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Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 16, 2011 at 11:16AM

This week on indieWIRE, Toronto coverage continued with interviews with Kirsten Dunst, Madonna, Jeff Nichols, and Steve McQueen, as well as a review of "Shame," and news about Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.
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This week on indieWIRE, Toronto coverage continued with interviews with Kirsten Dunst, Madonna, Jeff Nichols, and Steve McQueen, as well as a review of "Shame," and news about Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.

News

Toronto Day 6: Minute by Minute
Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

Toronto Day 7: Minute by Minute
Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

Natural History Museum Announces Margaret Mead Award Doc Filmmaker Nominees
The Margaret Mead Film Festival, the American Museum of Natural History’s annual festival of anthropological film named after the famed anthropologist, has announced the seven nominees for its Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award.

“Albert Nobbs” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home” to Open Mill Valley Film Festival
The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival will open this year on October 6 with two high-profile independent releases: Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Jay and Mark Duplass’ “Jeff Who Lives at Home.”

Film Movement Takes Murat’s “Historias” Out of Toronto
Film Movement has acquired Julia Murat’s “Historias” after a well received Nroth American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film had premiered in Venice last week.

David Chase’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Coming-Of-Age Feature Debut Scheduled For October 2012 Release
Paramount Vantage has revealed that they’ll hold onto David Chase's latest film until 2012, slotting it for an award-season release on October 12th.

“Top Gun” Being Converted To 3D For 2012 Re-Release (Survey Time!)
Tony Scott’s 1986 classic "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise is being converted to 3D for a theatrical re-release in 2012.

Truly Indie Will Handle the Release of SXSW Documentary “Incendiary”
Wagner/Cuban’s Truly Indie self-distribution label will handle the U.S. theatrical release of the documentary “Incendiary: The Willingham Case.”

European Academy Names 45 Films for Nomination Consideration
Forty-five titles have been named by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions for this year’s selection list. The list of films are a “recommendation for a nomination" for the European Film Awards 2011. 32 countries are represented in the group.http://i2.indiewire.com/images/uploads/i/Shamereviewwwdailyclick.jpg

Abel Ferrara’s “Last Day” Picked Up by IFC
North American rights to Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” have been picked up by IFC Films. The film debuted earlier this month in Venice and is set to have its Stateside premiere at the upcoming New York Film Festival.

Jafar Panahi’s “This is Not a Film” Nabbed By Palisades Tartan
Palisades Tartan has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to Jafar Panahi’s acclaimed Iranian documentary “This is Not a Film” out of Toronto.

Oscilloscope Takes Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights”
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights.” The film is currently screening at the Toronto Film Festival after debuting in Venice last week.

Facebook Debuts Its First Film: "The Perfect House"
The Perfect House, a horror anthology, will be the first film to debut on FlickLaunch, Facebook’s new movie distribution platform.

criticWIRE @ TIFF: Steve McQueen’s “Shame” Is Top Pick As Fest Winds Down
The Toronto International Film Festival is in the midst of the seventh day of its 2011 edition, and indieWIRE is in the midst of entering in hundreds of critics grades to our criticWIRE section.

Film Independent Forum Kicks off with “Like Crazy”; Hosts TV, FIlm & Media Panelists at DGA
The 7th annual Film Independent Forum announces its opening night selection—Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy”—and panelists. The Forum, presented by indieWIRE, will take place at the Directors Guild of America October 21-23.

Reviews

TORONTO REVIEW | Steve McQueen’s “Shame” Is All About Michael Fassbender
Eric Kohn reviews "Hunger" director Steve McQueen's latest film: the sexually explicit and compelling "Shame" starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

TIFF ‘11 Review: ‘Pariah’ Is So Much More Then Just This Year’s "Precious"
Kevin Jagernauth reviews Dee Rees' refreshing and raw film "Pariah" from TIFF.

TORONTO REVIEW | Horror-Comedy “You’re Next” Delivers Derivative, Gory Fun
“You’re Next” doesn’t break new ground in the horror genre, but it sticks to rules that work.

TORONTO REVIEW | “Friends With Kids” is a Successful Sitcom
Overall, “Friends with Kids” maintains a superficial appeal on par with the kind of amiable romantic comedies that Ed Burns churns out in his sleep.

TIFF ‘11 Review: Fernando Meirelles’ International Love Story ‘360’ May Leave His Fans Heartbroken
The film is a handsomely produced ensemble drama but its pleasures are fleeting, then it’s on to the next thing.

Features

TORONTO FUTURES: “The Descendants”’ Shailene Woodley on Clooney, Payne and Dealing With the Hype
Shailene Woodley more than holds her own in "The Descendants," delivering a comic, wrenching and amazingly vivid performance, sure to make her a hot commodity once it hits theaters on November 18.

Dustin Hoffman’s Directorial Debut "Quartet" Finally Gets Underway
It’s somewhat surprising that Dustin Hoffman has never stepped behind the camera to direct a film. He has, after all, won awards a-plenty, and been a fully-fledged, albeit unorthodox, giant movie star, for most of his career. But somehow, he’s never quite fallen for the temptation to direct. Until now.

