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The Amazing Race: Which Awards Contenders Came Out Of The Venice/Telluride/Toronto Derby On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 5:44 AM
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After two bonkers weeks, the September festival season is just about dragging to a close (at least in terms of major awards-season debuts; Fantastic Fest is pretty much imminent, but it's not an awards player and the NYFF follows hot on its heels, but most of those films have screened already). And as ever, the films that we're likely to see strutting their stuff at the Kodak Theater -- and the ones that we won't -- have started to come into focus.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Ides Of March' Highlight Political Intrigue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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Of all the movies making a play for the awards season this fall, George Clooney's "Ides Of March" is getting into the mix early. Already running the Venice/Telluride/TIFF gauntlet and hitting theaters next month, it will be first out of the gate and it will be interesting to see if audiences respond to a political drama even with the dynamite pairing of Clooney/Gosling. Reviews have been respectable though not ecstatic thus far, with our man Venice noting, "it’s not as accomplished and impassioned as 'Good Night and Good Luck,' but unlike 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' [but] it’s tonally assured, and...very watchable...we had a blast. Whether wider audiences enjoy it as much remains to be seen (although we’re fairly sure that it’s early anointment as an Oscar front-runner will disappear quickly), but it at least happily confirms that Clooney the director is here to stay."

'Drive,' 'Restless,' 'Melancholia,' 'Skin I Live In': Over 20 Films From TIFF2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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If you're at all into film and read movie blogs you know it's all about the Toronto International Film Festival for the next nine days (the festival started yesterday, September 8). Arguably the biggest film festival in the world aside from Cannes (who are probably more prestigious, but not quite as big), no other festival can boast the amount of stars and number of films that Toronto can. So there are several hundreds of flicks rolling out this week that cinephiles are eagerly anticipating.

'Carnage,' 'Shame' 'March,' Tinker Tailor' & More: Our Complete 2011 Venice Film Festival Coverage

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 8, 2011 12:22 PM
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Wrap Up Coverage From Telluride 2011 As Well, Including 'The Descendants' 'Albert Nobbs' & 'Butter'While there are two more days officially left on the Venice Film Festival schedule, for us, the Lido is now closed. Our man in the field, U.K. writer Oliver Lyttelton did a bang-up job and delivered what felt like 20 reviews in nine days, and at a rapid and coherent clip no less. While the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, we've already seen many of the highlights of the fall film festival that you're highly anticipating.

Venice '11 Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 31, 2011 10:28 AM
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Even more so than usual, 2012 should be a particularly fascinating election year. On the one hand, you've got the incumbent, President Barack Obama, a man elected on the promise of hope and conciliation, and a man who's failed to live up to the sky-high expectations placed on him. On the other, you have a band of Republican candidates who have, so far, failed to look anything like contenders, instead seemingly competing in a national crazy-off. We're a long, long way off from finding out the victor, but to get things underway, one of the most politically engaged actor-directors around has opened the Venice Film Festival with a look behind the scenes of a presidential primary race; namely, George Clooney's "The Ides of March." Good timing indeed, but has the star's fourth directorial effort turned out like "Good Night and Good Luck," or like "Leatherheads"?

Watch: Ryan Gosling Can't Remember Who Evan Rachel Wood Is In Clip From 'Ides Of March'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 6:03 AM
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Tomorrow marks the start of the Venice Film Festival, which will kick off with the world premiere of George Clooney's "Ides Of March." It will be the first of the unseen Oscar contenders to get out of the gate, and within twenty-four hours its narrative in the award season will be largely determined.

Ryan Gosling Eyeballs George Clooney In New 'Ides Of March' Posters; 'Drive' Revs Up Classy Banners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 1:17 AM
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Get ready to feast your eyeballs on some snazzy new marketing materials from what will be two of the biggest films this fall.

Watch: Ryan Gosling Tries To Find Integrity In Politics In Trailer For 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 3:17 AM
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In this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ryan Gosling plays a super-confident, smooth-talking, charming ladies' man and it looks like he's reprising that role again only this time, his easy smile and perfect hair will only go so far.

New Poster & More Images From George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2011 2:04 AM
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First Look At Supporting Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella & Evan Rachel WoodHot off the film's inclusion in the TIFF line up and the new look at Ryan Gosling, the marketing for George Clooney's upcoming political thriller "The Ides Of March" is now kicking into gear with the unveiling of a new aesthetically attractive poster and a handful of images providing first look at many of the supporting including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood.

New Photo: Ryan Gosling In George Clooney's 'Ides Of March'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 26, 2011 4:22 AM
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Here's a new look at Ryan Gosling, in another highly anticipated fall festival season for the actor, on this occasion leading George Clooney's political thriller "The Ides Of March."

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