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Exclusive Interview: With Somewhere, Sofia Coppola Grows Up

Exclusive Interview: With Somewhere, Sofia Coppola Grows Up
Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which was the surprise winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, will be released by Focus Features this December.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2010 3:22 AM
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Waiting for Malick: Which Film Fest Will Debut Tree of Life?

After not showing at Cannes or Venice, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life did screen at Telluride: but only six people saw the cut-down movie (two hours, 15 minutes) at two separate screenings for Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight, which landed the picture. The Tree of Life is inspiring raves from the few who've seen it (they use words like "cinema-changing"). Even though the film boasts stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, that does not mean that it will be anything but an art house success d'estime. But Searchlight is willing to give it their best shot, which is usually pretty damned good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2010 12:48 PM
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TIFF Diary: Crime D'Amour, Deep in the Woods, Film Socialism, At Ellen's Age

At TIFF, Meredith Brody ingests five films a day, like breathing, but finding decent meals along the way proves a challenge.A blur of screenings and brief encounters, combined with perhaps the worst eating day of my adult life.
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  • September 13, 2010 12:28 PM
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TIFF: Tony Goldwyn Talks Conviction, Betty Anne Waters, Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell

At this year's Toronto Film Fest, indieWIRE interviewed filmmakers and stars at Live at the Lounge every day. In my talk with Conviction director Tony Goldwyn (video below), he admitted, as David Schwimmer had several days earlier with rape drama Trust, that serious dramas are the hardest films to finance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2010 11:19 AM
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TIFF Diary: Little White Lies Rips Off Big Chill, Mothers, Let Me In, Precious Life, 13 Assassins

Meredith Brody scarfs up more of Toronto's eclectic foreign programming. I thought I was starting the day with a treat, a big hot fudge sundae of a movie, Little White Lies a drama of manners, as the catalogue has it, with a dozen of France’s starriest, most accomplished, and attractive actors – including Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, and Francois Cluzet -- talking about life and love in that ineffable grownup way rarely seen outside of the French cinema.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2010 10:49 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter Ditches Print Daily for Glossy Weekly

Under new editorial director Janice Min, The Hollywood Reporter has been experiencing a surge of online traffic. But the former editor of Us Magazine thinks she can make a go with a weekly print edition, reports the NYT, geared to both the trade and consumers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2010 10:29 AM
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More: Media

Daily Show vs. America, Reality TV Wins, HBO Subscriber Drama

- Has Jon Stewart's career benefited from the fall of America? New York Magazine points out that America's decade of domestic decline has provided The Daily Show with plenty of material, and "unfortunately things are getting even funnier." Stewart says he likes to figure out "where the media is trying to build the narrative and where the story lines are going to go,” in order to position his political satire a bit higher on the joke spectrum than a kick in the groin. Since the beginning of the new century, with politicians increasingly appearing as mouthpieces for cable producers and the media transforming the way it is delivered and processed, Stewart has built longevity via counter-culture-political-comedy: "As truth has been overrun by truthiness and facts trampled by lies, he and The Daily Show have become an invaluable corrective—he’s Cronkite, the most trusted man in America."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2010 5:30 AM
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TIFF: Affleck Talks The Town

TIFF: Affleck Talks The Town
After playing Venice and Toronto, Ben Affleck's sophomore directing effort The Town, in which he stars himself this time, opens Friday. It's a straightforward entertaining character-driven genre piece set in Boston based on a novel by Chuck Hogan about a Charlestown gang of bank robbers who are under avid pursuit by the FBI. Affleck is trying to make a movie that's both smart and mainstream; he gives himself a juicy role as a wily robber who falls in love with a bank staffer (Rebecca Hall) and then looks to get out. Jeremy Renner is charismatic and dangerous as his trigger-happy partner in crime, while Jon Hamm is wasted in a dull role as an FBI agent. Blake Lively is believably sexy and pathetic as Affleck's angry, drug-addicted ex-girlfriend scorned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2010 3:48 AM
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TIFF: Weinstein's Dirty Girl Pick-Up Talk of CAA Party

The Weinsteins' acquisition of Abe Sylvia's 80s period Dirty Girl for $3 million was the talk of the jammed CAA party Sunday night. $3 million (for rights in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa) is a big number in today's contracted indie marketplace. A high school bad girl comedy, Dirty Girl stars Juno Temple, Dwight Yoakam, Milla Jovovich, and Willam H. Macy. And Harvey Weinstein is in good spirits because Tom Hooper's The King's Speech --which Weinstein hastens to remind he bought into at the script stage--is the hit of the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2010 1:01 AM
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TIFF: IFC Picks Up Super-Hero Spoof Super, Starring Rainn Wilson

IFC has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director James Gunn's super-hero spoof Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. I saw footage from this at Comic-Con; it looked like a comedic version of Kick-Ass (which topped out at $48 million in wide release). But then IFC has a different economic model. After the movie premiered Friday night, IFC nailed the deal Sunday morning after a grueling all-night auction. UPDATE: And paid $1 million for it, which is a lot for them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2010 9:52 AM
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