During my first day at the Telluride Film Festival, I had the opportunity to screen Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants and the much talked about Cannes sensation The Artist, a black and white silent film set in the silent-era Hollywood. Both of the films will be vying for awards come Oscar season, and you can get the scoop right here. Also after the jump is a couple of ramblings and musings on how Telluride has changed in the information age and rise of social media, along with some of the photos I’ve taken during my first day in this small mountain town.

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The Telluride Film Festival, a presentation of the National Film Preserve which takes place beginning tomorrow, Friday Sept 2 and runs through Monday Sept 5, is an unusual beast as far as film festivals go. The core film lineup is not announced until the day before the festival begins, so attendees have to commit to the fest without knowing any of the movies that will definitely play.

Now the first list of films is out, and it has some expected inclusions such as David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method (trailer) and the Cannes fave The Artist (trailer). In addition there are some good surprises, such as Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender‘s reunion, Shame (pics), and the Dardenne BrothersThe Kid With a Bike.

More films will be announced at the last minute over the next couple days. One addition, for example, according to Kris Tapley, is Butter. Peter is arriving in Telluride later today so he’ll have coverage of the festival during the holiday weekend. Check out the announced lineup below. Read More »

Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview hits newsstands Friday and, as usual, it’s filled with new information and photos from some of the most anticipated films scheduled for release between September through December. After the jump, check out new photos from We Bought a Zoo, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Contagion, Drive, Abduction, Hugo, The Muppets, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Adventures of Tintin and The Descendants. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

It has been seven long years since Alexander Payne last had a film in theaters. He’s done a lot of work since Sideways, producing some films (Cedar Rapids) and television (Hung) and working to develop quite a few projects. He spent some significant time on the film Downsizing, which was shelved late in development; that’s when he jumped at making The Descendants with George Clooney. This one is right in Payne’s wheelhouse: the story of a father dealing with his two daughters after an accident leaves his wife terrible injured. While trying to get back into being a proper father, he discovers that his wife had been having an affair, and things get emotional from there.

The first trailer has landed, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous films will probably love it. Everyone else should check it out just for a brief bit featuring Robert Forster. Read More »

Daniel Radcliffe, George Clooney and a robot arm are all ready for their close up. Three new posters for anticipated 2011 releases popped up online today, all utilizing a large, singular image. There’s the arm rising up from a knockout for Shawn Levy‘s robot boxing film Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie opening October 7, a gruff and tough Harry Potter, ready to finish his feud with Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part Two, directed by David Yates, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and pretty much everyone else who has been in a previous Potter movie. It opens July 15. Then George Clooney enjoys Hawaii in Alexander Payne‘s highly anticipated December 16 release, The Descendants. Check out the posters after the jump. Read More »

If you woke up this morning hoping to see George Clooney run around Hawaii like an idiot, well, you’re in luck. The first clip of Clooney in Alexander Payne‘s long overdue follow-up to the 2004 Oscar winner Sideways, The Descendants, has just come online, teasing a website about the film called Who Is He? Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and scheduled for release December 16, The Descendants is about an attorney forced to reexamine his life and make some very difficult decisions when his wife gets into a terrible accident. Besides Clooney, the film stars Judy Greer, Matthew Lilliard, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Shailene Woodley and more. Watch the clip after the jump. Read More »

Cinema Con, formerly known as ShoWest, is currently going down in Las Vegas and in addition to screening a ton of footage from upcoming movies, many studios are premiering photos and posters from their upcoming films. 20th Century Fox, for example, created a calendar for the event and it provides our first look at several of their upcoming movies including Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, Alexander Payne’s The Descandants, Andrew Niccol’s Now, David Gordon Green’s The Sitter, David Frankel’s The Big Year and more. Plus, though we’ve already seen one image from Rise of the Apes, we now have our first official look at one of the title characters. Check all these images out below. Read More »

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