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Venice: Al Pacino’s ‘The Humbling’ Scores Major Sales (Exclusive)

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Top major territory distribs count among pre-sales struck by Millennium on Barry Levinson’s Al Pacino-starrer “The Humbling.”

France’s Metropolitan Film Export, Italy’s Ambi, Lionsgate U.K., AOne Films for the Cis and Latin America’s California Filmes are among the territories snapping up the film. ICM Partners handles U.S rights; Canadian distributor is Vvs Films.

The Humbling,” based on Philip Roth’s novel, was made on a highly contained budget precisely to avoid dependence on pre-sales and market pressures, Levinson said during an interview at at Venice’s Hotel Cipriani.

It certainly does pack a high-profile and eclectic cast, led by Pacino and Greta Gerwig, and featuring, among just femme thesps, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Nina Arianda, Mary Louise Wilson.

“This is the most home-made movie in the festival,” Levinson said proudly. That should be taken literally. “Humbling” was shot at Levinson’s home in Connecticut, »


- John Hopewell

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Box Office: Guardians Of The Galaxy Ends Summer As the Biggest Movie of 2014; As Above So Below Underwhelms as Weekend’s Only New Release

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Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery.  But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year.  Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1.  That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months. Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five. Following its return to the top spot last weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy »

- Nicole Pedersen

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'Guardians' Is Now The Highest-Grossing Movie of the Year

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Against two weak newcomers, Guardians of the Galaxy held on to first place at the box office on Friday.More importantly, Guardians passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office with $262.1 million.Guardians added $3.8 million on Friday, which is down just 20 percent from last weekend. That puts it on pace for around $16 million for the three-day frame and over $20 million for the four-day holiday weekend. In the long run, Guardians is now guaranteed to earn over $300 million, and could finish as high as $320 million.As Above/So Below took second place on Friday with $3.2 million. That's a bit higher than recent Labor Day horror movies Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D, though that's not saying much. It should earn between $9 and $10 million for the three-day weekend and over $11 million through Monday.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 41 percent to $2.7 million, »


- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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This Week In Trailers: The Overnighters, Rec 4: Apocalypse, One Eyed Girl, The Homestretch, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: The Overnighters, Rec 4: Apocalypse, One Eyed Girl, The Homestretch, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas appeared first on /Film. »


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Telluride Review: 'The Imitation Game' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley And More

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In 1941, brilliant Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing was hired by the British military to break an infamous and seemingly unbreakable Nazi code called Enigma. Leading a group of misfit cryptanalysts, logicians and wunderkind minds, Turing directed the operation of code breakers to crack Enigma and win the war. But for Turing, this victory came at a terrible expense. Set in two periods — 1951 after Enigma has long been broken and 1941 as the irascible and arrogant Turing has applied for the code-breaking job (his unsocialzed Asperger’s-like personality almost getting him bounced out of the interview) — Graham Moore’s adept screenplay deftly navigates between both settings and even gives the latter period a touch of mystery to it, sending the suspenseful drama, taking place in the throes of WWII, speeding off to the races. After a bumpy opening of unnecessary voice-over and on-the-nose dialogue, “The Imitation Game” takes off with a skillful immediacy. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Venice: Al Pacino Waxes On Depression, The Actors Studio & The “Amazing” ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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It’s Al Pacino day here on the Lido. The actor is in town for two very different films, Barry Levinson’s out-of-competition The Humbling and David Gordon Green’s competition entry Manglehorn. Pacino stars in the former as an aging theater actor at a crossroads who has an affair with Greta Gerwig’s younger woman. It’s based on the Philip Roth novel and adapted by Buck Henry. In Manglehorn, Green revisits his beloved Texas with the story of a disenchanted locksmith who pines for a lost love and ultimately breaks out of his self-imposed prison. Both have received some mixed notices here thus far. Never mind, the faithful were out in droves for packed back-to-back press conferences this afternoon to hear the venerable Pacino wax on a wide array of subjects.

Pacino said The Humbling, to which he acquired the rights, attracted him because of the juxtaposition of »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Becomes Year’s Top Film, Leads Labor Day Weekend

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Leave it to a ragtag band of space crusaders to save the Labor Day weekend box office.

Guardians of the Galaxy” has edged out newcomers “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below” to once again top the domestic box office, earning $3.8 million on Friday in its fifth frame. The intergalactic pic has beat out fellow Marvel superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to become the highest grossing film of the year to date Stateside.

The Marvel-Disney blockbuster is headed for a $20.5 million weekend, which would mark a 9% spike and raise its impressive cume to $278.8 million.

