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Sam Mendes Will Shoot New James Bond Film in India

The Indian government has approved director Sam Mendes to film the latest James Bond feature in locations including Delhi, Goa and close to Ahmedabad, reports THR. The scene in Delhi, India's capital, is rumored to take place among the crowded bazaar Daryaganj and the famed flea market Sarojini Nagar. The Times of India reported that these areas were approved, excepting some railways because of concerns about security, but the Bond production team is talking with the Railway Ministry, because clearly Bond needs an action sequence on the rails.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 3:32 AM
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Trades Ramp Up Awards Season, THR Adds Oscar Blogger Feinberg

Trades Ramp Up Awards Season, THR Adds Oscar Blogger Feinberg
As the award season looms, the trades who live and die on Oscar ads (and indieWIRE is no exception) are lining up their big guns. Nikki Finke's Deadline has lost ad sales juggernaut Lynne Segall, who is now throwing her muscle behind Janice Min's The Hollywood Reporter, which is heading into its second Oscar season with a renewed sense of purpose, as the weekly print edition has not yet yielded the levels of non-endemic advertising that they had hoped for. Thus THR is adding Oscar-blogger Scott Feinberg to their online ranks in time for the Oscar season. Segall worked with Feinberg ("The Feinberg Files") at LATimes.com's The Envelope.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2011 3:11 AM
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Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview

Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview
The Venice Biennale got off to a strong start with The Ides of March, reports London-based TOH correspondent David Gritten:How perfect a choice was George Clooney’s The Ides of March to open the Venice Film Festival today? Let us count the ways. Firstly, this political thriller fits Venice like a silk glove. It’s smart, sophisticated and politically astute, written with a shrewd intelligence and featuring stars (Clooney himself, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei) who offer Hollywood glamour while engaging in work that’s more than a cut above routine Hollywood product. The Ides of March also offers two terrific supporting performances from Grade-A character actors (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giammatti), doing the kind of work that makes European critics and audiences sit up and take notice.
  • By David Gritten
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  • August 31, 2011 2:54 AM
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Dogtooth Director Returns with Bizarre Teaser for Alps: Birth of a Classic Movie Line

Greek film Dogtooth was on many Best Films of 2010 lists and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (Susanne Bier's Danish In A Better World won). Director Yorgos Lanthimos promised that his next film would be darker, funnier and more extreme. Imagine that.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 12:09 PM
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Talking Warrior with Hardy, Edgerton and O'Connor--and Dark Knight, Bronson, Great Gatsby

Talking Warrior with Hardy, Edgerton and O'Connor--and Dark Knight, Bronson, Great Gatsby
Lionsgate purposely opted to take an under-the-radar approach with Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, an original drama (a rarity these days) that pits two brothers against each other in an MMA tournament. Commendably, Lionsgate financed this $25-million picture starring two on-the-rise stars: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, as well as Nick Nolte as the father they both hate. While the movie is strong enough to warrant festival inclusion, Lionsgate's strategy isn't off-base--the movie will prove a discovery for many critics; expect raves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 8:28 AM
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Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again

Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again
If at first you don't succeed...MoviePass, a New York-based all-you-can-watch flat-rate monthly subscription service, is trying a new iteration of its plan to shake up the theater industry the way that Netflix changed DVD rentals. Initially the service to be launched in June in 21 San Francisco theaters was to cost $50 a month for subscribers who wanted to sample unlimited movies via smartphone ticket buys, but faced strong blowback from theater owners, who weren't brought in on the deal and refused to play along.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 8:17 AM
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Ides of March Clip: Evan Rachel Wood Outsmarts the Charms of Ryan Gosling

George Clooney's The Ides of March will open the Venice Film Festival on August 31, and then heads to Toronto. But you can watch Ryan Gosling put his foot in his mouth right now. Evan Rachel Wood's character is too smart for the charms of Gosling in the clip below. Check out the trailer here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 7:33 AM
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SBIFF Announces Acquisitions Program, Kicking off Festival January 27-29

SBIFF Announces Acquisitions Program, Kicking off Festival January 27-29
Yet another film festival is getting into the indie distribution game. The Santa Barbara Film Festival's new acquisitions program will debut during the fest's opening weekend, January 27-29, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 7:25 AM
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Tree of Life on Blu-ray October 11: Includes Making-of Documentary

Love it or hate it, you can own Terrence Malick's much-debated The Tree of Life, on Blu-ray October 11. The disc combo-pack includes a bonus DVD and Digital Copy of the film as well as a 30-minute making-of doc, Exloring The Tree of Life. More info below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 6:39 AM
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Angelina Jolie Talks Land of Blood and Honey to VF, Says People Will Have to Judge it for Themselves

Vanity Fair confirms: No wedding, no baby, no adoption. Now we can all focus on Angelina Jolie the director.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 5:07 AM
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