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Estevez's The Way Hits AMC Theatres October 7

Writer-director Emilio Estevez launched his indie film The Way, starring his father Martin Sheen, at last year's Toronto Film Fest. And now, like so many other indie filmmakers these days, he's releasing it himself by cobbling together his own distribution and marketing team. After Toronto, Estevez and Elixir Films producer David Alexanian met with a number of distributors, says Alexanian, who selected John Sloss and Bart Walker’s Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) and Trevor Drinkwater’s ARC Entertainment to release The Way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2011 7:23 AM
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Trailer/Poster Watch: Clooney's Ides of March Stars Gosling, Hoffman, Wood, Giamatti UPDATED

Check out the poster (arresting original art for a change) and trailer (below) for The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Film Festival before its gala screening at the Toronto Fest. Columbia releases the film October 7.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 6:04 AM
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Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day

Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day
Cowboys & Aliens gets the prize for most literal title, if nothing else. While Andrew O'Hehir writes: "The movie never makes much of a case for its own existence; it's a mediocre western clumsily welded to a mediocre alien shoot-'em-up," and Roger Moore concludes: "A perfectly serviceable B-movie in the modern mold -- lots of money, lots of stars, lots of explosions and lots of credited screenwriters," TOH!'s review was somewhere in the middle, considering both the good (Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig), the bad (Olivia Wilde) and the ugly (the aliens).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 4:48 AM
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Crazy, Stupid, Love Reviews: Refreshingly Upscale, Contrived, Genial Messy Comedy, Real Actors

Each time a studio presents a new romantic comedy I face it with dread, unless Judd Apatow is involved. He works hard at finding some grain of truth about how men and women relate to each other. (Check out this candid KCRW podcast interview.) I'm allergic to fake studio gloss, and was surprised by the skill applied to Crazy, Stupid, Love (July 29), which could easily have gone south--the degree of difficulty was high. The top-flight cast delivers on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2011 10:45 AM
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Soderbergh's Tyranny of Narrative, Haywire at SDCC, Can Carano Hold a Candle to Action Star Jolie?

Steven Soderbergh presented footage from Haywire at Comic-Con. It was well-received. In ThePlaylist's interview with the director, he admits they weren't sure if Comic-Con was the right fit for the film, but "ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off.” It was a good call, because the movie features an ass-kicking (and hot) female MMA champion, Gina Carano, muscle-boy Channing Tatum and newfound heartthrob and serious thesp Michael Fassbender (Carano and Tatum joined Soderbergh on stage for the panel). Why wouldn't it play well at Comic-Con?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2011 5:45 AM
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Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

Two Documentaries Get Personal:  The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March
Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a historical artifact turned private heirloom. Both, however, are sure on one thing: there really is no place like home video.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 25, 2011 2:13 AM
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Andy Serkis Talks Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Hobbit

The king of performance capture actors pretended to be a fan in Hall H at Comic-Con Friday, asking Steven Spielberg a question about Daniel Craig meeting Clint Eastwood on the set of The Adventures of Tintin wearing just a leotard. (Here's a full report on Spielberg and Jackson talking Tintin.) Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) talked to Andy Serkis afterward:Few in Hall H recognized Serkis because film fans don't know what the Brit actor looks like--the man who performed not only The Lord of the Rings' Gollum, but King Kong. Serkis is pivotal in the evolution of performance capture.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 25, 2011 1:14 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Hits on Eve of Comic-Con; Not So Amazing

The Amazing Spider-Man trailer has leaked all over the web just in time for Sony's presentation at Comic-Con and a full year before its July 3, 2012 release. Rather than show us something new, the official version below shows us what's already been done before, but this time with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and 3-D. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb weaves a seemingly familiar story with new faces. Check out Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man trailer, also below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 20, 2011 12:33 PM
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Decode the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Poster

Appropriately enough for a spy thriller about deciphering codes, this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy poster asks you to find clues embedded in its design. That's The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman playing MI6 agent George Smiley, a role made famous by Alec Guinness in John Irvin's 1979 mini-series based on John le Carre's Cold War thriller. (It's a great read.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 4:35 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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