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TIFF Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is A Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2012 12:48 PM
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Welcome to 2044, Kansas. Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years it will be. And when it is, it's immediately outlawed, with criminal organizations using it for their own ends -- namely, to dispose of bodies. In the future, thanks to the advances in tracking people, it becomes more difficult to make someone disappear. And thus there are Loopers. Sent assignments from the future, they dispatch them in the present, get rid of the bodies, thus eliminating them in the future and get paid a modest sum for their efforts. It's not the most honorable job, but considering how bad the economy has become, it's something.

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At TIFF

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 3:02 PM
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For the enterprising mini-majors, studio subsidiaries and indie start-ups, there are three key markets to acquire films: There's Sundance, where only a handful of movies come with distribution already sorted, and everyone hopes to uncover the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Precious." There's Cannes, which not only has a huge film market (often concerned with pre-sales as much as finished movies), but debuts some of the biggest international films of the year. And then there's the Toronto International Film Festival.

Exclusive: Clip From Julian Assange Drama 'Underground' Premiering At TIFF, Starring Anthony LaPaglia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 2:03 PM
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Last month Anthony LaPaglia made some waves when he revealed that he exited Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which was pushing back his shooting schedule, in order to maintain the commitment he made to star in Robert Connolly's Julian Assange film "Underground." Financing was coming together around the actor's name, and not only that, LaPaglia had worked previously with the helmer on "Balibo." And ultimately it seems he made the right choice. With Assange in the headlines once again as his diplomatic fate is sorted out in the U.K., "Underground" is timelier than ever.

Exclusive: Poster For TIFF Doc 'A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 1:01 PM
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While the Toronto International Film Festival will be presenting many prestige films that bring with them serious subject matter and sober drama, there will be plenty for those cinephiles looking for someting a bit more irreverent. And no one embodies that quality and spirit quite like legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. Making its world premiere at TIFF is "A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman" which pays tribute to the group's late member in an entirely fitting and outlandish fashion.

Jason Reitman Hosting Live Reading Of 'American Beauty' AT TIFF, Adam Driver & Sarah Gadon To Participate

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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It’s been thirteen years since the release of Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning directorial debut, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival following its Hollywood premiere. And now “Juno” and “Up in the Air” helmer Jason Reitman will host a live reading of Alan Ball’s screenplay this Thursday at the festival.

10 Films We're Looking Forward To Seeing At The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 9:57 AM
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Sundance has the indie cred. Cannes gets the big names in world cinema, and the best parties. Venice has the best location, and often the most interesting line-up. Berlin contains the hidden gems. SXSW is the up-and-comer. Telluride has the mountain air. But increasingly, the Toronto International Film Festival is becoming the most important in the film industry.

New, Shorter Cut Of 'On The Road' Will Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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Decades in the making, the Francis Ford Coppola produced, Walter Salles directed "On The Road" finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to a mixed response. The adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal novel of a generation was never the easiest thing to bring to the screen, and our review by James Rocchi from the Croisette called it "lustrous but long winded." And indeed, running nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, this writer was definitely checking his watch during the film. Now as it heads to TIFF, it looks like Salles has hit the editing bay one more time for a new, slimmer cut.

Fall Movie Preview: 15 Films We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2012 11:55 AM
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There are certain advantages to working for a film website. Aside from all the fortune (translation: payment in expired Amazon vouchers), fame (translation: getting death threats on Twitter from "Wrath of the Titans" fans) and sex (translation: desperately awkward attempts at flirting during roundtable interviews), the main one is that sometimes you get to see films a little bit early.

Michael Winterbottom's 'Everyday' Premieres At TIFF; 'Amour,' 'Something In The Air' & More Round Out Lineup

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2012 9:40 AM
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It's taken over a month to unveil the expansive, hugely exciting lineup for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and with opening night (the premiere of Rian Johnson's "Looper") a little over two weeks away, the slate was finally completed this morning by a selection of announcements from the Masters, Mavericks and Discovery strands of the festival.

'The Master,' 'On The Road,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion' & More Join The 2012 TIFF Line-Up

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 14, 2012 11:18 AM
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We were promised additional films, and they have arrived. The Toronto International Film Festival has added more films to its Special Presentations and Gala sections, and the highlights include the worst kept secret in the world, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," Walter Salles' "On The Road," Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," and three rather strong films that are making their premiere in Venice first, including Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, "Bad 25," Brian DePalma's heavily anticipated "Passion" starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, and Harmony Korine's "Springbreakers," starring James Franco and many young up-and-coming starlets.

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