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Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks & Woody Harrelson Complete Jason Reitman's 'American Beauty' Live-Reading Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 3:08 PM
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It's not a Toronto International Film Festival without Jason Reitman (his father Ivan of "Ghostbusters" fame is on the committee, of course). The director, who has had most of his features debut at the festival (aside from "Young Adult"), had tweeted some question mark suggestions about TIFF earlier in the week that some took as hints that he had completed his just-finished "Labor Day" drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. That was not to be as expected (c'mon guys, the thing just wrapped a few weeks ago and is coming out in the summer of 2013). Instead, Reitman revealed he was orchestrating another one of his popular live readings series which thus far have included "Reservoir Dogs," Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," "The Breakfast Club," "The Princess Bride," "Shampoo,"and "The Big Lebowski" (the concept: contemporary actors doing stage readings of the original screenplay in front of an audience).

Surprise: Richard Linklater Has Completed ‘Before Midnight’ With Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 1:55 PM
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First up, the rumor was Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," the supposed follow-up to "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset" was unexpectedly shooting in Greece just a few weeks after Julie Delpy told us that the project had a least a year to go before shooting. Ethan Hawke seemed to echo Delpy's sentiments recently: he and Linklater were in Greece only writing the film.

'Red Dawn' To Premiere & Close Fantastic Fest, Plus Three New Images Of The Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 1:22 PM
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"Red Dawn," the 1984 John Milius film, is a '80s cold-war classic. Not because it's amazing (it's a fun teen actioner), but because of the nostalgia factor involved. And hell, arriving in the heart of the tense Regan/Gorbachev years, it spoke to a lot of us growing up in the era of potential nuclear-war anxiety.

Exclusive: Poster For Silent TIFF Pic Fairytale 'Blancanieves'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 1:05 PM
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If the "The Artist" proved anything last year, it's that silent cinema is hardly a dead format. Still a place where great storytelling and expressive visuals combine for a memorable moviegoing experience, for those looking for another modern take on the genre, TIFF has a treat in store with Spain's "Blancanieves."

Mae Whitman, Nick Kroll & More Added Added To Jason Reitman's TIFF 'American Beauty' Live Reading

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 12:23 PM
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Jason Reitman, director of "Up in the Air" and last year's unfairly overlooked "Young Adult," is doing another one of his "Live Readings" of a famous movie script, and this time it's the Oscar-winning "American Beauty" at the Toronto International Film Festival. Courtesy of his Twitter, he's been slowly revealing the cast members for the new reading. In addition to the already announced Adam Driver (from "Girls"), who will play the Wes Bentley role, and Sarah Gadon ("Cosmopolis"), who will play the Mena Suvari role, Reitman has revealed who will be taking on the Thora Birch, Scott Bakula, and Peter Gallagher parts.

Exclusive: Wayne White Talks Smashing Pumpkins Video "Tonight Tonight" In Clip From 'Beauty Is Embarrassing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 12:01 PM
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Breaking out as the designer and puppeteer on the groundbreaking TV show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” the career of artist Wayne White has been anything but predictable. But it's his unique spirit coupled with an aritistic oeuvre distinctly his own that has made him not only a success, but the subject of the documentary "Beauty Is Embarrassing." But even if the name isn't familiar to you, or you were too young to know his work on 'Pee-wee,' there is one other place you've likely witnessed his talents.

Paul Thomas Anderson Cut The Marketing For 'The Master' Himself, Talks Working With Harvey Weinstein

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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At times it seemed like it would never happen, but "The Master" is almost (finally) here. Paul Thomas Anderson's long-in-the-works pseudo-Scientology story, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joquain Phoenix, is set to hit theaters in limited release on September 14th (following a string of secret screenings and an official world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and an appearance at TIFF). In anticipation of the film's release, the usually cagey Anderson is on the press circuit, and in a lengthy and fascinating interview with the Village Voice, talks about how he single handedly created the marketing for the movie and what it was like working with the sometimes controversial Harvey Weinstein.

Watch: Trailer For Barry Levinson's Horror Flick 'The Bay' Will Give You The Heebie Jeebies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:49 AM
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Whoa. We were expecting the Barry Levinson-directed found footage eco-horror flick "The Bay," produced by the "Paranormal Activity" team of Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider, to be something of a mild curiosity. After all, the 70-year-old director of "Diner" (which Vanity Fair recently profiled on its thirty year anniversary), hasn't had a truly buzz-worthy movie in a while, and the other movie made with the 'Paranormal' team around the same time (Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem") hasn't even been picked up for distribution yet. Well, after watching the trailer we're more than intrigued, we're ready to pre-order our tickets now.

Watch: 3 New Clips From Sundance Favorite 'Smashed' Will Leave You Choked Up

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:32 AM
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Yesterday we brought you a new clip from "Smashed," an addiction comedy/drama starring Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sony Pictures Classics has unviled three more, which shows even more of the cast and a much better understand of what the tone of this movie is going to be. After watching the three clips, we are now prepared for potential "Beasts of the Southern Wild"-levels of weeping.

Watch: Liam Neeson Comes For You On The Internet In New 'Taken 2' Trailer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:16 AM
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"Taken" was an unexpected hit when it was released in 2008, turning formerly serious actor Liam Neeson into an unlikely action icon and legitimizing (to a degree, at least), French filmmaker Luc Besson's place as a kind of Euro-trash Roger Corman. Well, a sequel has finally been shaped, all these years later, and based on the latest "internet trailer" (complete with winky Neeson introduction), it looks like it's keen to recapture the same junky fun of the original.

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