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TIFF First Looks: Binoche and Owen in 'Words and Pictures,' Franco's 'Child of God'

With the announcement of 75 new titles added to Toronto 2013's lineup, a few new first-look images have arrived as well. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures" as frustrated artists and teachers; the ever-prolific James Franco's "Child of God" stars Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack in the Cormac McCarthy adaptation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 12:15 PM
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Toronto Announces 75 New Titles, Includes Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' Durkin's 'Southcliffe,' Gibney's 'Armstrong Lie' and More

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has announced its second wave of programming. Included in the 75 added titles are new work by Hayao Miyazaki ("The Wind Rises," which recently had its Japanese premiere), Sean Durkin (miniseries "Southcliffe"), Alex Gibney ("The Armstrong Lie," newly acquired for stateside release by Sony Pictures Classics), Kevin Macdonald ("How I Lie Now," starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland) and James Franco ("Child of God," making its North American premiere).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 11:14 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Disney's Mini Comic-Con D23 Showcases Marvel, 'Maleficent,' 'Cinderella' and Oscar-Contenders 'Frozen' and 'Saving Mr. Banks,' But No 'Star Wars'

Despite ignoring "Star Wars: Episode VII," D23 showed off Disney's impressive live-action and animation slate, making it the envy of the industry now that Lucasfilm has joined the fold with Marvel and Pixar.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Falls Festivals in Gear, Interviews with Brie Larson, David Gordon Green, Neill Blomkamp and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2013 5:02 PM
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Errol Morris's Rumsfeld Doc Is Popular on the Fall Festival Circuit, But May Not Play the New York Film Festival

Already one of the fall’s more eagerly anticipated films, “The Unknown Known” – Errol Morris’s take on the beloved Donald Rumsfeld, the very idea of which makes our toes curl -- seems poised to be the biggest doc of the season. Word is that the film has not only been invited to the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals but it's become the first of two docs ever accepted into competition at the Venice Biennale (the other being the homegrown “Sacro Gra” by Gianfranco Rosi).
  • By John Anderson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:47 PM
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New York Film Festival Announces Spike Jonze's 'Her' as Closing Night Gala

A day after its first trailer being released online, Spike Jonze's "Her" has been announced as the Closing Night Gala for the New York Film Festival. It will be making its world premiere at the fest. Check out a new image below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 12:33 PM
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Venice Film Festival Completes Out of Competition Section with 'Une Promesse,' Carrie Fisher Added to Jury

Lots of news out of Venice today. "Une Promesse," the new film by French filmmaker Patrice LeConte, will round out the Out of Competition section at the 70th festival, running August 28 through September 7. It stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden. Additionally, actress, screenwriter and author Carrie Fisher will complete the international jury.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 11:46 AM
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Toronto Preview: Awards Hopefuls Bring Real Figures to Life, from Dickens and Assange to Ginsberg and Mandela

There's a reason Sony Pictures Classics is moving up the release date of "The Invisible Woman" to Christmas Day. They think they may have the goods to make a go at an awards season play. This Ralph Fiennes-directed movie is world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of many pictures with Oscar hopes that centers around bringing a real person to life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 4:02 PM
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Critics on Parade in Seattle: Curating, Writing Long vs. Short and Inviting Snark

At the recent Seattle Film Festival, Eric Kohn of Indiewire (@erickohn) moderated a panel discussion of the current state of film criticism and coverage today. I joined Seattle critics Robert Horton (@citizenhorton), Sean Axmaker (@seanaxmaker), Keith Simanton of IMDb (@IMDbKeith) and Lindy West of Jezebel (@thelindywest). We dig into long vs. shortform criticism, print vs. online, the social media conversation and how to communicate with audiences, what our role should be in promoting films, and where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 7:13 AM
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Best of the Week: Oscars Heating Up, TV Is the New Cinema, Paramount's Digital Future and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 2, 2013 12:42 PM
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