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Oscar Watch: South Korea's 'Pieta,' Belgium's 'Our Children' and Norway's 'Kon-Tiki' Join Growing List of Foreign Oscar Contenders

In advance of the October 1 Oscar deadline, the official foreign language submissions are coming fast and furious from around the world.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 2:56 PM
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'Cloud Atlas' Review and Roundup: And Now for Something Completely Different

One Toronto movie met mixed response but was a delirious joyride for me: "Cloud Atlas." Truth is, except for the flat "V for Vendetta" and the final pixel-fucked "Matrix" movie, I've admired all of the Wachowskis' output, even "Speed Racer." These filmmakers have it all: strong writing chops, an instinct for entertaining audiences, and compelling visual style.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2012 1:29 PM
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TIFF 11 Acquisitions Recap: Best Gross 'Salmon' at $9 million

As acquisitions execs tally up their buys for Toronto Film Fest 2012, they would do well to note how the movies that were acquired here last year fared in release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 14, 2012 12:43 PM
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TIFF: Magnolia Acquires 'The Brass Teapot,' in which Temple and Angarano Strike Deal with Dishware

Magnolia Pictures has picked up distribution rights for "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, following the film's debut at TIFF. The black comedy follows a broke newlywed couple who discover a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with cash.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 12:08 PM
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TIFF Deal Update: Magnolia Buys 'No Place on Earth,' IFC Nabs Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

There's usually a deal in the offing when you see a street huddle after a screening of a Toronto title with advance buzz. Yesterday I saw Eamonn Bowles and his Magnolia team in a circle, heads bowed, intensely debating the merits of something they were thinking of buying. Lo and behold, the next day they announce the acquisition of U.S. rights to "60 Minutes" producer-turned-filmmaker Janet Tobias' intense survival documentary "No Place on Earth"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 5:33 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Six: The Universal Panacea, Silent Snow White; Out of Harmony with Ugly & Vulgar 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Goes to Tribeca, Features 50 Cent, Sarandon, Eminem, Harrelson & 'The Wire''s David Simon

Tribeca Film takes US rights to Matthew Cooke's "How to Make Money Selling Drugs." The doc looks at the both sides of the "war on drugs," and includes interviews with 50 Cent, 'The Wire' producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, plus the infamous drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 12:36 PM
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Millennium Takes 'What Maisie Knew' with Julianne Moore & Steve Coogan

"What Maisie Knew," directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("Bee Season," "Uncertainty"), has gone to Millennium Entertainment for US distribution. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan, the film is a contemporary adaptation of Henry James' 1897 novel...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 12, 2012 2:56 PM
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TIFF: 'Cloud Atlas' Press Conference, Highlights Include Wachowskis and Tykwer Talking the "mono-brow experience" [VIDEO]

Check out this video of the full-length TIFF "Cloud Atlas" press conference, including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Tom Tykwer, and Lana and Andy Wachowski talking melding the high-brow and low-brow into their wildly epic film -- "the mono-brow experience."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 2:24 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary 5: 'The Master,' 'The Iceman' 'The Impossible'

A perfectly delightful rich full relentless festival day, except when I look back and realize that everything I saw was in English, which I find mildly embarrassing and slightly unadventurous on my part, especially when attending a festival screening over 300 films from 60 countries.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 12, 2012 9:23 AM
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