<p>&quot;The Judge&quot;</p>

"The Judge"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr. will open the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

Looks like Warner Bros. is steering clear of Telluride this year

After revealing the film as part of its official lineup of premieres on Tuesday, the Toronto Film Festival has waited until today to announce that "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, will serve as the event's opening night presentation on Sept. 4.

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<p>&quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

"Get On Up"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Can Chadwick Boseman muscle into the Best Actor conversation with 'Get On Up?'

This is the kind of confidence you live to see on the screen

I can't offer extended "review" thoughts on Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" for another week yet, but I'm pretty sure I can comment on Chadwick Boseman's performance as The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So let's do that…

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

"Inherent Vice"

Expect a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience from 'Inherent Vice'

'Zucker Bros.-level gags' and a 'Big Lebowski' vibe are sure to make this an atypical awards season sell

The New York Film Festival scored a real coup in nabbing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice," for a Centerpiece slot at the upcoming 52nd annual event. The film has been an early favorite among awards prognosticators as Anderson has found recent luck in the season, even when the odds seemed stacked against him (such as when "The Master" appeared to be a bit of a lost cause with the actors before going on to score three Oscar nominations). But the way I hear it, "Inherent Vice" is a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience altogether. It is apparently a very faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, which offers a zany blend of humor that could — I stress could — prove a tough sell to Academy types.

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<p>&quot;Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice&quot;</p>

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

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New image of Ben Affleck from 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' revealed

The image was spotted by eagle-eyed fans at Comic-Con

I don't know if you noticed but DC Comics (kind of arbitrarily) declared yesterday "Batman Day." There's nothing really noteworthy about July 23, but it was the opening day of Comic-Con in the year of Batman's 75th anniversary, so they went for it. And today, as part of the overall celebration, a new image of Ben Affleck from Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has been revealed.

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Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan surprise with 'Interstellar' trailer

Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan surprise with 'Interstellar' trailer

Did we get an 'Alright, alright?' You bet we did

SAN DIEGO — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November.

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<p>&quot;Whiplash&quot;</p>

"Whiplash"

Credit: Sony Classics

J.K. Simmons spits fire at Miles Teller in the trailer for 'Whiplash'

Another potential gem in Sony Classics' awards season slate

Sony Classics has another packed slate this season, but with all eyes on Cannes darlings "Foxcatcher" and "Mr. Turner," Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a lurking threat that could be a powerful little shock to the system.

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<p>Parker Posey</p>

Parker Posey

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Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley join Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's next film

Meanwhile 'Magic in the Moonlight' is opening this weekend

"Magic in the Moonlight" isn't in theaters just yet, but Woody Allen is already hard at work on his next film, and Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are the latest performers to join his ever-growing cast of characters.

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<p>Gillian Flynn</p>

Gillian Flynn

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Author Gillian Flynn discusses the 'disassembling' of her 'Gone Girl'

Will this be 'the date movie that breaks up couples nationwide?'

With the first wave of festival announcements out of the way, it appears to me the sexiest get of them all is New York's opening night selection of David Fincher's "Gone Girl." Fincher has danced with the awards season with his last few films and this one is probably his most hotly anticipated effort in a while, given that it's an adaptation of an immensely popular novel.

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<p>&quot;Manglehorn&quot;</p>

"Manglehorn"

Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Laika's 'Boxtrolls' are heading for Venice

The world's oldest fest comes out with its selections

Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world.

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<p>&quot;Guardians of the Galaxy&quot;</p>

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

Credit: Marvel Studios

'Guardians of the Galaxy' screenwriter talks cosmic passions and the Marvel experience

How Nicole Perlman got to be an outer space geek on the studio's most unique cinematic property

HOLLYWOOD — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at NYU, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen.

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