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The Social Network Early Reviews: Suspenseful, Absorbing, Compelling, Oscar Frontrunner

The Social Network Early Reviews: Suspenseful, Absorbing, Compelling, Oscar Frontrunner
Film Comment's Scott Foundas got the ball rolling a month before David Fincher's The Social Network was set to open the NYFF ("big and brash and brilliant") on September 24. And Rolling Stone's Peter Travers swiftly offered up a juicy Tweet quote: “David Fincher’s Social Network is the 1st film I’ve given **** in 2010. It’s the movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade.” And this week Sony screened the movie for several online folks--they invited me, but I was in Toronto and figured I'd see it Monday when I got back to L.A. Jeffrey Wells couldn't wait that long: he flew from Toronto to New York to see the film, and reported thusly:David Fincher's The Social Network (Columbia, 10.1) is Zodiac's younger, geekier, greedier brother. That means it's good, as in really good -- a movie for guys like myself and critics like Eric Kohn, Karina Longworth and Robert Koehler to savor and consider and bounce up against, and basically for smart, sophisticated audiences to savor in every cultural corner, and....can I just blurt it out? It's the strongest Best Picture contender I've seen so far this year, and in saying this I'm obviously alluding to Inception.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 5:57 AM
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TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator
Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford's historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 5:09 AM
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Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious

Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious
On the Toronto acquisitions front, both The Weinstein Co. and Sony have been buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 3:44 AM
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TIFF Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc L'amour Fou

Meredith Brody reviews the latest doc about Yves Saint Laurent, L'amour Fou:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 14, 2010 11:01 AM
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TIFF Diary: Little White Lies Rips Off Big Chill, Mothers, Let Me In, Precious Life, 13 Assassins

Meredith Brody scarfs up more of Toronto's eclectic foreign programming. I thought I was starting the day with a treat, a big hot fudge sundae of a movie, Little White Lies a drama of manners, as the catalogue has it, with a dozen of France’s starriest, most accomplished, and attractive actors – including Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, and Francois Cluzet -- talking about life and love in that ineffable grownup way rarely seen outside of the French cinema.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2010 10:49 AM
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TIFF Diary: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Biutiful, The Edge

TIFF Diary: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Biutiful, The Edge
The indefatigable Meredith Brody shifts gears from Telluride to Toronto without missing a beat.Even though journalists now get inundated with cascading press releases from Toronto -- carefully calibrated and beautifully orchestrated to arouse excitement (in both us and our eventual readers) -- that let us know everything that’s going to be shown over the 11 days of the Toronto International Film Festival (aka TIFF), there’s still that ineffable moment when you sit down with the 448-page catalogue and read through each page as though it’s an especially engrossing, well-plotted novel.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 12, 2010 9:04 AM
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TIFF: Barney's Version Early Reviews

TIFF: Barney's Version Early Reviews
Canadian producer Robert Lantos was smart to world premiere the long-gestating Barney's Version at the Venice Film Festival instead of home-town Toronto; the book sold over over 700,000 copies in Italy, and won Venice's Golden Lion Cub award (voted by high school students). Lantos even moved the Paris section of the book to Italy.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • September 12, 2010 2:03 AM
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Venice Wrap: Best of Fest, Winners and Losers, Golden Lion Goes to Somewhere

Venice Wrap: Best of Fest, Winners and Losers, Golden Lion Goes to Somewhere
The Venice Film Festival, the oldest in the world, is winding up its 67th edition, my first. (UPDATE: The Golden Lion award went to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere on Saturday amid charges of favoritism on the part of jury president Quentin Tarantino; they once dated.) Venice is more intimate than Cannes, with less of a junket/market/party/circus feel, and very European. And yet for seven years fest director Marco Muller has lured more than a few star-studded Hollywood event films to the Lido (the small island is a vaporetto-ride from the most elegant tourist attraction in Europe). (Check out my flip cam interview with Muller below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2010 12:09 PM
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Ebert Relaunches At the Movies on PBS with Lemire, Mitchell

Ebert Relaunches At the Movies on PBS with Lemire, Mitchell
Roger Ebert announced his relaunch of At the Movies, a month after the demise of his former show on Disney/ABC, in his blog, naturally, and on Twitter. Critics Christy Lemire (AP) and Elvis Mitchell (KCRW-FM), who were guest hosts on At the Movies with Richard Roeper after Ebert fell ill from cancer, will be the show's principal co-hosts. Bloggers Kim Morgan and Omar Moore will also contribute to the program, writes Ebert on his site:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2010 5:57 AM
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Summing Up Telluride: from First Movie to 127 Hours

Summing Up Telluride: from First Movie to 127 Hours
Meredith Brody wraps up her Telluride experience in one full swoop:At Telluride your day actually begins late the night before, when you can access the full schedule online, or are handed slips of paper with the completed TBA (to be announced) slots filled in as you stagger out of a screening after midnight (my preference). The big news Friday night was that on Saturday Danny Boyle would return to the scene of his 2008 triumphant premiere of Slumdog Millionaire with 127 Hours, with star James Franco and the real-life person upon whom the film is based, Aron Ralston, author of the almost-too-perfectly-titled Between a Rock and a Hard Place, in tow.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 10, 2010 2:10 AM
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