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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: This Week's Best News, Reviews, Features and Videos

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 9, 2011 at 8:15AM

This week on indieWIRE, our extensive Toronto coverage got into full swing; we spoke to a 9/11 widow about the documentary "Rebirth;" we told you what we're most looking forward to at TIFF; Venice premiered some of this year's most anticipated films; and much more.
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This week on indieWIRE, our extensive Toronto coverage got into full swing; we spoke to a 9/11 widow about the documentary "Rebirth;" we told you what we're most looking forward to at TIFF; Venice premiered some of this year's most anticipated films; and much more.

News

Toronto Day 1: Minute by Minute
News from day 1 at the festival.

Toronto Day 2: Minute by Minute
News from day 2 at the festival.

Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” Premieres in Venice to Wildly Mixed Responses
Andrea Arnold, the director of “Fish Tank” and “Red Road,” turned heads when it was announced she would tackle a large-scale adaptation of Emily Brontë‘s “Wuthering Heights.”

Eddie Murphy to Host 84th Academy Awards
It’s official. Oscar-nominee Eddie Murphy will host this year’s Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Zurich Film Festival to Honor Paul Haggis
The Zurich Film Festival announced today that Oscar-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Haggis will be presented with the festival’s Golden Eye Award.

The Star of “Knuckle” and Tim League Will Step Into the Ring at the Fantastic Fest Debates
Our call: Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League should be afraid.

Film Movement Nabs Spanish Drama “Amador”
Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Fernando León De Aranoa’s latest drama, “Amador.”

“Human Centipede 2” World Premiere Headlines Final Wave of Films at Fantastic Fest
Austin’s Fantastic Fest, one of the world’s largest genre film festivals, will open with the world premiere of Tom Six’s eagerly anticipated gross-out flick “The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.”

Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” To Open AFI Fest 2011
Clint Eastwood’s Leonardo DiCaprio starring biopic “J. Edgar,” will finally surface as the Opening Night Gala of the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest 2011 on November 3. It marks the anticipated film’s world premiere.

Warren Beatty to Receive BAFTA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award
BAFTA Los Angeles is honoring Warren Beatty with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on November 30.

Magnolia Pictures Ups Begley and Cowal Following a Key Departure
Magnolia Pictures promoted two execs Wednesday with Dori Begley named senior VP of acquisitions and Matt Cowal promoted to senior VP of marketing & publicity.

London Film Festival Sets Full Program For 55th Edition
The BFI London Film Festival has announced the full program for its 55th edition, with a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres taking place over the 16 day festival.

Film Movement Lures “Free Men” to N. America
North American rights to “Free Men” by Ismaël Ferroukhi (“Le Grand Voyage”) have been picked up by Film Movement. The French thriller, based on real events, about a Muslim Algerian immigrant living in Vichy France, will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

George Kuchar, Filmmaker and Provocateur Who Inspired John Waters, Dead at 69
indieWIRE has just learned of the passing late last night of George Kuchar, whose body of film and video work inspired many filmmakers, many of them his students and not the least of which is John Waters.

Johnnie To’s “Life” Picked Up in Venice
North American rights to thriller, “Life Without Principle” by Hong Kong director/producer Johnnie To have been acquired by The Indomina Group.

“The Help” to Close Zurich Film Festival
The program for the 2011 Zurich Film Festival was announced today, with the American drama “The Help,” which has proven divisive (and hugely successful) in its home country, closing the fest.

Miramax Announces Worldwide Sales Organization
Miramax CEO Mike Lang announced today the continued expansion of its worldwide sales organization and the opening of Miramax’s first international office in London.

Tribeca Film Acquires Tony Kaye’s “Detachment” For US Distribution
“Detachment,” Tony Kaye’s first high-profile feature since “American History X,” will be distributed in the US by Tribeca Films in 2012.

Sundance Reveals Projects for 2012 Theater Lab
The Sundance Institute has announced the projects selected for its 2012 Theater Lab, a two-week intensive program designed to support the creative evolution of new theater efforts.

TIFF Exclusive: Poster Reveal for Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Doc
Documentary filmmaking funnyman Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) will be in Toronto this weekend to world premiere his latest project, “Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan’s Hope.”

Reviews

What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
This week, everyone has an opinion on Steven Soderbergh’s latest “Contagion,” while “Tanner Hall” disappoints.

TORONTO REVIEW | “Moneyball” Leaves the Math On the Bench and Hits a Triple
Bennett Miller has produced a warm and generally agreeable character study about the pratfalls of athletic institutions and the willingness to think outside the box.

TORONTO REVIEW | “The Ides of March” is George Clooney’s Monster Movie
Here, he steps off the soapbox to soak in the ugly details behind American leadership, and gives his parable a darkly entertaining twist.

