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TIFF DEAL WRAP: Focus Lands 'Place Beyond the Pines,' Strand Enters 'Paradise'

Focus Features has landed U.S. rights to one of TIFF's hot acquisition titles which played well at its world premiere: the hardboiled drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," which is dominated first by Ryan Gosling and then Bradley Cooper. It's writer-director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine," which also starred Gosling (and Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams), and was also produced by Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricoff's Electric City Entertainment and Alex Orlovsky's Verisimilitude.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2012 5:39 PM
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TIFF Brody French Cinema Day: 'Apres Mai.' 'Therese Desqueyroux,' 'A Few Hours of Spring'

“Après Mai,” aka “Something in the Air,” is Olivier Assayas’ somewhat autobiographical, charmingly kinetic memoir of the early 70s, when change was in the air and everything seemed possible, politically, artistically, romantically. Political expediencies take a group of young French activists to Italy over the summer, where they form new alliances that take them from late adolescence into young adulthood.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2012 12:37 PM
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TIFF Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long

The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's first combined effort, “Cloud Atlas,” adapts David Mitchell’s multi-story, multi-style novel, into its own even more complexly woven narrative, whose dozen main actors re-appear as different characters in successive time frames, suggesting soul evolution and karmic retribution.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2012 2:06 AM
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Mike Newell's TIFF Entry 'Great Expectations' Goes to Outsource Media Group

Before its Toronto Film Fest unveiling Tuesday, North American rights to Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" have gone to new LA/NY private equity fund Outsource Media Group. Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger star in this latest version of the Dickens classic. Outsource Media Group will handle P & A on the film
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2012 12:48 PM
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Best of the Week: Toronto, Venice & Telluride Fest Coverage, Plus Box Office, Awards & More

This week on TOH, we're in major festival mode with coverage and reviews out of Toronto, Venice and Telluride, we look at the weekend's theatrical offerings, analyze last weekend's box office and more!
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  • September 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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TIFF Hot Tickets: 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premieres

Dueling Saturday night screenings of The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" (WB) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC) are two of Toronto's highest-profile debuts. "Cloud Atlas"'s six-plus minute trailer wowed some and suggested disaster to others, while "The Fighter" director Russell's comedy skipped Telluride to finish last-minute changes just in time for the Canadian fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 4:46 PM
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TIFF Roundup: New Deals & Partnerships, Incl. Drafthouse, 'Leviathan,' Backup Media & Groupe 1, Plus eOne Buys Alliance

A roundup of news from the Toronto fest...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 2:07 PM
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TIFF: Brody Day One - 'No,' 'Anna Karenina,' 'Kinshasa Kids,' 'On the Road' & Reitman's 'American Beauty'

A leisurely (if lengthy) trip from Telluride to Toronto on Tuesday, intending to get me to the Toronto International Film Festival more than a full day in advance of its Thursday, September 6 opening, hit a snag, after a three-hour van ride to Grand Junction and an hour plane trip to Denver...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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TIFF EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson Director's Statement Reveals His Midnight Madness

Baltimore-born Barry Levinson is yet another established studio writer-director who is making his way in the strange new world of indie cinema. He's in Toronto with Midnight Madness entry "The Bay" (Roadside, November 2) an horrific R-rated found-footage thriller about a deadly flesh-eating bacteria contaminating his beloved Chesapeake Bay.
  • By Barry Levinson
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  • September 7, 2012 12:04 PM
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TIFF Review: Sally Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa' Stars a Remarkable Elle Fanning UPDATED

Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week, with first screenings Friday in Toronto.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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