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    The Social Network Early Reviews: Suspenseful, Absorbing, Compelling, Oscar Frontrunner

    Film Comment's Scott Foundas got the ball rolling a month before David Fincher's The Social Network was set to open the NYFF ("big and brash and brilliant") on September 24. And Rolling Stone's Peter Travers swiftly offered up a juicy Tweet quote: “David Fincher’s Social Network is the 1st film I’ve...

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    Toronto Update: Weinsteins and Sony on Buying Spree, Acquire Submarine, Insidious

    On the Toronto acquisitions front, both The Weinstein Co. and Sony have been buying movies.

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    TIFF: Weinstein's Dirty Girl Pick-Up Talk of CAA Party

    The Weinsteins' acquisition of Abe Sylvia's 80s period Dirty Girl for $3 million was the talk of the jammed CAA party Sunday night. $3 million (for rights in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa) is a big number in today's contracted indie marketplace. A high scho...

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    Venice Wrap: Best of Fest, Winners and Losers, Golden Lion Goes to Somewhere

    The Venice Film Festival, the oldest in the world, is winding up its 67th edition, my first. (UPDATE: The Golden Lion award went to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere on Saturday amid charges of favoritism on the part of jury president Quentin Tarantino; they once dated.) Venice is more intimate than Cannes,...

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    Oscar Talk: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, from Black Swan to Never Let Me Go

    Now that Kris Tapley and I have actually seen some films, we dig into the nitty-gritty of how they will fare in the Oscar race. We discuss among other things Another Year, Black Swan, Never Let Me Go, Meek's Cutoff, The Way Back, The King's Speech and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Fla...

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    Telluride Review: Weir's Triumphant The Way Back Is Slowed Down by History

    Telluride correspondent Tim Appelo is not taking any guff on Peter Weir's The Way Back. He likes it.At the Floradora on Telluride’s main street, Peter Weir was like the dauntless pilgrims of his great escape movie The Way Back, who incredibly fled Stalin’s Siberian gulag and trekked through Mongolia...

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    Oscar Watch: Godard Contacts Academy, Says He'll Try to Make It

    The Academy reports that Jean-Luc Godard has responded in writing to their invitation to accept an honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards on November 13 after all, reports Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger: "in response to Academy President Tom Sherak’s letter informing him that the Board of Governors had voted him an Honorary Oscar, Jean-Luc Godard has sent a cordial, hand-written note back to Sherak. In it, Godard graciously thanked the organization for the honor and referred to himself as “the fourth musketeer,” in acknowledgement of the fact that three others (Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach) are among the year’s ho...

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    Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Top Contenders, Godard No-Show

    Movie City News webmaster David Poland has lined up the usual suspects for this year's round of Gurus 'O Gold of Oscar-watching. The top seven ranking is shared by most of this group of 11 voters: 1. Inception2. The Kids Are All Right3. The King's Speech4. Toy Story 35. The Social Network6. True Gri...

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    Oscar Talk: Venice and Telluride Film Festival

    Anne Thompson is in Venice and Kris Tapley is in Telluride, but that doesn't stop the two from getting into this year's award hopefuls. Topics discussed include Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Tyler Perry's prospects, and Venetian rainstorms. Stay tuned for next week's Oscar Talk.

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    Telluride Review: The King's Speech Heads for Oscars

    Critic Tim Appelo reports from Telluride that The King's Speech is a serious Oscar contender. Buck Henry likened the Telluride Film Festival to Valhalla, the place where cinema’s great warriors go for eternal glory – say, tonight’s tribute honoree Claudia Cardinale. But Valhalla is Old Norse for “Ha...

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