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    Magnet Swipes "Chawz" for North America

    Magnet Swipes "Chawz" for North America

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    The Trip to Toronto

    The Trip to Toronto

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    TIFF 2010: Patricio Guzmán’s “Nostalgia for the Light”

    Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has based his entire career on the excavation of truth, whether it be personal or more importantly, national and political. Those familiar with his epic 1970s document The Battle of Chile or his more recent The Pinochet Case won’t be surprised that his latest film, the provocative and illuminating Nostalgia for the Light deals in part with the unending nightmare of his country’s past. But this eloquent, deeply felt cine-essay is something of a surprise in the way that it connects the thousands of murdered and disappeared Chileans from the era of Augusto Pinochet’s ruthless dictatorship to matters seemingly greater and smaller: this is a portrait of nothing less than the universe, and all the creatures and particles, great and small, who swarm within its incomprehensible boundaries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Exclusive Interview: With Somewhere, Sofia Coppola Grows Up

    Exclusive Interview: With Somewhere, Sofia Coppola Grows Up

    Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which was the surprise winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, will be released by Focus Features this December.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    VOTE!

    Did you vote today? It's the last big primary day and there are some big races - especially if you live in Delaware, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin,

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Emotional Q&A From Bell Lightbox Opener "Trigger"

    Emotions ran high in Toronto last night as the ten-years-in-the-making TIFF Bell Lightbox finally made its official debut as a screening venue. After a day long block party outside the building, a who's who of the city's film community gathered to witness Bruce MacDonald's "Trigger." Piers Handling noted the long list of Canadian cinematic talent associated with the film, from its director Bruce McDonald to its screenwriter Daniel MacIvor, to its cast that includes Molly Parker, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, and Callum Keith Rennie. But the most notable person involved with "Trigger" is also the reason why last night's Lightbox debut was such a stirring event for so many people. Tracy Wright, who along with Parker is in nearly every scene of the film, passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. She was a remarkable presence in the Canadian film and theatre worlds, and "Trigger" was her very last project. Thankfully, it was also one of her greatest. Filled with quick, clever dialogue and featuring pitch-perfect performances from both women, the film was clearly well-received from its hometown crowd, with a moving standing ovation resulting from the credits' dedication to Wright.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Eight Minutes In The Back of a Car With Mike Mills

    Here's the audio that goes with this interview with "Beginners" director Mike Mills, which took place in the back of a car while Mills was en route to a screening of the film... Mills is a charming guy, and has made a lovely little film in "Beginners." The film juggles chronologies as it details a pivotal period in the life of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man in his late thirties dealing with the death of his father (an endlessly charming Christopher Plummer). Through flashbacks, Mills shows the years leading up to Oliver's father's death - most notably in the fact that after Oliver's mother's death, his father decided to come out at age 75. In doing so, Mills is actually showing audiences a glimpse a pivotal period in his own life. While parts of the film are largely fictionalized (a romance between Oliver and a young French actress played by Melanie Laurent is fiction, for example), the base of "Beginners" is very much Mills' own story. Warm, authentic, and still up for sale... definitely check out "Beginners" before Toronto closes up shop this weekend.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    TIFF 2: Plummer to Plummer

    TIFF 2: Plummer to Plummer

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Waiting for Malick: Which Film Fest Will Debut Tree of Life?

    After not showing at Cannes or Venice, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life did screen at Telluride: but only six people saw the cut-down movie (two hours, 15 minutes) at two separate screenings for Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight, which landed the picture. The Tree of Life is inspiring raves from the few who've seen it (they use words like "cinema-changing"). Even though the film boasts stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, that does not mean that it will be anything but an art house success d'estime. But Searchlight is willing to give it their best shot, which is usually pretty damned good.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Diary: Crime D'Amour, Deep in the Woods, Film Socialism, At Ellen's Age

    At TIFF, Meredith Brody ingests five films a day, like breathing, but finding decent meals along the way proves a challenge.A blur of screenings and brief encounters, combined with perhaps the worst eating day of my adult life.

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