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Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

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Update: France has entered Bertrand Bonello's Yves Saint Laurent biopic starring Gaspard Ulliel, "Saint Laurent," into the foreign Oscar race. The film was a Palme d'Or contender at Cannes. Iran's committee, meanwhile, selected Reza Mirkarimi's two-hander romance "Today." Earlier: Israel has submitted for the foreign language Oscar Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz's marriage/divorce drama "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem," which won Best Picture at the Ophir Awards Sunday. Music Box will open stateside on October 6.  Two major Cannes pictures are now vying for one of the five Foreign Language Oscar slots. Belgium has entered the Dardennes' "Two Days One Night" into the race. The Cannes competition film stars Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") as a woman fighting to keep her job over the course of a weekend. Belgium has submitted three Dardennes films that were not nominated for the Oscar, but their »


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Fantastic Fest: Drafthouse and FilmBuff Grab Lou Taylor Pucci Starrer 'Spring'

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This intriguing, oddball, low-budget hybrid of real-time drama and sinking psychological horror stars Pucci as an adrift Californian whose personal loss leads him to Italy, where a "Before Sunrise"-type affair with Louise (Nadia Hilker) reveals a cerebral kind of horror story that's absolutely unspoilable. Together with FilmBuff, Alamo Drafthouse's distribution arm will release the film in theaters and on VOD in early 2015. The home screening at Fantastic Fest over the weekend played like gangbusters for an eager crowd of young genre buffs. The film plays Fantastic Fest again this Wednesday. Watch the trailer below: »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'The Barefoot Artist' Will Vie for Documentary Oscar (Trailer)

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Art docs like last year's "Cutie and the Boxer" are a favorite among Academy voters. This year, voters will have "The Barefoot Artist," which has played only a few small festivals, to consider among an emerging slate of strong possibilities including Oscar bait music doc "Keep On Keepin' On." Paladin will release "Barefoot Artist" on December 5 at NY's IFC Film Center and in La on December 18 ahead of a national expansion. Here's the synopsis and trailer: A visually stunning and deeply emotional film, The Barefoot Artist chronicles the long and colorful life of Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world's most troubled areas.  Beginning with an unprecedented sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly that, eighteen years later, became known as “The Village of Arts and Humanities,” the film also shows Yeh in action in various far-flung »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Bruce Wagner Tells the Dark Story of Writing Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

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But together, Cronenberg and Wagner, along with Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore and her excellently creepy costars Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Robert Pattinson make this black void somehow feel sinister and real. In a recent Guardian op-ed, Wagner opened up about the famed script's thwarted journey, how Oliver Stone inadvertently pushed him into writing it, why this isn't "a satire" and why "Maps to the Stars" is a dead serious ghost story. "The thought of an industry satire makes me want to vomit." Wagner grew up on the fringes of Hollywood, working at bookstores, as a limo driver for celebrities including Orson Welles ("the prospect of sitting next to him for hours was suddenly and inexplicably stressful"), an ambulance driver, a would-be actor and a pencil-pusher at Paramount, where "Maps" got its start. -"In my early 30s, Oliver Stone introduced me to Billy Wilder. I’ll never forget my frisson. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Gone Girl': Fincher's Faithful Flynn Adaptation Bewitches Critics

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Critics have set a high bar for the hotly buzzed "Gone Girl," which bows at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival on September 26 before opening wide October 3. While the two-and-a-half hour thriller's Oscar status remains up in the air, players Affleck and Pike and director-writer team Fincher and Flynn are all picking up praise. Fincher seems to be returning to the hardboiled storytelling of 2007's "Zodiac," another long and twisty thriller where the criminal investigation is a red herring for a much darker, deeper exploration of American life. Here's a sampling of the chatter. Trailer below. David Edelstein, New York Magazine: "The movie is phenomenally gripping—although it does leave you queasy, uncertain what to take away on the subject of men, women, marriage, and the possibility of intimacy from the example of such prodigiously messed-up people. Though a woman wrote the script, the male gaze dominates, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Trailer for Bertrand Bonello's French Oscar Entry 'Saint Laurent'

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Sony Pictures Classics has domestic rights but no release date just yet for Bonello's flashy biopic which costars Lea Seydoux and Louis Garrel With anachronistic rock music, snazzy duds and high style, this two-and-a-half hour vision of Saint Laurent's extravagant life in the 1960s and '70s is pure Bonello. The film was a 2014 Palme d'Or contender. Here's the French trailer, without English subtitles unfortunately.  »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Roger Corman Talks Edgar Allen Poe on Trailers From Hell

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As the tortured 19th century nobleman terrified that his catalepsy will lead to being buried alive, the morose Milland combines with the grim storyline to position this as Corman’s most morbid Poe film, unleavened by any glimmer of humor (which Price might have suggested with a slightly raised eyebrow). With its stately photography by Floyd Crosby and a wickedly seductive turn from ravishing Hazel Court,  "Premature Burial" is nevertheless bleakly compelling… though you may want to revisit Price, Lorre and Karloff in "The Raven" as a quick pick-me-up after it’s over.  »


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‘Tracks’ Oscar-Contender Mia Wasikowska Forges Unique Career Path

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The Weinstein Co. booked their fact-based odyssey at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals last year, where it collected a bevy of critical admirers before opening a tad soft this past weekend in limited release (worldwide box office so far: $4.4 million). With much of the running time devoted to an often-silent Wasikowska with a quartet of scene-stealing camels and a trusty black lab as her lone companions, the film is a true test of whether the 24-year-old actress has enough star power to hold an audience’s interest. Judging by the reviews, the answer is a fairly resounding yes. “Ever redder of nose, ever more bedraggled about the hair, Wasikowska, without much dialogue, invests the character with complexity, intelligence and charisma,” wrote “Irish Times” critic Donald Clarke. “Variety’s” Justin Chang described the actress’s performance as “fine and flinty” and “authentically jagged and lived-in.” David Edelstein of “New York »


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