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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shaw Brothers Classics Heading To Africa Courtesy Of Sony

    A package of Shaw Brothers martial arts films have been licensed to Sony Pictures' 24-hour digital action pay-TV channel in Africa, Sony Max, which was launched in February, earlier this year.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    1st Round Of Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced ("Shame," "Rampart," Others)

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most revered in the world, announced SOME of its 2011 lineup earlier this morning, and titles of note with regards to this site's interest, include the world premiere of Brit Steve McQueen's Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie. It's McQueen's second feature film (the first was Hunger, which also starred Fassbender).

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Michael Fassbender And Carey Mulligan In Steve McQueen's 'Shame'

    It's been a flurry of a morning with the awesome Toronto Film Festival line-up being announced. On top of that comes a ton of first looks at films that have been highly anticipated on our part. First up we have quite a few photos of Steve McQueen's "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. McQueen last directed Fassbender in "Hunger," a movie about the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland. "Hunger" was Fassbender's first shove into the spotlight, and he's now one of the year's "it" guys, knocking it out of the park in "X-Men: First Class" earlier this summer and getting ready for an awards push as Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," rumored to premiere at the Venice Film Festival (and definitely showing at Toronto either way).

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  • Spout
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    "The Guard" Director John Michael McDonagh on Mixing Ford & Sturges, Undermining American Cop Films

    “The Guard” is John Michael McDonagh’s first feature film as director. Yet if you’re at all familiar with his brother Martin’s work you’ll recognize a few familiar faces and a distinct sense of humor. The two filmmakers have a talent for “un-PC” jokes and hilariously dark narratives, and this new cop comedy is no exception. “The Guard” is a ribald character study of loner policeman Sergeant Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) whose rural Galway beat suddenly becomes the focus of a major international narcotics investigation.

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  • ReelPolitik
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Margin Call Spells Out Doom for Wall Street Financial Crisis

    Check out this taut trailer for writer-director J.C. Chandor's indie Margin Call, inspired by true events leading to the 2008 financial crisis. Here's our Sundance interview with Chandor and star Zachary Quinto. The all star cast (with also includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker and Paul Bettany) worked for next to nothing to get this movie made. Roadside will release the film October 21:

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  • Caryn James
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    Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Emma Stone Have Some "Crazy Stupid Love"

    Some titles, like “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” or “Crazy Stupid Love,” make you say: Well, yeah, tell me something I didn’t know. So here is something unexpected: despite its generic premise, Crazy Stupid Love is warm and hilarious, a kaleidoscope of romantic misadventures with – of all people – Ryan Gosling as it freshest, funniest character. And it is really hard to be funnier than Steve Carell here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Good Neighbours' A Lackluster Thriller & A Whodunit Without A Mystery

    The following is a reprint of our review from the film's Canadian release in June

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Mihir Desai "Collaboration 2.0"

    We are really in this together. As never before, we know no barriers. I met Mihar Desai virtually, over the internet, and have been impressed with his passion, innovative ways, commitment, and collaborative instincts. Possessed with such qualities, it is no surprise that he has come up with a simple solution to solve some problems.I am very interested how the issues of micro-budgeted filmmaking are being addressed around the world. We face a set of common problems. Solutions will come from all over. Adopting transparency and openness, a commitment to share, we will make better films. With his first guest post here, Mihar is stepping forward and offering some solutions. Who will be next?

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  • The Playlist
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    Miranda July Cut An "Accidentally Porny" Sex Scene From 'The Future'

    Dead Cats, Dirty Limericks, Getting Locked In A Closet & More We Learned About Miranda July's LatestWhen our own James Rocchi saw Miranda July's latest film, "The Future" at Sundance back in January, he noted the film succeeded "as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time." A month later, we caught up with July at SXSW, she mirrored his thoughts on the film calling "The Future" a "a horror movie about facing the void, the empty moment where you don’t know what to do with yourself." And it's in that pre-mid-life crisis of sorts that "The Future" finds its compelling pulse.

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