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New Poster & Photos From Ami Canaan Mann's Venice-Bound 'Texas Killing Fields'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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One of the more intriguing pictures on the upcoming fall festival calendar is "Texas Killing Fields," which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow. Featuring a strong cast including action staples Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and rising stars Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain (co-stars in John Hillcoat's upcoming 'Wettest County') and Chloe Moretz, the story revolves around the true story of a series if unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or have disappeared since 1971. We've been lukewarm on what we've seen so far, but surely there is more to the film than its cast and the surname of its director, Ami Canaan Mann?

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Adds The Trio Of Taylor Schilling, Nelson Franklin & Tate Donovan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 30, 2011 1:45 AM
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Ben Affleck's third effort behind the camera after the critically adored combination of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" probably doesn't need more hype heaped on it but with a cast featuring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler and Affleck himself, in a story based on fascinating Wired article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," it's hard not to get excited.

Ryan Gosling Eyeballs George Clooney In New 'Ides Of March' Posters; 'Drive' Revs Up Classy Banners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 1:17 AM
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Get ready to feast your eyeballs on some snazzy new marketing materials from what will be two of the biggest films this fall.

Leonardo DiCaprio Won't Lead 'A Star Is Born'; Beyoncé's Pregnancy Pushes Back Production

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 12:18 PM
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Of all the stuff that happened last at night at MTV's VMAs -- Lady Gaga's lame Chris Gaines-esque alter ego! Tyler The Creator winning! "Hunger Games" teaser trailer! -- the biggest news belong the baby bump sported by Beyoncé. That's right universe, the "Single Ladies" singer and Jay-Z are procreating, so get yourselves ready (the fetus even has its own Twitter account). But alas, while we await the momentous day when that child arrives in the world, her collaboration with Clint Eastwood on a new take on "A Star Is Born" will have to wait.

'The Departed' Writer William Monahan Takes On 'Sin City 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 11:37 AM
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The grim world of "Sin City" is getting a visit from some classy Oscar level talent.

Watch: Mark Romanek Directs Dancing Hamsters In Futuristic War Zone In Weird Ad For Kia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 10:34 AM
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While some folks are surprised that "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go" helmer Mark Romanek has directed a commercial for Kia, he's been taking on that kind of work for years. But yes, we'll grant you that none of them has been as strange as this.

Kevin Smith Names His Two-Part Films: 'Hit Somebody: Home' & 'Away'; Wants Part 2 To Be R-Rated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 10:24 AM
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So, here's a minor update from the world of Kevin Smith.

Watch: Antonio Banderas' Strange Contribution To Human Progress In New 'The Skin I Live In' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 10:04 AM
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Mix horror, thriller, melodrama and Pedro Almodóvar and what do you get? Well, it's hard to summarize into a single word or phrase, but the result is "The Skin I Live In," the legendary director's brave step into a bold new direction.

George Clooney Won't Be Steven Soderbergh's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 8:52 AM
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As Steven Soderbergh gets ready to unveil "Contagion" in Venice, and shoot "Magic Mike" next month, his slate of projects before he retires is dwindling with only "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "Liberace" left. As we reported last fall, longtime Soderbergh pal and collaborator Clooney was lined up to lead 'U.N.C.L.E.' but it appears that is no longer in the cards.

Hilary Duff Apparently Earned $100K By Not Doing 'Bonnie & Clyde'; Amanda Seyfried Turns Down Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 8:24 AM
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Granted, this all comes from TMZ so it could have very well been dreamed up when Harry Levin was smoking a bowl with Max Hodges, but they also tend to give a mouthpiece to people with an agenda or who give great quotes or both (please see the Lohans).

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