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

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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.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer & Lovely Poster For 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 11:32 AM
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If last year the Oscar story centered around the breakout performance by Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone," Fox Searchlight is hoping the awards season narrative this fall will focus on Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and certainly, she deserves it.

Watch: Two New Trailers For Sundance Sensation 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 6:00 AM
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This writer is gonna be honest: I see QR codes everywhere but have never once scanned them with my phone. It usually seems like a lot of extra steps for little reward, but it seems Fox Searchlight wants to take the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in a viral direction. Over the weekend, the studio unveiled two new trailers accessible once you scanned the giant QR thingies on the new posters for the film. Certainly an interesting marketing move to get people more involved in a film that doesn't boast any household names, but luckily, those who played along were treated to two different, but strong spots for the film.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

'The Descendants' Moves To November 23rd; 'Five Year Engagement' Set For April 27, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 9:52 AM
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'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Moves To October 21stYou know the drill, so bust your day planner out because you're gonna have to move some things around.

The Amazing Race: How Soon Is Too Soon To Talk About The Oscars?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 4:06 AM
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This week marks the start of a new regular column here at The Playlist, focusing on the awards season. It'll be intermittent at the present, and more regular once the season really gets going come September or so.

Watch: Haunting, Goosebump Raising Trailer For Sundance Hit ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 6:32 AM
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Sundance 2011 seemed to be the year of the woman. Brit Marling walked away with a double whammy of attention for "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" while Elizabeth Olsen earned breakout sensation status for her turn in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and for most of us getting our first look now, it seems pretty clear why.

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

Sundance '11 Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' A Stunner With A Breakout Turn By Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 6:52 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

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