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    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 award...

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    Tokyo International Film Festival 24 Line-Up

    Japanese film luminaries announced the 24th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival earlier today. The president of UNIJAPAN, Hideyuki Takai, opened the event with Tom Yoda, the Chairman of the 24th TIFF.

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    Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.

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    TIFF 36 Day 6: The Descendants, Moneyball, Page Eight, Urbanized, Think of Me

    Stop the presses. Meredith Brody finally saw The Descendants.

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    TIFF: Moneyball Review Round-Up

    The movie I was most looking forward to seeing at Toronto, based on the source material (Michael Lewis's baseball Oakland As expose) and talent involved (Bennett Miller directing a script by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill) was Moneyball (September 23). And while the movie has its lags and lulls--like baseball--I was not disappointed. In fact the movie is more naturalistic and lackadaisical than I was expecting. Miller allows his actors--especially great reactor Hill--and the game, to breathe. Pitt is easygoing and comfortable in the role of Oakland As general manager Billy Beane, and Miller's Oscar-winning ...

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    Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and Mimi Polk Gitlin Talk Thelma & Louise at 20

    The Academy celebrated the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise August 25th by screening a splendid new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. I moderated a Q & A with Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and producer Mimi Polk Gitlin afterwards; highlights ...

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    Tree of Life on Blu-ray October 11: Includes Making-of Documentary

    Love it or hate it, you can own Terrence Malick's much-debated The Tree of Life, on Blu-ray October 11. The disc combo-pack includes a bonus DVD and Digital Copy of the film as well as a 30-minute making-of doc, Exloring The Tree of Life. More info below:

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    Angelina Jolie Talks Land of Blood and Honey to VF, Says People Will Have to Judge it for Themselves

    Vanity Fair confirms: No wedding, no baby, no adoption. Now we can all focus on Angelina Jolie the director.

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    Actors to the Rescue: Gosling, Winslet, and Pitt Make Cynics Question Their Heroism

    What better way to kick off a competitive Oscar season than saving a life?

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    Oscar Talk: From The Help, Rise of the Apes and Woody to the Fall Fest Circuit and Beyond

    Oscar Talk is back. The first podcast of the fall season with In Contention's Kris Tapley runs for a good hour, so gird your loins, Oscar mavens, listen and weep. We cover the Cannes films, the summer releases, the Fall Festival entries and the end-of-year possibilities. We talk Meryl and Glenn and ...

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