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Telluride 2011: Lineup Includes Descendants, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Method and The Artist

Telluride 2011: Lineup Includes Descendants, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Method and The Artist
The annual LA to Montrose charter flight was packed with the usual suspects Thursday (plus first-timers Tilda Swinton and Penelope Ann Miller), who opened up their copies of The Telluride Watch, one per seat, and eagerly checked out the line-up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2011 10:38 AM
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Venice Reviews of Carnage Have Jodie Foster Coming Out On Top of Polanski's Actors Showcase

Reviews have landed for Roman Polanski's Carnage, playing at the Venice Film Festival. Here's our report on Day Two (including W.E. and Carnage reviews). Polanski's film is an adaptation of Yasmena Reza's popular French play, God of Carnage, which most recently played at Los Angeles' Ahmanson theater with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. That's a stellar cast to top. The difference here is that Polanski's equally impressive cast of Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly shot the play on film (though it's not necessarily very cinematic), and were stuck in an apartment in Paris made to look like New York instead of on a stage. Read the buzz and trailer below. SPC will release the film December 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 1, 2011 5:46 AM
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Venice Film Festival, Day Two: Madonna's W.E. is Forgettable; Polanski's Carnage Giddily Enjoyable

Venice Film Festival, Day Two: Madonna's W.E. is Forgettable; Polanski's Carnage Giddily Enjoyable
London-based TOH correspondent David Gritten reports on Day Two of the Venice Film Festival:
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 1, 2011 5:23 AM
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Oscar Watch: Bela Tarr's Turin Horse is Hungary's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar Watch: Bela Tarr's Turin Horse is Hungary's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film
Hungary has selected Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The drama debuted at the 2011 Berlinale, where it was awarded the Jury Grand and FIPRESCI prizes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 1, 2011 4:09 AM
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Summer 2011 Wrap: Box Office Heads Toward Record $4.5 Billion

While 2011's box office is still lagging last year's tally, the summer scored record totals thanks to a raft of sequels, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Even though Hurricane Irene shuttered theater wickets last weekend, the sun never set at the summer’s domestic box office, which is clicking toward an estimated record of $4.5 billion-plus through Labor Day, set to beat 2009’s high water mark of $4.48 billion. The summer breakdown and studio-by-studio report and market share rankings are below.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Coen Brother's Folk Music Project Lands Financing

The Coen brothers' next project, a film about the New York City folk scene in the 1960s, has just received funding from StudioCancal, who promised to co-finance this project.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 10:50 AM
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Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"

Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"
So far Venice opener The Ides of March, George Clooney's presidential campaign drama starring Clooney as the candidate and Ryan Gosling as his whippersnapper campaign press secretary, is scoring a favorable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although there's no consensus yet, it seems that Ides is in the running for Oscar contention. While many of the reviews sampled below praise the look of the film and the performers, some found the political take-home message heavy handed, immature, and obvious. That said, the Academy tends to embrace Liberal politics.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 8:23 AM
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Phase 4 Acquires James Westby's Rid of Me, Starring Katie O'Grady

Berry Meyerowitz's Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to James Westby’s black comedy Rid of Me, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. Phase 4 will partner with Submarine on a fall theatrical release. Writer-editor-director Westby (Film Geek, The Auteur) also produced the film with star Katie O’Grady's Alcove Productions. The film won the Founder’s Prize for Best US Fiction Film at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2011 6:58 AM
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TV Watch: Chris Noth and Neve Campbell in BBC's Titanic, Girl-Band Show to ABC

The BBC is producing a 12-episode series about the ship that launched DiCaprio and Winslet’s stardom. Titanic: Blood & Steel will cover the construction of the boat amidst the political unrest in England at the time. Neve Campbell is set to star as a reporter covering the ship’s first voyage and Chris Noth will star as financial magnate J. P. Morgan, who New York Magazine describes as the Mr. Big of his time. The show doesn’t have US distribution yet.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 6:05 AM
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Short Film: 100 Years of East London Fashion in 100 Seconds

It's a delightful minute and forty-one seconds. Even though England's Westfield Shopping Center produced the clip (posted below) to sell clothes, the video spot is really an exquisite short that provides a rapid education on fashion in film. Starting in 1911, the clip moves through the next century of fashion trends and flirtatious dance moves. Gems include 1940s flowy pants, punk leather, silly denim vests on the 1990s and every hat before 1970. What's your favorite year? Via The Hairpin.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 5:46 AM
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