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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Review: Weir's Triumphant The Way Back Is Slowed Down by History

    Telluride correspondent Tim Appelo is not taking any guff on Peter Weir's The Way Back. He likes it.At the Floradora on Telluride’s main street, Peter Weir was like the dauntless pilgrims of his great escape movie The Way Back, who incredibly fled Stalin’s Siberian gulag and trekked through Mongolia and the Himalayas to India in quest of freedom and eventual homecoming. OK, he was just racing to make his Elks Park panel on “Human/Nature,” but he had to pack a lunch and confront ambiguously dangerous strangers on the way – not Mongol horsemen, but journalists trying to stamp their views on his new movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Noomi Rapace Moves Beyond Salander and the Millennium Trilogy

    One of the trickiest moves to make as a young star is coping with sudden fame--especially when it is attached to a beloved character. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace created the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films based on Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"; the films made her a star all over the world (the trilogy has grossed $220 million so far worldwide – and $110 million for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But like the "Twilight" stars, whether she can make a career outside Sweden in other roles, in other languages, is another question. As you can see from the interview below shot in Venice 2010, Rapace speaks fluent English. UPDATE: She has been getting offers from Hollywood, from the "Sherlock Holmes" series to "Prometheus." The question was what she would do with them. Now we know. She's a global star.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Godard Contacts Academy, Says He'll Try to Make It

    The Academy reports that Jean-Luc Godard has responded in writing to their invitation to accept an honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards on November 13 after all, reports Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger: "in response to Academy President Tom Sherak’s letter informing him that the Board of Governors had voted him an Honorary Oscar, Jean-Luc Godard has sent a cordial, hand-written note back to Sherak. In it, Godard graciously thanked the organization for the honor and referred to himself as “the fourth musketeer,” in acknowledgement of the fact that three others (Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach) are among the year’s honorees. His note, relayed to the Academy late last week via an assistant to Godard, indicated that, schedule permitting, he would come to Los Angeles for the November 13 Governors Awards event.

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  • iW NOW
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    Godard Responds to Honorary Oscar

    AMPAS said that it received a response from director Jean-Luc Godard regarding his Honorary Oscar. In the hand-written note, AMPAS said the filmmaker "graciously thanked the organization for the honor and referred to himself as 'the fourth musketeer,' in acknowledgement of the fact that three others (Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach) are among the year's honorees." His note, relayed to the Academy late last week via an assistant to Godard, indicated that, schedule permitting, he would come to Los Angeles for the November 13 Governors Awards event.

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  • Cinema Reloaded - Rotterdam Film F ...
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    Welcome to Cinema Reloaded 2.0

    Starting Sept. 8, filmmaker Harmony Korine (Gummo, Trash Humpers) and indieWIRE are involved in Cinema Reloaded; the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s online crowdfunding experiment for short film projects.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Top Contenders, Godard No-Show

    Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Top Contenders, Godard No-Show

    Movie City News webmaster David Poland has lined up the usual suspects for this year's round of Gurus 'O Gold of Oscar-watching. The top seven ranking is shared by most of this group of 11 voters: 1. Inception2. The Kids Are All Right3. The King's Speech4. Toy Story 35. The Social Network6. True Grit7. Black Swan

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Toronto and the Fall Market Season Begins (The Real Rights List)

    Now that everyone has listed the new titles announced for Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian, Locarno is over, Rome is waiting in the wings, and Telluride has finally told, I would like to do a survey of some films' sales' stats. IM Global is treating Toronto as an all-out market. The sales agents as well as the publicists are positioning their films via email to the trade. I just saw White Wedding by Jann Turner ♀ which is being sold in the "market" as well by The Little Film Company and its positive review in L.A. Times. It is very timely and enjoyable, at the same time touches ever more present issues of race and equality, this time in South Africa. On the infamous September 11 at 2pm I will be interviewing Bob Berney in TIFF's Meet the Mogul session at the Filmmakers Lounge. I hope you will come to see and hear what Bob has to say about the business. I’m sure we are all eager to know what is up with him as well, though he still might not be saying. Bob Berney

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE's Interactive Map to Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto

    Tomorrow morning, indieWIRE will publish our annual "insider's guide" to the best places to eat, drink, shop and chill in Toronto... which keeps in mind TIFF's new digs at the Bell Lightbox and the resulting migration south. As a supplement, I've also put together this handy interactive map that lists all the restaurants, bars, stores and etcs that are included in the guide. So check back with indieWIRE tomorrow for the guide (complete with snappy commentary from a variety of Torontonians), and then come back here to figure out how to make the best of any free time you might be lucky enough to have during TIFF.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    TIFF Time.

    TIFF Time.

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  • iW NOW
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    Two Scorsese Docs Headed to the Small Screen

    Two Scorsese Docs Headed to the Small Screen

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