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Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes

Biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life captures the compelling saga of one of France's great characters, the infamous, influential, and hugely talented Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosino). See the trailer (posted below); New York Vulture posts an enchanting exclusive clip of Brigitte Bardot and Gainsbourg singing the Bonny and Clyde theme.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 12:57 PM
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Oscar Watch: Mid-Year Top Animation Contenders in the Year of the Sequel

Oscar Watch: Mid-Year Top Animation Contenders in the Year of the Sequel
As we head into the fall awards season, Bill Desowitz looks at where the animation Oscar race is heading: it's so far a weak field The good news is that the Oscar race for best animated feature is wide open -- the widest, in fact, since Happy Feet beat Cars in 2006 (the last time Pixar lost the Oscar). And, lo and behold, here we are again with Happy Feet 2 competing against Cars 2 in the Year of the Sequel. Thanks to a new policy, a maximum of four films can now be nominated if 13-15 qualify. In the past, anything under 16 qualifiers meant three Oscar nominees. So expect either four or five nominees this Oscar season. The bad news, of course, is that there's a dearth of originality -- at least thus far. In fact, DreamWorks's Katzenberg told Fortune that it's the worst year for movies overall that he can remember.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 26, 2011 8:29 AM
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Refn Teases Gosling and Malick Pairing; DiCaprio On Gatsby Set; Aykroyd Promises Ghostbusters 3

- According to his Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling will work on a film with Terrence Malick after the actor completes Refn’s Only God Forgives. Here's ThePlaylist's investigation of this potentially awesome news.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 8:25 AM
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Luc Besson's The Lady To Open Rome Film Festival

Luc Besson’s biopic of Burmese pacifist leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, will open the Rome Film Festival on October 27, reports Variety.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 8:07 AM
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Trailer Watch: Too Much Revealed of The Artist, Weinsteins' Marketing Dilemma

It's one of the unfortunate tried-and-true tenets of film marketing that the more you reveal in a trailer, the better you grab audiences to see your film. The Weinstein Co. faces a challenge as far as selling Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes best-actor-winning The Artist to audiences.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2011 5:39 AM
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Trailer Watch: Johnny Depp Reunites with Hunter S. Thompson

One of the movies that is not hitting the fall fest circuit this year is The Rum Diary, Bruce Robinson's long-delayed film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel. The new trailer (below, which will be attached to new release Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) begins with a burp. FilmDistrict opens the film October 28.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 4:40 AM
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Oscar Talk: From The Help, Rise of the Apes and Woody to the Fall Fest Circuit and Beyond

Oscar Talk: From The Help, Rise of the Apes and Woody to the Fall Fest Circuit and Beyond
Oscar Talk is back. The first podcast of the fall season with In Contention's Kris Tapley runs for a good hour, so gird your loins, Oscar mavens, listen and weep. We cover the Cannes films, the summer releases, the Fall Festival entries and the end-of-year possibilities. We talk Meryl and Glenn and Malick and Chastain, debate the merits of sleeper Warrior and admit that we both cried over cancer patient Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50. Next week we'll post from Telluride. The award season begins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2011 4:00 AM
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Zachary Quinto's BTD Producing Horror The Banshee Chapter, A Blend of Fact and Fiction

Actor Zachary Quinto (best known as Star Trek's Spock) has a career in producing, too. His production house, Before The Door Pictures (their first film was J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, which premiered at Sundance), is kicking off production on horror film The Banshee Chapter this week in New Mexico. BTD is partnering with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel. Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian will star, and director Blair Erickson is making his feature debut. Here's the synopsis:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 9:00 AM
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Anne Hathaway's Three Awkward Confessions to Chelsea Handler, Needs Catwoman, New PR Strategy

No such thing as bad press? Anne Hathaway needs her Selina Kyle character in The Dark Knight Rises to rescue her after the triple-fail of Love and Other Drugs, hosting the Oscars with James I'd-Rather-Be-In-Class Franco and One Day, which is currently struggling to make back half its budget. She takes some pretty pictures, but might want to meditate on the mantra "less in more." She's better than her recent exposure suggests. It's doubtful that her recent rap on Conan (below) did her much good, either. Chelsea Handler interviews her for Interview Magazine:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:27 AM
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Luc Besson's Toronto Bound The Lady: Teaser Trailer and Shepard Fairey Design Poster

EuropaCorp mogul/filmmaker Luc Besson takes a turn away from action with his indie labor of love The Lady. The true romance starring global action star Michelle Yeoh and Brit thespian David Thewlis will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is the true love story of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and writer Michael Aris.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:26 AM
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