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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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    Telluride Review: Weir's Triumphant The Way Back Is Slowed Down by History

    Telluride correspondent Tim Appelo is not taking any guff on Peter Weir's The Way Back. He likes it.At the Floradora on Telluride’s main street, Peter Weir was like the dauntless pilgrims of his great escape movie The Way Back, who incredibly fled Stalin’s Siberian gulag and trekked through Mongolia...

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    Oscar Watch: Godard Contacts Academy, Says He'll Try to Make It

    The Academy reports that Jean-Luc Godard has responded in writing to their invitation to accept an honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards on November 13 after all, reports Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger: "in response to Academy President Tom Sherak’s letter informing him that the Board of Govern...

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    Godard Responds to Honorary Oscar

    AMPAS said that it received a response from director Jean-Luc Godard regarding his Honorary Oscar. In the hand-written note, AMPAS said the filmmaker "graciously thanked the organization for the honor and referred to himself as 'the fourth musketeer,' in acknowledgement of the fact that three others...

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    Welcome to Cinema Reloaded 2.0

    Starting Sept. 8, filmmaker Harmony Korine (Gummo, Trash Humpers) and indieWIRE are involved in Cinema Reloaded; the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s online crowdfunding experiment for short film projects.

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    Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Top Contenders, Godard No-Show

    Movie City News webmaster David Poland has lined up the usual suspects for this year's round of Gurus 'O Gold of Oscar-watching. The top seven ranking is shared by most of this group of 11 voters: 1. Inception2. The Kids Are All Right3. The King's Speech4. Toy Story 35. The Social Network6. True Gri...

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    Toronto and the Fall Market Season Begins (The Real Rights List)

    Now that everyone has listed the new titles announced for Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian, Locarno is over, Rome is waiting in the wings, and Telluride has finally told, I would like to do a survey of some films' sales' stats. IM Global is treating Toronto as an all-out market. The sales agents as well as the publicists are positioning their films via email to the trade. I just saw White Wedding by Jann Turner ♀ which is being sold in the "market" as well by The Little Film Company and its positive review in L.A. Times. It is very timely and enjoyable, at the same time touches ever more present issues of race and equality, this time in ...

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    indieWIRE's Interactive Map to Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto

    Tomorrow morning, indieWIRE will publish our annual "insider's guide" to the best places to eat, drink, shop and chill in Toronto... which keeps in mind TIFF's new digs at the Bell Lightbox and the resulting migration south. As a supplement, I've also put together this handy interactive map that li...

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