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    Lorber Takes Frammartino's "Quattro"

    Lorber Films announced today the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte." The film debuted to much acclaim in the Director's Fortnight section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and is screening this month as an official selection of the Tel...

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    Toronto Fest: 9 to Watch (and more)

    For the Wall Street Journal Online (and hence, targeted more to mainstream consumers), here is my Toronto Film Festival Nine Films to Watch, which includes usual suspects such as "Black Swan" and "127 Hours," but I've also thrown in Errol Morris' doc "Tabloid" (I'm a fan) and the new "Brighton Rock"...

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    9 Things Toronto's Cameron Bailey Wants You to Know About This Year's Festival

    In just two days, the Toronto International Film Festival will turn 35 as it kicks off eleven days of some 300 highly anticipated films from around the world. For Cameron Bailey, it marks his third year as the festival's co-director, but for him it's probably going to feel more like a first time ar...

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    Venice Press Conference: Coppola, Dorff and Fanning Talk Somewhere

    Video of the Venice Somewhere press conference with (a soft-spoken) Sofia Coppola, Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning is in two parts, below. Coppola was a good deal more forthcoming in her later one-on-one interview with me, which I will eventually transcribe and post.

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    Telluride Review: Errol Morris Goes for Laughs with Tabloid

    Telluride critic Tim Appelo was surprised that documentarian (blogger/tweeter) Errol Morris's latest, Tabloid, is well, funny. Having spent some time with the man, he can be quite witty, as are his famous Oscar shorts. Dark humor informs all his films, even his dead-serious docs Fog of War and Stand...

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    Fall Fest Daily | Telluride Day 3; Phoenix, Scorsese, Ozon Venice Reactions

    As Telluride heads into its fourth and final day, Thompson on Hollywood's Telluride critic Tim Appelo reviews Errol Morris' "Tabloid," calling it "the funniest farce of 2010, with a tragic core and absolute fidelity to the facts," and featuring Morris' "most astounding character ever" - impressive, ...

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    Venice: Joaquin Phoenix is Not Here

    Rookie director Casey Affleck is playing out his hand on the bizarre Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here, which debuted in Venice Monday to rousing applause, and is still inspiring huge debate. What the hell is Phoenix doing? Committing career suicide? Creating an indelibly accurate portrait ...

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    Modern Crime Families, Networks TV's New Challenges, Mad Men's Peggy Olson

    - The LA Times thinks the family that slays together stays together. Pop culture's healthy appetite for criminals (nothing new) has been fed with low-key gems Animal Kingdom and Winter's Bone, and while they are no Godfather trilogies in scale, they deliver the same family-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-law drama that we love. And those of use who have had a void in our lives since The Sopranos ended will find hope in HBO's upcoming Boardwalk Empire. We are easily charmed by anyone that breaks the law, it's fun to be vicariously bad through our favorite TV characters (Dexter, anyone?), and there's something about the blood-bound clans that really g...

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    Lost Tokens of a Coming Out Process Found While Cleaning an Empty Nest

    In the midst of cleaning out my recently-departed-to-university sister's hellhole of a once bedroom, my mother found this note. My sister must have been 9 or 10 when she wrote it, and I don't actually remember ever receiving it (maybe I never did?). But either way, it's probably the most adorable token of a coming-out process ever scanned by someone's mother and posted to their facebook wall. Too adorable, in fact, to not share on here. So here's some gay ol' sentiment for everyone's happy Labo(u)r Day... Tomorrow prepare for a considerable TIFF-ization of this blog as I begin to get thrown into the arms of my hometown shit show, where too...

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