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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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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

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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