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A24 Acquires U.S. Rights to Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan'

New York City-based production company A24 has acquired the rights to Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen. A24 will release the film in the U.S. in February 2013, with FilmBuff handling domestic digital distribution.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 3, 2012 5:09 PM
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Telluride Brody Diary 3: Polley's Stunning 'Stories We Tell,' 'Joan of Arc,' 'Frances Ha' & More

Almost too rich a Telluride day – it’s after 2 a.m., I’m back in my room, slightly tipsy from a couple of iced glasses of one of Alice Waters’ favorite wines, the Bandol Tempier rosé, mind vibrating like a temple gong from the five programs I managed to fit in today...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 3, 2012 12:43 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson Talks Reagan-Era Satire Thriller 'The Stepfather'

Trailers from Hell kicks off September with Josh Olson talking "The Stepfather."
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  • September 3, 2012 12:41 PM
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'Anna Karenina' Early Review: Visually Splendid, Audacious, Swoony Epic Romance Heads for Oscars

The startling new adaptation of Tolstoy’s great novel "Anna Karenina," with Keira Knightley in the title role, is . as visually splendid as any studio epic, even if it plays with audience expectations of what lavish looks like. It’s a respectable adaptation of a huge story, encompassing a wealth of ideas; yet it also has the direct, heartfelt appeal of what Hollywood once called ‘a women’s picture.’
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 2, 2012 7:00 PM
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Venice: 'To The Wonder' Press Conference - Kurylenko Feels Telepathic Connection to Malick

In the absence of Terrence Malick (naturally…), Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, it was left to Olga Kurylenko to fly the flag for "To The Wonder" at the film's Venice press conference, alongside producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda and Italian co-star Romina Mondello.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 2, 2012 6:32 PM
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Telluride Forges Bonds, Affleck's 'Argo' Hits, Burns and Loyola Marymount Launch Doc Grad Program

Telluride is a place where people get to know each other. Without Telluride, I would not have dug into the Sight & Sound Top 50 with Alexander Payne (at the annual opening day Patron's Brunch), who agrees with me that "Citizen Kane" should be number one, not "Vertigo," and that Akira Kurosawa is the greatest filmmaker who ever lived.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2012 5:00 PM
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Telluride Brody Diary 2: A Rocky Mountain Brunch, A Wedding and Affleck's 'Argo'

In retrospect, my first full film festival day at Telluride, though utterly delightful, sounds more like I’m attending a food festival than a film one.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2012 4:28 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Sleepwalk with Me' Is Hit, Three Sundance Entries Struggle to Find Audiences

Even on a holiday weekend, the holdover specialized films--especially "Sleepwalk with Me"-- continued to prosper as the new ones opened badly . They boasted the lowest opening per-screen averages since the low-performing post-Christmas period.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 2, 2012 3:30 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by 'The Possession' and 'Lawless,' Disaster 'The Ooogieloves' Brings Up Rear UPDATE

Grosses for Labor Day weekend are about even with last week’s as well as the same as last year (always the weakest holiday), led by overperforming Lionsgate horror entry "The Possession," hitting the youth crowd, while Weinstein's "Lawless" is delivering at expected levels with a discrete older audience.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 2, 2012 2:15 PM
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VENICE: 'The Master' Press Conference; Cruise & Anderson Still Friends

Despite an enthusiastic reception as he entered the room, Paul Thomas Anderson held up his reputation as elusive prey at "The Master" press conference in Venice, and his two stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix were happy to fall in step behind him. In fact, Phoenix barely said a word, dragging on a cigarette, offering a couple of mumbling replies and even leaving the room for a spell. But there were still nuggets to be gleaned.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 2, 2012 10:56 AM
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