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Dogtooth Director Returns with Bizarre Teaser for Alps: Birth of a Classic Movie Line

Greek film Dogtooth was on many Best Films of 2010 lists and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (Susanne Bier's Danish In A Better World won). Director Yorgos Lanthimos promised that his next film would be darker, funnier and more extreme. Imagine that.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 12:09 PM
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Talking Warrior with Hardy, Edgerton and O'Connor--and Dark Knight, Bronson, Great Gatsby

Lionsgate purposely opted to take an under-the-radar approach with Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, an original drama (a rarity these days) that pits two brothers against each other in an MMA tournament. Commendably, Lionsgate financed this $25-million picture starring two on-the-rise stars: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, as well as Nick Nolte as the father they both hate. While the movie is strong enough to warrant festival inclusion, Lionsgate's strategy isn't off-base--the movie will prove a discovery for many critics; expect raves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 8:28 AM
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Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again

Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again
If at first you don't succeed...MoviePass, a New York-based all-you-can-watch flat-rate monthly subscription service, is trying a new iteration of its plan to shake up the theater industry the way that Netflix changed DVD rentals. Initially the service to be launched in June in 21 San Francisco theaters was to cost $50 a month for subscribers who wanted to sample unlimited movies via smartphone ticket buys, but faced strong blowback from theater owners, who weren't brought in on the deal and refused to play along.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 8:17 AM
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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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