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TIFF: Pariah Gets Release Date and Poignant Poster

Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was "Subway," a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself--an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:25 AM
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Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as a promotional event on the road to the Oscars.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 6, 2011 10:36 AM
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Weinstein Co. Launches Indie Label, Poaches Magnolia's Tom Quinn

Marking a major loss for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, The Weinstein Company is launching a new label focusing on innovative distribution strategies to be run by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who will be co-presidents. The unnamed New York-based TWC label will "bring new films and other specialty entertainment to audiences simultaneously across multiple digital and traditional platforms," said the Weinsteins in a release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 10:14 AM
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Andrew Haigh Talks Weekend, A Perfectly Swell Gay Romance

Andrew Haigh Talks Weekend, A Perfectly Swell Gay Romance
One of the breakout films from this year's SXSW (audience award) was Brit editor-writer-director Andrew Haigh's Weekend, a Nottingham love story that could reach out beyond gay audiences. It's about a closeted gay man (Tom Cullen) passing for straight with everyone in his life except his best friend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 9:08 AM
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Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D

Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D
Detective Dee and Mystery of the Phantom Flame is yet another magical adventure from Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Seven Swords). The $20-million film was funded entirely in China--as opposed to his old friend John Woo's $80 million Red Cliff, which was backed by a pool of investors from several Asian countries. This entertaining big-scale epic is packed with extravagant action and visual effects, including a towering hollow statue that is central to the mystery in the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 8:18 AM
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Media Watch: Couric's Soft ABC Debut, LA Times Layoffs, Nicole Miller's Ads Move 100% Online

Katie Couric will make her debut on ABC News by interviewing Sarah P… Sarah Jessica Parker, that is, which THR calls a soft launch for the news anchor, who made a heavily scrutinized move from to ABC from CBS last June. This position with ABC News will allow her time to develop her daytime talk show, Katie, which will air sometime in September.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2011 8:05 AM
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007 News: James Bond/Daniel Craig, The Face of Indian Railways; Adele to Record Bond Theme?

Daniel Craig, the James Bond du jour, might trade in his Aston Martin and other fancy wheels for a set of decrepit railway tracks. Daniel Craig is likely to sign on as the official Ambassador of Indian Railways, said Dinesh Trivedi, India’s railways minister. James Bond 23, the newest 007 film, directed by Sam Mendes, will film in India. The new Bond installment features an important sequence on the rails, which required many meetings with ministry officials to obtain permission. As WSJ reports, there needed to be a tradeoff, and Craig’s face on the train, or at least in a television ad, might seal the deal. The Indian railway is less than high-tech, and Trivedi hopes that Craig’s presence will give the train company an image boost.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2011 7:56 AM
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Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Oscar Host, Could Liven the Proceedings

Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Oscar Host, Could Liven the Proceedings
Oscar co-producer Brett Ratner asked his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to consider hosting the Oscars on February 26. And Murphy has said yes. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 7:24 AM
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"
Early reviews praise Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) in the Cold War spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, the film adaptation of John le Carre’s 1974 best-selling novel directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). Oldman plays MI6 agent George Smiley, previously immortalized by Alec Guinness in the 1979 BBC mini-series. Critics say that Tom Hardy also pops in the ensemble including Colin Firth, John Hurt and Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2011 11:40 AM
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Gosling and Mulligan In Sweet and Sexy Video Clip from Drive

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2011 10:26 AM
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