BURYING THE EX Images: Joe Dante’s Latest Revives a Zombified Ashley Greene in These Exclusive Pics

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I’m a huge fan of director Joe Dante.  How could you not be at least a little bit in love with a career that encapsulates films like Gremlins, The Howling and The ‘Burbs, not to mention one of the best sequels of all time, Gremlins 2: The New Batch? So I’m definitely looking forward to his new film Burying the Ex, which looks like it finds Dante back in the realm of horror comedy mayhem.  The film premieres tomorrow at the Venice Film Festival in Italy and we’re celebrating with some exclusive pics that depict Ashley Greene‘s character Evelyn in various states of zombie satiation.

Hit the jump for the Burying The Ex images.  The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper.  I was on the set of the film last year and it will definitely appeal to horror fans and cinema buffs in general.  Check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Joe Dante.

Oscar Beat: Which Awards Contenders Will Emerge from the Fall Film Festival Season?

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Ready or not, the awards season is about to begin.  Every year, Oscar season kicks off with the series of film festivals in late August and early September.  It’s at these festivals—Telluride, Toronto, and Venice—that a hefty number of the year’s Oscar hopefuls debut and begin what they hope will be long and prosperous campaigns.  Four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both Telluride and Toronto, and as the festivals are about to start later this week, now felt like a good time to preview the block of awards hopefuls that will be screening since the odds are pretty good that this year’s Best Picture winner will have debuted by mid-September.

Hit the jump for the Fall Film Festival Preview 2014 edition of Oscar Beat.

New Images from Andrew Niccol’s GOOD KILL, YOUR RIGHT MIND Starring Katherine Heigl, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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It’s hard to believe it, but the fall film festival circuit is fast approaching.  Things kick off with the Venice Film Festival on August 27th, and today new images from three films that will be showcased in Italy have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Good Kill – Writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) returns to timely material by telling the story of a Las Vegas-based drone pilot.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • Your Right Mind – Actress Katherine Heigl fronts director Ami Canaan Mann’s (Texas Killing Fields) contemporary romance as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.  Ben Barnes and Clea DuVaal also star.
  • Hungry Hearts – Rising star Adam Driver leads this offbeat love story of a couple that meets, gets married, and anticipates the arrival of their baby until they are told that they will have an “indigo” child.  Alba Rohrwacher and Roberta Maxwell also star.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

BIRDMAN, Starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, to Open the Venice Film Festival; Early Awards Contender

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, will be the opening film of the 71st Annual Venice Film Festival.  This move obviously conveys a high amount of confidence in the film not only on the part of the Fest, but on behalf of distributor Fox Searchlight as well.  So far everything bodes well for what looks to be a truly original work.

Hit the jump for more on Birdman opening the Venice Film Festival.  The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy RyanBirdman (aka The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens October 17th. And if you haven’t checked out the trailer, please do so. It’s wonderful. 

70th Venice Film Festival Award Winners: Gianfranco Rosi’s SACRO GRA, Tye Sheridan for David Gordon Green’s JOE & Gabe Klinger’s DOUBLE PLAY Doc

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The 70th Venice Film Festival is a wrap and the award-winners have been announced.  While showcasing some of the world’s top talent, the festival also serves to illustrate just how out of touch I am personally with the global cinematic world.  While the overall award for Best Film (the Golden Lion) went to Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro Gra, a couple of other notable names made the list: Tye Sheridan earned the Best Young Actor award for his work in David Gordon Green’s Joe, and Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater won the Best Documentary on Cinema award.  Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope earned the Best Screenplay Award for Stephen Frears’ Philomena.

Hit the jump to view all the winners.

Oscar Beat: The Fall Festival Contenders

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It’s that time of year again, folks.  The explosion-filled summer blockbusters will soon be fading from multiplexes, and in will flow a number of smaller, more dramatic films poised to dominate the Oscar conversation as the awards machine gets up and running.  Some will meet high expectations, some will be disappointing, and some will come out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise.  We here at Collider ran a few awards-centric articles last fall that examined the Oscar race as it drew closer, but this year we’re happy to expand our awards coverage to a regular column titled “Oscar Beat.”

We’ll be covering anything and everything Oscar up through the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, and if years past are any indication, there will be plenty to discuss.  In our inaugural installment of Oscar Beat, we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming Fall Film Festival circuit, which is where the heavy hitters of awards season traditionally premiere.  Hit the jump for more.

Venice Film Festival Line-Up to Include Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM, Errol Morris’ THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES

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Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies.  But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture.  While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket.  The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more.  Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.

