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TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside Nab Fourth Hot Fest Title

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 9:49 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Proceeds Full Steam Ahead, Says Owner Dechen Yauch

Reports of indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories' imminent demise are premature. Oscilloscope ("Wendy and Lucy," "The Messenger,") has a team of eight people on the ground at the Toronto Film Festival this week, led by O-Scope veterans Dan Berger and David Laub, who acquired Matteo Garrone's Italian Cannes competition entry "Reality" in May,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 4:36 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Four: The Delightful 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Sexual and Stylized 'Passion' & 'Secret Disco'

Today I choose David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” to be released in November, over Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” which does not yet have a distributor. (And over a number of other screenings which either don’t grab me, or don’t grab me enough, or which I’ve already seen elsewhere.) I must really want to see it...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 11, 2012 3:00 PM
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Lionsgate & Roadside Take 'Imogene' with Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

Kristen Wiig's "Imogene" has gone to Lionsgate and Roadside for joint US distribution after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. From directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("Cinema Verite," "American Splendor"), the film follows Wiig's Imogene, a New York playwright whose promise has faded and whose boyfriend has dumped her...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 12:09 PM
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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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