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    Poster For TIFF Documentary 'Patron Saints' Channels Gwyneth In 'Contagion'

    Look Away, Gwyneth, LOOK AWAY!We've heard a bit of buzz coming out of TIFF about the documentary feature "Patron Saints," the first feature from the filmmaking team Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film centers on life at a nursing home, following the experience of one resident in particular. It's been described as unorthodox, hyperrealistic, lyrical, unsettling and even tinged with black humor. It definitely sounds like an intense experience and unlike anything we've seen before.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Toronto Day 3- We Need to Talk About Kevin and Think of Me

    I woke up thinking about Tilda Swinton's blank face from We Need to Talk About Kevin. It is amazing how much expressiveness there can be in a blank stare. The movie directed bravely by Lynne Ramsey is an adaptation of the Lionel Shriver novel of the same name. Like Ramsey, Shriver is not a shy artist and her book The Post Birthday World is one of my all time favorites.

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  • The Playlist
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    Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Faust' Wins Golden Lion At Venice Film Festival

    Michael Fassbender Takes Best Actor, Chinese Surprise Film 'People Mountain People Sea' Wins DirectorWe might have abandoned the Lido a few days ago, but somehow festival organizers felt able to go on with the final awards ceremony without us this evening. With a jury led by Darren Aronofsky that also included David Byrne, Todd Haynes, Mario Martone, André Téchiné, Ejia-Liisa Ahtila and Alba Rorwacher, it was anyone's game, although for much of the week, talk had pegged Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" as potential front-runners for the big prize, the Golden Lion. However, the winner turned out to be something of a surprise, albeit one that buzz was tipped off to in the run-up to the awards.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: Union Square 9-11-01

    By Ian Grey Press Play contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    The Farrelly Brothers' 'Three Stooges' Grabs April 4th, 2012 Release Date

    As go the seasons, so goes "The Three Stooges." The Farrelly Brothers' re-awakening of the brand name has been through various permutations, gliding from Columbia to Warner Bros., to the ashes of MGM and finally, Fox. Every leading man under the sun has been rumored to play the eponymous goofballs, from the likes of Sean Penn and Jim Carrey to Larry David and Justin Timberlake and everybody in between. Finally, the release dates -- "The Three Stooges" originally earmarked dates in 2009 and 2011. Now, next April, the Stooges are back.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF '11 Review: Cross-Dressing 'Albert Nobbs' A Stodgily Straight Drama

    For Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs" has been a long time coming for its big screen incarnation. Based on a short story by Irish author George Moore, it was first adapted into an off-Broadway production by Simone Benmussa with Close in the lead role that won her an Obie award. The actress has been a driving force behind the film adaptation, shepherding the project for 15 years, taking on the responsibilities of a producer and even co-writing the script with Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville and Gabriella Prekop. So yes, it's passion project for Close and it's unfortunate that none of that enthusiasm manages to find its way to the big screen. Stodgy, stuffy and somewhat inconsequential, "Albert Nobbs" gets all dressed up but has nowhere to go.

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Last Call at the Oasis" is Easily On Track for a Deserved Oscar Nomination

    The other day I wrote a column about how documentaries premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival have a better chance of immediate turnaround for Oscar consideration. I mentioned Jessica Yu’s “Last Call at the Oasis” simply because it’s an issue-oriented film, and now that I’ve actually seen the doc I believe it truly is on track for certain Academy recognition.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE's Teen Interns Are Taking Over This Blog

    So indieWIRE has three lovely interns here in Toronto - Derek, Oliver and Claire - all of whom are alums of Picton Picturefest's youth retreat. Since I'm kind of overwhelmed with work outside of keeping this blog up to date, I'm going to hand it over to them to write basically whatever they want. First off, Derek takes on Werner Herzog's "Into The Abyss" in this review:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Ryan Seacrest In Talks To Buy VH1 Soul...

    Ryan Seacrest is reportedly is in talks to acquire VH1 Soul (a spinoff of VH1 aimed at soul and R&B fans, and owned by Viacom). THR says the deal is far from done, but talks are in "an advanced stage."

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    Watch: First Footage From "Porgy & Bess" Revival

    Been talking about this, so I hope you're all familiar by now; won't bother with rehash. Here's your first look:

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