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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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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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FIRST LOOK: Michael Fassbender in Frontier Western 'Slow West'

One film you can expect to see on the fall film festival circuit--as Telluride and Toronto duke it out for World Premieres-- is John Maclean’s 19th-century western "Slow West." Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Caren Pistorius (Australian TV series "Offspring") star in the British director's feature debut, which was shot in Scotland and New Zealand (filling in for Colorado).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2014 8:18 PM
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As Fall Fests Loom, Distributors Must Choose Between Telluride and Toronto (UPDATE)

The fabulously curated Telluride Film Festival has been on a roll of late. Founded forty years ago, the festival has been riding high on its prescient pre-Oscar bookings, from "Slumdog Millionaire" and 'The King's Speech" to "Argo." But last year, the combo of "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" broke the camel's back with rival Toronto Film Festival, whose artistic director Cameron Bailey threw down the gauntlet, demanding that distributors give TIFF the world or North American premiere if they want to play on the coveted high-profile opening weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 3:46 PM
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Telluride Film Festival Now Open for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival is a must-attend cinema celebration that unspools over one long weekend in the mountains of Colorado. Now in its 41st year, the fest has officially announced its call for entries in all categories including student, short and feature-length films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2014 4:21 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival Insists on Premieres for its Opening Weekend

In the past few years, more and more media and fest-watchers have gotten the jump on September's smorgasbord of offerings at the Toronto International Film Festival over the Labor Day Weekend at the Telluride Film Festival where they discovered eventual Oscar-winners "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Argo"--before TIFF could claim them as its own.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2014 1:38 PM
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Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-Tugger (TRAILER)

Jason Reitman saw a movie in Joyce Maynard's 2010 novel "Labor Day." And what a movie it is. Fair to say it works as a tearjerker. Reitman pulls off a deceptively straightforward romance that seems old-fashioned given the current studio antipathy toward dramas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 9:23 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen Talks 'The Hunt' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Oscar-nominated "The Hunt" star Mads Mikkelsen combines a rare set of skills: the athleticism of a trained dancer, acrobat and gymnast and the sensitivity of a theater actor. See exclusive video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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New York Film Critics Winner Redford Candidly Talks Career and Stunning 'All is Lost' (UPDATE)

Following his triumph at Cannes with "All is Lost," Robert Redford has now landed a Best Actor win from the New York Film Critics Circle. He is on his way to an expected Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:26 PM
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