Teasing Trance

Lots of buzz recently about the trailer for Trance, Danny Boyle’s new art heist movie starring James McAvoy as an art thief who’s stolen a painting and then, thanks to a blow to the head, forgotten where he stashed it. Vincent Cassel is the crime boss who wants the painting found. Rosario Dawson is the hypnotherapist hired to trance McAvoy into remembering. Writers are Joe Ahearne, who wrote the 2001 TV movie  on which this feature is based, and John Hodge who wrote the awesome, creepy 1994 film Shallow Grave. (Seriously, rent that one, if only for young Ewan McGregor and young Christopher Eccleston.)

 Trance will have a limited U.S. release starting April 5.

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  1. James P. Pope

    very cool

  2. Jody Darden

    Seen this trailer before and love a good heist film. I have read and enjoyed other art related mysteries as well.

  3. shelly mccann

    trailer looks good, books sound interesting

  4. Lance Charnes

    At least they’re not going with the Thomas Crown angle on art theft in this film. It’ll be interesting to see if Vincent Cassel wants the painting for collateral or because he’s some kind of Dr. No art fetishist.

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  6. L L

    This looks good

  7. Patricia Fultz

    Would really like to read this series.

  8. Kyle Quandt

    I would love to read this series.

  9. Karen Barnett

    Art thefts can be so fascinating – whether in real life or books!

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    [b][color=rgb(64, 224, 208)]Love a new series and want to read more![/color][/b]

  14. Andrew Kuligowski

    Heard of the books, but not of the upcoming movie. Fingers crossed … selfishly …

  15. Mike Rogers

    Sounds great!

  16. Barbara Bibel

    This looks like a fun movie! I would love to have the books for my library.

  17. ravensfan

    Shallow Grave was creepy and awesome. Trance looks interesting; hope I can see it with its limited release. Would love to win the books.

  18. Joan Boose

    Yes! Three books will about see me through my next trip. Please and Thank you 🙂

  19. Connie Schultz

    I would like to read this. We have been listening to the hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold to go to sleep. My husband swears by his no smoking cd and he has not been smoking for weeks!

  20. Josh Nuttall

    WOW!! That looks like a killer flick. I’m totally in!

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  22. Marybeth Mank

    Looking forward to any new movie directed by Danny Boyle and/or starring James McAvoy! This trio of books sounds like something I would enjoy reading. 🙂

  23. William Hamilton

    Just finished a great book–The Art Forger. Look forward to a movie that shows how an art heist is accomplished.

  24. Patricia Fultz

    Anew series is music for any readaholic–like me!

  25. Joyce Mitchell

    Interesting trailer – will have to see if the movie plays in my area. Thanks for the chance to win Thomas Swan’s books.

  26. Heather Martin

    I would watch it just because of John Hodge. I saw Shallow Grave right after it was released in America, and it always stuck w/ me. I make everyone who says they like crime movies watch it. It blows them away every time.

  27. Bob Alexander

    I read The Art Forger and got hooked. I’d love to read all 3 of these books. Thanks for this amazing contest!!

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  32. MaryC

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  33. Daniel Morrell

    sounds like a fun one!

  34. susan beamon

    i hope all the good parts of the film are not in the trailer, as some movies have done to create buzz that they could not maintain. I like a good thriller on film or in print. my library has many of both.

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    Havn’t seen the trailer before, looks interesting. Wouldn’t mind checking out the books also.

  41. mosaix

    Art, clues and heists-Yes!

  42. Laura McDonald

    The Rembrandt Affair by David Silva was a great art heist book and these sound even better- just the sort of thing I would love to read.

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  46. Ronald Viars

    Hope the limited release includes Florida

  47. Vicky Boackle

    these books sound terrific.

  48. Phyllis Sinclair

    Just what does he remember! Inticing trailer. Would like to read the books.

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  50. Lisa Garrett

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  51. Clydia DeFreese

    This year I’m learning about artists and art. I have over 200 books on these subjects. I would love to add art mysteries to my library. What a great subject…..and just when I’m in the mood. Thanks!

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  60. Lynn Ristau

    This looks like a very interesting movie and the books sound like they would be too!

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  62. Ellie Wright

    I’ve loved James McAvoy since Band of Brothers. Looking forward to this!

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  66. John Clark

    Definintely on the heavy side, but looks like a great film for action lovers.

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  72. Edward Vandenberg

    This sounds like my type of movie.

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  74. Kay

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  75. teresa sopher

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  77. Chris Gould

    Love Danny Boyle. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Taylor Duncan

    Fun ..!

  80. Ellen

    Love a good heist story.

  81. Erin Hartshorn

    I’m going to have to keep my eyes out for this movie. (And I’ll probably also check out Shallow Grave — a young Eccleston? Very cool!)

  82. Vanessa

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  84. Jackie Wisherd

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  85. Roseann Moss

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  86. Karl Stenger

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  87. Maria Lucier

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  88. Justine Heredia

    I love James McAvoy and Danny Boyle! i hope the movie is as good as it looks!

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