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Trailer Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT

As Francis Ford Coppola promised at Comic-Con's Hall H panel on TWIXT, which stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin as yet another Edgar Allen Poe, the filmmaker has posted a trailer on the web for his digital 3-D horror film, which will debut at Toronto. (Here's my Comic-Con coverage and Coppola interview.) This is much the same footage he showed at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 6:50 AM
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Gosling Front and Center on New Drive Poster, More Violence Due in Refn's Next, Only God Forgives

When you've got it, flaunt it. In Nicolas Winding Refn's indie-financed, $13-million Drive, Ryan Gosling scores in his first Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows himself to be entrapped by a young neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son. Gosling is Drive's primary selling point. Why not show what you got? He's never looked better.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 6:37 AM
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Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones
One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Special Jury Prize.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Post-Apocalyptic The FP, Names Evan Husney Company Director

Alamo Drafthouse distributor Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to its its second indie release, The FP at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. The film is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost, and exec produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Alamo's Tim League says: "The Trost brothers have an amazing, fresh creative vision and I want to be a part of the team that helps evangelize their strange new gospel.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2011 7:39 AM
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Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit

Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit
Here's the new poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which Focus Features is opening November 18 after its debut in Venice, which is timed before its European release in September. That's the reason why the film isn't in the Toronto Film Fest line-up. There's speculation that the film might turn up as a centerpiece gala or closing night offering at the New York Film Festival, along with Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (October 21). There's still time for these potential Oscar contenders to jockey for prime fest positions at the four fall fests, Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride, which keeps its selection a secret until the last possible minute. Angelenos who take the Charter from LAX to Montrose, Colorado at the start of the Labor Day weekend are handed the schedule as they board the plane.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2011 7:02 AM
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Jay Duplass' Kevin to Open Inaugural New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival, September 1-11

The New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival is born, and will debut this September 1-11. Jay Duplass' non-fiction debut Kevin (trailer below) will open the festival, accompanied by Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love. (Duplass and brother Mark's latest fiction offering Jeff Who Lives at Home will debut at September's Toronto Fest.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2011 6:32 AM
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Women with Guns: Thelma & Louise On Its 20th Anniversary vs. Hit TNT Series Rizzoli & Isles

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise, Matthew Brennan's latest “Now and Then” compares and contrasts Ridley Scott and Callie Khouri's groundbreaking road trip and TNT's police procedural/buddy series Rizzoli & Isles. Louise (Susan Sarandon) pulls no punches, but she’s fastidious, too. She pins her hair back tight and tugs her jacket on as snugly as she can; her kitchen is spotless enough to be a makeshift hospital room. Thelma (Geena Davis), on the other hand, is slovenly, loud. She skitters around in a floral housedress, surrounded by so many coupons, newspaper clippings, telephone bills, and other ephemera you’d be hard pressed to tell kitchen from master bedroom. She’s also charmingly nonchalant, dropping a silver gun in her purse like an extra shade of lipstick. In Thelma & Louise , a real pistol crack of a feminist caper, the gun’s the thing.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 1, 2011 6:12 AM
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Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta

A select group of film writers flew to New Zealand last week for an early look at the filmmaking process behind Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin. Our own Bill Desowitz was one of them. Building on their Comic-Con momentum, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson previewed more exclusive Tintin footage for select online journos last week at Jackson's Weta studio in New Zealand. And after viewing the thrilling and slapstick seaplane chase (culminating with the drunken Captain Haddock crawling out the plane in a storm and burping fumes into the empty engine), there's certainly less concern about the quality of the performance-captured animation and the movie's domestic commercial appeal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2011 5:43 AM
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Von Trier Isn't Pulling Back on Nymphomaniac, "Something Which Could Generate Some Press Attention"

Not one to pull his punches, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier--perhaps in an attempt to deflect the media from reporting on his connection (via Dogville) to Norwegian accused terrorist Anders B. Breivik-- is making more waves regarding his next movie, Nymphomaniac, which is looking at an English-language shoot in summer 2012. The film will track a woman's erotic life from "zero to the age of 50," producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen tells Screen, during eight chapters of varying graphic explicitness. Von Trier plans to shoot two versions, one hardcore, the other softcore.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2011 4:45 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide; Joins Top Nine Grossers

Since it opened 17 days ago, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 has been breaking box office records, but remember--the series finale had a 3-D boost. Anthony D'Alessandro does the global numbers:In just 17 days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 flew past the $1-billion mark at the global box office, making it the highest grossing chapter in the franchise as well as the ninth film ever to cross this benchmark (top nine grossers list is below).
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 31, 2011 9:32 AM
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