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Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More

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Aside from a few dizzying highlights from the likes of Inarritu, Oppenheimer and Andersson, there was a slight sense that last year’s Venice Film Festival was a little bit of a let down, after a few cracking years in a row on the Lido. But it seems like it was nothing but a blip: perhaps because of the Oscar-winning success of the 2014 edition’s opening film “Birdman,” the full line-up announcement for the 2015 festival looks to be a strong return to form, on paper at least.  Joining the already-announced opener “Everest,” and the out-of-competition “Black Mass” in Italy is an enticing collection of established helmers and up-and-comers. Before they head to Tiff, Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts Of No Nation,” Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” and Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will be world premiering at Venice. In terms of English-language fare, the festival has also bagged Drake Doremus’ sci-fi »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Report: Channing Tatum May Bail On 20th Century Fox’s ‘Gambit’

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Is Channing Tatum leaving the 20th Century Fox family after showing up at Comic-Con arm and arm with all the current “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four”? Tatum’s been the driving force behind a “Gambit” movie, a character arguably not solo-movie worthy, but the actor’s enthusiasm for the “X-Men” mutant was enough for Fox and producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner to eventually green lit the picture. But according to a report from The Wrap tonight, negotiations with Tatum have broken down and the actor is expected to exit the role. This would leave director Rupert Wyatt scrambling for a new lead actor as “Gambit” is already set to shoot this fall and land in theaters October 7, 2016; about a year turn-around. Evidently Lea Seydoux has tested for one of the roles in the movie, but is there even a “Gambit” movie without Tatum? Probably enough investment and development has »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: First Trailer For Michael Bay’s True Story Action Drama '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi'

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Yep, Michael Bay left behind his beloved CGI and “Transformers” series for a geopolitical drama. Titled “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” the film is based on Mitchell Zuckoff's book about the 2012 attack on an American compound in Libya where six members of a security team fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi. The assault in the wake of 9/11 left U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. Bay has left “Transformers” before and returned to the series. He shot the muscle-head crime drama “Pain And Gain” in between “Transformers” movies and it wasn’t really much of a thing or him—at least he shot it and turned it around fast, no doubt because there was hardly any major VFX. Bay did the same thing with ’13 Hours’: it started shooting in April this year and it’s already due at the top of 2016. The film stars James Badge Dale, »

- Edward Davis

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Review: 'Listen To Me Marlon' Provides Gripping, Unprecedented Insight Into The Acting Legend

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“I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.” That classic scene from “On The Waterfront” was part and parcel behind Marlon Brando's release into the stratosphere of supercool. Beginning with his stage debut as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (which he, of course, reprised in the 1951 film adaptation), his film debut in “The Men,” and a string of larger-than-life roles culminating with his Oscar-winning turn as Terry Malloy in 'Waterfront,' Hollywood was Brando's oyster in the 1950s, and a man became a cultural symbol. Through these roles, and future titanic turns in “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Last Tango in Paris,” we know and remember Marlon Brando as one of the greatest screen actors of all time. But what of the man behind the actor? This question fuels Stevan Riley's documentary, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Watch: 9 Minute Video Swaps Soundtracks Of 'It Follows' And 'Psycho'

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Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann form a classic pairing of director and composer, ranking among the very best of them, if not the best. Herrmann has been responsible for an abundance of memorable film scores, but “Psycho” is far and away his most popular work. Hitchcock himself has even admitted that the success of “Psycho” is largely thanks to Herrmann’s score. The score and the film go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t have one without the other. Who would ever dare try to pry them apart? Sean Blevins of House By The Video Store has endeavoured to as a part of his “Soundtrack Swap,” by taking the score to one of the most highly acclaimed horror films in recent memory, “It Follows,” and splicing parts of it into scenes of Hitchcock’s film. Vice versa, he utilized Herrmann’s score during a couple of scenes of “It Follows.” Does the experiment work? »

- Ken Guidry

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Tommy Lee Jones Gets His Spy Game Going By Joining 'Bourne 5'

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While Tommy Lee Jones may present himself as a Serious Person who is a Serious Actor and thus will only star in Serious Things, his recent filmography would suggest otherwise. He already carries one franchise under his name with "Men In Black," and he hasn't been afraid to participate in material that's quite unlike him (see "The Family"). Next year, he even has a role in "Mechanic: Resurrection". But some have commented that the 'Bourne' series is smarter than most tentpole fare, so perhaps that was the attraction for this next move. Variety reports that Jones has joined Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, and Julia Stiles in "Bourne 5." The role is being kept under wraps, but of course, the trade says he'll probably be playing someone in the CIA. That comes as no surprise, considering 75% of the speaking parts in these movies usually are. Paul Greengrass is back to direct and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 3 Clips And Lots Of New Images From Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

