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Exclusive: Photos & Trailer For Eco-Preservation Doc & TIFF Entry 'Midway'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 6, 2013 11:50 AM
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Midway
With the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off yesterday, the reviews have started to roll in (though only the tip of the proverbial iceberg) along with more and more buzz. While we're gathering more news from our people on the ground up in Toronto, we got our hands on exclusive photos and trailer from TIFF Doc "Midway." Directed by photo-based artist Chris Jordan and "March of the Penguins" editor Sabine Emiliani (both making they're directorial debuts), "Midway" follows the albatrosses of Midway Atoll Island (a U.S. territory roughly midway between the U.S. and Asia) and their sometimes terrible fate.

David Cronenberg's 'Shivers' Getting Unnecessary Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 11:06 AM
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One of the golden boys of Canadian film, David Cronenberg, is being celebrated at this year's Toronto International Film Festival for his commitment to quality moviemaking and his ability to make even the most hardened tough guy feel a little bit queasy (like when Samantha Eggers opens the egg sack in "The Brood;" classic). Now comes word from TIFF that the director's first film, the psychosexual nightmare "Shivers," is being remade. Because of course it is.

Exclusive: Poster For Brillante Mendoza's TIFF Horror Offering 'Sapi,' Plus Watch The Extended Trailer

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 6, 2013 10:44 AM
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Sapi
To call Brillante Mendoza a prolific filmmaker would be something of an understatement. In the past eight years the Filipino director has directed eleven films, all successes on the festival circuit -- he’s something of a Cannes favorite at this point -- and as his latest film “Sapi,” the director's first straight-up horror movie, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight, we’re debuting the film’s first poster.

Watch: New Clips And Trailer For Last-Minute TIFF Entry 'Salinger'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 6, 2013 9:45 AM
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Even The Weinstein Company, charged with marketing Shane Salerno's nine-years-in-the-making documentary “Salinger,” wasn't able to suppress before release the film's biggest secret—that legendary author J.D. Salinger had five unreleased novels finished before his death, novels that his estate to are planning to release before 2020. But the documentary purports to be much more than a series of twists, although it does adopt the aesthetic of a thriller. Five new clips and a last-minute trailer have just debuted, showing that Salinger was a symbol that of which we only witnessed a fraction.

Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 8:55 AM
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The Double, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikoswka
On Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, the newest film from writer/director Richard Ayoade (as opposed to the newest film from actor Richard Ayoade who was in the abysmal Ben Stiller comedy "The Watch") premieres. Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella "The Double," it stars Jesse Eisenberg who is presumably driven insane by the appearance of an eerie doppelganger. And wouldn't you know it, there's a debut trailer too (courtesy of The Guardian)?

TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 8:33 AM
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Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

TIFF Review: Suspense Thriller 'Blue Ruin' Is Terrifying, And Excitingly Singular

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 5, 2013 12:05 PM
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Blue Ruin
Dwight (Macon Blair), the lead character of “Blue Ruin,” is a haggard, defeated, middle-aged man. His clothing clings to him, as if to avoid callously slipping to the ground. His beard seems to have formed on his face the way weeds gather on undernourished lawns. One of our first glimpses of his eyes come from the way they gape when he finds out people are home, and he’s naked in the bath. His mad dash reveals this is not his house. But those eyes remain troubled even when he’s not using the homes and resources of others. The sense is that Dwight hasn’t been home for years, and he hasn’t felt at home within himself for even longer.

Watch: Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan Directs Saoirse Ronan For 'How I Live Now" Soundtrack Song

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 10:55 AM
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Though the rest of us will see the film next month, audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival will get to see the Kevin MacDonald-helmed “How I Live Now” next week. The sci-fi film will boast an impressive soundtrack that includes a collaboration between Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes fame) and famed producer Jon Hopkins. Ahead of its TIFF premiere, a music video for the collaboration has arrived online (via Digital Spy).

New Clip & Photos From 'Enough Said' Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus & One Of James Gandolfini's Last Onscreen Performances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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Enough Said
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener is one of those rare filmmakers working today who is actually interested in simple stories about real people instead of overly complicated mythological tales involving superheroes or giant fighting robots. In small, measured films like "Walking and Talking" and "Lovely & Amazing," she is able to mix humor and drama in a way that feels undeniably real. And even when her movies are somewhat minor successes (like 2010's "Please Give"), you're still hugely thankful that she is out there, making the films that she does. Her new film, "Enough Said," featuring one of the last performances by James Gandolfini, is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening nationally a few days later. Ahead of that premiere comes a new clip and some new photos.

Exclusive: Trailer & Poster For Gorgeous WWII Survival Drama 'Canopy' Premiering At TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2013 10:10 AM
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With TIFF getting ready to kick off in just over 24 hours, the final decisions on schedules are being made, and one that may be worth carving out some time for is Aaron Wilson's "Canopy." With a number of shorts and a documentary under his belt, this marks his feature debut, and it's an assured outing that takes a simple premise and turns it into a unique cinematic experience.

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