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    Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet

    During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of pote...

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    Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins

    Festival News:The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who St...

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    Reitman Talks Up in the Air, Clooney

    Six years ago, Jason Reitman picked up the Walter Kirn novel Up in the Air and showed it to his father Ivan (Ghostbusters), who acquired film rights. Jason took a short stab at a film treatment of the book about a businessman who is obsessed with collecting frequent flier miles.

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    TIFF#: Toronto Day Five: Get Low Builds Buzz

    With distributor ranks cut to the quick and a dicey domestic market for indie films, sales are slow at this year's TIFF. There are plenty of excellent and not so good films on view, but buyers are hanging back. "It's a buyer's market," says ex WMA agent Cassian Elwes. "They'll figure out which ones...

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    Oscar Talk 2: Bright Star, An Education, The Road, Up in the Air

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talk 0scars again post-Telluride (Up in the Air, An Education, Bright Star and The Road) and pre-Toronto. And we disagree this time!

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    Toronto Buzz

    There are three Torontos. The launch/press/interview side of the festival is in full swing (yes, George Clooney is here). Oscar prospects are being weighed. And buzz is building--or waning--on the hunt for acquisitions titles. Besides button-holing folks around town, Twitter is one way to gauge reac...

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    Telluride Watch: Up in the Air Will Fly

    Folks lined up for two hours on a rainy Telluride Saturday to get into Up in the Air. Hundreds were turned away. Writer-director Jason Reitman (and obsessive airline mile collector) played the crowd like a pro, hoping that the movie would live up to their expectations. He didn't need to worry. The d...

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    Vanity Fair New Establishment Favors Editor Cronies

    The one year that I covered the Hollywood side of the Vanity Fair New Establishment List, I found that the final list reflected less accurate reporting than who was a possible cover subject or socialized with editor Graydon Carter. This year the nasty economy allowed VF to trim some familiar names w...

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    Trailer Watch: Men Who Stare at Goats

    Grant Heslov's comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats looks pretty funny, I must say. I love George Clooney in full-on dimwit mode (see: O Brother, Where Art Thou?). The film is based on non-fiction writer Jon Ronson's book of the same name about a special paranormal military unit.

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    #TIFF: 30 Must-See Movies

    It's hard to narrow down the must-see Toronto Film Fest list to 30. After all there are 335 films at TIFF09. (I'm including movies that I've already screened in L.A., Sundance or Cannes.) Some fall openers are launching at TIFF, 100 pictures are available for acquisition, and a select few will emerg...

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