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Toronto Deal Wrap: Early Buys Begin, New Indie Distribs

Toronto Deal Wrap: Early Buys Begin, New Indie Distribs
Before the high stakes bidding begins at the Toronto Film Festival which runs Thursday September 8 through September 18, acquisitions execs are already opening their checkbooks. Several distribs are said to be chasing Steve McQueen's erotic drama Shame, which would have to go out unrated; a studio subsidiary would have to go with an inevitable NC-17 rating, if no trims were made (so how could rumored interested distribs Sony Pictures Classics take this on? I don't see it).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 8, 2011 3:53 AM
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Telluride Wrap: Pina, La Luna, Alice and Tilda

Meredith Brody wraps up Telluride--and heads for Toronto, which opens Thursday. Finally, Wim Wenders’ Pina, at 9:15 a.m. in the lovely Galaxy theater, which has been specially fitted out with not only top-of-the-line 3-D projection, but a brand-new sound system by Meyer Sound, the best there is.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 8, 2011 2:04 AM
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Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata

Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata
Lars von Trier made a rare post-Cannes public appearance in Berlin last weekend. Tom Christie reports:When Lars von Trier arrived on stage at Berlin’s Babylon Kino Saturday night, by means of a stairway below the stage, he appeared as might a gopher from its hole – tentative, wary, uncertain. Popping up to applause from an adoring full-house (or, at least, a house willing to pay 12 Euros to hear him speak), he immediately popped back down again – perhaps playfully, perhaps not – before managing to get to his chair on stage. Aside from turbulence at 36,000 feet, nothing may scare the famously fearful flyer more than an adoring audience, particularly since his foot-in-mouth episode at Cannes earlier this year, in which he inexplicably called himself a Nazi and made excuses for Adolf Hitler. A man of great comfort and ease behind the camera, Von Trier is before the microphone anything but, a quasi nebbish with halting speech patterns suggesting, somewhat preposterously, a Danish Woody Allen.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 7, 2011 10:49 AM
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Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST

Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST
Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3. The R-rated movie, which opens limited November 9 and wide November 11, was not ready for the fall festival circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2011 7:59 AM
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Pre-Premiere of Fox's New Girl, Nick Nolte Talks Bender, Stoll on Hemingway in Paris

By the time Fox's New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, premieres, it won't seem so fresh off the presses. Variety reports that the network will allow viewers to watch the whole series before it is broadcast Sept. 20th on live TV. Viewers will have access to the show through various outlets, including an unprecedented pre-primetime viewing on iTunes. The network hopes that through this new strategy they can access sampling opportunities. Before the launch, the show will be available for free on iTunes, Hulu, Fox.com, and Deschanel's Hello Giggles blog.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:56 AM
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Mad Men Hype: Weiner and Hamm Talk 'The Suitcase' Episode

Yesterday, the Daily Beast dissected "The Suitcase" episode from Mad Men's fourth season with exec producer Matt Weiner and star Jon Hamm. The game-changing episode features Don Draper (Hamm) and his secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) pulling an all-nighter in the office, as personal and professional drama reaches a breaking point.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:46 AM
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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

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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