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China and Uruguay Pick Contenders for Foreign Language Oscars

On the eve of the Academy's October 1 foreign film submission deadline, both China and Uruguay selected films to vie for a Best Foreign Language nomination.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 5:28 AM
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Selick Talks with Laika Break Down UPDATE

Henry Selick is apparently in discussions with Laika to finance his stop-motion feature recently shut down by Disney (with newly appointed chairman Alan Horn deciding to take a $50 million write off reportedly because the tone was too dark and the production was moving far too slowly)...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 30, 2012 6:35 PM
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Wes Bentley and Brit Marling Join Malick Collaborator AJ Edwards' Lincoln Drama, 'The Green Blade Rises'

Wes Bentley and Brit Marling have boarded "The Green Blade Rises," about Abraham Lincoln's early years. The film, from writer-director AJ Edwards and producers Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil, will also star Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke as Lincoln's step-mother and father. Bentley will play Lincoln's first teacher and Marling will play his biological mother.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 5:10 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Life of Pi' Ecstatic Early Review, 'Looper' Opens, Interviews, Awards and More

This week on TOH!, we reviewed Ang Lee's NYFF opener and Oscar contender "Life of Pi," we got you ready for Rian Johnson's "Looper" with two interviews (Emily Blunt and VFX supervisor Karen Goulekas), we expounded on the virtues of Emmy-winning "Homeland" and much more!
  • By TOH!
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  • September 28, 2012 4:55 PM
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Wright's 'World's End' Goes Into Production, with Pegg, Frost, Freeman & Considine Heading Cast

Edgar Wright's "The World's End," his next team-up with co-writer Simon Pegg and the third installment in the loose trilogy with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," has gone into production. All the Wright usuals are onboard, with Nick Frost, Martin Freeman (soon to be known to the world as Bilbo Baggins) and Paddy Considine joining Pegg in the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 28, 2012 3:43 PM
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Garfield & Webb Back for 'Spider-Man' Sequel, Set for May 2014

Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb will return for Columbia Pictures' next installment of "The Amazing Spider-Man," while Emma Stone is currently in talks. The script for the sequel is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek") and Jeff Pinkler, based on James Vanderbilt's earlier draft. The film is set for a May 2, 2014 release in 3-D.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 3:42 PM
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NYFF Press Conference: Ang Lee Talks Logistics and Spirituality Behind 'Life of Pi'

At the "Life of Pi" post-screening press conference, Ang Lee, actor Suraj Sharma, producer Elizabeth Gabler and novelist Yann Martel answered questions which focused primarily on the logistical challenges of a production that, according to Lee, involved participants from 23 countries, a year of pre-production that included a 70 minute pre-vis, and 3-D animation modeling based on the meticulous observation of four trained tigers.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • September 28, 2012 2:25 PM
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Author David Mitchell on 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation Process -- "surreal," "primal" & "ingenious"

In the current NY Times Magazine, "Cloud Atlas" author David Mitchell provides his perspective on the production process of the Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's wild cinematic event, which spans continents, eras and every possible iteration of Tom Hanks' facial hair, and recently premiered at Toronto. Highlights from Mitchell's perceptive piece below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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Drafthouse Films to Release Rare 35mm Exploitation Compilation 'Trailer War'

Drafthouse Films is partnering with the American Genre Film Archive to release "Trailer War," a carefully curated feature-length program of rare, 35mm vintage trailers. Alamo Drafthouse programmer Lars Nilsen quips that the selection of 3-minute time capsule genre goodies includes everything from "the explosive metal mayhem of 'Stunt Rock'" to the "disembodied flying head chaos" of "Thundercops." NSFW trailer for the trailers below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 28, 2012 1:43 PM
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Entertainment One Hooks De Palma's 'Passion'

Entertainment One has picked up North American rights for Brian De Palma's sexy femme faceoff "Passion," with plans for a 2013 release. The psychological thriller, which stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, played at both Venice and Toronto.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 28, 2012 12:26 PM
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