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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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TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside Nab Fourth Hot Fest Title

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 9:49 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Proceeds Full Steam Ahead, Says Owner Dechen Yauch

Reports of indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories' imminent demise are premature. Oscilloscope ("Wendy and Lucy," "The Messenger,") has a team of eight people on the ground at the Toronto Film Festival this week, led by O-Scope veterans Dan Berger and David Laub, who acquired Matteo Garrone's Italian Cannes competition entry "Reality" in May,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 4:36 PM
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Marisa Tomei & Sam Rockwell Team for 'Why Now'; Reviews on Their TIFF Entries 'Inescapable' and 'Seven Psychopaths'

Two stars whose films premiered at Toronto -- Marisa Tomei with Ruba Nadda's "Inescapable" and Sam Rockwell with Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" -- have signed on for "Why Now," a indie comedy that will shoot over three weeks in upstate New York this November. Michael Godere and Ivan Martin wrote and will direct and star alongside...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 1:43 PM
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Lionsgate & Roadside Take 'Imogene' with Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

Kristen Wiig's "Imogene" has gone to Lionsgate and Roadside for joint US distribution after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. From directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("Cinema Verite," "American Splendor"), the film follows Wiig's Imogene, a New York playwright whose promise has faded and whose boyfriend has dumped her...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 12:09 PM
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