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Hot Venice Clip: James Franco’s ‘The Sound And The Fury’

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EXCLUSIVE: Prolific jack-of-all-artistic-trades James Franco arrives on the Lido this week to accept the Venice Film Festival's Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which goes to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. Fitting then that his latest directorial effort, The Sound And The Fury, will have its world premiere out of competition at the fest (see the exclusive clip above). Related: Telluride: Jon Stewart's… Read

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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… Read

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A Year After First Peek, Universal Trailers Delayed ‘Seventh Son’

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Universal has unveiled a trailer for the Jeff Bridges fantasy film Seventh Son, kicking off a five-month marketing challenge for the long-delayed big budget actioner. The YA book-inspired adventure directed by Sergei Bodrov has been teased now for over a year in fits and starts, suffering numerous setbacks since first getting caught in the Rhythm & Hues VFX bankruptcy last year. That hitch cost Legendary an extra $4.9 million in post effects on the period fantasy… Read

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Hot Trailer: Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’

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Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater has a trailer. The adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Bahari, the BBC journalist who left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential elections. He was kidnapped, spending the next 118 days in Iran's most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of rosewater. Stewart took a… Read

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Venice: ‘Act Of Killing’ Follow-Up ‘The Look Of Silence’ Makes Noise On The Lido (Video)

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On Wednesday, Drafthouse Films and Participant Media said they had jointly acquired U.S. rights to The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary that is screening here at the Venice Film Festival in Competition. The film is a follow-up to his award-winning and Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. That film saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact assassinations they committed in anti-communist purges after the military coup of 1965. The new movie examines one… Read

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Hot Trailer: Omar Sy As ‘Samba’ In ‘Intouchables’ Helmers’ Latest

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Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano reteamed with their Intouchables breakout star Omar Sy for the upcoming Samba. Their highly-anticipated follow-up to the $426M-grossing 2012 sensation (no pressure, guys) will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Gala presentation. Sy plays the eponymous character who migrated to France from Senegal 10 years prior. Ever since, he's been plugging away at various low-paying jobs and trying to secure proper work papers… Read

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Hot Trailer: Jean Dujardin Takes On French Drug Mafia In ‘The Connection’

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Gaumont Film Company and Drafthouse Films have just released an international teaser for Cédric Jimenez's 1975-set crime thriller The Connection, starring The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. Inspired by true events and shot on 35mm, the film follows Dujardin as Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and kids who goes after the mafia-run French Connection drug organization and tangles with kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche of Mesrine: Killer… Read

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Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow

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Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that's got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It's even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo”… Read

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Pyramid’

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French horror scribe Grégory Levasseur (High Tension) moves into the director's chair with The Pyramid, an enclosed-space thriller about a team of archaologists who find horrors buried inside an ancient lost pyramid. Levasseur's frequent collaborator Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, P2, Mirrors, and the upcoming Horns) produced his longtime pal's helming debut alongside Mark Canton, Chady Eli Mattar, and Scott C. Silver. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley… Read

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Hot Venice Trailer: Viggo Mortensen In French-Language ‘Far From Men’

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Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that's heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas… Read

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Hot Trailer: Jazz Docu ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’

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He's a 23-year-old blind jazz piano prodigy. He's an 89-year-old legend who has trained or mentored such greats as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. Keep On Keepin' On is the story of the unlikely transgenerational bond they form and the challenges each faces as the cameras roll. Justin Kauflin has fingers of fire but crippling stage fright, and if he's going to do well in an international competition, he's going to need all the help he can get from Clark Terry — who played… Read

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Hot Trailer: Nicolas Cage In ‘Outcast’

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Nicolas Cage is “The White Ghost” in Arclight Films' Outcast, an English-language period action pic set in 12th century China that also stars Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom). The Chinese/Canadian/French co-production was shot on location in China under stunt pro-turned-director Nick Powell (The Bourne Identity, Resident Evil: Retribution) and Deadline has an exclusive first look at the trailer. Cage and Christensen star as ex-Crusades warriors… Read

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