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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

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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Trailer Watch: Lars von Triers' Melancholia: Life is On Earth And Not For Long

Here is the latest trailer for Lars von Trier’s psychological disaster movie Melancholia, starring Cannes best actress winner Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, and Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård. The film premiered at Cannes to rave reviews and Von Trier's notorious banning from the festival (here's our interview). Next stop: Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 4:50 AM
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BFI London Film Fest To Close with Terence Davies' Deep Blue Sea, Starring Weisz & Hiddleston

BFI London Film Fest To Close with Terence Davies' Deep Blue Sea, Starring Weisz & Hiddleston
The BFI London Film Festival, in its 55th year, will close its fifteen-day festival (October 12-27) with the UK premiere of Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale star in the intense 50s drama, which will premiere in September in Toronto. Based on Terence Rattigan's play (here's a 1998 NYMag review), Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of a high court judge (Beale), who leaves him for her lover (Hiddleston), an ex-RAF pilot...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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May the Best Filmmaker Win: IndieWIRE and Sundance Partner on Project of the Month

May the Best Filmmaker Win: IndieWIRE and Sundance Partner on Project of the Month
IndieWIRE's popular Project of the Day column is adding a weekly and monthly contest, and joining up with the Sundance Institute. Best project of the month winners will now get a consultation session from the Sundance Institute. Each week, indieWIRE readers vote for their favorite in-the-works film project.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 1:51 AM
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Actors to the Rescue: Gosling, Winslet, and Pitt Make Cynics Question Their Heroism

Actors to the Rescue: Gosling, Winslet, and Pitt Make Cynics Question Their Heroism
What better way to kick off a competitive Oscar season than saving a life?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 29, 2011 7:21 AM
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Women in Hollywood: Best Body Mirren on Being Proactive, Imperfect; Fonda talks Prime Time Love, Sex

Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male roles Mirren could have rocked. There's a remake or two in that list worth pursuing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 29, 2011 5:08 AM
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Marshall, Reiner and Heckerling Talk Comedy and Bridesmaids Bandwagon

Should burgeoning directors and writers chase Bridesmaids? This was one of several topics broached at Saturday’s Directors Guild panel “Make ‘Em Laugh: Game Changing Comedy Direction” featuring host Shawn Levy and laugh-meisters Garry Marshall, Rob Reiner and Amy Heckerling, who regaled the crowd with their cinematic bag of gags. Anthony D'Alessandro was there:As comedy tastes have ebbed and flowed in Hollywood, with the latest penchant being raunchy female fare, these trendsetters have stuck to their sense of humor throughout the years: Heckering continues to make young-adult comedies (her latest is the vampire knock-up Vamps), Reiner prefers projects for the 50+ crowd (next year's Summer at Dog Dave’s) while Marshall still cashes in on pretty people romantic comedies for the masses (this December’s New Year’s Eve and last year's Valentine's Day which grossed $217 million worldwide).
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 29, 2011 5:07 AM
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More: Genres, Comedy

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