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New Poster for Toronto-Bound 'End of Watch': Ayers & Pena Discuss Cop Drama at Comic-Con

David Ayer's "End of Watch" will be having its world premiere in Toronto before arriving in theaters September 21. Check out our coverage of the "End of Watch" panel at Comic-Con and the new poster below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 2:09 PM
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Venice's Restored Classic Lineup for 80th Fest Includes Welles, Hawks, Bergman, Rosselini and Cimino, In Person with 'Heaven's Gate'

In celebration of the Venice Film Festival's 80th anniversary, the fest will screen a program of restored classic films, titled "Venezia Classici." Included in the cinephile-dream lineup is Welles' "Chimes at Midnight," Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Hawks' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Rosselini's "Stromboli" and Cimino's restored "Heaven's Gate."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2012 2:51 PM
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Toronto Line-up Launches Oscar Race; What Will Show Up in Venice? Fantastic Fest?

Many likely Oscar contenders are spoken for in the Toronto line-up, from Ben Affleck's "Argo" to FDR tale "Hyde Park on Hudson." "Looper" may seem like an odd TIFF fest opener--the festival has stepped away from having to book Canadian films--unless you consider Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis walking the red carpet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2012 7:32 PM
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Sarah Polley's Family Mythology Documentary 'Stories We Tell' to Have Venice Premiere

Oscar nominee Sarah Polley's new documentary "Stories We Tell," a collaborative project with the National Film Board of Canada, will have its world premiere in the Venice Days program held during the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 12:50 PM
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Toronto Film Festival 2012 Announces Opening Night, Galas and Special Presentations; 'To the Wonder,' 'Anna Karenina,' 'Looper,' 'Place Beyond the Pines' & More

The Toronto International Film Festival has a handful of exciting announcements today about the 2012 installment of the fest (running September 6-16). Rian Johnson's futuristic action-sci-fi thriller "Looper," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, will be the opening night film, and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," Ben Affleck's "Argo," Derek Cianfrance's "Place Beyond the Pines," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" are among the screenings this year. Full list of galas and special presentations below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 12:49 PM
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Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Opens 69th Venice Film Fest

The 69th Venice International Film Festival will open on August 29th with Mira Nair's out-of-competition world premiere "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." It's her fifth showing at Venice, including the Golden Lion winner "Monsoon Wedding," "Mississippi Masala," the collective film "11'09'01," and "Vanity Fair."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 12:34 PM
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Stewart Talks Becoming a Vampire and Getting Sexy in 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'; Preview of 'The Host'

At the Comic-Con "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II" (November 16) press conference and panel, it became clear that Kristen Stewart was doing all the talking--as Rob Pattinson happily listened. She had watched all her co-stars play vampires through three films. But she wanted to do it in her own way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 6:26 AM
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Studios Go Gigantor at Comic-Con: 'Pacific Rim,' 'Godzilla,' 'Man of Steel,' 'The Hobbit'

The studios have boxed themselves into a corner. Because you can't just keep piling money into VFX to lure audiences to theaters, as their current (failing) tentpole strategy attests. And digital 3-D isn't exactly an event anymore--both "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Ice Age 4" saw lackluster 3-D performance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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Tarantino and 'Django Unchained' Gang Hit Comic-Con: How Serious is This Movie?

Saturday morning Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H was packed with 6000 fans, many of whom stayed up all night to gain a seat, to get a gander at an eight-minute sizzle reel of clips from the first half of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (slated optimistically for release by Weinstein Co. on December 25).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 1:56 PM
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Comic-Con: Gordon-Levitt, Johnson Talk Time Travel and Willis in 'Looper' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Of the various sci-fi thrillers on display at Comic-Con, one that intrigues me is Rian Johnson's "Looper." The writer-director came up with the idea ten years ago after reading a lot of Philip K. Dick. The concept: in the future when time travel is possible but outlawed, the mob zaps hit men into the past to dispose of their victims.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2012 4:29 PM
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