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    London Film Festival Announces Lineup

    From October 13 through 28 the 54th London Film Festival will screen 197 features and 112 shorts hailing from over 67 countries. Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go will open the fest, and he will be the subject of one of the Screen Talks, along with Darren Aronofsky, whose Black Swan will also screen. Among the seventy American features playing are Derek Cianfrance's Sundance/Cannes holdover Blue Valentine [pictured], Tony Goldwyn's Conviction, Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather and Danny Boyle's 127 Hours (which will close the festival). The festival is broken into several programs; Gala Screenings (The King's Speech), F...

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    Review: Francois Ozon's 'Hideaway' Features a Raw Performance from Isabelle Carré

    François Ozon has two modes: quietly restrained ("5x2," "Time to Leave") and gleefully unhinged ("8 Women," "Criminal Lovers"). Like most of his more recent work, his latest film, "Hideaway" (more appropriately titled "Le refuge" in French), lies sadly in the former category, focusing on a drug-addi...

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    Telluride Diary: Best of the Fest

    Offering just two dozen new feature films over five days, the Telluride Film Festival is a carefully curated event. Which is another way of saying that its programmers have idiosyncratic taste. Fest heads Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger clearly have favorite filmmakers who seem to return ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Toronto 2010 | En Route

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    A Safe Place: François Ozon's "Le Refuge"

    At this point, it’s safe to say François Ozon is clearly neither the rabble-rousing enfant terrible he first seemed nor the stealth subversive mainstream filmmaker he might have evolved into. After grabbing the attention of a late-Nineties film world starved for a formidable European art cinema with such haute shockers as See the Sea (which offered a toxic equation of murder and motherhood), Sitcom (incest, leather, and erections, oh my!), and Criminal Lovers (a bondage-and-gay-rape Hansel and Gretel), not to mention the rigorous Fassbinder adaptation Water Drops on Burning Rocks (a seeming announcement of intentions if there ever was one), O...

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    High On Movies At Telluride

    This year’s poster image was created by Oscar-winning Pixar artist Ralph Eggleston, whose many credits include production design for Finding Nemo and WALL•E.

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    Fox Picks Up Scorsese's Letter To Elia, HBO Grabs Lebowitz Doc

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is acquiring Martin Scorsese's A Letter To Elia, which played well in Venice and Telluride. The documentary chronicles the life and work of legendary (and controversial) director Elia Kazan. The film is included in Fox's November 9 DVD release: The Elia Kaza...

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    Portman Offered Gravity, Defining Adult Films, Toronto's Most Anticipated

    - In the ongoing saga of who will replace Angelina Jolie in the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity--she twice rejected the starring role--Natalie Portman has been offered the role, thanks to rave reviews on her Black Swan performance. With or without Black Swan's vote of confidence, Portman is a strong (but young) choice. The age range of the character in Gravity is apparently flexible. Should Portman accept the role, this will be a chance for her to stand out (although Robert Downey Jr. carries some of the load), a la Tom Hanks in Cast Away or James Franco in 127 Hours. Risky Business lists Portman's growing collection of possible project...

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    Harmony Korine: I like cinema

    I like cinema it makes me feel real good.

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    Toronto Update on previous blog

    Thank you Amy and Ann for your corrections on Rabbit Hole and Janie Jones:

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