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    'Gravity', Jr. = 'Europa Report'

    Just saw Gravity (Warner Bros. Worldwide) in 3D at the Arclight Hollywood, having missed its Gala Premiere in Toronto where the line to see even the Press and Industry screening wound around corners on the street, up stairs and around the theater interior like a snake. So glad to have seen it in th...

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    Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

    Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, ...

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    Film Festivals Take A Giant Step Forward In Organizing

    At the recent New York IFP Meetings in mid September Just after TIFF, I attended a day devoted to an initiative called the IFP Festival Forum.This nascent professional association of film festivals has been convening at IFP’s independent Film Week and the Sundance Film Festival for a couple ...

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    LatinoBuzz Review: Paraiso (Paradise)

    "Paraiso" is a smart, warm, and entertaining film that for all its crowd-pleasing intentions also packs crucial, not preaching, social commentary.

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    Ramping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

    While perusing the program for the upcoming 36th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 3 through 13) I was pleased to see that I could indeed see a number of the titles that I'd missed in Toronto and Telluride, including "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi, Roger Michell's "Le Week-End," Stephen Frears' "Phil...

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    Music Box Takes Stateside Rights to Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' (TRAILER)

    UPDATE: Following its French acquisition by Memento, Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," which impressed at both Telluride and Toronto, has found US and Canadian distribution with Music Box Films. A release in the late second quarter of 2014 is planned.

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    The Creative Coalition held their annual Gala for the Spotlight Initiate Awards

    On Monday September 9th, The Creative Coalition held their annual Gala for the Spotlight Initiate Awards during the Toronto International Film Festival. Created in 2008, the Spotlight Initiative has served to support independent films that utilize the medium not only as an outlet for artistic expres...

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    'Out in the Dark': The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name Dares to Challenge Borders

    Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion. The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from ...

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    Que(e)ries: 'Salvation Army' Director Abdellah Taia On The Challenges of Making a Queer Moroccan Film

    A lot of discussion came out of this year's Toronto International Film Festival -- which ended a week ago yesterday -- that with nearly 300 feature films (many of them major Oscar contenders), it was getting more and more difficult for smaller films to get much attention during the festival (though ...

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    Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

    One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-direct...

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