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NYFF 2014 Main Slate Includes Films From Olivier Assayas, David Cronenberg, Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 11:26 AM
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Foxcatcher
Boasting world premieres of two of the highest profile movies coming this fall —David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"— along with landing Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" for the closing night slot, the New York Film Festival had done enough to impress its cinephile constituency. But today the fest has unveiled their main slate, and attendees are going to have a lot to enjoy this year.

Venice 2014 Line-Up: New Films By David Gordon Green, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Niccol & Peter Bogdanovich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 5:30 AM
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Venice 2014
It feels like film festival announcements get earlier and earlier every year. There's still a week of July left, and we've already had major announcements from TIFF, NYFF and even London and Tokyo (which don't happen until November, and will be opening with "The Imitation Game" and "Big Hero 6" respectively). But before any of those arrive, we've got the 71st Venice Film Festival, and after unveiling their big-ticket opener with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," the rest of the line-up for the official competition was announced in Rome this morning.

TIFF First Look: Willem Dafoe Is 'Pasolini,' Brit Marling In 'The Keeping Room' & Ethan Hawke In 'The Good Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 1:39 PM
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Pasolini, Dafoe
Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini? In a film directed by Abel Ferrara? Do we need to say more? Nope. Here's the synopsis for this one making its North American premiere in Toronto: Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.

Willem Dafoe To Play Pier Paolo Pasolini In Biopic Directed By Abel Ferrara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 10:59 AM
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Announced way back at the beginning of the year, this is a bit of news we missed, forgot about and are now reminded that not only is it actually a thing, but that it's very much moving forward. Provocateur Abel Ferrara, who is currently finishing up "Welcome To New York," a movie based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal, is now preparing to bring the final moments in the life of one of cinema's most daring directors to the big screen.

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