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Film Historian Peter Cowie's Behind-the-Scenes 'Godfather' to Land in October

There are only a handful of trilogies that are so deepy ingrained in the zeitgeist of American culture that they seem destined to be timeless classics: "Star Wars," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Godfather." But where the first two were sci-fi/fantasy epics filled with spectacle and flash, the last one, with its dark meditations on violence and loyalty, is in a league of its own.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 6:18 AM
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Busy Ryan Gosling to Pre-Sell Directorial Debut 'How to Catch a Monster' at TIFF

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut. Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 2:31 PM
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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct Marvel World S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot for ABC

Joss Whedon and "Avengers" fans everywhere rejoice: ABC has ordered a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot from the "Buffy" scribe which will focus on the secretive military cum-police force of the Avengers universe. Whedon will direct, pending his schedule, and will co-write the pilot along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:45 PM
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Jon Voight Makes Waves at Republican National Convention

Actor Jon Voight is in Tampa this week at the Republican National Convention, and the Oscar-winner ("Coming Home)--who's never been afraid to speak his mind politically, penning a 2008 opinion piece against then-candidate Barack Obama and appearing in a video at the 2008 Republican convention--seems set to share his thoughts about the state of the country with anybody who'll listen.  The CliffsNotes version: Obama's a Marxist, and the media is hopelessly biased towards the incumbent in this year's election.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:22 PM
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More: Media, Politics

James Bond Turns 50, Throws Worldwide Party (VIDEO)

Mark your calendars: this year, October 5 will be Global James Bond Day in honor of 50th anniversary of the the famous MI6 agent's film debut. "Dr. No", the first Bond film, premiered on October 5, 1962, and Albert Broccoli's EON Productions (the company behind the Bond films from "Dr. No" to this year's "Skyfall") are partnering with MGM, Sony and Fox Home Entertainment for a day of worldwide events celebrating the spy's life in film.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:19 PM
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Oscar Watch: Hopes High for Five Animated Feature Nominations; GKIDS To Qualify Four Films

In many ways the fate of the Oscar animation race rests on a little distribution company called GKIDS. Why? Because whether there will be more than 13 or more than 16 feature films qualifying in 2012 determines how many nominees there will be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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Forget It Jake, It's Chinatown: Flavorwire's 10 Greatest Movie Endings -- Do You Agree?

Flavorwire has compiled a list of the 10 greatest movie endings, including the likes of Roman Polanski's "Chinatown," Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights." Full list and videos below, but beware! Some of these endings (with Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Diaboloque" as the grand dame of doozies) should only be watched if you've already seen the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 28, 2012 2:18 PM
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More: Classics, Video

Venice Days' Spotlight on Female Filmmakers: 'Womens Tales' in Conversation with Nair, Bier & Cavani

The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 28, 2012 12:58 PM
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Casting Watch: Portman's 'Got a Gun' for Fassbender, Farmiga's 'Psycho' Prequel at A&E, Nielson & Bell Join Trier's Nymphos

While it would seem impossible for the actor to physically accomplish all the roles on his slate, Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay's "Jane Got a Gun." Portman is producing the western and will star as a woman whose outlaw husband is being chased by criminal confederates...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 28, 2012 12:55 PM
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Moving on from 'House of Cards,' Will Fincher Return to Salander and Play 'with Fire'?

David Fincher's upcoming film slate has been shifting over the last week, and some are speculating that it may be moving in the direction of Lisbeth Salander. Not so fast, guys. With news that the director broke up with Egyptian beauty "Cleopatra," starring Angelina Jolie, and with Sony's confirmation that "The Girl Who Played with Fire" would not be a 2013 release (the kernel is that the sequel is in the works at all), eyes are on Fincher to return for the sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:28 PM
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