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Laika Unveiling 'The Boxtrolls' at Venice

Laika. The people behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman" will soon make their return with "The Boxtrolls." Ahead of their September 26 release, Focus Features will have it premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, screening out of competition.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 9:37 PM
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Chris Nolan and Matthew McConaughey Rock the Con with Surprise 'Interstellar' Footage

After a quiet first day at Comic-Con, Hall H was finally rocked by a movie of clear scope and ambition that was not an imitation of other things. Christopher Nolan came to Comic-Con for the first time with fellow Con virgin Matthew McConaughey to show an early trailer for Paramount release "Interstellar" which hits theaters in November.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2014 8:07 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Dazzling Festival Smash 'Whiplash,' Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get an awards push later this year -- so, if all goes well, "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this Fall.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Jamie Dornan and More Begin Production on 'Adam Jones'

After years in stagnant development, production begins today on "Adam Jones," a project once meant for David Fincher and Keanu Reeves that's now in the hands of director John Wells and star Bradley Cooper.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 2:12 PM
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Which World Premieres Did Venice Land?

The Venice world premieres include many films bound for Telluride and/or Toronto, including new work from indies David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Barry Levinson, and Abel Ferrara.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2014 1:46 PM
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Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley Will Help Woody Allen Solve a Murder

While "Magic in the Moonlight" rolls out in select cities this weekend, director Woody Allen is already at work on his next project, a college-set murder mystery starring Joaquin Phoenix and "Moonlight" muse Emma Stone. Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley have hopped aboard the cast.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 1:45 PM
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Get Tied Down With First Trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Check out Sam Taylor-Johnson’s "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer which shows a lack of the chemistry between Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 1:39 PM
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Not Into 'Hercules'? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend

Unimpressed by the gleaming musculature of Dwayne Johnson as a mythic warrior in Paramount's comic book adaptation "Hercules"? Then take solace in the art house, and at home, with these six quieter films in theaters and on demand.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 24, 2014 10:30 AM
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Sherry Lansing Talks the Rise of Television and Ageism

The whip-smart husband-and-wife team of director William Friedkin ("The French Connection") and Sherry Lansing, the producer ("Fatal Attraction") and first woman studio head at Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, visited the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this month, where I sat down with them. Here's my talk with Lansing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 5:27 PM
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Toronto Film Festival Global Summit Draws Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull

The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 4:50 PM
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