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Toronto Sees More Doubles: Two Films Each for Weisz, Hoffman, Olsen, Rogen, Shannon, Chastain

Toronto Sees More Doubles: Two Films Each for Weisz, Hoffman, Olsen, Rogen, Shannon, Chastain
Six more actors (here are the first five) are working double time at the Toronto Film Festival this year: Rachel Weisz (360, The Deep Blue Sea), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March, Moneyball), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding), Seth Rogen (50/50, Take This Waltz), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Machine Gun Preacher) and Jessica Chastain (Coriolanus, Take Shelter). Consider their Toronto track records below. Who will come out on top?
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2011 8:29 AM
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Weinsteins' Escape from Planet Earth in Production with Parker, Fraser, Alba, Gandolfini

The Weinstein Co. has lined up Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson to voice characters for Escape from Planet Earth, a 3-D animated "alien comedy."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2011 8:29 AM
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Lionsgate Acquires The Big Wedding: Big Cast Includes De Niro, Keaton, Sarandon, Seyfried

One of safe thing to greenlight is a wedding movie. Lionsgate has acquired US and UK distribution rights to The Big Wedding, currently shooting in Greenwich, CT, with Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace. The film, from writer-director Justin Zackham (The Bucket List) forces a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) to pretend they are happily married at their son's wedding. The plan goes awry, resulting in a "charming, rollicking movie that promises to be an instant intergenerational family comedy classic,” gushes Lionsgate president Joe Drake.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2011 8:25 AM
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This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World

This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World
In the last year (May 2010 through May 2011) the top-earning actors (and sometime producers) were Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million), Johnny Depp ($50 million), Adam Sandler ($40 million), Will Smith ($36 Million), Tom Hanks ($35 million), Ben Stiller ($34 Million), Robert Downey Jr. ($31 million), Mark Wahlberg ($28 million), Tim Allen ($22 million), Tom Cruise ($22 million), Jim Carrey ($20 million), Daniel Craig ($20 million), Robert Pattinson ($20 million), Brad Pitt ($20 million) and Matt Damon ($18 million).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2011 7:13 AM
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Trailer Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT

As Francis Ford Coppola promised at Comic-Con's Hall H panel on TWIXT, which stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin as yet another Edgar Allen Poe, the filmmaker has posted a trailer on the web for his digital 3-D horror film, which will debut at Toronto. (Here's my Comic-Con coverage and Coppola interview.) This is much the same footage he showed at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 6:50 AM
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Gosling Front and Center on New Drive Poster, More Violence Due in Refn's Next, Only God Forgives

When you've got it, flaunt it. In Nicolas Winding Refn's indie-financed, $13-million Drive, Ryan Gosling scores in his first Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows himself to be entrapped by a young neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son. Gosling is Drive's primary selling point. Why not show what you got? He's never looked better.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 6:37 AM
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Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones
One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Special Jury Prize.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Post-Apocalyptic The FP, Names Evan Husney Company Director

Alamo Drafthouse distributor Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to its its second indie release, The FP at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. The film is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost, and exec produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Alamo's Tim League says: "The Trost brothers have an amazing, fresh creative vision and I want to be a part of the team that helps evangelize their strange new gospel.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2011 7:39 AM
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Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit

Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit
Here's the new poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which Focus Features is opening November 18 after its debut in Venice, which is timed before its European release in September. That's the reason why the film isn't in the Toronto Film Fest line-up. There's speculation that the film might turn up as a centerpiece gala or closing night offering at the New York Film Festival, along with Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (October 21). There's still time for these potential Oscar contenders to jockey for prime fest positions at the four fall fests, Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride, which keeps its selection a secret until the last possible minute. Angelenos who take the Charter from LAX to Montrose, Colorado at the start of the Labor Day weekend are handed the schedule as they board the plane.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2011 7:02 AM
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Jay Duplass' Kevin to Open Inaugural New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival, September 1-11

The New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival is born, and will debut this September 1-11. Jay Duplass' non-fiction debut Kevin (trailer below) will open the festival, accompanied by Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love. (Duplass and brother Mark's latest fiction offering Jeff Who Lives at Home will debut at September's Toronto Fest.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2011 6:32 AM
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