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3 Character Posters & New Image For Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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What a difference five years makes. Ben Affleck has gone from a talk show punchline to being one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood (Warner Bros. has pretty much offered all of their major projects to him). Next month sees the release of his third directorial outing -- with himself as the lead for the second time -- with the highly buzzed “Argo,” and the studio has released a set of character posters and a new still for the film.
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New UK Poster For 'Argo,' Ben Affleck Changes Postscript To Accurately Reflect Canadian Involvement In True Life Tale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 11:05 AM
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While it might seem like something that could only be dreamed by Hollywood -- the movies save hostages! -- the fact of the matter is that Ben Affleck's upcoming "Argo" is indeed based on a true story. If you haven't read it, then pull up a chair and check out Wired's riveting “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” which served as the foundation for the movie that tells the tale of the CIA's ambitious mission to get Americans holed up in post-revolution Tehran by pretending to be in the country shooting a movie. But it seems the movie ruffled a few feathers north of the border, though the amiable Affleck has done what he can to smooth things over.

First Poster From Ben Affleck's 'Argo,' New One-Sheet & Image From Jake Gyllenhaal Cop Flick 'End Of Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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Only a litte earlier, we were talking about "Argo" looking like one of the major Best Picture players of the coming season -- and given the enormously positive reviews, we can't really see how it'll fail to come to pass. But you wouldn't know it too much from Warner Bros' new poster from the film (just revealed on their Twitter account), which neglects to play up any inspirational, awards-courting parts of the film in favor of... something from a more generic thriller. Ok, so there's a nice 70s quality to the one-sheet, we suppose, but it's not wildly memorable. Still, it could have been worse, and it's always good to see the dude from "Sound Of My Voice" on a poster for an Oscar contender. [Warner Bros]

Oscars: 'The Master,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Argo' Lead Wide Open Awards Season Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 12:01 PM
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Having covered the Oscar race in quite a bit of detail last year, it's fair to say that it wasn't the most exciting race in history. It became clear from early September onward that "The Artist" was set to be a juggernaut, and as the film swept the precursors in the run-up, it was clear that nothing else -- not "Hugo," not "The Descendants" had a chance at beating it out. And indeed, most of the acting races felt like foregone conclusions from the off. It was clear in the weeks before that Jean Dujardin was going to edge out George Clooney, while Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer had their awards locked up for months, making the Meryl Streep/Viola Davis head to head the only major race that felt up in the air.

Oscars: Which Contenders Got Heat Coming Out Of Venice And Telluride?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 11:58 AM
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As we write this, we're somewhere over the Alps, flying back to London after an exhausting, rewarding week at the Venice Film Festival. Meanwhile, our editor-in-chief just returned from the mountains after an equally busy weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. Festival season is only just getting underway, with TIFF kicking off as we speak, and Venice doesn't wrap up til Saturday. But even so, it's true that the first salvo of the awards race have been fired in both Italy and Colorado, so it seems like a good time to run down which films have found themselves in a promising position after the last ten days or so, and which fizzled as soon as they arrived.

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.

2 New Images & TV Spot For Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 9:21 AM
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Could this be the year when Ben Affleck adds a Best Director Oscar to his mantle? If the buzz out of Telluride and heading into TIFF is any indication, he's got a helluva shot with "Argo." His '70s set thriller and satire is already earning some strong advance praise, and with it set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, the promotional push is going hard.
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'Argo,' 'Rust And Bone,' 'Amour' & More Head To BFI London Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 7:58 AM
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Telluride is wrapped, Venice heads into its final days and TIFF is just about to gear up, but the festival season is far from over. The BFI London Film Festival has dropped their slate this morning and not only is it pulling titles from all those fests, it has nabbed the best of Sundance and Cannes as well for what is a greatest hits package of sorts for cinephiles.

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck's '70s-Flavored 'Argo' Is A Terrifically Suspenseful & Entertaining Thriller

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2012 8:16 PM
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Ben Affleck's third feature-length film, the terrifically suspenseful dramatic thriller "Argo," is the second picture to use Warner Bros.' 1970s logo in 2012. And like "Magic Mike," the Soderbergh film that employed the same logo earlier this year, it's an augur of what's to come, announcing a tone, mood and millieu that is imported straight from that era. Sporting a love for movies on his sleeve, Affleck's film gives nods to the smart, entertaining and engaging thrillers from the '70s -- "All The President's Men," "Three Days of the Condor," et al. -- and playfully with B-movie science-fiction pictures of the era without ever trying to lean too hard into any specific homage.

Sneak Screening Of 'Argo' Planned For The Telluride Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 8:11 AM
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The Playlist is earning its air miles this month. With Oliver currently sipping espressos in Italy, we've got another man on the ground in Colorado, where the Telluride Film Festival gets underway today. As per usual, organizers dropped their slate right before the kickoff yesterday, revealing an impressive selection of films culled from the best of Venice and Cannes, with premieres including Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," "Hyde Park on Hudson" with Bill Murray, Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday," Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children" and more. The fest seemed to be missing a knockout title (or two), but it appears one of them has been revealed.

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