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TIFF Preview: Fox Searchlight Pushes Oscar Contender 'The Sessions,' Releases Poster

Fox Searchlight, which snapped up Ben Lewin's "The Sessions" (formerly "The Surrogate") at Sundance for $6 million, holds high Oscar hopes for film, which stars John Hawkes as journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, who is afflicted with polio but wants to have sex. (Think "My Left Foot.") Searchlight is pushing the film into the Oscar race at Toronto, as it did Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 2:31 PM
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TIFF Completes 2012 Festival Lineup with Masters, Discovery, Mavericks & Docs: Plus Who's Showing Up

Toronto 37 has rounded out its 2012 festival titles, adding 40-plus titles to its massive slate. New films announced in the Masters program include the North American premieres of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Olivier Assayas's "Something in the Air," Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" and the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" and Goran Paskaljevic's "When Day Breaks."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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TIFF FIRST LOOK: Ruba Nadda's Thriller 'Inescapable,' Starring Siddig, Tomei & Jackson (Video Clip)

Check out our first look at writer-director Ruba Nadda's Toronto-bound "Inescapable," starring Alexander Siddig ("Syriana," "Kingdom of Heaven"), Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler," "Ides of March") and Joshua Jackson ("The Skulls," "Apt Pupil").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 11:25 AM
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Get Your Tissues: The Trailer for Bayona's True Story of Family Survival 'The Impossible,' with Watts & McGregor

The new trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible" aims for the tear ducts. Thailand tsunami disaster + true story of a family's survival + U2's "One Love" + Naomi Watts + Ewan McGregor. We are sold (and crying), hook, line and sinker. Bayona reteamed with his "The Orphanage" screenwriter, Sergio G. Sánchez. Watch the terrifying and gorgeously shot trailer below. The film lands in theaters December 21 after playing next month in Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 7:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: One Shih Tzu, 'Seven Psychopaths'

The trailer for "Seven Psychopaths," starring Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish and Tom Waits, has arrived. Writer-director Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges") will debut his sophomore feature in Toronto before its theatrical release...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 4:53 PM
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TIFF Adds Gala, Special Screenings, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths; 'A Song for Marion' Will Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added more than 75 new titles to its expansive 2012 smorgasbord. The festival (September 6-16) will close with a Gala presentation of Andrew Williams' "A Song For Marion," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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TIFF Preview: First-Time Writer-Director Josh Boone Talks 'Writers,' Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins

"Writers," directed by first-time feature filmmaker Josh Boone, has its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of TIFF 2012. Greg Kinnear stars as a successful writer estranged from his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and dealing with his kids' coming-of-age: 19-year-old daugher Samantha (Lily Collins) is already celebrating her first book publication, though her love life isn't quite so functional, and 16-year-old son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is in the throes of a troubled first relationship.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 9, 2012 6:45 AM
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Good Lineup, Eh? TIFF Announces Canadian Titles; Includes Sarah Polley, Xavier Dolan, Brandon Cronenberg

Toronto has announced the homegrown portion of its lineup. Canadian filmmakers represent in both a feature film category and "Short Cuts Canada," as well as a selection of films funded by the National Film Board of Canada.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 4:08 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'At Any Price'

In advance of festival premieres at Venice and Toronto, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up all North American and Eastern European rights (excluding CIS and Russia) to Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham, which debuted in the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 6:53 PM
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TIFF TRAILER WATCH: Alex Gibney's Stylish, Haunting 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' Hits the Vatican Hard

Check out the haunting trailer for Alex Gibney's Vatican exposé "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," premiering at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:37 PM
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