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Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious

On the Toronto acquisitions front, both The Weinstein Co. and Sony have been buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 3:44 AM
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Aronofsky Talks the "Nightmare" of Getting 'Black Swan' Made

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan opened the Venice Film Festival and took the Lido by storm. I talked with the director about the long "nightmare" of getting the script right and financing the film, casting Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel, shooting in a gritty up-close verite style, and how he set about "creeping out" the audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 1:19 AM
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TIFF Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc L'amour Fou

Meredith Brody reviews the latest doc about Yves Saint Laurent, L'amour Fou:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 14, 2010 11:01 AM
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TIFF Diary: Beginners is Charming Trifle, Attenberg, Incendies, The Trip, Sayles' Amigo

Meredith Brody can't see every movie at TIFF. But damn it, she's going to try.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2010 10:53 AM
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Scorsese's Mafia Movie Dream Team, Mulligan in My Fair Lady, Cher and Fonda Aging Gracefully?

- It sounds too good to be true; Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese all working on a hitman drama entitled The Irishman? It's one of a handful of projects Scorsese is considering for his next film (he's currently shooting 3-D Hugo Cabret with Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen). De Niro has been developing the picture at Paramount through his Tribeca Productions. The script is written by Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo series), based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & The Inside Story of The Mafia, The Teamsters, & The Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt. The title comes from the first words ever spoken from Jimmy Hoffa to Frank Sheeran (presumably Pacino and Pesci), the subtext approximating: "I heard you kill people and paint the walls and floors with their blood." With a title like that, what better cause to reunite this Goodfellas/Heat/Casino crowd?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 14, 2010 3:46 AM
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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.
  • By Meredith Brody
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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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