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    Hellooo Toronto

    The time has once again come for most equally feared and anticipated part of my annual work calendar: the Toronto International Film Festival. This will be my eleventh festival. My very first came back in 2002 - when I bought a pass to all the Galas with money that my parents had intended to be used to pay for books during my first year of university. A decade, I've gone from spectator to TIFF staff member to press when a friend told me to apply for an internship at Indiewire, which ended up obviously working out and now I'm embarking on my seventh year here with them. So, yes, my relationship to this festival has drastically changed. What was once a fun part of my first week back at university has turned into one of the socially and professionally eventful times of the year, and I'll admit it's always a horrendously stressful lead-up. The 300+ film lineup is impossible to negotiate and you know going in that you're going to end up not seeing half of what you want to. And I also have the added insanity that is having a film festival in your hometown. Private and professional social worlds collide and all of a sudden everyone you've ever met is in a 20 block radius. But in the end it always somehow comes together without catastrophe. So far.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Nick Cassavetes' TIFF Entry 'Yellow,' With Sienna Miller, Ray Liotta & Gena Rowlands

    After starting production in the fall of 2010, Nick Cassavetes’ ensemble film “Yellow” now has a teaser online in advance of its TIFF premiere. The film, written by Cassavetes and lead Heather Wahlquist, follows “a youth substitute teacher (Wahlquist), who hallucinates her way through the drudge and grind of everyday life by fantasizing about parallel realities” and has a Vicodin addiction. Cassavetes has amassed quite the ensemble for the drug drama, something he has done previously in films like “The Notebook” and “Alpha Dog,” which include previous collaborators, like his mother Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta and Ethan Suplee as well as Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Lucy Punch, Riley Keough, Max Thierot and David Morse. From the looks of the trailer, it seems like this could be Cassavetes’ most ambitious and experimental film to date, miles away from safer fare like his last directorial outing, the weepy Jodi Picoult adaptation “My Sister’s Keeper.” “Yellow” premieres this Saturday at TIFF. Watch the trailer below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tobey Maguire Cut From Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi,' Replaced With Rising Star Rafe Spall

    "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has a pretty great working relationship with director Ang Lee – he caught his big break in Lee’s tremendous 1997 outing “The Ice Storm,” and, to a lesser degree, gave a fine performance in the filmmaker’s underrated Civil War-set 1999 film “Ride With The Devil” (which recently received a handsome release courtesy of the Criterion Collection). So news that Maguire was cut from Lee’s upcoming awards contender “Life of Pi,” led many to question how the pair would get along from here on out – we’re guessing things are going to be just fine.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: '[rec] 3' Is A Triumphant, Wryly Knowing Deviation From The Tired Found-Footage Horror Genre

    Next month, Paramount will release "Paranormal Activity 4," and if the elliptical trailers are any indication, the filmmakers are doggedly sticking to the found footage aesthetic that has made them spookily huge amounts of money on the three previous films. But the faux documentary format is wearing old very quickly, and what seemed so fresh more than a decade earlier with "The Blair Witch Project" (and intermittently since, on movies like J.J. Abrams' monster mash "Cloverfield"), is turning into just another cliché in a genre already littered with them like so many bloody body parts. Thankfully, "[rec] 3," the third in the series of popular Spanish zombie movies, wisely dispenses with the tropes that made it such a smash in the first place. The results are liberating; what could have been a stale retread is instead a lightning-pace horror comedy that seems destined for rowdy cult status.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Feel-Good Brit Drama 'Song For Marion' With Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton

    Well, depending on your disposition (and the amount of chemicals you've ingested today), you'll either find the trailer for "Song for Marion" to be hopelessly charming or an absolute disaster that makes you want to cover yourself in bread crumbs and be slowly devoured by a flock of hungry seagulls. You'll have to wait a little bit for our Toronto International Film Festival review (the film closes the festival in ten days or so, but hey, the trailer is worth a watch at least. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp, and the almost painfully adorable Gemma Arterton, it's a movie about an old folks choir. Guh.

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  • The Playlist
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    Renée Zellweger To Make Directorial Debut With '4 1/2 Minutes,' Michael Keaton Also Lines Up Helming Gig

    Isn't it enough to be handsomely paid and adored the world over? If you're a movie star, the answer is no, and you also long for a creatively fulfilling life behind the camera. After all, your good looks aren't going to last forever, and so naturally a lot of actors start directing movies when interest in on-screen performances has faded (look at Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, two directorial heavyweights who rarely find themselves in front of the lens). Well, Renée Zellweger is about to make her debut film while Michael Keaton is returning to directorial duties, with two very different movies.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'The Avengers' and Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

    Unlike the Oscar race for best animated feature, there's already a clear front-runner for VFX: "The Avengers," with its dazzling work from Industrial Light & Magic (especially the Hulk). Of course, there's still quite a heated race ahead when Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters December 14...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cee-Lo checks in to 'Hotel Transylvania'

    Cee-Lo checks in to 'Hotel Transylvania'

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Fantasy Series 'Métal Hurlant' ('Heavy Metal') Nears Worldwide Distribution (Michael Jai White Stars)

    Announced at the last MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October), Michael Jai White stars (alongside Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters) in a live-action TV series adaptation of the Métal Hurlant Chronicles fantasy comics magazine.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For TIFF Film 'Dead Europe' Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee & Marton Csokas

    It doesn’t feel as if there has been a load of suspense and intrigue to be had at cinemas lately, but with TIFF firing up for this weekend, many trailers are starting to hit the web for flicks set to debut at the festival – and “Dead Europe” certainly looks as if it could fill that void.

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