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    Watch: New Clip From 'Alps' Is Both Hilarious & Strange

    "We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to 'Alps' as cold as possible," our man in Venice Oliver Lyttelton cautioned in his review. "It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen, and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. There’s no giant twist or anything, but we’re glad we saw it the way we did: knowing only a brief synopsis, and nothing else." So with that in mind, here's another clip from Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps," his highly anticipated followup to "Dogtooth."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview - "Là-bas: A Criminal Education" (A Working Peace Disrupted By A Massacre)

    A film screening at 68th Venice International Film Festival (happening right now) which we missed in our previous coverage of the festival.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Day Three: The Teaser/Trailer

    Meredith Brody continues her reports from Telluride.Something had to give. All movies and no play (!) makes me cranky, so the flesh is weak: after a full and satisfying day of Wim Wenders’ Pina; The House on Trubnaya Square (1928) by Boris Barnet, with a new score performed by Dennis James and the Filmharmonia Ensemble; Glenn Close and the crème de la crème of British, Irish, and Australian actors in Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; and a Tribute to Tilda Swinton with a half-hour of clips, an onstage interview conducted by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als, a screening of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, followed by a Q and A with Ramsay, Swinton, and co-scenarist Rory Kinnear, I, uh, went to a party instead of coming home and diarying it up. (Not the fancy-schmancy Vanity Fair party, at which I’m sure AT of TOH was present and taking notes. But a nice soiree nonetheless.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    For this week's “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan veered from his planned course.I had originally planned on writing about two brilliantly constructed, unnerving examples of the “new Romanian Cinema” — 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Police, Adjective, both of which I recommend. But last night, tired of waiting for Tropical Storm Lee to pass, I finally ventured out with a friend to see The Help (trailer below).

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Great shows that understand workplace politics

    By Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributor

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Reviews: Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Isn't for Everyone; Knightley Inspires Debate

    Telluride Reviews: Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Isn't for Everyone; Knightley Inspires Debate

    David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method has stirred up a wide range of reaction at Venice and Telluride. Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) conduct a brainy, controlled examination of the intense relationships between the pioneers of psychoanalysis, elder Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and younger accolyte Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and two well-educated but neurotic patients (Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassell) who challenge their ideas about sexuality and societal constraints. There's a lot going on in this intellectual historical drama, which is ably carried by some of the world's sexiest movie actors. (See a sampling of early reviews below.)

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  • Hope for Film
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    The Costs Of Crowdfunding

    Filmmakers speak of crowdfunding as if it is free money. It isn't. In some instances it isn't even close to being so.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Carpenter Wants Amy Adams To Star In His "Gothic Western" (In His Dreams)

    It's been well documented how much John Carpenter loves and is influenced by classic westerns – his breakthrough feature "Assault on Precinct 13" was an updated, urbanized version of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo;" his iconic Snake Plissken character is modeled after the western heroes John Wayne embodied; and his films often share a kind of compositional identity with early westerns with an emphasis on the kind of luxurious widescreen framing that Sergio Leone and John Ford employed. But he's never actually made an honest-to-god western himself, although 1998's mostly forgettable "Vampires," with James Woods playing a grizzled vampire hunter, probably comes closest. Well, if Carpenter has his way, his next film will be the straight up western he's always dreamed of (and he even has casting ideas already).

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    'I Am Love' Director Luca Guadagnino Prepping English-Language Debut

    Scott Free & Studiocanal On Board To ProduceAfter the successful collaboration with Tilda Swinton on the sumptuous drama, "I Am Love," Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is ready to follow the lead set by foreign contemporaries like Tomas Alfredson and Paolo Sorrentino in bringing European sensibilities to an English-language feature.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    link we like: Greetings From Bill

    link we like: Greetings From Bill

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