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Venice Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Something In The Air’ A Gorgeous Autobiography Marred By Underdeveloped Characters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2012 11:33 AM
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He’s been something of a critical favorite for a while now, but after making the hugely acclaimed “Summer Hours” and the acclaimed TV miniseries/theatrical marathon “Carlos” within a few years of each other, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has firmly cemented himself as one of the more exciting directors in world cinema, after 25 years as a director.

Watch: Gorgeous New U.K. Trailer For 'Rust And Bone' With Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Over the net few weeks, as films begin to unspool in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, we'll be beginning to see which films will rise up as awards season contenders, and which will slip away. One film everyone agrees will be in the mix in a big way is Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone." After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, the film hits Toronto this month before arriving in theaters this fall, and a new U.K. trailer is here to remind you this is one to watch.

Paul Thomas Anderson Now Writing 'Inherent Vice,' Hopes To Get It "Going Soon"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 10:54 AM
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With "The Master" making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend, we can now start obsessing over Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, right? Indeed, given his patient output and increasing space between films (it has been five years each between "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood," and "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master") it can be a tough wait for fans of the director's work, but the good news is he's already at work on what will hopefully be his next project.

New Images From 'Skyfall' Featuring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 3, 2012 9:59 AM
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With the James Bond series turning 50 this year -- and a host of events being planned for October 5th -- the November release of the Sam Mendes-helmed “Skyfall” will mark the 23rd entry in the franchise. The latest issue of Empire has a wealth of material devoted to the new Bond film, including some new images below.

Telluride Review: Michael Winterbottom’s ‘Everyday’ Is Uneven, But Emotionally Rewarding

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 3, 2012 9:39 AM
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The ultra prolific British helmer Michael Winterbottom has now made twenty films since his debut, “Butterfly Kiss,” in 1995. His eclectic creative appetites and peripatetic energy has seen the restless director take on a disparate array of projects from moody sci-fi ("Code 46"), pulpy noir ("The Killer Inside Me"), a post-modern music-scene saga ("24 Hour Party People") a western ("The Claim") and many, many more genres including documentaries as well.

Review: 'Anna Karenina' Is A Bold Reimagining Of A Classic That's (Mostly) Thrilling & Inventive

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2012 7:53 PM
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When it was announced that Joe Wright was going to direct a new film version of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," starring his cinematic muse Keira Knightley, most people probably knew what to expect. After all, the two had collaborated on both Wright's debut "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" (both also produced by Working Title Films) and it was easy to assume that their take on the Russian classic would be along similar lines; a handsome period piece taking advantage of the best British actors available, and with a few showy camera touches that would set it apart from your average costume drama.

Venice: Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'The Master' Is A Love Story & More From The Press Conference

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 2, 2012 7:31 PM
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Since it was first announced back in 2009, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest has been one of the most highly anticipated films over the past few years among cinephiles. For two years, production on the project that would come to be known as "The Master" was shrouded in secrecy. In fact, Anderson who hasn't made a film since 2007's "There Will Be Blood," didn't speak a single word about the project publicly until just weeks ago. And cast/crew were also told to keep mum on details. But the veil has finally been lifted this as "The Master" had its official debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Surprise: Telluride Unveils Quick Sneak Peek Of James Gray's 'The Nightingale' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 2, 2012 3:23 PM
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Disappointment with too few showstoppers has been a common complaint at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend (mostly by privileged film critics and Oscar bloggers wanting more sizzle). Each year, Telluride sneaks a few surprise films not listed on the official line-up and generally of marquee value (last year, "Butter" was one of the big contenders). This year, the only not-so-secret surprise was Ben Affleck's entertaining thriller "Argo." While a terrific suspense film, only one surprise left many pundits wanting more.

Venice Review: 'Fill The Void' An Orthodox Jewish Romance Caught Awkwardly Between Comedy & Melodrama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2012 2:10 PM
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After a Cannes Film Festival which attracted criticism for including no female directors whatsoever, new Venice Film Festival head Alberto Barbera seems to be having bit of a dig at his Gallic rivals with his first year in charge. In the official selection alone, there are four female directors or co-directors, and plenty more in the various sidebars. Perhaps most notably are some from the Middle East. “Wadjda” is the first film ever made in Saudi Arabia, and that it’s made by a female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, in a country not known for its love of women in positions of power is rather extraordinary (word is the film’s pretty good too: unfortunately, other commitments kept us from seeing it here, but we plan to catch up elsewhere).

Weekend Box Office: 'The Possession' Ends Summer By Topping Quiet Labor Day Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 2, 2012 12:33 PM
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There are few things more certain than death, taxes, and cheap studio horror, as long as you market that last one right. Lionsgate engineered a solid campaign and, surprisingly, people were able to tell the difference between “The Apparition,” which registered piddling numbers in it’s debut outside the top ten last week, and “The Possession,” which became the last number one movie of the summer with over $17 million. This is also the sixth number one debut for a film out of Sam Raimi’s Ghost House shingle, all of them with budgets in the low teens, all of them assured a solid profit. Who needs “Spider-Man”?

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