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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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Ted Hope Sidelines New York Indie Production for San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Role

The San Francisco Film Society has lucked out. After a long and sad process--having suffered the too-early losses of both directors Graham Leggat and his replacement, Bingham Ray--the SFSS has hired one of the best and brightest producers in the independent community as its new executive director. Ted Hope starts September 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 4:15 PM
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Good Lineup, Eh? TIFF Announces Canadian Titles; Includes Sarah Polley, Xavier Dolan, Brandon Cronenberg

Toronto has announced the homegrown portion of its lineup. Canadian filmmakers represent in both a feature film category and "Short Cuts Canada," as well as a selection of films funded by the National Film Board of Canada.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 4:08 PM
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Tribeca Announces 2013 Festival Dates, Call for Submissions; New Transmedia Program

The Tribeca Film Festival's twelfth edition will be held in New York City from April 17-28, 2013. The festival also reveals submission dates for narrative and documentary features as well as short films (below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:29 PM
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Finally, Venice Makes 'The Master' Official

Harvey Weinstein likes to milk his PR. We all know that Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which made its LA debut at an unannounced 70 mm screening at the Aero Theatre last Saturday (TOH review here), was set to show at the 69th Venice Biennale. Sure enough, the official release finally arrived, announcing four new titles including "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, which will be shown in 70 mm. Chances are also good the film will turn up in Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2012 11:41 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'At Any Price'

In advance of festival premieres at Venice and Toronto, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up all North American and Eastern European rights (excluding CIS and Russia) to Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham, which debuted in the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 6:53 PM
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