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July 2011

Best Picture Quick Take

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Jeff Wells went down the Best Picture rabbit hole, riffing on Guy Lodge’s piece at In Contention. The movies Guy has chosen as the best bets — he stipulates that this is mostly just for fun — are: The Artist The Descendants The Ides of March Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The Tree of Life War Horse I think it’s a pretty good, for the most part, though I’m firmly against…

Bigelow's Killing Bin Laden set for October 12, 2012

Bigelow's Killing Bin Laden set for October 12, 2012

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden assassination film has been strategically positioned for next year’s Oscars — a slot, incidentally, that could help tilt some influence in the 2012 presidential elections. When bin Laden was killed, Boal and Bigelow were well along on a project called Killing Bin Laden, about the so-far unsuccessful attempt to kill the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks. It immediately became the hottest project in town, and…

Vivien Leigh, Sam Goldwyn, Kenneth Tynan, Edward R Murrow

Vivien Leigh, Sam Goldwyn, Kenneth Tynan, Edward R Murrow

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fascinating, scatterbrained, erudite, sophisticated Parts II & III after the cut. (via @filmdrblog’s FilmDrBlog)

George Lucas produces WWII Air Force film, Red Tails

George Lucas produces WWII Air Force film, Red Tails

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George Clooney & Ryan Gosling in Ides of March trailer

George Clooney & Ryan Gosling in Ides of March trailer

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Venice announces 2011 Festival line-up

Venice announces 2011 Festival line-up

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via CinEuropa (Thanks Joao!) Venice 2011  Competition The Ides Of March – George Clooney (US) [opening film] Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany) Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold (UK) Texas Killing Fields – Ami Canaan Maan (US) Quando La Notte – Cristina Comencini (Italy) Terraferma – Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France) A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg (Germany/Canada) 4:44 Last Day On Earth – Abel Ferrara (US) Killer Joe…

RIP Brilliant Polly Platt

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The great Polly Platt has finally succumbed to the ravages of ALS and died, reports Nikki Finke. Platt leaves a legacy of great work behind her, most notably her recent partnership with Jim Brooks, but also her work with Peter Bogdanovich before their relationship fell apart. On her collaboration with Brooks, Finke writes: Platt was partnered with director Jim Brooks and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction…

Gosling and Clooney split ticket in Ides of March

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A 50-50 proposition we can all get behind. Could the man behind the man be the man behind the curtain? Check out 8 new stills after the cut. UPDATE: full-size portrait format US poster added. (thanks Monica!)

New Spanish trailer for Almodovar's The Skin I Live In

New Spanish trailer for Almodovar's The Skin I Live In

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First look at Gerard Butler as the Machine Gun Preacher

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Relativity Media’s Machine Gun Preacher just sent out a first look pic – which by now has hit every website known to man.  But the web is so hungry for any real news of movies that don’t involve super hero costumes that they’re soak it all up like a dry sponge.  Machine Gun Preacher  is a true story about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes a transformation and…