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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bruno Ganz To Be Honored by European Film Academy

    Younger folks probably know Bruno Ganz best from those endless YouTube Hitler parodies taken from Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (2004); but he is one of the world's great actors and thus I am delighted to report that the European Film Academy will honor the legendary Swiss actor at their European Film Awards.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

    TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

    Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford's historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Trailer For Tyler Perry's Latest, 'For Colored Girls,' & A Defense Of The Perry Oeuvre

    Yesterday, the trailer for Tyler Perry's newest, non-Madea effort, "For Colored Girls," hit the web, and it's showing the writer/director to be moving in a new, more serious direction. In fact, it looks like Mr. Perry is getting all "Precious" on us. That's kind of an overstatement, but the "Precious" producer is showcasing a much grittier side to his talents in his adaptation of the the acclaimed 1975 play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. When the project was announced, many derided the tongue twister of a title as typical over-the-top Perry, but nope, it's the original title of the play/"choreopoem" (the play is 20 poems performed by seven female characters), and the film's title has now been cut down to the more manageable "For Colored Girls."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Boris Karloff's Assurance

    dvd review: THRILLER: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Image Entertainment)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    GQ Covers Reynolds, Vogue Covers Mulligan, Reilly Loves Drama

    - GQ profiles Ryan Reynolds, the man in the coffin, the green bodysuit, the man who can keep up with Sandra Bullock, produce an NBC comedy, and go home to Scarlett Johansson (the "best part" of his life). He is not an overnight sensation, rather a man with the right combination of looks, talent and discipline who claims: "I have a discipline that has served me very well in my career and in my personal life…I've always felt if I don't just have a natural knack for it, I will just out-discipline the competition if I have to—work harder than anybody else." On October 8th we'll see him in Buried, the film which takes place entirely in a coffin. Reynolds experienced "such a state of emotional distress" and insomnia due to the sixteen or seventeen days of shooting locked in a box; the experience has made him a desirable actor because "I'll never, ever in my life complain on a set again after being on that set." No one denies the skepticism around watching a man in a box for nearly two hours, but after a cast and crew screening Blake Lively said she was "glued to the screen" within two minutes; "I don't think anybody was expecting what they saw." GQ points out the most impressive thing in Reynold's performance is his restraint, where many actors would go into award-hungry-hysterics. But one thing is for sure: after his parents adopted a boy, were surprised with two more boys of their own, and then tried for a daughter, what did they get, says Ryan: "They got an actor."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious

    Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious

    On the Toronto acquisitions front, both The Weinstein Co. and Sony have been buying movies.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    My fairly decent Toronto: 7+ Good Films

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  • iW NOW
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    Tribeca Institute & HBO Announce New Character-Driven Doc Grants Totaling $100,000

    The Tribeca Film Institute has announced a new documentary fund, the TFI Documentary Fund, presented by HBO, which will award $100,000 in fellowships and grants to character-driven documentary projects. The submissions for the TFI Documentary Fund open today, with an early submission deadline of November 8, 2010 and a final deadline of December 8, 2010.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Aronofsky Talks the "Nightmare" of Getting 'Black Swan' Made

    Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan opened the Venice Film Festival and took the Lido by storm. I talked with the director about the long "nightmare" of getting the script right and financing the film, casting Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel, shooting in a gritty up-close verite style, and how he set about "creeping out" the audience.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc L'amour Fou

    Meredith Brody reviews the latest doc about Yves Saint Laurent, L'amour Fou:

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