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Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back?

Will the force behind "Cosmos," Emmy-winning writer/producer Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, be able to bring back her reimagined television show? She needs to convince both Fox and host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 5:23 PM
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TIFF Thriller 'Cut Bank' Picked Up by A24, DIRECTV

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 22, 2014 3:10 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Trailer for Chinese Kidnapping Drama 'Dearest,' Bound for Toronto & Venice

Director/producer Peter Ho-Sun Chan is a leading figure in the Asian film industry. His new feature "Dearest," the intense followup to 2013's "American Dreams in China," centers on the true story of a divorced couple whose three-year-old goes suddenly missing. Watch the trailer, exclusive to TOH!, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 22, 2014 2:03 PM
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Trailers From Hell and Joe Dante on 'Confessions Of An Opium Eater'

Albert Zugsmith’s shining moment in an amiably disreputable career that nonetheless included producing pix by Sirk, Welles and Jack Arnold. Only Fu Manchu is missing from this hypnotically retrograde yellow peril hallucination starring Vincent Price and half the Asian actors in Hollywood.
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  • August 22, 2014 1:11 PM
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How Joseph Gordon-Levitt Blew Up Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez's Return to Sin City, 'A Dame to Kill For'

It's hard to believe that it's been nine years since "Sin City." So much has changed and we're worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller's deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, "A Dame to Kill For" is bolder yet more cohesive and emotionally involving. It's certainly more immersive in 3-D and it's all green screen with no sets whatsoever. As a result, this dream-like world where "Shock Corridor" collides with "Kiss Me Deadly seems even more tactile and surreal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 22, 2014 12:52 PM
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Screen Talk: Telluride Film Festival Predictions and Preview

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I will arrive in Telluride, a little mining town in the Colorado Rockies, when we'll finally learn what's actually on the Telluride Film Festival schedule. On this week's podcast, we suss out our best guesses on the program. What impact will the new rules of engagement--no Telluride premieres on Toronto's first weekend--have on the two festivals?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 12:41 PM
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TV's Elisabeth Moss & Michelle Dockery Head for Indie Film with Alex Ross Perry's 'Queen of Earth'

It's something of an anomaly these days when not one, but two of TV's biggest stars head for indie film and not the other way around. So it goes for Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of Earth," which will pair "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" as girlfriends on the edge.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 8:54 PM
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Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Norman Lear Win 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 7:40 PM
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WATCH: Sexy, Haunting New 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Trailer Stars Shailene Woodley

Writer/director Gregg Araki sheds his new-wave queer cinema roots for this Shailene Woodley vehicle about a 17-year-old girl whose sexual awakening coincides with the disappearance of her mother, played by Eva Green.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 3:29 PM
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Who Will Pick Up Spike Lee's Kickstarter Horror Comedy 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'?

Following Spike Lee's June 22 debut of his Kickstarter project "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" as the closing night at the American Black Film Festival, where it earned middling reviews, Lee is in talks to find the right distributor. Where is the horror comedy going to end up? Lee has screened the film for the major specialty players, most of whom have so far passed on its commercial prospects, so it may wind up with a smaller distrib.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 3:28 PM
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