolfini suddenly and tragically left us last month, he had a few final films left to be completed. His swan song would appear to be Michaël R. Roskam's "Animal Rescue" from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. But before we get that, we'll have Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" which stars Gandolfini along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener.

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<p>Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson cast Disney shadows in the 'Saving Mr. Banks' poster

The story of bringing 'Mary Poppins' to the screen arrives in time for Christmas

It seemed like the trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" turned a number of people around on the project, at least judging by comments I've seen here and there. And make no mistake, it will have a presence in the awards season; Disney is circling its wagons, has brought on a key Oscar strategist and will probably be all in on this one.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at the&nbsp;Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett at the Los Angeles premiere of "Blue Jasmine"

Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Cate Blanchett talks about working with Malick and the tone of 'Monuments Men'

The 'Blue Jasmine' star has a couple of other projects piquing our interest

Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds on behalf of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this week, which premiered in Los Angeles last night. And again, we'll be talking about that performance quite a bit over the next few months, but when I got her on the phone recently to discuss the film, I also took a few choice moments at the end to talk about two other projects that have me intrigued.

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