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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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Michael Moore Built a Movie Theater – and a Film Festival – and Invites You to Come

Here's the full invitation that Michael Moore sent to his email list--explaining why he runs one of the highest-grossing indie theaters in America--and inviting us to this summer's Traverse City Film Festival.
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  • July 15, 2012 2:13 PM
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Comic-Con Flips Over 'Elysium' Footage; Damon, Foster, Copley and Blomkamp Talk (EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS)

Ever since indie "District 9" put South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp on the map as an original filmmaker with an extraordinary command over VFX, film fans have eagerly awaited his next. I remember when Sony introduced the now iconic poster-campaign for the low-budget sci-fi thriller at Comic-Con 2009...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2012 1:45 AM
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Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Takes Hall H, Talks Sex, Boobies & Violence; Intros New Cast [Video]

They returned to Hall H, but novelist George R.R. Martin and his HBO "Game of Thrones" panel lacked the ebullience of last's year's panel in the smaller Ballroom 20. That one included eventual Emmy winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa (who made the fans go gaga).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2012 12:32 AM
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