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    maltin on movies: Bran Nue Dae

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    TIFF: Affleck Talks The Town

    After playing Venice and Toronto, Ben Affleck's sophomore directing effort The Town, in which he stars himself this time, opens Friday. It's a straightforward entertaining character-driven genre piece set in Boston based on a novel by Chuck Hogan about a Charlestown gang of bank robbers who are unde...

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    First Assembly Viewing (aka, The Roughest One Of Them All)

    Tomorrow morning at 11am, alongside editor extraordinaire Marc Vives and cinematographer extraordinairer Jeremy Saulnier, I will be sitting down to watch the assembly of my latest motion picture endeavor (right now, we're sticking with the shooting title of Septien). While that very first view-throu...

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    TIFF: Weinstein's Dirty Girl Pick-Up Talk of CAA Party

    The Weinsteins' acquisition of Abe Sylvia's 80s period Dirty Girl for $3 million was the talk of the jammed CAA party Sunday night. $3 million (for rights in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa) is a big number in today's contracted indie marketplace. A high scho...

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    Meet the Mogul at Toronto FF

    I was honored to be asked to conduct the one-on-one interview with Bob Berney in the Meet the Mogul session in the new Filmmaker's Lounge. We had a great audience and it was so informative to hear Bob explain how he sees films, the importance of their audiences which for his films have often been u...

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    TIFF: IFC Picks Up Super-Hero Spoof Super, Starring Rainn Wilson

    IFC has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director James Gunn's super-hero spoof Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. I saw footage from this at Comic-Con; it looked like a comedic version of Kick-Ass (which topped out at $48 million in wide release). But then IFC has a ...

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    TIFF Diary: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Biutiful, The Edge

    The indefatigable Meredith Brody shifts gears from Telluride to Toronto without missing a beat.Even though journalists now get inundated with cascading press releases from Toronto -- carefully calibrated and beautifully orchestrated to arouse excitement (in both us and our eventual readers) -- that ...

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    Zombies Reign at Weekend Box Office as Resident Evil Afterlife 3D Scores $27.7 Million

    What makes Resident Evil run? Anthony D'Alessandro examines the longevity of the horror franchise, which scored a $27.7 million opening weekend on its fourth go-round. Giving Avatar director James Cameron more motive to throw 3-D films under a bus, genre filmmaking reigned this weekend as Sony/Screen Gems’s fourth Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, based on the 1996 videogame, scored $27.7 million.  It was evident from the zombie film’s Friday bow, which zapped $10.9 million, that it was bound to outstrip the record of its last installment, 2007’s Resident Evil: Extinction ($23.7 million).  The lack of frosh wide entries in a historically sleepy se...

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    Box Office: "Romantics" and "Heartbreaker" Lead Debuts; Phoenix Doc Fair

    Two indie romantic comedies led this very busy weekend of debuts at the specialty box office. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, Galt Niederhoffer's "The Romantics" and Pascal Chaumeil's "Heartbreaker" found excellent numbers in very limited openings, while Magnolia's release ...

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    French Maestro Claude Chabrol Dead at 80

    One of the beacons of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol, has died at 80, according to media reports, including news from The Associated Press. Christoph Girard, who handles cultural affairs for the Paris City Hall, announced Chabrol's passing on his blog and the cause of death was not immediately ...

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