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Watch: Sultry, Sexy, (Unintentionally Funny) Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

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(thanks to Jazz for contributing to this post) Beyonce sings a new version of her hit single, ‘Crazy in Love’ as Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele finally come to life in the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. Based on the erotic best selling trilogy by E.L James, the Fifty Shades erotic books have sold millions, tapping into repressed female sexuality – or pretending to, anyway. The book was…


Venice Lineup Announced

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Variety listed the Venice films upcoming. A Lisa Cholodenko film called Olive Kittredge, playing out of competition, caught my eye immediately. It is not a feature, of course – do they make features like this anymore? But it does sound pretty great – an HBO mini series with Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, together again after playing Hard Bodies boss and employee in Burn After Reading. Not many US films…

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Poll: Pick the 10 most likely Best Picture nominees

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We’re 5 weeks away from Telluride, 6 weeks away from Toronto. Less than 45 days. As more of the top hopefuls for Best Picture are unveiled, the more we’ll be inveigled to start nailing down the locks. I love this time of year. Right now anything seems possible, the well of options is deep and wide. By next month the possibilities start to narrow, the pool of possibilities will begin…


Pierce Brosnan in The November Man

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson who made two terrific ’80s thrillers, Smash Palace and No Way Out. Starring Pierce Brosnan who made ’90s Bond movies that were still spinning their wheels in the ’80s. “The November Man” even sounds like a classic ’80s thriller title. Donaldson made The Bank Job in…


Spike Lee responds to NYC police brutality. Again and again.

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“I can’t breathe… I can’t breathe… I can’t breath…” Eric Garner said that nine times as a half dozen New York City police officers threw him to the ground last Thursday, June 17, and one cop strangled him in a chokehold. Garner pleaded with police to ease up, but those words would be his last. The 43-year-old father of six went into cardiac arrest and died soon after. His friend…


Trailer: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell soar in Miss Julie

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Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her. Liv Ullmann directs Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton in this sexually-charged adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play.


Oscarwatch: Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea Begins Test Screening

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Though it’s slated for 2015, Warner Bros. In the Heart of the Sea has begun test screening for audiences, a source close to AwardsDaily reports. Does this mean there’s a chance it will be a 2014 release? In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard — starring Chris Hemsworth. It is said to be the basis for Moby Dick. The plot, as follows: Based on the 1820…


Toronto Film Fest Unveils First Slate Announcement for TIFF 2014

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American fest to announce the premiere of David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, with Inarritu’s Birdman closing. But TIFF is right up on its tail, announcing a partial slate today. Among those announced early, Ed Zwick’s chess drama Pawn Sacrifice (I can’t wait…


New Hobbit Still Drops

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by Jazz Tangquay Over on The Hobbit’s Facebook page ( we got our first glimpse at the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. A still featuring Ian McKellan as Gandalf and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman was released. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on December 17. Check out the brand new still below and tell us what you think is happening in this photo.

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Ten Great Shots from The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Adam Stockhausen’s brilliant Production Design for Wes Anderson’s film. The Grand Budapest Hotel comes wrapped like a Fabergé egg inside a jewelry box inside a puzzle box inside an elaborate gift box. Wes Anderson folds the widescreen format down to a symmetrical pocket square, keeping the flashbacks neatly packed in classic Academy ratio. To complete the effect, Production Designer Adam Stockhausen remodeled an abandoned German department store, transforming the store’s…



The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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(thanks to Jazz for contributing to this post) Beyonce sings a new version of her hit single, ‘Crazy in Love’ as Christian Grey and...