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    cinemadaily | Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Diablo Cody and Tom Ford at TIFF

    From the many films at the Toronto International Film Festival, some have more buzz and eyeballs purely because of who is involved with them. This cinemadaily focuses on three buzzed-about films from this year's festival. Former Gucci fashion designer, Tom Ford, was at the festival with his first ...

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    REVIEW | Depth in Beauty: Tom Ford's "A Single Man"

    Directed by former Gucci creative director Tom Ford, "A Single Man" has a few of the qualities you’d expect from a fashion designer’s first film. On a superficial level, nearly every frame is highly styled to the point where it would not seem out of place printed in Italia...

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    Chaos & Claustrophobia: Toronto '09 titles from "Lebanon" to "Collapse"

    Stuck in basements, tanks and various landscapes of inescapable desolation, I will fondly remember this year's Toronto International Film Festival as a procession of utter despair. From the first press screening last Thursday night of Lu Chuan's "The City of Life and Death," an unsparing black-and-white epic about the 1937 Nanking massacre, which largely forgoes character development for lots of carnage, to Jean-Luc Godard's 1-minute fittingly titled "Un Catastrophe" - a meditation on love and war tucked away in the experimental Wavelengths program (available for viewing here, what began as a curious trend slowly became a kind of obsessive se...

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    Tom Ford: "This is the thing I've done in my life that I'm the most proud of."

    "No matter how much you love something, there are those moments where you think, 'shit, maybe I'm just way out on a limb and other people aren't going to feel this way'," Tom Ford said yesterday regarding his film "A Single Man." "But then after the screening in Venice, we had a standing ovation for...

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    REVIEW | Norton's Dual Role Salvages Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"

    2009 is starting to look like The Year of the Dual Role, with the stars of three major festival films acting opposite themselves as Patty Duke-esque physical copies with polar opposite personalities. In "Leaves of Grass," Edward Norton plays classically dissimilar twin brothers –– Brady is id, Bill is superego –– who come together after a long stretch of estrangement. Norton’s dual characterization and Tim Blake Nelson’s slight-of-hand staging is more seamless and convincing than the similar tricks employed by actor Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta in Toronto premiere "Youth in Revolt," but even with scads of overwritten philosophicall...

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    REVIEW | Jeunet Continues His Magical Realism With "Micmacs"

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s signature films, including "Amelie" and "City of Lost Children," have functioned as gateway drugs, getting the previously uninitiated hooked on the habit of foreign film. Romantic enough to please what we now think of as the "Twilight" se...

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    SPWAG Conquers TIFF's "Defendor" for U.S. and Other Territories

    U.S. and most international rights to writer/director Peter Stebbings' "Defendor" starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh have been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The film made its world premiere over the weekend at the Toronto International Film ...

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    Herzog, Audiard, Chabrol, Loach, "Humpers" & "Precious" Headed to AFI Fest

    AFI Fest has announced the first twelve titles that will screen at its 2009 edition. Among the selections are Lee Daniels’ "Precious," Werner Herzog’s "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and Bong Joon-ho’s "Mother." This year's festival will take place October 30 through November 7 in bot...

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    Chris Rock: "Whatever they had in their hair, that's what I had in my hair"

    "I'm not saying anything about that - I'm not saying anything about Kanye [West] and end up on some rap album somewhere," said Chris Rock laughing during an on stage interview at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday afternoon. And with that, he launched into a mini-rap, "'I got money, C...

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    REVIEW | Todd Intact: "Life During Wartime" Maintains Solondz' Droll Satiric Aura

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE’s coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. “Life During Wartime” opens this Friday, July 23rd at the IFC Center in New York.

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