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The Coen Brothers Celebrate 'Inside Llewyn Davis' At Telluride, Reveal Working On Film About An Opera Singer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 2, 2013 12:45 PM
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While a new slate of films awaited first reactions in Venice, the Coen Brothers were in New York, discussing a film already branded a standout gem months before its release. When “Inside Llewyn Davis” premiered at Cannes in May to rapturous reviews, including our A-grade take, it marked a touching biopic of sorts delving into the '60s NY folk scene, and during a recent screening of the film at Telluride, the sibling directors — prolific as ever — dropped a hint as to that musical interest continuing on into a future project.

Watch: Christoph Waltz Takes A Walk Through The Future In First Clip From Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 12:23 PM
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While the Venice, Telluride and TIFF overlap this year seems to be pretty severe, this is one very high-profile movie that is only stopping at the Lido without plans to come stateside just yet—Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." The director's latest premiered this morning, and while the rest of us will have to wait for the movie to make its journey stateside, an intriguing taste has arrived.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12 'Rabid Dog'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:57 AM
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"He can't keep getting away with it!" Jesse (Aaron Paul) howls in the twelfth, riveting episode of the final season of "Breaking Bad." And increasingly, it looks like Walt (Bryan Cranston) is on the backpedal, looking to straighten up a mess that continues to seep like so much gasoline into the carpets of his house leaving a stain he can't get out. And indeed, that is the result of the eleventh episode capper that had an enraged, cocaine-fueled Jesse—who finally put one-and-one together in regards to Brock's poisoning and Walt's role in it—literally lighting the match and getting ready to drop it on the gasoline soaked house when... We're getting ahead of ourselves for a moment...

Watch: Haunting, Enigmatic & Gorgeous First Teaser Trailer For 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:35 AM
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Under The Skin
To say that we've been looking forward to Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" would be an understatement. The filmmaker made his name with music videos, before turning to the feature film world, dropping his sizzling debut "Sexy Beast" in 2000, followed four years later by "Birth," which, in this writer's opinion, is one of the best films of the 2000s. The wait has been a bit longer for Glazer's sci-fi effort "Under The Skin," which has taken its time from filming through post-production, but it looks like patience has paid off.

It's Official: Dakota Johnson Is Anastasia Steele & Charlie Hunnam Is Christian Grey In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:31 AM
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There's a good Labor Day and S&M joke in here somewhere, but we're still getting coffee in our system so we'll let you figure that one out, but it looks like the restraints have been put around the first cast member for your Mom's mostly highly anticipated erotic drama ever, "Fifty Shades Of Grey."

Venice Review: Alexandros Avranas' Extraordinary, Shocking 'Miss Violence'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 11:12 AM
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It's always exciting to see a nation not traditionally known for their cinematic output step up with a movement or wave of films and filmmakers that gain attention on the international scene. In recent years, some of the most exciting releases have come from directors based in Chile and South Korea, but just as notable have been the run of excellent cinema coming out of Greece. The wave began at Cannes in 2009 with Yorgos Lanthimos, "Dogtooth," and has continued with his follow-up "Alps" and Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," among others. The latest to follow in their footsteps is Alexandros Avranas' "Miss Violence," and if our reaction when the film screened on the Lido yesterday is anything to go by, it's going to he just as acclaimed and successful as those pictures.

Exclusive: First Official Image From 'Suite Francaise' Starring Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 9:44 AM
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Is it a bit ridiculous to already be pining for next year's festival season? Alright, it totally is ridiculous but we're probably not alone in being stoked for "Suite Francaise," if only because it brings together Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts for a wartime romance. And with lensing taking place this summer, some early images from the film have arrived along with an official synopsis and director's statement to give a sense of what's in store.

Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 6:45 AM
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It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before falling apart. Because the films we have seen, at least since the start of the 21st century, have felt compromised (“The Brothers Grimm”), muddled (“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus”) or borderline-unwatchable (“ Tideland”).

Venice Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:20 PM
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Tom At The Farm Xavier Dolan
Few filmmakers in modern times have had such a meteoric rise at such an early age as Xavier Dolan. The French-Canadian wunderkind, a former child-star (and still occasionally a voiceover actor for local dubs, with roles including Ron Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' films) premiered his first film at Cannes aged only 20, and has returned to the festival twice more, rising up through the sidebars with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways."

Venice Review: Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer & James Franco

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 5:01 PM
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Cinema's just about old enough at this point that we've seen a few three-generation acting dynasties—the Fondas, the Hustons, the Barrymores. But if there's a family that's produced three generations of directors, they're certainly escaping us right now. But enter Gia Coppola. The 26-year-old is, as you might imagine from the surname, the granddaughter of "The Godfather" helmer Francis Ford Coppola, which makes her the niece of his director children Sofia and Roman (Gia's father, Gian-Carlo, was Francis' eldest, killed in a boat accident in 1986 not long after her conception).

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