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23rd Annual Gotham Awards Set for December 2; New Competitive Actor and Actress Categories Announced

The 23rd Annual Gotham Film Awards will take place on Monday, December 2, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. For the first time, the Gothams will present newly added competitive categories for Best Actress and Actor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 1:40 PM
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Lionsgate Takes Anton Corbijn's Spy Thriller 'A Most Wanted Man,' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

Lionsgate has snapped up US rights for spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. The film is helmed by Anton Corbijn ("The American"), and adapted from the novel by John Le Carre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 12:36 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' Starring Bale, Cooper, Lawrence, Adams and Renner

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has landed. Starring a knockout cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on the true story of the '70s ABSCAM operation where a con man (Bale) and his mistress (Adams) team up with a loose-cannon federal agent (Cooper) to, well, scam the scammers. Watch below, plus new images from the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 12:02 PM
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Trailer Watch: Hannah Fidell's Buzzy Fest Favorite 'A Teacher,' Starring Lindsay Burdge

Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher" debuted in the Sundance NEXT section at the beginning of the year, going on to play SXSW and the LA Film Fest. Centered by a startlingly complex performance by Lindsay Burdge, it follows a young high school teacher in Texas whose taboo romance with a student (Will Brittain) turns into an out-of-control obsession. Watch the new trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 11:46 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Oddball Brit Cult Comedy 'Withnail and I'

Bad Relationships! week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Bruce Robinson's "Withnail and I," centering on two down-and-out '60s actors driving each other crazy at a country cottage.
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  • July 31, 2013 11:20 AM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men in the classic heroic mold are few and far between among recessive American thespians. When an impressively forceful and confident leading man you've never heard of turns up on a show, such as Robert Taylor on A&E's solid contemporary Western procedural "Longmire," it's a matter of course now that he will turn out to be from somewhere else.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 31, 2013 7:04 AM
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Academy Governors Choose Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the First African-American AMPAS President

Tuesday night the newly elected board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted for a new president to replace outgoing Hawk Koch, who had come to the end of his one-year term. The race was between two members of the Academy Public Relations Branch, Lionsgate motion picture chief Rob Friedman, who has a demanding full-time job, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a former Paramount and Lionsgate marketing and publicity executive whose firm CBI Enterprises, Inc. consults on such film campaigns as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2013 3:35 AM
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Paramount Makes Moves Toward the Digital Future

As much as many of us bewail the studios' pokey moves into the digital future, the truth is, they are not stupid. What they are doing--and why they can be counted on to make many ill-advised decisions going forward--is thinking about how to buttress their bottom line, satisfy stockholders, and cover their huge executive salaries and overhead. That's why making more big movies that may score big and pay all their bills is still their prerogative, rather than more less risky small movies. Even after six would-be tentpoles tank in a row.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 6:15 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. "Finding Vivian Maier" unearths the mysteries behind an undiscovered street photographer, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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