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Facebook Debuts Its First Film: The Perfect House

The Perfect House, a horror anthology, will be the first film to debut on FlickLaunch, Facebook's new movie distribution platform. The first to be built on Facebook, FlickLaunch is intended to support indie filmmakers and connect them to a global audience without the prohibitive cost-barriers of traditional distribution.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 7:13 AM
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In Contention Partners with Hitfix

In Contention Partners with Hitfix
Kris Tapley's six-year-old In Contention Oscar blog is moving from indie status to a new home at rising consumer site Hitfix. It's a good fit for both partners. In Contention gets some resources and support and professional year-round ad sales, while Hitfix's Gregory Ellwood, who will continue to post at the site's Awards Campaign blog, adds a respected Oscar blog with loyal followers, who will presumably check out the site's other offerings and swell traffic. The site, which is aimed at the 18 to 34 demographic, reaches more than 2 million unique users monthly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2011 6:59 AM
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TIFF Deal Round-Up: Neil Young and Panahi Films, Killer Joe, Awakening, God Bless America, Incident

TIFF Deal Round-Up: Neil Young and Panahi Films, Killer Joe, Awakening, God Bless America, Incident
While the Toronto Film Festival has not been a hotbed of dealmaking activity, many buyers are negotiating behind the scenes for smaller acquisitions that won't send rockets into the stratosphere. Here's a round-up of recent TIFF deals (UPDATED):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2011 6:00 AM
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Christina Hendricks Talks Wonder Woman, Drive Soundtrack, and Emmy Plans

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has two films coming into theaters this weekend, Refn's thoughtful actioner Drive and romantic comedy I Don't Know How She Does It, a flippant women's movie about doing it all and doing it perfectly. After discussing her role in this supermom film, New York Magazine turned Christina Hendricks' attention to a more literal version of Wonder Woman, to which she said:"Sure! I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll—sorry, Aaron, you're exposed. And Nicolas [Winding Refn] said, when we were on set, "I want you to be Wonder Woman." And I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 4:57 AM
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TIFF 36 Day 6: The Descendants, Moneyball, Page Eight, Urbanized, Think of Me

TIFF 36 Day 6: The Descendants, Moneyball, Page Eight, Urbanized, Think of Me
Stop the presses. Meredith Brody finally saw The Descendants.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 14, 2011 1:18 AM
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Film Independent at LACMA Starts With World Premiere of Rum Diary, Reitman Breakfast Club Reading

Elvis Mitchell is in the building!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 14, 2011 1:07 AM
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The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver

The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver
Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Don Siegel's Dirty Hairy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2011 9:47 AM
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Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Timely Burma Biopic The Lady; Besson Trims 16 Minutes

Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Biopic The Lady, TIFF Reviews
Luc Besson wasn't planning to direct the biopic The Lady, which Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh initially brought to the Europa movie mogul to produce. Both Yeoh and Besson are better known for their commercial action ventures than period dramas, although Yeoh gave a stellar dramatic performance in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon opposite Chow Yun-Fat. The true story on which the movie is based--Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese daughter of a slain president, known as “the steel orchid,” who fights for her people against a repressive regime, which places her under house arrest for 15 years after she is elected president--offered Yeoh a character she not only closely resembled, but was aching to play. "You can feel the vibration: 'this is my time, I want this part,'" says Besson. "For an Asian actress, there aren't so many parts."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2011 9:24 AM
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Michelle Williams Talks Becoming Marilyn Monroe, Pleasure of Sex Appeal, What's on Her Bedside Table

Michelle Williams will debut as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn at the New York Film Festival on October 9, followed by a November 4 Weinstein Co. release. Vogue features the Oscar nominee in full Marilyn-mode, and discusses the actress's transition from Williams to Monroe. "I'd fall asleep to movies of her. It was like when you were a kid and you'd put a book under your pillow hoping you'd get it by osmosis," she tells Vogue. We admire the way Williams always speaks from a place of self-trust. On not defining herself by the lack of having a man in her life, she says: “I’m not lonely, and I think that has a lot to do with what’s on my bedside table rather than what’s in my bed.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2011 7:21 AM
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Count Down to Pulp Fiction Blu-ray Release; Miramax Remembers Favorite Moments of Cult Classic

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 Pulp Fiction will have its first Blu-ray release on Oct 4. Until then, Miramax staff are counting down the days by highlighting favorite moments from the cult film. To start it off, Miramax's Mike Lang picked this clip, and shared the comments below. You can also watch it here:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2011 7:18 AM
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