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TIFF Preview: Fox Searchlight Pushes Oscar Contender 'The Sessions,' Releases Poster

Fox Searchlight, which snapped up Ben Lewin's "The Sessions" (formerly "The Surrogate") at Sundance for $6 million, holds high Oscar hopes for film, which stars John Hawkes as journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, who is afflicted with polio but wants to have sex. (Think "My Left Foot.") Searchlight is pushing the film into the Oscar race at Toronto, as it did Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 2:31 PM
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Visit the Lido Without Spending the Big Bucks: Ten Venice Features to Stream Online

For the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8), 10 features films and 13 short films from the Orizzonti section of the fest will be available for streaming all over the world, concurrent with the films' debuts on the Lido.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2012 1:02 PM
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NYFF 50 Tributes Nicole Kidman and Outgoing Director Richard Pena, Books Controversial 'Paperboy'

In order to summon up star luster, film festivals have to make certain compromises. In the case of the New York Film Festival's tribute to Nicole Kidman--who totally deserves many kudos--that includes adding Lee Daniel's controversial adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel "The Paperboy" to the fest's main slate.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2012 1:35 PM
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TIFF Completes 2012 Festival Lineup with Masters, Discovery, Mavericks & Docs: Plus Who's Showing Up

Toronto 37 has rounded out its 2012 festival titles, adding 40-plus titles to its massive slate. New films announced in the Masters program include the North American premieres of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Olivier Assayas's "Something in the Air," Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" and the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" and Goran Paskaljevic's "When Day Breaks."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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TIFF FIRST LOOK: Ruba Nadda's Thriller 'Inescapable,' Starring Siddig, Tomei & Jackson (Video Clip)

Check out our first look at writer-director Ruba Nadda's Toronto-bound "Inescapable," starring Alexander Siddig ("Syriana," "Kingdom of Heaven"), Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler," "Ides of March") and Joshua Jackson ("The Skulls," "Apt Pupil").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 11:25 AM
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New York Film Festival Adds Delicious Anniversary Classics and Doc Sidebars

Three anniversary classics will screen at the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14): David Lean’s 50-year-old epic "Lawrence of Arabia," fresh from its 8K unveiling at Cannes, Walt Disney’s 75-year-old animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and Rob Reiner’s comedy "The Princess Bride," complete with a cast renunion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2012 8:23 PM
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NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2012 4:55 PM
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NYFF: David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' Makes Centerpiece World Premiere

"Sopranos" creator David Chase’s feature film debut, "Not Fade Away," will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2012 6:40 PM
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TIFF Adds Gala, Special Screenings, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths; 'A Song for Marion' Will Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added more than 75 new titles to its expansive 2012 smorgasbord. The festival (September 6-16) will close with a Gala presentation of Andrew Williams' "A Song For Marion," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" (November 21) will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) The NYFF has already announced its closing night film, Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, another mainstream booking for the high-minded Fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 4:22 PM
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