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    Montreal World Film Festival: Around the World in 12 Days

    Montreal World Film Festival, August 26 to September 6 is still under the reins of its founder Serge Losique along with his longtime colleague Daniele Cauchard as his invaluable second-in-command. Its huge lineup (430 films) come from 80 countries. There are 10 categories of screenings. It's got to be the largest film festival in the world. Among the 430 films, 277 are feature-length works, 15 medium-length and 188 short films. 113 of the features will be world or international premieres. The others are mostly North American premieres. Gilles Berriaut continues to run its market alongside the festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sometimes Justice Is Done: ‘Toy Story 3’ Is The Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

    Those readers who regularly accuse us of being a bunch of grumpy bastards, take note: this article will have all the cynicism of a sleepy kitten snuggling up to a puppy in a cushiony basket warmed by the glowing embers of a well-guarded hearthfire. The reason for the daffodils and daisies in our hearts? Well, turns out that sometimes the good guys win, as evidenced by the news that the conclusion to the beloved Pixar "Toy Story" series will be, by the end of the weekend if it isn’t already, the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

    This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Witherspoon and her two swains, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson as his father-- look sweetly comfortable inside their wheelhouse. I'm there. Sony opens the movie December 17--an award-season friendly position.

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  • Spout
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    Spout About: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Spoilers)

    This is a prompt for a discussion of the film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" If you haven't seen it, you could be spoiled, though it's really not the kind of movie where knowing plot details is a bad thing. And no text is going to adequately explain or describe the freshness of the visuals, so you're all good to read on before or after viewing it. But go see it, and then let's talk.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boyle's 127 Hours To Close London Film Fest

    Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers Lab Toronto Set by EFP and TIFF for Co-Productions

    The European Film Promotion (EFP) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is inaugurating a co-production opportunity international film projects which will include 12 European and 12 Canadian producers. It will take place September 10 -12 during the Festival itself which is regarded as the key gateway to the North American market for the newest and best productions from abroad. TIFF has always been important for European films. The MEDIA International programme of the European Union is supporting the initiative financially.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Should Universal Bet $200 Million on Branded Battleship?

    Partly I blame the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise--based on Disney's e-ticket theme ride--for the current Hollywood mania for branding entertainment. If a title doesn't mean anything to anyone, the studios don't want to have to market something from scratch. They're allergic to it. Too much risk.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Franzen's Freedom Hits Time, Bought by Rudin, Early Reviews

    Jonathan Franzen's having a good week. Nine years in the making, his new novel Freedom: A Novel grabs rave reviews, the cover of Time ("The Great American Novelist") and is acquired by producer Scott Rudin (who bought his last book, National Book Award-winner The Corrections, which has yet to be turned into a movie; David Hare and Stephen Daldry were once attached).

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    More Reason to Hate the Ewoks? Film Blog Water Cooler 8/13/10

    Everyone knows merchandising came into play with the development of "Return of the Jedi." Sure, the official reason for the Ewoks had to do with George Lucas wanting an "Avatar"-like battle between a primitive race and the technologically advanced Empire, but many believe the fact the little creatures look exactly like Teddy bears is completely motivated by the ease of turning them into plush toys for the kids. Now via an LA Times interview with original "Star Wars" producer Gary Kurtz, who quit the franchise over plot disagreements in the early stages of "Jedi," it's also revealed that toy line concerns kept the end of the trilogy as uplifting as possible. Which is why Han Solo didn't die following his rescue from Jabba's palace, as initially outlined, and why the movie ends with a celebration with the Ewoks on Endor instead of "a more emotionally nuanced" conclusion with Luke walking off alone "like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns."

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