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    Can Joaquin Phoenix's Career Be Saved? Watch Letterman Tonight!

    Suddenly, after two years of retirement, we are seeing photos of a clean shaven, slim, Joaquin Phoenix amid reports of movie deals in the offing. Will he join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's love interest Clyde Tolson? (UPDATE: The answer is no, as producer Rob Lorenz denies that Eastwood has expressed any interest in Phoenix for the role.) Or land a role opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Or play a foot fetishist in Steve Shainberg's latest off-beat narrative? His appearance on David Letterman tonight will be crucial to removing his recent druggy natty-haired image....

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    John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore

    The family of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) and the Center for Steinbeck Studies will give this year's John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award to documentary filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bow...

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    Starbucks Digital Network Adds SnagFilms Programming

    Scheduled to launch later this fall, the Starbucks Digital Network has so far announced content providers The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment with iTunes, Nick Jr. Boost, Wellness with Rodale, Patch and Zagat. Now SnagFilms is the latest content contributor to the S...

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    TIFF Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Review, and Alex Gibney Talks

    Alex Gibney's hugely entertaining Eliot Spitzer doc, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, is a leading contender for this year's doc Oscar. The movie is full of surprises. In my flip cam interview with Gibney (below) he explains how the story he tells turned out far different from what he ...

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    IFC Gets Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project

    IFC has acquired worldwide rights to Barry Avrich's documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, narrated by Peter Fonda. The film tracks Weinstein from his concert promoter days in Buffalo, NY through his Miramax years and such Oscar-winning heights as Pulp Fiction and beyond. It examine...

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    Toronto Faves Client 9 and Inside Job, Waiting for Superman Lead Oscar Docs

    Some of the best films I saw in Toronto were docs, and there's no question that the doc Oscar race will be one of the most competitive in years.

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    IFC Makes Second Toronto Buy: Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, in 3-D

    IFC Films has acquired all U.S. rights (except TV) to Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which explores the ancient walls of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in the south of France. Herzog was able to get access to areas that have been off-limits by deploying special no-heat lights.

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    TIFF Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc L'amour Fou

    Meredith Brody reviews the latest doc about Yves Saint Laurent, L'amour Fou:

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    Telluride Report: Frears' Tamara Drewe, Morris's Tabloid

    Meredith Brody reports from the ground in Telluride on Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe and Errol Morris's doc Tabloid.

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    I'm Still Here Reviews: Fascinating, Hilarious, Genuinely Hated, Nucleus of Truth

    It shouldn't need an introduction by now (Variety calls it the "most publicly prominent piece of performance art ever"), but The Playlist provides a useful Idiot's Guide To I'm Still Here (which premiered at Venice and opens Friday) in the intro the their own review: "The 'is this a joke' aspect of the entire affair was perhaps best typified on the much-watched bizarro appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman where the celebrity mumbled meekly throughout and the talk show host mocked Phoenix for barely being mentally present. I'm Still Here is a document of that lost-in-the-wilderness period directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey ...

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