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Morelia Fest Day Five: Rivers of Men, Pancho Villa and More Food

Next year I want to go to Mexico's Morelia International Film Festival. Check out Meredith Brody's final report:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 28, 2011 8:20 AM
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Support Damon Water: Charity Raising Funds for 884 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water

Matt Damon and his Water.org charity are launching a water bottle campaign to help raise money for the 884 million people who are without access to clean, safe water. Damon says:"I think what resonates with me most is when you see people living without clean water and they're forced to scavenge for water and basically use up all of their time just doing that. You realize that they're in such a crippling cycle of poverty; it's just a death spin that they can't possibly get out of."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 8:09 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Kidman's Family Fang; Murray Joins Coppola, Sheen; Arndt Writing Phineas and Ferb

Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films banner partner Per Saari are teaming up again with Rabbit Hole co-producers Olympus Films. They are optioning screen rights to The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson's bestselling first novel about a group of performance artists whose children (who as children were regularly involved in their parents' bizarre activities) return home as resentful and maladjusted adults and are asked to participate in their parents' final performance. Here's more on what else Kidman and Wilson have in the works.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 7:52 AM
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Soderbergh's Magic Mike Will Hit Theaters June 2012; Based on Star Channing Tatum's Stripper Days

Steven Soderbergh Magic Mike will hit theaters June 29, 2012 via Warner Bros. The director already has a cut of the film, which stars Channing Tatum---whose earlier days as a male stripper are the inspiration for the movie, written by Reid Carolin. Tatum's stripper teaches Alex Pettyfer's character the ways of the business, on and off the stage. Further plot details are unknown. Matthew McConaughey plays the owner of their club; Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello (pictured, with Tatum and Pettyfer), Gabriel Igelsias, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Betsy Brandt, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cody Horn also co-star.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 7:29 AM
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Media Watch: Brits vs. Spielberg's Tintin, Maslin vs. Kael

Media Watch: Brits vs. Spielberg's Tintin, Maslin vs. Kael
The New Yorker explains the cultural divide between Europe, which knows and loves Tintin, and America, whose eminent director Steven Spielberg has his own cinematic take on Herge's boy adventure hero. His movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has already opened overseas and doesn't hit stateside until December. (TOH's London review is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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Halloween Video: Nosferatu with New Graham Reynolds Score

Check out this special Halloween video from the Alamo Drafthouse and Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds. The video features an exclusive track from an original score Reynolds composed for F.W. Murnau's 1922 German Expressionist classic Nosferatu, which will be performed live by Reynolds and The Golden Arm Trio at a screening of the film in Austin on October 30. Here's more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 5:29 AM
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First Look: Cianfrance's Place Beyond the Pines Stars Badass Ryan Gosling and Cop Bradley Cooper

Check out the leading men of Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, currently in post. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper co-star as a motorcycle-badass/bank robber and a cop/politician, respectively. Their lady loves are played by Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Ray Liotta also co-star. It almost sounds too good to be true, but Gosling's hair brings us down to reality.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 5:00 AM
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Oscar Talk: Shame's NC-17 and Fassbender, Whither Clooney, Chastain, Doc Race, Year-End Critics

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate the Shame NC-17 issue. Will Fox Searchlight be able to push Michael Fassbender for an Oscar nomination? (I weigh in on this here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2011 4:00 AM
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Relativity Starts Production on First Chinese Joint Venture: Comedy 21 and Over

Relativity Media's landmark alliance with China's Huaxia Film Distribution Company could make all the difference for the company's success going forward. That is if they make the right movies. Low-budget comedy 21 and Over is the first of many projects that Relativity plans to shoot and co-finance in partnership with Sky Land, their new production and distribution entity run by Relativity, SAIF Partners and IDG China Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer

Several animation directors are trying their hand at live action of late, most notably Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who talks to Bill Desowitz about Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which boasts a new trailer and featurettes starring daredevil Tom Cruise (below).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 27, 2011 12:11 PM
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