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Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as time goes on. Karpen looks to fill the specialty market void left when Peter Schlessel took over Universal indie label Focus Features with a more genre-focus in mind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:39 PM
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After TIFF Debut, Hong Kong/New York Actioner 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' to Go to DirectTV before A24 Release (TRAILER)

Talk about mean streets. A24 and DirecTV are partnering to release English-language Hong Kong/New York action film "Revenge of the Green Dragons," a true story directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for "The Departed," a remake of Lau’s "Infernal Affairs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:18 PM
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Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights

The Toronto International Film Festival is adding scads of movies to its sprawling 11-day program of 300-plus selections which launches September 4 with the world premiere of David Dobkin’s “The Judge," starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. It's a lot to absorb: we list the individual Wavelengths, Cinematheque and director Cameron Bailey's Spotlight on Seoul programs below; Indiewire breaks down the full seven-part program here; and we highlight a few titles that pop out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 4:14 PM
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TIFF Preview: Eddie Redmayne Is Dashing as Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything,' with Felicity Jones

One of this year's most eagerly awaited Toronto Film Fest premieres, "The Theory of Everything" stars Brit up-and-comer Eddie Redmayne as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It's directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar in 2009 for helming powerful doc "Man on Wire." Check out a new image here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 4, 2014 1:56 PM
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How Roadside Attractions Made Hit of 'Most Wanted Man,' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Web is Changing the Movie Business

Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen Talks 'A Most Wanted Man,' Philip Seymour Hoffman, fall film festivals, theaters vs. VOD and the indie future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2014 2:37 PM
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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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WATCH: First Trailer for Dazzling Festival Smash 'Whiplash,' Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get an awards push later this year -- so, if all goes well, "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this Fall.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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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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