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Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Classics has always leaned heavily on foreign acquisitions in advance of the awards season. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are often betting on the likely submissions for the best foreign film entry, and can be counted upon to wind up with more than one in the final five. At the same time they can't handle too many movies at once, so they must pick well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2012 5:02 PM
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'Cloud Atlas' Review and Roundup: And Now for Something Completely Different

One Toronto movie met mixed response but was a delirious joyride for me: "Cloud Atlas." Truth is, except for the flat "V for Vendetta" and the final pixel-fucked "Matrix" movie, I've admired all of the Wachowskis' output, even "Speed Racer." These filmmakers have it all: strong writing chops, an instinct for entertaining audiences, and compelling visual style.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2012 1:29 PM
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TIFF 11 Acquisitions Recap: Best Gross 'Salmon' at $9 million

As acquisitions execs tally up their buys for Toronto Film Fest 2012, they would do well to note how the movies that were acquired here last year fared in release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 14, 2012 12:43 PM
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TIFF: Magnolia Acquires 'The Brass Teapot,' in which Temple and Angarano Strike Deal with Dishware

Magnolia Pictures has picked up distribution rights for "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, following the film's debut at TIFF. The black comedy follows a broke newlywed couple who discover a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with cash.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 12:08 PM
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Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rose Kuo Restructures, Adds Jones and Koehler as Programmers

The Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo has finally announced a new programming structure, as the opening of the New York Film Festival looms, as well as the year-end departure of 25-year program director and NYFF selection committee head Richard Pena.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 6:43 PM
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TIFF Deal Update: Magnolia Buys 'No Place on Earth,' IFC Nabs Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

There's usually a deal in the offing when you see a street huddle after a screening of a Toronto title with advance buzz. Yesterday I saw Eamonn Bowles and his Magnolia team in a circle, heads bowed, intensely debating the merits of something they were thinking of buying. Lo and behold, the next day they announce the acquisition of U.S. rights to "60 Minutes" producer-turned-filmmaker Janet Tobias' intense survival documentary "No Place on Earth"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 5:33 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Six: The Universal Panacea, Silent Snow White; Out of Harmony with Ugly & Vulgar 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave of Genre Goodie Programming

The final wave of programming for Austin's Fantastic Fest (September 20-27) is now live. Included in the lineup, which mixes new films with repertory selections, are Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Palme d'or nominee "Wake in Fright," Luis Prieto's remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher" and the world premiere of Marcus Dunstan's "The Collection." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 1:32 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary 5: 'The Master,' 'The Iceman' 'The Impossible'

A perfectly delightful rich full relentless festival day, except when I look back and realize that everything I saw was in English, which I find mildly embarrassing and slightly unadventurous on my part, especially when attending a festival screening over 300 films from 60 countries.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 12, 2012 9:23 AM
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Exclusive: Diego Luna on Mexican Cinema, Chavez, and Taking Ambulante Across the Border (VIDEO)

Ambulante Border, a new film series that takes place simultaneously in Tijuana and San Diego, wrapped up this week after a triumphant four days filled with panel discussions, outdoor and indoor documentary screenings, a
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • September 12, 2012 8:58 AM
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