FIRST PERSON | Mark Cousins on His Epic “Story of Film”
"The Story of Film: An Odyssey” is filmmaker Mark Cousins’ 15-hour documentary that chronicles the artistry of cinema. Cousins offered his thoughts on taking on such an ambitious project in the following first person account.

The Wisdom of the Crowd: Why The Toronto Scene Has Led to Skimpy Sales
Then came those seven dreaded words: There’s something wrong in the projection booth.

8 Films to see at Urbanworld Film Festival
This year’s Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City covers everything from black swan theory to arranged marriage and Southern gothic tradition.

Here’s the “Creative Brief” That’s Fueling the Harmony Korine/Val Kilmer Movie
ICE Films head Eddy Moretti wrote up a very strange "creative brief" for the Harmony Korine's possible collaboration with Val Kilmer.

Toronto Inspired: indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs
The international film industry and local cinephiles have been sampling hundreds of new titles for the past week at the Toronto International Film Festival. For the latest indieWIRE curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, we’re taking inspiration from TIFF’s crop of new docs.

‘Why Udo Kier Loves Guy Maddin: “I like directors who don’t care.”
Here are the highlights from assistant editor Nigel Smith’s conversation with director Guy Maddin and actor Udo Kier of “Keyhole.”

criticWIRE @ TIFF: Steve McQueen’s “Shame” Is Top Pick As Fest Winds Down (UPDATED)
Steve McQueen’s “Shame” has the highest average of any film screening in Toronto. See how other films are measuring up.

Here’s The Top Grossing Toronto Audience Award Winners
indieWIRE has a new weekend feature: A retrospective box office chart, based on a debuting indie release or a current event on the international film scene.

Interviews

Tilda Swinton and Lynne Ramsay Need to Talk About Kevin: Demon Seed or Bad Mothering?
Anne Thompson talks with actress Tilda Swinton and director Lynne Ramsay at Telluride about their new film, "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

INTERVIEW | “Melancholia” Star Kirsten Dunst: “Thank you, Penelope Cruz, for not doing this.”
Nothing can quite compare to shooting “Melancholia” with Lars von Trier, the Danish bad-boy auteur who’s almost as well known for eliciting career-best performances from his actresses as he is for igniting controversy.

INTERVIEW | Madonna Defends “W.E.”: “I know that I did the best that I could do.”
Whatever audiences may make of Madonna’s “W.E.,” she says she’s satisfied with her work.

Christophe Honoré on "Beloved": "I think my characters are very free with their sexuality"
Honoré spoke with indieWIRE ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. In the chat, he compares the generation he grew up with and his parents, the dawn of contraception and later AIDS, bending the rules on sexuality, Catherine Deneuve as an icon, why this film isn’t a musical and why Milos Forman really wanted to be in this film.

Small Screens | Richard Press Talks “Bill Cunningham New York,” Our DVD Pick of the Week
indieWIRE caught up with Press to talk about why the film caught on the way it did, and how he managed to nail down the ever-elusive Cunningham for such a revealing study.

‘Take Shelter’ Director Jeff Nichols Talks ‘Mud,’ Hopes To Have Michael Shannon In Supporting Role
The “Shotgun Stories” director was kind enough to speak a bit about his upcoming feature with us during press rounds for “Take Shelter.”

INTERVIEW | Glenn Close and Janet McTeer On the Unsung Heroes of “Albert Nobbs”
Dana Harris speaks to Glenn Close and Janet McTeer about gender bending, the power of a particular Albanian woman and why “Albert Nobbs” deserves a nomination for best use of nudity.

TORONTO INTERVIEW | Todd Solondz: “Expectations work against me.”
Eric Kohn speaks to Todd Solondz about his latest film, "Dark Horse."

TORONTO FUTURES | Director Jean-Baptiste Léonetti On the Psychological Violence of “Carré Blanc”
Well received by TIFF audiences, “Carré Blanc” boasts a sleek dystopian vision that plays like an understated version of “The Matrix.”

INTERVIEW | How “Blair Witch” Co-Director Eduardo Sanchez Got His Groove Back with “Lovely Molly”
As writer, director and editor of “Lovely Molly,” Sanchez has maintained the DIY approach that first put him on the map, but also demonstrates that his filmmaking talent extends beyond the faux-documentary style made famous by “Blair Witch.”

INTERVIEW | “Shame” Director Steve McQueen: “We have to keep cinema alive.”
From the moment it debuted at the Venice Film Festival, everybody has been talking about Steve McQueen’s “Shame.”

Trailers

Here’s the Trailer for TIFF Premiere “Lovely Molly” from “Blair Witch” Director Eduardo Sanchez
Check out the freaky teaser trailer for Eduardo Sanchez's Toronto premiere, "Lovely Molly."

Watch: Charming Trailer for Cleaning Lady Comedy “The Women on the 6th Floor”
Here’s the iW exclusive trailer for Phillippe Le Guay’s upcoming social comedy “The Women on the 6th Floor.”