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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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    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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    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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    Toronto Day 4: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

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    Notes on a Tweet-Off.

    Notes on a Tweet-Off.

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    Toronto Review | A Title That Lies: "It's Kind of a Funny Story"

    Few American filmmakers in recent memory have matched the ability of co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to make small stories work in big ways. "Half Nelson" made a gritty, low key portrait of one teacher's struggles with the Brooklyn public school system into Oscar bait. Their follow-up, "Sugar," miraculously turned the immigrant experience in minor league baseball into a rousing sports movie. Given their proven track record for injecting socio-economic talking points into understated crowdpleasers, Boden and Fleck have earned the resources to make more of them. Unfortunately, their shift toward mainstream filmmaking with "It's Kind of a...

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    TIFF: Barney's Version Early Reviews

    Canadian producer Robert Lantos was smart to world premiere the long-gestating Barney's Version at the Venice Film Festival instead of home-town Toronto; the book sold over over 700,000 copies in Italy, and won Venice's Golden Lion Cub award (voted by high school students). Lantos even moved the Par...

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    Venice Wrap: Best of Fest, Winners and Losers, Golden Lion Goes to Somewhere

    The Venice Film Festival, the oldest in the world, is winding up its 67th edition, my first. (UPDATE: The Golden Lion award went to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere on Saturday amid charges of favoritism on the part of jury president Quentin Tarantino; they once dated.) Venice is more intimate than Cannes,...

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    TIFF '10 Tidbits: "The Way."

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