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Telluride Day One: Brunch, The Artist, Pierre Etaix, Trip to the Moon, Becoming Bert Stern

At the Telluride FIlm Fest, I'm tracking more mainstream titles that folks may actually see in theaters, while Meredith Brody is the lucky one who tracks the rarer events here.At the Press Office I run into assorted Festival attendees and guests; director/film buff Allan Arkush downloads an app called NeoReader that can scan a Nabokovian figure complete with butterfly net placed around the Festival to learn updates such as TBA slots and whether there are seats available or not in a screening. We run into Nick James, editor of the British Sight and Sound, who's here to receive a Special Medallion for a “hero of cinema – an organization or individual – that preserves, honors, and presents great movies.” He’s still vibrating from a first-ever trip through the desert to Telluride that included Monument Valley. Whereupon Allan shows him the shot of himself in Monument Valley that is the screensaver on his iPhone.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 3, 2011 9:19 AM
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No New Strike Back Episode Friday -- Mini-Marathon for Labor Day

No New Strike Back Episode Friday -- Mini-Marathon for Labor Day
Don't take anything for granted, warns David Chute, as you wait an extra week for the resolution of the latest Strike Back cliffhanger.No new episode tonight of TV's new best action series. Instead, Cinemax is running a mini-marathon of the first three episodes of Strike Back, beginning at 10 p.m. Those already watching will have to continue gnawing their fingernails until Friday, September 9. Only then will they find out if Damien Scott has been blown to bits by the bomb strapped to his chest in a barn somewhere in South Africa by ex-IRA-turned-freelance terrorist Daniel Connolly.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 3, 2011 7:14 AM
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Venice Reviews: Soderbergh's Contagion, Alps, Chicken with Plums, That Summer

Venice Reviews: Soderbergh's Contagion, Alps, Chicken with Plums, That Summer
Brit correspondent David Gritten reports from Venice: Traditionally, weekends are the busiest time in Venice, but today has felt quieter -- perhaps because of the lack of high profile competition films on offer.
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 3, 2011 5:43 AM
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Post-42West, Cynthia Swartz Launches Own Praisery

As expected, it has not taken long for 30-year Oscar campaigner and indie strategist Cynthia Swartz to set up her own PR shop after disentangling her founding partnership since 2004 at 42West. Strategy PR/Consulting is open for business in New York and soon, Los Angeles as well. Swartz will not only do Oscar pushes but unit publicity, corporate representation, national PR campaigns complete with digital marketing, and film festival repping of acquisition titles. Swartz is importing her key NY-based 42West lieutenants as VPs: fest and awards maven Michael Kupferberg and film PR strategist Elena Zilberman. Strategy is also adding NY staffers Chanelle James (director of national publicity) and Katelyn Bogacki (manager).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 3, 2011 5:29 AM
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3-D Summit: Speakers James Cameron, Vince Pace, Tom Rothman, Gene Simmons, Mick Hocking

The 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit and the 2nd Annual 3D Gaming Summit has lined up a roster of speakers for their event September 20 through 22 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 11:28 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Talk, Contagion, Carnage, Ides of March, Dangerous Method; Venice, Telluride, BFI

WEEKEND PREVIEW:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 8:18 AM
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Drive Director Refn Talks Scouting Gritty L.A. Locations with Gosling, Interactive Map

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn traces the various locations across Los Angeles in his interview with Movieline, which features an interactive road map of the urban terrain (below, with trailer). Drive, rather than show Los Angeles gloss and style, uses the grittier locales of the downtown, Reseda, and Echo Park neigborhoods--areas not frequently seen in movies about the City of Angels.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 8:14 AM
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Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War

Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War
The Venice Film Festival opened with The Ides of March, and Toronto has it booked too. Telluride wanted--and George Clooney wanted--the film to play Telluride as well as part of its Clooney Tribute. So he included a clip from late in the movie--a "spoiler" he told me at the annual patron's brunch--thinking folks would have seen the film. But no, it was not possible to book it in Telluride after all. Sony wouldn't show it to the fest, in deference to Toronto. So Clooney's got The Descendants here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2011 7:31 AM
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Venice: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Review and Press Conference

David Gritten reviews David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method from the Venice Film Festival. It's a rave. David Cronenberg brought his Freud-Jung movie A Dangerous Method to Venice today, and received an enthusiastic reception from a packed press screening. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley joined him on the press conference, along with his long-time collaborator, producer Jeremy Thomas and co-stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon.
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 2, 2011 6:06 AM
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Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List

Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List
From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Kill List:On the night before its UK release, I popped along to a screening of low-budget British shocker Kill List, followed by a Q&A session with director/co-screenwriter Ben Wheatley and the film’s lead actors, Neil Maskell (Atonement), MyAnna Buring (The Descent) and Michael Smiley. Skitting through genres with nonchalant ease, from observational marital drama to violent hitman thriller to grubby pagan horror, Kill List built up a fair head of steam following appearances at SXSW and London’s recent horror-themed Frightfest, and it’s fair to say the hype is fulfilled. The small crowd of industry folk I watched it with were literally speechless as the credits rolled, still in a state of shock when Wheatley et al gingerly stepped out of the dark to answer a few questions.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 2, 2011 5:47 AM
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