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WATCH: Dane DeHaan Reads Henry Miller in New Clip from 'Kill Your Darlings,' with Daniel Radcliffe

With "Kill Your Darlings" now screening out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, a new clip and images from this 1944-set beat generation drama have emerged. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg who meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) at Columbia and is drawn into a murder mystery.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 2, 2013 2:32 PM
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WATCH: Gorgeously Far-Out First Trailer for 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson

A Lynchian first teaser trailer for Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as a comely alien who seduces and preys upon men in Scotland, has landed. The polarizing sci-fi film recently played Telluride. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 2, 2013 12:14 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Universal Monster Movie 'Captive Wild Woman'

Brains on Ice! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Universal's 1943 film "Captive Wild Woman," starring John Carradine as a mad doctor who transforms a circus ape into doe-eyed sex-bomb Acquanetta via a brain swap.
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  • September 2, 2013 11:17 AM
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Telluride Film Festival XL Launches Werner Herzog Theatre, 'Under the Sun,' 'All is Lost'

The Werner Herzog Theater, the brand-new and fabulous tenth venue for the Festival, took the back of my head off. For a girl who bemoans the state of exhibition in the San Francisco Bay Area (don't get me started), it has become increasingly necessary to travel to see movies as they should be shown -- on big, well-lit screens, in a dark room not distractingly illuminated by flashes of light from tiny screens, with crisp, layered sound. (Let's not get into the morass of film projection vs. digital. I'm sympathetic, I love velvety silver nitrate and Technicolor imbibition prints as much if not more than the next geek, but that ship has sailed.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2013 10:35 AM
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Weinstein Co. Buys U.S. Rights to Venice/Telluride Title 'Tracks' Starring Wasikowska

The Weinstein Company (TWC) today has acquired U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Curran's true Australian odyssey "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, which debuted at Venice and Telluride to strong reviews and will go on to screen at Toronto. Here's TOH.
  • By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 11:48 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Afternoon Delight' Opens Well

Jill Soloway won the Sundance Directing Award for U.S. Narrative Features in January for her debut film following a successful career in high quality TV and cable ("Six Feet Under," "United States of Tara," "Grey's Anatomy") for this comedy about an L.A. mom who hired a female stripper to be her nanny.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 1, 2013 4:25 PM
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Telluride XL Day Three: Back to the Past

I eat and run, as just up the street Buck Henry, in his guise as Guest Director Emeritus, is presenting Mike Hodges' 1974 "The Terminal Man," a prescient, mesmerizing thriller in which George Segal, a computer programmer, permits electrodes and computers to be surgically implanted in him in order to stop his violent seizures. But the procedure instead increases their frequency and Segal's destructive behavior. In his catalogue blurb, Henry cites "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Clockwork Orange," and "Fahrenheit 451."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 1, 2013 2:42 PM
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Sony Concert Doc 'One Direction' Boosts Labor Day Weekend Box Office, 'Closed Circuit' Flops

Forget the September doldrums. Sony's Brit boy band 3-D concert film "One Direction" was a solid number one. And major support came from four strong holdovers: "The Butler," "We're the Millers," "Planes" and "Elysium." All told, the three days will come in with about $84 million for the top 10, up $5 million from last year, and enough to increase the tiny year-to-date lead over 2012 that has taken eight months to achieve.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 1, 2013 1:51 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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