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Fake Trailers, Real Movies: Ben Stiller's Comedic Experiment

At a time when trailers might be giving away too much (the teaser for the The Artist doesn't leave much to the imagination) a new comedic experiment might invert the relationship between trailers and their features.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 2:44 AM
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Working Title Assembles Joe Wright's Anna Karenina and Tom Hooper's Les Miz

Joe Wright has firmed up his cast, led by Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson, for his epic film of Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina. This will be Joe Wright's third film for Working Title, Focus Features and UPI, following other successful Knightley-starrers, 2005's Pride & Prejudice and 2007's Oscar-nominated Atonement. Knightley has received mixed reviews for her performance in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Wright also shot The Soloist for Working Title and Hanna for Focus.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 2:30 AM
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Cotillard in Rust & Bone, Paltrow to Join Ruffalo, Laika Develops Decemberist's Book, Exhibitionists

Marion Cotillard will star in Rust and Bone, director Jacques Audiard's follow-up to the 2009 Cannes favorite, A Prophet. With a budget of $22 million, this will be one of the biggest films to come from France this year.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 1:41 AM
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Honor Roll: SAG Honors Mary Tyler Moore, BAFTA Awards Beatty, SBIFF Tributes Michael Douglas

Honor Roll: SAG Honors Mary Tyler Moore, BAFTA Awards Beatty, SBIFF Tributes Michael Douglas
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) will honor Warren Beatty with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. The actor, producer, director and writer has starred in a bevy of classics including: Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy, and Splendor in the Grass. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been Oscar-nominated as an actor, director, writer, and producer for the same film; Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and again for Reds, and Welles for Citizen Kane. BAFTA will honor Beatty on November 30, 2011.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 8, 2011 4:07 AM
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Toronto Deal Wrap: Early Buys Begin, New Indie Distribs

Toronto Deal Wrap: Early Buys Begin, New Indie Distribs
Before the high stakes bidding begins at the Toronto Film Festival which runs Thursday September 8 through September 18, acquisitions execs are already opening their checkbooks. Several distribs are said to be chasing Steve McQueen's erotic drama Shame, which would have to go out unrated; a studio subsidiary would have to go with an inevitable NC-17 rating, if no trims were made (so how could rumored interested distribs Sony Pictures Classics take this on? I don't see it).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 8, 2011 3:53 AM
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Telluride Wrap: Pina, La Luna, Alice and Tilda

Telluride Wrap: Pina, La Luna, Alice and Tilda
Meredith Brody wraps up Telluride--and heads for Toronto, which opens Thursday. Finally, Wim Wenders’ Pina, at 9:15 a.m. in the lovely Galaxy theater, which has been specially fitted out with not only top-of-the-line 3-D projection, but a brand-new sound system by Meyer Sound, the best there is.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 8, 2011 2:04 AM
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Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata

Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata
Lars von Trier made a rare post-Cannes public appearance in Berlin last weekend. Tom Christie reports:When Lars von Trier arrived on stage at Berlin’s Babylon Kino Saturday night, by means of a stairway below the stage, he appeared as might a gopher from its hole – tentative, wary, uncertain. Popping up to applause from an adoring full-house (or, at least, a house willing to pay 12 Euros to hear him speak), he immediately popped back down again – perhaps playfully, perhaps not – before managing to get to his chair on stage. Aside from turbulence at 36,000 feet, nothing may scare the famously fearful flyer more than an adoring audience, particularly since his foot-in-mouth episode at Cannes earlier this year, in which he inexplicably called himself a Nazi and made excuses for Adolf Hitler. A man of great comfort and ease behind the camera, Von Trier is before the microphone anything but, a quasi nebbish with halting speech patterns suggesting, somewhat preposterously, a Danish Woody Allen.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 7, 2011 10:49 AM
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Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST

Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST
Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3. The R-rated movie, which opens limited November 9 and wide November 11, was not ready for the fall festival circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2011 7:59 AM
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Pre-Premiere of Fox's New Girl, Nick Nolte Talks Bender, Stoll on Hemingway in Paris

By the time Fox's New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, premieres, it won't seem so fresh off the presses. Variety reports that the network will allow viewers to watch the whole series before it is broadcast Sept. 20th on live TV. Viewers will have access to the show through various outlets, including an unprecedented pre-primetime viewing on iTunes. The network hopes that through this new strategy they can access sampling opportunities. Before the launch, the show will be available for free on iTunes, Hulu, Fox.com, and Deschanel's Hello Giggles blog.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:56 AM
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Mad Men Hype: Weiner and Hamm Talk 'The Suitcase' Episode

Yesterday, the Daily Beast dissected "The Suitcase" episode from Mad Men's fourth season with exec producer Matt Weiner and star Jon Hamm. The game-changing episode features Don Draper (Hamm) and his secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) pulling an all-nighter in the office, as personal and professional drama reaches a breaking point.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:46 AM
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