<p>Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of &quot;Children of Men&quot;</p>

Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of "Children of Men"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Variety jumps into the deep end of crafts coverage and it's about time

New 'Artisans' initiative is a long time coming

As one person put it to me, "It's nice to have a trade covering, you know, the trades, because we haven't really had that in some time." Indeed, it's fantastic to see our colleagues at Variety dig in and represent the industry as they are with the newly branded "Artisans" initiative, and it's a long, long time coming. It is and has been an underreported element of the business, but I've happily seen that slowly shift in the decade we've been diligently, sometimes obsessively, covering below-the-line here at In Contention.

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<p>Jamie Foxx and Mike Tyson</p>

Jamie Foxx and Mike Tyson

Credit: AP Photo

Jamie Foxx's Mike Tyson biopic moving forward with 'Wolf of Wall Street' writer

The 'Ray' star has wanted to make this movie for a long, long time

Biopics. They're all the rage. James Brown is about to hit theaters. Richard Pryor is stirring back to life. And now "Iron" Mike Tyson himself will be coming to the big screen, courtesy of Jamie Foxx.

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<p>&quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

"Interstellar"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Matthew McConaughey visits alien worlds in the new trailer for 'Interstellar'

'Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.'

If you followed HitFix's coverage of Comic-Con, then you know we were extremely high on the new trailer presented for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Paramount managed to get the director down to the San Diego convention for the first time ever (he had somehow never bothered despite his involvement in one of the most popular superhero franchises to date), and the result, apparently, was sheer bliss for the attendees in Hall H. Well, today you can see the trailer for yourself (if you didn't already catch it in theaters over the weekend), and find out what all the fuss was about.

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<p>Jessica Lange</p>

Jessica Lange

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'American Horror Story' star Jessica Lange tapped for Santa Barbara's Kirk Douglas Award

The two-time Oscar winner was recently nominated for her sixth Emmy

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange as the recipient of this year's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The honor will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, an event which serves as an annual fundraiser for SBIFF.

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'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

Just six out of the 15 selections have never been seen before

The Toronto International Film Festival is known for its Oscar bait prestige dramas, major Hollywood studio releases, a focus (appropriately) on Canadian film and, to a lesser extent, its Midnight Madness program. One thing it doesn't have a strong reputation for is documentaries. That's why it's no surprise that only six of the initial 15 documentaries announced for the 2014 festival this morning are world premieres.  

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<p>Richard Linklater at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival</p>

Richard Linklater at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival

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Why 'Boyhood' is a different story on the Oscar front for IFC Films

'We're going to be David to Goliath...and we know that.'

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" added more screens this weekend and currently finds itself in 107 theaters nationwide. With a per-screen average of around $16,000, the weekend gross was north of $1.7 million, bringing the overall tally to over $4.1 million to date. As it continues to find its audience, the film is obviously a long play for IFC Films, and the prospect of awards recognition lurks, as ever, just over the horizon.

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<p>&quot;The Hundred-Foot Journey&quot;</p>

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"

Credit: DreamWorks Studios

Helen Mirren explains the importance of a light touch in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Plus: Why location shooting in the south of France was so important

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In Lasse Hallström's latest film, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren was given the opportunity to play a very forthright, proud restauranteur in the south of France. It's a character that plays well to her strengths and offers a striking foil to Manish Dayal's Indian chef-in-training, Hassan.

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<p>&quot;Mad Max: Fury Road&quot;</p>

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer finds Tom Hardy in a dusty post-apocalyptic hell

Well hot damn

Before I even got out of bed this morning, I was watching the "Mad Max: Fury Road" trailer. How do you like THEM apples, Hall H? But seriously, it seems Warner Bros.' presentation of materials for George Miller's upcoming film won the day at Comic-Con yesterday despite the presence of DC Comics and Marvel Studios. Hard to do, but a nice surprise, nevertheless, and today WB has mercifully made the trailer available to us non-Coners.

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<p>&quot;Fight Club&quot;</p>

"Fight Club"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk broke the first two rules of 'Fight Club' at Comic-Con

The film celebrates its 15th anniversary in October

After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead.

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<p>On the set of &quot;Blackhat&quot;</p>

On the set of "Blackhat"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Michael Mann's cyber thriller with Chris Hemsworth gets a title

No truth (yet) to an early report that it will qualify for Oscars this year

Michael Mann made his Comic-Con debut today alongside "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, at the Legendary Pictures panel. Footage of his cyber thriller was screened, but the only real news is this: it has a title, "Blackhat." Deadline is reporting that it will be qualified for Oscars this year ahead of a Jan. 2015 release, but Universal denies that report. (UPDATE: Indeed, Deadline has changed its language to "may qualify.")

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