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Roadside Grabs Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell' for 2013 Stateside Release

Roadside Attractions has landed, after an aggressive bidding war, all U.S. rights to Canadian actress-writer-filmmaker Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2012 5:39 PM
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Knightley Talks 'Anna Karenina,' and How Cronenberg Set Her Free (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Keira Knightley has done her best work with director Joe Wright and producers Working Title--she earned an Oscar nomination as Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" and more kudos for the wartime romance "Atonement."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2012 5:15 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Three: 'Cloud Atlas,' Entries from Raul Ruiz & Takeshi Kitano, Plus Auguste Perret's Architecture

It’s only Day Three, and already I overslept – easier to do these past two years as the festival has shifted several kilometers south from Yorkville, where I could used to be able to roll out of bed from my friends’ house and still make a screening, to the area around the Bell Lightbox. Now I have to hike to a subway stop and travel downtown...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 10, 2012 11:54 AM
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TIFF DEAL WRAP: Focus Lands 'Place Beyond the Pines,' Strand Enters 'Paradise'

Focus Features has landed U.S. rights to one of TIFF's hot acquisition titles which played well at its world premiere: the hardboiled drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," which is dominated first by Ryan Gosling and then Bradley Cooper. It's writer-director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine," which also starred Gosling (and Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams), and was also produced by Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricoff's Electric City Entertainment and Alex Orlovsky's Verisimilitude.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2012 5:39 PM
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TIFF Brody French Cinema Day: 'Apres Mai.' 'Therese Desqueyroux,' 'A Few Hours of Spring'

“Après Mai,” aka “Something in the Air,” is Olivier Assayas’ somewhat autobiographical, charmingly kinetic memoir of the early 70s, when change was in the air and everything seemed possible, politically, artistically, romantically. Political expediencies take a group of young French activists to Italy over the summer, where they form new alliances that take them from late adolescence into young adulthood.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2012 12:37 PM
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TIFF Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long

The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's first combined effort, “Cloud Atlas,” adapts David Mitchell’s multi-story, multi-style novel, into its own even more complexly woven narrative, whose dozen main actors re-appear as different characters in successive time frames, suggesting soul evolution and karmic retribution.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2012 2:06 AM
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Venice Winners: Golden Lion to 'Pieta,' Director to Paul Thomas Anderson

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, while the Silver Lion went to American director Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master"; both his stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared the best male actor award. Israel's Hadas Yaron won best actress nod for "Fill The Void" by Rama Burshtein. Austrian Ulrich Seidl won the Special Jury prize for "Paradise: Faith." French director Olivier Assayas took home best screenplay for "Something in the Air."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2012 5:48 PM
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Mike Newell's TIFF Entry 'Great Expectations' Goes to Outsource Media Group

Before its Toronto Film Fest unveiling Tuesday, North American rights to Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" have gone to new LA/NY private equity fund Outsource Media Group. Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger star in this latest version of the Dickens classic. Outsource Media Group will handle P & A on the film
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2012 12:48 PM
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Best of the Week: Toronto, Venice & Telluride Fest Coverage, Plus Box Office, Awards & More

This week on TOH, we're in major festival mode with coverage and reviews out of Toronto, Venice and Telluride, we look at the weekend's theatrical offerings, analyze last weekend's box office and more!
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  • September 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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NYFF 50: Ang Lee Joins HBO Directors Dialogues, Plus Avant-Garde & Shorts Announced

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the addition of Ang Lee to its New York Film Festival HBO Directors Dialogues, as well as the lineup of the fest's Avant-Garde program and short films. Lee, whose "Life of Pi" will open the festival, will be be paired with Todd McCarthy for a discussion of his career on September 29...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 4:47 PM
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