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WATCH: Rare Buster Keaton Footage Unearthed (VIDEO)

Historian Fernando Pena has made a rare find, reports Scott Foundas in Variety. Pena has unearthed an alternate European cut with French intertitles of silent comedy star Buster Keaton’s 1922 short “The Blacksmith," one of the countless two-reelers Keaton made for producer Joseph M. Schenck. This is an unusual case where two versions of the short--filmed with two side by side cameras-- are very different, including never before seen gags.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2013 1:50 PM
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WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Stars as Julian Assange in First Trailer for 'The Fifth Estate'

The first trailer for Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks icon Julian Assange, has landed. The film will chart the rise of Assange's notorious watchdog website and his status as a highly controversial international figure. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 11:53 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Blake Edwards' 'Days of Wine and Roses,' Starring Lemmon and Remick

Dipsomania Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker Dan Ireland introducing Blake Edwards' "Days of Wine and Roses," starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
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  • July 17, 2013 11:22 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor and Fassbender

The first trailer for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has arrived. The Fox Searchlight title stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The sprawling cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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WATCH TRAILER: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Four Starts September 8

Check out the new trailer for "Boardwalk Empire," as Season Four of the gorgeously mounted Martin Scorsese/Terrence Winter Prohibition era gangster series gets underway on September 8 on HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2013 4:12 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'Barfly,' Starring Mickey Rourke

Dipsomania Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly," starring Mickey Rourke.
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  • July 15, 2013 11:33 AM
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WATCH TRAILER: 'Out of the Furnace' Stars Vengeful Vigilante Bale

The trailer for Scott Cooper's new film, "Out of the Furnace," just hit the web and it packs a wallop of dramatic violence. The thriller is a revenge story that tests brotherly loyalty in the American rust belt.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2013 11:37 AM
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WATCH: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Discuss Genocide Doc 'The Act of Killing' (VIDEO)

Any film with the names Werner Herzog and Errol Morris attached as co-executive producers is enough for cinephiles to run to the theater en masse. But Joshua Oppenheimer's masterful genocide documentary "The Act of Killing" is an unmissable film on its own terms.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 12, 2013 2:39 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Unjustly Unheralded Horror Film 'The Black Room,' Starring Boris Karloff

Shock Theater with Joe Dante concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Dante introducing 1935's "The Black Room," starring Boris Karloff.
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  • July 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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First Look: New Red Band Trailer and Poster for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean visceral thriller "Oldboy" arrives on October 25 (Film District scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released "Red Hook Summer" last summer; his Michael Jackson doc "Bad 25" played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are the HBO film of the stage play "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and a sequel to "Inside Man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2013 5:22 PM
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