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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Sees Double: Two Films Each for Busy Clooney, Gosling, Fassbender, Mulligan and Butler

    Toronto Sees Double: Two Films Each for Busy Clooney, Gosling, Fassbender, Mulligan and Butler

    These five stars are working double time at the Toronto Film Festival this year: George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame, A Dangerous Method), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Drive), Carey Mulligan (Shame, Drive) and Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher, Coriolanus) are keeping busy, each with two films, at the September 8-18 fest. Which one will come out on top with some Oscar buzz? Easier said than done. Consider their Toronto track records:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lucasfilm Announces Official Release Date For "Red Tails" - January 20, 2012

    A trailer for the film is supposed to debut tonight at the Airventure 2011 event in Wisconsin, so expect it'll turn up on the web soon thereafter, and we'll finally get to see our first look at the long-in-development film. By the way, if any of our readers will be at Airventure tonight for the screening, please let me know.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jon Stewart Decimates Republicans' Misuse of "The Town"

    When the Republicans used a clip from Ben Affleck’s heist movie The Town to urge Tea Party colleagues to back John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan, the ploy was widely considered -- insane? ridiculous? the lame-brained idea of someone who never goes to movies? All of the above, but Jon Stewart deconstructs the episode best, pointing out why comparing the Tea Party to Jeremy Renner’s loose-cannon killer character was not exactly flattering, and why Sen. Chuck Schumer will never host a movie-review show.

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  • The Playlist
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    Andrew Bujalski Crowd-Funding His Next Film, The 1980s-Set 'Computer Chess'

    Though he's cited as the "godfather" of the mumblecore movement, very rarely will you hear the films of Andrew Bujalski being discussed or written about. The Bostonian's three fantastic, cream-of-the-crop features unfortunately get the short straw when it comes to conversation and respect; instead, film critics spend time writing overwrought dissertations on third-rate mumblies or one of the twelve Joe Swanberg movies that are in production per season. In 2009, the filmmaker dropped "Beeswax," a quiet yet oddly tense story about twin sisters, one of which is getting wrapped up in legal troubles. Unlike his brood, Bujalski has the patience to let things slowly compile while also devising some very uncomfortable, awkward moments of humanity. Yes, there's quite a bit of talking, but there's always something more going on on his actors' faces, particularly in their eyes: he knows how to use the in-between still moments, something crucial that's often missing in the rest of these micro-indies.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TCA HBO Day: Gloria Steinem Talks, True Blood's Alan Ball Stays Put, Final Entourage Season

    The annual Television Critics Association press tour is under way this week: Amy Dawes reports on HBO day:Gloria Steinem, focus of an HBO documentary premiering Aug. 15 titled Gloria: In Her Own Words, had consistent praise for the present generation of young women in remarks Thursday at her TCA panel, despite repeated inducements to disparage them based on their perceived looseness of dress and sexual behavior.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti" Trailer

    Leapfrog Productions Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti is directed by Young Man Kang and produced by Dennis James Lee and Tomiko Ok Lee. The documentary film, over 10 years in the making, chronicles the lives of street kids growing up in Haiti.

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  • The Playlist
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    J.J. Abrams Sticking To His Guns; Not Adhering To Pre-Set Release Date Strategy For 'Star Trek 2'

    J.J. Abrams continues to arouse and confuse the geek film community more keenly than even Lt. Uhura’s famed erotic fan dance from “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” to distract a patrol of the Galactic Army of Light could manage. After months of avoiding the question of whether he’ll direct “Star Trek 2” like Little Miss Muffet avoids arachnids, Abrams has finally made known the world that he’ll helm the second instalment…but he won’t be sticking the planned release date set by studio Paramount. Just yesterday we learned that a less appealing sequel that nobody asked for – “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” – had been earmarked to take over the film’s June 29, 2012 release date, and Abrams has restated his commitment to being non-committal about the film's eventual release in an interview with 24 Frames.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    As the Country Gets Ready to Implode - A Moment of Levity

    Not for the office. Totally full of f-bombs. From comedian Katie Goodman and Broad Comedy

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: George Lucas-Produced WWII Film ‘Red Tails’ Gets Trailer, Hits Theaters On Jan. 20, 2012

    Update: Yahoo has dropped the trailer for the film and you know? It doesn't look half bad. The dramatic stuff seems a bit familiar if slightly overcooked, but the aerial battles look damn impressive and pretty thrilling. Check it out below.

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