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IN THE WORKS: Movies of Ebert's 'Life Itself' and Ellroy's 'Big Nowhere,' Plus Berg & Holofcener's 'Secret Thing'

A handful of exciting projects based on books are in the works, from some heavy hitters, from Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese to Elmore Leonard and Nicole Holofcener.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 10, 2012 1:31 PM
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Best of the Week: Toronto, Venice & Telluride Fest Coverage, Plus Box Office, Awards & More

This week on TOH, we're in major festival mode with coverage and reviews out of Toronto, Venice and Telluride, we look at the weekend's theatrical offerings, analyze last weekend's box office and more!
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  • September 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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TIFF Sales Alert: Nic Cage Stars in David Gordon Green's Latest, 'Joe'

Cage has always gone back and forth between payday flicks and worthy indies, with a tad too much emphasis on the former, in our view. It's hard to recall that he once won an Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 4:22 PM
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Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films Acquire Brit Musical 'Hunky Dory'

"Hunky Dory," starring Minnie Driver and directed by Marc Evans, has gone to Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films for US distribution. They will release the film in theaters and VOD early 2013. The glam-rock UK musical debuted at the London Film Festival and stateside at SXSW. The film already had a theatrical run in the UK last March...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 3:29 PM
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Universal Shooting for 'Bridesmaids' Gold with Early 'Pitch Perfect' Buzz Release

Universal will be releasing "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick, on September 28 in select cities, a week earlier than originally announced. The college acapella comedy has been tracking incredibly well, according to Universal, with the most extensive tester screening campaign in the studio's history.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 2:17 PM
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TIFF Deal Alert: David Michôd's 'Animal Kingdom' Follow-up 'The Rover' is Selling Like Hotcakes with Pattinson & Pearce

David Michôd's "The Rover" is a hot ticket, not surprising given his knockout feature debut was 2009's "Animal Kingdom," and that he'll be directing Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson in the follow-up this winter...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 1:31 PM
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Documentary Community Calls for Release of Syrian Filmmaker Owra Nyrabia

A statement released by the International Documentary Association, signed by several major film organizations and filmmakers, is requesting the immediate release of Syrian filmmaker and festival director Owra Nyrabia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 12:14 PM
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FilmDistrict Acquires Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake (VIDEO)

In the wake of a successful launch for "Safety Not Guaranteed" and strong response to opening nighter "Looper," FilmDistrict has moved decisively to acquire U.S. distribution rights for Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean thriller classic "Oldboy." They plan a 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 11:02 AM
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Eric Roth Honored with Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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Annemarie Jacir's Palestinian 'When I Saw You' Goes to Match Factory Before TIFF Debut [Trailer]

Annemarie Jacir's Palestinian Oscar entry "When I Saw You" goes to The Match Factory for worldwide rights, prior to its debut at Toronto September 9. Jacir's first film "Salt of This Sea," which debuted at Cannes in 2008, was also Palestine's Oscar entry...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 12:53 PM
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