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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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Google Adds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to Search Engine

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is not just a game anymore! Google has built it into its search system. The game started in 1994 by some college students who realized you could connect every movie actor to Kevin Bacon within six associations or less. Read The Guardian's story here for all the details. The new Google feature works like this: Type in "Bacon number" followed by the name of an actor. Google will then tell you how the two are connected. We tried it with Angelina Jolie to give you an example:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Goes to Tribeca, Features 50 Cent, Sarandon, Eminem, Harrelson & 'The Wire''s David Simon

Tribeca Film takes US rights to Matthew Cooke's "How to Make Money Selling Drugs." The doc looks at the both sides of the "war on drugs," and includes interviews with 50 Cent, 'The Wire' producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, plus the infamous drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 12:36 PM
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TIFF Buys: HBO Docs Takes TV Rights to 'Casting By'; Trapero's 'White Elephant' Goes to Strand

TV rights to Tom Donahue's "Casting By" have been acquired by HBO Documentary Films, following its premiere at Toronto. The film shines a light on casting directors, the "unsung heroes" of filmmaking, and offers a new perspective on Hollywood history...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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Casting Watch: McGregor Joins Streep and Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 5:44 PM
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Millennium Takes 'What Maisie Knew' with Julianne Moore & Steve Coogan

"What Maisie Knew," directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("Bee Season," "Uncertainty"), has gone to Millennium Entertainment for US distribution. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan, the film is a contemporary adaptation of Henry James' 1897 novel...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 12, 2012 2:56 PM
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