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TIFF Completes 2012 Festival Lineup with Masters, Discovery, Mavericks & Docs: Plus Who's Showing Up

Toronto 37 has rounded out its 2012 festival titles, adding 40-plus titles to its massive slate. New films announced in the Masters program include the North American premieres of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Olivier Assayas's "Something in the Air," Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" and the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" and Goran Paskaljevic's "When Day Breaks."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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TIFF FIRST LOOK: Ruba Nadda's Thriller 'Inescapable,' Starring Siddig, Tomei & Jackson (Video Clip)

Check out our first look at writer-director Ruba Nadda's Toronto-bound "Inescapable," starring Alexander Siddig ("Syriana," "Kingdom of Heaven"), Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler," "Ides of March") and Joshua Jackson ("The Skulls," "Apt Pupil").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 11:25 AM
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New York Film Festival Adds Delicious Anniversary Classics and Doc Sidebars

Three anniversary classics will screen at the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14): David Lean’s 50-year-old epic "Lawrence of Arabia," fresh from its 8K unveiling at Cannes, Walt Disney’s 75-year-old animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and Rob Reiner’s comedy "The Princess Bride," complete with a cast renunion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2012 8:23 PM
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NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2012 4:55 PM
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NYFF: David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' Makes Centerpiece World Premiere

"Sopranos" creator David Chase’s feature film debut, "Not Fade Away," will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2012 6:40 PM
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TIFF Adds Gala, Special Screenings, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths; 'A Song for Marion' Will Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added more than 75 new titles to its expansive 2012 smorgasbord. The festival (September 6-16) will close with a Gala presentation of Andrew Williams' "A Song For Marion," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" (November 21) will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) The NYFF has already announced its closing night film, Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, another mainstream booking for the high-minded Fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 4:22 PM
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Sundance ShortsLab LA: 12 Filmmaking Lessons from Jonze, Groth, 'The Pact' and More

This weekend's Sundance ShortsLab LA panels offered a wealth of useful gleanings. Held at Google's Venice offices, panels included Story Development (director Spike Jonze and longtime editor Eric Zumbrunnen), Collaboration (director Azazel Jacobs, cinematographer PJ Raval, editor Annette Davey, production designer KK Barrett, and moderator Matthew Harrison) and Working with Actors (Joshua Leonard, Nick Offerman, Gina Rodriguez, and moderator Matt Ross).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 2:45 PM
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Lars Von Trier Invites You to Interpret Six Artworks for 'Gesamt' Film Project

As part of the Copenhagen Art Festival, Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier is challenging people, as usual, with "Gesamt," an open invitation to folks around the globe to reinterpret six great works of art through a lens or recording sound. Trier sets the rules for the film project (see trailer below) and invites us all to create the content. Director Jenle Hallund will put everything together at the end.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 12:12 PM
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Robert Zemeckis's 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington Will Close the New York Film Festival

Robert Zemeckis’s return to live-action filmmaking, the Denzel Washington mystery thriller "Flight," will world premiere as the Closing Night film for the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14). The Paramount Pictures release is due in theaters on November 2. This NYFF berth suggests that Paramount harbors awards hopes for the movie, particularly Washington's performance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 2:31 PM
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