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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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TIFF Hot Tickets: 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premieres

Dueling Saturday night screenings of The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" (WB) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC) are two of Toronto's highest-profile debuts. "Cloud Atlas"'s six-plus minute trailer wowed some and suggested disaster to others, while "The Fighter" director Russell's comedy skipped Telluride to finish last-minute changes just in time for the Canadian fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 4:46 PM
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TIFF Roundup: New Deals & Partnerships, Incl. Drafthouse, 'Leviathan,' Backup Media & Groupe 1, Plus eOne Buys Alliance

A roundup of news from the Toronto fest...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 2:07 PM
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TIFF: Brody Day One - 'No,' 'Anna Karenina,' 'Kinshasa Kids,' 'On the Road' & Reitman's 'American Beauty'

A leisurely (if lengthy) trip from Telluride to Toronto on Tuesday, intending to get me to the Toronto International Film Festival more than a full day in advance of its Thursday, September 6 opening, hit a snag, after a three-hour van ride to Grand Junction and an hour plane trip to Denver...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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Venice: 'Crawl' Wins the Europa Cinemas Label for Venice Days Section

Hervé Lasgouttes' "Crawl" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. By receiving the Label, "Crawl" benefits from promotional support and better exhibition options from the Europa Cinemas network.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 12:20 PM
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TIFF EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson Director's Statement Reveals His Midnight Madness

Baltimore-born Barry Levinson is yet another established studio writer-director who is making his way in the strange new world of indie cinema. He's in Toronto with Midnight Madness entry "The Bay" (Roadside, November 2) an horrific R-rated found-footage thriller about a deadly flesh-eating bacteria contaminating his beloved Chesapeake Bay.
  • By Barry Levinson
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  • September 7, 2012 12:04 PM
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Eric Roth Honored with Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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Brody's Final Telluride 2012 Diary: You Can't See Everything

Reality check on my last full day in Telluride: you can’t see everything. If I go to see Geoff Dyer’s last pick as Guest Director, “Unrelated,” a debut film from director Joanna Hogg from 2007, which was not only the sole film of the six he chose that I hadn’t seen before...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 6, 2012 12:33 PM
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