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Texas Killing Fields Debuts at Venice, Lands Stateside Release Date

Finally! Anchor Bay has picked a release date for Venice competition title Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moretz, on October 7 (Italian trailer below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 3:42 AM
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Kenny Ortega to Direct Lionsgate Dirty Dancing Remake

We haven't heard too much of Kenny Ortega since This Is It, his 2009 Michael Jackson documentary, but Lionsgate announced today that it will be producing a remake of Dirty Dancing with Ortega at the helm.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 8, 2011 11:52 AM
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Two Clips from One Day, Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess: Destined To Be Hit or Miss?

Check out a clip from Lone Scherfig's One Day below and another one at IMDb. Here's a look at the poster, more details. Official trailer is also below. One Day opens August 19. This clip is better than the teaser trailer, which had a woeful voiceover, but we're not feeling it yet, especially not with the fake British accent--need to see this one.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 7:49 AM
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Weekend Preview: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Bellflower & The Medusa, Whistleblower, Magic Trip

Rise of the Planet of the Apes has finally landed with jaw-dropping effects and strong reviews. Apes should knock either The Smurfs or Cowboys & Aliens off their top two positioning.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 5:40 AM
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Another Taut, Tense Trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Check out the second trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) and read more on the mighty combo of the John le Carre novel and all-star cast here. Tinker plays the Venice Film Festival late August, followed by a September 16 release in the UK. On November 18 the wait is over for US audiences.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 4:34 AM
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Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto

Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto
Going on a quest for the "real" Sarah Palin sounds like setting out in pursuit of the Holy Grail—it's something that's guaranteed to be hard to find, if it exists at all. But Brit documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield tried to do just that in his drolly titled Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which Content Film will release after its world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival. Content will have international rights for the film, while Cassian Elwes will release the film in the US.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 3, 2011 9:22 AM
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The Change-Up Premieres in Westwood: Bateman, Reynolds, Bullock; Early Reviews

The studios get freaked when a movie destined to be commercially mainstream plays better for adults. That's because it's in their interest to play better to dumb young males than to, say, smart older females who can't be counted on to show up on an opening weekend. That's why so many awful movies get made that leave me out of their target demo. This was one topic at Monday night's Universal premiere of The Change-Up (August 5, trailer below), which was better than I was expecting. Universal is nervous because the movie is tracking older and female. (Early reviews are trending rotten; here's Metacritic.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 10:57 AM
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Trailer Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT

As Francis Ford Coppola promised at Comic-Con's Hall H panel on TWIXT, which stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin as yet another Edgar Allen Poe, the filmmaker has posted a trailer on the web for his digital 3-D horror film, which will debut at Toronto. (Here's my Comic-Con coverage and Coppola interview.) This is much the same footage he showed at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 6:50 AM
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Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones
One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Special Jury Prize.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit

Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit
Here's the new poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which Focus Features is opening November 18 after its debut in Venice, which is timed before its European release in September. That's the reason why the film isn't in the Toronto Film Fest line-up. There's speculation that the film might turn up as a centerpiece gala or closing night offering at the New York Film Festival, along with Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (October 21). There's still time for these potential Oscar contenders to jockey for prime fest positions at the four fall fests, Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride, which keeps its selection a secret until the last possible minute. Angelenos who take the Charter from LAX to Montrose, Colorado at the start of the Labor Day weekend are handed the schedule as they board the plane.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2011 7:02 AM
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