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WATCH: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Talk Control and Spontaneity in Their Films Together

Check out this video from the "In Conversation" series from TIFF Bell Lightbox, where Canuck auteur David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen discuss their working relationship, which has now spanned three films together ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method").
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  • February 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Sean Penn's Overlooked and Underrated Directorial Debut, 'The Indian Runner'

Overlooked and Underrated Week continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner," starring Viggo Mortensen.
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  • April 17, 2013 11:41 AM
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Trailer Watch: Fluent Spanish Speaker Viggo Mortensen in 'Everyone Has a Plan'

Viggo Mortensen has a whole second career as a Spanish-language actor. During his childhood, his family relocated from New York to Argentina (with stops in Venezuela and Denmark in between), where he lived until age 11, going to grade school in Buenos Aires and acquiring fluent Spanish. In 2011, Mortensen returned to his theatre roots in a Madrid production of "Purgatorio." Now he stars in Ana Piterbarg's "Everyone Has a Plan" ("Todos Tenemos un Plan"), which was recently at the Cannes market. Watch the trailer below -- no English subtitles!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2012 6:09 PM
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Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the awards race, or were pushed back. Other indies hoped their films would be picked up by the right distributor in time for this year's Oscar race. Some were, some weren't. It's tough for films that have already debuted at other festivals to pick up new momentum, although the press will bank features for release. The biggest noise goes to the new players, always.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Oscar Talk Post-Telluride, Pre-Toronto: Descendants, Shame, Dangerous Method, Albert Nobbs

Oscar Talk Post-Telluride, Pre-Toronto: Descendants, Shame, Dangerous Method, Albert Nobbs
In Contention's Kris Tapley and I hit a timing snag on Oscar Talk this week, with him three hours behind in Los Angeles and me traveling to the Toronto Fest. We grabbed a shortish Oscar Talk nonetheless, and a cantankerous one, as we disagree on everything, it seems, except the exciting prospect of Eddie Murphy as Oscar host. We can promise you a longer one next week, when we will have seen even more films. We are both bullish on Alexander Payne's The Descendants, argue over Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs, Steve McQueen's Shame and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2011 6:57 AM
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Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview

Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview
The Venice Biennale got off to a strong start with The Ides of March, reports London-based TOH correspondent David Gritten:How perfect a choice was George Clooney’s The Ides of March to open the Venice Film Festival today? Let us count the ways. Firstly, this political thriller fits Venice like a silk glove. It’s smart, sophisticated and politically astute, written with a shrewd intelligence and featuring stars (Clooney himself, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei) who offer Hollywood glamour while engaging in work that’s more than a cut above routine Hollywood product. The Ides of March also offers two terrific supporting performances from Grade-A character actors (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giammatti), doing the kind of work that makes European critics and audiences sit up and take notice.
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  • August 31, 2011 2:54 AM
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Fall Fest Trailer Watch: From Hysteria and Dangerous Method to Anonymous and Scorsese's Harrison

Fall Fest Trailer Watch: From Hysteria and Dangerous Method to Anonymous and Scorsese's Harrison
We're collecting trailers from films coming up on the fall fest circuit. A smattering is below.
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  • August 18, 2011 6:38 AM
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NYFF: Cronenberg's Dangerous Method and Almodovar's Skin I Live In Added to Galas

NYFF: Cronenberg's Dangerous Method and Almodovar's Skin I Live In Added to Galas
Auteurs David Cronenberg and Pedro Almodovar are joining the line-up of the 49th New York Film Festival line-up with two new galas. Both are edgy sexually transgressive dramas from Sony Pictures Classics, which is also releasing the opening night film Carnage. Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley, will debut at Venice, play NYFF October 5 and open in theaters November 23. Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas, played to mixed reaction at Cannes and will open October 14, right after its gala on October 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2011 4:50 AM
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On The Road: Director Walter Salles' Secret Second Road Trip with Garrett Hedlund

Jerry Cimino, founder and curator of The Beat Museum, delves into the saga that lead to finally getting Jack Kerouac's On The Road adapted to film. His article reveals that after shooting the film from August through December of 2010, director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund went on the road together with the film's '48 Hudson and a crew of five in April 2011. No one else in the cast (which includes Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss) knew about this trip, part of Salles' "quest for authenticity." Here is an excerpt from the article and this photo, courtesy of HuffPost.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 8:23 AM
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Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close
Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 5:08 AM
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