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TIFF Concerned by Disappearance of Syrian Filmmaker Nyrabia: 'Filmmakers Must Be Allowed to Express Themselves'

The Toronto International Film Festival has expressed concern over the arrest of Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, who was detained by security services loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Damascus airport on August 23...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:34 PM
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Paramount and 'Godfather' Author's Estate Going to Court

Don Corleone might not want to be caught dead in a courtroom, but the "Godfather" franchise doesn't look like it'll be so lucky: the son of Mario Puzo, who wrote the original "Godfather" novel, filed papers with a federal court in Manhattan seeking to end Paramount Pictures' rights to produce any future films based on the property...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:26 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Lawless,' 'Chicken with Plums,' 'For a Good Time' & More

Check out the smorgasbord of offerings arrriving in theaters this weekend, from John Hillcoat's prohibition drama "Lawless" to Jamie Travis's sex-romp "For a Good Time, Call...". Found-footage horror "V/H/S" arrives on VOD this weekend with strong reviews, while Jessica Biel and Orlando Bloom...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2012 12:24 PM
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Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest Poses a 30-Second Short Film Challenge

In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication. This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with laughter.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 11:27 AM
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Newell's 'Great Expectations' with Bonham-Carter, Irvine & Fiennes Will Close BFI London Film Festival

Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" will close the 56th BFI London Film Festival on October 21. Adapted by David Nicholls, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2012 11:17 AM
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Venice Review: ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ - Muscularly Charismatic, But Exasperating

Before its unveiling, some found “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” a peculiar choice as Venice opener by new artistic director Alberto Barbera, even taking into account Mira Nair’s history here (the Indian-born, New York-based filmmaker won the Golden Lion with “Monsoon Wedding” in 2001)...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 30, 2012 10:53 AM
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Encore's Big Miniseries Showcase: Garai in 'The Crimson Petal and the White,' Plus 'Pillars,' 'Dove' & 'Titanic'

In a kind of doubleheader, Encore will kick off its “Big Miniseries Showcase” on September 10 and 11 with the North American debut of “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai (“Emma”) as a clever prostitute in Victorian London...
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • August 30, 2012 9:59 AM
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Michael Keaton Joins Kinnaman, Jackson, Oldman, Cornish & Williams for Padilha's 'RoboCop' Remake

Michael Keaton joins MGM and Columbia's "RoboCop" remake. The actor will play Raymond Sellars...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2012 9:12 AM
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Film Historian Peter Cowie's Behind-the-Scenes 'Godfather' to Land in October

There are only a handful of trilogies that are so deepy ingrained in the zeitgeist of American culture that they seem destined to be timeless classics: "Star Wars," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Godfather." But where the first two were sci-fi/fantasy epics filled with spectacle and flash, the last one, with its dark meditations on violence and loyalty, is in a league of its own.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 6:18 AM
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Laika's 'ParaNorman' Presents First Openly Gay Animated Character

When it debuted on August 17, Laika's stop-motion animated zombie comedy "ParaNorman" might just have made history--in perhaps the quietest way possible.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 4:17 PM
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