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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Toronto 2010 | I'M STILL HERE Is Fiction

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    The Town

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate Goes for Oscar Gold on Rabbit Hole, Starring Kidman

    Lionsgate Goes for Oscar Gold on Rabbit Hole, Starring Kidman

    Lionsgate is diving back into the Oscar race--this is the studio that delivered the Oscar-winning Precious--by acquiring North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest, which debuted in Toronto September 13. The movie, adapted by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s from his Pulitzer-prize-winning play, went over well with critics here. Kidman’s Blossom Films developed and produced the film, which tells the story of two parents grieving the loss of their four-year-old boy in an accident. It's a tour-de-force role for Kidman, who won the best actress Oscar for The Hours. An Oscar campaign was part of the deal negotiation.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

    Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

    Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Review: "The Town"

    Is Warner Bros. trying to mold Ben Affleck into the new Clint Eastwood? Well, why wouldn't they? Studios don't maintain stables of stars anymore, but they can try to keep marquee talent happy enough to stay on the lot most of the time, much as Warners has done for Eastwood. Just when Affleck's acting career seemed to be down-shifting, his first film as a director, “Gone, Baby, Gone,” surprisingly suggested that he may have more to offer behind the camera than in front of it, and there's enough good about his new feature, “The Town,” to indicate that he may be that rare animal—a good-looking leading man who's also capable of making intelligent, well-crafted commercial films.

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  • Cinema Reloaded - Rotterdam Film F ...
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    Ho Yuhang: Citizen Kane

    I've never seen orson welles' films on big screen. The festival is showing five of his films so I'd like to see them all.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Toronto Business Goes On...Or Does It? (And The Winners Are...)

    Even though the festival is continuing, I had to get home early, because Saturday I am going to (yet another!!) Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. More from there soon!

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  • The Lost Boys
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    criticWIRE @ TIFF!

    I'm afraid any more blogging on here is unlikely due to Toronto-related exhaustion, and because most of my efforts are devoted to the main indieWIRE site in a desperate attempt to write up everything I've covered (which ain't happening, but I'm going to try). I'll try and get one or two more things up before Sunday's end of the TIFF road.. But in the meantime check out the massive updating on indieWIRE's "criticWIRE" section, where 25+ critics and bloggers (including myself) have offered grades & reviews for 100s here. I plan on seeing 10 more films by Sunday, so I'll offer a TIFF top ten of sorts then.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    IFP Renewed

    Under new leadership, Joana Vicente has revitalized the Independent Film Market and we are so excited to track the films which show in No Borders (at last we have an event comparable to Rotterdam Cinemart, Pusan PPP and Hong Kong HAF) again. In fact, she has pulled out all stops and this is the culminating event of all the IFP does throughout the year.

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