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Toronto Watch: Docs Alert

Toronto Watch: Docs Alert
There's a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto line-up this year. I am most looking forward to:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2009 8:49 AM
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Twitter Effect, Toronto Preview, Hardwicke, Singer Choose Branded Projects, Moore Trailer

Twitter Effect, Toronto Preview, Hardwicke, Singer Choose Branded Projects, Moore Trailer
Hollywood execs are coming to the uncomfortable realization that the Twitter Effect will inexorably change their business. No more tricking audiences into buying one weekend on a bad movie, they're realizing. Now movies may actually have to be good. The horror! Michael Sragow lays out the ways that Twittering on a Friday has changed the movie landscape.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2009 2:39 AM
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Up in the Air Heads to Toronto

Up in the Air Heads to Toronto
Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, will launch at the Toronto Film Fest (where loyal Canadian Reitman debuted Thank You for Smoking and Juno). This is classic pre-Oscar positioning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 5:40 AM
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Tarantino Promos Inglourious Basterds, Top 20 Films

First, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most entertaining people to be around, period. So put him on the campaign trail for a new movie and we get to enjoy the results. (Is he really going to do a Len Deighton movie? The Ipcress File gets my vote.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2009 7:07 AM
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Lionsgate Buys Comic-Con Hit Kick-Ass

Lionsgate Buys Comic-Con Hit Kick-Ass
As I suspected, Lionsgate has acquired Matthew Vaughn's violent action comedy Kick-Ass, which wowed audiences at Hall H in Comic-Con. It was one of several indie pics that used Comic-Con fan reaction to try to land an distributor. In this case, the strategy worked.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2009 4:41 AM
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Docu-Weeks Round-Up

Docu-Weeks Round-Up
There happen to be a surfeit of good docs going the rounds right now, which will be available through various media, theatrical, online and if you need to check where to find something, you can look things up on SpeedCine or SnagFilms. Currently playing there is Zombie Girl: The Movie, directed by 12-year-old Emily Hagins:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2009 1:49 AM
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NYFF Will Screen Wild Grass, Broken Embraces, Antichrist

Cannes critics' fave Wild Grass, directed by Alain Resnais, will open the 2009 New York Film Festival on September 25, 2009. The fest closer will be another Cannes title, Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, on October 11. Lee Daniels' Sundance hit Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire will be the fest's centerpiece.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 7:18 AM
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Coens Short from Chacun Son Cinema

One of the pleasures of Cannes a year ago was the Chacun son Cinema shorts collection from les meilleurs auteurs du monde--including the Coens. [Hat Tip: Jim Emerson.]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 10:38 AM
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Young Victoria Goes to Apparition

Young Victoria Goes to Apparition
Over the weekend, Apparition closed a U.S. distribution deal for Toronto Film Festival closer The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt in what could be her breakout role carrying a movie as the youngest British monarch. As is typical these days, the new distrib run by Bob Berney and backer Bill Pohlad did not put up a minimum guarantee, but rather beat out several competitors (including Miramax, Overture and Roadside Attractions) by committing to $4.5 million in P & A and a 250-screen release. Appariiton will open the movie November 13. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group will handle all domestic ancillary rights. Alliance will release in Canada.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 7:45 AM
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Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body

Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body
The prospects for smart horror comedies are dicey. Audiences tend to get confused when their genres get too mixed up: are they supposed to laugh or be terrified? Look at the lackluster summer b.o. for Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Mixing sex and horror is also risky, as the feminist thriller comedy Teeth proved.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 7:32 AM
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