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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, TIFF and Venice Lineups Unfold, Cate Blanchett Video Interview and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2013 1:33 PM
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Venice Film Festival Showcases Auteurs Miyazaki, Cuaron, Gilliam, Schrader, Frears, and Reichardt

The Venice Film Festival gets under way August 28 with Alfonso Cuaron's previously announced 3-D opener "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and closes with Tierry Ragobert’s $20 million 3-D documentary “Amazonia."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2013 10:56 AM
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Comic-Con's Marvel Panel Stars 'Thor''s Loki, 'Captain America''s Evans & Johansson (VIDEOS)

Nobody understands the Comic-Con demo better than Marvel production chief Kevin Feige, who knows how to create material that will please these fans. In Hall H you can see that he gets it. He's giving them what they want. He's not shoving something down their throat with scads of advertising dollars, not wowing them with a great VFX trailer. He's bringing to life beloved characters who exist inside a well-considered consistent universe. So when Tom Hiddleston turns up in full Loki regalia and exhorts "the arena that is known as Hall H" to become his army--"where are your Avengers now?"--the crowd ate it up (see that video and all the panel videos below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 2:35 PM
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Fantastic Fest 2013 Unveils First Wave of Programming, Includes Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi' and More Genre Goodies

Fantastic Fest has unleashed its first wave of programming. Highlights from the lineup include a red-carpet premiere of Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi," in which he also stars; Israeli crime film "Big Bad Wolves"; the Netherlands' "Borgman," which was snapped up by Drafthouse Films out of Cannes; and documentary "Narco Cultura," on the collision between Mexican drug cartels and pop culture.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 2:29 PM
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TIFF First Looks: Neeson and Wilde in Haggis' 'Third Person,' Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is By My Side'

With the July 23 announcement of galas and special screenings at TIFF 2013, first-look images from anticipated films are coming in fast and furious. Check out Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Paul Haggis' "Third Person"; and Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) as Jimi Hendrix in John Ridley's "All Is By My Side." Both make their world premieres at the fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 12:13 PM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies: 'Gravity' Could Be This Year's 'Life of Pi,' A Commercial Art Film in Glorious 3-D (UPDATED VIDEOS)

It looks like Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" (October 4) could be this year's "Life of Pi," a thrilling roller-coaster ride in space and a mystical meditation on the cosmos and rebirth, and a major VFX Oscar contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 24, 2013 11:47 AM
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Comic-Con Wrap: Winners and Losers (Hiddleston video)

So who came out ahead? Here's my list of winners and losers of Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 6:11 AM
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Fantasia Fest Review: 'Doomsdays' Is Defiantly Original

Tired of train wrecks? Alienated by mutant life forms? Bewildered by budgets? Done with the undead? Then the movies for you, thus far this year, are 1) Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess” and 2) Eddie Mullins’ as-yet-all-but-unseen “Doomsdays,” which premieres tonight at Fantasia Fest in Montreal. The two films share numerous dissimilarities. They are also unlike anything else out there.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 23, 2013 2:07 PM
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Venice Days Program of the Biennale Announces Lineup, Includes Films from the Safdie Brothers, Ava DuVernay and More

The tenth edition of the Venice Days program at the Venice International Film Festival unfolds from August 28 through September 7. Its lineup, consisting of 12 feature films, two shorts, three special events and two special screenings, focuses heavily but not exclusively on debuts. Included in this year's just-announced program are John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherien Dabis' "May in the Summer," Josh and Benny Safdie's "Lenny Cooke," and Ava DuVernay's short film "The Door." Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2013 12:34 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival Launches Oscar Race; 'Fifth Estate' Is Opener, 'Life of Crime' Is Closer

DreamWorks’ World premiere of Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival announced that the world premiere of Festival on September 5; the fest will close on September 15 with the world premiere of Daniel Schechter’s "Life of Crime."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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