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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Patience Stone'

    Too much like watching a filmed stage play for its own good, "The Patience Stone" is a flawed attempt to discuss the position of women in the Islamic world. Afghani born director Atiq Rahimi has adapted his own book for screen, just as he did with his previous outing in the director’s chair "Earth and Ashes" (2004). Although punctuated with a few flashbacks, Rahimi relies on beautiful Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani to carry the picture as she delivers a monologue to her comatose husband, revealing her deepest, darkest secrets, including infidelity. Bordering on madness herself, Rahimi’s attempt to descr...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: Snoop Dogg's 'Reincarnated'

    Snoop Dogg likes weed. That was common knowledge long before the alternative youth culture magazine Vice asked its global editor Brit Andy Capper to take his camera to Jamaica and show Snoop foraging down hills in search of a perfect high. It’s only after the 20-minute haze of smoke has settled that a story of any interest emerges in this authorised biopic. Snoop is ostensibly on the island to make a reggae album. Recording songs with Bunny Wailer, Snoop shows his skills as a musician while embracing Rastafarianism. It’s the former Wailer that tells Snoop that he should be renamed "Snoop Lion." On breaks from record...

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    Critic's Notebook: Does Toronto Need a Shrinking Pill? Highlights From the 2012 Edition

    No matter how closely you follow the buzz from the Toronto International Film Festival each year, chances are strong that you only get one piece of a very long equation. With nearly 300 features in its program, the festival is overwhelmingly dense, particularly during its first weekend. Even the mos...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Lunarcy!'

    It’s rare that you see the style and sensibilities of a documentarian align so perfectly with his or her subjects the way they do in Simon Ennis’ "Lunarcy!” Following several comedic shorts and one feature, Ennis was originally going to make his first documentary about the generally fluctuating interest in lunar colonization before deciding to zero in on a few keeners. Each interviewee has a unique relationship with the Moon (one even claims ownership), but it’s quickly established that the film’s real star is the quixotic Christopher Carson, a young man who is determined to be the Moon’s first perm...

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    Updated Toronto 2012 Round-Up: Full List of Acquisitions, Plus Sales Agents From CAA, UTA, WME, ICM Weigh In

    With the Toronto International Film Festival entering its last few days, the acquisitions market continues at a pretty steady clip. By mid-week, distributors had had a chance to check out most of what was on display, including all of the world premieres, and had made their plays to pocket what they ...

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    Toronto 2012: HBO Grabs TV Rights to Liz Garbus Doc 'Love, Marilyn'

    As expected, HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to Liz Garbus’ latest film, “Love, Marilyn.” The documentary was first shown at the Telluride Film Festival, then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival Wednesday. The rights deal, which a source pegs at...

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    Toronto 2012: James Cromwell Drama 'Still' Grabbed by Samuel Goldwyn Films

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to writer-director Michael McGowan’s “Still,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday. The specialty distributor plans a 2013 release.

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    Peaches Does Toronto: Homegrown Musician Debuts Her Jaw-Dropping First Film To An Expectedly Uproarious Crowd

    "How many ways to do we love this performer," TIFF's Noah Cowan asked the rowdy audience at the Bloor Cinema before introducing "Peaches Does Herself." "Not only does she come from our locale... She's Canada's greatest export. But she's also an amazing perfor...

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    Rob Zombie on Going for Broke With 'Lords of Salem' and Why Making a Third 'Halloween' Would Be "Masochistic"

    Rob Zombie impressed many (ourselves included) with his grisly and demented sophomore effort, "The Devil's Rejects," only to betray many admirers of that film with his tepid stab at the "Halloween" franchise. After helming the 2009 sequel to that reboot, new film "The Lo...

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    Toronto 2012: Magnolia Warms to Dark Comedy 'The Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

    In its second pick-up of the festival, Magnolia Pictures has pocketed North American distribution rights to “The Brass Teapot,” from first-time feature-film director Ramaa Mosley and screenwriter Tim Macy. The dark and quirky love story had its world premiere Saturday at the Toronto Inte...

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