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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Nikki Finke Video and Photos Posted On Site

Under the guise of supposed outrage at Nikki Finke's mean-spirited treatment of Hollywood players like Oprah Winfrey, NikkiStink.com has posted a paparazzi video and photos taken outside of her Jay Penske-owned West Hollywood condo. It reeks of invasion of privacy. Yes it's Finke, and yes I profoundly disapprove. She brought it on herself on some level, I recognize, by being so private and only releasing that one headshot to circulate for so many years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:42 PM
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Sophia Loren to Receive Career-Honoring AFI FEST Tribute

The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI FEST 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 7:00 AM
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Participant Joins DreamWorks' Spielberg Cold War Thriller and 'The Light Between Oceans'

Social action producer Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios have partnered six times, including two Oscar contenders, Tate Taylor's "The Help" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." So it's no surprise that Participant is joining DreamWorks on two upcoming films that will start filming next month. They are Spielberg’s “Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller,” written by Joel and Ethan Coen from an original script by Matt Charman, and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan; and writer-director Derek Cianfrance's period drama "The Light Between Oceans," based on the fiction best-seller by M.L. Stedman, and starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2014 5:36 PM
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Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to Upcoming 'Boxtrolls,' 'Exodus,' and 'Jungle Book'

Ben Kingsley relayed how sad it was that Richard Attenborough had suffered a massive stroke and could hardly string a sentence together, and that he had visited him not too long ago. But our entire conversation, which covered "The Boxtrolls," "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "The Walk," and "The Jungle Book," sprang from the actor finding those seminal moments of inner truth and character flaws in a script that he can build on from the inside out.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 26, 2014 4:43 PM
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First Gurus 'O Gold Pre-Festival Top Fifteen Oscar Contenders ('GONE GIRL' TRAILER)

MovieCityNews asked the Gurus 'O Gold to ranked in no order 15 contenders for the Oscar race, pre-Telluride and Toronto. Here they are--of the top seven that everybody but one picked, in past years that list yielded the eventual Oscar winner. (That doesn't mean they will all be nominated.) So why is everyone so high on "Gone Girl," which opens wide October 3 after launching the New York Film Festival? Check out the new trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2014 2:37 PM
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The Radical World of Avant-Garde Master Bill Morrison Heads to DVD, VOD and MoMA (CLIPS)

If you don't know Bill Morrison, you ought to. The bracingly original director of "Decasia," a 2002 favorite of Errol Morris and J. Hoberman and an entry in the National Film Registry, has defined avant-garde cinema for over two decades. At last, his restored body of work comes to DVD and VOD this Fall from Icarus Films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 26, 2014 1:16 PM
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Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past

If you watched tonight's Emmys and suddenly felt as though it were 1974 rather than 2014, you're not alone. Amid profound changes in how, where, and why we watch television -- to the point that "television" increasingly feels like a misnomer -- the medium's flagship organization seemed confused as to which 'Golden Age' to celebrate.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 26, 2014 12:21 AM
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Emmy Awards: Lena Dunham Wins the Red Carpet

Eventually every brunette actress in Hollywood will go blonde, and "Girls" writer-director-star Lena Dunham is no exception. The new blonde totally scored on the Emmy red carpet Monday in a girlish pink ruffled gown by designer Giambattista Valli.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 8:24 PM
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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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