“As Above, So Below” surprised with a second-place finish on Friday, but will likely end up in fourth place behind “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “If I Stay” by Monday — a repeat of last weekend.

This is the third win for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recently crossed the $500 million mark worldwide and »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Box Office Friday: ‘Guardians’ Tops 2014; ‘As Above/So Below’ Nabs No. 3; ‘Catinflas’ Es Excelente!

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3rd Update, Saturday, 8:01 Am: No longer a horse race, Legendary Pictures’ first pic under its Universal deal — the micro-budgeted horror film As Above/So Below – opened the best of the newcomers and will take the No. 4 spot over Relativity actioner The November Man, which dropped to No. 6 this morning. The horror film should scare in $8.7M to $9.2M for the three-day and $10.3M to $11.1M for the four-day, while the Pierce Brosnan actioner should shoot in with $7.5M to $7.7M for the three-day and $9.5M to $9.8M for the four-day to bring its five-day cume (it opened last Wednesday) to $11M+. Relativity, which acquired November Man for U.S. distribution only for $3M, is on the hopeful end; The Solution Group is distributing the pic in Canada and internationally. As Above/So Below garnered a lousy C- CinemaScore from its core audience, but this one is likely to make »


- Anita Busch

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Telluride Review: Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

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The category of Iranian prison movies with feel-good endings is a small subgenre, and one that "Rosewater" is likely to have all to itself for the near future. With his feature film writing and directing debut, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart clearly wanted to make a people-have-the-power message picture that would resonate at least as much with American youths as longtime students of political repression in the Middle East. That transparent desire to make the material as accessible as possible to U.S. moviegoers — starting with the old-fashioned notion of having all the Iranians speaking to each other exclusively in English — results in a sometimes overly slick take on potentially tough subject matter. For better or worse, torture-themed films don’t get too much easier to take than this one. The initially easygoing protagonist who spends the second half of "Rosewater" in solitary confinement is Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal), an. »

- Chris Willman

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Reese Witherspoon Delivers Special Legally Blonde Message For Ailing Child

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As the sassy, smart and unrepentantly girly Elle Woods, Reese Witherspoon was role model for many young women when Legally Blonde hit in 2001. But this law student with the can-do attitude, tiny dog sidekick and love of all things pink has also proved an inspiration for a little boy named Will, who's currently battling cancer. His mother Julie writes of 4-year-old Will, "Legally Blonde is on the hospital TV and Will has been watching it, like four times a day. When he feels good enough to want something, he wants Legos and 'The Pink Girl.' He finds comfort in it and loves the Pink Lady. So, if anyone knows Reese Witherspoon, and she would be willing to take a picture of herself holding a note that says 'TeamWill,' or any other shout out that she can dream up, she would give a little four year old boy fighting »

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Watch Chucky From Child's Play Attack Strangers For A Prank Show

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As if dimly-lit bus stops weren't creepy enough at night, here comes a prank meant to promote Curse of Chucky. Watch as strangers shiver when the bus stop's lights shutter, then run in abject terror as the ad for this straight-to-dvd release bursts to life. Or more aptly--a knife-wielding Chucky bursts through the ad to chase them through the streets! Men, women, children and dogs all flee the threat of Chucky! Special props to the dudes who chucked a backpack in their own defense, and to the little girl who knew something spooky was up. Tipped on Facebook, this insane stunt came courtesy of the Brazilian variety show Programa Silvio Santos. And it's a pretty outstanding way to draw attention to the return of Chucky. This publicity stunt is also one in keeping with the show's disturbing brand of humor that plays on freaking people out in everyday situations. Check »

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The Imitation Game review round-up: Cumberbatch tipped for awards glory

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Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last night (August 29).

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the historical drama as pioneering mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, whose code-breaking work at Bletchley Park proved vital for the Allies in World War II.

Digital Spy rounds up the critical reactions to Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley's highly-anticipated film.

Todd McCarthy - The Hollywood Reporter

"Benedict Cumberbatch is cornering the market on playing exceptionally brilliant problem solvers, first on television with his dazzling portrayal of a modern Sherlock Holmes and now on the big screen in a superb performance as Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code and helped win World War II.

"Engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic, The Imitation Game is overly reluctant to dive into the nitty gritty of how the man who's often called the father of artificial intelligence accomplished what he did, »


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Venice: ’99 Homes’ Takes On The 1% With Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon (Video)

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Prepping his Venice Competition title 99 Homes, helmer Ramin Bahrani says he was made “dizzy by the corruption” in the Florida foreclosure system. The film is set in 2010 Orlando and follows Andrew Garfield as an unemployed construction worker and single father whose family loses its home. Michael Shannon, who was warmly welcomed here in 2012’s The Iceman, plays the real estate broker who evicts him. The pair ultimately make a kind of Faustian pact that sees Garfield morph to the dark side. The visceral film is a response to the corrupt system that’s “been rigged for those who win,” Bahrani said. Reactions here have been widely positive, and while the movie is talked about as Man Push Cart and At Any Price helmer Bahrani’s best chance so far to cross over, it might be a tough sell to U.S. audiences reticent to revisit the period. Both actors spent »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

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Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »


- Scott Foundas

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Venice Film Review: ‘Manglehorn’

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When you want subtle and nuanced, Al Pacino isn’t the guy you call. , focused on the kind of eccentric rural Southern character you might expect to encounter in one of Errol Morris’ early documentaries, or among the weathered, life-worn faces who add authenticity as cutaways in one of director David Gordon Green’s own indie features. Personality-wise, this pic feels as scruffy and disheveled as its subject, benefiting from Pacino’s name enough to attract a higher-profile release than a character actor would have in the same part.

Some folks live in the present, and some folks live in the past. That’s equally true of critics, many of whom cling to the memory of Green’s early work — quiet, evocative studies of real, unpretentious souls — despite the studio-comedy career he’s had since “Pineapple Express.” Small-town Texas locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) also lives in the past, hung »


- Peter Debruge

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Venice Review: David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Starring Al Pacino, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina And Holly Hunter

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A bees nest beneath a mailbox. A boat bedecked in copies of a photograph. A cat who’s swallowed a key. A mime, a buffet, an earthquake, a multi-vehicle car accident inexplicably strewn with smashed watermelons. David Gordon Green’s slow, indulged but fathomless “Manglehorn” contains all of these motifs and more, sometimes playing out in double exposure, sometimes woozy slow motion, often counterpointed by Al Pacino’s husky gravelly narration. It should all be a terrible mess, and certainly it’s a less accessible film than the genre-tinged “Joe” or the sweetly straightforward “Prince Avalanche.” But it’s also fascinating, to those of us willing to let its meditative currents take us, a mosaic of moods, mysteries, magic and melancholy. And all anchored by a quietly assured central performance that may be among the most atypical of Pacino’s career, but is also one of his best. For filmmaker and actor, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Venice Film Review: ‘In the Basement’

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Corpulent sex slaves, tuba-playing Nazi obsessives, reborn doll fantasists — just a regular stroll through the neighborhood, then, for patented guru of the grotesque Ulrich Seidl, who makes an intriguing return to documentary filmmaking with “In the Basement.” Grabby and grubby in equal measure, this meticulously composed trawl through the contents of several middle-class Austrians’ cellars (a space, according to Seidl, that his countrymen traditionally give over to their most personal hobbies) yields more than a few startling discoveries. It’s not hard to tell, though, that a mixture of fact and fabrication is at work here. The career-high success of Seidl’s recent “Paradise” trilogy should boost the distribution prospects of

It’s impossible to read even the barest logline for “In the Basement” without thinking immediately of Josef Fritzl and Wolfgang Priklopil, whose unrelated but comparable crimes — the horrific confinement, in their respective basements, of young female victims for »


- Guy Lodge

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Hearts’

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More than 40 years ago, at the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist and helmer Marguerite Duras, and now, with “Three Hearts,” he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre. Here, beneath the surface of a cool, contempo love triangle involving a Parisian man (Benoit Poelvoorde) and a pair of provincial French sisters (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), are all the values Duras held dear: love at first sight, spontaneous tears, all-consuming desire and impossible, self-destructive decisions.

The difference — since it’s entirely possible that the Duras connection never crossed Jacquot’s mind — is that the helmer can’t help but turn these archetypes into characters. The passion remains, but the underlying poetry has been traded in for something more tangible, brought down to earth so that audiences might relate. »


- Peter Debruge

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10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball

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A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.

With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.

1. Eight Men Out (1988)

John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.

Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »


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Telluride: Weinstein Company Jumps Back Into Oscar Game With Strong ‘Imitation Game’ Screening

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On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride , The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King’s Speech  and The Artist  and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars,  just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into  just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a potential awards player  after a large drought of Oscar- quality films for the first eight months of the year, but this one just has Academy Award nominations written all over it.  Not just in the Best Picture race where a slot seems likely, but also directing for Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), debuting screenwriter Graham Moore, and certainly the stunning lead actor »


- Pete Hammond

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