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    Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance

    During this transitional August week, blockbusters make room for smaller films and usher in the September start of the fall awards season. There's not a single sequel hitting theaters this weekend, although Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey's horrific Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which Roger Ebert w...

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    Oscar Watch: Best-Reviewed Movie Charts

    Every year, UK statistician Andrew Sidhom keeps running charts of the best-reviewed movies of the year (one for US/UK productions and one for foreign productions), using Rotten Tomatoes' average rating. He also tracks current box office totals and theater counts. Over the past few years, the results closely matched the films that ended up being nominated for end-of-year awards and Oscars in the best picture category, provided that they were box office winners that were not in such Academy-unfriendly genres as sci fi, animation, horror, or sequels. The 2010 chart is pretty impressive: it's led by The Social Network, Toy Story 3, The King's Spe...

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    Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds

    The 49th New York Film Festival keeps adding to its line-up--with more venues, more is possible---from documentaries to special anniversary screenings. The 2011 NYFF will premiere the new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which will premiere on HBO in 2012 (Parts 1 and 2 will be rebroadcast and available for streaming in the wake of the release from prison of the West Memphis Three). Oliver Stone will host a sneak preview of the first three installments of his ten-part documentary project for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which focus on the events leading up to World War II. Specia...

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    Confessions of Conan the Barbarian Writer, Dark Knight Leaves Pittsburgh, Universal Drops Ouija

    Christopher Nolan has wrapped filming on The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh; he still has more principal photography in New York and Los Angeles. The film opens July 20, 2012.

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    Skin I Live In's Banderas Talks Almodovar Reunion, Betrayal

    Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming The Skin I Live In, which debuted to mixed response at Cannes and stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, follows a haunted plastic surgeon as he experiments with synthetic skin on a mysterious woman (the trailer is posted below).

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    Trailer Watch: Scorsese’s George Harrison Doc

    Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World will explore the late, great Harrison's life as a musician, filmmaker, philanthropist, artist, and arguably the most attractive Beatle. The three-and-a-half hour documentary, which will premiere in two parts at the New York ...

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    Weekend Box Office: The Help Ascends to Number One, Spy Kids 4 Strongest Newbie

    As expected, robust holdover drama The Help kept all weekend newcomers at bay and claimed the number one spot. Of the newbies, family-friendly Spy Kids 4 fared best. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Disney/DreamWorks' The Help bossed around three franchise reboots and an arthouse film for the top box office spot, earning $20.5 million in its second sesh and a respectable 21% dip. Clearly, many moviegoers have lost patience with summer carbon copies and are ready to embrace the autumn wave of smart adult fare coming down the pipe. Weinstein Co. four-quel Spy Kids: All the Time in the World came out ahead of the competition with $12 million becaus...

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    Trailer Watch: Waltz, Winslet, Foster and Reilly Lose It in Polanski's Carnage

    In Roman Polanski's upcoming Carnage, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly portray two sets of Manhattan couples who try to debrief a fight between their eleven-year-old sons. As their discussion continues, things take a turn for the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and f...

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    Three Sneak Peeks at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Even Daniel Craig has to search for cell phone reception by holding his mobile in the air. These first look photos from David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also reveal Rooney Mara's pierced, shorn, dark look as Lisbeth Salander. The movie also stars Christo...

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    Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?

    Poor Nic Cage can't get a break from Millennium Entertainment. He co-stars with Nicole Kidman as husband and wife in Joel Schumacher's R-rated heist thriller Trespass, which is making its debut at the Toronto Film Festival (trailer below). The movie is scheduled to be released by Millennium Entertai...

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