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TIFF 36 Day Seven: Solondz's Dark Horse, Killer Joe Impress; Moth Diaries, Himuzu, Twiggy Disappoint

TIFF 36 Day Seven: Solondz's Dark Horse, Killer Joe Impress; Moth Diaries, Himuzu, Twiggy Disappoint
Meredith Brody reports:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 15, 2011 7:01 AM
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Documentary Features to be Considered for 84th Academy Awards Due Today, September 15

Oscar entries for consideration for the documentary feature film category for the 84th Academy Awards (to be announced on February 26), are due September 15. Nominees will be announced January 24. More information is here, and qualifying details are below. Last year's winner, Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, is pictured below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2011 6:02 AM
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The Hunger Games Wraps First Installment; Months of Promoting Will Ensue Prior to March 2012 Release

That was fast. Lionsgate's The Hunger Games has wrapped 84 days of principal photography on the first installment of the intended series. Lionsgate's Joe Drake says: "What I observed on set was impressive on every level, and reinforced my confidence that we have assembled precisely the right team to bring Suzanne Collins’ brilliant novel to the big screen." The film won't feed its hungry teen fans until March 23, 2012. But plenty of first-look fodder (with more to come) are serving as catnip for what looks to be the next young adult female Twilight replacement franchise.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 15, 2011 5:52 AM
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Character Actors Keep Hollywood Afloat: Manohla Dargis Foresees Vast Democracy of Talent

Actors, take note. NYT critic Manohla Dargis declares that it's a great time to be a character actor, who are responsible for the "ragged human details" that serve the richness of the upcoming TV season as well as the performances that "nibble on the corners of the screen."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 15, 2011 4:44 AM
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Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?
One of the big winners out of Toronto is Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (September 30), which succeeds by hewing close to its true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an awards-worthy performance in Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical script about his battle with cancer (see video below), and less successfully, Seth Rogen, basically playing himself, tries to keep his best chum laughing as he undergoes chemo and an operation, losing his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) as well as his hair. Anjelica Huston is the mother he does not want to share his illness with, and Anna Kendrick his neophyte shrink. Applause all around.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2011 4:19 AM
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Text M for Murder

This Funny or Die clip evokes the obvious but still mild wording of Facebook stalking and following someone's Tumblr in this comedy-horror short that pays homage to horror movie/ horror movie parodies:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 12:10 PM
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TIFF Deals: The Lady, Wuthering Heights, Last Day on Earth, Your Sister's Sister

The late Toronto fest deals are flying fast and furious. Now IFC has closed two deals, for North and Latin American rights to Lynn Shelton's well-reviewed relationship comedy Your Sister's Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and North American rights for Abel Ferrara's 4:44 Last Day on Earth. The New York-set film, starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, and Natasha Lyonne asks the questions, "how would we spend our final hours on Earth? And what does how we choose to die say about how we have chosen to live?" Next stop: The New York Film Festival. Here's more. UPDATED.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 14, 2011 12:08 PM
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DiCaprio and Eastwood Talk J. Edgar in GQ Cover Story

In the latest issue of GQ, the magazine pairs the actor and director combo from biopic J. Edgar, in which Leonardo DiCaprio suits up as the famed and defamed former head of the FBI under Clint Eastwood's direction. The film will kick off this year's AFI Film FEST on November 3 before opening wide November 11.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 8:15 AM
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How Butter Used Bachmann, Highest-Paid Man in Entertainment, How NBC Snagged the Jackie O Tapes

In an effort to promote the political satire Butter, whose reviews in Telluride and Toronto were less than stellar, the film's distributor Harvey Weinstein has raised the movie's political references to Michelle Bachmann in order to make a "blatant effort to make [Butter] into something people will be talking about," he wrote in a statement formally inviting the Republican politician to co-host the premiere of the film in Iowa in a few months. Weinstein asked one of the film's actresses, Olivia Wilde, to read the missive:In 20 years of coming to the Toronto Film Festival, I've never released a statement for a film. But I would like to take this moment to formally invite Republican congresswoman from Minnesota and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host with me the big premiere of 'Butter' in Iowa in a few months from now.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 8:02 AM
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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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