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    First Look At Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor Going 'Salmon Fishing In Yemen'

    'Ten Year' With Channing Tatum & Rosario Dawson Gets A New Photo As WellDid you forget about this? Yeah, we kinda did too, but last year Lasse Hallström took over from Bill Condon -- who instead decided to make "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" -- and shot the rom-com "Salmon Fishing In Yemen," and in case you didn't notice a trend this afternoon, it's heading to TIFF and we now have our first look.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For South African Coming Of Age Surf Drama "Otelo Burning"

    Intriguing-looking trailer for a new South African film titled Otelo Burning, which opened this year's Durban Film Festival - a festival that runs through July 31st.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress to Close Venice Fest, Slate in Focus, Pacino Debuts Wilde Salome

    Whit Stillman’s first film in 12 years, Damsels in Distress (Sony Pictures Classics), starring indie darling Greta Gerwig, will close the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 10th, and George Clooney's The Ides of March, co-starring Clooney and Ryan Gosling, will open the Biennale (as previously announced) on August 31. Marco Bellocchio will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the fest, directed by Marco Müller for perhaps the last time, and actor-director Al Pacino will be given the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award before debuting his third feature-length film out-of-competition, Wilde Salome, starring Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    I’m a bit late coming to this film—blame Comic-Con—but having heard good buzz I went to see it this morning with high hopes. For starters, a comic book story set during World War Two offers a perfect opportunity to banish irony, make use of Nazis as bad guys, and cheer on an all-American hero. Chris Evans is well cast in the leading role, as he not only embodies the physical character but embraces his patriotic attitude with complete conviction.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Christopher Walken, Selma Blair & Mia Farrow In Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

    While it was first vaguely described as an "edgy character drama," some details have arrived on Todd Solondz's new feature, "Dark Horse," which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ok, those details are slim, but the TIFF website says the film is an intimate dark comedy about a manchild whose desire for a romantic relationship runs smack into reality.

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    Blake Lively & Chloe Moretz Pair Up For 'Hick' In First Official Look

    Eager to put the teen soap "Gossip Girl" behind her, Blake Lively has been making strong turns in feature films like "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," last year's "The Town" (and less notably, this year's "Green Lantern"). The actress is set to make a return trip to Toronto this year for the indie drama "Hick" and it should be another shift for the actress for those who mostly know her as Serena van der Woodsen.

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    Trailer For Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Documentary; Film Will Feature Kurt Cobain Footage

    After the flop that was 2005's "Elizabethtown," Cameron Crowe comes back with a vengeance in 2011. He's got three films in the can all coming out at various times this year, his Oscar hopeful, "We Bought A Zoo," his Elton John doc, "The Union,” which chronicles John and Leon Russell‘s collaborative album which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year and finally, his "Pearl Jam Twenty," documentary which was announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this morning.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Soderbergh's Tyranny of Narrative, Haywire at SDCC, Can Carano Hold a Candle to Action Star Jolie?

    Steven Soderbergh presented footage from Haywire at Comic-Con. It was well-received. In ThePlaylist's interview with the director, he admits they weren't sure if Comic-Con was the right fit for the film, but "ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off.” It was a good call, because the movie features an ass-kicking (and hot) female MMA champion, Gina Carano, muscle-boy Channing Tatum and newfound heartthrob and serious thesp Michael Fassbender (Carano and Tatum joined Soderbergh on stage for the panel). Why wouldn't it play well at Comic-Con?

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    Lush New Pictures Of Rachel Weisz & Tom Hiddleston In 'The Deep Blue Sea'

    Will this be the year of Rachel Weisz? She's certainly never been busier. While she'll be busy on the sets of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "The Bourne Legacy," she'll also be hitting Toronto hard in September stumping for two films: Fernando Meirelles' "360" and Terrence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea." We already showed you a first pic of the former, now here comes a few more from the latter.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto 2011: Guggenheim's From the Sky Down Opens Strong Slate of Star-Packed Films, Oscar Hopefuls

    Toronto 2011: Guggenheim's From the Sky Down Opens Strong Slate of Star-Packed Films, Oscar Hopefuls

    Davis Guggenheim's From the Sky Down will open the 36th Annual Toronto Film Festival on September 8, making history as the first documentary to do so. Of the U2 doc, Guggenheim says, "U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction, this band has endured and thrived," and his film "asks the question why." Among the Gala (10) and Special Presentation (43) programs, there are 31 world premieres, from Luc Besson's Michelle Yeoh actioner The Lady and Bennett Miller's Brad Pitt baseball flick Moneyball to Canadian Sarah Polley's Take this Waltz, starring Michelle Williams; Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids, starring Jon Hamm; and Fernando Meirelles' 360, adapted by Peter Morgan from La Ronde.

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