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Hot Toronto Clip: ‘The Vanished Elephant’

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Javier Fuentes-León's whodunit pays homage to Hollywood film noir and the reality-twisting fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. The Vanished Elephant, which has its premiere Saturday at Toronto, stars Salvador del Solar as a crime novelist whose fiancée has been missing for seven years. He is given a clue to the mystery by a woman (Angie Cepeda) whose ex-husband died the same day the writer's betrothed vanished. Lucho Cáceres… Read

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Hot Toronto Trailer: Lou Taylor Pucci In Horror-Romance ‘Spring’

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EXCLUSIVE: Co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead follow their Tribeca Film-released feature debut Resolution with Spring, a horror sci-fi romance that premieres September 5 in TIFF's Vanguard program. Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) stars as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl goes from Mediterranean whirlwind to unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to destroy their newfound happiness… Read

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‘Dracula Untold’ Gets An Extra Week Of Bite Time In Theaters

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Universal Pictures has moved up its monster mash Dracula Untold by a week to October 10, giving it three weeks of play before Halloween. It now will open one week after Annabelle, Warner Bros' horror spinoff featuring the doll from The Conjuring, and two weeks before Ouija, Universal's adaptation of the Hasbro occult board game. Dracula Untold, which will be released in all formats including Imax, stars Luke Evans as Dracula in the origin tale of the man who would become… Read

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Hot Venice & Toronto Trailer: Al Pacino In ‘The Humbling’

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EXCLUSIVE: Al Pacino headed over to Toronto after a whirlwind stint in Venice where he had two films to promote: The Humbling and Manglehorn. Both are also on their way to Canada where Pacino is being honored this evening. Directed by Barry Levinson, The Humbling surprised folks at its Sala Grande premiere here on the Lido. The movie arrived with no advance marketing and ended up charming audiences who didn't know much about it going in — least of all how funny it is… Read

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Hot Venice Trailer: Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris In ‘Cymbeline’

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The Cymbeline crew landed on the Lido today for the premiere of Michael Almereyda's modern re-telling of one of Shakespeare's later plays. Guns take the place of daggers, and dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang stand in for 16th century Britons. The romance, betrayal and revenge ensemble story stars Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgley, Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo, and John Leguizamo. The latter came to Venice today with… Read

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Hot Venice Clip: Joe Dante Zombie Rom-Com ‘Burying The Ex’

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EXCLUSIVE: Joe Dante has jumped into the zombie world with Burying The Ex, the Voltage Pictures' romantic comedy starring Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene and world premiering Thursday out of competition the Venice Film Festival. Greene plays an ex-girlfriend who dies in a freak accident but rises from the dead and expects her relationship with her boyfriend (Yelchin) to continue as normal — like if Dante's Gremlins were clingy significant others. Problem is the boyfriend… Read

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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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