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    Fall Fest Daily | "Black Swan," Tarantino and "Machete" Hit the Lido

    Rounding up the latest from the fall festival circuit on a daily basis...

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    Review: "The American"

    Cool, understated, stripped to essentials, “The American” centers upon the sort of American anti-hero -- the laconic cowboy, the perennial outcast, the reform-minded gangster making one final heist, the bad man seeking redemption -- who used to appear regularly onscreen but has been pushed aside of late by action heroes and comic vulgarians. Although the themes stressed in Rowan Joffe's adaptation of the late Martin Booth's 1990 novel “A Very Private Gentleman” are conventional -- escape from one's past, the fresh start made possible by the right woman -- director Anton Corbijn's comparatively astringent approach invests them with a refreshin...

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    Film Movement Lands Cannes Winner "Illegal"

    The French and Russian language film, "Illegal," from director Olivier Masset-Depasse, which won the SACD Prize at this year's Cannes Director's Fortnight, has been picked up by Film Movement for North American distribution. The film will have a limited theatrical run, and will show on Cable VOD, ba...

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    Review: "Black Swan"

    Resembling a “Red Shoes” on acid, “Black Swan” takes the idea of giving one's all for art to a morbid extreme. Applying the gritty handheld technique he successfully employed in the working class environs of “The Wrestler” to the rarefied domain of classical ballet, Darren Aronofsky swooningly explo...

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    Roadside Gets Hot Topic Environmental Doc Ahead of Toronto Premiere

    Ahead of its world premiere at this month's Toronto International Film Festival, Ondi Timoner’s hot-topic doc "Cool It" has been acquired by Roadside Attractions for U.S. distribution this fall. Maple Pictures will distribute the film in Canada.

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    Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

    The Venice Film Festival kick's off Wednesday, September 1st with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" to Julian Schnabel's "Miral" to Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegi...

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    Cannes Doc "Nostalgia" Goes to Icarus

    Patricio Guzmán’s documentary "Nostalgia for the Light," which had its world premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired by Icarus Films for North American release. Icarus is planning for an early 2011 theatrical release, following its North American premiere on September 13 at t...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Things The Fall Fests Should Say About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival today marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride and Toronto next week will offer both industry and - in Toronto's case at least - the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not fact...

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    The Emmys Found One Last Way To Fuck Over "The Wire"

    So while some 50 departed folks ranging from Brittany Murphy to Soupy Sales to Lena Horne had their faces grace the screen during last Sunday's Emmy telecast, a person who made a huge impact on the world of television bizarrely didn't make the cut. Writer and producer David Mills, who died of a brain aneurysm this March at age 48, was not included in the montage. You might ask who Mills is, but if you've seen "The Corner" or "Homicide" or "ER" or "Treme" or "NYPD Blue," you know his work. He also wrote and produced many episodes of inarguably the greatest television series of all time, "The Wire," which was passed over by Emmy time and time ...

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