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The summer movie season won't be going out without a bit of style being delivered at the multiplex. After years in development, and a flirtation by Steven Soderbergh, Warner Bros. is finally launching "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." on the big screen, with Guy Ritchie behind the camera. But in a year full of spy movies, will this one have what it takes to stand out? Undoubtedly, the cast is pretty sharp, with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debecki and more getting into the swinging sixties tale of U.S. and Russia secret agents being forced to put aside their differences and team up to find a bigger evil. It is hard to tell how that ancient Cold War humor will play out or how this movie will stack up to "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," a more contemporary secret agent action flick already earning terrific reviews. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work

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Provocateur and persona non grata, Lars von Trier has always been a bit of a loose cannon around the media. Spouting endless amounts of quotable sound bites, he often makes headlines for what he says over what he films. Nonetheless, he is the master of the bleak and unflinching, an unrivaled talent behind the camera, serving up the stuff of nightmares, minus the monsters and ax wielding killers. Depression, madness, obsession, the loss of a child—von Trier's brand of horror dives into the cruelties that unnerve for how close to home they hit. Now, a new Cinemasters supercut has arrived, exploring hopelessness at the brink of oblivion. It wasn’t long ago that von Trier sobered up and claimed he had no more movies to make. And while von Trier’s health and sobriety are of the utmost importance, the collective cinephile world held its breath hoping he could »

- Gary Garrison

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Netflix Chief Says "Negotiations Are Underway" For 'Arrested Development' Season 5

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It says quite a lot about the perfection of "Arrested Development" that the first three seasons of the show are relentlessly quotable, endlessly rewatchable and have provided some of the finest comedy ever delivered on the small screen. And it speaks equally to the wobbly fourth season which debuted on Netflix two years ago that it doesn't have the same level of reverence and cultural recognition as the prior three. But perhaps the fifth season will get things back on track. Read More: The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' From The First 3 Seasons    Netflix confirmed what had been long rumored today —the company is working to get a fifth season of "Arrested Development" on their streaming service. “We are plugging along,” Ted Sarandos said today. “It’s a very long, complex deal to make for these guys, both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Time Out Names Sydney Pollack's 'Tootsie' As The Best Film Of All Time

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It seems that the summer has inspired publications to take the long view of cinema history. Just last week, BBC Culture published their ranking of the 100 Greatest American Films. Now Time Out is doing them one better, going with their list of the 100 Best Movies Of All Time. And their top selection might surprise you. Read More: Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More      Time Out's survey didnt't turn to critics, but to a select group of actors (whose individual lists you can see here) who provided their personal top tens, which in turn were used to calculated the top 100. So you won't see Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" or Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in this particular top ten. Instead, it's a surprising selection, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," Powell & Pressburger's "The Red Shoes," Woody Allen's "Annie Hall, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Looks: Nicole Kidman In ‘The Family Fang,’ Greta Gerwig In 'Maggie's Plan' And More

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Besides the big titles that are rightfully dominating the initial conversation around the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, there are smaller films that could always surprise, and here's some images from a couple. Read More: Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More    While he’s usually known as a straight man in comedies, Jason Bateman has been branching out into directing. His latest effort is a drama called “Family Fang” starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett and himself. Here’s the Tiff synopsis: After an unlikely accident, a pair of grown siblings (Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman) are compelled to move back in with their eccentric parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), professional practical jokers whose lifetime of public interventions have alienated their children. The Coen Brothers’ longtime collaborator Carter Burwell has written the »

- Edward Davis

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Podcast: Talking The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup

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This morning, the fall festival season got its first dose of excitement, with the Toronto International Film Festival unveiling their initial slate of what will end up being over 300 films. So there's a lot to talk about. Read More: Tiff 2014 Lineup Includes 'The Imitation Game,' 'While We're Young,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Men, Women & Children' And More And that's just what I did, jumping on the phone with Brad Brevet at Rope Of Silicon to discuss the films that we were surprised to see in the lineup, the others that missed out, and what we're eager to check out in Toronto in September. And with World Premieres slated for Ridley Scott's "The Martian" and Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition" among others, it's going to be a heckuva 40th anniversary for the fest. Take a listen below.  »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Xmas Gets Red Band In Trailer For 'The Night Before' With Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie

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Around the holiday season last year, Seth Rogen was fighting off controversy on a few fronts thanks to "The Interview," but  he's back with a project this year which shouldn't raise anyone's ire. Along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he's reteamed with "50/50" director Jonathan Levine for "The Night Before," has pulled in Anthony Mackie for good measure, and the first trailer is here. Read More: Tiff '11 Review: Admirable, Low-Key '50/50' Splits The Difference Between Genuinely Funny And Sad  Also featuring Jillian BellLizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon and Mindy Kaling, the story follows three childhood friends who have celebrated the holidays together for years. However, their lives have all become busier, so they're going to go out in style with one last celebration. Here's the official synopsis:  From Jonathan Levine, the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 16-Minute Visual Study Of 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence'

