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Milou! A Host Of New Images Arrive For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2011 1:19 AM
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All the bated breath might be being held for "War Horse," but honestly, if there's one Steven Spielberg movie that we're really excited for this year, it's "The Adventures of Tintin." The property still doesn't mean much to American audiences, but for us Europeans, it was a staple of our upbringings. The trailers and footage so far make it look out to be the true follow-up to the Indiana Jones franchise that "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" failed to be, with a classically Spielbergian sense of action and adventure, and with a script combining the giant brains of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, we've got pretty high hopes.

Watch: Moody Teaser Trailer For Andrea Arnold's Outstanding 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2011 1:01 AM
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This writer saw several films that verged on greatness at the Venice Film Festival this year, but none quite blew us away like Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We'd liked "Red Road," and greatly admired "Fish Tank," but her new film, an adaptation of Emily Brontë's literary classic, is really something special, a masterly reinvention of a great tale, with the year's best lensing, courtesy of Robbie Ryan and a true command of cinema, taking on Terrence Malick at his own game and, against the thematically similar "Tree of Life" at least, winning.

'Where Do We Go Now' & Midnight Madness Stunner 'The Raid' Win TIFF People's Choice Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2011 9:49 AM
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While there are no formal competition awards given out by the festival itself, over the past few years TIFF's Audience Award -- vote on by moviegoers -- has often been an augur of future Oscar success. "The King's Speech" (12 nominations, 4 wins including Best Picture), "Precious" (6 nominations, 2 wins), "Slumdog Millionaire" (10 nominations, 8 wins including Best Picture) and "Eastern Promises" (1 nomination) have all benefitted from the boost the honor bestows up on a picture. However, this year, TIFF attendees have gone with a pretty surprising choice -- a film that will unlikely be much of an awards player but will definitely see its profile skyrocket.

Weekend Box Office: Families Complete The Circle Of Life, Pack Theaters For Movie They Own On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 18, 2011 3:49 AM
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Right now, some jerk at Disney is finding a way to use the term “circle of life” to define how they can release “The Lion King” anytime, and it will always make money. A 3D re-issue of the film became the number one weekend attraction by a very wide margin with $29 million, a huge middle finger to those who claim audiences are looking for something “fresh” or “new.”

TIFF '11 Review: Discovering People Like Dirty Sex Breaks Juliette Binoche's Brain In 'Elles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2011 9:28 AM
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We live in a pretty progressive time where fetishes and other various sexual peccadillos are common knowledge if not comfortably discussed. But in Malgoska Szumowska’s weirdly old fashioned, quasi made-for-TV "Elles," Anne (Juliette Binoche) nearly has a nervous breakdown while researching an article for a magazine when she learns -- gasp! -- that some people pay for dirty sex with prostitutes. No way.
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Beautiful 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Promo Art From Designer Neil Kellerhouse Appears

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 17, 2011 4:21 AM
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David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is one of the biggest question marks of the fall. Will it be an Oscar contender, a franchise movie for adults, or is Fincher just seizing the opportunity again to take advantage of a major studio to make something a bit more subversive than they were expecting? We were not fans of the original Swedish films so there should be plenty of room for improvement here, though the jury is still out from the eight minutes of footage we saw the other night.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says 'Dying Of The Light' Fell Apart Because Harrison Ford Didn't Want To Die

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 17, 2011 4:16 AM
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We realize that you may be suffering from a little Nicolas Winding Refn fatigue from all the coverage we've been doing on the director and his fantastic new film, "Drive," but the filmmaker and star Ryan Gosling have been on a major press tour for the film pretty much since its Cannes debut. One of the hopefully final stops for the Danish director was at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) a few nights ago for a sneak preview of his latest, and we were on hand for the Q&A. Refn kept the Brooklyn audience rapt in attention as he told a few now-familiar tales about how the film came together and his first prescription drug-fueled meeting with Gosling. He also shared a little more info on a now-dead project called "The Dying of the Light" by "Taxi Driver" scribe Paul Schrader. The film centered on a C.I.A. agent who starts to become afflicted with blindness and Harrison Ford was attached to the lead.

What Were Terrence Malick & Christian Bale Doing At The Austin City Limits Festival?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 17, 2011 2:30 AM
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The Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend was the scene for a rare photograph of renowned recluse Terrence Malick, who was spotted with Christian Bale and a camera crew by a handful of tech-savvy attendees who duly tweeted details and photos of their appearance. The duo are, of course, slated to reunite for a mysterious project that also has relative unknown Haley Bennett on board but we weren't expecting many updates on its development, at least until Bale completed production on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

James Franco & Jonah Hill To Feature As Themselves In 'Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 17, 2011 1:30 AM
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Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel have teased and taunted fans of their feature adaptation of "Jay & Seth Vs. Apocalypse," the Internet sensation that hit all the way back in 2007, for far too long. But along with the recent announcement by Rogen that lensing will take place in early 2012, the actor has now revealed that two friends and regular collaborators in James Franco and Jonah Hill will be featuring in the film as themselves.

'Butter' To Get One Week Run In 2011 Before Wide Release In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 12:56 PM
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'Everybody Loves Whale' Changes Title To 'Big Miracle,' Sets February 2012 DateArriving in Telluride as a surprise screening, it wasn't quite clear if "Butter" was going to be a dark horse Oscar contender, a "Little Miss Sunshine"-esque crowd pleaser or something in between. Certainly the premise is ripe for quirky indie hit, as the story follows Laura (Jennifer Garner), the wife of former butter sculpting champion Bob (Ty Burrell), who tries to take the mantle from her husband only to be thwarted by a young adopted African American girl (Yara Shahidi), who has discovered that she has a natural talent for making art out of butter. Hell, it even has Olivia Wilde playing a stripper, what's not to like?

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