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Superheroes, CGI Bears & Channing Tatum: The Box Office Year To Date

  • By Matthew Klekner
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  • September 12, 2012 6:15 PM
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By now you’ve probably heard that summer movie attendance reached the lowest point in the past 20 years (and indeed, this past weekend saw the worst total gross among the top 10 in at least four years). This may come as a surprise to you, but it actually fits into the historical pattern playing out before our eyes. Declining domestic attendance is the new normal and we should all get used to it.

10 Potential Breakout Actors Of The Fall Film Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 12:05 PM
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One of the most exciting things about the coming of the fall movie season is the chance to see some new talent emerge from some of the prestige fare that'll be hitting theaters in the next few months. Last year, for instance, saw the likes of Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones go from virtual unknowns to, if not household names, than certainly performers whose next moves would be watched closely.

Selena Gomez Worried About Her Fans, Harmony Korine Aspired For The “Poetry Of Surfaces”: 'Spring Breakers' At TIFF

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2012 11:31 AM
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“I’m tired of seeing the same thing every single day...there’s more than just Spring break,” Selena Gomez laments in Harmony Korine’s latest feature. “It’s your chance to see something different.” The rather orthodox (well at least for Korine), “Spring Breakers,” which premiered in Venice last week (read our review here), makes its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. In our review we called the picture a "semi-conventional genre flick and a future cult favorite.”

Keira Knightley Discusses The Challenges Of Playing 'Anna Karenina,' And Having A Little Fun On Blockbuster 'Jack Ryan'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 9, 2012 10:30 AM
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It's almost amazing to think at this point – she still feels like an ever-rising star – but it's been over a decade since Keira Knightley first made an impression on screen. She first came to notice in British thriller "The Hole" in 2001, aged only 16, the following year co-starred in crowd-pleasing comedy "Bend It Like Beckham," and the next year headlined Disney mega-blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl." And although she's attracted more unwarranted bile than many of her contemporaries, she's also continued to impress as an actress, starting with an Oscar nomination aged only 20 for "Pride & Prejudice" (the fourth youngest in history in the category).

19-Year-Old Director Emily Hagins Talks 'My Sucky Teen Romance,' Making Movies About Teenagers & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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It’s not often that a 19-year-old girl is profiled on E! News, Filmmaker Magazine, and teenaged periodic staple Seventeen Magazine – especially one who’s a filmmaker with a penchant for telling stories dealing with zombies, ghosts, and most recently vampires. Emily Hagins caught our attention when she was the subject of the 2009 documentary “Zombie Girl” (which currently can be seen on Netflix Instant Play), that chronicled the making of her bloody feature-length zombie film “Pathogen,” that helped put this Austin, Texas resident on the map of many cinephiles, all while she was at the very tender age of 12.

Venice Wrap: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 4:10 PM
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The Venice Film Festival is done for another year. Actually, that's far from true: the festival doesn't wrap up til tomorrow, when top gong Golden Lion, and other prizes, will be awarded. And since we departed on Wednesday, a few more high-profile films have been unveiled, including Brillante Mendoza's "Thy Womb" (word on which is fairly middling), Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" (which we hear is the actor/director's best since "Quiz Show," and Brian DePalma's "Passion" (thanks to Jamie Dunn for reviewing that for us on the Lido).

The 10 Best Films To See In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2012 11:12 AM
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While you might be bummed you can't make it to Venice, Telluride and TIFF, over the next four weeks, there will be plenty of movies hitting theaters that are not only just as buzzworthy, but will be heading to cinemas following their splashy premieres around the world. So to help you along your way, we've picked ten films that are unspooling in the next 30 days or so that will likely to be worth your time and hard earned dollars. So with no further ado…

Telluride Wrap: The 5 Best Films, Oscar Hopes & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 5, 2012 10:02 AM
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Well, that's a wrap. The 39th annual Telluride Film Festival is in the rear-review mirror and we're already gearing up for TIFF, while Venice winds down. Meanwhile, Telluride organizers are already looking forward to next year: they've announced that the 40th edition of the festival will provide an extra day to expand into a five day affair, starting on a Thursday. Mark your calendars now as surely the festival will be looking to make a splash on their 40th.

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At TIFF

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 3:02 PM
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For the enterprising mini-majors, studio subsidiaries and indie start-ups, there are three key markets to acquire films: There's Sundance, where only a handful of movies come with distribution already sorted, and everyone hopes to uncover the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Precious." There's Cannes, which not only has a huge film market (often concerned with pre-sales as much as finished movies), but debuts some of the biggest international films of the year. And then there's the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Playlist Profile: Melanie Lynskey Talks Hollywood, 'Hello I Must Be Going,' 'Heavenly Creatures' & More

  • By Maris James
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  • September 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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It’s coming on 20 years since Melanie Lynskey appeared in her first film, but she cannot get used to seeing herself on screen. “It’s awful. Awful,” she says in her kiwi accent, characteristically wide open and soft spoken, over iced teas in Manhattan’s East Village. She has a new movie coming out, “Hello I Must Be Going,” in which she’s the lead and is in every scene -- a first for the actor. Her work in this film is widely being referred to as her breakout performance, which could be a frustrating identification for anyone who saw her in “Heavenly Creatures,” almost two decades ago. Many are hoping the label sticks this time, but after so many years in movies and television, Lynskey refuses to have expectations about where her career is headed.

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