<p>Kate Winslet</p>

Kate Winslet

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John Hillcoat, Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor team-up 'Triple Nine' gets 2015 release date

Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul and Gal Gadot also star

A release date has been set for the police thriller "Triple Nine" from director John Hillcoat ("Lawless," "The Proposition"), which stars a slew of Oscar winners and nominees.

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<p>&quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

"Birdman"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice with a sure-fire Oscar bet

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Michael Keaton is superb in meta showbiz drama

VENICE - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that.

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Review: Low-key drama in the English fenland propels debut feature 'The Goob'

Review: Low-key drama in the English fenland propels debut feature 'The Goob'

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Sean Harris reliably unsettling in Venice Days entry

VENICE - NBC's "The Office" rang frequent laughs from Dwight Schrute's beet farm, with glimpses of backwards Cousin Mose and his feral antics proving particularly fertile ground for comedy ("And as of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms, but as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get all that power back on.") This kind of vaguely unsettling boys-on-the-farm vibe is played straight in "The Goob", a character piece that has atmosphere to spare, and whose minimal plot is helped along by the happily original setting; this might be the first film shot in Norfolk to premiere at Venice.

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<p>Richard Attenborough</p>

Richard Attenborough

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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90

His sterling career spanned multiple generations

Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough, who delighted cinema audiences across some six decades, has died, according to his son. He was 90 years old.

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<p>&quot;Selma&quot;</p>

"Selma"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Images from 'Selma' feature David Oyelowo as MLK, Tom Wilkinson as LBJ and more

Director Ava DuVernay has kept an impressive photo diary of the film's production

Ava DuVernay's "Selma" is going to come around at a particularly noteworthy time. Yes, it's been 50 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and yes, it's been 49 years since the passing of the voter rights act. But as we look around today, it's perfectly clear: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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<p>&quot;Inherent Vice&quot;</p>

"Inherent Vice"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

More details on NYFF-bound 'Gone Girl' and 'Inherent Vice' surface

Plus: A new image from Paul Thomas Anderson's wild ride

All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season.

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<p>&quot;Nightcrawler&quot;</p>

"Nightcrawler"

Credit: Open Road Films

New 'Nightcrawler' trailer sets up the murky ethics of the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller

The film recently moved from Oct. 17 to Oct. 31

Every new piece of footage or marketing for "Nightcrawler" has me champing at the bit at this point. First Open Road Films offered up a brief viral tease of the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ethically unbound freelance crime journalist in Los Angeles, ahead of its announcement as a Toronto Film Festival world premiere. Then came the first teaser trailer, which proved to me that cinematographer Robert Elswit was bringing the goods here. And that pulp-inspired poster was awesome. Now, a full trailer, laying out all the ethical implications at the heart of the film.

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

Our critic in Venice on the ones to watch

As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes."

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<p>&quot;Ghostbusters&quot;</p>

"Ghostbusters"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Toronto fest declares Sept. 5 'Bill Murray Day'

Is this the early gear-turning of an Oscar push?

In a show of apparent elation that the festival could track down Bill Murray and slate his new film, "St. Vincent," as a showcase presentation, the Toronto Film Festival has gone all out and set aside an entire day of programming centered on the actor. Friday, Sept. 5 has officially been declared "Bill Murray Day."

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<p>&quot;The Theory of Everything&quot;</p>

"The Theory of Everything"

Credit: Focus Features

'Theory of Everything' poster keeps the focus on the Hawking romance

The theorems look to play second fiddle to the love story

I find myself wondering about James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything." I'm excited for the film on one hand, as a handling of the life of Stephen Hawking is long past due (and James Marsh is an interesting choice to bring it forth). But the geek in me wants the focus (no pun intended) on his contributions to physics and cosmology. The marketing from Focus Features, however, is making it very clear that this is a love story first and foremost. The trailer set that construct up a few weeks ago and today it's made all the more obvious as Hawking's theorems and whatnot literally play in the background of a romantic encounter with his wife Jane on the film's official poster.

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