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New York Film Festival to honor Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is set to honor two actors during this year’s New York Film Festival. First up, Ethan Hawke will sit down for “An Evening With” segment on September 30, during which he will participate in an “intimate dinner and a conversation between the guests and NYFF Director Kent Jones,” according to a press release.

Then, on Oct. 8, Richard Gere will do the same. For the festival, which is in its 52nd year, the “An Evening With” segment is meant to recognize “the work of individuals who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture, and will continue to do so in the future,” per the release. Past honorees include Nicole Kidman, David Cronenberg, Cate Blanchett, and Ralph Fiennes, among others.

Both Hawke and Gere have films in this year’s festival, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12. Hawke is attending as a director for the documentary Seymour: An Introduction, while Gere stars in Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind.

Box office report: 'Guardians' nears $300 million, 'Identical' flops

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Guardians of the Galaxy claimed the No. 1 spot once more this weekend with an estimated $10.16 million as it makes its way towards the coveted $300 million mark, while the faith-based musical drama The Identical (Cinema Score: B)the only new wide releasefailed to catch on in any significant way, opening in 11th place with a shoddy $1.91 million. The rest of the top five were all holdovers, earning in or around $5 million.

If things seem somewhat unexciting at the box office this weekend, your eyes and untouched movie dollars aren’t deceiving you: It was basically planned to be that way. “This is the no man’s land between the end of the summer season and the start of Oscar season and the big holiday movie season,” Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian told EW earlier this week. “This is just one of those weekends that are always expected to be slow. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, the sky is not falling, it’s just post-Labor Day weekend and we have to live through it.”

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Box office update: 'Guardians' leads slowest weekend of the year

The weekend after Labor Day has the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing period of the year. No one in the industry expects anything notable from these three days. The fact that The Identical, a barely on the radar faith-based musical drama about an Elvis-like figure, is the single new wide opener (on pace for a 10th place showing with a $534K Friday) is only further proof that everyoneeven moviegoers it seems—is taking the weekend off.

But, this barren landscape gives way for audiences to catch up with a few familiar titles, and, as expected, Guardians of the Galaxy will claim the top spot on the charts for the third weekend in a row. With an estimated $2.71 million Friday, the Marvel heroes are on their way to an $8 or $9 million weekend, which will bring the domestic total north of $290 million. The rest of Friday’s top five, all holdovers including If I Stay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Let’s Be Cops, and The November Man, will all net out around or under $5 million this weekend.

Here are the top five:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy  $2.71 million ($287.1 million domestic total)
2. If I Stay $1.61 million ($35.5 million domestic total)
3. Let’s Be Cops $1.55 million ($62.75 million domestic total)
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1.5 million (169.7 million domestic total)
5. The November Man $1.24 million ($14.9 million domestic total)

Check back in tomorrow for weekend estimates.

Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg duke it out in 'Scribbler' clip

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Waiting for Hollywood to make a movie about The Black Widow? Or Wonder Woman? Or any female character from any comic book? Then direct your attention towards The Scribbler.

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Love turns weird in trailer for TIFF film 'Spring'

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Lou Taylor Pucci (the Evil Dead remake) stars in the new movie Spring as a man who, following the death of his mother, travels to Italy and meets a beautiful young woman played by Nadia Hilker. Does the course of true love run smooth? Having seen the film’s trailer, seems safe to tick the box marked “Absolutely not.”

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L.A.'s Beyond Fest announces mayhem-filled lineup

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The Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and ABCs of Death 2, and the documentary Lost Soul — which concerns the infamous production of box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau — will all play at this year’s Los Angeles genre festival Beyond Fest, which announced its lineup today. Other notable attractions include a screening of Halloween attended by both director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, another documentary called My Life Directed By Nicholas Winding Refn from the titular Drive filmmaker’s wife, and the terror tale Starry Eyes, in which an actress’ desperate ambition leads her down a very dark path indeed (we’ll say no more!).

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The three best heist films, according to 'Drive Hard' director Brian Trenchard-Smith

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There’s only one director who can claim to have introduced the world to Nicole Kidman (in 1983’s BMX Bandits) and directed two Leprechaun films (1995’s Leprechaun 3 and 1997’s Leprechaun 4: In Space). That director’s name? Brian Trenchard-Smith.

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Box office preview: 'The Identical' opens, but 'Guardians' will rule

If you thought Labor Day weekend was slow at the box office, the weekend after Labor Day might as well be moving backwards.

“Historically, the post-Labor Day weekend is one of the slowest of the year,” says Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “The studios really have been stepping up and living up to that idea of the 52-week release calendar, but on this particular weekend it seems all bets are off.”

The Identical, a faith-based musical melodrama movie about a preacher’s son who grows up to be a rock star, is the only new wide release and Guardians of the Galaxy will surely reclaim the No. 1 spot. It’s very possible that The Identical, which stars Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, won’t even break the top five.

“This is the no man’s land between the end of the summer season and the start of Oscar season and the big holiday movie season. It’s this transitional period,” Dergarabedian says. “Hollywood is unapologetic about it. It’s a time when people can catch up on movies, check out Guardians of the Galaxy or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or some of the other films that are out there. It’s like the day after the big party. It’s kind of slow.”

Even though the just-closed summer season was one of the worst in a decade and the overall year is still down, Dergarabedian notes that this slump is at least one that everyone plans for. “Just like the entire box office year, it ebbs and flows. This is just one of those weekends that are always expected to be slow. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, the sky is not falling, it’s just post-Labor Day weekend and we have to live through it,” he says.

And, with that said, here’s how things might play out.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts join 'Dallas Buyers' director's next film

While Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest film Wild has yet to hit theaters, he has already found a pair of lead actors for his next project.

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See the first clip of Samuel L. Jackson in TIFF feature 'Big Game'

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Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander made a big splash with 2010’s Rare Exports, the tale of a giant, monstrous Santa Claus. How do you follow that? The answer arrives at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Big Game, which makes its world premiere at the event tomorrow night when it kicks off TIFF’s Midnight Madness strand.

Samuel L. Jackson stars in the film as an American president who, following an attack on Air Force One, is pursued through the Scandinavian wilderness by a band of killers. The only person who can help him survive: a 13-year-old boy, played by Rare Exports actor Onni Tommila.

Big Game costars Ray Stevenson, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, Jorma Tommila, Mehmet Kurtulus, and the always watchable Jim Broadbent. Watch Jackson and Onni Tommila in the exclusive first clip from the film below. READ FULL STORY

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