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    Weekend Preview: Gosling's Drive is the Must-See; Happy, Happy, Silent Souls, Restless & More

    It takes a special movie to make you envy a toothpick, but ladies, Drive is that movie. The almost-too-cool-for-school film from director Nicolas Winding Refn is a thrilling throw-back to heart-pounding eighties fun and ferocity, with a de-glammed Los Angeles at its core. You'll want the soundtrack,...

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    TIFF: Moverman Talks Rampart, Harrelson, Ellroy, Cops, Bungee Cameras, Independence

    One of the best films I saw at Toronto--and I suspected it going in from the trailer--was Rampart, Oren Moverman's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Messenger. Here's our full Q & A on how Rampart came into being and why Israeli Moverman is one of the most exciting filmmakers wor...

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    TIFF: Huppert and Fontaine Talk Culture Clash Romantic Comedy My Worst Nightmare

    Even the most mainstream French comedies are aimed at grown-ups in a way that most Hollywood movies are not. For My Worst Nightmare, Anne Fontaine's tenth feature, the writer-director concocted the idea of pairing brainy actress Isabelle Huppert, who has been at the top of the French food chain for ...

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    Puppet Watch: The Girl with the Muppet Tattoo; Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Jim Henson

    The Muppets, an upcoming revamp of the puppet ensemble starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, and Mila Kunis, has re-spliced their trailer into a parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Some may find it aggressively adorable, if not a little misguided. Both t...

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    Emily Watson Talks True Horror Story Oranges and Sunshine, Trailer Exclusive

    Check out the new trailer for Oranges and Sunshine (below), the first film from director Jim Loach--son of Ken Loach. Cohen Media will release the film, which has already opened in the UK, from producers Camilla Bray, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of The King's Speech, into the award season fray in October (reviews here). Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) stars in this true story, adapted by Rona Munro from the memoir Empty Cradles by Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys. In the 80s she discovered that in the 50s and 60s the UK deported thousands of abandoned children, as young as four, to abusive work homes in Australia. She challeng...

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    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    One of the big winners out of Toronto is Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (September 30), which succeeds by hewing close to its true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an awards-worthy performance in Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical script about his battle with cancer (see video below), and less successful...

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    TIFF Deal Round-Up: Neil Young and Panahi Films, Killer Joe, Awakening, God Bless America, Incident

    While the Toronto Film Festival has not been a hotbed of dealmaking activity, many buyers are negotiating behind the scenes for smaller acquisitions that won't send rockets into the stratosphere. Here's a round-up of recent TIFF deals (UPDATED):

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    The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver

    Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men,...

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    Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Timely Burma Biopic The Lady; Besson Trims 16 Minutes

    Luc Besson wasn't planning to direct the biopic The Lady, which Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh initially brought to the Europa movie mogul to produce. Both Yeoh and Besson are better known for their commercial action ventures than period dramas, although Yeoh gave a stellar dramatic pe...

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