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First Poster & New Pics For Stephen Frears' Venice & TIFF Entry 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 10:36 AM
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Philomena
When the awards season rolls around, you can't count out Judi Dench. She's a seven time Oscar nominee (winning in 1999 for "Shakespeare In Love"), a beloved legend and simply a damn good actress. So even though this new poster for her upcoming "Philomena" has caused our blood sugar level to rise, again, she's not one to dismiss no matter how treacly the material might look like.

Prepare For Fall With New Images From 'Machete Kills,' 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 10:16 AM
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Rest up this Labor Day weekend, generally the quietest movie-going frame of the year, because once September is in full swing, it will be week after week of movies both big and small hitting the mulitplex. And so to get you in the mood, we've got some new images from titles that will be coming your way.

Venice Review: Sono Sion's Bonkers Midnight Movie 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 10:01 AM
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"Crowd-pleasing" is not an adjective typically associated with Japanese director Sono Sion. For a decade or so, he's been celebrated among cinephiles for his abrasive, challenging films like the four-hour long "Love Exposure" and the post-2011-tsunami "Himizu," which was something of a favourite here in Venice two years ago. But his latest, " Why Don't You Play In Hell?," is something of a departure — an ambivalently loving tribute to both the action movie and filmmaking in general, not so much blood-splattered as blood-drenched. It seems destined to be a midnight movie cult hit, but still feels very much a Sono film.

Watch: Extended Clip From Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known' Playing Venice, Telluride & TIFF

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:21 AM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As Philip Glass can attest, Errol Morris has his proven motifs, whether thematically by his gaze on the subjective nature of facts or cinematically, with his signature interviewing style, but the “Thin Blue Line” filmmaker's next project find him actually repeating a government position as subject — U.S. Secretary of State. 2003's “The Fog Of War” examined history through the eyes of Robert S. McNamara, who walked Pentagon halls during the Vietnam War; now Morris turns to Donald Rumsfeld for his account of his time in office, and we've got a first glimpse of the result.

Watch: First Clip From ‘CBGB’ Arrives As Film Gets DirecTV Cinema Premiere

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 30, 2013 9:16 AM
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The past few years have seen VOD rise as viable revenue stream for some independent, with some indie distributors frequently launching first with a VOD-only release before a limited theatrical release some time later. Yesterday “CBGB,” the film chronicling the origins of the famed New York City club, became the latest film to adopt that release strategy.

Al Pacino, Jessica Biel & Billy Bob Thornton Among Cast In First Incarnation Of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'; Plus New Photos

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:01 AM
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“The new phrase that's floating around is you need a 'hard-bender' if you're doing a film of a certain size. A 'hard-bender' is one with either Tom Hardy or Michael Fassbender and it never stops, it always astonishes me.” During our recent two-part chat with director Terry Gilliam, he described the casting hoops required to jump through in order to get a movie made; his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” stuck him with the lowest budget he's had for decades, but while he still ended up with a enigmatic cast led by Christoph Waltz, the film's original cast was even more curious choice.

Watch: Uma Thurman Shows The Children Daddy's Favorite Place In Clip From Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 7:17 AM
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Of all the films hitting the Venice, Telluride and TIFF trifecta over the next few weeks, one of the biggest of the fall is absent: Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." It's easily the most audacious effort that's on the way, and certainly the most provocative, and it continues to tease is measured doses, with one more look arriving today to cap off the summer.

It's Game Time: Watch The First Trailer For Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Starring James Franco, Emma Roberts & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:18 PM
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What did people do before the internet? Even if you can't make it to Venice, Telluride or TIFF, we live in an age where you can get instant reactions, early looks and more from pretty much every movie making a premiere to at least get a taste of what's on offer. And so, this evening comes the first trailer for "Palo Alto," and you know what? We're kinda pleasantly surprised.

Telluride Review: Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 29, 2013 9:25 PM
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Labor Day, Kate Winslet ,Josh Brolin
Short of helming a "Smurfs" sequel, it's tough to imagine writer-director Jason Reitman going for a greater change of pace than he has with "Labor Day," a full-immersion exercise in the old-fashioned women's weepie that skews far closer to Nicholas Sparks' brand of contrivance than Diablo Cody territory. Give him credit for breaking with trademark satirical impulses so completely that counting the laughs in his self-penned script — based on a 2010 Joyce Maynard novel — doesn't require two hands. But the (sorry) laboriousness of the plot's romance-novel machinations ensures there'll be at least a few dry eyes in the house.

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 29, 2013 8:22 PM
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Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
One of our favorites coming out of Cannes this year was Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son," with our very own Kevin Jagernauth giving it an "A" and describing as "a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be." Looks like weren't alone as the film won the Jury Prize along with a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and will be making its North American premiere at this year's TIFF. Well, it also turns out that the film piqued the particular interest and possible investment of one of Cannes' jurors — the president, Steven Spielberg to be exact.

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