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Trailer/Poster Watch: Clooney's Ides of March Stars Gosling, Hoffman, Wood, Giamatti UPDATED

Check out the poster (arresting original art for a change) and trailer (below) for The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Film Festival before its gala screening at the Toronto Fest. Columbia releases the film October 7.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 6:04 AM
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Don't Make Dan Savage Angry: A Warning to Rick Santorum

My politics line up with Dan Savage's. But I'm still relieved we share the same last name, just in case I ever get on his bad side:Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum from Dan Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 6:00 AM
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TCM and Warner Launching New Classic Film Collections: Rooney, Garland, Astaire, Rogers, Thin Man

As Hollywood threatens to remake The Thin Man, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Entertainment are releasing a Thin Man collection as one of three new classic film collections being added to their Greatest Classic Films and Legends lines (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man), all starring the iconic screen couple William Powell and Myrna Loy as happily tipsy sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.
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  • July 28, 2011 5:50 AM
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Venice Film Festival 2011: From Soderbergh and Polanski to Clooney, Madonna, Friedkin

No surprises this morning on the officially announced Venice Film Festival schedule. Joining previously announced opener and closer The Ides of March (directed by George Clooney) and Damsels in Distress (directed by Whit Stillman), respectively, is the expected list of films from Tomas Alfredson, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Steve McQueen, Todd Solondz, William Friedkin and Abel Ferrara. Now that we know the Venice and Toronto schedules, what's left to guess about is Telluride's always-secret Labor Day Weekend programme and the post-Toronto New York Film Festival slate: opener, mid-fest centerpiece, closer...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2011 5:37 AM
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Hunger Games: Inventing a Franchise and Would-Be Heartthrobs With It: Hemsworth & Hutcherson

Lionsgate wants to launch a Twilight-scale franchise with its movie version of the Hunger Games young-adult book series starring it-girl Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Now EW is trumpeting two would-be male heartthrobs as well on its second EW's Hunger Games cover while the movie is still shooting. (More details on The Hunger Games here, and additional pics from EW below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 5:22 AM
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Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day

Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day
Cowboys & Aliens gets the prize for most literal title, if nothing else. While Andrew O'Hehir writes: "The movie never makes much of a case for its own existence; it's a mediocre western clumsily welded to a mediocre alien shoot-'em-up," and Roger Moore concludes: "A perfectly serviceable B-movie in the modern mold -- lots of money, lots of stars, lots of explosions and lots of credited screenwriters," TOH!'s review was somewhere in the middle, considering both the good (Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig), the bad (Olivia Wilde) and the ugly (the aliens).
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  • July 28, 2011 4:48 AM
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TCA News: Hamm To Direct Mad Men Premiere, AMC Offers No Darabont Details on Walking Dead Exit

The annual Television Critics Association panels are under way in Los Angeles. New news from Thursday's AMC panel: Mad Men star Jon Hamm will direct the Season Five premiere, which starts filming next week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2011 4:41 AM
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More: TV, Mad Men, AMC

Paramount Makes Jackass Films Available on Facebook

The studios are all experimenting with how to compensate for declining DVD sales and rentals, which are plummeting at a rate no one anticipated. All over Hollywood, studio home video departments are constricting, and their formerly sidelined digital divisions are coming into prominence as they try to come up with innovative ways to sell their product.
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  • July 28, 2011 3:59 AM
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RIP Polly Platt, Production Designer and Producer, Driving Force for Directors

I first met producer/production designer Polly Platt on the set of Terms of Endearment, which went on to earn five Oscars including best picture. Truth is, the movie might not have turned out as well without her. It was TV executive producer/writer James L. Brooks' debut as a film director, and featured his strong screenplay based on the Larry McMurtry novel. But Brooks sought steering and advice from Platt, who earned an Oscar nomination for Terms of Endearment for art direction/set decoration, and continued to supportively work for Brooks at Gracie Films, and on subsequent Brooks projects including Broadcast News and I'll Do Anything.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2011 9:44 AM
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More: Obit

Sony Picture Classics Acquires Kasdan's Darling Companion, Starring Keaton, Kline

Sony Picture Classics has preemptively acquired the domestic rights to Darling Companion from Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works (Howl, Life During Wartime).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • July 27, 2011 9:05 AM
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