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European Film Academy Names 47 Contenders for EFA Awards, From 'In Darkness' & 'Tinker Tailor' to 'Rust and Bone"& 'Amour'

The European Film Academy announces the forty-seven films recommended for a nomination for the 2012 European Film Awards. Hailing from thirty-one countries, the films are listed below. Among them are some of last year's Oscar contenders, including "In Darkness" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," plus some of the 2012 festival favorites...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 12:36 PM
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Lionsgate & Roadside Take 'Imogene' with Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

Kristen Wiig's "Imogene" has gone to Lionsgate and Roadside for joint US distribution after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. From directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("Cinema Verite," "American Splendor"), the film follows Wiig's Imogene, a New York playwright whose promise has faded and whose boyfriend has dumped her...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 12:09 PM
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IMDb and Kindle Partner on X-Ray for Movies

IMDb and Amazon's Kindle Fire proudly introduce a useful interruption during your feature presentation: "X-Ray for Movies." By tapping on the screen of a movie, the user will be able to see the names and filmographies of each of the actors. The X-Ray program, exclusive to Kindle Fire at the moment, is backed with over 100 million data items from IMDb's resources. What does IMDb's founder and CEO, Col Needham have to say about this? That it's a revolution, twenty years in the making. “X-Ray for Movies revolutionizes the way we watch movies," Needham stated in a press release, "This is the culmination of everything we’ve been working on for over twenty years and is the result of a combination of sophisticated technology and old-fashioned hard work. "
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 10, 2012 2:44 PM
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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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