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Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social

Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social
Founded in 1998, movie-review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is making changes under new owner Flixster. It’s going social.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2010 9:06 AM
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Toronto Diary: Meek's Cutoff and Mysteries of Lisbon Are Snoozes; SUPER is Rousing

Toronto Diary: Meek's Cutoff and Mysteries of Lisbon Are Snoozes; SUPER is Rousing
After Meredith Brody's sustained Toronto pace of viewing and reviewing films, I felt compelled to take her to dinner, where we were joined by our pals Bernie and Martin, who scored a table at one of Toronto's finest, Nota Bene, after which she composed her latest missive (in which she's tougher on Meek's Cutoff than I was in Venice):Today, more than half-way through the festival, with news of acquisition deals drifting on the breeze like autumn leaves, both my body and my schedule began to betray me. (I don’t know why – aren’t five hours of sleep enough to sustain one on a regular basis? I remember reading that not only does Martha Stewart get by on four hours a night, but that she sleeps with the light on so she can start to multi-task immediately if she happens to wake up while it’s still dark outside.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 17, 2010 1:23 AM
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TIFF Diary: Remembering Chabrol, Potiche, I Saw The Devil, Monsters, Brighton Rock

In her ongoing Toronto journal, day five, Meredith Brody starts off remembering Claude Chabrol:So I realized trudging home from the subway last night that the reason I hadn’t remembered that the Toronto subway doesn’t begin running until 9 a.m. on Sunday was that I never had been obliged to use the subway on the way to an early-morning screening before.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 16, 2010 5:53 AM
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TIFF: Eastwood's Hereafter Debuts in Toronto to Mixed Reaction

One of the things that happens at a fest like Toronto is bad timing: I went to see Barney's Version at Roy Thomson Hall Sunday night with a ticket in my pocket for the later public screening of Clint Eastwood's Hereafter at the Elgin/Visa, a brisk fifteen-minute walk away. But producer Robert Lantos and his team made such a long intro, and the movie was significant enough to stay through to the end, so I missed the Eastwood. I'll see it later. The movie has gotten a "good not great" response here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2010 6:47 AM
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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

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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