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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF: Interview with Judi Levine - Producer of The Sessions

    The Sessions is a very lovely movie about Mark O'Brien, a writer with polio who has to spend most of his life in an iron lung and his quest to lose his virginity and find a new level of intimacy in his crippled body.  John Hawkes gives a star turn as O'Brien and Helen Hunt is bold and brave as his sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Killing Them Softly' Delayed To November 30th For Maximum Oscar Impact

    While certain parts of the world are gearing up for the release of Andrew Dominik's crime parable "Killing Them Softly," which picked up mostly stellar reviews when it premiered at Cannes back in May -- the film opens in the UK, Ireland and Spain on September 21st, he said smugly -- it looks like U.S. audiences are going to have to hang on a little while longer to see the Australian director's follow-up to "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Hollywood Exes' Renewed For A Second Season, Adds Daphne Wayans To The Cast

    Another hit reality show for VH1 with black women at the center (well, some of them anyway); and don't say you're not watching, because, clearly, a lot of you are - 1.5 million of you on average.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF Review: Goran Paskaljevic's 'When Day Breaks' Is Well Shot, But Overly Sentimental

    “With this film, I’ve attempted to do something very complicated,” says Goran Paskaljevic during his introduction to the screening of "When Day Breaks." “To make a simple film.” One of Serbia’s most prominent filmmakers, Paskaljevic’s films have been premiering at TIFF since the 90s, and his brand new one, about a 70-year-old man learning about his true identity, follows suit. Believing that nowadays world cinema is lacking in emotion and true feeling, the director hopes that "When Day Breaks" will prove different. This envelope of hope however, was pushed too far.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    James Earl Jones, Da'Vine Joy Randolph Join Cast Of Dark Comedy 'Angriest Man In Brooklyn'

    James Earl Jones and Da'Vine Joy Randolph are joining Robin William and Mila Kunis, in the dark comedy, Angriest Man In Brooklyn, for director Phil Alden Robinson, from a script penned by Assi Dayan and Daniel Taplitz.

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  • The Playlist
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    Oprah Tweets First Look At Alan Rickman & Jane Fonda As Ronald & Nancy Reagan In 'The Butler'

    Despite “The Paperboy” being mostly trashed at Cannes earlier this year -- our own reviewer said it was “a lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and everyone who made it” -- Lee Daniels quickly settled into production on “The Butler,” which centers on Forest Whitaker as White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under 8 different presidents in his three decade-long tenure. He's assembled an all-star cast to back up Whitaker, and yesterday, the Great One herself, Oprah Winfrey (who plays Allen's wife), tweeted a picture of herself on set with Daniels and Mr. & Mrs. Reagan, in the shape of Alan Rickman and, controversially, Jane Fonda.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New Character Posters For Sudz Sutherland's Deportation Drama 'Home Again' (TIFF Premiere)

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lineup at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival includes premieres of three new feature films by acclaimed Toronto directors, showcasing the NFB’s role in unique and innovative Canadian cinema.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Wuthering Heights - Directed by Andrea Arnold

    The brilliant director of Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold has adapted Emily Bronte's classic novel, Wuthering Heights starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson. Co-written by Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, the film follows the intense and volatile relationship from childhood to adulthood between orphan Heathcliff and his foster sister Cathy. Wuthering Heights opens in New York on October 5 and Los Angeles on October 12.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Brody Diary 5: 'The Master,' 'The Iceman' 'The Impossible'

    A perfectly delightful rich full relentless festival day, except when I look back and realize that everything I saw was in English, which I find mildly embarrassing and slightly unadventurous on my part, especially when attending a festival screening over 300 films from 60 countries.

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  • The Playlist
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    Confirmed: No Extended Director's Cut Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Exists Or Is Planned

    Very few filmmakers have the power to be granted final cut on a picture: you pretty much have to be at the top of the tree, or working on miniscule budgets, in order to be allowed to cut together the movie you want, notes be damned. As such, it's no surprise that Director's Cuts of movies have become popular over the past few decades, particularly after Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner: The Director's Cut" demonstrated the masterpiece lurking beneath the somewhat tarnished original. Of course, the form's been bastardized somewhat, either by films like "Donnie Darko" where the filmmaker's preferred cut is substantially worse than the original, or by the stream of 'Unseen & Unrated' versions of comedies that add an extra 30 seconds of dick jokes to a picture. But that's neither here nor there.

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