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Toronto Film Fest Doc Preview, from Oscar Hopefuls to Likely Buys (Midnight Madness, Vanguard Lineups)

The Toronto International Film Festival always premieres a lineup of strong docs, some of which will be in this year's awards conversation. Programmer Thom Powers takes us through the selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 4:45 PM
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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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Robert Downey, Jr. Starrer 'The Judge' Takes Toronto Opening Night

One of the high-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a powerful city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2014 11:48 AM
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Toronto Film Festival Global Summit Draws Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull

The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 4:50 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Toronto Best Actress Candidate Jessica Chastain Stars in Liv Ullmann's 'Miss Julie' (TRAILER)

Now that the dust is settling around the recent flurry of fall film festival announcements, one promising entry is a Toronto world premiere: Norwegian actress-writer-director Liv Ullmann's adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 classic "Miss Julie." The film starring Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Colin Farrell ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Samantha Morton ("A.I.") seeks a North American distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 4:25 PM
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Toronto World Premieres: What Did They Get?

When Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF announced the new rules for 2014's fall lineup--no world premieres at Telluride if you want a first opening weekend gala slot--they may not have realized that they were setting themselves up with the media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 12:45 PM
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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Will Paul Thomas Anderson World Premiere 'Inherent Vice' at the New York Film Festival, or Sneak It First?

As expected, Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice" will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4. But will the maverick filmmaker sneak preview it in another venue before he arrives at Lincoln Center?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2014 4:51 PM
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Films That Popped at Karlovy Vary, from Live Bjork and Primal Behavior to Tracking a Revolution

What makes a movie pop at a film festival? The shock of the new.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2014 7:02 PM
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David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest

After five years at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, Artistic Director David Ansen is leaving to go back to writing. Also leaving is programmer Doug Jones, who takes 12 years of institutional memory with him. Very much in charge is LAFF's high-powered LAFF director, producer Stephanie Allain ("Boyz 'n the Hood"), who is pulling her friend Elvis Mitchell into a more prominent role as year-round "curator."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2014 5:28 PM
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