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    Magnolia Picks Up 'Take This Waltz' With Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen For Summer 2012 Release

    Five years after the excellent drama "Away From Her," Sarah Polley delivered her sophomore directorial effort "Take This Waltz," premiering it to critics and audiences at TIFF last month and the reception was mixed. Described by James Rocchi -- who gave the movie an A grade review -- as "a modernist version of a late ‘60s or early ‘70s relationship film," the film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, as a young couple who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, as the former is torn between her husband and a new man. Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby round out the film that has been described as sexually frank (and somewhat explicit), but bracingly honest about the complex emotions that arise out of sex and love. Frankly, it sounds right up our alley and though it took a bit longer than we thought to happen, the movie now has a U.S. distribution deal in place, though we'll have to wait until next year to see it.

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    "Tie That Binds" Ghanaian Film Starring KIMBERLY ELISE Gets a Release Date!

    A release date has been set for director Leila Djansi's, upcoming Ghanaian drama Ties That Bind. The film stars Kimberly Elise who portrays an American woman living in Ghana who joins a group of women in rebuilding a small village's dilapitated clinic. As a recap check out Tambay's previous coverage of the film HERE...

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    LFF '11 Review: 'Dreams Of A Life' Is An Authentically Moving Portrait Of A Forgotten Life

    Joyce Carol Vincent died in her flat in 2003. An unmarried forty year-old woman living alone in a less-than-luxurious one bedroom London bedsit, and surrounded by unopened Christmas presents, it would be three years before her remains (now simply decomposed to that of a skeleton), would ever be found -- and only then able to be identified by dental records.

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    Hasbro Talking To Director Michael Bay & Producer Steven Spielberg About Another 'Transformers'

    $1,119,241,043 worldwide for "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon." That's pretty much the only reason why Hasbro is (obviously) looking at another entry in their "Transformers" franchise. That, and the fact that it's the only movie property they have right now generating any money (not to mention it played a big role in the company's third quarter earnings going up 10%).

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    Riveting New Poster for Anthony Hemmingway's "RED TAILS"

    A new movie poster for Anthony Hemmingway's Red Tails was recently uploaded to the film's official twitter account. In case you missed our previous coverage of the film, check out Tambay's posts HERE and HERE...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out

    Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out

    This week Zachary Quinto came out in New York Magazine, as major studio production Star Trek 2 ramps up for a January start with him on board as Spock, who memorably romances Zoe Saldana in the film. Quinto has also launched indie production company Before the Door Pictures, which started off with film school dropout-turned-commercial director J.C. Chandor's $3.5 million Wall Street drama Margin Call, featuring a strong ensemble including Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore. The film debuted at Sundance, where U.S. rights sold to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions for $2 million (here's TOH's Sundance story). The movie couldn't be more timely, with the Occupy Wall Street movement building steam and dominating global headlines.

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    Morelia International Film Festival, Day One: Patzcuaro Proves Seductive

    The Morelia International Film Festival in Patzcuaro, Mexico proved alluring to intrepid TOH fest correspondent Meredith Brody:I’ve never had a more seductive, mysterious, and glamorous introduction to a film festival. Not the tedious travel from Northern California to Mexico City in a couple of cramped and airless metal tubes, not the long, long taxi ride in the rainy dark night to the boutique hotel cleverly built so one can hear noise in one’s room from both the interior patio on one side and the street on the other (churlish to complain, but there it is, a girl’s gotta sleep).

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    James Mangold To Direct Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'City State'

    Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.

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    Review: 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey' Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet

    Suddenly, it’s a good time to be a Muppet again. After a few decades of sub-par films, co-writers (and massive Muppet fans) Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller appear to be bringing some of the magic back with “The Muppets,” their attempt to revive creator Jim Henson's beloved characters for a new generation of kids. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens has assembled a massive exhibit to the fuzzy creatures and their creator called “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” which includes drawings, storyboards, props, and a puppet making workshop as well as screenings of the films. “Sesame Street” has been plugging along steadily on PBS since it’s debut in 1969 but some recent high profile guest stars like Katy Perry have really put the show back into the public consciousness. And now we have director Constance Marks and her feel-good documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey” about Kevin Clash, the man who brought Elmo to life.

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