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    Variety's Army Archerd Dies at 87

    Variety columnist Army Archerd has died at age 87 of a rare cancer. It marks the end of an era. He was a lovely man. We should all keep going so long.

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    Paranormal Activity Gets Release

    Israeli emigre Oren Peli's microbudget haunted house film Paranormal Activity is one scary movie. Thanks to producer Jason Blum, Paramount picked up the $11,000 movie after some re-cutting and has set a September 25 release. Paranormal Activity scared the bejeezus out of the crowds at last weekend's...

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    At the Movies Debuts New Hosts

    Thank the Lord for small favors. Michael Phillips and Tony Scott (he should ditch the too-formal A.O.--this is about relating to people, folks) have debuted their new At the Movies format. It's fine by me. They are still a tad stilted--they've never worked together before. Phillips has more experien...

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    TIFF Watch: A Serious Man Clips

    I'm making a quick transition between Telluride and Toronto, trying to catch up and get prepped, knowing that I will feel under the gun and behind for the next ten days, no matter what. It's the nature of the beast, even in relatively calm Telluride. Wednesday, travel day, I will post the first draf...

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    "Korkoro" Leads Montreal World Fest Winners

    Algerian-French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom) won the top prize at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival, which wrapped last night in Quebec. The film - about a gypsy family fighting for freedom under the Nazi rule in France - won the Grand Prix of the Americas, as well as the festival...

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    Telluride Wrap: Oscar Buzz for An Education, Up in the Air, The Road

    It was a solid if not stellar year at Telluride. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer persevered through the crazy economy by cutting back their budget (due to sponsor fall-offs) without sacrificing their high programming standards. "We made a commitment to figure out how to do more with ...

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    REVIEW | A Long and Dreary Path: John Hillcoat's "The Road"

    With its drearily brief paragraphs and poetic emphasis on imagery over dialogue, Cormac McCarthy's 2006 post-apocalyptic novel "The Road" practically reads like a screenplay. Not unreasonably, John Hillcoat's tense, discomfiting big screen adaptation remains almost entirely faithful to the book's di...

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    Eugene Hernandez: SPC v. IFC

    Telluride, CO, September 8, 2009 -- After celebrating at an intimate private dinner on Saturday night, Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, filmmaker Jacques Audiard and others joined a nearby IFC Films dinner for its own filmmakers and friends here at the Telluride Film Festival. Pau...

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    TIFF Protesters Plan Press Conference For Fest's Opening Day

    "No Celebration Under Occupation," the protest over the Toronto International Film Festival's spotlight on Tel Aviv, has announced a press conference to be held this Thursday September 10, the festival's opening day. The Toronto Star is reporting that the "tentative plan" is to hold a press conferen...

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    Box Office: "Amreeka" Leads Slow Labor Day Weekend (UPDATED)

    According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, Cherien Dabis’s “Amreeka” led a quiet batch of reporting limited releases for the four-day Labor Day weekend. On four screens, the National Geographic Cinema release - which follows a Palestinian woman named and her teenage son Fad...

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