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    Thomas Haden Church Has 'Nothing To Fear,' Teaming Up With Slash For Horror Flick

    Did you know Slash from Guns 'N' Roses has his own horror movie production company? Us neither. Out of all the non-rock entrepreneurial activities of which Slash would participate, we would have put "movie producing" underneath "skydiving with supermodels" and "fried chicken." But here we are -- you're at a computer screen, we're typing it out, and Slash is hanging out with Oscar-nominee Thomas Haden Church, for "Nothing To Fear."

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    TIFF '11 Review: Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Beautiful And Brassy...But Frustratingly Sealed

    Let us pause, then, to contemplate the fate and fortunes of the director who does not have his or her eye set on the five-picture deal, the glossy franchise, the production wing in the bungalow offices of some major studio; what becomes of the director who only wants to make art and make it well? Canada's Guy Maddin clearly has no eye on commercial success -- rumor has it that his next feature might actually be in color -- and instead prefers to stand at the edge and peer into the abyss to look for what's next. This is a unique vantage point, to be sure, but it's also perilous if one should fall; "Keyhole" is both too much and too little, a crowded smorgasbord of genre picture tropes and haunted house tricks that leaves your eyes and brain distended with both far too much to absorb and far too little to sustain.

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    TIFF 36 Days One and Two: Melancholia, A Separation, Footnote, Elles, Trishna, Free Men

    TIFF 36 Days One and Two: Melancholia, A Separation, Footnote, Elles, Trishna, Free Men

    Meredith Brody continues her fall cinematic smorgasbord in Toronto.

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    Director Jonathan Levine Talks Title Changes, Pearl Jam & Making Cancer Dramedy '50/50'

    Filmmaker Describes Why They Dropped The Original Title, 'I'm With Cancer' & How They Survived Losing Their Lead Actor 2 Weeks Before ShootingThe words 'Seth Rogen comedy' and 'Oscar-buzz' are not usually found in the same sentence, but that's the situation that "50/50" has found itself in. Based on an autobiographical script by Rogen's pal Will Reiser, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a man in his twenties who is unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer, with Rogen (who is also producing) as his best friend, and Anna Kendrick as his psychiatrist/love interest.

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    Fish In A Barrel: 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!' Acquired By Freestyle Releasing

    On the eve of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the obnoxiously-titled "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" has been acquired by Freestyle Releasing. Their aggressive planned strategy involves debuting the film on September 30th in New York and Los Angeles before expanding, though, come on, who are we kidding here? Nick Broomfield, the man behind acclaimed docs "Biggie And Tupac" and "Kurt And Courtney," co-directed with Joan Churchill, and if the trailer to this doc is any indication, they is preaching to the choir.

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    Rachel Weisz Orders The Hot Loki From Behind In New 'The Deep Blue Sea' Poster

    Last time we saw the handsome Tom Hiddleston he was moments from having the Tesseract in his hand at the close of "Thor." It looks like he's gotten his hands on a far more enchanting item in the poster for "The Deep Blue Sea," as he clutches the lovely Rachel Weisz in the throes of passion. Lucky Loki.

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    Linkin Park Noisemaker Mike Shinoda To Score TIFF Midnight Madness Hit 'The Raid'

    Not long after a raucous midnight showing at TIFF's Midnight Madness section, actioner "The Raid," which picked up excellent reviews from the festival, is set to have a new sound, with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda coming on board, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to craft the picture's soundscape. Hailing from Indonesia (although helmed by Welsh director Gareth Huw Evans), "The Raid" follows the conflict between a SWAT team and a gang of mobsters armed to the teeth and trained in martial arts. Obviously really challenging stuff. It's from the makers of the martial arts film "Merantau," which featured a similarly threadbare plot as an excuse for some ornate martial arts choreography. It would be nice if someone told some of these guys that it's nice to have amazing stunts and a story as well, but hey, they can't all be Jackie Chan. And if they tried, it probably wouldn't end well for anyone's safety.

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    TIFF11: "The Good Son" Is an Ambiguous and Acerbic Heir to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

    A well-crafted drama can frighten as much as any good slasher flick. I think one could even argue that there’s already a distinct genre out there populated by dysfunctional families, deeply unsettling metaphor and shockingly unconventional violence. Claustrophobic, sporadically bombastic, and chillingly understated, these living room thrillers are often initially quite divisive yet often seem to find longevity. “Dogtooth” comes to mind, along with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Zaida Bergroth’s “The Good Son” is one of these films.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 10, The Blood Line, SEASON FINALE

    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 10, The Blood Line, SEASON FINALE

    David Chute bids Torchwood: Miracle Day a fond farewell. Honestly.An antipodal cleft pierces the earth, along a line drawn from Shanghai to Buenos Aires. Into this cleft the blood of an immortal (you know who) is introduced, and it has to be at both poles simultaneously. The effect of this transfusion is to re-jigger the polarity of the cleft, reconfiguring the force field it generates, toggling a morphic resonator switch that had the effect of making everyone who was mortal at that moment immortal and vice versa -- meaning that Y.K.W. became mortal, because he was immortal to begin with and the polarity had been flipped. Are e clear so far?

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    TIFF: Moneyball Review Round-Up

    The movie I was most looking forward to seeing at Toronto, based on the source material (Michael Lewis's baseball Oakland As expose) and talent involved (Bennett Miller directing a script by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill) was Moneyball (September 23). And while the movie has its lags and lulls--like baseball--I was not disappointed. In fact the movie is more naturalistic and lackadaisical than I was expecting. Miller allows his actors--especially great reactor Hill--and the game, to breathe. Pitt is easygoing and comfortable in the role of Oakland As general manager Billy Beane, and Miller's Oscar-winning Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman is perfect as the taciturn As manager who stubbornly uses the players he chooses--until Beane just as firmly takes them away from him.

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