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'Child's Pose' Wins Golden Bear, David Gordon Green & Richard Linklater Take Awards At Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2013 9:20 AM
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Ten days went by like a flash....and just like that, another year has closed on the Berlin International Film Festival. But before jury president Wong Kar-Wai packed his bags, there were some awards to hand out, so get out a pen and paper because these are some films you're going to want to keep on your radar over the coming year.

Box Office: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Scares Away Competition To Take Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2013 11:39 AM
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Platinum Dunes let go of the rights to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise after the second film grossed less than half of the first, a downward trend they had no interest continuing. To turn things around, they were going to need a whole new approach, which involved the folks at Twisted Pictures, home of the now-defunct “Saw” series. And with an ambitious plan involving numerous sequels (of course), Leatherface is back, and it seems audiences are interested. The critically roasted moovie is the first number one film of 2013.

Review: Earnest & Well-Intentioned ‘Promised Land’ Doesn’t Quite Convince

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 4, 2013 12:50 PM
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If the narrative of the modern-day salesman in fiction is that of a man who believes in his business but finds his faith shaken once the white lies of his trade begin to grow, a man who loses his moral compass and finds himself along the way, then “Promised Land" doesn’t stray far from that mold. And at the crossroads of America, if big business represents greed, well then small-town communities must clearly represent strength and resolve.

Interview: Matt Damon Talks The Timing & Politics Of 'Promised Land' & How Ben Affleck Got Out Of Actor's Jail

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2013 11:40 AM
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This month, Matt Damon stars in Gus Van Sant’s eco-drama “Promised Land.” Seizing upon the hot-button issue of fracking, a dangerous and potentially environmentally hazardous method of getting natural gas out of deep subterranean pockets of earth, Damon plays an operative for the gas company who is sent to woo the citizens of a small, northern New York town into signing over their land for the process.

Gus Van Sant Talks Taking Over 'Promised Land' From Matt Damon, The Film's "Spy Scene" & Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2013 10:48 AM
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Gus Van Sant has always been a director who is hard to pin down, veering from insanely small-scale, personal works like "Elephant" and "Paranoid Park" to larger scale entertainments like "Finding Forrester" and his admirable-if-unsuccessful "Psycho" remake. This week, his charming eco-drama "Promised Land" opens, which casts his "Good Will Hunting" co-writer Matt Damon as an operative from a natural gas company who travels to a small, financially struggling Pennsylvania town to woo them to sell the drilling rights to their land. But his efforts run up against an environmentalist, played by John Krasinski (who co-wrote "Promised Land" with Damon), who tries to alert the citizens to the dangers they might face with the "fracking" process. It's not as showy as most of the movies grabbing for Oscar gold, but it's a solid, well-intentioned drama, beautifully, almost impressionistically directed by Van Sant.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables' Mark The 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 28, 2012 3:28 PM
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Happy almost new year, cinephiles! To ring in the last week of 2012 the studios are releasing films that feature the most wretched, bloody, depraved, licentious, gruesome characters imaginable. To ensure you don't forget how extreme these storylines are, the roles are filled by Hollywood's most beautiful and talented people. The irony, in addition to the movies, is excellent. Dig in, and enjoy! And let us know what you're seeing below.

Finally Finished? Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' To Open The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 7:50 AM
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The legend goes that when Wong Kar-Wai brought "2046" to the Cannes Film Festival, the print was still dripping as he worked until the very last minute to finish it. And to say that his latest, the martial arts biopic "The Grandmaster," has had a few road bumps and delays would be an understatement. The film has been in production on and off for the past couple of years, and had things gone according to plan, it would be in theaters in China now, opening this week. But of course, WKW had to continue tinkering, and the release date was pushed to January 8, 2013. But it seems the end is nigh, god willing, and "The Grandmaster" has set an international bow.

Watch: Spend 7 Minutes In The 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 5:47 PM
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In case you forgot, "Zero Dark Thirty" isn't the only topical drama hitting theaters this month. Right before everyone gets wasted on New Year's Eve, "Promised Land" will hit theaters, a drama set against the backdrop of a tumbling economy, and the promise of financial gains through the controversial method of extracting natural gas known as fracking. It will be the last awards season player to hit theaters, but before it comes out near you, seven clips have arrived to give you a taste.

Watch: 7 Minutes From 'Promised Land' Starring Matt Damon & John Krasinski

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 10, 2012 9:04 AM
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Originally eyed by Matt Damon as his directorial debut, Gus Van Sant eventually took over to helm the Damon and John Krasinski-written “Promised Land.” And about seven minutes of footage has arrived to give folks a generous preview in advance of its release later this month.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

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