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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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Spike Lee to Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Award at Venice Film Fest

Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 3, 2012 12:22 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood,' Shelved for 19 Years, Finished for Dutch Festival Debut

When actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, the film he was currently shooting, Dutch director George Sluizer's "Dark Blood," was seemingly put on permanent hold. Now, 19 years after he began the project, 80-year-old Sluizer has finished the film and it will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on September 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:57 PM
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'Seven Psychopaths' Among 60+ New Titles Added to Toronto Lineup; Classics Include Hitchcock, Polanski & Rossellini

The Toronto International Film Festival adds sixty new films to its previously announced titles, including titles in the Documentary, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, Kids and Cinematheque programs, as well as the ten films from Mumbai playing in City to City. Still not listed in the official line-up is Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which reportedly has a slot. Count on Harvey Weinstein to seek yet another splashy headline after holding out for solo stories on Venice.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 31, 2012 12:26 PM
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