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New Clips From TIFF-Bound Duo Of Derick Martini's 'Hick' & Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, clips have now been unveiled for two of the premiering films hoping to make an impact: Derick Martini's adaptation of Andrea Portes’ coming-of-age novel "Hick" and Marc Forster's take on the real-life story of a criminal-turned-do-gooder "Machine Gun Preacher."

Exclusive: First Footage & New Pics From TIFF Entry 'Americano' Starring Salma Hayek & Mathieu Demy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 2:01 AM
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Growing up, Mathieu Demy was certainly no stranger to the film world. The actor is the son of legendary filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and his own foray in front of the camera has found him in such features as “God is Great, But I’m Not,” “Aram” and “The Girl On The Train.” However, Demy is ready to follow in the footsteps of his parents and is headed to TIFF this week to show off his directorial debut, "Americano." This past spring we unveiled the first look at the project, and with its world premiere now looming, we've got some more images and two clips to give you a taste of what's to come.

Debra Granik To Helm Documentary On U.S. War Veterans Inspired By 'Winter's Bone' Supporting Actor

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 7, 2011 1:42 AM
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After the acclaim of her sophomore feature film "Winter's Bone," writing a treatment with an eye on the director's chair for a Pippi Longstocking movie isn't exactly what we had envisioned for Debra Granik.

'Beyond' Starring Noomi Rapace Selected As Sweden's Official Oscar Entry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 1:24 AM
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Bela Tarr's 'The Turin Horse' Chosen By Hungary; 'Happy Happy' Enters For NorwayIt seems the heat around Swedish actress Noomi Rapace won't be going away anytime soon. While the films themselves were dodgy, Rapace herself impressed Hollywood with her turn in the Swedish language 'Dragon Tattoo' trilogy, prompting an awards season campaign for the actress last fall that didn't result in any major statues, but instead found the thesp joining a handful of Hollywood projects including "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Prometheus." Well, get ready, because Rapace is back in the hunt this year as well.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

Peter Stormare To Confront Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Last Stand'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 7, 2011 1:00 AM
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In the blockbuster world, you've got your character actors, your heroes, and your villains. What's needed beyond that is the random scene stealer, the one who seems like he's walked off the set of a completely unrelated movie. Who, if a good guy, never seems entirely trustworthy, and if bad, always seems like he's having a better time than everyone else. Enter Peter Stormare, a guy who's got more scenery in his stool than Shepperton Studios, who has managed to be shot at, blown up million of times, who has alternately saved, and almost destroyed the world. And now, he's going up against Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he's the first co-star announced for Arnie's upcoming "The Last Stand."

Watch: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin & Jack Black Tackle Their Bucket List In 'The Big Year' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 12:11 PM
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We have to admit, we kind of totally forgot this movie even existed, but with the release date now six weeks out, Fox decided to actually start promoting the upcoming comedy "The Big Year." Judging by the first trailer, we probably would've been fine leaving this one to the recesses of our memory.

Cai Shangjun's 'People Mountain People Sea' Surprise Addition To Venice Competition Line-up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 11:59 AM
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In 2003, Venice Film Festival organizers decided to take a page from the Telluride film festival's book and leave one slot open in their 24-entry competition lineup each year, for a surprise entry to be announced during the fest. The announcements to date have been a mixed bag ranging from forgettable foreign films to some pleasant additions such as Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" and most notably, Jia Zhangke's "Still Life" which went on to win the Golden Lion in 2006. So, will this year's entry be a footnote or make an impact?
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‘Reno 911!’ & ‘Bridesmaids’ Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 11:50 AM
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And the "Bridesmaids" dividends just keep on paying off. With Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy benefiting from the success of the R-rated chick flick, Wendi McLendon-Covey (aka Rita) is the latest to cash in her chips. She's already landed a role in next spring's "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and now, in a move that would make Rita happy, she's getting ready to surround herself with man meat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2011 10:38 AM
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Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

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