New Posters for THE WOLVERINE, RUNNER RUNNER, FROZEN, and the 70th Annual Venice Film Festival

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A few new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Wolverine – A Japanese poster that makes us wonder once again why a guy with knives in his hands would need a sword.  The film stars Hugh Jackman and open in 3D on July 26th.
  • Runner Runner – Three character posters with gambling-related taglines for the thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Affleck.  The film opens September 27th.
  • Frozen – A French teaser poster that’s much better than the U.S. version, which is basically just a title treatment.  The film opens in 3D on November 27th, and features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Idina Menzel.
  • The 70th Annual Venice Film Festival – A neat poster that celebrates the work of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini.  The film festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY to Open 70th Annual Venice Film Festival

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The Venice Film Festival is set to open this year with Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-anticipated new film, Gravity.  The sci-fi picture centers on a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is stranded alone in space with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) following a catastrophic event aboard their spacecraft.  It will be the first 3D picture to ever kick off the Venice Film Festival, and definitely a big change of pace from last year’s Venice opener, Mira Nair’s independent political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  Getting Gravity as the opener is a very encouraging sign for Cuaron’s movie since Warner Bros. could run the picture through the festival circuit up to its opening on October 4th in order to be a major player during awards season.  Cuaron is no stranger to Venice and his previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men both won awards when they played at the festival.

Personally, I’m hoping for a North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but we’ll have to see how far the studio is willing to take the picture.  It’s worth noting that a majority of last year’s Venice features made the jump to TIFF  Hit the jump for the press release.

Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY, Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, and More Likely Candidates to Play at this Year’s Venice Film Festival

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I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season.  On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good.  On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest.  Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF.  Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave.  The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.

Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year.  The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.

THE MASTER to Play in Competition at the Venice Film Festival; May Head to Toronto International Film Festival

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For a moment, it looked like Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master was gearing up for a premiere at Fantastic Fest (which runs from September 20 – 27th), but then we learned that The Weinstein Company had bumped up the movie’s release date from October 19th to September 14th. However, the movie may still run some of the festival circuit.

Deadline reports the film, which is reportedly influenced by the story of L. Ron Hubbard‘s creation of Scientology, will play in competition at the Venice Film Festival.  The movie will get a “prime Saturday slot”, so look for reviews on the flick to start coming out on September 1st (Venice runs from August 29 – September 8th).  The movie will likely bypass the Telluride Film Festival (August 31 – September 3rd), but Deadline says there is a “real possibility” of the movie showing up at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 6 – 16th), which would be awesome since I’ll be there.  Deadline also reports the movie is opening on September 21st, and I’m not sure if that’s a new release date or an error on Deadline’s part.  If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer for The Master, hit the jump.  The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.

Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced; Includes Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER and Brian De Palma’s PASSION

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The line-up for the 2012 Venice Film Festival has been announced and it’s a surprisingly lean year.  Usually, there’s a lot of overlap between the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice, but the only major crossovers are Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price, Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman.  Venice does have a few standout exclusives this year, most notably Brian De Palma‘s new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.  Other notable exclusives include Abdallah Omeish‘s Witness: Libya (executive produced by Michael Mann) and Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs August 29 – September 8th.

Full Line-Up Announced for 2011 Venice Film Festival

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Earlier this week, we reported on the major films debuting at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  The line-up includes The Ides of March (opening night film), Contagion, Carnage, A Dangerous Method, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and plenty of other great stuff.  Now the full line-up has been released and while the previously unannounced films are foreign flicks you’ve probably never heard of (plus the first film Al Pacino has directed in over a decade, Wilde Salome), Venice is a great opportunity for those movies to get on everyone’s radar (provided they aren’t overshadowed by the star-studded flicks).  Also, the festival will close out with Wilt Stillman’s new movie, Damsels in Distress.

Hit the jump to check out the full line-up.  The 2011 Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st through September 10th.

George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH Will Open the 2011 Venice Film Festival

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The Ides of March tops my list of most anticipated awards contenders.  If it weren’t opening earlier than most of the other films on the list (October 7), I might be planning a trip to Italy right now instead of passing along this information: Deadline reports The Ides of March will open the 2011 Venice Film Festival on August 31.  George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood star in The Ides of March.  Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck) adapted the script from the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, about “a young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics as he works to get his candidate elected in a tight race.”

The political drama is in good company next to previously announced festival selections Carnage and A Dangerous Method.  Darren Aronofsky will head the jury at this year’s fest.  Going to go poke around Travelocity now, just to see if a Venice vacation is anywhere near my price range.  [Update: No. No it is not.]

Early 2011 Venice Film Festival Announcements include Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE and David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD

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The Cannes Film Festival is only halfway finished but we’re already looking ahead to another major European film fest: Venice.  Early selections have been announced for the 68th Venice Film Festival and there are already some fantastic additions.  Roman Polanski’s Carnage and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method will both be making their world premieres at the festival along with Steve McQueen’s Shame, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary PJ20, and more.  Variety also reports that films submitted but not yet approved for the festival include Madonna’s W.E., Walter Salles’ On the Road, and Luc Besson’s The Lady.  Then there’s the film that are being tipped to premiere at Venice: Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Steven Sodebergh’s Contagion and Haywire, and a toss-up between Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

So if you’re already seething with jealousy that you’re not attending Cannes this year, hold on to that jealousy because it looks like you’re going to need it when Venice rolls around.  The 68th Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st to September 10th.

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