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TIFF Brings International Trailblazers Into the Spotlight with Asian Film Summit, Doc Talks & More

As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet.
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  • August 14, 2014 2:43 PM
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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as time goes on. Karpen looks to fill the specialty market void left when Peter Schlessel took over Universal indie label Focus Features with a more genre-focus in mind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:39 PM
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After TIFF Debut, Hong Kong/New York Actioner 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' to Go to DirectTV before A24 Release (TRAILER)

Talk about mean streets. A24 and DirecTV are partnering to release English-language Hong Kong/New York action film "Revenge of the Green Dragons," a true story directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for "The Departed," a remake of Lau’s "Infernal Affairs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:18 PM
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New York Film Festival Cherry Picks World Fests for Slate of 30 --What's Missing?

The New York Film Festival Main Slate official selection has landed, with 30 features including many Cannes entries and potential Oscar contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 1:10 PM
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Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights

The Toronto International Film Festival is adding scads of movies to its sprawling 11-day program of 300-plus selections which launches September 4 with the world premiere of David Dobkin’s “The Judge," starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. It's a lot to absorb: we list the individual Wavelengths, Cinematheque and director Cameron Bailey's Spotlight on Seoul programs below; Indiewire breaks down the full seven-part program here; and we highlight a few titles that pop out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 4:14 PM
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WATCH: Oscar-Worthy John Lithgow Talks Ira Sachs' Gay Love Story 'Love Is Strange' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

There are so many coming-of-age stories every year that it's rare to see a mature love story. Even though Ira Sachs' "Love is Strange," which debuted at Sundance, is about two gay men who get married, it's more about aging love. It's touching how much these men love each other. Sony Pictures Classics releases the film August 22 in New York and LA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 2:54 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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Two Auteur Docs Play Venice Classics, on Bogdanovich and Penn

I look forward indeed to two documentary tributes to two great American directors that are playing La Biennale di Venezia in the Venice Classics section: "One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film," the first documentary from Bill Teck, and "Mise en scène with Arthur Penn (a conversation)" by Amir Naderi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 5:09 PM
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How to Pick a Foreign Oscar Entry?

Certain countries over the decades have done better with foreign Oscar nominations. Italy and France lead the field with the most Oscar wins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 12:41 PM
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