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Texas Killing Fields Debuts at Venice, Lands Stateside Release Date

Finally! Anchor Bay has picked a release date for Venice competition title Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moretz, on October 7 (Italian trailer below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 3:42 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Hitfix posts the first image from Oscar perennial Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, showing a sweet moment between Manhattan father and son Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who later searches for messages from his father following the September 11th disaster. Recent Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock plays Horn's mother.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 12:32 PM
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The Help: Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender

The Help: Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender
At the Academy premiere of The Help Tuesday night, DreamWorks' Stacey Snider, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Ricky Strauss, and Disney's Rich Ross presided over an industry unveiling that yielded plenty of tears and applause. The crowd was packed with Colleen Camp's Academy list, from producers Norman Lear, Laura Bickford and Larry Gordon to rising actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom). The movie is a mainstream crowd pleaser. Summit's Patrick Wachsberger is right to compare it to Driving Miss Daisy, in more ways than one, suggesting that it will perform similarly well overseas. And Ross was smart to demur when trade reporters asked him about the studio's Oscar strategy. It's wise to wait and see how it does.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2011 12:06 PM
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Sin City 2 Funded, Bruce Willis Is Newest GI Joe, Keanu Reeves Directs

Keanu Reeves will direct, write and star in Man of Tai Chi, a Mandarin and English language film. He is now is in talks with Village Roadshow Pictures and China Film Group, reports The Wrap. The martial arts film will be Reeves’ directorial debut and will also star Tiger Chen, who was part of the martial arts team on The Matrix.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 9:00 AM
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Jennifer Grey Tweets Her Reaction To #DirtyDancingRemake

The original petite and sassy “Baby” from the 1987 Dirty Dancing, who held her own against Patrick Swayze’s sultry hulk, tweeted yesterday about the upcoming Dirty Dancing remake: “I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 8:17 AM
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Paul Rudd: Your Least Helpful Marketing Intern

Paul Rudd pitches his most innovative and creative marketing ideas to Harvey Weinstein to promote his film Our Idiot Brother, or as he would like to call it, Paul Rudd Presents Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat, My Big Fat Greek Porno.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 5:51 AM
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Hollywood Politics: Alec Baldwin Studies for Mayor, Michael Moore Backs Matt Damon for President

“Alec Baldwin is not running for mayor of New York—yet,” reports the NYT. The politically ambitious actor plans to finish his role on critically acclaimed 30 Rock and then enroll in a master’s program in politics and government to learn more about what the job entails. He says that despite his fame, he still has a blue-collar mindset: "There are people who make a lot of money who become rich people, and then there are people who make a lot of money, but they don’t think like rich people do. No matter how much money they have, they are the same from their own upbringing. I would definitely put myself in the latter class."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 4:57 AM
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TV Watch: Imagination-Free Networks Are Bewitched, Frankensteined and Nannied

In yet another example of today's brand-oriented, risk-averse thinking, CBS has hired Marc Lawrence, the mind behind Miss Congeniality, to revamp the popular Bewitched series that ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. Lawrence also produced 2005’s widely reviled big-screen version of the show, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 4:20 AM
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Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Chasing Tom Cruise, Landing Idris Elba: "Rodin Sculpture"

Some of us got a welcome dose of Guillermo del Toro in Hall H at Comic-Con. London TOH correspondent Matt Mueller sat down with him one on one.Currently locked in “crazy, active” pre-production on Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro took time out yesterday to chat about the epic monster movie he’ll direct next for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. at the New York City press junket for scary creature feature Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark. Although he shepherded the latter from conception through to release, it’s Pacific Rim that will mark Del Toro’s belated return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2008 and Hellboy II. And he says he’s chomping at the bit, particularly after coming so close earlier this year with At The Mountains Of Madness, before Universal pulled the plug on his big-budget H.P. Lovecraft adaptation.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 10, 2011 3:45 AM
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LA Noir Gangster Squad Cast: Nolte Joins Brolin, Gosling, Penn, Mackie, Ribisi, Peña, Stone & Enos

Check out the cast of Gangster Squad. The film is set in the 1940s, where a special LAPD unit (including Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling) is tasked to fight against East Coast gangster Mickey Cohen's (Sean Penn) corrupting power over Los Angeles. Will Beall adapted the screenplay from a 2008 seven part LA Times article written by Paul Lieberman (Beall is also writing Nicolas Winding Refn's Logan's Run and Lethal Weapon 5). Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is directing the film, housed at Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow; it's slated to start shooting later this year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2011 8:18 AM
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