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The first trailer for Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt" reveals several connections to Baltimore -- including Val Kilmer's lead character, a "bargain-basement Stephen King" who is actually named "Hall Baltimore." After a small-town California lawman persuades Baltimore to collaborate on a novel about a murky local killing, the writer gets spectral visitations in his sleep, from a ghastly-pale young beauty named V (Elle Fanning) -- and from the city of Baltimore's biggest literary star, Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin).

To top it off, Dan Deacon did the music, and you can hear the Baltimore musician-composer toying with his signature xylophone-like sounds while showing off his classical chops. Coppola has stated his ambition to take "Twixt" to a few dozen cities and to bring Deacon along with him, too. The director hopes to exploit digital technology in unique ways: he wants to re-edit the movie live, to each crowd's different reactions, and have Deacon provide a live (and changeable) score.

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Coppola appears to be going back to the future -- tapping into his cheapo-horror roots (he directed "Dementia 13" fifty years ago) while again advancing new ideas of cinematic showmanship. Let's hope he makes Baltimore a stop on his tour, and not just the name of his lead character.

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