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TIFF: Jason Reitman to Lead Live Reading of 'American Beauty,' with Adam Driver, Sarah Gadon, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Woody Harrelson UPDATED

Jason Reitman brings his "Live Read" series to the Toronto International Film Festival with a table read of Alan Ball's screenplay for "American Beauty," the Oscar-winner that premiered at TIFF in 1999. The director of "Thank You for Smoking" and "Up in the Air" will announce the cast of the table read via his Twitter account over the next few days leading to the September 6 event. So far, Reitman has cast Adam Driver from "Girls" as Ricky Fitts (played by Wes Bentley in the film) and Sarah Gadon, from "Cosmopolis," as Angela (Mena Suvari's character). He announced that Mae Whitman will play Thora Birch's character and actor Nick Kroll from "Community," will read Peter Gallagher's part. For Lester Burnham, the lead role played by Kevin Spacey, Reitman just added Bryan Cranston. Christina Hendricks is set to play his wife (originally played by Annette Bening), and Woody Harrelson will read the part of his neighbor, Col. Frank Fitts.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2012 2:02 PM
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Documentary 'The Act of Killing' Premieres at Telluride, Screens at Toronto

  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2012 8:01 AM
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TIFF Concerned by Disappearance of Syrian Filmmaker Nyrabia: 'Filmmakers Must Be Allowed to Express Themselves'

The Toronto International Film Festival has expressed concern over the arrest of Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, who was detained by security services loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Damascus airport on August 23...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:34 PM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: Searing Doc 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' Chronicles Turbulent Life of Activist Angela Davis

Check out the first trailer for Shola Lynch's documentary "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners," an official selection at Toronto in September. The film details the turbulent life of radical activist Angela Davis, a member of the Communist Party, associate of the Black Panthers and UCLA philosophy professor who was charged in 1970 with conspiracy in kidnapping and murdering Judge Harold Haley from the Marin County courthouse.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2012 3:09 PM
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Busy Ryan Gosling to Pre-Sell Directorial Debut 'How to Catch a Monster' at TIFF

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut. Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 2:31 PM
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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct Marvel World S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot for ABC

Joss Whedon and "Avengers" fans everywhere rejoice: ABC has ordered a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot from the "Buffy" scribe which will focus on the secretive military cum-police force of the Avengers universe. Whedon will direct, pending his schedule, and will co-write the pilot along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:45 PM
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TIFF Watch: Cohen Media and Focus World Pick Up Doueiri's 'The Attack'

Cohen Media Group and Focus World are joining forces for the North American 2013 release of Ziad Doueiri's "The Attack," a drama-thriller following an Arab surgeon who uncovers a shocking secret about his late wife, a victim of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film will be a special presentation at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 3:41 PM
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108 Media Pacts with Paladin to Jointly Release Films in North America (VIDEO)

Toronto sales and distribution company 108 Media is partnering with Mark Urman's New York indie Paladin to jointly release films in North America. The duo will kick off the pact with an initial slate of five recent 108 Media acquisitions to launch through the first quarter of 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2012 5:23 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Redford's Venice & Toronto Bound 'The Company You Keep'

Sony Pictures Classics has taken U.S. rights to Robert Redford's upcoming Weather Underground drama "The Company You Keep." The movie boasts an impressive cast: Redford, Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Brendan Gleeson, Terence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 24, 2012 12:56 PM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: 'Passion,' De Palma's Bid to Escape Movie Jail

"Passion," Brian De Palma's remake of Alain Corneau's 2010 French flick "Love Crime" (starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier), scored actresses Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in the starring roles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 12:53 PM
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