TORONTO REVIEW | How Werner Herzog’s Trademarks Impact “Into the Abyss”
Herzog litters “Into the Abyss” with engaging subjects and ideas, but it meanders; the only constant is the palpably grim atmosphere. Subtitled “A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life,” Herzog’s follow-up to “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” contains a similar tendency to ask plenty of questions and seek fewer answers.

Head Start: Here’s 33 Reviews of Toronto Movies
The Toronto International Film Festival opens today, cutting the ribbon on a busy week-and-a-half affair in which over 200 features from around the world will be unveiled for a diverse audience of casual moviegoers and industry professionals alike.

Features

Venice 2011 Offered Too Much Chaos and Rape, Not Enough Drama and Passion
For me, the enduring image of the 2011 Venice Film Festival occurred not on the screen, but on the lagoon between San Zaccaria and the Lido at about 8 am one morning as I looked out of the vaporetto to see a small motorboat gaining on us, bouncing as it scudded across the waves.

For Your Consideration: Updating Oscar Contenders In The Eye of The Storm
In the past seven days or so, there have probably been more developments in the awards race than will be seen during any time period this year. Except for maybe the next seven days.

Will You See This Movie? | John Waters’s Muse Divine Gets the Doc Treatment
Here’s your weekly dose of an indie film in progress; every Friday, we spotlight a bigger project, usually from an established filmmaker or affiliated with a bigger production company.

Five Films to Watch from Telluride
There’s a camaraderie that makes the Telluride Film Festival like few others you’ll ever attend. Sitting alone at a picnic table while taking in a beautiful Colorado landscape the other morning, I was approached by Jon Busch. The Telluride tech director was looking for a place to eat his colorful plate of brunch. Within minutes we were having a terrific chat about the history of the festival.

2012 Oscar Predictions
The 2011-12 awards season is slowly falling upon us and indieWIRE will be updating this chart of predictions for the 84th Academy Award nominations on a regular basis between now and late January, when the nominations are announced.

Here’s 4 Reasons the Stock Market Won’t Hurt, Could Help Indie Film
It sounds like the start of an indie film producer’s worst nightmare: The U.S. stock market drops 4.3% in August.

Summer Indie Box Office Report: From Woody to Werner, The Top 10 Grossing Films
Over in Hollywood, it was a pretty hit-and-miss summer.

Eddie Murphy Hosts The Oscars? Shrug. First Let’s Fire All the Writers
Critics are already turning cartwheels wondering whether Eddie Murphy will be a good Oscar host, but the truth is: the host won’t make any difference until the producers sweep away the stale, vaudevillian writing that makes the show feel like a relic from the Bob Hope era in the 21st century.

Exclusive: First Footage & New Pics From TIFF Entry "Americano" Starring Salma Hayek & Mathieu Demy
Growing up, Mathieu Demy was certainly no stranger to the film world. The actor is the son of legendary filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and his own foray in front of the camera has found him in such features as “God is Great, But I’m Not,” “Aram” and “The Girl On The Train.”

TIFF List 2011: The Complete Toronto Film Festival Lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the full slate of its 36th edition.

I Wasn’t There: “We Were Here” and the Importance of HIV/AIDS in Film
For me, one of the standout films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was David Weissman’s chronicle of the AIDS epidemic, “We Were Here.”

Why It Took A Swede to Make “The Black Power Mixtape”
Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary “The Black Power Mixtape” brings fresh insight to the world of Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael through an unlikely source.

13 to Watch in Toronto
This year’s stuffed edition of the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, bringing over 200 features from around the world to Canada’s biggest city.

Toronto Day 1: Minute by Minute
Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

Interviews

TORONTO FUTURES | “50/50” Screenwriter Will Reiser on Making Cancer Funny
Reiser translated his close call with cancer in his late twenties into an unlikely comedy, “50/50,” which was originally slated to be directed by Nicole Holofcener.

Head Start: Get to Know This Year’s Toronto Talent
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, with over 200 features set to screen for critics, buyers and audiences. A slew of the films lined up have already played at Sundance, Cannes and the like.

Small Screens: A 9/11 Widow Talks “Rebirth,” Our DVD Pick of the Week
Shortly after opening in select theaters last month (it hits more markets throughout September), Jim Whitaker’s documentary portrait of emotional and physical rebuilding following 9/11, “Rebirth,” hits DVD today. It’s iW’s pick of the week.

TIFF: Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young and Katrina Docs, Exclusive Clip
New York flmmaker Jonathan Demme is heading for the Toronto Fest with the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, "Neil Young Journeys," which follows 2006’s Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009.

TIFF FUTURES | “The Loneliest Planet” Co-Star Hani Furstenberg Moves Beyond the Israeli Stage
Furstenberg has already made great strides as an actress in the Israeli theater with occasional, and equally successful, forays into film.

Trailers

Watch: Gorgeous Trailer for “Shit Year” Starring Ellen Barkin
Cinemad has released the U.S. trailer for Santa Cruz filmmaker Cam Archer’s sophomore feature “Shit Year,” and it’s a sight to behold.