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    Oscar Talk: Toronto and Telluride Update, from 'The Master' and 'Cloud Atlas' to 'Silver Linings Playbook'

    Kris Tapley and I go over the Oscar race post-Toronto and Telluride, from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" to the fate of "Anna Karenina" and "Cloud Atlas." Neither of us liked "Hyde Park on Hudson" ve...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp'

    Iceberg Slim made his name by writing the autobiographical book "Pimp: The Story of My Life." Released in 1969, it was an eye-opening account of how pimps persuade, cajole and beat women into agreeing to sell themselves. Director Jorge Hinojosa (long time manager of Ice-T) doesn’t just concern itself with his seminal book, but looks at how the author turned himself from a seller of women to a seller of words. The mix of talking heads and archive photographs works better than some clunky use of pulp-style animation. Hinojosa goes to the usual suspects to chat about black culture, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg and rent-a-quote Chris Rock...

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    TIFF Capsule Revew: 'English Vinglish'

    While the Toronto International Film Festival's City-to-City strand has focussed on Mumbai’s new wave of subversive independent filmmakers, the Gala section of TIFF has opted for standard Bollywood fare with this light-hearted comedy.  Most of the action takes place in New York and features a band of English language students hailing from Africa, India, Mexico, France and China. Bollywood fans will be delighted with the news that the very watchable Indian actress Sridevi has come out of retirement to play a mother-of-two growing increasingly frustrated with life as a housewife in Pune, India. The Manhattan wedding of a niece...

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    Javier Bardem on Making 'To the Wonder': "When you work with Terrence Malick, you don't expect anything"

    Javier Bardem was one of the few actors to work on "To the Wonder" and make it to the finish line of Terrence Malick's latest opus (Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet and Barry Pepper, did not). But he along with co-star Ben Affleck have been noticeably absent on the press ci...

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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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    HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe...

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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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