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    "Lebanon" Wins Golden Lion In Venice

    Samuel Moaz's directorial debut "Lebanon" has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. The film - which follows four young Israeli soldiers in 1982 - was deemed the best of the festival by a jury led by director Ang Lee. Other major winners included Shirin Neshat's "Women Wit...

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    Toronto Buzz

    There are three Torontos. The launch/press/interview side of the festival is in full swing (yes, George Clooney is here). Oscar prospects are being weighed. And buzz is building--or waning--on the hunt for acquisitions titles. Besides button-holing folks around town, Twitter is one way to gauge reac...

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    REVIEW | Drifting Through Layoffs: Clooney Plays his Trumpcard in Reitman's "Up in the Air"

    George Clooney may not possess tremendous range, but he sure knows his sweet spot. In "Up in the Air," the highly anticipated third feature from "Juno" director Jason Reitman, Clooney plays a man who likes to control his enviornment. As the corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham, he portrays the s...

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    REVIEW | For the Love of Trash, Korine's "Humpers" Fetes the Freak

    If "Mister Lonely" suggested that Harmony Korine had developed a sentimental streak, "Trash Humpers" proves that his original subversiveness was merely in hibernation. The movie, a succession of incomplete scenes shot on lo-fi video, plays like a first person version of "The Devil's Rejects." A psyc...

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    Bad Buzz for "Creation"; "Antichrist" & Almodovar Try to Salvage Toronto Opening Nite

    "'Creation' was DOA tonight," proclaimed Anne Thompson, calling the opening night film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Flat, dull, and painful to sit through." Not a great start for a fest that broke with tradition this year to open with a non-Canadian production. The film focus...

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    Toronto 2009 | The Day God Walked Away

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    Toronto Day One: Creation, The Informant!, Jennifer's Body

    The reason why film festivals pick movies like Creation for opening night is that they have all the right credentials: respected producer (Jeremy Thomas) and director (Jon Amiel) and two major stars (Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly) willing to show up for the gala TIFF screenings and party. But C...

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    Marcela Goglio: "This is an exciting time for Latin American filmmaking"

    There’s no doubt about the need to change the sad state of distribution for Latin American cinema in the U.S. so wider audiences can enjoy the many great films being produced in the region that deserve to be seen here. But though this tough reality has been worsened by the economic crisis as fewer ...

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    QuickShots | Berlinger at Apple, Magnolia Promos, and a Ton of New News

    Made on a Mac: Crude with Director Joe Berlinger

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    Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people are about to converge upon Canada's largest city for one of the world's largest film events, socializing and networking all over town. indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of o...

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