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    Venice Reviews 2011: Soderbergh's Contagion is Alarmingly Believable Global Disaster Movie

    Love him or hate him, Steven Soderbergh is back. Always willing to take chances and experiment, whether it meant getting kicked off Sony's Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball or shooting the $60 million Che in two parts in Spanish, or The Good German in old-fashioned black-and-white, Soderbergh makes the mo...

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    Drive Director Refn Talks Scouting Gritty L.A. Locations with Gosling, Interactive Map

    Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn traces the various locations across Los Angeles in his interview with Movieline, which features an interactive road map of the urban terrain (below, with trailer). Drive, rather than show Los Angeles gloss and style, uses the grittier locales of the downtown, Rese...

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    Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List

    From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Kill List:On the night before its UK release, I popped along to a screening of low-budget British shocker Kill List, followed by a Q&A session with director/co-screenwriter Ben Wheatley and the film’s lead actors, Neil Maskell (Atonement), MyAnna Buring (The Descent) and Michael Smiley. Skitting through genres with nonchalant ease, from observational marital drama to violent hitman thriller to grubby pagan horror, Kill List built up a fair head of steam following appearances at SXSW and London’s recent horror-themed Frightfest, and it’s fair to say the hype is fulfilled. The small crowd of industry fol...

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    Lone Ranger: Inflated Budget Drama Pits Risk-Averse Disney Against Verbinski Loyalist Depp UPDATE

    UPDATE 9/29: The Lone Ranger is set to ride again, with budget issues being worked out between the studio and director Gore Verbinski and his loyal star, Johnny Depp. Deadline has the good news details (though an official announcement is yet to be made).

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    Weekend Preview: The Debt, Detective Dee, Gainsbourg, Resurrect Dead, Love Crime & More

    You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you're staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we'll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend's options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indi...

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    Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"

    So far Venice opener The Ides of March, George Clooney's presidential campaign drama starring Clooney as the candidate and Ryan Gosling as his whippersnapper campaign press secretary, is scoring a favorable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although there's no consensus yet, it seems that Ides is in the runni...

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    Phase 4 Acquires James Westby's Rid of Me, Starring Katie O'Grady

    Berry Meyerowitz's Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to James Westby’s black comedy Rid of Me, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. Phase 4 will partner with Submarine on a fall theatrical release. Writer-editor-director Westby (Film Geek, The Auteur) also prod...

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    Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again

    If at first you don't succeed...MoviePass, a New York-based all-you-can-watch flat-rate monthly subscription service, is trying a new iteration of its plan to shake up the theater industry the way that Netflix changed DVD rentals. Initially the service to be launched in June in 21 San Francisco thea...

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    Angelina Jolie Talks Land of Blood and Honey to VF, Says People Will Have to Judge it for Themselves

    Vanity Fair confirms: No wedding, no baby, no adoption. Now we can all focus on Angelina Jolie the director.

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