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Toronto Announces 75 New Titles, Includes Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' Durkin's 'Southcliffe,' Gibney's 'Armstrong Lie' and More

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has announced its second wave of programming. Included in the 75 added titles are new work by Hayao Miyazaki ("The Wind Rises," which recently had its Japanese premiere), Sean Durkin (miniseries "Southcliffe"), Alex Gibney ("The Armstrong Lie," newly acquired for stateside release by Sony Pictures Classics), Kevin Macdonald ("How I Lie Now," starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland) and James Franco ("Child of God," making its North American premiere).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 11:14 AM
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Exclusive Toronto Trailer Debut: Matsumoto's 'R100'

Watch the exclusive debut of the trailer for "R100," the Hitoshi Matsumoto film that will debut in the Midnight Madness section at September's Toronto International Film Festival. The films marks the fourth feature directed by Japan absurdist auteur and TV comedian Matsumoto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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Errol Morris's Rumsfeld Doc Is Popular on the Fall Festival Circuit, But May Not Play the New York Film Festival

Already one of the fall’s more eagerly anticipated films, “The Unknown Known” – Errol Morris’s take on the beloved Donald Rumsfeld, the very idea of which makes our toes curl -- seems poised to be the biggest doc of the season. Word is that the film has not only been invited to the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals but it's become the first of two docs ever accepted into competition at the Venice Biennale (the other being the homegrown “Sacro Gra” by Gianfranco Rosi).
  • By John Anderson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:47 PM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said,' Starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The trailer for Nicole Holofcener's latest, "Enough Said," has landed. The film, which stars the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is headed to TIFF, and hits theaters September 20.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2013 2:05 PM
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Toronto Preview: Awards Hopefuls Bring Real Figures to Life, from Dickens and Assange to Ginsberg and Mandela

There's a reason Sony Pictures Classics is moving up the release date of "The Invisible Woman" to Christmas Day. They think they may have the goods to make a go at an awards season play. This Ralph Fiennes-directed movie is world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of many pictures with Oscar hopes that centers around bringing a real person to life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 4:02 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. "Finding Vivian Maier" unearths the mysteries behind an undiscovered street photographer, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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TIFF 2013 Unveils Midnight Lineup; Includes World Premieres of Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno,' 'Oculus,' 'Almost Human' (TRAILER)

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for the Midnight Madness section, celebrating its 25th year. Opening the program is Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's "All Cheerleaders Die"; the nine-film section also boasts the world premieres of Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," Mike Flanagan's "Oculus," Joe Begos' "Almost Human" (trailer below) and Hitoshi Matsumoto's "R100."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2013 11:21 AM
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Toronto International Film Festival Documentary Line-up Led by Morris vs. Rumsfeld, 'Tim's Vermeer,' the Man Behind 'Dog Day Afternoon'

This year's Toronto International Film Festival documentary world premieres include works by Penn & Teller, artist Chris Jordan, Jehane Noujaim and Leanne Pooley; and North American premieres by directors Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, Marcel Ophuls and Claude Lanzmann. (Full line-up is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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TIFF First Looks: Neeson and Wilde in Haggis' 'Third Person,' Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is By My Side'

With the July 23 announcement of galas and special screenings at TIFF 2013, first-look images from anticipated films are coming in fast and furious. Check out Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Paul Haggis' "Third Person"; and Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) as Jimi Hendrix in John Ridley's "All Is By My Side." Both make their world premieres at the fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 12:13 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival Launches Oscar Race; 'Fifth Estate' Is Opener, 'Life of Crime' Is Closer

DreamWorks’ World premiere of Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival announced that the world premiere of Festival on September 5; the fest will close on September 15 with the world premiere of Daniel Schechter’s "Life of Crime."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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