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There is an abundance of visual essays online pertaining to the films of both Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. So perhaps it’s fitting that there's one devoted to “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” the film Kubrick developed for twenty years before handing the project off to Spielberg, who wrote and directed it after Kubrick’s death. When “A.I.” finally came out in 2001, naturally many wrestled with whether or not Spielberg did Kubrick’s project justice. What portions of the film seemed tied to Kubrick? Which originated with Spielberg? Read More: 10 Essential Movies About Artificial Intelligence  Benjamin Sampson’s video essay on the movie is meant to be a visual study, but goes significantly beyond simple comparison between the two filmmakers. Instead, Sampson is more interested in the ways in which their sensibilities complemented and bounced off each other. He argues that these dual sensibilities are key towards a better understanding of the themes of the movie. »

- Ken Guidry

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New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins'

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R-rated super hero movies, or anti-super hero films, aren’t the norm. In fact, you can count on one hand how many restricted super hero movies there are and about the closest you’re going to come is Matthew Vaughn’s foul-mouthed and violent “Kick Ass.” He then arguably perfected the irreverant R-rated actioner model with his hyper violent and vulgar “Kingsman: The Secret Service” which grossed more than $400 million worldwide this year. Next up in this mold of irreverent, flippant, f-bomb laden and stylistically violent R-rated super films is “Deadpool.” Ryan Reynolds been campaigning for this film for years, even though he’s basically disavowed the character from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and he said at Comic-Con the main reason “Deadpool” was green lit by 20thCentury Fox was because of the boisterously positive online response to the test footage that leaked last year (which still should never be justification to leak anything, »


- Edward Davis

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Watch: Explosive New Trailer For 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, And Benicio Del Toro

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Riding hot out of Cannes, with a Tiff berth all ready to go, Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" is already an early fall highlight. And to build on this morning's buzz, a new trailer has dropped for the crime drama. Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro are the leading trio of the film which takes audiences right into the heart of the drug war that's riding on the border between Mexican and United States. Here's the official synopsis:  In Mexico, Sicario means hitman.In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. Lensed by Roger Deakins, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More

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Move over superhero movies — well, at least for a few moments — cinephiles are getting their tun to luxuriate in a bounty of new images. The Toronto International Film Festival has lots of great films on the way this year, and today arrives with some sneak peeks. So let's dive in. Kicking things off is "What Richard Did" and "Frank" director Lenny Abrahamson's next effort "Room." Brie Larson leads the movie based on the best-selling book about a woman kidnapped and held for years in a ten foot square room, which also includes her young her son.  Michael Moore has quietly completed a new movie, "Where To Invade Next" in which "Moore tells the Pentagon to 'stand down' — he will do the invading for America from now on." Uh, okay. Equally mysterious is Charlie Kaufman's latest effort, "Anomalisa." Last we heard, the partially crowdfunded movie would tell the story of Michael, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jeff Nichols’ Sci-Fi ‘Midnight Special’ With Michael Shannon & Joel Edgerton Pushed Back To March 2016

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The writing was on the wall for this one for a while. Warner Bros. had dated two wide releases for Thanksgiving weekend, “Creed” and Jeff Nichols’ on-the-run sci-fi picture, “Midnight Special.” One of the films would have to move and with “Creed” already enjoying some strong (possibly Oscar contending?) buzz, it felt like it was only a matter of time until “Midnight Special” announced a new release date or was pushed into 2016. The latter has happened and it probably makes sense. Nichols’ John Carpenter-esque sci-fi picture about a father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers felt like more of a film better suited to the spring season of indie auteur-driven releases. Now we’ll have to wait a little longer as “Midnight Special” has been pushed to March 18, 2016 release. It should be noted Warner Bros. recently screened the movie early for select press. »


- Edward Davis

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First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal In Tiff Opening Film 'Demolition'

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A couple of weeks back, it looked like bad news for Jean-Marc Valleé's "Demolition" — it was officially slated to be released on April 8, 2016, effectively taking it out of the Oscar season, and presumably, out of the fall festival season. However, it looks like Fox Searchlight still has a lot of confidence in the movie. This morning, Tiff announced the drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts as their opening film and the first image from the movie has arrived. The drama follows an investment banker on downward spiral who makes a connection with a pot smoking, single mother. Here's the official synopsis:  Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More

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The Toronto International Film Festival celebrates 40 years in 2015, and today they've announced the first wave of titles that will be coming in September. As always, there are some big attractions, so let's dive in. Netflix gets their awards season prospects hopping by bringing Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts Of No Nation" to Toronto. Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" starring last year's Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will screen. Tom McCarthy's Catholic Church drama "Spotlight" is heading to Canada, Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" (based on the acclaimed novel and starring Brie Larson) and a new Michael Moore documentary, "Who Should We Invade Next?" are also slated. And that's not all. Ridley Scott makes a rare festival appearance with his upcoming sci-fi flick "The Martian," Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong pic "The Program" will ride, Tom Hardy does double duty in "Legend," while gay rights dramas »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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