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Weekend Preview: Gosling's Drive is the Must-See; Happy, Happy, Silent Souls, Restless & More

It takes a special movie to make you envy a toothpick, but ladies, Drive is that movie. The almost-too-cool-for-school film from director Nicolas Winding Refn is a thrilling throw-back to heart-pounding eighties fun and ferocity, with a de-glammed Los Angeles at its core. You'll want the soundtrack, which is available now. The flick's music-inspired beginnings involve Refn being chauffeured around Los Angeles by star Ryan Gosling (also a real life hero). Bro-love--including kissing at its Cannes debut--ensued.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 16, 2011 12:59 PM
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TIFF: Moverman Talks Rampart, Harrelson, Ellroy, Cops, Bungee Cameras, Independence

TIFF: Moverman Talks Rampart, Harrelson, Ellroy, Cops, Bungee Cameras, Independence
One of the best films I saw at Toronto--and I suspected it going in from the trailer--was Rampart, Oren Moverman's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Messenger. Here's our full Q & A on how Rampart came into being and why Israeli Moverman is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. Millennium scooped up this tough 90s era L.A. cop film written by James Ellroy and starring Woody Harrelson, who rejoins his director from The Messenger, for which he earned a best supporting actor nomination. Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Steve Buscemi, and Ice Cube lend support. A sampling of TIFF reviews is also below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2011 12:30 PM
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TIFF: Huppert and Fontaine Talk Culture Clash Romantic Comedy My Worst Nightmare

Even the most mainstream French comedies are aimed at grown-ups in a way that most Hollywood movies are not. For My Worst Nightmare, Anne Fontaine's tenth feature, the writer-director concocted the idea of pairing brainy actress Isabelle Huppert, who has been at the top of the French food chain for many decades, with Belgian comedian Benoit Poelvoorde, who starred in Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2011 11:44 AM
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Giggles with Gosling: Clooney is Dreamy, Drive's REO Speedwagon Fate & Other Interview Revelations

Ryan Gosling is busy--making movies, promoting movies, saving lives--but he spent some quality time with Vulture and it resulted in a quote-worthy conversation. He talks about working in wet pants with George Clooney, Nicolas Winding Refn having a thing for his mom, politics, Los Angeles and more. (You can see Gosling in Drive this weekend.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 16, 2011 8:26 AM
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Weekly Wrap: TIFF: Moneyball, Descendants, Deep Blue Sea; Reviews Kevin, The Lady; Media Watch

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  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2011 5:20 AM
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Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2011 4:21 AM
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Denzel for Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Kevin Costner Out of Upcoming Tarantino, Source Code to TV

Kevin Costner was forced to back out of Quentin Taratino's Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts and will no longer play Ace Woody, a "sadistic asshole who trains slaves to fight" in Tarantino's coming film. Meanwhile, as expected, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed to join the cast as a head house slave. The movie will star Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who escapes from his vicious owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and joins forces with a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. The film will begin production this November and has a planned release date of December 25, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2011 4:05 AM
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Media Watch: Netflix Takes a Tumble, Google's Propeller, Viki to 10M International Users

Google has a social and news reader in its works, according to sources close to the project. Now called The Propeller, the reader doesn't have a launch date planned yet. [Via Media Bistro]
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2011 3:59 AM
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Puppet Watch: The Girl with the Muppet Tattoo; Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Jim Henson

The Muppets, an upcoming revamp of the puppet ensemble starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, and Mila Kunis, has re-spliced their trailer into a parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Some may find it aggressively adorable, if not a little misguided. Both trailers posted below--see if you can spot the differences!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2011 3:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Shows Off Bikes Moves in Premium Rush

Check out the trailer for writer-director David Koepp's Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film arrives in theater January 13, 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 16, 2011 3:24 AM
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