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The French Choose Weinstein's 'The Intouchables' for Foreign Oscar Race

In a change of direction, a markedly younger seven-member film commission including Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has chosen heart-tugging crowdpleaser "The Intouchables" as their official Oscar submission, their first comedy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 1:09 PM
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Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Classics has always leaned heavily on foreign acquisitions in advance of the awards season. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are often betting on the likely submissions for the best foreign film entry, and can be counted upon to wind up with more than one in the final five. At the same time they can't handle too many movies at once, so they must pick well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2012 5:02 PM
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HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe's never-before-seen diaries and letters.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 5:57 PM
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires TIFF Romantic Drama 'Still'

Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken U.S. rights to Michael McGowan's romantic drama "Still," starring James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold. The film premiered on September 10 at TIFF.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 4:31 PM
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Fox Searchlight Moves Up Oscar Contender 'The Sessions' to October 19

Fox Searchlight has moved up the limited release date of Ben Lewin's Sundance hit-turned-Oscar contender "The Sessions" to October 19, a week earlier than originally announced. The film recently screened at TIFF.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 4:10 PM
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Best of the Week: TIFF in Full Swing, Boucher Leaves LAT, Deals, Interviews, Reviews & More

This week on TOH, we continued coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, talked with Keira Knightley on upcoming Oscar contender "Anna Karenina," talked with journalist and blogger Geoff Boucher on his departure from the LA Times and much more!
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  • September 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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Jessica Chastain in New Trailer for Thriller 'Mama,' Presented by Guillermo del Toro

Check out Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Mama," presented by Guillermo del Toro. From writer-director Andres Muschietti (and based on his own Spanish short film), it looks to be pretty standard horror-thriller fare, complete with creepy little girls and awful haircuts for now-better-than-this-stuff actresses like Chastain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 14, 2012 12:31 PM
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TIFF: Magnolia Acquires 'The Brass Teapot,' in which Temple and Angarano Strike Deal with Dishware

Magnolia Pictures has picked up distribution rights for "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, following the film's debut at TIFF. The black comedy follows a broke newlywed couple who discover a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with cash.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 12:08 PM
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Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rose Kuo Restructures, Adds Jones and Koehler as Programmers

The Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo has finally announced a new programming structure, as the opening of the New York Film Festival looms, as well as the year-end departure of 25-year program director and NYFF selection committee head Richard Pena.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 6:43 PM
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TIFF Deal Update: Magnolia Buys 'No Place on Earth,' IFC Nabs Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

There's usually a deal in the offing when you see a street huddle after a screening of a Toronto title with advance buzz. Yesterday I saw Eamonn Bowles and his Magnolia team in a circle, heads bowed, intensely debating the merits of something they were thinking of buying. Lo and behold, the next day they announce the acquisition of U.S. rights to "60 Minutes" producer-turned-filmmaker Janet Tobias' intense survival documentary "No Place on Earth"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 5:33 PM
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