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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).

James Gray & Marion Cotillard Discuss How They Came Together For Next Year's Period Piece 'The Nightingale'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 7, 2012 3:51 PM
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While it may have seemed premature on paper, the Telluride Film Festival's celebration of 37-year-old French actress Marion Cotillard's body of work last weekend is arriving right on the crest of her career apogee, a period we may look back on in several decades and compare to the way Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve dominated the '60s with their ubiquity.

David Gordon Green Will Direct Nicolas Cage In The Gritty Southern Drama 'Joe'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 3:25 PM
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It was announced today that Worldview Entertainment, the company behind the recently announced new films by Eli Roth and Ti West (as well as just-wrapped features by Atom Egoyan and Guillaume Canet), will also fund "Joe," the new film by "All the Real Girls"/"Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green that stars Nicolas Cage. Production should begin in early November in the great state of Texas. Foreign buyers are being sought at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Watch: Trailer For TIFF-Bound British Thriller 'Wasteland' With Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon & Matt Lewis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 2:28 PM
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We must say that we have a certain soft spot for hardboiled British crime thrillers (everything from "The Long Good Friday" to "RockNRolla"), so it's not going to take a lot to sway us to the particular charms of "Wasteland," the debut feature from writer/director Rowan Athale, which is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight. (You guys have your tickets?)

Jeffrey Wright Is Beetee In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 1:40 PM
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Given that the first film managed to land heavyweights like Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones and Donald Sutherland, not to mention Oscar-nominated lead Jennifer Lawrence, it's always been clear that "The Hunger Games" franchise wasn't going to have much trouble attracting serious talent. But the enormous success of the first film earlier this year (as well as, crucially, the mostly positive reviews) means that they've been able to step up their game for the sequel, "Catching Fire." Philip Seymour Hoffman has been the biggest name addition, as new gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, but with the film going before cameras, Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence have found some time to add another acclaimed actor to the cast.

Nifty First Poster Debuts For 'Silver Linings Playbook,' With Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 1:18 PM
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Harvey Weinstein has three big Oscar heavyweights debuting across the next few months, all of which he has high hopes for. We've now seen Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which hits theaters from next week, and it certainly seems to have the right stuff. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" only wrapped about a month ago, and as such, we'd be very surprised if the film was ready to be seen all that much earlier than its December 25th release date. And in between is David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," an offbeat romantic-comedy-drama that stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.

Martin Scorsese & 'Hoop Dreams' Helmer Steve James Team For Documentary Based On Roger Ebert's Memoirs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 12:45 PM
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As probably the most celebrated and beloved film critic around, a man whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times for 45 years, who co-hosted "At The Movies" with Gene Siskel for almost 25, and who was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, it's almost surprising that Roger Ebert has never been the subject of a movie himself. He's had some limited involvement behind the scenes of other films -- he wrote scripts for exploitations maestro Russ Meyer in the 1970s, but no one's ever made a major film about Ebert.

Just When You Thought It Was Over… Mysterious New 'Prometheus' Clip Emerges, Along With New Images

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 12:25 PM
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Whether you hated or loved it, you've got to agree that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," at the very least, gave us all something to talk about for a really, really long time. And just when you thought the discussion was over, here comes a new clip ahead of the movie's home-video release in early October. The exclusive clip from Hey U Guys features Captain Janek (Idris Elba) getting prepared for his voyage aboard Prometheus. It is, like all things "Prometheus"-related, terribly mysterious.

Watch: Stunning New Trailer For Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 12:16 PM
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There are a number of high-profile classic literary adaptations coming out in the next few months, including (but not limited to) Joe Wright's stage-bound "Anna Karenina," Mike Newell's stately "Great Expectations," and "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We're not sure why people aren't really talking about Arnold's adaptation -- it was one of the absolute highlights of Venice last year for us -- but hopefully after this new trailer (courtesy of Vulture), they will be.

Ang Lee Talks 'Life Of Pi,' Says, "I Just Want To Survive It"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 11:50 AM
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One of the biggest question marks of the upcoming fall/winter movie season is Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a costly literary adaptation (from the beloved novel by Yann Martel) with zero stars and an unconventional narrative (following a young boy as he's left adrift in the ocean with some animals). Whether or not it's going to connect at all is a huge question for Fox, who is releasing the 3D film on Thanksgiving. In a recent interview with The New York Times, it seemed to be getting to Lee.

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